Moonah Arts Centre reopens with new exhibitions

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MOONAH Arts Centre (MAC) has reopened its doors with three new, exciting exhibitions by local artists following a five-month layoff due to COVID-19.

Moonah Arts Centre shut its doors to the public in March, but is now ready to again showcase the artwork of locals to the community.

“It’s been a really challenging time for artists,” MAC visual arts program officer Rebecca Holmes said.

“Artists who were travelling from interstate to be involved with MAC’s program have been unable to travel, and many artists haven’t been able to access their studios or collaborate with other creatives and have had to put projects on the back burner.

“At MAC we’ve been trying to support our artists by creating opportunities for them to show exhibitions, or parts of their exhibitions, online.

“This is something that we will continue to do as we look to reopening our exhibition spaces as it has created some exciting opportunities.”

Toby Juliff was one artist in the exhibition’s opening, collaborating with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and the Tasmania Fire Service to create an artwork examining an impending climate catastrophe.

Mr Juliff also created a series of podcasts that are available online where he interviewed artists, faith leaders and experts in hazard reduction burning.

Catherine D’Orazio made abstract watercolour paintings by layering colours over and over.

In addition to her exhibition, Ms D’Orazio created a video showing her process, showing the nuances of emotion and painting.

The third exhibition was by artist Nadia Refaei, who used family photographs and other records to explore the idea of ‘homeland’ in the context of the Syrian conflict.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a dual language video resource, which will also be available online.

“We’re so excited to invite people back to MAC to see these great exhibitions in person,” Ms Holmes said.

The exhibition spaces will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

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