September/October 2020 Listings

Tasmanian art galleries and their exhibition schedules are listed below, grouped by region. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.

Hobart Sullivans Cove Battery Point

Art Mob
29 Hunter Street, Hobart 7000.
(03) 6236-9200, 0419-393-122.
Director: Euan Hills.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
Aboriginal fine art, including Tasmanian Aboriginal artists.

Bett Gallery Hobart
Level 1, 65 Murray Street, Hobart 7000.
(03) 6231-6511.
Directors: Carol Bett, Emma Bett and Jack Bett.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.30, Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
Aug 28 to Sept 19 Oracle by Brigita Ozolins.
Also, The Long View by Stephanie Tabram.
Sept 25 to Oct 17 Surfacing by Sue Lovegrove.
Also, At the Bottom of the Garden by Nicola Gower-Wallis.
Oct 23 to Nov 14 Out of Darkness by Philip Wolfhagen.
Also, REAL MEETS THE UNREAL by Joel Crosswell.

Colville Gallery
91a Salamanca Place, Hobart 7004.
(03) 6224-4088, 0419-292-626.
Open by appointment only.

Despard Gallery
Level 1, 15 Castray Esplanade, Hobart 7000.
(03) 6223-8266.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun by appt.
Sept 16 to Oct 10 In The Clear Night of Day – a solo exhibition by contemporary painter Graham Lang. Through paint, Lang explores the vulnerability and dislocation of our internal landscapes that shape our lives, questioning the fragility of the human condition via animal/landscape surrogates.

Graham Lang, Pigheaded, 2019, oil on board, 91.5 x 61cm. Courtesy the artist and Despard Gallery

Oct 14 to Nov 7 The Guests – a solo exhibition by contemporary painter Michael Vale. Vale presents a new suite of gothic narrative paintings, which respond to the horrors of colonisation that has permeated the wildernesses of Victoria and Tasmania with a lasting sense of foreboding.

Michael Vale, The Guests, 2020, oil on linen, 137 x 102cm. Courtesy the artist and Despard Gallery

Handmark Gallery
Unique Tasmanian Art & Design.
(03) 6223-7895.
77 Salamanca Place, Hobart 7000.
To Sept 14 Clifford How.

Clifford How, The dawn light filled the air, 2020, oil on linen, 79 x 89cm. Courtesy the artist and Handmark Gallery

Sept 18 to Oct 5 Affordable Exhibition – artworks under $3,000.
Oct 9 to 26 Diane Allison.
2 Russell Street, Evandale, 7212.
(03) 6391-8193.

Diane Allison, Torn Edges #2, 2020, collage – manipulated recycled travel brochures, nails, 105 x 85cm. Courtesy the artist and Handmark

Mona – Museum of Old and New Art
655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart 7011.
(03) 6277-9900.
UPDATE: Mona is closed until late 2020 at least, due to COVID-19.

Plimsoll Gallery
School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM), University of Tasmania
Hunter Street, Hobart 7000.
(03) 6226-4300.
Gallery closed. Open by appointment only.
Programs will be delivered online.
Online: Too Many Cooks, a virtual exhibition.

Salamanca Arts Centre
65-77 Salamanca Place, Hobart 7000.
(03) 6234-8414.
Visit website for exhibition program.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Dunn Place (enter via the Watergate), Hobart 7000.
(03) 6165-7000.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

Wagner Framemakers
72 Brisbane Street, Hobart 7000.
(03) 6234-8599.
Fine art framing for individuals and institutions.

North Hobart

Contemporary Art Tasmania
27 Tasma Street, North Hobart 7000.
(03) 6231-0445.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
Sept 26 to Oct 4 Circumbinary Orbits: The Cut by Julie Fragar, curated by Amanda Davies.
Oct 3 to 18 Circumbinary Orbits: An Unsteady Compass by Lou Conboy, curated by Mark Shorter.
Oct 10 to 25 Circumbinary Orbits: Transmission Line by Matt Coyle, curated by Joel Crosswell.


Academy Gallery
Academic Division, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Invermay Road, Inveresk, Launceston 7250.
(03) 6324-4410.
Director: Dr Malcom Bywaters.
UPDATE: Academy Gallery is currently closed until further notice.

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Art Gallery at 2 Wellington Street, and Museum at 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7250.
(03) 6323-3777.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Museum at Inveresk:
To March 28, 2021 Estuary: below the surface – highlights the physical aspects of kanamaluka/Tamar estuary, some of its history, and lets you see the alien but beautiful world that is just below the surface.
On permanent display, Transforming the Island: railways in Tasmania invites you to explore the impact of railways on Tasmania from 1857 to the 1990s. Featuring iconic trains such as Y3, and artefacts related to the workshops and Tasmania’s rail network, Transforming the Island takes you on a rail journey like no other.

Transforming the Island: railways in Tasmania, on permanent exhibition at QVMAG Inveresk

On permanent display, Southern Skies – presents the story of Tasmanian astronomy and features many telescopes and other pieces of equipment that have been used for research in the state.
Art Gallery at Royal Park:
Nov 2 to July 18, 2021 Lost Landscapes by Anne Zahalka. One of Australia’s leading photographic media artists, Anne Zahalka turns her lens to QVMAG’s historic dioramas in the next stage of her ongoing series, Wild Life.
On permanent display, Favourites from the Collection. An eclectic selection of works from QVMAG’s impressive collection, this exhibition features paintings, furniture, textiles and ceramics celebrating 190 years of creativity in Tasmania.
On permanent display, The First Tasmanians: Our Story – presents and explores the history and culture of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The exhibition features rarely seen original objects and examines climate change, astronomy and stories of creation, craft, technology and architecture.

The First Tasmanians: Our Story, on permanent exhibition at QVMAG Royal Park

Sawtooth ARI
58 Lindsay Street, Invermay 7248.
(03) 6331-2777.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 4.00.

North West Coast

Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Wilmot Street, Burnie 7320.
(03) 6430-5875.
Admission free.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.30.

Devonport Regional Gallery
paranaple arts centre, Rooke Street, Devonport 7310.
(03) 6420-2900.
Mon-Fri 7.30 to 4.45, Sat-Sun and public hols 7.30 to 2.00.