Quirks of nature explored at QVMAG

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Image: QVMAG's Strange Nature exhibition includes works by Melbourne-based sculptural artist Troy Emery.

This weekend, Northern Tasmanians will explore the strangest that nature has to offer in the latest exhibition to open at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park.

Inspired by the natural world, Strange Nature will showcase the work of eight contemporary artists from Tasmania and Victoria, displaying the weird and wonderful facets of the natural world that inspire their versions of plants and animals.

City of Launceston Mayor Matthew Garwood said the exhibition was an incredible display of contemporary art.

“This exhibition is going to be a fantastic experience for visitors of all ages,” Cr Garwood said.

“Whether you’re eight or 108, visitors of all ages will be in awe of the way artists have re-imagined our world through eclectic, contemporary art.

“I encourage everyone to make the most of this exhibition at the Art Gallery — it’s absolutely one not to be missed.”

General Manager Creative Arts and Cultural Services Shane Fitzgerald said the exhibition brings together leading contemporary artists from across Tasmania and the nation.

“To be unveiling new works by all artists within this exhibition is a fantastic outcome for Northern Tasmanians,” Fitzgerald said.

“Strange Nature brings together a brilliant line-up of contemporary artists to deliver a unique, creative experience for both locals and visitors exploring our State.

“We’re proud to open such an exhibition in Northern Tasmania, and look forward to exploring this vibrant fusion of natural sciences and contemporary art."

QVMAG Senior Curator Visual Art and Design Ashley Bird said the exhibition will take a look back at the history of QVMAG’s Natural Science collection through the lens of contemporary art.

“Visitors can expect to see older specimens from the institutions Natural Sciences collection, alongside some of the most bright and engaging interpretations of the natural world from Tasmanian artists, and two headline artists from Melbourne, Troy Emery and Kate Rohde,” Bird said.

“The fantastic thing about this exhibition is that it will be a debut showcase of new work by each artist involved.

Strange Nature has something for everyone to be inspired by, and we hope that everyone will walk away from this exhibition with a sense of wonder.”

Strange Nature is on display at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery from 28 October 2023 to 10 March 2024 with free entry.

Issued Friday, 27 October 2023.