Please join us at the Poets and Painters launch

Please join us at the launch of Poets and Painters - Celebrating The Big Punchbowl on Friday 28 July at the Moonah Arts Centre.

During the spring and summer months of 2016-17, nine poets and nine painters immersed themselves in The Big Punchbowl Reserve. In pairs they have witnessed nature, then collaboratively crafted work. The results show The Big Punchbowl through a new and original lens.

You are invited to join the TLC and curators Pete Hay and Carol Bett at the exhibition launch of the seventh Poets and Painters.

Protected by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy in 2016 through the generosity of so many supporters, The Big Punchbowl Reserve is 244 hectares of waterways and bushland on the Freycinet Peninsula. Home to nationally endangered Tasmanian devils, white-bellied sea eagles and a raft of waterbirds, the reserve fringes the Ramsar-listed Moulting Lagoon.


Experience the reserve through the work of eminent artists and writers: • Sarah Day and Raymond Arnold • Edith Speers and David Keeling • Adrienne Eberhard and Sue Lovegrove • Jan Colville and Lucienne Rickard • James Charlton and Joan Ross • Greg Lehman and Imants Tillers • Lyn Reeves and Megan Walch • Louise Oxley and Thornton Walker • Ben Walter and Richard Wastell

The exhibition will be launched by Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, followed by readings from participating poets. Please RSVP here to attend the launch.

When: Friday, 28 July, 6-8pm Where: Moonah ARTS Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah RSVP through Eventbrite.

Exhibition Dates

• Moonah Arts Centre, 23 – 27 Albert Rd, Moonah – 28 July to 19 August

• Bett Gallery, 369 Elizabeth St, North Hobart – 31 August – 18 September

Poetry readings

• Moonah Arts Centre – 29 July, 3.00pm

• Bett Gallery – 16 September, 3.00pm


The exhibition will be accompanied by a limited edition publication, Poets and Painters – Celebrating The Big Punchbowl available at the exhibition launch, and (from 1 August 2017) at select Tasmanian bookstores and through Readings online.

Lookout for the Poets and Painters feature in the next issue (#150) of Island magazine, available through select bookstores, good newsagencies and online.

Poets and Painters – Celebrating The Big Punchbowl launch at Melbourne Writers Festival The publication will also be launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Details will be announced on 18 July.

Acknowledgements This initiative is a collaboration between the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and Bett Gallery.

Poets and Painters – Celebrating The Big Punchbowl would not have been possible without the generous support of the Purves Environmental Fund, the Purryburry Trust, Devil’s Corner, Freycinet Experience, Joan Masterman, Lynda Warner, Delia Nicholls, Sophie Underwood and Matt Dell, Avant Card and the Moonah Arts Centre.

Heartfelt thanks to the TLC supporters who enabled the purchase of The Big Punchbowl for the protection of nature in perpetuity. We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Oyster Bay people. We pay respect to their elders past and present, and acknowledge today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Image by Matthew Newton