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To Catch A Tiger

5 November 2011 – 12 March 2012

To Catch a Tiger explores the human compulsion to connect with something which is just out of reach.

In this installation by Tasmanian artist James Newitt, the thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger) creates a point of connection between issues and opinions related to conservation, wildness, Tasmanian identity and scientific ‘truth’. 

To Catch a Tiger is part of Star/Dust, a year-long series of contemporary art experiences developed by three Tasmanian artists and presented with the support of Detached Cultural Organisation.

Artists in Antarctica

26 November 2011 – 25 March 2012 

Artists in Antarctica is an exhibition developed to present work by key artists who have travelled to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic region. Selected from the TMAG collection, the paintings, drawings and prints highlight Antarctica as both subject and inspiration. 

Within & Without

10 March - 23 September 2012

An exhibition exploring the way in which artists have depicted environments and objects, interpreted internal spaces and conveyed personalities and self through paintings from the colonial to contemporary periods.

Isle of Many Waters

23 March - 26 August 2012

Inspired by Frank Hurley's 1939 film of the same title, Isle of Many Waters explores Tasmania's waterways as sites of mesmerising beauty, personal journeys, contested power and social playgrounds.

Regarding Landscape

7 April - 23 September 2012

An overview of the way artists have interpreted landscape over a 170 year period from the colonial period through to the 21st century. All works have been selected from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery collection.

Stories from the state numismatics collection

Permanent exhibition, Medals and Money Gallery

Containing more than 350 medals and coins, including part of one of the most important collections of Roman coins in Australia donated by Lord Talbot de Malahide, this exhibition examines literally hundreds of stories taking in everything from the end of convict transportation to federation banknotes and the start of decimal currency.

Islands to Ice

Permanent exhibition, Antarctic Gallery

Islands to Ice explores the definitions, perceptions, mythology and motivations 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 wild sapphire oceans to the crystal desert of the Antarctic.


The tayenebe exhibition began in 2009 as an art project in which Tasmanian Aboriginal women revived traditional fibre skills. The exhibition toured nationally between 2010-2012.