Art in Tasmania

Immerse yourself in Tasmania’s art.

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Theatre Royal is a historic performing arts venue in central Hobart.
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Sheffield Murals
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Henry Jones Art Hotel located on the one of Hobart's oldest waterfront warehouses.

Salamanca Arts Centre
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Salamanca Arts Centre
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Art in Tasmania

The Drill Hall Emporium, Tasmania, Australia

Life in Tasmania is a little bit different because you’re never more than a short drive away from thundering natural surrounds. For example, It’s just an hour drive from the bustling CBD of Hobart to the more remote stretches of the Huon River Valley. This connection to a wild planet Earth is what inspires many artists, and it’s in these pristinely beautiful places where everything turns artisanal; from antiques and crafts to farms and food. And it is here, where everyone is a passionate and careful craftsman, where you’ll find some of the world’s most spirited art. Image thanks toTourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne.

Local Artists and Culture

Tasmania has gone through some economic twists and turns. Mining and forestry have given way to artists, craftsmen and makers. You’ll find that many of the towns across the state are full of these local artisans. Towns like Burnie in the north and Geeveston in the south have reinvented themselves as enclaves for inspired artists.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t get a vibrant art scene in Tasmania’s cities. Launceston has a wide variety of art galleries and boasts the Design Tasmania Wood Collection. Hobart has a thriving arts scene revolving around its MONA Art Museum. And you’ll find a regional art gallery in Tasmania’s northern port city of Devonport.

Design

Meet the Makers of Burnie Tasmania, Tasmania, AustraliaOne of the best places in the country to experience the vibrancy of Australia’s design is in the northern coastal town of Burnie. Here you’ll find the Makers Workshop where a community of makers, artisans and craftsmen ply their trade. You can sign up to take a class to learn such skills as papermaking, glassblowing, sculpting and painting, or you can simply enjoy the arts centre, the local craftsmen and their wares. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

Craft

Tasmanian Craft Fair 2011, Tasmania, AustraliaTasmania is home to Australia’s largest craft fair which takes place in the small town of Deloraine every November. This week-long fair draws more than 20,000 visitors and features more than 200 craft makers selling locally made wares. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Pete Mattila.

 

Silk

The world’s largest silk art display hangs in the town of Deloraine. Entitled Yarns Artwork in Silk, this massive display features 200 m² of silk. Different patches of silk created by more than 300 different artists have been quilted together to display life in the Meander Valley. It took over 1 million stitches and 10,000 hours to complete. And every 30 minutes it comes to life with a different visual audio display between the hours of 9:30 AM and 4 PM, seven days a week.

Old Art

MONA - outside sculpture, Tasmania, AustraliaTasmania’s European history dates back to the early 1800’s, so if you’re trying to catch a glimpse of classical art from before that time period, you’ll have to head to the MONA Museum in Hobart. But there are plenty of examples of art from the 1800’s and there’s no better way to experience this era than by attending the Glover Prize. An ode to 19th-century landscape artist John Glover, this competition features local artists annually competing for the best landscape. Their work hangs in an Evandale gallery every February before a winner is decided in March. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy.

Art Museums

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Exterier, Tasmania, AustraliaYou’ll find art museums in Tasmania’s largest cities. Devonport, Launceston and Hobart host a variety of art museums including Devonport’s Local Gallery and Launceston’s QVMAG Art Gallery. You’ll also find many smaller galleries in artist towns like Burnie, Kettering and Geeveston.

 

MONA

unseen-seen, MONA - Tasmania, AustraliaThe crown jewel of Tasmania’s art world, the MONA Art Museum can be found in the island’s biggest city of Hobart. Known as the Museum of the Old and the New, this impressive building houses general collections alongside rotating displays for specific artists. It also houses many historic artifacts as well as an architecture wing, library, souvenir shop and classrooms. You can also catch a presentation, talk, movie or concert at this vibrant art house. Make sure to grab some craft beer or local wine at the bar after enjoying the art.

Public Art

Sheffield mural, Tasmania, AustraliaThere are plenty of staggering examples of public art across Tasmania. You can start your exploration of public art right when you touch down in Hobart by exploring the city’s old rivulet which is now an underground graffiti museum of sorts. But the greatest example of public art has to be the town of Sheffield. Known as the Town of Murals, this former tradies town has reinvented itself with public art painted on nearly every building and mailbox in town. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Poon Wai Nang.

Theatre

Theatre Royal, Tasmania, AustraliaHobart is home to the Theater Royal Albert. This mainstay hosts plenty of local and international shows, but you don’t have to be in Hobart to enjoy Tasmania’s theatre and dance scene. Two other cities are constantly hosting theatre and dance productions. The inland city of Launceston is a great place to catch a show while the maker town of Burnie is a unique spot for a production. Burnie, a small town on Tasmania’s north coast, is an enclave of artists committed to expression in various forms.Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne.

What to do

Art in Tasmania

Wine and MONA Experience Tour

Enjoy our personalised full day tour from Hobart.  You will sample some Tasmania’s finest cool climate wines and cheeses in the renowned wine growing region of the Coal River Valley. Enjoy a light lunch platter at Puddleduck vineyard, and after your delicious lunch, journey to the  Museum of Old and New Art, MONA.  Here you can  taste the range of Moorilla wines or their boutique beer, Moo Brew as an optional extra.. To enhance your MONA experience, you will travel back to Hobart CBD via the MONA ROMA ferry.

Your itinerary
We select the 3 vineyards listed below for our morning tastings
Frogmore Creek.

Views stretching across the coal river whilst enjoying their extensive wine selection

Puddleduck owners, Darren & Jackie extend a warm welcome to all of the visitors that come to experience Puddleducks. In an enjoyable & relaxed atmosphere, the award winning wine selections are sure to please whilst the delightful lunch platter is sure to hit the right spot!

Pooley Wines On the outskirts of Richmond, on the Butchers Hill, sits the magnificent heritage listed Georgian building, Belmont Lodge. Here, the cellar door wine tastings are offered in the rustic charms of the sandstone stables.

Wicked Cheese  Award winning Boutique Cheese maker based near Richmond. Enjoy a cheese tasting and perhaps make a purchase from their providore shop

What you need to know

Departure: Tour departs outside the Tasmanian Visitor and Information Centre, Hobart (corner of Davey & Elizabeth Sts) at 9.30am each Sunday,  Monday & Friday where you will be greeted by your guide. Please be available 10 minutes prior to departure time.
Duration: full day

Tour inclusions
Pick up from the Tasmanian Tourist Information Centre (cnr Davey & Elizabeth Street)
Cellar door wine tastings at 3 vineyards in the Coal River Valley
Cheese tasting at Wicked Cheese
Light lunch platter and  at puddleduck vineyard
Moorilla cellar door wine tastings/Moo Brew beer tastings optional extra
Entry fee to MONA Museum of Old and New Art
MONA ROMA return ferry to Hobart CBD

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Luxury Wine Tour at MONA Hobart - inc bottle of wine

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MONA Gallery Tour Hobart - includes scenic helicopter flight

Hobart’s Art & Fine Wine including scenic helicopter flight

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Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Cascade Brewery

Hobart

Join the City Loop bus bound for Australia's oldest brewery, Cascade Brewery, for a thirst quenching tour. Explore the brewing process, heritage gardens and historic buildings, finishing with product tastings.

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Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Mt Wellington

Enjoy the best top-deck sights onboard the Red Decker open-top double decker buses, then join our Shuttle Bus to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Experience spectacular views of Hobart and beyond.

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Where to Stay

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The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan’s Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

A restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free valet parking are also provided. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café, meeting rooms, and concierge services.
All 56 individually decorated rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. LCD TVs with cable channels and DVD players provide a bit of entertainment, and guests will also find comforts like premium bedding and pillow menus.

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Hadley's Orient Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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Art Hotel on York

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Launceston College, Royal Park, and Penny Royal Adventures. Queen Victoria Museum and Brisbane Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

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Latrobe Art Apartments

Latrobe - Devonport

Situated in Latrobe, this apartment building is 0.9 km from Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame and 3.1 km from House of Anvers.

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MACq 01 Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this hotel is within 2 km of Hobart Cruise Terminal and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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