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Caleb Nichols-Mansell is a Proud Tasmanian Aboriginal Man with deep Connections to Country, Community and Culture.

Born 1995 in Launceston, Tasmania, he lives and works in Burnie, Tasmania. McClelland welcomes Caleb for Conduit to Country, an opportunity to share and reflect on Caleb’s art practice interpretation and response to country through his work as a visual and cultural artist.

Caleb Nichols-Mansell, will present an artist’s talk at McClelland, Conduit for Country, at 11am on Sunday 25 February. Caleb is my guest after 8am this morning.

Caleb is the cultural adviser to Dark Mofo. He has been involved in public art commissions throughout Tasmania and is passionate about embedding Aboriginal art, culture, stories, and knowledge throughout the island. Caleb will be in residence at McClelland as one of four First Nations artists selected to take part in the Bunurong Fieldwork Residency.

Caleb states, As an emerging artist, this residency at McClelland’s marks my first interstate residency and the start of many to come. This opportunity has allowed me to focus in on my process, explore different mediums and delve into the world of sculpture.

Having successfully completed several public art installations at home and interstate this opportunity allows me to continue my work in the space whilst expanding my networks and connection within the arts and cultural scene.

 I feel privileged and humbled to be chosen as one of four artists for the Bunurong Fieldwork Residency here at McClelland and extend my appreciation and deep respect to the Bunurong people whose land I am staying and working on.

Over the coming weeks I will refine my concept proposal for a sculptural commission before delivering it to the selection panel for consideration. As always, my work has been informed by and is in response to the local Country, stories, and history it holds.

I hope that my time here and the proposal I submit as a result of my residency honours the past and celebrates the future by bringing people together to reflect on and respect our shared histories.”

Conduit for Country is a free event. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.


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