The Strand Line: A Tale of Two Sisters

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The upcoming presentation by the Salamanca Arts Centre of The Strand Line: A Tale of Two Sisters promises to be a richly rewarding addition to Hobart’s winter arts scene.

The new exhibition was born out of two sisters’ childhood memories of rambling along the shore of St Vincant’s Gulf on holidays with their grandparents in the shanty town of Port Clinton.

The flotsam and jetsom of the strand line is the inspiration for South Australian artists Deborah and Louise Fulton but the result is a collection of highly-crafted and meticulously-finished objects.

The sisters credit time spent watching their grandfather in his carpentry workshop as the basis of their artistic endeavours.

In this latest work, their maritime-themed creations actually incorporate bits and pieces gathered from the high water mark. Visitors can experience the exhibition from July 22 to 24.

The Salamanca Arts Centre on Hobart’s historic waterfront is housed in what were once seven old sandstone warehouses.

These were once home to a very different, though perhaps no less vibrant, community of convicts, sailors, factory workers and smugglers.

The Salamanca Place precinct now buzzes with restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices. It is a great place to spend an evening and on Saturdays hosts the popular Salamanca Market.

Explore the laneways and enjoy a stroll in Salamanca Square, which enclosed by shops, cafes, and restaurants, with lawns and a fountain as the centrepiece where children can play.

This area is now the city’s cultural heart, nurturing what has become a world-famous contemporary arts scene.

A not-for-profit body was set up in 1976 to promote and manage the variety of performing and visual arts spaces of the centre and it now hosts more than 70 arts organisations and individual artists.

This latest exhibition looks to be another great reason to spend some time at this international arts venue during your winter break in Tasmania.

stones on the shore

Shore stones and maritime scatter

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