ARTS AND CUL­TURE

Small in size, but big on cre­ativ­ity, Tas­ma­nia’s arts and cul­ture scene is thriv­ing with ev­ery­thing from in­ti­mate re­gional gal­leries to must-see mu­se­ums, pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, and cre­ative hubs.

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It may be small in size but Tas­ma­nia is big on cre­ativ­ity.

QUEEN VIC­TO­RIA MU­SEUM & ART GALLERY (QVMAG)

Gallery: 2 Welling­ton Street, Launce­s­ton. Mu­seum: 2 In­vern­may Road, Launce­s­ton. (03) 6323 3777, qvmag.tas.gov.au Launce­s­ton’s QVMAG is spread across two sites and if you’re in­ter­ested in in­ter­plan­e­tary piz­zazz, head di­rectly to the art gallery’s plan­e­tar­ium at Royal Park. Gaz­ing up at the domed ceil­ing, pro­jected im­ages take you on an im­mer­sive jour­ney into space, with shows rang­ing from the mys­ter­ies of black holes to a live de­scrip­tion of the night sky. Come back down to earth at the mu­seum at In­veresk, where Tas­ma­nian his­tory and nat­u­ral science col­lec­tions are on dis­play.

TAS­MA­NIAN MU­SEUM & ART GALLERY (TMAG)

Dunn Place, Ho­bart

(03) 6165 7000, tmag.tas.gov.au

One of the state’s most ap­proach­able mu­se­ums, TMAG has some of the best ex­am­ples of colo­nial pho­tog­ra­phy, and the dis­play cases of na­tive mam­mals gives you the chance to safely stare at a real Tas­ma­nian devil. For a more per­sonal ven­ture into his­tory, take a live the­atri­cal jour­ney through some of the mu­seum’s orig­i­nal build­ings from Euro­pean set­tle­ment – you might meet an es­caped con­vict or be in­tro­duced to the lo­cal Lieu­tenant Gover­nor from the mid-19th cen­tury.

MU­SEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA)

655 Main Road, Ber­riedale. Closed Tues­days. (03) 6277 9900, mona.net.au

MONA is a sub­ter­ranean play­ground of art, some­times whim­si­cal, of­ten chal­leng­ing, out­ra­geous and al­ways amus­ing. Some of the work isn’t suit­able for kids (there’s a child-friendly route for par­ents who don’t want to ex­plain the facts of life prematurely). But out­side of the gallery, MONA is a mu­seum fun park that’s great for all ages. Bean­bags are scat­tered on a wide ex­panse of lawn with live mu­sic ev­ery week­end. Kids can play in the nearby gi­ant teepees, and chick­ens and ducks roam free.

INDIGENOUS ART EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Art Mob – Abo­rig­i­nal Fine Art 29 Hunter Street, Ho­bart (03) 6236 9200, art­mob.com.au

Long be­fore Euro­pean set­tlers landed on the is­land, Abo­rig­i­nal Tasmanians were cre­at­ing in­tri­cate bark paint­ings and del­i­cate shell neck­laces. You’ll find key pieces on dis­play at the Tas­ma­nian Mu­seum & Art Gallery and at sev­eral com­mer­cial gal­leries. Art Mob rep­re­sents around 400 indigenous artists, in­clud­ing lead­ing con­tem­po­rary lo­cal artist Mick Quil­liam, who uses tra­di­tional tech­niques ap­ply­ing them to mod­ern medi­ums.

DEVON­PORT RE­GIONAL GALLERY

45 Ste­wart Street, Devon­port

(03) 6424 8296, de­von­port­gallery.com To see the work of some of Tas­ma­nia’s most tal­ented emerg­ing artists, make a bee­line for Devon­port Re­gional Gallery. The main gallery, in a ren­o­vated 19th cen­tury church, fea­tures tour­ing and per­ma­nent con­tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing tex­tiles, ceram­ics, sculp­tures and paint­ings. The Lit­tle Gallery is re­served for emerg­ing artists, pro­vid­ing a rare space for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

SALA­MANCA PLACE

Sala­manca Place, Ho­bart hand­mark.com.au as­pect­de­sign.com.au

In the heart of Ho­bart, Sala­manca Place is known for its weekly out­door Satur­day mar­ket, where hun­dreds of stall­hold­ers sell ev­ery­thing from knit­ted socks to lo­cally dis­tilled whisky. In­side the gen­tri­fied 19th cen­tury build­ings are a host of gal­leries show­cas­ing a di­verse range of lo­cal work. The airy Hand­mark Gallery of­fers the full gamut of medi­ums, from ce­ramic to glass and sculp­ture and As­pect De­sign has pieces from around 100 ar­ti­sans, in­clud­ing handcrafted tim­ber fur­ni­ture.

Queen Vic­to­ria Mu­seum & Art Gallery

Hand­mark Gallery

Art Mob

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