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Project Launch: Lost Rocks

Associate Professor Margaret Woodward and Dr Justy Phillips (A Published Event) launched their 5 year slow publishing project Lost Rocks at the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart Tasmania, on March 30 2017 with a live reading of SILVER/LEAD, by artist Sarah Jones. Lost Rocks (2017–21)  is a library of forty books, four books published twice yearly for the next five years. 

Lost Rocks is composed by forty contemporary artists from around the world and is an accumulative event of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling.  The conceptual heart of this artwork is a discarded rock specimen board, found by the artists at the Glenorchy tip shop in Hobart's northern suburbs. Forty of its fifty-six Tasmanian rock specimens are missing. Over the next five years, 40 commissioned artists will each select an absence from the incomplete board and re-compose it, not with a geological specimen, but with a 'fictionella' – a new kind of novella drawn from lived experience. 

Lost Rocks was also curated into the 2017 Ten Days on the Island Festival's visual arts program with CROCOITE.CROCOITE. SILVER. SILVER/LEAD. For more information on the project visit:

Associate Professor Margaret Woodward with a rock sample board

Image: Margaret Woodward Lost Rocks, Zeehan, Tasmania