Skullbone interpretations bared

THE picturesque Skullbone Plains have been the subject of 11 eminent artists for the past 12 months - today, their works go on display.

In 2011, Tasmanian Land Conservancy gathered $23 million in philanthropic support to buy more than 28,000 hectares in Tasmania, including the 1600-hectare Skullbone Plains, in what is Australia's largest private conservation deal in history.

Last February, the non-profit environmental organisation invited artists  to  explore the plains over four days and participate in the  The Skullbone Experiment .

Tasmanian Land Conservancy chief executive Jane Hutchinson said each artist had portrayed their interpretations of the site for the exhibit.

``The artists' engagement with this landscape has been a great way to raise awareness of the long-term protection of biodiversity in Tasmania,'' she said.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery director Richard Mulvaney said the works on display reflected the Tasmanian wilderness World Heritage area's ``powerful landscape'', which is home to endangered species such as the Clarence galaxias fish, Tasmanian devil, spotted-tailed quoll and wedge-tailed eagle.

 The Skullbone Experiment  at QVMAG is curated by Philip and Catherine Wolfhagen.

ntsand curator Catherine Wolfhagen.

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WHAT: The Skullbone Experiment exhibit.

WHEN: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk.

WHERE: From today  to May 18.

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