The detailed drawings that are
Tasmania-based cartoonist Christopher Downes calling card will share wall space
with a collection of portraits of Coffs Harbour locals in the latest show which
opens at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery on May 8.
‘The Way I ‘C’ It’, which
references Downes’ famous signature, is a collection of his works that mainly
grace the pages of The Mercury newspaper in Hobart, as well as publications
Australia, The Australian Cartoonists’ Association and Harper Collins.
Downes is originally from a small
town in Tennessee. In 2000, he decided to go to Hobart, Tasmania for his
Masters Degree. He’s still not exactly sure why, but he’s very happy that he
“Let’s face it, cartoonists are a
rare sight nowadays,” he says. “Tasmanian cartoonists are even MORE rare.
They’re mostly shy and rarely see daylight. In fact, there are more sightings
of Thylacines than Tassie cartoonists! So, you should absolutely take the
opportunity to come and meet one on Friday the 8th of May at the Bunker Cartoon
on show is ‘Faces of Coffs Harbour’, a collection of 1000 photo portraits of
the community taken by Coffs Harbour local and former South Solitary Island
Lighthouse Keeper Rob Tresize.
When Rob moved to Coffs Harbour in
1975, he says the community was mostly Anglo Saxon in origin, but it’s been the
increasing diversity of people from right across the globe who now live here
that inspired his collection.
“There are also many people who
have been living here for decades contributing and serving our community in the
usual quiet unassuming country style that I thought deserved recognition,”
he said. “Also there are those who have served in the armed forces, emergency
services and volunteering. We see them out and about, some are often unknown
or recognised for their service to our nation and community.”
Rob hopes to raise funds for the
CanDo Cancer Trust through the sale of his photos.
He is also donating the digital
collection to the Picture Coffs Harbour archive held by the Coffs Harbour
Library and Regional Museum which will show future generations and
researchers what Coffs Harbour people looked like in the years 2013-2015.
This exhibition runs until Saturday
May 30. The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is
located at John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour, and is open 10am-4pm, Monday to
Saturday. Entry costs $2 adults and $1 for children over five years.