Whats on in Hobart
Antarctic Related Events
4th International Forum on the sub-Antarctic
29 – 30 July
The Tasmanian Government is proud to join with the New Zealand Department of Conservation to host the 4th International Forum on the sub-Antarctic in Hobart, gateway to the Southern Ocean and the east Antarctic. The Forum will be multidisciplinary, interactive and inclusive, encouraging discussion of the common challenges and pressures that face the sub-Antarctic. It will bring together all those passionate about the sub-Antarctic – scientists, tourism operators, fishers, land managers, heritage experts and policy makers – to share knowledge and experience, explore connections and develop partnerships for a collective future.
Within the overarching themes of policy, management and science, the forum will include sessions on climate, conservation, biosecurity, geoscience, tourism, fishing, heritage, connectivity and management challenges.
Australian Antarctic Festival
29 July – 3 August
The biennial Australian Antarctic Festival is on again in 2020, and organisers have announced tentative dates of 29 July to 3 August 2020. The festival will be open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. More information on this event will be added to this page once announced.
Aurora Australis Symphony – Far South
Information surrounding the symphony written about the Antarctic has not yet been announced. Any further information on the dates and location of this will be added once released.
Islands to Ice
Islands to Ice examines the definitions, perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It explores the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena that make the great southern wilderness a world of its own. It is an invitation to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the frozen continent of Antarctica.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
The museum explores the influence of the sea on the lives of Tasmanians and the strong maritime heritage of the islands. You will find informative displays about aboriginal watercraft, early European explorers and whalers. You can learn how important sailing and steamships were for developing Tasmanian industries that exported the raw materials and products of the islands, such as apples, minerals and timber.The historic Carnegie Building is a fitting home to the museum’s collection of ship models, artefacts, paintings and images. Discover the craft and art of shipbuilding through displays of boat builder’s tools and historic dinghies. Navigational instruments show how mariners found their way across the seas while archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks around the Tasmanian islands show how challenging, difficult and dangerous the seafarer’s life could be.
Arts and Culture Events
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. MONA houses ancient, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Noted for its central themes of sex and death, the museum has been described by Walsh as a “subversive adult Disneyland.”
Festival of Voices 2020
Dates for 2020 are to be confirmed
Festival of Voices (FoV) is Tasmania’s original marquee winter event. It is Australia’s premiere celebration of the voice. It started in 2004 in response to a brief of how to activate Hobart in the middle of winter. It was decided that it would be a good idea to light a bonfire in the middle of the city and have a sing along. The idea caught on, and today FoV attracts audiences of 30,000 people over a two-week period in July.
Catherine Rogers – Above + Below Landforms
A bravura linocutting exhibition by Catherine Rogers exploring the imagery of the Earth’s crust.
This is Catherine Rogers second solo exhibition of bravura linocutting with Nolan Gallery. Rogers was the winner of our Emerging Tasmanian Printmaking Prize in 2015 and has since developed and enriched her black and white interpretations of the layers of the earth’s crust. This exhibition combines marks informed by maps and diagrams of subterranean deposits and geological forms without being literal. Her method is almost Romantic. As she says “I draw these landforms as their attributes circle in my mind. With my tool in hand I glide through the linoleum to re-create a sense of these forms, above and below, forever undergoing change.”
Sit for a Tintype Portrait
Tin type photography is a vintage technique where wet collodion is poured onto a black japanned tin plate. The plate is then put into an antique camera with a bellows. The light sensitive emulsion is exposed by removing the camera cap and a unique portrait of the sitter/s is made over 15 seconds. The image emerges in the light as the developer takes hold. Utterly different to digital photography there is only one image made from this process although Phillip England provides a low resolution scan with the tintype.The effect from this arcane photographic technique is a portrait that is mysterious, uniquely detailed, and a true depiction of the sitter. The process is performative as the artist arranges the subjects, checks the temperature of his collodion, mixes his chemicals and finally agitates the tray as your image coalesces from the chemical bath.