Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Poor Souls

World Premiere


Artist/Film maker Julie Gough
Choreographer Sinsa Mansell
Artist/Designer Michele Maynard
Painter Fiona Hall AO
Painter/Printmaker Raymond Arnold
Artist Catherine Stringer
Painter Katherine Cooper
Printmaker Melissa Smith
Musician Brian Richie
Musician Blaise Garza
Musician: Yyan Ng
Printmaker Melissa Smith

King Islanders
Painter Alison Milsom
Painter Nubar Ghazarian
Textiles Pam McKay
Painter Pam Rolley
Painter Marilyn Chapman
Painter Dianne Blake
Painter Janet Fuller
Painter Caroline Kininmonth
Painter Clare Bell
Painter Liz Butcher
Printmaker Sandy Robinson
Painter Bridget Levi
Wood worker Christian Robinson
Sculptor Andrew Blake
Printmaker Basil Hall

Covid Info

King Island Cultural Centre is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding event operations, you can find the relevant government information here.

In 1845, the émigré barque Cataraqui was wrecked off the jagged shore of King Island.

The disaster caused 400 deaths of emigrant families and crew, who will be remembered as Poor Souls – an exhibition by King Island and mainland Tasmanian artists who interpret Australia’s worst civil disaster using painting, sculpture, video and music. We imagine the journey of the doomed passengers, who they were and what they expected at journey’s end 175 years ago. Artists evoke the political environment of the day and contrast it with Australia’s present-day immigration stance.

To coincide with the official opening weekend of Poor Souls and Fathom, The Brian Richie Trio will be performing as well as an installation piece that Sinsa Mansell, Michelle Maynard and Julie Gough have collaborated on titled Unspoken.

King Island Cultural Centre will be open from:
Mon – Fri 1pm til 4pm
Sat – Sun 10am til 4pm

As well as having extended opening hour for the Poor Souls exhibition from:
19 – 21 March
11am – 8pm

Dates & Times

King Island Cultural Centre

26 February – 11 April
Wed – Mon 11am – 4pm Poor Souls will also have extended hours from:
19 – 21 March
11am – 8pm

Venue Details

King Island Cultural Centre

Edward St, Currie TAS 7256

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