​Nick Osborne
​Nick Osborne
Travel Tip

10 Ways To Get Your Culture Fix

Rani Milne
​Nothing will warm you up more on a Tassie winter’s day than a good art and culture fix. Tassie’s art and culture can be a little bit wild: sometimes rugged, sometimes bold, sometimes rich, sometimes rare – and sometimes not for the faint-hearted. But, if you’re game, we can show you a bit of Tassie culture you haven’t seen before.

1. Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Delve into history at the dual-site Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (QVMAG)  in Launceston. This is a city of heritage and innovation, and you can see its pedigree in QVMAG’s two contrasting sites. The spaces offer insight into Tasmania’s complex, considerable and often dark history with permanent collections exploring the colonial art of Tasmania and the history of the Tasmanian Tiger.

a dinosaur and heritage collections displayed in at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston
Rob Burnett
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

2. Burnie Regional Art Gallery

There’s plenty on this winter at the Burnie Gallery. See the art history of the north in their 40 Years exhibition. This commemoration of significant works from the gallery’s 40-year history includes fine prints, paintings, ceramic, glass and more. And during June and July, the town’s paper-making industrial history inspires the fun and funky biennial Paper on Skin Wearable Art Paper Competition. The competition attracts entries from artists around the world and will inspire you to do more with the morning paper than recycle it.

Open gallery space at Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Rick Eaves
Burnie Regional Art Gallery

3. Q Bank Gallery

Ahh, the west coast: rugged, rough and roguish! What better place to inspire art lovers and artists? Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown is a dynamic gallery space in the town’s old bank. It hosts artists-in-residence and displays works by established and emerging artists inspired from without and within. For a real art and culture fix, ask about becoming an artist in residence yourself.

4. Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre first opened its doors in February 1898 and was once the largest concert hall in Australia. It reopened those doors just a few years ago and now welcomes visitors to daily film screenings. One of their films includes parts of the world’s first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, first shown in May 1907. The endearing incongruence of the theatre’s  location, history and cultural significance is exactly what makes Tasmania so remarkable.

The Gaiety historic picture theatre
Rick Eaves
Gaiety Theatre

5. Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival

The June long weekend in St Helens will light a fire in your heart. The Bay of Fires Winter Festival combines writing, dance, markets, open gardens and the Bay of Fires Art Prize announcement and exhibition. For three glorious days you are invited to consume art, culture and BBQ as you explore the inspiring region from Four Mile Creek right through St Marys, Scamander, St Helens and Binalong Bay.

6. Festival of Voices Coastal

Festival of Voices Coastal brings you back to the stunning east coast on the last weekend of June. Stay and enjoy the opening weekend of the festival as local and international singers lend their voices to a celebration of winter, before it winds its way to Hobart to finish in July. Events are held throughout the region, including local vineyards for that classic combination of art, culture and vino.

7. Theatre Royal

Enjoy a glass of Tasmanian pinot while enjoying a performance in Australia’s oldest theatre when you visit the Theatre Royal in Hobart. There’s always a packed program from ballet, to children’s shows and everything in between. Don’t forget to visit the Backspace for a more intimate look at new works by Tasmanian performing arts companies and writers.

inside a historic picture theatre
Nick Osborne
Theatre Royal

8. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Don’t miss the program from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), which includes the not-to-be missed TSO Brass section playing in St David’s Cathedral, as well as breathtaking performances in Federation Hall and the TSO Studio.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestraorchestra playing to a crowd at the Federation Concert Hall in Hobart
Alastair Bett
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

9. Salamanca Arts Centre

The centre’s visual and performing arts spaces and bespoke Tasmanian design outlets offer something for even the most discerning connoisseur. Across nine venues in this historic waterfront precinct, you can combine local fine dining with a plethora of performances, exhibitions and events over winter.

old Georgian warehouse housing an arts centre
Rob Burnett
The Salamanca Arts Centre

10. Mona

Need we say more? Immerse yourself in all things Mona; start by booking The Posh Pit on the Mona Roma Ferry. When you land, enjoy a tasting of their Moorilla wines, then view Mona’s new exhibition ZERO (runs until 22 April 2019). Everything about this outcrop location encourages indulgence, comfort and exploration. Do it all – the art, the wine, the beer, the food.


external photo of Mona Museum of Old and New Art Tasmania
Courtesy of Mona
Winter in Tassie is no time to curl up at home; it’s time to get out and explore, to be inspired by bold performances and insightful imaginings. It’s about cold noses, warm beverages and magic experiences. Don’t hold back.

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