Dec
08
2013

An art lover’s guide to Hobart

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There's certainly no shortage of artistic talent in the city of Hobart, with enough galleries and exhibits to keep a visitor occupied for days.

If you're an art aficionado, appreciate a good painting or sculpture, or would like to learn more about Tasmania's talent in the field, read on to find what you can discover in Hobart.

MONA

MONA, also known as the Museum of Old and New Art, is one of Tasmania's most treasured attractions. Just north of Hobart, this renowned museum is located on the River Derwent, about a 15 minute drive from the central city.

It mixes the modern and traditional, with anything from exhibitions showcasing ancient mummies to work from confronting contemporary artists on show.

The whole approach of the museum is fascinating. You won't find yourself reading scores of text on a wall about a certain piece of art. Instead, there is a touch-screen device that allows you to get all the information you want and need as you travel through the building looking at various works. It also lets you vote whether you 'hate' or 'love' a certain piece or exhibition, providing a truly interactive and immersive experience. 

Exhibitions are switched up regularly so there will always be something new and exciting to witness and there are also plenty of other attractions located on-site.

For example, indulge in a sumptuous meal at the The Source restaurant, a tasty drop at the Moo Brew Brewery or Moorilla Winery or read one of the 5,000 books in the Mona Library.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is also home to a number of exciting exhibition and pieces of art. From sculpture to exhibits of the natural environment, or photography, drawing or painting, there is plenty to marvel at in this museum.

On-site you will also find a cafe, a shop, a museum dedicated to maritime history and the Markree House Museum and Garden home to rare arts and crafts. 

There are hours to be spent pouring over artefacts, discovering new objects and deciphering paintings in this museum, so give yourself a generous amount of time to explore.

It's also a great place for spending time as a family, with certain exhibits geared towards entertaining and enlightening the children. Family days, learning programs and science week are just some of the activities that the young ones in particular can engage in.

Salamanca

Head to Hobart's hotspot Salamanca Place for a look at some of the smaller, boutique galleries on offer.

Along this main strip you won't run out of places to explore and art to wonder at. Fall in love with a new favourite piece or discover a new beloved artist on your mid-morning stroll and then sit and enjoy a coffee at one of the street-side cafes.

Don't miss the Salamanca Market, either.  This takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a number of impressive stallholders sharing their arts, crafts and foods with visitors.
Here you might also find some impressive artwork nestled amongst stalls, so definitely set aside a few hours to explore this Tasmanian treasure trove.

Art lovers – don't delay in travelling to Tasmania to discover all of this and more. After all, this is only what's happening in Hobart and there are plenty of other artistic hotspots throughout the rest of the island, too.

Savour the experience of discovering new art, challenging yourself at MONA with its contemporary exhibitions and mingling with local crafts people at the Salamanca Markets.

Mona Interior Hobart - Image Credit: ArtBlart

The Courtyard and Bond Store  TMAG Hobart - Image credit: Heritage Tasmania

Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart - Image Credit: The Mercury

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