Art Gallery and Local History
The Wonders of Wynyard hosts a feature exhibition each month showcasing the work of predominantly local artists and community groups including paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and much more. There are also permanent displays of locally significant collections, and local historical interpretation displays. Entry to the Gallery space is free!
This month's feature exhibition
Revenant - The returned
by Rose Vera
Before returning to Tasmania, Rose Vera studied and lectured at RMIT University Melbourne in the School of Fashion.
Artist’s Exhibition description:
limited edition beads, body related adornment, antique, vintage, contemporary, found objects, garment components, pearls, pastiche, precious, semi-precious, metal, glass, ceramic, plastic, stone, crystal, resin, natural, synthetic
time and memory containers, reminders, remainders, remnants, returned
collected, gathered, accumulated, received/given, handed down, saved, stored, travelled, recycled, returned
bricolage: reconstructed, deconstructed, reduced components, reinterpreted, repositioned
“French social anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believed the artist "shapes the beautiful and useful out of the dump heap of human life." ... He referred to that process of making do as bricolage, a term derived from the French verb bricoler (meaning "to putter about") and ...to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner. Rose Vera
Displays permanently held at the Wonders of Wynyard include a Japanese Doll Collection, a life-sized paper sculpture of F. M. Alexander – founder of the Alexander Technique - and a detailed history of the Tommeginer people. All of these displays have local historical significance.
Along with our unique historical motoring display, our maritime history is also featured at the Wonders of Wynyard. Historical data records the naming of Table Cape by explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798. The Table Cape Lighthouse was built in 1888 and is the only operating Lighthouse open for tours on mainland Tasmania.
The unique geology of the area, including Table Cape - the remains of a 12 million year old volcano - the fossil rich sandstone cliffs of Fossil Bluff and the Basalt headlands called Doctors Rocks can also be discovered at the Wonders of Wynyard.
And just 50 minutes from Wynyard at the gateway to the Tarkine Wilderness, the township of Waratah has a staggering history of riches and pioneering spirit that can be explored at the Tarkine Interpretation Centre and Courthouse Museum.