We are very fortunate to have a team of dedicated volunteers and talented artists in Tasmania willing to help raise awareness of haemochromatosis through their art.

Once again there will be two fabulous art exhibitions running through Haemochromatosis Awareness Week (8 – 14 August) and beyond. Many of the works have an OVERLOAD theme, telling different aspects of iron overload and how it affects people living with the condition. The commission on sales is donated to Haemochromatosis Australia to help us fund our awareness raising efforts.

In Hobart, the very talented artist and exhibition curator Sarah Weaver has put together a wonderful collection of works from local artists. The exhibition will be on display at The Stable Gallery, Cooleys Hotel, Moonah from 5 August until the end of September. The display will be officially launched by Senator Catryna Bilyk at 6pm on Friday 5 August. Come along and join the launch and check out the wonderful work on display or pop in and browse sometime.

In Deloraine, Sheila Stevenson has been busy organising a second OVERLOAD exhibition at the Deloraine District Hospital. The exhibition was officially opened last Friday by local MP Guy Barnett and will run until 5 November so if you live in northern Tasmania you have plenty of time to plan a visit. Deloraine is a delightful riverside town with an historic streetscape classified by the National Trust. Its streets are lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings and make for a charming morning or afternoon stroll. The town’s excellent bakeries and cafes are also popular local hotspots. So while you’re visiting, add a trip to the OVERLOAD exhibition to your itinerary.

Hereditary haemochromatosis is the most common genetic condition in Australia. The purpose of Haemochromatosis Awareness Week is to focus attention on the condition. It is a condition that is easily treated and if detected early, is no barrier to a normal healthy life. The mission of Haemochromatosis Australia is to ensure no Australian suffers harm from haemochromatosis. Our wonderful Tasmanian volunteers like Sarah and Sheila and the many generous and talented artists who contribute to OVERLOAD are helping us achieve that through the medium of art.

Read more about Haemochromatosis Awareness Week.

Sarah Weaver with artists at OVERLOAD Hobart exhibition.

Sarah Weaver (2nd from left) with some of the artists from OVERLOAD Hobart

Group photo at Deloaraine OVERLOAD art exhibition

Sarah Weaver (L), Karin Calford, Guy Barnett MP, Sheila Stevenson (curator) and Liam Rudolf (people’s choice winner) at Deloraine OVERLOAD exhibition.