The Catching Your Breath Public Artwork was supported by:
The Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme (formerly the Art for Public buildings Scheme) began in 1979 and was the first scheme of its kind in Australia. Its introduction demonstrated a visionary understanding of the way in which artworks enrich both public buildings and spaces and created a vital interface between Tasmania's professional artistic community and the general public.
The commissioned artwork located in K-Block, RHH, was supported by Arts Tasmania and the Minister for the Arts through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.
Poatina Arts is a vibrant arts collective located in Poatina, Tasmania, on the edge of the Great Western Tiers. The collective incorporates the Alethea Mountain Retreat Arts Centre and Poatina Glass Studio, an integral part of the inspiring framework which is home for a small colony of resident and visiting artists, studios, workshops, and other events. Poatina Arts is an initiative of Fusion Australia Ltd.
Poatina Arts and the Poatina Glass Studio played a significant role in this project by providing access to it's studio facilities and specialised glass blowing equipment. The artist would also like to acknowledge the colony of artists that are part of the Poatina Arts collective who provided much support, feedback and assistance throughout the project.
Thomas Pearson is a freelance glassblower and recent graduate of the JamFactory Associate Program, based in Adelaide, SA. His current body of work incorporates glass blowing, painting and drawing processes with a focus on sculptural blown glass. Inspired by the traditional glassblowing processes from Europe he continues to innovate by combining traditional and contemporary hot sculpting methods.
Thomas Pearson was instrumental in the production of the 300+ blown glass bubbles for the project, bringing his considerable skill and experience in production glass blowing to the team as gaffer. Without Thom's commitment and support this project would not have been possible.
Zeke Torrents is a young emerging artist working primarily in jewellery design and production. Zeke is also learning the art of glass blowing and is a regular volunteer assistant at the Poatina Glass Studio.
Zeke Torrents was a valuable part of the glass blowing team that produced the 300+ hand-blown glass bubbles for the artwork at Poatina Glass Studio. Zeke worked hard to assist Thom and Keith, enduring long days and a great deal of heat to help make this project a reality.
Stephen Avery is a keen novice glass blower, skilled computer programmer, and all-round creative problem solver. He's also the proprietor of DevῩze, an Australian owned and operated Microsoft Partner. The company has over 20 years' experience in custom software development utilising Agile to ensure customer software is sustainable, improves productivity and flexible to change as each business evolves and grows.
Stephen Avery assisted throughout the 11 Day Installation process, working long days without a break to locate and clean bubbles and keep track of where each bubble ended up in the seven nets. He also designed a data base to record the cumulative weights of all the bundles and each bubble's final position and was a fantastic support to the artist throughout the installation.
The Catching Your Breath Community Engagement Project (Breath Donations, Website and Videos) was supported by:
Australian Cultural Fund
The Australian Cultural Fund is a fundraising platform for Australian artists. It is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia and was established by the Australian Government in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts.
The Catching Your Breath Community Engagement Project was supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF). Funds were generously donated to the project through the ACF campaign by over 25 individuals.
Biz Adams is an accomplished graphic designer, web designer and videographer. She has worked extensively for not-for-profit organisation Fusion Australia, often utilizing her skills in creatively engaging and empowering vulnerable communities and 'at risk' young people.
Biz Adams played a leading role in the design of the Catching Your Breath website and the filming and editing of the 'The Making of Catching Your Breath' and other videos on this website.
Breath Donations, Data Processing and Website Editing Assistant
Wynsome Leak is a passionate patron of the arts. Part of the Poatina Arts collective, she has played key roles in supporting artists and helping manage annual arts events in Poatina. She has a love of music and is a novice harpist.
Wynsome Leak has played a varied and essential role in the community engagement project, beginning with assisting patients, visitors and staff to donate their breath into the 300+ glass bubbles at the hospital and other locations, through to editing participant responses, photographs and other content for this website.
Data and Web Systems Development
DevῩze is an Australian owned and operated Microsoft Partner. The company has over 20 years' experience in custom software development utilising Agile to ensure customer software is sustainable, improves productivity and flexible to change as each business evolves and grows.
DevῩze has played an important role in the technical development of the Catching Your Breath website including code-writing, web content, data processing, and assisting with data management solutions including invaluable on-the-ground support during the artwork installation.
Inscape is a Hobart-based non-profit organisation that supports patients, their families and hospital staff by providing access to inspiring and inclusive arts initiatives within Tasmanian hospitals. We transform and enrich the environment and provide comfort to families at a time of great stress and trauma.
The Catching Your Breath Community Engagement Project was generously supported by Inscape Tasmania since its inception. Inscape worked tirelessly to liaise with RHH hospital staff and systems to help design and facilitate the breath donations process in the hospital which lasted approx. 10 days in total, spread over some months. Special thanks to Jacqui and Leigh for all their hard work!