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
by Andrew Nowland
My Work on display here is a record of my artistic endeavors over the past three decades.
For the duration of my formal art studies the depiction of the human form has been the main focus, hence a considerable output of figurative images in varying environments. Following my career path in Burnie’s pulp and paper industry and later training at the Launceston campus of UTAS, I have accumulated an extensive body of reference material to develop into paintings, many of which are featured in this exhibition
One of the main reasons I continue to paint, apart from the pleasure of doing so, is to provide a stimulus for discussion by the viewers. In some of the works I have provided a snapshot of events at a particular time in local happenings—historical documents in a pictorial format. Other works are derived from studio exercises, using strong colours and combinations of geometric forms juxtaposed with organic forms to create effects.
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.