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    • 12 Feb 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Central Gallery, TMAG
    • 59

    This too shall pass is a new exhibition curated by Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of Art, TMAG, that includes portraits and self-portraits along with paintings and artefacts that reflects on the inevitable transience of life, beauty and material things. 

    All of the portraits and still lives included in this exhibition have been drawn from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s art collection. One of the great strengths of this collection is the number of portraits and self-portraits. As well as recording physical features, they provide insights into the personalities, attitudes and aspirations of people, many of whom are long gone. The postures, gestures, clothing and various accoutrements — a golden ring, a satin ribbon, an open book — reveal social conventions from the sitter’s time, offer clues to their class, wealth and accomplishments, and expose how they wanted to be remembered. Often the artists’ opinions of the sitters can be gleaned from these paintings, and appear to range from respect and empathy through to disdain, indifference and sycophantic flattery.

    So there is a lot to see and to talk about! Join us for an enlightening presentation by Mary Knights, after which she will walk through the exhibition with us.

    ABOVE: James Gleeson (1915-2008)

    Nest of premonitions, 1987

    oil on canvas

    183 x 274cm

    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Foundation of Tasmania and the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


    • 25 Feb 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Central Gallery, TMAG
    • 45

    Our daily lives are full of discussion about climate change and its impacts but how do we talk about it in an ethical manner? How are we managing its impacts on our industries and environments?

    Come and hear an expert panel of speakers talk about these issues and join the discussion.

    Ian Barnes-Keoghan (Bureau of Meteorology) is a locally-based climatologist. He will speak about what has changed about our weather patterns in recent decades, and what we can expect for the future 50 years in terms of general trends.

    Rebecca Harris (University of Tasmania) researches conservation management and climate change impacts on natural and human systems and contributes to decision-making about how we adapt to climate change impacts. She will discuss the types of landscape management decisions that are being made, including conservation management, emergency services and agriculture.

    Peter Friederici is an award-winning US freelance journalist who specialises in science communication. He is on a visit to Tasmania and has agreed to speak at our event. Peter teaches journalism and directs the Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities Program at North Arizona University. Peter will examine what ethical dilemmas we face in talking about climate change, and what seems to work in communicating effectively.

    Meet in the Central Gallery for a 10.30am start. The event will run for around an hour, and afterwards you are welcome to join the speakers in the members’ lounge for further discussion.

Past events

04 Dec 2019 Christmas Barbecue Garden Party
27 Nov 2019 Visit to the Australian Antarctic Division
14 Oct 2019 DAVID'S DO: Farewell to David Coleman
06 Oct 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Landmark trees of India
19 Sep 2019 Annual General Meeting
04 Sep 2019 Julie Gough: Tense Past
08 Aug 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Not so easy – Australian design and identity since Federation
31 Jul 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Geoff Dyer – Portraits
27 Jul 2019 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper 3
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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