Whats on in Hobart
Antarctic Related Meetings
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.
ANTARCTIC RELATED EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
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.
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum (ASOF)
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum (ASOF) aims to bring together scientists, engineers and technologists working on polar science challenges to share their work. During this 3-day event attendees will get to hear the about the latest engineering and technical research in polar science technologies and interact with colleagues working in both northern and southern hemisphere technology. This event is the third in a series of conferences aimed at bridging the technical divide between work in the north and south poles, and providing opportunities for engineers and technologists to share their work with their peers. Topics include observational technologies, autonomous platforms, remote sensing, biology and biomass and data science. This year the event is once again returning to Hobart in August 2020. ASOF is supported by the Australian chapter of the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society as well as the Polar Oceans Technical Committee. For more information and ongoing conference updates please refer to the website.
BEAKER STREET Science Festival
Beaker Street is an annual celebration of science and art in Tasmania, and one of Australia’s premier National Science Week events. Featuring 150+ scientists, fascinating talks, hands-on workshops, live music, scientist-led expeditions and tours around the state, the Tasmanian & Antarctic Science Photography Prize, Tassie food and drink, and so much more… Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind scientific wonderland for adults. The centrepiece of the festival is BeakerStreet@TMAG, a pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Join us 7-8 August 2020, 6pm-midnight. Entry is free, though some events are ticketed. Under-18s are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.
*Note: If you work in the sciences, consider participating as a roving scientist! A wonderful and fun opportunity to share your research with the public, in a friendly and relaxed environment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, and see www.beakerstreet.com.au for more about the festival.
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.
Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum
The Museum was built to raise funds for the ongoing conservation of the historic buildings at Cape Denison which were used as the main base for the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE). Standing on the Hobart waterfront just 200 metres from where Mawson’s expedition departed in 1922, the Replica also servces as an educational facility and promotes the legacy of the AAE.
The Mawson Gallery is Hobart’s only establishment focusing on Antarctic art. On display and for sale are prints of historic images taken by Douglas Mawson’s famour and talented photographer Frank Hurley. The Gallery also promotes the work of Tasmanian artists and stocks gifts, souvenirs, books and other Antarctic themed memorabilia.
The Carnegie Building, now home to the Carnegie Gallery and Maritime Museum, was once the city’s public library – one of over 2500 library buildings worldwide built using funds from the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Carnegie Gallery features a public exhibition program showcasing contemporary art, craft and design. Working actively with the Tasmanian arts sector, the Gallery provides opportunities for Tasmanian contemporary artists, designers and curators to exhibit and also supports national and international touring exhibitions.
Hadley’s Orient Hotel
Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a strong link with Hobart’s Antarctic history. In 1911 Antarctic explorer Dr Douglas Mawson briefed his fellow expeditioners at a lunch at Hadley’s prior to departure for Antarctica. Then in 1912 Norwegian Polar explorer Roald Amundsen bunkered in at Hadley’s immediately after his return from his ground breaking journey to the South Pole. Hadley’s was originally built by convict labour in 1834 and today houses accommodation rooms, restaurant, bar and event spaces, with a Victorian era charm and a cosy homely feel.
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.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Sub-Antarctic Plant House
Opened in 1818, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a 14 hectare site home to many historic and native Tasmanian plants. It has many important conservation projects and also houses the world’s only Subantarctic Plant House. The Sub Antarctic Plant House displays a selection of the flora of the Sub Antarctic region, with the emphasis on the plants of Macquarie Island, the plants having been collected by Gardens staff and associated scientists on field trips to Macquarie Island. Plants are displayed in a climatically-controlled environment, where chilly fogs and mists mirror the wet, cold conditions of their remote homes and an immersive audio sound-scape adds to the experience. The gardens are located on the Queens Domain, and is an easy 25 minute walk from the centre of Hobart.
Songs from Antarctica
A song cycle version of the musical theatre work Antarctica will be performed in the Tasmanian Conservatorium’s new Music Recital Hall, The Hedberg, 29 Campbell St, Hobart TAS 7000 Hobart. With music and lyrics written by Dugald McLaren and story by Dana Michelle Bergstrom this 1.5 hr concert will feature six singers, a small chamber orchestra and puppetry. Narration of the story will be provided by Prof Steven Chown, President of SCAR. This concert is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
The concert is part of the Australian Antarctic Festival program and tickets will be available through Hobart’s Theatre Royal box office early 2020.
Arts and Culture
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.”
In addition to the permanent museum there are changing exhibitions. Please check mona.net.au/visit to see what will be on in July/August 2020.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is Tasmania’s leading natural, cultural and heritage organisation. It is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium which safeguards the physical evidence of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, and the cultural identity of Tasmanians.
TMAG is Australia’s second-oldest museum and has its origins in the collections of Australia’s oldest scientific society, the Royal Society of Tasmania, established in 1843. The first permanent home of the museum opened on the corner of Argyle and Macquarie streets in 1863 and the museum has gradually expanded from this corner to occupy the entire city block.
The TMAG precinct is one of Australia’s most historically significant sites. Included in the precinct is Tasmania’s oldest surviving public building, the 1808-10 Commissariat Store; the Private Secretary’s Cottage, built prior to 1815 and originally adjacent to old Government House; and Tasmania’s first federal building, the 1902 Custom House.
TMAG care for the State Collections of Tasmania: almost 800,000 objects as diverse as fossils and fine art. The collections represent the essence of society’s values and are a major reference point for Tasmanians to gain a greater appreciation of what it means to be Tasmanian and to understand their place within the global community.
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.”
See an AFL match at Blundstone Arena
AFL has been played for over 100 years in Australia. The game is a mixture of Soccer, Gaelic Football and Rugby. The game is played over four quarters which last around 20/30 minutes each and is played during winter. Hobart’s local AFL ground is Blundstone Arena, a number of matches are played there throughout the year.
Date – Saturday, 25 July 2020
Time – 2:10pm local time (AEST)
Location – Blundstone Arena
Teams – North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Gold Coast Suns
Tickets – Tickets will go on sale within a few months of the match, these can be purchased here.
How to get there – Free buses run from the city centre to the Arena.