Tarkine art

The Arthur River base camp at night during Bob Brown Foundation’s Tarkine in Motion. Photos courtesy of Kelly Slater.

Campaign. The annual environmental arts project Tarkine in Motion was held over the Easter weekend with 200 artists and volunteers participating.

Artists were based in eight base camps from the coast to the rainforests, from Arthur River to Corinna and the remote stretches between.

The event is run by Bob Brown Foundation which is campaigning for the Tarkine to be declared a world heritage listed national park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.

From this year’s project, exhibitions will be held in Hobart, Burnie, Melbourne and elsewhere around Australia.

“We fundraised $49,000 to make the project happen and more than 50 per cent of these funds were put back into the local north west economy,” campaign manager Jenny Weber said.

“One of our goals for the campaign is to show that by protecting this unique Tasmanian asset, and with more people visiting the Tarkine, the local economy will reap the benefits.”

The gathering was said to reveal fresh logging and off-road vehicle damage.

Continuing the campaign, last Thursday a group protested the logging.

“The logging of these ancient rainforests in the Rapid River is as bad as it gets for Tasmania,” Ms Weber said.