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@ Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart, 22-24 January
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.

How to access the project:

1. Go to Knocklofty Reserve. Make sure to bring a smartphone or other listening device, and headphones.

2. Follow the signs (or the map) to Tim's artwork

3. Stream or download the audio below to hear the episode,

which includes a special introduction in which Tim discusses his artwork

4. If you see Tim milling about, have a chat, whydontcha?

5. Choose a walking trail to wander while you listen to the rest of the episode

6. Scroll down the page to learn about the location, the contributors, 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"

Knocklofty Reserve

Knocklofty Reserve is just a 5-minute drive west of Hobart’s city centre, but you'll be transported straight into the bush, with a rich network of walking trails and glorious views over the city.


Typing "Knocklofty Reserve" into your maps app will take you to the main car park. Drive to the very top of Forest Road in West Hobart, and keep going along the gravel road until you hit the car park. If you're feeling energetic, it's a 40-minute walk, mostly uphill, from the CBD. You can walk up Forest Road, or as an alternative, walk to the end of Poet's Road in West Hobart, and you'll find an entrance there to the Reserve.



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Walking in Knocklofty Reserve

Choose from numerous trails, which are well sign-posted within the reserve. For a relaxing stroll, follow the Sandy Spit Track, or to get your heart rate going, try the 4km Knocklofty Summit Loop (some bushwalking experience recommended for that one). Note, as you head to Tim's artwork from the main car park, you'll pass a sign with the John Glover painting that Andry Sculthorpe refers to in the episode. The painting is called "Painted on the Spot."


Knocklofty Reserve is an assisted access area. We can say from experience that it's mostly accessible with a pram (even one with a flat tyre). For those with mobility limitations, a TrailRider rough-terrain wheelchair can be hired free of charge from the City of Hobart. Ring (03) 6238 2711 before 5pm Friday to book.


Andry Sculthorpe 

Andry Sculthorpe is a pakana man who works for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's milaythinna pakana land management program, and is a director for the Fire sticks alliance Aboriginal corporation.

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Billy Paton-Clarke

Billy Paton-Clarke is from truwana/ Cape Barren Island. He moved to Hobart at 18, not knowing anyone, and found his way into land management. He now works as a pakana Ranger with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, caring for country. He loves getting out into country, whether with work or family, especially camping and exploring with his two daughters.

Emily Wurramara

Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, growing up Emily loved hearing her uncles sing, but also realised that women from her community rarely sang in public.  Wanting to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice, Emily embarked on a musical journey that has touched the hearts and minds of audiences across Australia and internationally.   

Emily’s debut album received an ARIA nomination and AIR award for Best Blues and Roots Album.  She is a 6 times Queensland Music Award winner and has toured extensively across Australia, Canada and Ireland.




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Photo Credit: Liv Jarvis

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Tim Coad

Tim’s practice explores the expanded condition of contemporary place-based
photography and drawing. In a language of the questioned landscape, Tim’s artwork
investigates the disputed landscape, and traces the impacts of civilisation in the local
environment. Employing a range of interdisciplinary strategies, Tim explores the
collision between the forgotten place, the constructed landscape, and the narratives
that emerge when one is framed within the other.

Learn more about Tim's work at

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@ Cataract Gorge, Launceston

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 below

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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Photo Credit: Luke Webber

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








Ancestral Eve
Featuring projects in Launceston's Cataract Gorge 
and Hobart's Knocklofty Reserve.
*This is a past event, but the special Mona Foma episodes below are still available.
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