Photograph: Danielle Hanifin


Across the Coals

Leen Rieth   |   Theia Connell   |   Richie Cuskelly   |   Adam James

November 2018

In November 2018, GASP partnered with CONSTANCE ARI to present Across the Coals – a project by four early-career artists, Leen Rieth, Theia Connell, Richie Cuskelly and Adam James, all of whom presented new works at GASP in dialogue with Julie Gough.

This project followed the launch of Julie Gough’s two new billboard works at GASP, titled HUNTING GROUND incorporating Barbecue Area (2018).

Across the Coals examines the social usage and historical importance of the public barbecue. The project combines installation and performance works articulating intercultural respect, collaborative engagement and the opportunity for sharing new stories around food harvesting, cooking and eating together.  The project presented new site-specific works which further interrogate the space that the public barbecue occupies in our collective memories, social landscape and natural environment.  The works are incisive and poignant, highly critical, and not without humour.

Curated by: Priscilla Beck & Liam James

Leen Reith
You and me [5], 2018
Theia Connell
FREE #democracysausage, 2018.
Richie Cuskelly
So The Dolphin Ate The Man, 2018
Adam James
Hidden Egg (Qvevri, Amphora), 2018
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Special thanks to Julie Gough, and our partners below:

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Reading the River

James Geurts
Julie Gough
Natalie Jeremijenko
Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward
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Swimmable! was a bold collaboration addressing Elwick Bay’s poor water quality; once a popular swimming spot, it is now ‘un-swimmable’.

This program was a multi-disciplinary collaboration between GASP!, Carbon Arts, artists, scientists, educators, environmentalists, industry and community. It was conceived by GASP with Melbourne-based environmental arts organisation, Carbon Arts, as a three year project to deliver temporary and permanent, internationally resonant art in all forms, connecting the local community and visitors to the health of the River Derwent.

The project originated in 2009 when a 17-year-old student summarised the desire of her generation - to make the water swimmable again. Building on an inclusive community approach, GASP sought the involvement of partners to elevate the possibility of beautiful, thought-provoking and intelligent outcomes based on strong knowledge beds and in-depth enquiry.

Over 2013-2014 targeted consultations were undertaken including a half-day workshop in April 2013 with 23 participants representing stakeholder groups. This established an approach for project development and a process for engaging professional artists, leading to the Swimmable! Artists Lab held in September 2014.

The Lab was designed to foster collaboration and encourage the development of artwork concepts. Over four days it offered participants an immersive experience of the environmental and community context, and introduced them to the wealth of supportive stakeholder organisations and resources available to develop emergent concepts. The Lab then envisioned a series of thought-provoking and original artworks responding to the River Derwent, some of which were later realised at GASP between 2015 and 2018.

Read a full report on the Swimmable! Artists Lab here.

To experience the GASP Site from the river really invites a different way of relating to the site, the land and the river itself. This really brought to the fore, the fact that the river is a working river and that it remains a critical process of many of the industries that are situated along its riverbanks.

Justy Phillips, artist

Spending time at the site was really important. I experienced the restless atmosphere of the river and the park and how the site was connected to the surrounding community. The different perspectives from the week’s speakers and guests revealed the complexity of the river’s history in both a social and environmental sense.

Tega Brain, artist

This sharing throughout the Lab kept opening up spaces around thinking and sensing the river in a deeper way.

James Geurts, artist

Technically the biggest issue for the Derwent at Elwick Bay, which makes the area less ‘swimmable’, is most likely water quality affected by urban runoff and nutrient input.

Lance Stapleton, TasWater

The Swimmable! Lab helped me to visualise and understand the River from a different contextual viewpoint. It expanded my understanding of its ‘function’ as a system, to beyond functionality.

Sean Riley, Aquenal

Strong discussions at the end of the lab about data and information, what it is, how it can be used, how it can be interpreted and/or how it is interpreted by different groups, were stimulating.

Stewart Frusher, IMAS

I was excited by the various projects and possibilities that were raised, most in passing as tiny germinating mind sketches.

Julie Gough, artist

I think TasWater would be keen to continue some involvement with the project particularly as there are synergies with other projects we are carrying out such as the Greater Derwent Sewerage Strategy.

Lance Stapleton, TasWater

The multi-perspective approach to site by both the artists and scientists gave such a generous and inspired dimension to the Derwent River as a living body, complex and continual. This sharing throughout the Lab kept opening up spaces around thinking and sensing the river in a deeper way.

James Geurts, artist

GASP gratefully acknowledges and thanks our many partners who worked with us to achieve Swimmable! including:

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GASP Light NYE 2017 photographs: Danielle Hanifin

Gooniyandi Dancers, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia
Joowarri Joonba (Devil Devil Dance)

Pakana Kanaplila Dancers, Tasmania
   Riyawina Warruwa Kanaplila (Devil Devil Dance)

Independent Music and Sound Art
Peak Body    |    Scot Cotterell   |   Philomath   |    Soil    |    Zevende Klasse
Matt Warren    |   Nat Grant & Richie Cyngler   |   DJ Smokin Mango

Curated by: Jonathan Kimberley, Richie Cyngler (music)

A windy evening on the mighty Derwent River became a mezmerizing experience for the large audience of hardy souls who stayed the distance through the midnight hour.  We all witnessed an extraordinary evening of culturally significant contemporary dance and independent experimental music to remember.

A big thank you to: Richie Cyngler & Nat Grant; the putalina team; Jim Everett; Wes Masselli: Jen Sharman; Jason James; AVElectrical; PMLS; Tim Acker.

Dancers 1
Dancers 2
Chloe Escott
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Special thanks to:

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3-12 NOVEMBER 2017

Curated by: Grace Herbert & Liam James

GASP partnered with CONSTANCE ARI to present three parts of the inaugural HOBIENNALE (HB17) in November 2017.
The first ever biennale of Artist Run Initiatives in Australia.

GASP & CONSTANCE hosted Kauri Hawkins from Meanwhile  in Wellington, New Zealand; Alaska Projects from Sydney; and the HB17 Closing Event with a Sunday Session including the exhibitions, music, food and drinks on a stunning balmy evening at the GASP Wilkinson’s Point Pavilion.

HOBIENNALE (HB17)  brought together artist-run initiatives (ARI’s) from across Australia and New Zealand and over 100 emerging and mid-career artists, each curating an exhibition as part of the festival program. The festival was free and occupied a range of existing galleries and unusual sites across Hobart. The extensive festival program included exhibition openings, artist talks, music and performances.

Artist-run initiatives are grassroots organisations, led by groups of volunteers. HB17 believe that some of the most interesting, critical and diverse exhibitions are shown by artist-run initiatives, and that these varied organisations are incredibly important to Australia’s art landscape and to their respective communities.  There is a national climate of uncertainty within the arts, influenced by changes to the structure of major arts organisations and diminishing funding opportunities. These changes will continue to have an impact on young Australian artists. HB17 aims to create a space for conversations around this issue to take place, and for organisations and artists to demonstrate current strengths and future potential to a wide audience.

Kauri Hawkins 

Te Ara Te ao Hauāuru 

2017, MEANWHILE, New Zealand.

Te Ara Te ao Hauāuru is a public sculpture produced at GASP by Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand based artist, Kauri Hawkins.

Hawkins tells the story of Māori leaving behind Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) for the capitalist values of Australia, in search of labour and a better life. Tasmania’s dark history of colonial invasion is not dissimilar to the relationship between New Zealand’s colonial government and Māori. Te Ara Te ao Hauāuru connects these histories through a short film,  Transportation for Life, which details the journey of 5 Māori men captured in the Hutt Valley New Zealand and subsequently imprisoned on Maria Island (off the coast of Hobart Australia in 1847), after an altercation with colonial troops.

MEANWHILE is an artist-run initiative which facilitates and promotes emergent and experimental writing, curation and contemporary art practice, in all forms, on and offline. It was developed to nurture, support and promote the exceptional work of contemporary New Zealand and international artists. To challenge current understandings of the potential for contemporary art spaces, writing, curation and artistic practice.


(For Robert and Jonathan)


2017, ALASKA Projects, Sydney.

Alaska Projects created a collaborative installation that sits physically between their space in the Kings Cross Car Park and GASP (Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park). The work, entitled Portal (For Robert and Jonathan), is a two channel sculptural video installation realised through web cams and was broadcast live between the two sites.  A monitor showing a camera view of GASP was on view at ALASKA during the Biennale. A web cam at ALASKA captured a feed displayed in Hobart at GASP. These cameras were activated with diverse performances/installations from ALASKA artists throughout the Biennale whilst also capturing the mundanity of incidental life 24/7 at other times.

The background for the work comes from the family history of ALASKA Projects Founder and Director Sebastian Goldspink. His paternal Great-Great Grandfather Jonathan and Jonathan’s brother Robert were separately transported to Australia as convicts. One was sent to Sydney and one to Hobart. Even once they became free men they never saw each other again. This is an attempt to create an open line or portal between the two cities. An opportunity that was never afforded to Goldspink’s ancestors. A chance for conversation and redemption.


ALASKA Projects is a Sydney-based Artist Run Initiative established in 2011. Situated across two disused spaces in a Kings Cross car park ALASKA Projects established an exhibition program that crosses visual arts, dance, performance, music and film. To date ALASKA’s achievements are born out of a core objective to support artists to realise dynamic and innovative work. A commitment to diversity is at the centre of ALASKA’s philosophy.

Since opening ALASKA has presented over 150 exhibitions showcasing a diverse range of emerging, established and experimental Australian arts practice. In addition to its Sydney projects, ALASKA has presented several exhibitions interstate. Internationally, ALASKA has staged exhibitions in New Orleans (Good Children, 2012), Los Angeles (Werkärtz) Gallery, 2014 and Christchurch (Dog Park, 2014).

Special thanks to:



PRESENT Remedies Tasmania:

Film, 90m, 4K


Artists Sasha Huber (Switzerland/Haiti) and Petri Saarikko (Finland) brought Remedies, their international project, to GASP as PRESENT Remedies Tasmania, celebrating the power of oral storytelling.

Working in collaboration with our culturally diverse community, Huber and Saarikko invited 50 participants sharing ‘local-international’ Tasmanian stories and remedies for health, for culture, or for the world, this powerful film project was a huge team effort culminating in a feature length art film.

The film is a unique and powerful evocation of the many disarmingly honest stories of journey, migration, survival and celebration. Participant Arnold Zable described the film simply as ‘collective wisdom’.

Arnold Zable is an award-winning writer, storyteller, educator, and human rights advocate. His acclaimed books include Jewels and AshesWanderers and DreamersCafe Scheherazade, The Fig Tree, Scraps of HeavenSea of Many Returns, and Violin Lessons. His most recent book, The Fighter, was published in 2016.

Jim Everett -puralia meenamatta has written poetry, plays, political and academic papers and short stories, and created visual art and performance projects. Jim is from the clan plangermairreenner of the Ben Lomond people, of the Cape Portland nation in northeast Tasmania.

Curated by: Jonathan Kimberley

Sasha Huber is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich. She lives and works in Helsinki. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment.

Petri Saarikko is an artist and designer based in Helsinki, Finland. Saarikko combines societal commentary with his human-computer interaction profession and curatorial background, which results in long-term social interventions. His work has a holistic performative nature and strives to engender power relations, making room for individual narratives and taking a stand for equality.

Special thanks -


Glenorchy LINC Tasmania
Gandel Philanthropy
Tasmanian Government -

Multicultural Fund
University of Tasmania -

Creative Exchange Institute &

Tasmanian College of the Arts
Multicultural Council of Tasmania
Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival
Glenorchy City Council
PMLS Media
Goodwood Community Centre
West Moonah Community Centre
Ukraine Association
Iranian Association
Bhutanese Community
Hindu Society
Guru Nanak Society
Tamil Association
Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
Glenorchy Cricket Club
Claremont College
Glenorchy Primary School
Human Library Tasmania
Migrant Resource Centre
Lucky Sri Lanka Kitchen
Tibet Kitchen

Special thanks -


Erin Buckmaster

Dhana Ganeshan

Harald Leitz

Anna Reynolds

Elizabeth Ardern

Andy Vagg

Mini Hogan

Marina Lynne

Maria Saracino

Judy Benson

Graham Legg

Nadia Omid

Zhinous Falakboland

Lucille Cutting

Sepideh Bahador

Aero Bahador

Soniya Sharma

Rajinder Badesha

Suruchi Chopra

Anthony King

Terence Maynard

Rex Burgess

Thomas Riley

Harley Jac Mansell

Jamie Graham

Harney Burgess

Rhys Pears

Mohan Kumar Mattala

Zelinda Sherlock

Simon Stebbings

Alister Hope

Jennifer Manison

Pam Wells

Penny Styles

Tania Beattie

Kristie Johnston

Alexsander Folvig

Choe Whitby

Mark Watterson

Olivia Hogart

Ivan Matas

Amin Safa

Khushpreet Singh

CK Bharathy

Sam Peisen xu

Arnold Zable

puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett)

Fiona Vagg

Anna Zylstra

Tim Polegaj

Tim Steel

Brenda Irvine

Anna Eden

David Osborne

Chris Gallagher

Danielle Hanifin

Marian Stoneman

This project was generously supported by:

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Writer in residence, March - April 2017

Vivienne Cutbush was writer in residence at GASP during March/April 2017 and has produced a wonderful new work not to be missed: A Field Guide to GASP.

Click here to read Vivienne’s work, A Field Guide to GASP.

The Young Writers in the City program is an initiative of the Tasmanian Writers Centre, supported in 2017 by Moonah Arts Centre and many host venues. The program provides emerging writers with a unique opportunity to participate in a structured and paid writing residency to develop new work, whilst making an important artistic contribution to the community.

Six young writers-in-residence were commissioned to create experimental essays inspired by various spaces and venues across the City of Glenorchy.


Vivienne is an emerging writer and artist. She works across comic-style, graphic storytelling, and creative non-fiction. Vivienne has been published in Overland , has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, FBi radio, studies creative writing and makes zines. She originally hails from Sydney and was selected as one of the Tasmanian Writers Centre Hot Desk writers-in-residence in 2016.

Special thanks to:

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Sunday 26 March 2017  8.00pm, GASP

Curated by: Jonathan Kimberley and Pippa Dickson

GASP ALL NIGHT was a mezmerizing evening of artistic discussion, presentation of major works in development and compelling audience engagement in which artists Janet Laurence and Tega Brain discussed their proposition for a hugely ambitious new work: an island in the Derwent River and James Newitt presented a sneak preview of his major new artists film project currently in production, all as part of GASP’s ongoing Swimmable! Reading the River project.

Janet Laurence & Tega Brain

Parliament: An Island in an island

Parliament: An Island in an Island blurs the boundaries between art, environmental science, engineering and interspecies relations. The presentation and discussion was presented by Tega Brain and Janet Laurence (live via skype from Berlin) and included a major discussion with the audience punctuated by powerful installations both representing the island on water, and as virtual 3D viewers on land.  More visuals, working designs, organic objects, drawings and other relevant objects formed an exquisite light box mounted table top installation.

James Newitt


A Plan For Escape 

This film project was inspired by the extraordinary story of 18-year-old Jane Cooper who in 1971 re-located herself to the remote De Witt Island off the southern coast of Tasmania and vowed never to return. James presented a captivating preview of the film in production and spoke of the process and ideas behind the work.




Lord of the Flies, 1963 PG 1.5 hours, Directed by Peter Brook
In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. (Criterion Collection)


Woman in the Dunes, 1964 M 2.5 hours, Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
[Woman in the Dunes (Suna no no)] is one of cinema’s most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday life as a Sisyphean struggle—an achievement that garnered Teshigahara an Academy Award nomination for best director. (Criterion Collection)


Morel’s Invention, 1974 G 1 hour 50 mins, Directed by Emidio Greco
A shipwrecked man stumbles upon a mysterious island where a group of people preserved in 1920s dress go about their leisurely ways, amidst giant deserted Art Deco buildings. Adapting the same novella by Argentine author Adolfo Bioy Casares that inspired Last Year at Marienbad, director Emidio Greco fashions a slow-burn puzzle film that becomes a commentary on mortality and a potent metaphor for cinema. (Film Society Lincoln Center)


Stalker, 1979 PG 2.75 hours, Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s unshakable science-fiction masterwork. (Danny Leigh, The Guardian)

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Chris Abrahams & Petri Saarikko | Eleanor Tucker | Jet Cyngler | Barbie Kjar | Rosie Grayson

Melinda Risby | Millicent Huber

Curated by: Jonathan Kimberley & Brendan Walls

Chris Abrahams & Petri Saarikko along with Eleanor Tucker, Jet Cyngler, Barbie Kjar, Rosie Grayson, Melinda Risby and Millicent Huber, led us on an unforgettably calm and beguiling journey into 2017.

Chris Abrahams played two mesmerising 1 hour sets on the grand piano, his second set morphing seamlessly into Petri Saarikko’s InLight performance with six local Tasmanians; and passage into the new year like no other…

One audience member was heard to say “I can’t remember the past 10 New Year’s Eve’s, but this one will stay with me forever.”


Chris Abrahams’ piano performance was absolutely captivating, combining a probing approach to the sonic potentialities of the piano with a strong emotional and melodic sensibility. His music unfolds from simple starting points, in a mesmerising and, at times, psychedelic trajectory, to become something hallucinatory and epic. Extraordinary.

Petri Saarikko’s InLight, was the world-premiere of this new experimental & collaborative sonic sculpture project, working with anthropomorphism with bioluminescence as a naturally occurring carrier of non-human information. The audience was transported into 2017 as one; captivated for over half an hour, by an other worldly and magical experience.

A standing ovation for all artists echoed into the night from the spectacular GASP Wilkinson’s Point Pavilion, just after the stroke of midnight.

Photographs by: Petri Saariko; Jonathan Kimberley; Will Owen Scott-Kemmis (2) 


Artists / Performers: Chris Abrahams, Petri Saarikko, Eleanor Tucker, Jet Cyngler, Barbie Kjar, Rosie Grayson, Melinda Risby, and Millicent Huber.
Production: Richard Cyngler, Brendan Walls, Jonathan Kimberley, Trent Mundy AV Electrical, Sarah Jones, Anna Eden, Danielle Hanifin, Jane and Ashley at Two Metre Tall Brewery, Asher & Franca at Port Cygnet Catering, Wayne Lamb at TFH, David Hunt and Tim Horton at GCC, Sean, Michael and Eleanor at Moonah Arts Centre.

Volunteers: Dan Rosendahl, Emma Oliver, Matt Bradshaw, Emily Warner, Helen Norrie, Jeanette Linnell, Garry Rusden, Susan Job, Soren Risby, Will Owen Scott-Kemmis.

Finland: Sasha Huber, Aalto University School of Arts, Aalto Media Factory (Aalto Fablab).


New Zealand: Tom Hoyle, Max Bellamy, Tasha Maree, Lauren Redican. Ann Shelton, Heather Galbraith, Huhana Smith, Te Whare Hēra – Massey University. 


UK: Adam Greenfield. USA: Jerstin & Orvokki Crosby.

Partners: Glenorchy City Council, Tasmanian Government, Clemenger OMD Tasmania, Qantas, Mercury Walch, AV Electrical, Two Metre Tall Brewery, Port Cygnet Catering, Cool Wine.

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