Daily Opening Times :
Saturday 3 August – Monday 16 September 2024
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Material Desires by Lorenz Cherry is an enquiry that delves into the intricate relationship between individual consumer choices and the pursuit of joy and happiness.  This exhibition invites viewers of all ages and walks of life to contemplate their own diverse material desires.

The core premise of Material Desires revolves around the idea that consumerism, often criticized for its excesses and negative environmental impact, can also be a source of genuine happiness and personal fulfillment. The exhibition seeks to challenge conventional stereotypes surrounding consumer culture by exploring the emotional and personal dimensions of our favourite purchases.  The core objectives of the exhibition are:

1. To Celebrate Diversity in Consumer Choices : Material Desires aims to showcase the vast spectrum of consumer items that people find joy in, highlighting the rich tapestry of tastes, interests, and backgrounds that make up our society.

2. To Challenge Assumptions : By examining the positive aspects of consumerism, the exhibition challenges stereotypes and encourages a more nuanced understanding of how our favourite things contribute to our well-being.

3. To Promote Self-Reflection : The artworks prompt visitors to reflect on their own cherished purchases and the personal significance of these objects in their lives.

4. To Foster Dialogue : The exhibition provides a platform for visitors to engage in meaningful conversations about consumerism, happiness, and the role of material possessions in our lives.

In summary, Material Desires, invites viewers to contemplate the emotional and personal dimensions of their acquisitions and explore the intersection of materialism, values, and identity

Daily Opening Times :
Friday 12 – Monday 29 July 2024
9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday
**Weekends TBC**

Opening Event :
Friday 12 July 2024, 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Sarah Wells, AKA, Freekshow, is an emerging, Hobart based artist, who works with a range of mediums and scale in the dedication to bring to life her own multicoloured, fictionalised worlds.

Presented by Resource Work Cooperative

20 – 28 July 2024 | 10am-5pm

Opening event: 19 July, 6pm

Waste transformed, like phoenixes from the trash pile!

Art from Trash is returning in 2024, showcasing creative works made with salvaged and repurposed materials. The exhibition is set to open on 20th of July 2024 at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre.

Hosted By Resource Work Cooperative (aka The South Hobart Tip Shop), the exhibition will feature a diverse collection of artwork created by local artists, community groups and students who have repurposed discarded materials into beautiful, unique and thought-provoking pieces.

The aim of Art from Trash is to raise awareness about the importance of reuse and to showcase the boundless potential of discarded materials. By encouraging artists to use their creativity and imagination to transform trash into art, the exhibition hopes to inspire visitors to think about their own impact on the environment and to consider ways they can reduce or reuse waste.

As an open community exhibition, we are so proud to be able to support all peoples in exploring their creative side, with many emerging artists having gone on to make incredible careers transforming waste into art.

Visitors to Art from Trash can expect to see a wide range of artwork, including sculptures, paintings, and textiles, all crafted from materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. The exhibition will feature works from both established and emerging artists, community groups, and students demonstrating the breadth of talent in the local and statewide community.

Opening Dates :
Thursday 22 August – Sunday 1 September 2024
10:00am – 4:00pm daily
CLOSED Monday 26 August 2024

Presented by the Australian Antarctic Festival

Antarctic DataSpheres is an exhibition exploring data, sound and vision captured on the last voyage of the Aurora Australis to Antarctica. 

The artwork will fill the gallery with data driven visuals surrounded by immersive spatialised sound.

Antarctic DataSpheres will be presented at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart as an invited exhibition at the 2024 Australian Antarctic Festival. As part of their Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, John McCormick and Adam Nash captured the ship, crew and expeditioners, assisting and documenting the many scientific experiments along the journey. Antarctic DataSpheres transforms this data, sound and imagery into a walk-in immersive experience relating Antarctica’s aesthetic grandeur and Australia’s ongoing Antarctic engagement.

John McCormick – Concept, Visuals, Interaction
Adam Nash – Sound Recording, Composition
Casey Richardson – Visual Effects, Interaction

Opening Dates :
Thursday 22 August – Monday 1 September 2024
10:00am – 4:00pm daily

Presented by the Australian Antarctic Festival in association with The Art Society of Tasmania

Antarctica & the Southern Ocean is an art exhibition celebrating the important connection of the icy continent to Hobart.

Since the early days of Antarctic exploration the big red ships have departed from Hobart tackling the mighty seas of the Southern Ocean for their journeys of scientific research. With global warming this research is more important than ever. Many artists and photographers have also recorded and interpreted this last frontier.

Artists throughout Tasmania have been invited to be part of this exhibition which crosses all mediums and genres. 

Daily Opening Times :
Friday 5 July – Sunday 11 August 2024

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed most weekends / Weekend Opening Hours TBC

A residency within a residency. A glimpse into my creative process.

I often get the impression that a lot of the general public views artists as elusive and mysterious. We hide away in studios for hours, weeks, or months and eventually emerge with a creation. Let’s get things out in the open.

For five weeks I will move my practice out of my studio and upstairs into the studio gallery. Recent works will hang on the walls as usual, alongside my current projects. One such project is a large drawing whose subject is as tall as I am. On the days I would have otherwise been downstairs in studio 126, I’ll be in situ, working in the studio gallery. Unfortunately, this will not be every day. But on the days I am not present, my work will still be there for you to see.

I invite people not only to see what I’ve made in recent months but what I’m currently making as well. Come and watch me work, have a conversation with me, or both. You can ask me questions about my process and materials and get a glimpse of how I turn a blank surface into a hyperreal drawing using just graphite, brushes, and erasers. 

My process is a time-consuming one. The large drawing is not a project that will be completed in the course of the exhibition. You will get a glimpse of the beginning of the project in action, and the beginning of a form will emerge.”
Katelyn Geard

Presented by Jay Sykes

Opening Dates :
August 1 – 11, 2024
10:00am – 4:00pm daily

Opening Event :
August 11, 2024, 5:30pm

‘Painting my Thesis’ is a series of works based on the figures from my doctoral thesis, ‘Protein Structure and Evolution’, intended to bridge the gap between my previous life as an academic and my current life as a creative.

‘Painting my Thesis’ is intended to bridge the gap between art and science. It is inspired by a brief conversation I had with my PhD supervisors, Professors Michael Charleston and Barbara Holland, in which they (very flatteringly!) compared a graph I produced to a Monet.

All works in this exhibition are based on figures from my PhD Thesis “Protein Structure and Evolution”. The style of the pieces depends on the nature and meaning of the figure it is based on. Each is accompanied with the original figure, as well as a brief explanation concerning its meaning for those interested.

This project is important to me as an ex-academic. Many people, upon hearing that I completed my doctorate and then withdrew from the career path I invested so much time in to pursue life as a creative, rhetoric their way around the fact that they think to do so was a waste. With these works, I intend to prove that no experience in life is wasted. My university experience informs my practice constantly. This exhibition is intended to celebrate this fact.

Presented by Anne Buckingham

‘Self(ies) in Nature’ considers how the natural landscape is compromised by our desire to capture ourselves on screen. Displayed as images in phone cases, the delicate relationship is explored through abstracted cyanotypes and stitched sketches.

The installation ‘Self(ies) in Nature’ explores our delicate relationship with nature and how that relationship can change focus when viewed through the lens of a phone.

Being in nature benefits us physically and emotionally, and nature in turn benefits from our understanding and respect for it.

This balance can be disturbed when we turn the lens to include ourselves and the perspective changes from nature in the spotlight, to merely being a backdrop to self.

Our need to be centre stage can diminish our ability to be truely present with nature. The artwork questions what is lost when we become the focal point and nature is the accessory.

The abstracted cyanotypes are a collaboration with nature and combine found natural objects and repurposed fabric. Cyanotypes are a form of camera-less photography which rely on the sun for processing and ultimately give nature the final say in the outcome.

The design of the installation highlights our tendency to display our achievements of being in nature. Sketched profiles suggest, however, the fleetingness of humans in comparison to the natural landscape, despite any attempts to dominate it. They are accompanied by thoughts of nature writers, who too, grapple with our complicated relationship with the environment.

The installation follows a residency at Salamanca Arts Centre.

Daily Opening Times :

Wednesday 10 – Monday 15 July 2024
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Opening Event :
Tuesday 9 July 2024 @ 5:00pm

Music and lyrics rendered into landscape paintings.

The paintings in Symbiosis have been fully inspired by eclectic pieces of music and lyrics that were provided by some of Hobart’s prominent musicians. The submissions, which range from electric compositions and improvised piano to vocal harmonies and written poetry and lyrics, are all expressions from the musicians as they considered their ideas and feelings about Tasmania’s natural landscape.

Caitlin Love is captivated by Tasmania’s diverse and rich natural environment, so it is fitting that the musical pieces she used to inspire the works are just as diverse and rich. Each artwork generated imagery, colour pallets and memories for Caitlin, and she was able to explore Southern Tasmania for appropriate locations to paint from. The artworks have taken Caitlin on road trips, a 4am mission to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington for the sunrise, and a 25km hike at Tasmania’s most southerly point.  

Symbiosis is the interaction between two different organisms living together. These artworks would not exist without the music they were inspired by, and indeed they are enriched by the music, lyrics, emotion and imaginings of the musicians they were made by. The art and music give life and meaning to one another.

Launch Event :
Friday 12 July 2024, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

FREE EVENT | All welcome!

Exhibition Open :
Friday 12 + Saturday 13 July 2024

10:00am – 4:00pm daily

Join Joshua Santospirito to celebrate the largest art project of his life at the book launch, performance and exhibition opening of art from the new graphic novel about migration and family.

The beautifully hand-drawn true story of his visit to the Aeolian Islands of Italy with his parents to seek out past connections and family roots. Joshua and his father hope to locate the burial place of Joshua’s great-great-grandfather on the island of Salina. But it’s not always so easy to find the past you’re looking for, nor to travel with your parents.

Launch Event will include :
– Short storytelling performance by Joshua and Natalya Bing based on the book;
– Book to be launched by the awesome Nunami Sculthorpe-Green;
– Art exhibition opening of art from the book, and related to the book, some of which is for sale.

Copies of the book will be for sale on the night and throughout the exhibition, but they are ALSO available at all good bookstores around the island of Lutruwita. Out from July 2 nationwide through Scribe publications. 

This event is happening on the stolen land of the Muwinina people. 
We pay our respects to the Palawa people of Lutruwita, their connection to their lands and their ongoing storytelling traditions.