Detail from artwork by Katy Woodroffe.

Current exhibition: Family Heirloom

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In Family Heirloom, Katy Woodroffe uses fragments of stories from her own family history. She explores the complex legacy of early migrants arriving in Tasmania.

William and Sarah Lyne and their five children arrived in Hobart aboard the Hugh Crawford in 1826. They purchased land grants on the East Coast. They eventually established themselves as farmers near Swansea.

Johannes Kalbfell sailed into Hobart from Germany aboard the Lewe Van Nyenstein in 1855.  He set up his own business as a shoemaker at 220 Elizabeth Street.

Their respective descendants Louisa Lesley Iris Lyne and John (Jack) Kalbfell married in Hobart in 1931. Their shared family history in Derby is also examined. As the exhibition evolved, some surprising connections and events unfolded.

Katy Woodroffe is a Tasmanian artist who lives and works in Hobart. In 2017 she won the Bay of Fires Art Prize. She was selected in the prestigious Sulman and Blake Prizes in Sydney in 2016. She was also featured in several other major awards including the Glover, Whyalla and Lethbridge prizes. She has won numerous awards within Australia. In 2013 she was the winner of the Beholding Beauty Art Prize in Rome.