Coal Lounge

Coal Lounge Pop up Art space (ARI) in Morwell by artist Hartmut Veit ecological art performances & sculptural installations with coal-closed- as writing thesis on coal

Between 2014-2018 I created a series of temporary art & exhibition spaces in MORWELL and Traralgon which I called “COALounges”. This one in Tarwin st was one of them. Another one was in 208 Commercial Rd, Morwell (the old Optus shop). Occupying these derelict shops afforded me a place to stay and to exhibit my coal artworks, conduct my research and interact with the community on an ongoing basis

These pop-up COALounges were offered to the community as a new alternative, albeit temporary exhibition venue for contemporary art and my exploration of brown coal as an art material. Set up like a funky living room with a Danish retro couch and lounge chairs i create a welcoming space for folks to come in and have a chat about coal, art and life in the Valley. After studying (MA at Monash in Churchill) and making art works with brown coal in the Latrobe Valley over the last 5 years I had made the move to live in the Latrobe Valley to set up these pop-up galleries in empty shopfronts. It also meant that I was able vote here in the Federal election – something important to me as I feel passionate about local issues and the challenges facing the community. Ps.: after the closure of the Hazelwood Mine in 2018 I moved back to set up a new permanent art studio & exhibition space called Stanley Ave Studio in 61 Stanley Ave, Mt Waverley. Find “ Stanley Ave Studio” on FB and Instagram


Participating in the “10 years on:Life After Coal” with a new iteration of my “Coal Lounge 2024” showing photos, Coalpaintings, and various videos of my socially engaged art practice with Latrobe Valley communities since the 2014 Hazelwood Mine fire and its closure in 2017.

One day only on 17 February at the Kernot Hall in Morwell. Free entry!

For those who missed my radio interview on Tuesday on ABC Radio National on Michael Cathcart’s “Stageshow” below is a li...

For those who missed my radio interview on Tuesday on ABC Radio National on Michael Cathcart’s “Stageshow” below is a link to the podcast.
The wonderfully eloquent Lara Stevens from University of Melbourne did an amazing job framing the challenges of climate change for the arts and interviewing me about my work with coal in the communities of the Latrobe Valley.
Just a bit of patience is required as my segment is about 40 mins in, after the famous stage writer V and her Va**na Monologues- what an amazing woman! Thanks also to Kim Jirik for his skillful production and to Michael Cathcart for his kind and generous support!

The Va**na Monologues is one of the most influential pieces of theatre in recent history. Written by V (formerly Eve Ensler), the play was first performed 25 years ago this year. V's latest project is a musical that places the climate crisis centre stage. Also, ABC Top 5 Arts resident Dr Lara Steven...


Don’t miss me being interviewed on ABC RN, the Stage Show with Michael Cathcart on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 10:30 am.
Many thanks to Lara Stevens and Kim Jirik


25 Tarwin Street
Morwell, VIC


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