Opens 10-06-2016,  closes 20-11-2016

Argyle Galleries 1-4, Central Gallery and throughout TMAG


Tempest is a major new art exhibition conceived and developed by internationally acclaimed curator Juliana Engberg

With its roots in the Shakespearean play of the same name, Tempest will transform TMAG’s galleries into a world of shipwrecks and stormy seas, romance, discovery, tragedy and magic, creating a new and exciting experience for visitors.

Historic works from TMAG and other state collections will be shown alongside contemporary works by international and Australian artists including Tacita Dean, Valerie Sparks, Fiona Tan, William Kentridge, Victor Alimpiev, Hernan Bas, Mariele Neudecker, Rodney Graham, Pat Brassington, Rosemary Laing,  Paul  Wood,  Ricky  Swallow,  Kit Wise and David Stephenson.

Visitors to TMAG will begin their journey through Tempest as they enter the whimsical and evocative Prospero’s Library in the iconic Central Gallery. Designed in response to the magical powers of Shakespeare’s Prospero, it will evoke a sense of wonder and discovery with flying books, bookcases, natural history specimens  and  historical  artefacts,  providing  a richly decorated setting for events and public programs throughout the exhibition period.

In the main exhibition spaces, Tempest will create an organic ‘tempestuous’ trail for visitors to follow through the temporary galleries, as well as extra ‘interventions’ in the museum’s permanent exhibitions and transitional spaces such as the stairwells, foyers, and historic Watergate entrance.

Tempest is presented by TMAG in association with Detached Cultural Organisation and Dark Mofo. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Public Programs

A rich and dynamic public program will be presented throughout the six month exhibition period, exploring themes from the exhibition in a variety of media. TMAG will partner with local arts organisations and festivals such as Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Festival of Voices, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra  and  Blue  Cow Theatre Inc. to deliver an exciting program of events, programs and performances.

Download a flyer about Tempest public programs during October here

Download a copy of the complete Tempest public programs guide here


Waterlines is a statewide community arts and cultural development collaborative exhibition between artists and communities from the Bass Strait, Torres Strait and regional Tasmania. Ghost Net Weavers from Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait travelled to Tasmania to collaborate with Tasmanian  Aboriginal weavers and artists in an exploration of Indigenous island cultures from the very south and the very north of Australia.

They created a 4-metre sculptural piece using both natural and manmade materials, which is the centrepiece of the Waterlines exhibition. Tasmanian artists from across the state have responded to the Waterlines concept creating works that are meaningful to them at a local level. These composite pieces will come together in the TMAG Courtyard for the first time this October.

Dates: 18 October - 4 December 2016
Location: TMAG Courtyard

Waterlines is a partnership between TMAG and Tasmanian Regional Arts.

Image details: Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740-1812), A shipwreck off a rocky coast (1760s), oil on canvas, 83 x 126.4 cm, Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.