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  • 17 Jun 2015 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    On June 10 2015 Members enjoyed an event with a slightly different format from the usual: a walk and talk by the artist Patrick Hall around his exhibition Things I Once Knew.


    After the usual refreshments, around 50 Members were welcomed by Friends’ Vice-President Chris Thomas, on behalf of President John Sexton who was interstate. Chris briefly introduced Patrick Hall with reference to Patrick’s career as well as some personal anecdotes, and then Patrick led Members off for a walk around the exhibition, explaining different items in terms of their conception, production and with reference to some hidden aspects of some of the displayed pieces.


    Because of the usual museum rules of not touching art-works, a number of Patrick’s pieces can only normally be seen from the outside, as it were. The artist, however, was able to show members how several of the pieces opened up or had other inner hidden aspects which viewers are usually not able to see. This revealed a whole new area of understanding which even those Members who were familiar with the exhibition found interesting and informative, adding greatly to their enjoyment and appreciation of the exhibition.


    A number of Members reported that they particularly enjoyed this format and felt it was one of the best Members’ Functions they had been to. Our sincere thanks go to Patrick Hall for his generosity in taking part in this event and for leading such an entertaining and informative discussion.


  • 23 May 2015 5:12 PM | Anonymous

    On May 21, around 60 Members enjoyed a visit to the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. The Allport, as it is usually known, is one of those places that we all know about but keep forgetting to visit – or at least that is what a number of our Members said to us on the night. So for many people this was a very welcome chance to catch up with one of the lesser-known glories of Hobart’s cultural scene.


    After refreshments and then a welcome from Friends’ President John Sexton, we heard from the Allport’s Curator Caitlin Sutton who gave us an illustrated talk about the Allport family and the story behind their bequest to the people of Tasmania, a bequest made up of fine and rare books, colonial works of art and early nineteenth century furniture, silver, glass and fine china.


    We were then privileged to hear from artist Lauren Black who spoke to us about the current temporary exhibition at the Allport, Memento Mori: Art, Medicine and the  Body.  Lauren Black’s work explores both Western and Eastern medical traditions, and her explanation, again accompanied by illustrations, was fascinating.


    After the talks, Members had the opportunity to wander through both the permanent exhibition and the temporary Memento Mori exhibition. Several Members commented upon both contrasts and parallels they found between the two very different exhibitions, and many also mentioned how much they enjoyed the chance to have an informed  guide to this delightful museum and gallery.

  • 08 May 2015 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    Our April event for Members was a talk and walk through the exhibition The Suspense is Awful.  About 50 Members were able to enjoy this event, beginning as usual with refreshments and a social chat before President John Sexton introduced two speakers: firstly, the newly appointed Director of TMAG, Janet Carding; and then TMAG’s Senior Curator of History, Ian Terry.

    Members were delighted to hear first-hand from our new Director as she explained something of her extensive background and experience as a museum professional with stints in several museums, including the London Science Museum, as Assistant Director at the Australian Museum in Sydney, and as Director of the Royal Ontario Museum.


    Ms Carding explained that she couldn’t yet claim to have a clear and defined vision for TMAG, because, having been in the job for only a few weeks, she was finding there was still much to learn about TMAG’s operations, and she was looking for the chance to find out more from the various stake-holders, including the Friends of TMAG, before formalizing hew views on the museum’s future.


    We then heard from Senior Curator of History, Ian Terry, who gave us a very informative and interesting talk about the current exhibition, The Suspense is Awful, which presents a fascinating view into the lives of those who were left at home when many Tasmanians went off to become participants in various ways in the campaigns of the First World War. Many of those who went off to war kept diaries, sent postcards home and in various other ways recorded their experiences for those at home, and many of these artifacts have survived to become a part of this exhibition. With many of the Members who attended having personal connections to the War, the exhibition and Ian Terry’s explanation of it was a fascinating and engrossing event which many Members told us they enjoyed very much.





  • 23 Jan 2015 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    The WWI exhibition development team is searching for a small to medium size round or rectangular wooden dining table (or the like) to be used in an interpretive space within the exhibition, which will run for a year from March 2015-March 2016.


    It is likely that the table will be covered with a tablecloth so marking and stains may not be a problem. As hundreds of members of the general public will sit at the table looking through photo albums and other paraphernalia, it will need to be sturdy and have all four legs in good working order.


    If you think you have a suitable table that you can loan the exhibition team for an entire year — perhaps something that is out in the back shed — please send an
    image with rough dimensions to Trudy Woodcock at Trudy.woodcock-outram@tmag.tas.gov.au or get in touch via the details below:


    Trudy Woodcock | Acting Exhibition Manager
    Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery | Department of State Growth
    19 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000 | GPO Box 1164, Hobart TAS 7001
    Ph (03) 6165 7071 | Fax (03) 6211 4112 | Mobile 0404 423 437

  • 30 Sep 2014 10:32 PM | Anonymous

    Following the AGM held on 25 September 2014, the new committee for 2014-2015 is


    President John Sexton

    Vice President Christopher Thomas

    Treasurer Noel Harper

    Secretary Julie Hawkins

    Committee members Jean Boughey, David Coleman, Ruvé Etchell, Digby Longhurst, Andrew Ross, Matt Spencer

    Ex Officio Jennifer Storer, TMAG Acting Director

  • 25 Jul 2014 12:02 PM | Anonymous


    Thank you to all those members who have responded thus far and renewed your membership for the coming year - well over half our members who fell due in July have renewed, with more coming in daily.


    We are planning to issue personalised, credit-card style membership cards, to replace the cardboard cards we've previously used. This will occur in late October; meanwhile, please continue to use your old card, or bring along or print out a copy of your membership receipt, to claim membership benefits.


  • 28 Jun 2014 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    If you are reading this, you have clearly found your way to the new Friends of TMAG website. Your committee has been hard at work, getting the site ready for you. In future this will be the major point for dealing with membership applications, renewals, registration for events and more.


    For now, we are populating the site with what we hope will be useful and interesting information for members. On the Home page, for example, you can download copies of recent Friends Newsletters.


    In the About Us section, we have placed a copy of our Constitution document, for interest and reference. (This is a scanned copy of the hard copy we have - if any member has the current constitution as a word processor document, could you please forward it to us at friends@tmag.tas.gov.au - we'd be grateful and it will save someone a lot of typing!)


    Also on the About Us page you'll find our new Privacy Policy. Like any organisation in Australia, the Friends of TMAG is subject to the Australian Privacy Principles and associated legislation. The Policy details what personal information we collect, how it is managed and what uses it is put to. 

  • 28 Jun 2014 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Your personalised membership renewal letters and forms are on their way to you. There is even a reply-paid envelope to return the form, plus we have offered a range of options for payment.


    We hope you find the renewal process easy, and encourage you to renew promptly so you don't miss out on any of the events that we have coming up.

  • 07 May 2014 2:06 PM | Anonymous
    We had a brilliant tour of Shene Estate last Sunday afternoon. Anne and David Kernke gave a wonderful tour of the magnificent gothic stables, the great barn and through their homestead before treating us to afternoon tea. Take a look at the Photos page for a taster or reminder.

    Due to the overwhelming response to this activity and the large number of members who missed out, we have secured a second tour of Shene on Sunday 25 May. A notice is being sent to those who missed out on the first tour. Depending on the uptake by those members, a wider notification may be sent.
  • 04 May 2014 10:47 AM | Anonymous
    Artist Donna Ritchie, who works as a Visitor Services Officer at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, is having an exhibition at the SideSpace Gallery of the Salamanca Arts Centre this month, and members are warmly welcomed to pop along for a look.

    The exhibition, entitled Burnt Rubber, explores social behaviour and the consequences of greed. 

    Donna writes "by using nostalgic triggers, such as matchbox cars, I aim to give the viewer a personal connection to my work whilst filtering messages through."

    "The use of matchbox cars emphasises the 'play' involved in our human existence - when this becomes a 'power play' it has the ability to become an unsustainable process where irreversible damage can be done."

    The main materials used are mass produced matchbox cars alongside handcrafted Italian glass.

    The exhibition runs from Wednesday 7 until Sunday 11 May 2014, from 9 - 5 daily. The Sidespace Gallery is adjacent to the Long Gallery, on the first floor of the Salamanca Arts Centre at 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.

    For more details, see Donna's website www.donnaritchie.com.au/
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