Past exhibitions

Palfreyman's Pharmacy Display


24 July - 22 November 2015

Link Foyer

PalfreymansIf you had a cold, pain or more serious ailment at the turn of the 20th century, the pharmacy would often be your first stop. Doctors were expensive and pharmacists were a cheaper alternative, able to make up and supply remedies to relieve symptoms.

This display recreates the well-known Palfreyman's Pharmacy, located on the corner of Burnett and Elizabeth Streets in North Hobart from 1912 until 1973. After the pharmacy closed, its fittings and furnishings were collected by TMAG for the State Collection.

This display provides a fascinating glimpse not only into Hobart's past, but also the history of medicine in the early 20th century.

Image details: Palfreyman's Chemists, The Tasmanian Mail 1912, August 15, page 17. Image courtesy Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.


50th Anniversary of Winston Churchill Fellowships in Tasmania


8 - 25 October 2015

Bond Store Basement

Churchill Fellows2015 marks fifty years since the death of British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, and the establishment of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

The Trust was formed with the objective of perpetuating and honouring Sir Winston's memory by awarding Churchill Fellowships, allowing talented and deserving Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field.

This exhibition celebrates the efforts of 191 Tasmanian Churchill Fellows who have travelled the world since 1965 in pursuit of excellence in their field for the enrichment of Australian society.


Beyond Woop Woop: John Kelly's Antarctic Paintings


12 June - 20 September 2015

Salon Gallery

First BergIn 2013, Australian artist John Kelly travelled to Antarctica supported by an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. The two month period on the icy continent and the 21 day journey on the ice-breaker Aurora Australis inspired the captivating series of paintings presented in this exhibition.

Kelly travelled with a light easel and a carrycase that contained canvas boards, paints and brushes. This system enabled him great flexibility, providing access to remote sites where he painted subjects as diverse as penguins, snow petrels, amphibious vehicles, helicopters and research stations to establish a many-sided view of Antarctic life. Remarkably, nearly all of the paintings were created en plein air in the freezing conditions.

'Woop Woop' is the larrikin-name of the airbase at Australia's Casey Station in Antarctica which appealed to Kelly's dual senses of humour and isolation. Aptly titled Beyond Woop Woop, the exhibition also depicts Kelly's exultant response to the Antarctic landscape: the vastness, strangeness and magnificence of its mountains, icebergs, and the light night sky.

This exhibition is presented by TMAG in association with Dark Mofo. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

Image details:
John Kelly, First Berg (2013), oil on canvas board.


Things I Once Knew: The Art of Patrick Hall


20 March - 30 August 2015

Argyle Galleries 1-3

Patrick_Hall_web_promoThings I Once Knew is a survey exhibition of the work of Tasmanian artist and furniture maker Patrick Hall, representing the development of his artistic practice from the mid-1980s to the present.

Hall is best known for his elaborate, intricately crafted cabinets that use images, sculptural elements, models, found objects and text as vehicles for complex and layered narratives. Hall's work has been built around humble objects and the histories, memories and stories they generate or evoke.

The exhibition includes 30 cabinets and other works, characterised by a high level of craftsmanship and the skilful manipulation and combination of both materials and associations.

See a video of the artist discussing some of his favourite works on TMAG's YouTube channel here.

Read the speech given by author Richard Flanagan at the opening of the exhibition in March 2015 here.

View the exhibition catalogue here.

This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image details:
Patrick Hall, When They Lay Me Down, 2013




23 January - 31 May 2015 

Salon Gallery 

21UpThis exhibition celebrates 21 years of service by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's Volunteer Art Guides. Their aim is to help the public engage with artworks at the Gallery, be they traditional or the latest contemporary installation.

The Art Guides have offered visitors numerous programs and courses over the years, which have helped them attract donations from the public to purchase art for TMAG's collection.

As well as displaying art acquired with assistance from the Art Guides, 21UP contains work purchased from non-Guide funds from three artaid@tmag exhibitions specially organised by the Art Guides.

Works donated by local artists were sold to support victims of the Indonesian Tsunami in 2005, the Queensland floods in 2011, and the Dunalley bush fires in 2013.



164 Not Out! Tasmanian Cricket Treasures


27 February - 29 March 2015

Link Foyer

Cricket Treasures164 Not Out! features items and trophies from the history of Tasmanian cricket, to coincide with the ICC Cricket World Cup matches in Hobart during March 2015.

The first ever first-class cricket match in Australia was played in Launceston in 1851 between Victoria and Tasmania, and since then Tasmanian cricket has gone from strength to strength.

With a proud cricketing history and several current Tasmanian players expected to play in Australia's World Cup team, come and learn more about the state's cricket legends including Charles Eady, Jack Badcock, David Boon and Ricky Ponting.

Image details:
1891 Tasmanian Cricket Team, featuring Charles Eady, image courtesy the Tasmanian Cricket Museum.


George Davis: Master Draughtsman


6 December 2014 - 1 March 2015

Argyle Galleries 1 and 2

George_Davis_web_promoAn exhibition revealing the consummate drawing skills of major Tasmanian artist George Davis, whose interests cross artistic and scientific boundaries.

Comprising finely detailed drawings of insects, birds and flora, as well as portraits, figurative studies and landscape. Paintings where underlying drawing plays an integral role are also included.

The exhibition is to be accompanied by the launch of a major book on the artist's drawings.

Image details:
George Davis (b. 1930), First departure, pre dawn (Fisher Island) 1995, charcoal, 57 x 76, purchased with funds from the Plimsoll Bequest, 2000.


Jorg Schmeisser: Antarctic Prints


6 December 2014 - 1 March 2015

Argyle Gallery 3

Jorg_Schmeisser_web_promoAn exhibition of the complete series of Antarctic prints presented by artist Jorg Schmeisser to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

The etchings were produced between 1998 and 2005 after the artist received an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship to visit Antarctica.

From a voyage of discovery and exploration, Schmeisser has created images revealing the imposing grandeur of Antarctica's icy wilderness. The exhibition is a tribute to the artist who died in June 2012.

Image details:
Jorg Schmeisser (1942-2012), Figuration 2002, etching A/P, presented by the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2012.


Narratives of New


Argyle Galleries, Level 1

Narratives of New is the twenty first century extension of the historical art and design exhibitions in the Henry Hunter Galleries. TMAG's contemporary collections emphasise Tasmanian art and design while maintaining a national perspective.

The works in this exhibition are connected by the artists' interests in narrative: from the historical and autobiographical, to Aboriginal dreaming, personal experiences of illness, environmental politics, religious beliefs and 'cautionary tales'.


Transplantation: a Sense of Place and Culture


9 October 2014 - 18 January 2015

Salon Gallery

TransplantationThis exhibition of contemporary narrative jewellery explores the sense of place and cultural identity through the theme of transplantation.

Twelve artists based in the UK and Australia have explored their own sense of place and individual cultural identity as a consequence of their personal and family experiences of transplantation.

Transplantation is a travelling exhibition developed by the University of Lincoln, assisted by the National Centre for Craft and Design and funded by Arts Council England. In Australia it is toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.

Image details: Jack Cunningham The Great Barrier (Series) 2 2010 Silver, wood, shell, plastic readymades 70 x 100 x 20 mm


WITHOUT BORDERS: Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Epidemics and Conflicts


5 - 21 December 2014

Bond Store Basement

MSF_promo_image_webThis exhibition aims to raise awareness of the people Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) assist through the eyes of award winning photographers from around the world.

Five photographers have been selected, each exhibiting four images capturing the context and humanity of an emergency, natural disaster, epidemic or conflict.

Médecins Sans Frontières provides essential medical humanitarian aid regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will host the inaugural showing of WITHOUT BORDERS, with the exhibition set to travel throughout Australia.

Image details:
Young woman in the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic in Gogrial, South Sudan. Photo Isabel Corthier 


SHEENMACHINES the exhibition


6 - 30 November 2014

Bond Store Basement

SHEENMACHINES_web_promoIn response to the 2014 City of Hobart Art Prize themes of glass and printmaking, 60 Grade 10 students from 16 Southern Tasmanian schools have undertaken SHEENMACHINES; an intensive art program at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

Students were immersed in a collaborative, challenging and fun tertiary learning environment and produced an array of experimental artworks in mixed media for this exhibition, which will be on show in the Bond Store Basement at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


City of Hobart Art Prize 2014


27 September - 23 November 2014

Argyle Galleries 1-3

CHAP2014The City of Hobart Art Prize 2014 presents a broad survey contemporary art exhibition from a national perspective in the media of glass and printmaking. 

This annual exhibition is coordinated and presented by the City of Hobart, and brings together the best of contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice.

The Prize is an acquisitive award open to artists, designers and craftspeople Australia-wide.

For further information, including finalists and news updates about the Prize, visit the City of Hobart Prize website


Artists With Conviction - The Gallery of Time


10 - 26 October 2014

Bond Store Basement

Artists_With_Conviction_2014_webArtists With Conviction – The Gallery of Time features work by Tasmania Prison Service inmates and offenders who are on probation, parole or community service orders, as well as work by staff of the Department of Justice.

Now in its fourth year, the exhibition allows inmates and Community Correction clients to develop creative self-expression through mixed media and to showcase their talents.

Staff of the Tasmania Prison Service and Community Corrections have worked closely with the artists, assisting clients in developing a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, which are vital for a successful reintegration back into society.

Image details:

Collection of Artwork from 2013 Artists with Conviction exhibition


Bush Blitz in Focus: Discovering New Species in Tasmania


31 July - 5 October 2014

Salon Gallery

WEB_Anthicid_beetle_Lemodes_coccinea_lowresDid you know that we share the world with an estimated 10 million other species, but only about 1.4 million of these have been discovered, formally named and described?

Learn how TMAG's zoologists and botanists are discovering new species in Tasmania as part of the Bush Blitz Program, and see some wonderful images of these fascinating plants and animals.

This exhibition is proudly supported by the Bush Blitz Program, a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia.

Image details: Anthicid beetle Lemodes coccinea 


Pat Brassington: À Rebours


30 May – 14 September 2014

Argyle Galleries 1-3, Level 1

Brassington_1The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is proud to present a survey of works by leading Tasmanian photo-based artist Pat Brassington.

Curated by Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the exhibition brings together several significant works from Brassington's exceptional 30 year career.  

Brassington was one of the first artists to recognize the potential of the digital format, and has used it to create an enormous body of work – images that are hauntingly beautiful, deeply psychological, and sometimes disturbing.   

An Australian Centre for Contemporary Art touring exhibition.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

Image details:

Pat Brassington, By the Way, pigment print, 2010. Image: courtesy the artist, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne and Stills Gallery, Sydney


Elemental: Cosmos Art Exhibition


22 August - 7 September 2014

Bond Store Basement

Elemental_promo_imageCosmos is a disability service provider that aims to provide learning and lifestyle opportunities for people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities to improve the quality of their lives.

Elemental is a collection of artworks that include two-dimensional paintings, photographs, multi-media and soundscapes, three-dimensional sculpture, video performances and jewellery created by the artists working in Cosmos programs, some of whom have toiled for weeks, if not months, on their individual pieces.  

This exhibition aims to showcase the diverse range of skills and abilities employed by the participants in the Cosmos art stream. 

Image: Shanelle Webb, Swamp Land  


Make Your Mark 2014: Freedom


19 July - 3 August 2014

Bond Store Basement

Make_Your_Mark_promo_image_webA vibrant exhibition of youth art revealing the journeys that led to five street art murals being erected in public sites in the greater Hobart region. 

This exhibition is an outcome of the Make Your Mark program, a TMAG AccessArt art education initiative, funded by Detached Cultural Organisation in partnership with local councils.


Yin Xiuzhen: Washing River 2014


20 June – 6 July 2014

Bond Store Basement

washingriver_smlDuring Dark Mofo 2014, leading Chinese contemporary artist Yin Xiuzhen will build a wall of ice on the Hobart waterfront, using frozen water from the River Derwent. 

People will be invited to take a Chinese mop and 'wash' the wall with river water, symbolically cleansing the dirty water as the ice slowly melts and returns to the river.

Footage of the artwork's installation, washing and melting will be screened at TMAG, presented by Detached and Dark Mofo.



Drawn with Intent

18 December 2013 – 22 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. 


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


Hobart Baroque 

28 March – 6 April 2014

Argyle Gallery 4

Delacroix_smlAngelica and the wounded Medoro by renowned French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix will be on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery during this year's Hobart Baroque festival. 

This extraordinary painting draws from Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem Orlando Furioso which has inspired many European works of art including George Frideric Handel's opera Orlando - the centrepiece of Hobart Baroque 2014.

Image details:

Eugene Delacroix (1798 – 1863)
Angelica and the wounded Medoro c. 1860
oil on canvas
Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Purchased with assistance of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, 1996 


Mawson's Men

21 January – 2 March 2014

Bond Store Basement

Mawsons_MenOne hundred years ago, Douglas Mawson and his team were returning from an epic journey to Antarctica, not for profit or fame, but to extend the boundaries of human knowledge and advance the cause of science. 

This photographic exhibition remembers and acknowledges 'Mawson's Men', including those who lost their lives so far from home. 

Through their eyes the world was shown a truly unique continent whose ancient records have so much to tell us.

Mawson's legacy continues to this day, through a modern Australian Antarctic program founded on science and a commitment to value, protect and understand this special and remote region.

Image details:

Raising the flag at Cape Denison after erecting the Main Hut, 25 February 1912 (Photo: Frank Hurley)


Tatts in Tasmania

13 December 2013 – 23 February 2014

Argyle Gallery 1

Tatts_in_TasmaniaA substantial collection of historical memorabilia relating to George Adams (1839–1904) and Tattersall's in Tasmania has recently been acquired by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
Tattersall's played an important role in Tasmania's economy from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. This exhibition recognises the history of a successful Australian company that grew from a strong Tasmanian base and whose lottery became a national institution.
The collection has generously been donated by the Tatts Group Limited (formerly Tattersall's).
Image details:

Cartoon of George Adams by Tom Midwood, drawn in opposition to the postal ban imposed on Tattersall's by the Commonwealth Government in 1902 (detail).


Acts of Exposure

14 December 2013 – 23 February 2014

Argyle Galleries 2 and 3

Acts_of_ExposureActs of Exposure features work by Tasmanian artists Leigh Hobba and Michael Schlitz, and NSW artist Mark Shorter, and is a joint initiative of TMAG and Contemporary Art Tasmania to promote contemporary artists.

Acts of Exposure is a contemporary take on romanticism and the artistic tradition of the body in space. The exhibition brings together artists for whom landscape is deeply subjective and whose works are guided by an ongoing personal 'quest'. 

A free gallery talks by the artists and curators involved in the show will take place in the galleries at 2:00 pm on Sunday 16 February 2014.

Please be aware this exhibition includes nudity.

Image details:

Michael Schlitz, Explorers Dream, 2006, relief woodblock print on Japanese Kozo paper. 


Drawn with Distinction: Australian Artists


2 August – 8 December 2013   

Salon Gallery, Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2 

Drawn with Distinction features a range of superb drawing by artists working in Tasmania and interstate from 1900 to the 1960s, selected to complement and reflect the period of work in the Tasmania: Art and Design exhibitions. Among a diverse approach to subject and style are works by Russell Drysdale, Margaret Preston, William Dobell, Thea Proctor, Lloyd Rees, Joy Hester, Donald Friend, Florence Rodway, Albert Tucker and Jessie Traill.

Ethel Nicholls (1866 - 1956)
Still life with Chinese porcelain (1934)
22.4 x 26.5

Presented by Marjory Carter, niece of the artist, 2012


Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen


13 September – 1 December 2013

Argyle Galleries, Level 1

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Wolfhagen_-_Cloud_Study_1989Illumination is the first major survey of Tasmanian artist Philip Wolfhagen's work, and features 50 works from public and private collections.

The exhibition explores the continuity of the landscape painting tradition commenced in Tasmania by Eugene von Guerard and John Glover, and its relevance in contemporary Australian art. 

Illumination has been developed by the Newcastle Art Gallery in partnership with TMAG.

Education kit and other resources available online

Guided education programs available for primary and secondary school groups.  

Work # 1
Cloud study 1990
Oil on canvas
5 panels
111.5 x 170.5 cm (overall)

Philip and Catherine Wolfhagen collection


Artists with Conviction

15 – 24 November 2013

Bond Store Basement

Artists_with_Conviction_NewsArtists with Conviction is an annual project initiated by the Tasmanian Prison Service (TPS) and delivered with the support of volunteers, local business and other organisations. Through this project, inmates from across the state are supported to develop skills of creative self-expression and to showcase their talents to the general public through an exhibition of visual art, writing and applied art. 

This year's exhibition is titled Mixed Grill, and is one outcome of a recently-formed partnership between TMAG and the TPS aimed at delivering education outcomes for inmates. 


Legacy 90th Anniversary Display


2 September – 12 November 2013

Medals and Money Gallery, Argyle Galleries Level 2

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Legacy_DisplayCelebrating 90 years of Legacy Australia, this display includes significant artefacts and memorabilia from the organisation which was set up to assist war widows and their children following World War 1. The display also commemorates Legacy's Tasmanian founder, Major General Sir John Gellibrand and will feature items relating to the 12th Battalion, which he commanded during WW1.


Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2013

17 October – 3 November 2013 

Bond Store Basement

Temp_exhibitions_-_Quilt_PrizeA collaboration between the Tasmanian Quilting Guild and TMAG, the Tasmanian Biennial Art Quilt Prize is open to textile artists from around Australia. This year's competition theme is "What a site!" to celebrate TMAG's 150 years on the same site on Hobart's waterfront. 

The exhibition will feature quilts created by competition finalists, displayed in the Bond Store basement – a key part of TMAG's historic site.


The Wongs' Collection Display 


1 – 20 October 2013

Central Gallery

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Wong_DisplayTMAG is showcasing a selection of notable objects from our significant Wong Collection to coincide with China's National Day on 1 October.

Professor Shui Hon Wong and his wife Nancy donated a substantial collection of Asian art to TMAG in 2003, which has grown over the years to comprise around 300 items dating from China's Neolithic period right through to the 1980s.  

Seventeen objects from the collection have been chosen for the display, each selected according to their rarity and importance.


Minds do Matter

2 – 6 October 2013

Bond Store Basement

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Minds_do_MatterAspire's 5th annual art exhibition offers a unique opportunity where the community can share insights and inspirations of those who have had a direct or an indirect experience of mental illness through their artworks – including family, carers and friends.

The exhibition takes place during Mental Health Week, and promotes wellbeing within our society through celebrating art's power to be life affirming and life enhancing. 


City of Hobart Art Prize 2013


20 July – 1 September 2013

Argyle Galleries, Level 1

The City of Hobart Art Prize is celebrating its 25th year in 2013 with a national contemporary art survey, featuring entries from all media. This exhibition features a variety of works by artists, craftspeople and designers, which have been judged by Max Delany, Senior Curator (Contemporary Art) at the National Gallery of Victoria, Jam Factory CEO Brian Parkes and TMAG's Principal Curator of Art, Jane Stewart.

For further information, including finalists and news updates about the Art Prize, visit the City of Hobart Prize website

Anthony Johnson
Stutter (2013)
Galvanised steel shelving units
Image by Jonathan Wherrett




9 August – 1 September 2013

Link Foyer

Held in conjunction with the City of Hobart Art Prize, MEANMACHINES showcases the work of sixty Year 9 and 10 students from local secondary schools.

The works have been created as part of the annual *MACHINES art education program, led by educators from the University of Tasmania and TMAG's AccessArt program.


On Their Own - Britain's Child Migrants


8 June – 25 August 2013

Argyle Galleries, Level 1

From the 1860s, more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes. This exhibition tells their emotional stories, exploring the government endorsed schemes and the motivations behind them. Through detailed case studies, visitors will meet a number of former child migrants and find out more about their different experiences. This is an Australian National Maritime Museum traveling exhibition in association with National Museums Liverpool UK.

Download the On Their Own education kit - PDF 1.8 Mb

Four children bound for Fairbridge Farm School, Molong 1938.  
Reproduced courtesy Molong Historic Society.


Ian Burns: Afloat Asunder


14 June - 28 July 2013

Bond Store Galleries, Basement

Australian artist Ian Burns will work his wondrous whimsy over a two-month period, and present the outcome (who knows what, exactly?) inside the historically rich Bond Store exhibition space. "Like the eighteenth-century philosophers Rousseau and Burke, I see curiosity as the first of all passions. I believe that by provoking the investigative impulse in the viewer there is scope to challenge their expectations and self-awareness." – Ian Burns

Presented by Detached Cultural Organisation, in association with Dark Mofo and TMAG.

Please note: Patrons are advised Afloat Asunder features slow flash and strobe lighting. Image:

Ian Burns

Afloat Asunder (2013)
Wood, lights, magnifying glasses 
Image by Rémi Chauvin
Courtesy the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, mother's tankstation


Colonial Women


15 March – 21 July 2013

Salon Gallery, Henry Hunter Galleries, Level 2 

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Colonial_Women2Colonial Women explores the work of ten artists active during the 1830s-1850s, a period of cultural and scientific innovation and expansion in Van Diemen's Land under the patronage of Jane Franklin. 

Louisa Anne Meredith, Mary Morton Allport and Theresa Walker regarded themselves as professional artists, while Susan Fereday and Ann Buckland combined drawing with scientific investigation and illustration. Elizabeth Princep and Elizabeth Haller had lithographs created form their sketches, whereas Anna Maria Nixon and Emma Haller simply drew for pleasure. Collectively, the work of these artists contributes to our understanding of life in colonial times.Image:

Louisa Anne Meredith (1812 - 1895)A Cool Debate 

(c1891)Pencil, watercolour, gold paint, chinese white highlights and gum

27 x 38 cm

Royal Society of Tasmania collection


A Passion for Nature: The work of William Charles Piguenit


15 March – 30 June 2013

Argyle Galleries, Level 1 

Temp_Exhibitions_-_WC_PiguenitA Passion for Nature appraises the work of W C Piguenit (1836-1914), Australia's first native-born professional landscape painter. The exhibition comprises a wide selection of paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery which houses the most comprehensive body of the artist's work in any collection. 

The exhibition celebrates the launch of a book on the artist's work. Fully illustrated in colour, and with an informative and authoritative text, this book is essential to gaining an understanding of this pioneering artist and his important place in Australian art during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

William Charles Piguenit (1836 - 1914)
Mt Olympus, Lake St Clair (1888)
Oil on cardboard
32.9 x 55.3 cm
Gift of the artist to the Tasmanian Government for the Art Gallery, 1889


Anne Ferran - Lost to Worlds


14 June – 30 June 2013

Argyle Galleries, Level 1

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Anne_FerranLost to worlds is a 2008 series of 30 images taken where the prison for women convicts in Ross, Tasmania once stood.  Created by the Sydney-based artist Anne Ferran, these haunting  silvered images look down at the ground, capturing the mounds, crevasses, and grass patterns that exist as traces of old buildings to form an unsettling installation.

Lost to worlds is a special presentation by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for the Dark Mofo festival.


Unique States: Seriality & the Panoramic

A Survey of Three Decades of Prints by Raymond Arnold


15 March – 26 May 2013

Argyle Galleries, Level 1

Temp_Exhibitions_-_Raymond_ArnoldUnique States is a much anticipated retrospective of the work of Raymond Arnold, whose grand visions, skilful compositions and embrace of printmaking's alchemy of process and chance represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement within this field of practice.

Presented as part of Ten Days on the Island 2013.