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Art to put a spring in your step

Launnie locals and visitors alike need not wait for Junction or MONA FOMA to enjoy some fantastic art - we have plenty of publicly accessible art to admire right here year round. And what better time to enjoy it than Spring?

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Mural at The Pantry

Street art, graffiti walls, public galleries, sculpture installations and cafes adorned with the work of local talent can all be found within minutes walk of each other. It can be so easy to overlook the art around us in our busy day to day lives, so why not take some time to appreciate it? Make a day of exploring the city and taking in the creativity on offer, or just grab a coffee and go for a wander.

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Artist Melanie Fidler painting a traffic signal box on the corner of Charles and William streets

Probably one of the most noticeable public art projects in the city is Electric Botany - this project involved a range of artists (established and aspiring) painting electric boxes in the Launceston CBD and surrounds with a diverse range of subjects and styles.

Artist Thomas Chandler painting a traffic control box on St John Street

These boxes, mostly housing traffic control equipment, were painted by twelve Tasmanian artists and students from six secondary schools who studied the work of Australian botanical illustrator Margaret Stones. The artworks pay homage to the work Stones created in her lifetime, some of which we're lucky enough to have at QVMAG.

You can find out more about Electric Botany, read the artist rationales and explore the associated art trail here.

See some more of the project below!

Climate Strange II by Emma Magnussen-Reid
Lutruwita by Tilly Clough
The Dracophyllum Twist by Grace McDonald
Punisher by Lewis Lennon in collaboration with Kira Ann
Rogue Gondwana II by Melanie Fidler

A less curated example of public art in Launceston are the graffiti walls at Royal Park, which are frequently painted and repainted by local amateurs and professionals alike.

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These graffiti walls are an important space for local youth to discover and develop artistic talent in a safe, legal way.

One artist who's works you may recognise as you make your way around the city is KreamArt - his artistic journey began at only fourteen years old as he learned and expanded his skills as a self-taught artist in the alleyways of Launceston. Kream frequents the Royal Park graffiti walls to this day, and is an advocate for fostering unconventional artistic interest in young people in the form of 'positive street art'.

KreamArt standing atop a finished painting at Royal Park

Kream is a bit of a home grown success story - since his early days of rattle canning alleyways, he has gone on to become a beloved street artist state-wide, known for his colourful large scale pieces depicting native Australian flora and fauna. He has painted many walls, businesses, water tanks, school play areas and even indoor murals around Tasmania.

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A mural recently completed by KreamArt at the corner of George and York Streets

KreamArt has also received some national and international acclaim, having travelled to China and India to participate in projects there, and completing some notable works on the mainland as well.

Find out more about KreamArt on his website. Scroll on to see some more of his work around Launceston.

Another KreamArt piece in Royal Park, part of a series inspired by The Simpsons
A wall at S.Group painted by KreamArt
A mural by KreamArt at the Launceston Medical Centre

More generally speaking, there are many fantastic art pieces by various artists hidden around the Launceston CBD. Here are just a few of them...

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A small mural in an alley beside The Pantry
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Thylacine statues at Civic Square
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Mural on Brisbane Street
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Sculpture installation at Civic Square
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Mural near the Birchall's carpark
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Another mural at The Pantry
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Tasmanian Devil mural at Cycology
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Tasmanian Devil mural at Cycology

Aside from street art, there are also many cafes and restaurants around Launnie that display beautiful art. Lots of this art is by local talent, and may even be for sale. See some examples below.

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Canvas display at Off Center

Off Center displays colourful canvasses, usually abstract pieces. The banner image for this blog piece is also from Off Center.

Art wall at Tinka Coffee Brewers

Tinka Coffee Brewers supports local emerging talent by displaying their works in their bright, sunny cafe.

Artwork on display at Earthy Eats

Earthy Eats has a wall dedicated to displaying a large piece by a Tasmanian artist.

Large canvas at Bread + Butter

This large artwork at Bread + Butter moved with them from their previous location to their current one.

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Mural at VegOut

There are a couple of murals at VegOut - this one was painted by one of the staff members, and depicts the Cataract Gorge and King's Bridge over the Tamar River.

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Quirky pieces on display at The Dragonfly Tea Atelier

The Dragonfly Tea Atelier displays fun and interesting artworks selected by the proprietor, Sandra.

And of course, there are all the amazing galleries we have on offer around Launceston!

QVMAG has artistic displays at both the Gallery at Royal Park and the museum at Inveresk. This is a great spot to see some really interesting and historically significant works, as well as pieces from local artists and youth, in addition to their calendar of varied exhibitions.

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Locally and internationally acclaimed artist Leoni Duff gives a talk about one of her pieces on display at the Gallery at Royal Park
A crowd enjoys artworks at the Gallery at Royal Park

Dada Muse is a gallery that celebrates dadaism and surrealism, and houses Australia's largest collection of Salvador Dali works on paper. All but 100 of his known pieces are displayed here, some for the first time ever publicly.

The Dali collection is made up of drawings, prints and etchings, both originals and copies. It includes works from across Dali's prolific 50 year career, dating back as far as 1930. Some series show how a Dali print was made from start to finish, explaining the artistic process as well as the art itself.

Dada Muse has two floors, the bottom of which is open for free, with donations encouraged; while the upper floor is ticketed for guided or self-guided tours of the rarer works. The display will be rotated every three months.

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Dada Muse gallery interior

Another great location to enjoy some unconventional art is Design Tasmania. Located at City Park, this little gallery houses sculptural works as well as jewellery, ornate furniture and other unique design items by Tasmanian artists.

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A display at Design Tasmania

So take advantage of the wonderful Spring weather and shake the winter chill from your bones by exploring some art in Launceston this season - and if you take any photos, tag us! We'd love to see them.

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