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Chris Read

Chris Read as worked for many years in the areas of essential oils and floriculture, as researcher, technical adviser and practitioner. He currently operates a mixed horticultural enterprise on his coastal property, ‘Five Bob’, near Hobart in southern Tasmania, producing cut flowers (Dutch iris) Boronia Extract and pepper products.

Five Bob also produces thousands of pepper plants each year – special fruiting selections for commercial orchards and several attractive clones for domestic gardens.


Art Farm Birchs Bay

Art Farm Birchs Bay (AFBB) is a not-for-profit association established to foster engagement between community, artists, art and the landscape.

AFBB is situated at Five Bob Farm, an innovative working farm in the south Channel and home to Diemen Pepper. A visit to the Art Farm includes meandering through fields of Tasmanian native pepper, orchards and an extensive kitchen garden.

Art Farm Birchs Bay hosts exhibitions, artist residencies, workshops and the renowned Sculpture Trail – an annual sculpture exhibition featuring Tasmanian and interstate artists with support by private sponsorship and local government.

Art Farm Birchs Bay is based in lutruwita (Tasmania), approx 35 minutes south of nipaluna (Hobart) and 10 minutes south of putalina (Oyster Cove).

3866 Channel Highway,
Birchs Bay Tasmania


For particular accessibility concerns, please contact the venue.

Eat and drink

There is a cafe on site

A Seat at the Table

Beaker Street Festival’s pay-it-forward initiative, A Seat at the Table, helps make our science and art offerings accessible to those who can’t afford to purchase a ticket. When you buy a ticket you have the option to donate towards the cost of a stranger’s ticket. You won’t know who you’ve helped, but your donation will go directly towards allowing someone else to access this great event. All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

If you’d like to request one or two free tickets, please let us know. If we can offer you a seat, we’ll notify you by email.

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