On December 13, 2004, 20 environmental activists, organisations and concerned citizens were issued a 216 page writ by the Tasmanian logging company Gunns Ltd. The woodchipping giant is suing for a combined AU$6.9 million for actions it claims has damaged their business and reputation.
This exhibition was a fundraiser in support of the defendants in this writ. The exhibition opened Friday 15th January 15th, 2010 at Hogans Gallery, Melbourne and closed on 28th january, 2010.
Gunns20 defendants victorious
One day after the exhibition close, on the 29th January 2010, Gunns announced it was dropping the lawsuit against the remaining four defendants in the case. "The settlement involves the payment of a total of $155,088 towards the legal costs of the defendants and has the effect of disposing of all remaining claims in the litigation." Gunns had spent $4 million dollars pursuing environmentalists.
More information on the Gunns20 can be found on their website: www.gunns20.org
For the forests and other environmentalists the story is not over, Gunns Ltd still logs Tasmanian wilderness forests and is suing 13 others in a separate case, the Gunns13, so the fight continues. Read More
The Black Sassy Collective
This exhibition was put together byThe Black Sassy Collective, a community collective of artisans, poets, creatives and musicians, inspired by the wilds of Tasmanaian forests, rivers and seas.
It focuses on encouraging and empowering, inspiring and educating peoples about the beauty and integral nature of being part of these wild lands.
View our feature on Black Sassy's last exhibition:
Weld Echo Art Exhibition
Logging Australian Forest for paper
For more information on how Australian native forests are sold as environmentaly friendly paper, see our feature: greenwash with ENVI
Please note that these are photographs of the artworks and colour, detail and quality may be lesser in these images compared with the orginal works.
Background Image: Snowgums on the Navarre Plains, south of Lake St Clair by Rob Blakers
Copyright of all work on this page rests with the orginal creators
A selection of the artists involved in the exhibition
Born in 1945 in Launceston, Tasmania, furniture designer-maker, Kevin Perkins takes inspiration in conservation issues and a sense of place elicited by the history, traditions, forests and wildlife of his home-state.
Perkins is passionate about demonstrating the rich diversity of Tasmanian timbers - in contrast to bland plantation timbers - and continues to highlight the natural beauty of these materials through the strong sculptural forms of his work.
Matthew Newton is an independent photographer based in Hobart. He works with both moving and still images. He has shot documentaries that have been broadcast nationally and regularly photographs for editorial and news publications throughout Australia. www.matthewnewton.com.au
Rob has worked as a landscape photographer in Tasmania for almost 30 years and has seen both extraordinary beauty and profound loss in the island's wild places. The quest to find images that might represent the loveliness and the tragedy of the endangered natural world underpins Rob’s photographic work. www.robblakers.com
Elizabeth Barsham has had paintings hung in the Blake Prize and other major exhibitions. Her paintings have won many awards and have been acquired by private collectors world wide. Elizabeth teaches Adult Education classes in drawing and painting. www.tasmanian-gothic.com
Andrew Donohoe is a printmaker living in the Upper Huon Valley. His work is influenced by the natural environment and the magnificent and majestic forms of the Ancient threatened and quickly vanishing forests.
Michael Schlitz is a printmaker based in Huonville, Tasmania . he makes work about, environmental and psychological issues he encounters in this region.
Aviva Hannah is an eco-scientist and artist, a visual ecologist. She has participated in many exhibitions and protests in relation to deforestation in Tasmania. Aviva Hannah also travels and performs whilst journaling and drawing.
John McColl has been sculpting professionally in the mediums of ceramic, wood, bronze and ferro cement for the past 28 years. Being a passionate surfer, he draws much of his inspiration from the natural world.
Trained as a furniture designer, Marcus has worked as a full time sculptor in Tasmania over the last 15 years. He camps in the clearfell coupes and carves large hollow vessels from waste logs insitu. Marcus also creates public sculptures in cast concrete, steel and other industrial waste. The works are mostly shown in National sculpture forums like Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, NSW and Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award in Victoria.
Nishant is a photographer and forest defender based in Tasmania, originally from India. Nishant documents Tasmania’s threatened wilderness and forest defense actions, from the frontline, often from a tree sit perch.
Peter Van Der Pasch
Peter is a photographer, aborist and forest defender based in Tasmania, with a passion for trees and wilderness. Peter documents life in the tree tops and on the frontline and forest actions. Peter is based in Tasmania, originally from New Zealand.
Wolfgang is a multi award winning nature and wilderness photographer basedin Hobart, Tasmania. He is passionate campaigner for the protection of wildplaces and his images have been used in many campaigns over that last sevenyears in Tasmania. www.wolfgangglowacki.com.au
Selena de Carvalho
Selena de Carvalho is Tasmanian based artist and maker of things. She moved to Tasmania in 2002 and has (not in-) bred with an Apiarist allergic to Bee's.