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Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture

ningina tunapri Tasmanian Aboriginal exhibition
ningina tunapri is the story of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, past and present. ningina tunapri means ‘to give knowledge and understanding’.

Voices of Aboriginal Tasmania ningina tunapri education kit - PDF 1.97 MB 

tayenebe Tasmanian Aboriginal women’s fibre work exhibition
tayenebe is a south eastern Aboriginal word meaning ‘exchange’. This exhibition, developed over three years and inspired by the desire to reconnect with the cultural craft of Ancestors, includes the work of more than twenty women aged from seven to 87 years of age, alongside historical pieces and contemporary and historical interpretive material.

tayenebe website
tayenebe interpretive resource - PDF 1.9 MB

tayenebe dance response - by Ogilvie High School, 2009

Additional Tasmanian Aboriginal educational material
Aboriginal Tasmania, Newspapers In Education 2008 - PDF 1.65 MB
Tasmanian Aboriginal audio visual resources

Art and Decorative Arts

Art and Decorative Arts

Transplantation: a Sense of Place and Culture

This touring 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.

Education Guide – PDF 919KB (courtesy of The National Centre for Craft & Design)

Colonial Art

The National Picture: The art of Tasmania's Black War and Thomas Bock
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 17 August - 11 November 2018

As part of the joint National Gallery of Australia and TMAG exhibition, The National Picture, an education resource was created for upper high school and college students. The resource provides engaging and critical perspectives on colonial art, including references to a number of key 19th Century artworks in the permanent TMAG collection. Importantly the resource also includes references to contemporary Aboriginal artists’ responses to those works.

This innovative resource provides a useful guide for any educators or students wanting to ‘unpack’ the art of this period and to consider the diversity of ways it may be viewed and understood.

The National Pictureand Thomas Bock Education Resource - PDF 1.2 MB

Elegance in Exile
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 25 September - 4 November 2012

Portrait drawings from colonial Australia. Featuring works by Thomas Bock (1793-1855), Richard Read Snr (1765-1827), Charles Rodius (1802-1860) and Thomas Griffiths-Wainewright (1794-1847)

Elegance in Exile learning resource - PDF 1.46 MB (courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 28 November 2003 - 1 February 2004

John Glover (1767-1849) evolved innovative ways of painting the Australian landscape.

Glover education kit - PDF 954 KB

Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 14 September - 10 November 2002

One of England's great early Victorian designers, Pugin (1812-1852) made a significant contribution to the evolution of design in Australia.

Pugin education kit - PDF 2.74 MB

Contemporary Art

Pat Brassington: À Rebours

Secondary Education Kit – PDF 919KB (courtesy of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art)

Illumination: the art of Philip Wolfhagen
Online learning resources, available here.

Illumination: the art of Philip Wolfhagen education kit – PDF 1MB

Primavera 2010
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 8 October - 20 November 2011

Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art's annual exhibition showcasing the work of Australian artists aged 35 years and younger.

Primavera 2010 education resource - PDF 854 KB
Primavera activity journal for kids - PDF 2.57 MB

Patricia Piccinini Evolution
Exhibitied at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 13 March - 14 June 2009

Patricia Piccinini (b. 1965) uses her artistic practice to explore the connections and tensions between nature, technology and life.

Patricia Piccinini education kit - PDF 722 KB

Grace Crowley: being modern
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2 October - 23 November 2008

Grace Crowley (1890-1979) was a champion of modernism and one of the first Australian artists to paint purely abstract works.

Primary students' trail - PDF 432 KB
Secondary students' education kit - PDF 388 KB

Further information can be found on the National Gallery of Australia's website

Janet Dawson Survey
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 6 September - 21 October 2007

This survey of works by Janet Dawson (b.1935) examines the career of one of Australia’s most accomplished artists from the 1950s through to the present day.

Janet Dawson education kit - PDF 6.37 MB

Unique States: Seriality & the Panoramic
Exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 15 March - 26 May 2013

Unique States is a much anticipated retrospective of the work of Raymond Arnold, a significant Tasmanian artist 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.

Unique States education kit - PDF 2.70 MB



On Their Own - Britain's Child Migrants
A companion resource for the Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition.

Read the On Their Own education kit - PDF 1.8 MB