Call for proposals

Haven explores the real and imagined histories of those who have sought refuge in Tasmania. This theme has great importance at a time when mainland Australia is denying succour to those seeking sanctuary on its shores.

Proposals are sought from artists for work that responds to the story of an individual who has brought a dream to the island - of a better world to come or a world long lost. Ideas are encouraged that explore an incidental element of the subject, in a way that poignantly represents their individual story. Below is a menu of characters for artists to choose, though proposals will be accepted about relevant stories outside this list. The website has more information about them.

  • Jorgen Jorgenson (the 'King of Iceland')
  • William Smith O'Brien (Irish republican incarcerated on Maria Island)
  • Guiseppi Garibaldi (who dwelt on Three-Hummock Island)
  • King Diego Bernacchi (who tried to establish a winery on Maria Island)
  • Marie Bjelke-Petersen (whose family came expecting the 'promised land')
  • Critchley Parker (Australia's only martyr to the Jews)
  • Olegas Truchanas (photographer of Lake Pedder)
  • Claudio Alcorso (patron of arts and environment)
  • Vu Thoa (who was the first Hmong on the island)
  • Akif Lutfiu (the Kosovar who tried to escape being deported)
  • Zulya Kamalova (who revived Tartar music)
  • Mannalargenna (the revived legacy of the Palawa tribal chief)

Proposals need only be in sketch form, accompanied by a brief piece of writing that elaborations the relationship between the work and its subject.
Inquiries are welcome by email ([email protected]) or phone (03 9380 4326)

Proposals should be submitted to:
Kevin Murray, 6 Blyth Street, Brunswick VIC 3056 ([email protected])

Note on funding

Haven is seeking funding from Arts Tasmania and the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council. It receives no direct funds from the 10 Days on the Island festival. While not exclusively about the issue of old-growth logging, the exhibition aims to provide a bipartisan 'haven' for this very Tasmanian issue in the story of Olegas Truchanas.