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Five Bob Farm (home of Art Farm Birchs Bay)


The property ‘Five Bob’, at Birchs Bay, supports an eclectic business mix, giving lie to the idea that commercial farming is finished in the south Channel.  For ten months of the year, the farm supplies Dutch iris to mainland cut flower markets, and the native food enterprise Diemen Pepper exports Tasmania’s only native spice to markets in Europe and North America. In 2006, proprietor Chris Read started the Sculpture Trail with local artist, Wendy Edwards.  


Art Farm Birchs Bay

Beside the obvious pleasures of providing a relaxing and unique walk around a natural gallery and garden, Art Farm supports workshops in a variety of art and craft disciplines and hosts exhibitions in ‘The Old Distillery ‘ a converted space that serves as gallery and studio.  Art Farm hosts several community events throughout the year, in addition to an ongoing program of exhibitions, residencies, and performances.  Stay up to date via our mailing list and social media.

The first trail, held in 2006 introduced the idea of sculpted seating installations, dotted around the trail, to encourage visitors to wander the paths, while providing them plenty of rest stops.  The Trail was originally dubbed ‘Benchmarking Birchs Bay’ and remained this for 9 years until Chris and the team saw the need to develop the vision, and thus Art Farm Birchs Bay came into being.   As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to secure this future vision, generate new ideas and create an environment where volunteers, artists, visitors and friends can all participate in the project. 


Art Farm Birchs Bay is home to a unique ecology, and is an excellent place to spot native flowers, pollinators, robins and wrens, birds of prey, reptiles, and marsupials.

Becoming a sponsor

The Sponsor Program enables us to provide a community-funded cash prize for Annual Sculpture Prize Exhibition. Sponsors include individuals, community organisations and businesses, with most donating an annual commitment of $200 per year.
Like to know more? Contact us to find out more.


Find Us


Art Farm Birchs Bay

Diemen Pepper / Five Bob Farm
Ph: 0407 781 600


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