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    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Centre for Learning and Discovery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
    • 1

    Experience the TMAG in a new way by capturing your thoughts and observations using sketch noting. This fun method can be done by anyone and takes the pressure off ‘being able to draw’ or ‘being able to write’. Suzy Cooper will teach you simple methods you can copy exactly or adapt to suit yourself. Even the simplest words, sketches or found objects can look terrific if you apply some design ideas to them.  

    Absolute beginners are absolutely catered for. If you’ve always wanted to draw or to add words to your drawings, come and join us. This would be a great preparation if you are planning a trip and wanting to keep a travel journal.

    In this workshop:

    • You’ll get your own set of lovely art materials
    • Suzy will show you her method of combining words and drawings — you can copy it, modify it or completely change it
    • Learn how to take better photos and to use them to draw from
    • Learn some ‘cheat’ ways even less-confident drawers can still add great sketches to their work
    • Head in to TMAG to practice your sketch noting skills, by yourself or spend as much time with Suzy or others in the group as you like
    • Meet up with the rest of the group afterwards for a coffee and to share your work (if you want).


    The idea of sketch noting

    Here’s how Suzy Cooper describes her sketch noting:

    ‘I’m a writer who wanted to draw more. I’d studied some graphic design but wasn’t comfortable drawing. On my last holiday I set myself the challenge to write and draw every day — and to share my work with friends back home. I chose some very simple tools and gave myself a small number of rules (design elements) to apply to every page I worked on. My journal quickly became a fun part of every day and my confidence and drawing skills improved because I was having fun.’ 

    Suzy is a long-time member of the Friends, and served on our committee a couple of years ago. 


    Friends Members $75 (concession $55)

    Non-members $95 (concession $75) 

    includes art materials

    Meet in the Link building across from the entrance to the Central Gallery

    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Central Gallery
    • 28

    Geoff Dyer is well known in Tasmania as a landscape painter, however few people know that he has also painted portraits, often for the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2003, he was awarded this prestigious prize for the portrait of Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan and is only the second Tasmanian to receive the award throughout its 98 year history.

    TMAG will exhibit portraits by Dyer of notable Tasmanians including Alec Campbell (Gallipoli survivor), Bob Brown (activist and politician), Richard Flanagan (author), and David Walsh (founder of Mona). Geoff Dyer: Portraits will be the first time the portraits have been publicly displayed in Tasmania, and the only time they have been exhibited as a group.

    The exhibition will shine a new light on this little known aspect of Dyer’s art, while also providing a unique insight into the portrait process and the life of each person pictured. 

    Richard Flanagan (detail), 2003, Geoff Dyer, oil on linen; On Loan from Lloyd & Jan Clark Lenna of Hobart
    • 08 Aug 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Central Gallery
    • 48

    This floor talk centres around a current exhibition from the Decorative Arts Collection: Not so easy, which includes a range of art forms including ceramics and glass, from Federation to the 21st century.

    Not so easy explores the relationship between design and identity in Australia. For much of the 20th century Australian design was shaped by two contrary forces — Modernism and a quest for local identity. 

    Peter Hughes, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at TMAG, will talk about how a uniquely Australian design aesthetic has emerged with its own symbols, images and motifs.

    Venue: Central Gallery and Henry Hunter Galleries Level 2 (there is lift access to Level 2)

    Clare Belfrage (b. 1966)

    Shifting Lines # 15, 2004

    Hand-blown glass

    20.4 x 24.5 x 15 cm

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Foundation of Tasmania, 2007


Past events

05 Jun 2019 Dirty Paper
22 May 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: What lies ahead for TMAG
11 May 2019 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper 2
30 Apr 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Simpkinson's Hobart
28 Mar 2019 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper
06 Mar 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Exploring Tasmania's deep-sea coral reefs
16 Jan 2019 Friends meet Dinosaurs
05 Dec 2018 Christmas Barbecue
14 Nov 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Satin Moths
14 Oct 2018 BOOK LAUNCH: Island Story
03 Oct 2018 Friends on the Rooftop!
20 Sep 2018 Annual General Meeting
13 Sep 2018 Thomas Bock's Hobart Town
10 Aug 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Lily Allport
18 Jul 2018 Visit to the Australian Antarctic Division
28 Jun 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Getting down and dirty
16 May 2018 Crossing the Horizon
11 Apr 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: 10 objects — 10 stories
18 Mar 2018 Summerhome
08 Mar 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Curating The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil exhibition
08 Feb 2018 Tasmanian Herbarium
10 Dec 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: The devil you know and the devil you don’t
15 Nov 2017 An Early Christmas
08 Nov 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Orientation and outreach — aligning Hobart's urban future?
24 Oct 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Strange Trees
27 Sep 2017 Annual General Meeting
12 Sep 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Sampling the Abyss
23 Aug 2017 The Derwent
15 Aug 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Inscription and Place
05 Jul 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: kanalaritja
03 Jun 2017 A curious conversation
10 May 2017 The art of zoology
19 Feb 2017 Glass at Narryna: Andy McConnell
16 Feb 2017 Beyond the Roadshow: Andy McConnell
15 Dec 2016 One Hell of an Inferno
12 Oct 2016 Tempest Talk 5: Staging The Tempest
29 Sep 2016 Annual General Meeting
22 Sep 2016 Tempest Talk 4: Mariele Neudecker
18 Aug 2016 Tempest Talk 3: The art of Tempest
20 Jul 2016 Tempest Talk 2: Shipwreck archaeology in Tasmania
23 Jun 2016 Tempest Talk 1: Key drivers of Tasmanian climate variability
10 May 2016 Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women: A Tasmanian Experience
14 Apr 2016 Where Science Meets Art: the Botanical Illustrations of Rod Seppelt
24 Feb 2016 Pattern Play: exhibition and talks
10 Dec 2015 Panoramic Views: exhibition and talk
02 Dec 2015 Detached
19 Nov 2015 Narryna Heritage Museum: history, wallpaper and quilts!
19 Oct 2015 2nd Guided tour and afternoon tea at the Theatre Royal
07 Oct 2015 Conservation and science at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
24 Sep 2015 Annual General Meeting
17 Aug 2015 Guided tour and afternoon tea at the Theatre Royal
15 Jul 2015 Indigenous culture, here and overseas, an illustrated talk by Zoe Rimmer
21 May 2015 Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts - Viewing and Talk
12 May 2015 Special event at Rosny Farm - Centenary of ANZAC and Service at Home and Abroad
29 Apr 2015 The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War
15 Apr 2015 New members' night
24 Jan 2015 Botanical exhibition at Port Arthur
09 Dec 2014 The splendours of the Colonial Gallery
27 Nov 2014 Exclusive talk for the Friends of TMAG
05 Nov 2014 Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
27 Oct 2014 Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
26 Oct 2014 Yueju (Cantonese Opera) for Tasmanians
24 Oct 2014 Narryna cocktail party and auction
11 Oct 2014 War in History: Tasmanian, Australian and International Perspectives
25 Sep 2014 Annual General Meeting 2014
05 Sep 2014 Chinese Art Society dinner with talk by Sir Guy Green
27 Aug 2014 Bush Blitz in focus: Discovering new species in Tasmania
02 Aug 2014 Gala dinner for 150th anniversary of Australia’s first cookbook
23 Jul 2014 New members' night
25 Jun 2014 Tour of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
31 May 2014 Opening of Pat Brassington: À Rebours
25 May 2014 Second Tour of Shene Estate and Afternoon Tea
04 May 2014 Tour of Shene Estate and Afternoon Tea
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