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Port Arthur Project: Re-interpreting Port Arthur Historic Site through contemporary visual art


Frankham, N, Port Arthur Project: Re-interpreting Port Arthur Historic Site through contemporary visual art, ACUADS Research 07/08, 26-28 September 2007, College of Fine Arts, UNSW Sydney, pp. 6-7. ISBN 978-0-9758360-2-6 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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More than a century after the last prisoner departed the Port Arthur penal settlement, the Site remains an enduring reminder of Australia’s fraught beginnings. The iconic ruins, convict artefacts and even the paradoxical beauty of the place are rich with stories of despair, loneliness, hope and simply the everyday existences of the prisoners, guards, civil servants, women and children who lived there.

Port Arthur Project engages with Port Arthur’s history and culture through site‑specific visual art. 60 artists, all with an enduring commitment to and engagement with Tasmania, were invited to propose art works that would explore one of this country’s most visited, researched and recognisable places. Through processes of experimentation, research, consultation and negotiation 23 projects have come to fruition, comprising the four week exhibition which forms a highlight within the Ten Days on the Island 2007 festival.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Port Arthur, Port Arthur Project, historic site, history, visual art, artist, exhibition, festival, Ten Days on the Island
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Frankham, N (Professor Noel Frankham)
ID Code:56765
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2009-05-27
Last Modified:2017-03-15
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