Who are the TMAGgots?
The TMAGgots are a group of young Tasmanians who are interested in actively supporting the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
The TMAGgots were formed in late 2005 by the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, who recognised that people in their 20s and 30s were the most unlikely visitors to the museum. The TMAGgots are run with guidance from the Friends of TMAG, as well as the management of TMAG, and represent a wide range of people from university students to prominent professionals in our community.
What do the TMAGgots do?
Through organising a variety of events through the year, the TMAGgots aim to help the younger Tasmanian community know about and experience the exhibitions, collections and cultural and natural heritage of TMAG – a unique organisation encompassing a museum, art gallery and herbarium.
Through focussing on highlights throughout the exhibition calendar we hope to encourage the younger community to visit TMAG more frequently. We also see our role as one of cultural education, through providing exclusive access to key exhibitions as well as enabling interactions with curatorial staff.
What is Maggot Therapy/ What's with the name?
Maggots have been used medicinally since the 16th century as they are spectacularly good at cleaning wounds and leaving behind the healthy, fresh skin. It’s called Maggot Therapy and coincidentally, it is said that as a maggot crawls over your skin it gives you a very gentle and therapeutic massage.
We suggest that perhaps we are working a bit of our own Maggot Therapy at TMAG, by helping to eat away at the notions some people have that museums are disconnected from and not relevant to younger audiences. What we hope to achieve is to gradually reveal a fresher and stronger museum.
And have a bit of fun doing it...
How do I become a TMAGgot?
Membership of the TMAGgots is open to all, with an emphasis on the young (and young at heart!). For $30 per year you will receive:
- invitations and discounted entry to all TMAGgots events;
- 10% discount at the museum cafe and bookshop; and
- membership to the AFFM (Australian Federation of Friends of Museums) which entails discounted entry to museums in Australia and internationally.