journey inside



Dark Cave  

# 1


leave behind the spectacles of everyday noise and

venture into the cave on your own

to discover the truth in the dark and

the voice in the stillness

An intimate experiential participatory artwork 

developed in response to Janelle's wilderness residency at Hastings Caves

in collaboration  with TASMANIA Parks and Wildlife Service @ Hastings Caves


Photography by Ilona Schneider

Drawing  by  janelle mendham  from INNER TOPOGRAPHIES


Dark Cave 

 # 2


a collection of mythopoetic writing

by artist  Janelle Mendham, published by SalonWriting


Photography by Bernie Carr


Dark Cave  

# 3

performative reading and book launch


In the cave-like spaces of Hobart Town Hall Underground
experience a dimension of DARK CAVE

stills from the Huon Valley Council video DARK CAVE

by Mick Lowenstein

Dark Cave I Sky Light

# 4   


A deep interior journey within atmospheric wilderness

experienced lightly through the spectacular Tahune Airwalk

A multi-voiced performative reading of the mythopoetic text Dark Cave 

interwoven with viola, cello and choir

Janelle  Mendham   Design and content of Dark Cave

Emily Sheppard      Music, composition, choral elements, voice & viola

Lucy Wilson            Cello & voice

Ruth Hadlow          Creative collaboration


Far South Singers & Dark Cave Readers   

This original composition is not of, or for, the everyday

Photography by Ilona Schneider

Supported by

Australian Government - Regional Arts Fund

TASMANIA Parks and Wildlife Service 

The Huon Valley Council

Tasmanian Government

Tahune Adventures

Arts Tasmania



Artwork, design and content Janelle Mendham. ©  All rights reserved

Adapted from website by Patrick Toohey