Daily Opening Times:

19 – 29 April 2024
10am – 5pm daily

Harriet’s creative impulse comes from a boundless curiosity cultivated through interactions with people and the natural world. Her process is shaped from travel and an abundance of rich life experiences. She seeks to unravel the complexities of her identity and make sense of the evolving world that surrounds her.

Harriet Links, an emerging artist based in Hobart, Tasmania, finds her creative impulse rooted in a boundless curiosity cultivated through interactions with people and the natural world. Her process is shaped from travel and an abundance of rich life experiences. Harriet seeks to unravel the complexities of her identity and make sense of the evolving world that surrounds her.

Her artistic exploration delves into the intricacies of the human condition, shedding light on what it means to be a woman in today’s dynamic and ever-changing global landscape. Harriet’s work is a visual testament to the ongoing journey of self-discovery.

In her current artistic practice, she is fascinated by the juxtaposition of stillness and movement, focus and distraction. A recurring motif within her work is the equine form, serving as a figurative reference that symbolises the struggle between the constrained and the out-of-control aspects within every individual. The horse, embodying strength, flow, positive energy, aspiration, peace, and escapism, becomes a powerful conduit for connectedness and personal growth.

The abstract elements in Harriet’s work mirror the frantic disconnect prevalent in modern lives, providing a tangible representation of the chaos inherent in the quest for balance and meaning. Her intention is to create a space for contemplation, inviting viewers to reflect on their own journey and discover resonance inside the shared human experience. This quiet space is represented by a broad use of negative space within her work.

Harriet uses acrylics, and mixed media on canvas to transform the equine figure into a colourful reflection of her inner self. Each artistic choice becomes a visual narrative, unveiling human desires, and the daily struggles that shape our existence.

Daily opening times:
Saturday 30 March – Sunday 28 April 2024
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays – Sundays 10:00am – 4:00pm
Public Holidays CLOSED

A series of dreamy landscapes by Jaclyn Poke, evoking a sense of awe and wonder experienced in beloved scenes of Tasmania.

“The beach near my home is where I see life unfolding; the revealing of age-old stories through nature. A presence that is infinitely more wise and powerful than me.

I am an artist, former teacher and current art therapist who lives on the NW coast of Tasmania. An art school graduate, I facilitate therapy sessions whilst pursuing my arts practice. I create abstract impressions of local landscape, based predominantly on the coastal area where I live.

In recent times I have been exploring places of sentimentality, that evoke a feeling of reminiscing. The landscape around me is full of childhood memories and significant events from my family’s history, so I am endeavouring to harness the energy from those moments and replicate the familiar from a childlike sense of wonder. My vision for this exhibition is to explore these local landscapes and create a series of abstracted visual narratives of my ‘home spaces’.

I have lived in Tasmania for most of my life, and am enjoying returning to the places of earlier significance, that have taken on new meaning and importance in my adult years. Hence why creating a romantic, dream-like quality to the work is an  important part of my creative process.”
– Jaclyn Poke

Daily Opening Times:

10 – 17 April 2024
10am – 5pm daily

Opening Event:
Friday 12 April 2024, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Loud is an art exhibition by Aleks Crossan that celebrates boldness and vibrancy.

Loud is an invitation to experience art that shouts, urging you to embrace your authenticity and overcome the fear of being truly yourself. Through vivid colours and powerful strokes, each piece is a call to break free from conformity and discover your unapologetic self. It’s a gentle push to unlock the desire to be loud.

Opening Dates :
Wednesday 17 – Monday 22 April 2024 
9:00am – 5:00pm daily

Opening Event :
Thursday 16 April 2024, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Light, water, peace and quiet.

Reflections is an open letter to sunlight. Through Poppy Robinson’s eyes, sunlight is its own creature; swimming through the water and bouncing softly from the skin. In her work, Poppy explores the inevitable feelings of peace and regeneration that come with a quiet moment alone.

With a focus on physical sensation, Reflections seeks to capture a feeling of tranquility and warmth. An understanding that in nature, reliability and impermanence are intertwined and hidden within every rock, plant and drop of water.

Presented by John Hodgman

Opening Event :
Friday 5 April 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Exhibition to be opened by Ian Jeanneret, photographer, digital artist and printer, framer and previous gallery director and the music of Tasmanian guitarist, Phil Lawler, from Bach to Brouwer and from Chet Atkins to Django Rheinhardt.

This exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings by John Hodgman attempts to capture various aspects of the Tasmanian landscape.

“I have always loved the variety of scenery, from the coast to the mountains.

My involvement in environmental design, architecture, photography and bushwalking have influenced my keen interest in the continually changing environment.

The spirit of the place, the changing weather, light and the variety of locations always amazes me and has a profound impact on my feeling for this wonderful unique island.

The work is centred around my interest in the changing shapes, shadows and textures that are created by different light. I am not interested in realism and pursue an image that relies on imagination.

As a designer and conservationist, I believe in the balance between appropriate development and conservation.”
John Hodgman

A peek at the many ways metal can be transformed when clever hands are let loose with hammers (and other tools).

Hammer and Hand is an icon of Salamanca; a metal worker’s collective which has been supporting emerging jewellers and blacksmiths, many straight from art school or TAFE, since its conception in 1995. Having seen 50 or so members over the years, it continues to be a crucible of intriguing, beautifully conceived and constructed, locally hand made objects, to wear, use or simply enjoy in your space.

“The World of Words” stands as an embodiment of cultural pride, an effort to share the wisdom and beauty of Islamic art with the world. Through Halima’s vision, we are encouraged to see beyond preconceived notions, to appreciate the art form for its inherent grace and significance.

In the realm of Halima’s artistic prowess, the canvas becomes a portal to a mesmerizing world – “The World of Words.” Through her exquisite Arabic calligraphy artworks, Halima extends an invitation to all, beckoning them to explore a universe inspired by ancient Islamic art. This series transcends mere visual aesthetics; it is a profound journey into the depths of meaningful words, each stroke echoing as a silent whisper of the soul.

Halima’s inspiration draws from the rich tapestry of Islamic art, breathing new life into a centuries-old tradition. The result is more than just visually stunning; it is an immersive experience, where words become vessels of profound meaning and beauty. In a world saturated with noise, “The World of Words” stands as a sanctuary for contemplation, a space where one can listen to the silent echoes of the heart.

The series is a testament to Halima’s commitment to unravelling the intrinsic beauty of Islamic art. Beyond the brushstrokes, she weaves a narrative that defies stereotypes and challenges misconceptions. Each carefully crafted word becomes a bridge between cultures, inviting a global audience to appreciate the elegance and depth found within Arabic calligraphy.

As the ink flows, so does a river of wisdom, carrying with it the heritage and cultural significance of Islamic art. Halima’s artistic odyssey is not merely about creating beautiful visuals; it is a conscious effort to share the soulful whispers embedded in each word. Through her work, she endeavors to dismantle stigmas associated with Muslims and Islamic art, replacing them with a celebration of the profound messages encapsulated within her creations.

In a world hungry for connection and understanding, “The World of Words” emerges as a beacon, offering a space where diversity is not only acknowledged but celebrated. Halima’s art transcends boundaries, fostering a deeper appreciation for the universal language embedded in Arabic calligraphy.

Step into the enchanting world Halima has crafted, where each word is a doorway to a cultural legacy and a testament to the power of art in breaking barriers. It is an artistic odyssey that encourages us to not only witness but immerse ourselves in the beauty of “The World of Words.”

PLEASE NOTE our lift is currently undergoing maintenance and repairs. Wheelchair access to levels 2 and 3 of the arts centre is currently unavailable.

Rebecca Coote, Denise Hallett and Ange Cooper are three artists who share an unwavering passion for the Tasmanian landscape and yet, in dealing with the same concept, their work and perspective of the landscape is very different.

For a number of years Rebecca Coote, Denise Hallett and Ange Cooper have been printmaking together on a weekly basis at a community run (based) studio and sharing ideas about their work. They realised that, although their work is quite different, the landscape is their major concern and inspiration for them all.

The connection each artist has to their surrounding environment has been ever present over the years and articulated through their art practice in both printmaking and painting.

All three artists have their own personal encounters in the landscape and seek to demonstrate their responses by creating works that embrace these strong connections. Their intense reactions to a place or objects in nature are recorded through their observations by drawing, photographing and sometimes plein air painting. This gathered information is taken back to their own studios and expanded upon.

Rebecca Coote is very much influenced by her local setting and investigates the feeling and essence of a landscape through the use of colour.

Denise Hallett approaches her artwork with overtones of surrealism and evokes a sense of conflict between the urban interface encroaching on the natural environment.

Ange Cooper having recently moved from the city is now in a place surrounded by nature, wildlife and birds galore. The colour, fullness and vitality of this work reflects her love and appreciation for this haven she now lives in.

All three artists share an unwavering passion for the Tasmanian landscape and yet, in dealing with the same concept, their work and perspective of the landscape is very different.

Rebecca, Denise and Ange would love to share their most recent body of work consisting predominantly of painting with some printmaking to a much wider audience for all to enjoy.

Daily opening times:
March 12 – 19, 2024

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Variations to Daily Opening Times:

Sunday 10am – 3pm

Earth Down, delves into language and symbolism inherent in nature, exploring narratives that reflect our human quest for answers and signs within the natural world.

Collages are created by combining handmade textures, found materials and digital elements.

I am inspired by the imperfect beauty of natural forms and often search for their border, their boundary.

These artworks serve as inquiries, reflections and expressions of connection—a longing to look outside to make sense of the inside.

Opening event:
Friday 8 March 2024, 6pm – 8pm

A duo show of cityscapes expressing silent order vs jazz like improvisation.

Oil painters Greg Ferry and George Kennedy present their latest cityscapes, demonstrating their opposing approaches to painting.

Greg Ferry’s field sketches lean towards tonalism and muted colour with rooftops and buildings that give a sense of the relentless drumbeat of time. They are quiet and contemplative works.

On a different polarity are George Kennedy’s works. Abstractions conveying an energy and randomness of line and succulent colour that one senses when encountering suburbia.

A refreshing duo show juxtopositioning silent order and jazz like improvisation.