Now showing

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 - 1914 

14 March – 11 May 2014

Argyle Galleries 1-3

Capital_and_CountryCapital and country is a travelling exhibition of paintings from the national collection, developed as the National Gallery of Australia’s gift to the nation in celebration of Federation and the centenary of the Federal Capital in 2013.

It considers the parallel stories of Federation landscape painting in Australia and the art produced by Australians who lived in Europe during this period, which takes in Edwardian England and the last years of the Belle Epoque in France before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

The works brought together in Capital and country reveal the richness and diversity of non-Indigenous Australian painting during the Federation years. They range from sunlit images that convey the nation’s patriotic embrace of their own landscape, to those that emphasise the popularity of portraiture and figure painting in Europe.

Well-known and loved works in the national collection by artists such as Frederick McCubbin, George W. Lambert and Hans Heysen are brought to light in new ways alongside lesser-known images by Florence Fuller, Godfrey Rivers and Richard Hayley-Lever that will both surprise and delight.

Read more about this exhibition at the NGA’s dedicated website.  

Please note: entry fees apply for this exhibition.

Concession (including TMAG membership groups)$8
Children (aged 8 – 15)$5
Families (two adults and up to four children)$25
School groups (accompanying adults free)$5 per child


Image details:
W.C. Piguenit (1836 – 1914)
Near Liverpool, New South Wales c.1908
oil on canvas 
74.2 (h) x 125.0 (w) cm 
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 

Acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005


Drawn with Intent

18 December 2013 – 1 June 2014

Salon Gallery

Drawn_with_IntentDrawn with Intent is the second exhibition looking at the drawings of Australian artists from TMAG's extensive collection, featuring work largely from the 1970s and 1980s.

Drawing is explored in its broadest sense and includes the work of John Brack, Fred Williams, Clifton Pugh, Brian Dunlop, Jeffrey Smart, George Davis, Geoffrey De Groen, Roger Kemp, Eva Kubbos, Tony Woods and Udo Sellbach.

Subjects embrace landscape, urban compositions, portraiture as well as abstraction. The approach and intent of each artist is as individual as it is creative.

Image details:
Tony Woods (b. 1940), Moods - Roger (Lupton) No 2, 1973, charcoal, coloured pencil and watercolour, purchased 1973. 


Shaping Tasmania: a journey in 100 objects




Shaping Tasmania is an online exhibition of 100 objects selected from those on display throughout the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. You can find these objects on a trail through the galleries, allowing you to explore significant events and movements that have helped create the Tasmania we know today. The first 99 have been drawn from Tasmania's State Collection, and the 100th has been chosen by the public.


Visit, where you can see all the objects and their locations. 

Shaping Tasmania is a Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery / ABC local partnership.


Critical Operations


Argyle Galleries, Level 1

Critical Operations reflects the challenging nature of art and design practice in Australia today. Exploring 21st century issues of environment, identity and the body, Critical Operations presents work by artists who critique and celebrate contemporary culture through a wide range of vibrant and energetic practices.

Drawn from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s art and decorative arts collections, this exhibition will include contemporary video, sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, glass and furniture by some of Australia’s most significant artists.


Dispossessions and Possessions


Permanent Exhibition 

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Dispossession_and_Possession_4The Henry Hunter Galleries on Level 2 will take you on a journey through significant periods in the history of Tasmanian art and design, from the early 1800s to the present day.

In Dispossessions and Possessions, explore treasures of our Colonial and Arts and Crafts collections, including works by notable artists such as John Glover, Benjamin Duterreau and W C Piguenit.


Progress and Politics


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Progress_and_Politics_2Our Contemporary Art collections come to the fore in Progress and Politics, which examines how Tasmanian artists have explored the politics of the environment, race and gender in their work. 

Explore visual art from notable Tasmanian practitioners such as Raymond Arnold, Geoff Parr and Ricky Maynard, as well as designed objects by artists such as Kevin Perkins and Phill Mason.


Modern Age


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Moden_Age_GalleryThe journey continues through the Modern Age gallery, which examines the influence of the global Modernism movement on Tasmanian art as well as the Australian studio crafts revival in the 1960s and 1970s.

See works from artists such as Dorothy Stoner, Maude Poynter and Edith Holmes, and learn the story of the female artists who worked out of a studio in Hobart’s Collins Street in the 1930s.


Our living land: Encountering an upside down world


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Ground Level

Exhibition_-_Our_Living_Land_2This exhibition explores how Tasmania’s natural environment has been used to create wealth, advance science and define the state. It also examines the way Europeans responded to the unfamiliar plants and animals they encountered when they first arrived in the new colony.

Discover how Tasmania’s natural environment influenced the development of the colony and how some species vanished, others prospered and new ones arrived.


Our changing land: Creating Tasmania


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Our_Changing_LandInvestigate the making of Tasmania, and explore how the state has become a place of environmental change and complexities, of creativity and of a particular social identity. Featuring a rich collection of objects and stories, this exhibition focuses on the period from the 1800s to 1901, a time of spectacular transformation in from Van Diemen’s Land to Tasmania.


Our land: parrawa, parrawa! Go away!


Permanent Exhibition

Bond Store Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Our_Land_-_Parrawa_parrawaThis exhibition tells the story of Aboriginal people and colonists following the invasion of lutruwita, now called Tasmania, focusing on the Black War. 

Go on an immersive journey through this dark period of history, with objects, contemporary historical accounts and specially commissioned films all helping to bring the story to life.


The Central Gallery


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries

Exhibitions_-_Central_GalleryThe Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of the expected and the unexpected, and the richness of our extensive collection is on show in a special exhibition under the spectacular lantern roof of the Central Gallery.

Artefacts from Tasmania and around the world are on display in a stunning showcase that’s just as unique as the items it contains.


ningina tunapri


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

ningina_newThe newly-refreshed ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal gallery will provide you with a rich, enlightening and inspiring experience. Ningina tunapri means ‘to give knowledge and understanding’.

The exhibition explores the journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and is a celebration of all Tasmanian Aboriginal generations.


Tasmania: Earth and Life


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Earth_and_Life_2Tasmania has a unique geological history and hosts an unusual complement of plants and animals, each with its own story to tell. This exhibition explores these fascinating species and environments through the objects found in the State Collection.


The Power of Change


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_Power_of_ChangeExplore key areas of twentieth century Tasmanian life and their national and international significance and influence, including outdoor recreation and social and political change.

Learn more about the growth of industry, advances in science and innovation, and the fascinating stories of performers and entertainers.


The Thylacine: Skinned, Stuffed, Pickled and Persecuted


Permanent Exhibition

Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 1

Exhibitions_-_ThylacineThe Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, has come to symbolise all things Tasmanian, from cricket teams to beer. But as well as being a popular symbol, the story of the thylacine is also a powerful reminder of how easily a species can be lost. This gallery tells the story of the thylacine and its interactions with society through objects from the State Collection.


Medals and Money: Stories from the State Numismatics Collection


Permanent Exhibition

Argyle Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Medals_and_MoneyContaining more than 350 medals and coins, including part of one of the most important collections of Roman coins in Australia donated by Lord Talbot de Malahide, this exhibition takes in the breadth of Tasmanian history, from the end of convict transportation to federation banknotes and the start of decimal currency.


Islands to Ice


Permanent Exhibition

Argyle Galleries, Level 2

Exhibitions_-_Islands_to_Ice_2Islands to Ice examines the definitions, perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It explores the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena that make the great southern wilderness a world of its own. 

It is an invitation to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the frozen continent of Antarctica.