23 April 2015 Let’s Face It

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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 like MAD 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 did.

“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 Gallery.” 

Also 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.