***2023 Winter Season closed*** Stay tuned for future Moonlight Stories events.
Launching as part of the OFF season 2023 campaign, Moonlight Stories offers a visual platform of winter projections of artwork under the moonlight and the stars, imparting knowledge from the artist to the audience. Moonlight represents an important cultural touchstone to the local Northwest tribe, the Tommeginne who travelled seasonally across the Northwest, including Table Cape. The full moon represented a time for Tommeginne people to gather, share food, stories and knowledge around fire light. Moonlight Stories, provides us an opportunity to connect to a similar experience, an opportunity to learn, and share stories and knowledge around a different kind of light, but still under moonlight.
The first artist to present a projected artwork for this year will be Caleb Nichols-Mansell. Caleb presents a projected artwork, tunapri, with an accompanying soundscape that responds to place through the vision, creativity, and voice of a contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal artist. Projected visuals in the form of original paintings, drawings, digital illustration will tell the story of country. The deep time connections of a culture and community who are connected to place, people, and time will come together to honour those who have gone before and look forward to the future. The aim of this work is to provide an opportunity for the audience to take an intimate journey into the hearts and minds of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community while also reflecting on our shared histories and connections. tunapri is a Palawa Kani language word that loosely translates to ‘knowledge’ and encompasses the intentions and concept behind the work. It can be interpreted as knowledge of country, knowledge of community, knowledge of culture or knowledge of self. Ultimately, we are sharing our knowledge of place and people.
This project has been produced by Ten Days on the Island with contributions from the following creative team:
- Produced by Sally Richardson & Christian Storan
- Creative Direction by Caleb Nichols-Mansell
- Elder & Cultural Oversight by Auntie Erica Maynard
- Artwork by Caleb Nichols-Mansell
- Projection Mapping by Darryl Rogers
- Sound Design by Isaac Rogers
Caleb Nichols-Mansell: Image courtesy of Caleb Nichols-Mansell
Currently living on the North-west coast of Tasmania with his partner, Caleb was born and raised in Launceston with his large and extended family. Caleb went to school first at Mowbray Heights Primary and then later at Brooks High School. After this he completed his first year of post-secondary education at Newstead College before moving on to the University of Tasmania where he studied and later worked for several years.
Caleb has an extensive portfolio in graphic design and digital art and has been commissioned by a number of leading institutes and organisations both within the state and nationally. Stepping outside of his comfort zone, he is beginning to experiment with large scale festival and public art installations as well as site responsive works which will be developed over the coming year.
Delving into and shining light on the politics of identity, land, and cultural heritage his artwork aims to generate conversation and evoke deep thinking whilst providing the broader community with an intimate look at what it means to be Tasmanian Aboriginal man in modern day Tasmania.
Caleb’s passion and drive was recognised at the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards for 2021-22 where he won both the category he was nominated for, the Dental South First Nations Achievement Award as well as the overall, Premiers Young Achiever of the Year Award.