Shadows From The Island. On Now at The Sidespace

Hello Tasmanian Ceramists, Helen Leckie has emailed me saying,

I’m hoping to meet some fellow ceramicists and maybe some of us may know each other as I went to Tas. Art School here in the sixties! Now living in Queensland but am a frequent visitor.

Gallery open each day and I will be there on the 14th and then again 18th  20th and 21st

I exhibit regularly in Brisbane but this is the first time in Tasmania.

Exhibition invitation March 2016


Growing up in Hobart during the fifties and sixties the Past was a place we did not go.

But returning to Tasmania after many years I find, emerging from the shadows, stories that have inspired me to imagine in clay those feisty ancestors for too long unknown to us. My research has focussed mainly on our founding mothers, the bawdy and the brave. The transportees and the impoverished free immigrants. Thus each figure has a name and a story. The struggles and the achievements of the Van Diemonians make for fascinating reading. I hope to share their stories through my work.          My work is stylized naturalism leaning towards finding the quintessential character of the subject.

Helen Leckie.

Born Hobart 1944. Matriculated from Hobart High School and studied at the Tasmanian School of Art then situated in the old University buildings on the Domain. Taught art in high schools on the N.W. Coast for 4 years before leaving Tasmania. After living and travelling overseas for 10 years settled in Brisbane where I taught high school art for 20 years. I have exhibited regularly in Brisbane and am now delighted to be returning to my home state to exhibit.

“First Sighting of Van Diemen’s Land”

First Sight Of Van Dieman's Land Helen Leckie