Book Launch: Poets & Painters – Celebrating the Big Punchbowl


Hadley's Orient Hotel 16 September, 2017 17:30 - 18:30

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Pete Hay

During the summer of 2016-17, 18 painters and poets explored The Big Punchbowl, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s reserve on the Freycinet Peninsula. This book follows the exhibition and showcases the breathtaking collection of responses to this special place, and a celebration of the connection between art and nature.

Poets and Painters is a Tasmanian tradition, conceived by gallerists Carol Bett and the late Dick Bett, that has been running for more than twenty years.

During the summer of 2016-17, Carol Bett and Tasmanian poet and writer Pete Hay invited nine poets and nine painters to work in pairs at a creative retreat on the Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s Big Punchbowl Reserve. The result of this experience is a spectacular collection of art, accompanied by the book Poets and PaintersCelebrating The Big Punchbowl, designed by Lynda Warner.

Poets and Painters compels normally solitary practitioners to collaborate with a partner, pushing them outside their comfort zone. Previous participants have included Richard Flanagan, Margaret Scott, Henry Reynolds, Geoff Dyer, Barbie Kjar and many more. This is the first time the artists have been taken on retreat, and in this case, locating them in a natural setting will enable the audience to view the same special place through 18 different creative viewpoints.

The result of this experience is a spectacular collection of art, accompanied by the book Poets and Painters—Celebrating The Big Punchbowl, designed by Lynda Warner. Curated by Carol Bett and Pete Hay, this beautiful limited edition book features the work of the following outstanding poets and artists:
Greg Lehman and Imants Tillers
Sarah Day and Raymond Arnold
Ben Walter and Richard Wastell
Adrienne Eberhard and Sue Lovegrove
James Charlton and Joan Ross
Lyn Reeves and Megan Walch
Louise Oxley and Thornton Walker
Edith Speers and David Keeling
Jan Colville and Lucienne Rickard
The book will be launched by Pete Hay.
Nibbles provided. Drinks available to purchase.

Pete Hay grew up on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, and has worked as schoolteacher, storeman, truckie’s offsider, youth worker and political adviser at both state and federal tiers of government, but it was as an academic in Victoria and Tasmania that he spent most of his waged life. These days, Hay prefers to write in more creative modes. He has published six volumes of poetry; one of these as editor, and one, Last Days of the Mill, in collaboration with a visual artist.


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