The drowning of Lake Pedder in 1972 marked the loss of one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders. Marking the 50th summer since its destruction, Bett Gallery Hobart is staging a star-studded exhibition of works by 50 leading Australian and international artists, aiming to bring awareness to the importance of wild environments in our cultural consciousness. The brainchild of Hobart-based non-for-profit organisation OUTSDIE THE BOX / Earth Arts Rights, water[shed] will also premiere a haunting video montage of more than one hundred never-before-seen photographs by the great Geoff Parr, taken before, during and after the fateful drowning of the lake. Coinciding with the first year of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, water[shed] hopes to transform a 50-year lament into a newfound optimism for the future through the restoration of wilderness. water[shed] will show at Hobart’s Bett Gallery from February 19 to March 12, 2022, spilling out into Hobart’s CBD with a series of large-scale art installations.
NOTE: The dates provided are current and speculative. Many Australian and international arts organisations remain closed in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer to institutional websites for further details.