Not Without A Trace       

Curated by Erin Wilson
DCC Permanent Collection:
The Kathleen Cocker Collection and The Homes of Devon Collection                              

Not Without a Trace combines a selection of works from two collections held by DCC, the Kathleen Cocker Collection and The Homes of Devon Collection, which through paintings and photographs trace the history of the dwellings of North West Tasmania.

Kathleen Cocker, born in East Devonport in 1901, was a self-taught artist who began painting in 1969 at the age of 68. Cocker was a member of the National Trust North-Western Regional Committee, and after only a few years had produced several hundred watercolour paintings of the homes of North West Tasmania, many of which are accompanied by stories about these households, drawn largely from the memories of Kathleen and the Cocker family.

The Homes of Devon photographs were first commissioned in 1982, and over the following 10 years, ten photographers; Brian Allison, Don Carter, Rex Direen, Allan Francis, Paul Griggs, Rod Hamilton, Bob Iddon, Peter Lord, Greg Mace, Peter Manchester, each uniquely captured the homes of the region. Together, these collections have traced the history of the homes of the broader Devonport region over a period spanning more than a century, creating unique lasting records both of homes since lost, and those still standing.


Image: Kathleen Cocker, Lenna, Forth, n.d., watercolour painting. The Kathleen Cocker Collection, DCC Permanent Collection.




Zoe Grey: Where I am, Who I am 

Where I am, Who I am explores the artist’s intimate experience and engagement with the landscape of the North West Coast of Tasmania and presents a pictorial equivalent for the complex sensation of being in, and a part of, place. The works immerse the viewer into the unique coastal areas of Tasmania's rugged northwestern tip and investigate the artist’s deep connection to this isolated environment.


Image: Zoe Grey, Where I Feel, 2017, oil on board. Courtesy of the artist.

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