Julie Gough: Tense Past

Opens 07-06-2019,  closes 03-11-2019

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This major exhibition by significant Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julie Gough interrogates colonial history and the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s first people—then and now. As well as including some key artworks from Gough’s 25 years of practice, including sculpture, sound and video installations, Julie has created new site-specific artworks that engage with artefacts from major collections from across the country.


Saturday 8 - Sunday 16 June, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 18 - Sunday 23 June, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Day entry via Dunn Place


Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Night entry via Argyle Street


Missing or Dead

Not to be missed is a major ephemeral installation on the Queens Domain where the exhibition continues with Gough's Missing or Dead, a memorial to the more than one hundred and eighty Tasmanian Aboriginal children stolen or lost during the early colonial years of the island.

Friday 14 - Sunday 23 June, open 24 hours a day

Part of Dark Path
Bushland, Queens Domain


In addition there will be a program of FREE  public events and guided talks that will extend audiences’ knowledge and understanding of Julie Gough’s complex and inventive art practice as presented in the exhibition Julie Gough: Tense Past.

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Some Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people before 1840, 2008

Some Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people before 1840, 2008. Julie Gough (1965-),  found chair with burnt tea tree sticks,  288 x 60 x 50 cm
Photograph: Jack Bett
Collection: National Gallery of Australia

Top image: (In)Case of Emergency (with Dark Mofo 2019 ID treatment), 2011, Julie Gough, tea tree, copper, eastern grey kangaroo skins, hand dyed wool
Collection: Ararat Regional Art Gallery


Presented by Dark Mofo and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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

Missing or Dead is supported by Gandel Philanthropy

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