11th April 2017
TASMANIA’S TARKINE TO BE CAPTURED BY 120 ARTISTS
120 artists will join one of Australia’s biggest environmental arts projects next week, as they travel to Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness with the Bob Brown Foundation. Renown Sydney photographer Rod Spark will be joining the team to capture the majesty that is the Tarkine wilderness.
Tasmania is home to takayna / Tarkine, a vast remote region of wild forests, including Australia’s largest tract of temperate rainforest and a National Heritage listed Aboriginal cultural landscape coastline. The Tarkine is an essential stronghold for numerous rare and endangered creatures.
The Bob Brown Foundation is leading a campaign for secure protection of 450,000 hectares of the Tarkine in a National Park, World Heritage listing and a return to Aboriginal ownership.
‘One of the few remaining wild places left on Earth, its protection is important for futurE generations,’ Rod Spark said.
‘Commercial interests want access to log and mine in takayna / Tarkine. This Easter, Rod Spark is joining the Tarkine in Motion project as part of a group of 120 artists to capture the beauty of this threatened place. Despite consistent calls for protection and support for alternative industries like tourism in the region, logging, mining and off-road vehicle access over Aboriginal heritage sites is sanctioned by the Tasmanian and Australian governments,’ Rod Spark said.
120 artists, supported by a team of 30 volunteers, will spend 72 hours exploring this remote part of north-west Tasmania, creating works aimed at gaining protection for the Tarkine.
‘Exploring the wild country of the west coast of Tasmania was a passion in my teenage years and now i hope to do it justice with my photography to help preserve this for our children,’ Rod Spark said.
In its third year, Tarkine in Motion has hosted more than 150 artists to the Tarkine, bringing enormous success to the campaign to protect this wild place. Using images from Tarkine in Motion, the Foundation has published two books. Tarkine Trails, a bushwalking guide and takayna – a beautiful book about the living Aboriginal cultural connection to the Tarkine. The event has also spawned a feature-length documentary, concerts and exhibitions in Hobart and regional Tasmania.
Further afield, exhibitions have been held in Melbourne, Bendigo, Sydney and Brisbane.
Over the Easter weekend, a diverse group of international, interstate and Tasmanian artists will spread out across Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine. Artists will be located from Arthur River in the north to Pieman Heads and Interview river on the remote southern coastline. Other locations are deep in the threatened rainforests and at the tourism hubs of Corinna and Tarkine Wilderness Lodge.
Rod Spark – participating artist for Tarkine in Motion 2017