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The paper on skin team are on our marks to launch Call for Entries 2020. There are some exciting developments planned. Whether you are a fan of the event, potential entrant, past entrant or just fascinated by the wonder of wearable paper art, join our email mailing list to ensure you won’t miss news and updates. Drop me an email with the subject line ‘Sign me up’ - - thanks for your interest, Lyndal


Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary - Applications Now Open!

The Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary fund has been established to recognise the lifetime's work and contribution made by Helen to the arts and culture of Burnie. Helen was patron of Burnie Arts Council Inc from 2012 to 2017. Our group decided to honour her with an annual Bursary Award for a young North West/West Coaster demonstrating aspiration and dedication to pursuing their arts studies.

If you are aged between 17 -21 (as at 31 December 2019), live on the West or North West Coast of Tasmania and have a passionate interest in pursuing your arts studies (any genre), please go to our COMMUNITY page, Helen Denise Jones Arts Bursary tab and download the Application Form.

Applications close 31st October.

Enquiries Pam Thorne (Secretary) 0429 029 671 or Lyn Smith (Treasurer) 0418 337 088


Vanishing Point Unseen - Makers' Workshop Burnie - until 24th November

University of Tasmania, in collaboration with the Burnie City Council, presents Vanishing Point Unseen. This exhibition marks the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Makers Workshop. Featuring works from both scientists and artists, the exhibition investigates the impact of micro-plastics in our oceans.

Opening (invite only) 5pm 3rd October. Exhibition runs until 24th November.

Part of Burnie Shines

All enquiries Joanna at


Burnie Shines Featured Artists Exhibition - Burnie Regional Art Gallery until 27th Oct

Every year Burnie celebrates the arrival of spring with the launch of a month long calendar of activities known as Burnie Shines.

2019 sees three local artists featured in an exhibition at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. Jeannine Binoth, weaver and sculptor; Zoe Grey, painter; and Graham Mace, who has developed a method of stained glass practice using copper foil.

For opening hours head to the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Facebook page.


‘Art in the Dark’ workshop with artist Katrin Terton. Oct 25. Burnie Reg Art Gallery

This 3-hour workshop is an exclusive pre-launch event, providing an encounter with the works of the multi-sensory exhibition Beyond Sight together with the artist in an intimate setting, affording a unique art experience that is not primarily based on sight.
Participants will also experience creative processes such as blind contour drawing and sculpting without sight that highlight the use of other senses than vision to inspire self-exploration and develop a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of individual perception.

Places are strictly limited. $40 PP. Payment and bookings can be made in person at the gallery or by phone 64 30 5875.

9.30 am - 12.30 pm. Fri Oct 25, Burnie Regional Art Gallery


Community Paper Clothing Competition - Award and Exhibition opening Nov 8

Previously known as the ‘Paper Dress’ competition, this wonderful community-focused event has now been re-launched and re-invigorated as the Community Paper Clothing Competition.

Open to anyone interested in exploring the unique and diverse medium of paper as a platform for artistic expression. Novices welcome! The project is managed by the Burnie City Council and one of its aims it to be a skills-development program for local artists looking to enter paper on skin in the future.

The competition sets the challenge either as a team or individual to create life size clothing, a face mask or headwear and jewellery, purely from paper product. This can include using newspapers, fast food wrappers, shopping dockets or even toilet paper. 

There are three age categories which can be entered: 

  • Primary School

  • High School Grade 7/8/9/10

  • Open age category

 Completed entries must be received at the Coastal Art Gallery on the 4th-5th November.

All enquires to Dave Fregon at the Burnie City Council – 64 30 5770.


Bank of Useful Ideas - an initiative of the Bank of Us for Burnie

On the 20-21st of September, the Bank of Us held a workshop in Burnie to launch the pilot of their initiative ‘The Bank of Useful Ideas’.

The bank are re-framing how they offer and manage community support. Through the workshop the participants identified five different areas of need/opportunity in Burnie. These will be accessible on the Bank of Ideas website in the coming weeks. The bank will then ask for submissions of ideas from the community which fit within one or more of these areas.

If selected, support will be offered through finance, low-interest lending, mentoring support or matched/co-funding arrangements.

Burnie Arts Council had three representatives present - so the arts had a good look in! We came away impressed by the approach and intention of the Bank of Us to contribute to the Burnie community in a meaningful and enriching way.

What should we put forward as a ‘useful idea’?


The Miners Trail - touring the West Coast of Tasmania - plus Burnie

DoMaur Productions Incorporated, in partnership with the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and MMG mining brings you The Miners Trail.

The fascinating mining history of the rugged West Coast of Tasmania will be presented by Do Maur in a 90 minute show at five locations between Nov 9 - Nov 17. Working from original scripts, each will differ slightly to reflect the story of each performance location.

Tickets: Full: $20 Concession: $15

Dates: Zeehan - Nov 9, Gaiety, 7.30pm; Waratah - Nov 10, Athenaeum Hall, 2.30; Nov 15 - Rosebery Convent School, 7.30; Nov 16, Queenstown Paragon, 7.30; Nov 17, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, 2.30


TSO to bring masterclasses and mentoring to the NW

On Sept 16, Caroline Sharpen, CEO of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, announced that the Symphony Under the Stars would be held in Launceston in February, 2020.

In great news for the North West Coast, it was also announced that a series of masterclasses, family and school concerts, workshops and mentoring opportunities would be rolled out along the North-West Coast during 2020.

This news was warmly received by the North West music community, who had participated in consultation sessions with the TSO earlier this year. Students involved in the Stringalong schools program and the Burnie Stringalong Orchestra (initiatives of Burnie Arts Council Inc) will benefit greatly from the opportunity to learn from professional TSO musicians.

Arts Council President, and founder of the Stringalong schools program, Lynne Price, says “We’re absolutely delighted that at last the TSO management acknowledges we have lots of energy and talent up here and we deserve more support than just one concert a year in Burnie” (The Advocate, 17/9/2019)


Women's Art Prize Tasmania - Now Open for Submissions

The Women’s Art Prize Tasmania is the state’s only female art competition. Re-launched in 2018, the prize aims to inspire, facilitate and celebrate the development of professional and emerging women artists in Tasmania.

This prestigious and exclusive competition consists of three prize categories:

  1. $15,000 acquisitive prize presented by the Trawalla Foundation,

  2. $3,000 Bell Bay Aluminium People's Choice award,

  3. $1,500 Zonta Emerging artist prize.

The prize is judged by a panel comprised of recognised arts industry professionals. The prize is open to Tasmanian artists identifying as women. Entries are accepted across all mediums and open to artists of all career stages. The prize encourages artists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait island heritage to enter.

Submission closing date: 31st October


Great Day at MakerX Burnie, 18th August!

UTAS hosted the inaugural Makerx Expo at the Burnie Arts and Function centre on Sunday the 18th August.

Burnie Arts Council had a stall promoting paper on skin, demonstrating paper art and sharing some materials about Burnie City Council’s Community Paper Clothing Challenge.

The family-friendly day, with the themes of MAKE, CREATE, LEARN and INNOVATE, attracted large crowds.

We look forward to participating again - and seeing what people have created with their newfound paper string making techniques!


News! TSO came to Burnie - but to listen, not play!

This is such a welcome initiative! The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra executive team were in Burnie on Wed 24th and Thursday 25th conducting (😉) workshops with the community in order to develop a strategy to grow their presence and share their skills with regional Tas. They spent time with music educators, band and orchestra leaders and an audience focus group. Contact Shaunagh on 6232 4411 for more information or follow-up input.


Burnie Arts Council AGM - Feb 17th - Committee Re-elected

On the 17th February the Burnie Arts Council Inc held our AGM. Our Executive Committee members were re-elected as a block unopposed. Lynne Price, President; Lyndal Thorne, Vice President; Lyn Smith, Treasurer; Pam Thorne, Secretary.  We were entertained by Stringalong student Ryan Smith. Meeting image taken by Janine Morris. Photographic exhibition providing stunning backdrop by Con Rhee. Annual membership fees: single - $30, family - $45, student - $10. Enquiries Pam Thorne 0429 029 671.

Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary Recipient for 2019 Announced

At the Helen Denise Jones OAM Art Bursary fundraiser Christmas Concert on Sunday 25th November, 2018, the Arts Bursary recipient for 2019 was announced. Katelyn Geard - Visual Artist. Katelyn has completed year 12 at Don College and is in 2019 undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at UTAS in Hobart. She already has a number of awards and exhibition credits to her name AND has completed a number of paid commissions. All the signs point to a strong future ahead for Katelyn. The $1000 Bursary will assist with Katelyn’s living expenses during university in Hobart.


The Place of Art initiative - follow up

To celebrate Burnie Arts Council Inc’s 70th Birthday, on the 22nd October a forum titled The Place of Art in the Art of Place was held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. Guest speakers included Saul Eslake (independent economist), Professor Kate Darian-Smith (Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania), Lindy Hume (Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island) and Vic McEwan (contemporary artist and Artistic Director of The Cad Factory). The forum was designed to be a provocation, the beginning of a process that will lead toward building a plan for the future direction of arts and culture in our region. Follow up consultation sessions have taken place since to hear feedback from the community. As an arts practitioner, arts administrator, or art lover residing in this area, what are your burning issues? Please email - we are still accepting feedback. If you would like to be included on the email list send a message to The Place of Art in the Art of Place was generously supported by Ten Days on the Island, Burnie City Council, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.


'paper on skin' Award Winners Announced

The paper on skin Gala Parade and Award evening was a stunning display of colour, creativity and masterful use of Burnie's signature element, paper. Awards are as follows: $5000 Betta Milk Major Award: Svenja 'Lichen Morphology'. $1500 Friends of the Regional Gallery Runner Up Award: Polly Crowden 'Adira of Aberlone'. $500 Cocoon Design Public Vote Award, Cynthia Hawkins, 'Empress at Forbidden City'. Image: Grant Wells Photo. Svenja - 'Lichen Morphology'