Published on : Thursday, September 11, 2014
The islands of Jersey and Tasmania, though separated by 11,000 miles, may not appear to have a great deal in common at first glance. However the islands, which lie on opposite sides of the globe at 49 degrees north and 41 degrees south respectively, are being united in a new exhibition at the Harbour Gallery this month.
Ninety Degrees of Island Life is the creation of islander Susie de Carteret, who ran the UK office of Tourism Tasmania for 15 years. She now owns and runs the world’s only Tasmania-specialist travel company, Tasmanian Odyssey from Jersey.
The idea for the Jersey exhibition was sparked by a chance meeting in Hobart between Susie and local Jersey artist Hannah Blackmore, who moved to Tasmania in 2012. Hannah, whose mother Rosemary Blackmore and sister are both successful Jersey artists, has continued the successful career that she established in Jersey, turning her hand to painting some of the bewitching Tasmanian landscapes that are often described as the most stunning in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hannah’s Tasmanian work will be on display alongside some of her Jersey art, with several new contributions from Rosemary whose images of Jersey cows are recognised world-wide and who has made several visits to Tasmania.
High profile contributions for Ninety Degrees of Island Life are being made by acclaimed photographers from Australia and the UK whose work has taken them to Tasmania. These include an outstanding selection of images by the revered Australian wilderness photographer, Rob Blakers, whose work is used extensively in nature conservation and whose career started with his collaboration with The Wilderness Society in Tasmania during the successful campaign to prevent The Franklin River damming project. The 1982 campaign changed the Federal Government, started the world’s first Green Party and locked away 30% of Tasmania’s landmass, launching the hitherto unknown eco-tourism movement.