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Featuring projects in Launceston's Cataract Gorge 
and Hobart's Knocklofty Reserve.
Up Next @ Mona Foma: CULTURAL BURNING @ Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart, 22-24 January
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Fire is renewal, and fire is destruction.  Artist Tim Coad finds the charred remnants of objects natural and unnatural, and gives them new life. Discover his work in Knocklofty Reserve and listen to a fascinating exploration of Aboriginal cultural fire and its regenerative role in the Australian landscape, featuring Andry Sculthorpe and Billy Paton-Clarke of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, with music by Emily Wurramara.
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And in case you missed it last weekend in Launnie...
@ Cataract Gorge

As you wander through the ancient geological formation of Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, tune in to a reflection on using mathematical tools to understand evolution, species diversity, and what ties us all together. 

A talk by Professor Barbara Holland, with music and a special introduction by Brian Ritchie.

How to access the project:

1. Get yourself to the Gorge and find a nice walking trail

2. Stream or download the audio

3. Scroll down the page to learn about the speakers, location, and the Sci Art Walks series

Stream or download the audio now:


You can also listen at your favourite podcast platform - just search for "Sci Art Walks"


About Professor Barbara Holland: 

Barbara Holland is an Associate Professor in the discipline of Mathematics within the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She works within the Theoretical Phylogenetics research group and lectures in Statistics. Barbara completed a PhD in Mathematical Biology at Massey University in New Zealand followed by postdoctoral studies at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany) and in the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution (New Zealand). Prior to joining the University of Tasmania she worked as a Mathematics lecturer and researcher at Massey University. Since beginning her PhD she has enjoyed the challenge of working with biologists in trying to translate the problems they face into the language of mathematics. Biology is awash with data since the advent of DNA sequencing technology and this has opened up a range of very interesting research questions that require a combination of skills from mathematics, biology and computer science.

About Brian Ritchie:

Brian Ritchie is a musician and curator residing in Tasmania. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Brian moved to Australia in 2006. Brian’s musical career extends across the fields of rock, classical, folk, blues, Japanese traditional music, musique concrete, and beyond. He first came to international prominence as the bassist/multi-instrumentalist with post-punk trio Violent Femmes.  

Brian is a licensed Shihan (master) of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo Zen flute). His Japanese professional name is Tairaku. Shortly after moving to Tasmania, Brian met gambler David Walsh and they conceived of MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art).  


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Photo Credit: MONA/ Jesse Hunniford


Suggested Walking Location: Cataract Gorge

Find Cataract Gorge Reserve just outside the city center, where the South Esk River courses down a deep, rugged trench. Trails run along both sides of the river to give hikers a variety of excellent views.

From the first basin there are multiple walks around the Gorge and a chair lift across the first basin itself. 

Click here for more information.


The Gorge is mostly accessible, but there are some uneven and steep sections, and assistance may be required for wheelchairs and prams. More information for those using wheelchairs here.

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Sci Art Walks is a Beaker Street production.
Every August, we host Beaker Street Festival, a celebration of science and art in Tasmania.
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You'll also go in the running to win free festival passes. 

Photo Credit: Luke Webber

Click here to learn more about Sci Art Walks and listen to the entire series.