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So­phie Car­nell, Ja­nine Combes, Alex Parish, Sarah Stubbs Cu­ra­tor: Dr Amy Jack­ett Hadley’s Ori­ent Ho­tel, 34 Mur­ray St Ho­bart — Un­til Feb­ru­ary 28 Price range: $195-$1800

This is an en­gag­ing show by four ex­cel­lent mak­ers whose abil­ity to cre­ate nar­ra­tives in the form of beau­ti­ful wear­able art is well es­tab­lished. The artists have cre­ated new works that re­spond to the his­tory of one of Ho­bart’s old­est ho­tels. The var­ied items are rich and their sto­ries en­gross­ing, and the man­ner of their dis­play across the ho­tel makes for a view­ing ses­sion that’s gen­uinely fun. Pieces are clev­erly in­te­grated into the decor in dif­fer­ent rooms, and there’s a map to fol­low, so it’s a bit like a trea­sure hunt with his­tor­i­cal trap­pings. All artists have very strong work here, with a stand­out be­ing So­phie Car­nell’s Tea in the Atrium.

The cat­a­logue launch is to­day at Hadley’s with artist talks by So­phie Car­nell, Sarah Stubbs and Ja­nine Combes.

So­phie Car­nell’s Guest Lapel Pins

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