Presented by Patrick Doyle Sullivan

Wotif named Launceston the 2022 Best Town to Visit in Australia in their annual Aussie Town of the Year Awards. A major reason for that title is that Launceston has some of the finest early Colonial and Victorian cityscapes plus gracious homes and mansions. So, why not combine a tour of tour of two of these gems, Claremont  and Dowling House, with a glass of bubbles, canapes and a film on great art?

Claremont , circa 1843, is hidden away amongst the seclusion of 100-year-old trees on 1 1/2 acres of tranquil gardens. Claremont is one of the oldest examples of pisé construction in Australia. It was the Gunn family residence for 100 years and features many of the unique finishes the Gunn’s introduced from 1901.

“This exemplary documentary — one of the finest produced on home soil in recent times, is a comprehensive cinematic chronicle of the extraordinary life, times and art of the late Australian painter Brett Whiteley”.

– Herald Sun


Saturday 2 – 5pm, 30 April
Claremont House
13 Claremont Street, East Launceston

Director – James Bogle
Documentary / Australia / 2017 / Rated M

WHITELEY is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic contemporary artist, Brett Whiteley, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage. Director James Bogle uses Whiteley’s own dazzling canvasses as a touchstone for this exploration of the man who has become almost indistinguishable from the myth. Margaret Pomeranz gave Whiteley her first-ever 5-Star review