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Journal Entry – Tarkine Coast, 5th April

“The wildness of this coastline is all encompassing, even on a mild day. This place is remote, jagged and stunning. Waves curl and crash against ogre-shaped boulders of giant proportions. Sea spray flies backwards. Vertical folds of rock run deep into the sea, or, like dragon-teeth, point towards the sky. Embedded abalone and periwinkle whisper of those who once walked and lived this land. I lament their losses; I am privileged, humbled and ever grateful to dwell here. My whole being resonates with the call of these rocks, the ocean, the sky…  I am energised, a wild woman with a camera trying to collect images to help this land speak to people who would harm it. I seek out nooks and crannies, sculptured reds and minute seashells… I wait for the biggest wave, the sweetest light…  I can hardly do justice to this place, nor to my experience of it, through imagery and writing, but I can breathe and thank it.”

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Arwen Dyer is a photographer and artist from Hobart, Tasmania. Her love of landscape and astronomical photography grew from her passion for being in nature. She has a particular interest in macro and night photography: both illuminate worlds that we so often don’t stop to appreciate. Arwen’s images portray emotional and spiritual responses to place and natural phenomena and invite the viewer to also respond. She hopes her photos of unique and beautiful wilderness will help raise awareness of the need to protect the natural environment from human impacts such as deforestation, global warming and mining.

She grew up on a property called Isfryn in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. It was here and in nearby wilderness that she discovered her love of nature, art and photography. Her inaugural book, Luminosity – Star, Sky & Sea, was released in 2015. In August 2014, she undertook an artist-in-residence at Mountain Sea Arts on Flinders Island Tasmania which culminated in a book with fellow Tasmanian photographer Wolfgang Glowacki. She has also been Artist in Residence at the Living in Peace Project in Karamea, New Zealand and at Kunsvartaret in Lofoten, Norway.

Arwen is a member of Nature Photographers Tasmania and Female Nature Photography. She often donates time and images to environmental campaigns and not-for-profit organizations, as well as doing contract work for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. She participates in Tarkine in Motion with the Bob Brown Foundation.  Arwen holds a Masters of Creative Arts Therapy and a Certification in CranioSacral Therapy. She believes in the strength of the arts and being-in-nature to assist in healing and personal growth.

Exhibitions

  • evanesce at Wilderness Gallery Find Your Feet Hobart, ongoing 2017
  • evanesce solo exhibition, Sidespace Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, December 2016
  • Tarkine in Motion group exhibition, the Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, January 2016
  • Solo retrospective at Wilderness Gallery Find Your Feet Hobart, June 2015
  • Tarkine in Motion group exhibition at Salerno Gallery Sydney and in Burnie, Tasmania 2015
  • Australian Art in Milan group exhibition at Art Expo Milan 2015
  • Flinders Island collection at Mountain Seas Gallery on Flinders Island, Tasmania November 2015
  • Wild Tasmania exhibition with Wolfgang Glowacki at Jugglers Arts Space, Brisbane, June 2015 and
    at MIECAT Studios Gallery, Melbourne, September 2015
  • Island Light, group nature photography exhibition at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tas., 2015
  • Wrest Point Art Awards, Wrest Point, Hobart, Tas., 2015 and 2016
  • Kingborough Art Awards, Kingston, Tas. April 2015
  • Wild Tasmania with Wolfgang Glowacki at the Gallery Tasmania, Sheffield, December 2014.
  • Celestial Listening with Andrea Breen, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, April 2014
  • Rotary Club of Hobart Art Show, Wrest Point Casino, 2014 and 2015
  • The Aurora Chasers, Kingston Arts Hub, July-August 2014
    • See the Aurora Chasers collaborative video on YouTube
  • In focus – Refugee Art Week Exhibition, Moonah Arts Centre, June 2014
  • Kingborough Art Prize, Kingston, Tas. May 2014
  • Hobart Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, Mawson’s Place, May 2014
  • Aurora Australis Exhibition, Gallery Tasmania, Sheffield, Tas. April 2014
  • Love the Tarkine group exhibition, Wilderness Society Tas., Hobart, March 2014
  • Weld Echo, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, January 2014
  • Southern Exposure, Cygnet, March 2014

Awards

  • Runner-up 2016 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Royal Museums Greenwich UK
  • Two Honorable Mentions in Landscape category of international Monochrome Awards
  • Winner of Freycinet Map Cover photo competition, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, 2016
  • Second place NotIndoor photography magazine competition January 2016, “Reflections in Hooker Lake”
  • Short-listed Tasmanian Landscape Photography Awards, Wild Island 2016, “Delicately Held”
  • Finalist, Shoot the Frame landscape category, February 2016, “Moonbow at Skógafoss” and “Aurora, Lofoten”
  • Photo Editors Pick and Honorable Mention, David Malin Awards 2015, wide-field category, “Luna Eclipse”
  • Short-listed Aurora Photography Competition Wild Island 2015 “Moonscape”
  • Short-listed Australian Geographic night sky folio November 2015, printed in magazine
  • Wrest Point Art Awards exhibitor 2015 and 2016

Residencies

Grants & Sponsors

Representation

Books

  • Luminosity: Star, Sky & Sea, self-published book, 2015
  • Flinders Island, self-published book with Wolfgang Glowacki, 2014

Articles and Media

Creative collaborators

  • Wolfgang Glowacki
  • Gary Rhodes
  • Andrea Breen
  • Nelipot

Clients and/or organizations Arwen has donated images/time to

  • Salamanca Arts Centre
  • The Bob Brown Foundation
  • The Australian Greens
  • Cancer Council Tasmania
  • Kingston Beach Regatta
  • The Bob Brown Foundation
  • Tasmanian World Heritage. Too Precious to Loose.
  • Environment Tasmania
  • Tasmanian Land Conservancy
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Migrant Resource Centre, Tasmania
  • Tamsin Nolan Make-up Artist
  • Stormfront Productions
  • Tarkine Action
  • Sally Grace Cakes
  • Sandy Bay Chalet
  • Sandy Bay Natural Therapies
  • Island Health College
  • The Heart Foundation
  • The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation

Successful merchandise enterprises

  • Calendars
  • Greeting cards
  • Postcards
  • Prints
  • Blankets