The Ships that Shaped Australia
Jack L Koskie collection of Maritime paintings
July 1st – July 31st
The Ships That Shaped Australia, an exhibition of 27 paintings of vessels that sailed into our history books has been launched at Cape Otway Lightstation by Maritime Museum of Victoria Chairman Dr Henry Hudson.
Each of the large scale works were painted in the Seventies and Eighties by the late Jack L Koskie, a former lecturer at Deakin University, for his book the Ships That Shaped Australia.
Koskie's works capture the high drama of early shipping in Australia including American whale boats, the first ship to traverse Bass Strait from West to East in 1801 the HMS Lady Nelson, and the Loch Ard which was wrecked in 1878 trying to sight the Cape Otway light.
Included in the collection of acrylic on board works is HMS Investigator which surveyed Australian waters under the command of Matthew Flinders, SS Casino which was wrecked at Apollo Bay in 1932, and HMAS Sydney, famous for her stoush with the German vessel Emden in 1914.
The most contemporary vessel in the exhibition is Australia II the famous wing-keeled racing yacht which won the America's Cup in 1983.
There's also a rare survivor the colonial ketch May Queen, a trading vessel built in 1867, which can still be seen moored at Constitution Dock in Hobart.
Exhibition currently at Cape Ottway Lightstation
The Quiet Sea
Aug 1st – Aug 16th
Shivanjani Lal is a multi-disciplinary emerging artist who moves between performance, video,
photography and sculpture. Her practice is spatial and deals with quiet metaphors about how one
sees, engages, and disrupts.
The Quiet Sea is a personal portrait of a family’s migration. It is encapsulated in the boats and the stories outlaid and heard. It is a discussion of where one decision can change the journey of a family, and how these small decisions connect to the present through the body of the artist.