25 July – 31 August
Felt Presence invited eight artists to interpret aspects of the lives of female convicts. Tara Badcock, Anita Dineen, Anne Morrison, Claire Needham, Rosemary O'Rourke and Sharyn Woods (from Australia), Irene Murphy (from Ireland), and Samantha Clark (from Scotland) researched the lives and journeys faced by women banished from their homeland to Van Diemen’s Land in the mid-1800s. Informed by the stories of these women, the artworks in this exhibition collectively reflect on how we make sense of our past and how we represent it in a way that is meaningful to our present.
Felt Presence is a Devonport Regional Gallery exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania. Contemporary Art Tasmania is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principle arts funding body, by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. Devonport Regional Gallery is supported by the Devonport City Council and the Tasmanian State Government. The exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principle arts funding body, through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts and Contemporary Art Tasmania Exhibition Development Fund.