Who chooses freedom for whom, in what space and during what time?

Rosie Dennis, Creative Director of Hobart Current, has selected ten contemporary artists to help find the answer. Tasmanian artists Sinsa Mansell, Brigita Ozolins, James Newitt, Jacob Leary, Dexter Rosengrave and Nadege Philippe-Janon feature in this collection, which also spans interstate and international talent including Uncle Wes Marne, Suryo Herlambang, Jagath Dheerasekara and Sarah Jane Pell creating new works in the mediums of film, installation, performance and visual art. The works commissioned for Liberty offer personal and vulnerable perspectives on the theme, challenging notions of agency and representation, surveillance and exile.

Throughout 2020, four of the Liberty artists led intensive education programs with Tasmanian high school students who researched and created their own projects on the theme.

Hobart Current is a major biennial program presented in partnership between the City of Hobart and TMAG, with Liberty its inaugural exhibition. Complementing the exhibition, the City of Hobart will present a series of activities in public spaces across the Hobart CBD, providing further opportunities to discover and explore the notion of Liberty.

Hobart Current: Liberty is on show at TMAG and within the Hobart CBD.

Install of Brigita Ozolin’s public artwork for Hobart Current: Liberty exhibition, image by Craig Garth

Install of Brigita Ozolin’s public artwork, MY VOICE, for Hobart Current: Liberty exhibition, still and moving images by Craig Garth

Liberty Talks

Join Hobart Current: Liberty Creative Director Rosie Dennis in this roundtable discussion with the ten artists featured in this dynamic contemporary art project. Liberty Talks will be a unique opportunity to hear all ten artists speak about their work and the process of reflecting deeply on the concept of ‘liberty’ as they created art in a year like no other.

Featured are Tasmanian artists Sinsa Mansell, Brigita Ozolins, James Newitt, Jacob Leary, Dexter Rosengrave and Nadège Philippe-Janon as well as interstate and international artists Uncle Wes Marne, Suryo Herlambang, Jagath Dheerasekara and Sarah Jane Pell. Working across the mediums of film, installation, performance and visual art, the works commissioned for Hobart Current: Liberty offer personal and vulnerable perspectives on the theme, challenging notions of agency and representation, surveillance and exile.

Date: Saturday 13 March 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Central Gallery

Free entry, however bookings essential through the events page on the TMAG website: www.tmag.tas.gov.au/whats_on/events

This is a free event with unallocated seating.

Patron Advice: This talk will address mature themes and may not be suitable for young children. If you are unable to attend your booking, please cancel in advance to enable your seat to be reallocated to others.

Hobart Current Timeline

February 2021

STORYTELLER AND PERFORMER

UNCLE WES MARNE

September 2020

Artist announcement

Liberty Artists - 2nd Video Blog Check-ins

Since March 2020 our artists have been working away on their artworks, adapting and pivoting in the face of the disruption and change COVID-19 has brought along with it. See how our artists have fared with these new challenges with this second round of video check-ins.

September 2020

FILMMAKER AND ARTIST

JAMES NEWITT

September 2020

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST

DEXTER ROSENGRAVE

September 2020

MULTIMEDIA AND INSTALLATION ARTIST

JACOB LEARY

September 2020

SCULPTOR

SURYO HERLAMBANG

September 2020

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST

BRIGITA OZOLINS

September 2020

INSTALLATION ARTIST

NADEGE PHILIPPE-JANON

September 2020

INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST

JAGATH DHEERASEKARA

March 2020

Artist update

Liberty Artists - Video Blog Check-ins

Over the last six months our ten artists have been working away on their artworks for Hobart Current: Liberty

Liberty is the inaugural Hobart Current exhibition and it opens in March 2021. View the artists' progress thus far and gain an intriguing insight into their visions and process in these video updates below.

March 2020

Installation artist

Nadege Philippe-Janon

March 2020

Interdisciplinary Artist

Jagath Dheerasekara

March 2020

Multimedia artist

Brigita Ozolins

March 2020

Multimedia Artist

Dexter Rosengrave

March 2020

Artist, commercial diver, and astronaut candidate

Sarah Jane Pell

March 2020

Filmmaker and artist

James Newitt

March 2020

Multimedia and installation artist

Jacob Leary

March 2020

Sculptor

Suryo Herlambang

February 2019

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Director announcement

Creative director Rosie Dennis announced

Rosie Dennis has been selected as the Creative Director for the inaugural Hobart Current. Rosie Dennis creates complex contemporary performance works that have a strong connection to place and the everyday. Rosie has presented various works at more than twenty-five festivals across Europe and the UK.