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Last friday night, as the light faded into the cold and quiet, three artists from Poatina created a Pop Up performance at the top of the village green to a group of around 30 residents and visitors.

Anna, draped in a large flowing cloth, swirled and weaved an improvised dance in front of a brightly reflected spotlight, creating shadows and patterns against the backdrop of a high stone wall. Lea echoed her movements by singing sweeping and evocative melodies and punctuating them with shrill and mournful cries. Spike accompanied them both by playing ostinatos on a clarinet while slowly beating out a pulse on a 44 gallon drum.

The piece, which was titled “Grief and Loss”, lasted about 15 minutes and was a response to life as it happened that week in the village.

We look forward to more Pop Up performances as we respond together to life in community.


The opening of ‘The Poatina Tree’ Gallery and web site

IMG_5728IMG_5678IMG_5684 copyIMG_5694 copyIMG_5759 copyIMG_5774 copyIMG_5783 copy‘The Poatina Tree’ Gallery and web site was launched a few weeks ago at the Poatina Australia Day festival.

Thanks to a representative from the Northern midlands council and a wonderful crowd of onlookers, the day was an amazing success.

“This is wonderful! keep up the great work”

“Such quality of work here! .. and all from this area!”

Most of the work on display has been created by Artists in Poatina, or Artists associated with its work. The Poatina Glass studio has a significant number of unique pieces on display and for sale, and we are excited to announce also that the new Arts Center and Glass studio building will be opened officially later this year.

Here is the ‘About Us’ section from the web site:

We are a group of artists – musicians, painters, sculptors, glass blowers, dancers, writers, and actors.

We live together in a small intentional community in the picturesque and peaceful village of Poatina in Tasmania.

We have lots of fun together, and also work to care for each other, our environment, and our creative processes.

We offer an Artist In Residence program, Training, Mentoring, or simply a place to be…

To check out the web site click here.


Faith and the Arts 2013 – “The best most enjoyable week ever!!”

Poatina_GROUP PHOTO-1Faith and the Arts was held in Poatina in early January with around 80 people taking part in the week long course.

The Faith and the Arts Summer School is a practical week-long residential program that offers the chance to focus on a variety of creative arts. This year the electives were:  Music, Photography, Hot Glass, Fiction Writing, Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, Clowning, Ceramics and Dance. Its was a load of fun, packed with colour, life and creativity – “the best part was sharing it all with a great family of people”.

Here is a few comments from those who took part this January:

“This week has been epic!! So much going on.  So much cross-pollination between groups.  I am thankful for the effort the core team went to in order to integrate different creative electives as well as different age groups.”

602685_10151429414973745_1742600946_n“Ive had an absolutely amazing week beyond anything I could have expected/hoped for.  Working/creating/eating & sleeping alongside these people has been the most enjoyable part of the experience.”

“Very enjoyable week!! It was great sharing in community with other artists and creative people. I am excited about taking what I have learnt here back with me.”

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75035_10151429408748745_346571253_n59980_10151429395558745_759568949_n553261_10151429397383745_837207093_n“I loved it. I loved the freedom to be creative & explore my creativity.  The week was very challenging, but very uplifting and encouraging.”

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“It was a wonderful week, very well timed and needed at my current point in my artistic journey. Exactly what I needed. Really enjoyed the teaching”

“The best most enjoyable, inspiring, challenging, liberating and just plain awesome week ever!!

To read more reflections and see heaps more photos click here.


Jazz at the Chalet, Sunday 7pm

Looking for a relaxing evening,
listening to Jazz?

Spike and Lea Mason will be performing

at the Poatina Chalet

from 7:00-9:00pm

Sunday 27th January

(Just for Australia Day weekend, it will be on Sunday evening, every other weekend they perform on a Saturday evening)

Hot drinks and good company provided. :)

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Poatina Australia Day Celebrations – Saturday 26th of January

wheelbarrow_2009b_th wheelbarrow_thPoatina celebrates Australia day with loads of fun tomorrow. (Sat 26th)

We kick off the day with a Parade at 10.30am.  The flag-raising ceremony is at the Chalet at 11am, followed by the opening of The Poatina Tree Gallery at 11.30am.  Lots of festival activities on the Village Green, Free sausage sizzle, a cuppa at the View Cafe looking out over the Great Western Tiers, Demos of glass blowing at the Arts Centre, and the Primary, Junior & Senior Wheelbarrow Races from 2pm.

If you are in Tassie tomorrow, drop on by. :)

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Trinity College ended a great year with Pancakes, Glassblowing and a Graduation Service.

Trinity College ended the year with all sorts of activities and events.

A pancake breakfast was held for the village a few weeks before the end of term. It was to raise funds for children to be able to attend school in Jamaica.

The senior school had a very special time making paper weights at a glassblowing workshop. Southern Cross Television recorded some footage for a new TV advertisement that will be aired soon, promoting Scholarships in Glass and Music for 2013.  http://www.trinitycollege.tas.edu.au/

And huge congratulations to all students for another year, and to the four students who graduated from year 12!

Well done to everyone! Have a great Christmas.

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Trinity College & lots more to come!

There is loads of stories and events that have happened in the village over the past month that we will share with you this week, so get ready for a few more posts including our Kris Kringle night which was such a special time!!

Trinity College held its annual Cafe Arts evening towards the end of the semester.

The theme was based around the curriculum for 2012 which was Sustainability.

Here is some pics of the night! Thanks to all the students, teachers, parents & audience, that made the night such a special time.


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