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Arts & Museums
Tasmania's sea heritage is fittingly displayed in this museum close to the docks. The enthusiasm of the Ship-lovers Society has led to the creation of Tasmania's largest collection of all things nautical. As well as scrimshaw and whaling artifacts, there is a large collection of photographs. Larger items include ship models and figureheads. Allow yourself an hour to enjoy the collection - longer if you have salt in your veins. There is a small gift and bookshop.
The former Tasmanian Public Library, built with funds from philanthropist Andew Carnegie, now houses the Carnegie Gallery. This is a public gallery run by Hobart City Council. There are frequent exhibitions and it is often the venue for national touring events such as the Doug Moran Portrait Prize or the Blake Prize for religious art. The architectural beauty of the original building has been well preserved, with a sweeping staircase leading upstairs to the gallery. Programs are well advertised and the visitor will never feel crowded in the spacious room, no matter how popular the exhibition.
Lovely old sandstone buildings (some of the oldest in Tasmania) house the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. This is one of the few places you will see a Tasmanian tiger. Some specimens of this extinct creature are on permanent display. The Colonial Gallery houses some of the best known works of early art, and other rooms house more contemporary works. Special exhibitions are mounted regularly and are well advertised in the local press. A gift and bookshop is in the foyer and a cafe down the ramp to the left of the entrance.
This small but lovely gallery resides in the Hotel Grand Chancellor right across the street from the Hobart waterfront. Well-known Australian artists display their oils and watercolors here side by side with local Tasmanian artists. This gallery is the place to find that perfect rendition of a stunning Tasmanian landscape or seascape, as artists find this area of Australia a perfect place to create a very special canvas. The array of artists changes monthly, but two of the more popular on display are Leonard Benson and Roger Murphy, local Tasmanian artists. If you happen to be down at the Hobart waterfront and are looking for a special work of art to take home, this venue should be your choice.
This gallery is housed in the historical IXL Jam Factory building and includes work by some of Australia's finest Aboriginal artists. There are also unusual rare necklaces and baskets on show as well as hollow log artifacts. Some of the artists include Kathleen Paddoon Napanangka, Michael Nelson Jagamarra, Barbara Reid Napangarti and Audrey Martin Napanangka. The location of Art Mob on Hobart's spectacular waterfront lends itself nicely to a long lunch after which you may stroll just a few feet to enjoy the treasures that this venue offers. You might even want to splurge and take a unique bit of Australia home.
Peter Lane opened his first gallery in Adelaide, South Australia in 1976, then expanded to Sydney and most recently Hobart. A member of the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association, Peter has done his best to include antiques and art from every known ancient culture on earth. His logo is a winged Ibex that comes from a large cup from the 4th or 5th Century. Over many years he has been instrumental in placing beautiful and rare items in museums and with private collectors all over the world. Stop in to this centrally-located venue and view amazing objects from ancient and more recent civilizations, the terracotta image of a warrior from Mexico, furniture which includes an Indian teak-wood marriage chest, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, and frescoes in the Hellenistic style to name a few.
The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts takes us back to life in colonial Tasmania. Given as a bequest from the Allport family to the people of Tasmania, wandering through the collection of antiques, prints and books is like being privy to the Allport family home. Allow yourself plenty of time to browse. From time to time, special exhibitions based on a Tasmanian theme are mounted and are well advertised in the local press. There is a small range of books and postcards available for purchase.
To find the Plimsoll Gallery, walk across the courtyard featuring interesting sculptures to a doorway on the right. Part of the University of Tasmania Art School, both solo and group exhibitions are mounted. The space is versatile, with lighting conjuring a mood appropriate to the purpose of the exhibition. Students often show their work, so here is an opportunity to see what the future holds in the world of art. Graduates of the school are found all over the world and the quality of their work is indeed world-class.
The Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery specializes in Australian paintings. The walls are full of quality pieces ranging from the colonial period to the 20th Century. Although Australia is well represented European paintings are also offered. Both collectors and those who just love art will find a visit to this gallery a rewarding experience. The knowledgeable staff will offer assistance but are equally happy for customers to browse and enjoy the works. The web page is regularly maintained and features a painting of the month.
Local artisans not only show their work in Aspect Design gallery, but create their beautiful products on site. Hot glassmaker, Peter Rix, is in residence on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. While Geoff Roberts, jeweler, can be seen at work on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday. At other times, their work is displayed along with timber craft, leather and other superb pieces showcasing the best of Tasmanian craft. Door to door delivery can be arranged anywhere in Australia and overseas inquiries are welcomed.
Each trip to Salamanca must include a visit to the Handmark Gallery, simply to enjoy the superb articles on display. It is also an ideal place to purchase a special gift. The gallery owners are staunch supporters of Tasmanian artists. You will find the very best examples of glassware, jewelery, textiles, pots, timber craft, furniture and paintings. Make sure you experience the beauty of the kaleidoscopes, so wonderfully crafted that international statesmen and the Dalai Lama have all been presented with them. There are changing exhibitions of paintings and sculptures and a gallery of local art from which to choose.
Located in the famous Salamanca area of Hobart, this gallery is chocked full of the designs and creations of local and interstate artisans. These wares include men and women's clothing, visual art, accessories and home wares. Moreover, their is a craft exchange area of the shop, which has homemade gifts made by non-professionals and a perfect spot to purchase something special. The in-store designer creates amazing unique jewelry pieces by up-cycling various bits of metal. Let's not forget, you can have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Salamanca, and then stop in for a browse. - Janice Barton