Project to tell forgotten stories

A PROJECT recognising the stories of convict women and orphan schoolchildren in Tasmania through sculpture has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Federal Government.

Spearheaded by internationally-renowned sculptor Rowan Gillespie, ‘From the Shadows’ will feature three sculptural installations at two sites – the World Heritage Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart and the state heritage-listed Orphan Schools site in New Town.

Mr Gillespie travelled from Ireland last month for the announcement event, where he was joined by Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie, Dr Dianne Snowden AM from the project team and children on whom the sculptures will be modelled.

Mr Wilkie said he was “thrilled” the Federal Government was contributing $100,000 toward the project.

“It’s so important to tell the story of Tasmania’s convict history, but also to do it in a way that showcases voices that are often forgotten, such as women and children,” he said.

“Tasmania’s built heritage is one of our main tourism drawcards.

“That’s why it’s great news that From the Shadows will enhance two of our most well-known heritage sites, South Hobart’s Female Factory and New Town’s Orphan Schools.

“The project will also enhance Tasmania’s reputation as a home of great art and culture, while at the same time reminding visitors and Tasmanians of our history.”

From the Shadows follows from the success of Mr Gillespie’s ‘Footsteps Towards Freedom’, the female convict statutes on the Hobart waterfront completed in 2017.

For more information about the project, visit https://fromtheshadows.org.au.

Caption: Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie with Dr Dianne Snowden AM and Bob Gordon, from the project team, sculptor Rowan Gillespie, and the two children on whom the sculptures will be based, Viktor and Estella.