Claire Pendrigh, Ocean, Village, River, Forest, 2019, gouache on rice paper, 45 x 100 cm

Claire Pendrigh, Forest, Jungle, Lake, Forest, 2019, gouache on rice paper, 45 x 100 cm


I have just arrived back home in Tasmania after 6 weeks away doing an artist residency at the beautiful Tiapapata Arts Centre in Samoa!

The residency was an amazing opportunity to develop new work, influenced by the bright colours and patterns of these fascinating islands. I was also invited to create a hanging mobile, purpose built for the high ceilings of the Tiapapata Arts Centre’s gallery space.

We finished the residency with an exhibition of my work and work by students from the various art classes that I ran during the residency.

The patterns and designs in these works will form the basis for a body of work that I’ll continue to develop back home in Australia.

Claire Pendrigh, Tiapapata Mobile, 2019, wood, coconut sennit and watercolour on rice paper

Make a hanging mobile out of almost anything!

I’m running a workshop at The Pear Shed, White Beach, Tasmania!

Sun 10 Mar, 2 – 4pm
45 Pearsons Bay Rd

Construct your own hanging mobile. Learn the trick to balancing each layer so that your mobile balances and spins.

You can use almost any objects as weights in your hanging mobile, so long as they are not too heavy.

Bring 5 – 7 lightweight (max 100g) objects to use in your mobile. It will help if the objects are made out of a material that we can drill holes in, or attach string to. (Here are some ideas: toys, plastic dinosaurs, buttons, shells, dominoes, key rings and pompoms).

All the other materials will be provided.

Workshop for adults and young makers aged 10+

Book online here>>

At the Pear Shed

You can see a few of my Blue Dot mobiles at the Pear Shed on Parsons Bay Road, White Beach, Tasmania. Pop in for a coffee, pick up some nashi pears and say hello!

Cloud Spotting in Melbourne

Nephelokokkygia – Installation view at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. Works by Michele Grimston (left), Helen Seiver (front and right), and Claire Pendrigh (back)

I, and my work, have just arrived back in Tasmania after a trip to the big island. It began as the seed of an idea in 2017 when I discovered that amazing artists (and close friends) Helen Seiver and Michele Grimston were also making art about the nuances of the atmosphere and our complex relationship to the weather. From there, the idea grew into an exhibition.

After the opening, I took a road trip to some parts of Australia I’d never been to before. I drove from Melbourne to Alice Springs with plenty of stops and side trips along the way, enjoying a big sky perfect for cloud spotting.

Blue Dot: Exhibition Opening

I’m excited to invite you to the opening of my exhibition

Blue Dot
5:30pm, Thurs 28 Jun
at the School House Gallery at Rosny Farm, Tasmania

Look up – or should we say out. We inhabit a thin slice. Beneath us are layers of soil, sand, rock and magma; and above us, layers less visible radiate out from our sphere of heavier, terrestrial elements.

The nestled spheres of our atmosphere are home to the clouds.

The mobiles hanging in the School House Gallery are an invitation to cloud-gaze. The circles of sky drift gently, stirred by a breeze from an open window.

These “cloud portraits” belong to Hobart. Clouds are the movement of air and water made visible, and Hobart’s cloudscapes are distinctly shaped by its geography: the mountain, the river, the sea, the city. Nothing operates in isolation.

Beyond the clouds the sky looks blue, and if you get far enough out and look back, the planet looks blue too. A pale blue dot, precious and extraordinary, suspended in space.

At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air

I’m excited to invite you to a new installation in Contemporary Art Tasmania’s project space.

“Noi viviamo sommersi nel fondo d’un pelago d’aria”
“We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air”

– Evangelista Torricelli (inventor of the barometer), 1634

At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air is an installation of home-made barometers. Made from simple materials, they respond to changes in atmospheric pressure. As the air pressure changes, the little lights flicker on and off like bioluminescing creatures of the deep atmosphere.

The installation will be open during Contemporary Art Tasmania’s next exhibition opening 6pm, Friday 27 April, and will be on showing throughout May.

Contemporary Art Tasmania
27 Tasma Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Open Wed to Sun, 12 – 5pm

Image: Claire Pendrigh, At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air, 2018, home-made barometers (jars, latex, water, plastic), LED’s and batteries.


I’m very excited to be part of this amazing exhibition at the new Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale, VIC, Australia.

‘imagine’ encompasses 134 works from 81 local, national, and international artists, to take visitors on a journey through five centuries of art making.

The exhibition includes two of my works, the installation of RCB Star Clouds, and Álfasteinn.

Read more about the exhibition at: www.gippslandartgallery.com