Sophie is a contemporary jeweller who works from her studio on Bruny Island while being inspired by the stunning landscape of Southern Tasmania. Sophie’s jewellery practice explores relationships to landscape, place and interconnections with the environment. Precious metals and natural and found materials are combined and transformed into objects and wearable tokens that carry an essence of this beautiful land in which we live. Her works consider the effect that humankind has on its environment and conversely the powerful impact these landscapes can have on its inhabitants.
Sophie regularly participates in exhibitions and has been shortlisted as a finalist in a number of prizes including the Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables Biennial Award (2017), the prestigious Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2015), and was also awarded Highly Commended finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (2018 &2014).
Katherine is a Tasmanian artist working in watercolour/gouache and graphite. Her works are dedicated to raising awareness - for our wildlife and their habitats. Having lived on Bass Strait Islands for many years, her work is particularly drawn to the birdlife that inhabit those islands and the surrounding oceans.
Katherine has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Katherine was a Finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011/12, winner of the National Holmes Art Prize 2015 and a Finalist in 2016 and Peoples Choice – Wrest Point Art Award 2017.
Associate Member of the Society for Animal Artists USA
Art Society of Tasmania
Australian Guild of Realist Artists
Wildlife and Botanical Artists, ACT
Wildlife Art Society of Australia
Diane is a multi-media artist from Tasmania who works primarily as a printmaker. She regularly uses natural elements as the basis for her multi-layered prints. Her images are often drawn from her experience of living and working in small rural and remote communities (islands) and address ideas of migration, cultural shift and environmental impact.
Diane has regularly participated in solo and group exhibitions and been a finalist in many national art prizes. Her work is held in private collections both nationally and internationally.
Gerhard is an experienced visual artist (BFA UTas 1996) working in 3 dimensions. He completed his pattern maker apprenticeship in the German car industry in the early 80s, and has a multitude of skills in the designing and making of objects. Since 1996 Gerhard has completed 21 public arts commissions and many private commissions, amongst his clients are Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City Council, Arts Tasmania, Tasmanian Department for Education, Salamanca Arts Centre, Moonah Arts Centre and Kickstart Arts.
Toby Muir Wilson
Toby Muir Wilson is a Graduate of Parnham College in England , an institution steeped in the Arts and Crafts ethos of “the hand, the head and the heart going together.” Since 1980 he has created furniture and wooden objects which have become more narrative in nature expressing his and his clients responses to our physical and social environment. Tasmania, its timbers , its light and colour, geology and geography are the primary resources for the photographs and drawings which inform these works.
Toby's work is represented in National collections including the Powerhouse in Sydney. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Darwin, TMAG in Hobart and the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection in Launceston.
The most recent publication to feature his work is “Beyond Parnham” published this year in the U.K.
Peter has a diverse and busy background including photographer, researcher, musician, sound engineer and software developer. These days Peter spends his time working in marine research and following his passion for photography. With a particular interest in wilderness/landscape photography, he strives to include a message of conservation and care for the environment and collaborates regularly on conservation projects and with scientists working in environmental research.
Dr Heidi J Auman has worked as biologist for most of the past 25 years, focusing mainly on seabird biology. Her research is global in nature with a preference for isolated islands. Her specialisations focus upon human impacts on seabirds, including plastic debris ingestion, toxicology, human disturbance, physiology, urbanisation and diet. She has demonstrated that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the Earth, often with disturbing consequences.
Garbage Guts was inspired by Dr Heidi Auman’s research on the impacts of marine debris on Midway Atoll’s Laysan albatross. She hopes to educate a future generation about the danger of trashing our seas.
Signed copies are available at garbageguts@HeidiAuman.com
Associate professorPatti Virtue
Patti is a marine scientist and an Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania. She has been involved in many Antarctic expeditions undertaking research with her students. Her research incorporates aspects of biological oceanography, sea ice ecology, and studies on zooplankton particularly krill, which form the basis of the Antarctic marine food chain.
Patti recently returned from a circumpolar Antarctic expedition looking at the potential impacts of micro plastics in the zooplanktonic community. Working in such a precious environment such as Antarctica, Patti is only too aware that micro plastics (the size of krill food) pose an insidious threat to fragile marine ecosystems.
A marine scientist with 15 years of experience in Antarctica, the SubAntarctic, the Southern Ocean and Pacific seas, Fred has spent over 2 years bobbing around on the Southern Ocean and about 3 in tropical seas on her own yacht or research vessels on the Great Barrier Reef, witnessing the plastic issue in all its forms. Growing up in Europe, she was well aware of the marine pollution issues and in 2001, as she started a PhD on marine debris at UTAS, it revealed even birds nesting on the pristine shores of Antarctica are affected by the problem.