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.
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
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 Subantarctic Plant House has been built to replicate the climate and look of Macquarie Island, and houses flora collected mainly from the island. Come to the Botanical Gardens to discover and enjoy plants and flora native to Tasmania, and spend a relaxing day admiring your surroundings. The gardens are located on the Queens Domain, and is an easy 25 minute walk from the centre of Hobart.
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.”
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.”