The Tempest

Tempest Public Programs

TMAG is presenting a range of public programs related to Tempest throughout the exhibition, including curator talks, performances and special events. For more information visit the dedicated Tempest website.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Dynamic Hobart-based theatre company Blue Cow Theatre Inc presents their production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Prospero's Library in the Central Gallery will be graced by a real Prospero as the space is transformed into Shakespeare's world of shipwrecks and stormy seas.

The production is being staged to complement Tempest, and director Robert Jarman's production, with William Dowd's designs, draws inspiration directly from the exhibition.

The Tempest will star Guy Hooper as Prospero (pictured), as well as Claire Dawson, Ivano Del Pio, Scott Farrow, Anna Kidd, Robert Maxwell and Ellen Roe.

Performances: 7:00 pm, Tuesday 25 October – Saturday, 5 November
Location: Central Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dunn Place
Ticket prices: Adults: $50; Concession: $35
Bookings: Open now via the Theatre Royal here.

This project is supported by Arts Tasmania.


Waterlines is a statewide community arts and cultural development collaborative exhibition between artists and communities from the Bass Strait, Torres Strait and regional Tasmania. Ghost Net Weavers from Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait travelled to Tasmania to collaborate with Tasmanian  Aboriginal weavers and artists in an exploration of Indigenous island cultures from the very south and the very north of Australia.

They created a 4-metre sculptural piece using both natural and manmade materials, which is the centrepiece of the Waterlines exhibition. Tasmanian artists from across the state have responded to the Waterlines concept creating works that are meaningful to them at a local level. These composite pieces will come together in the TMAG Courtyard for the first time this October.

Dates: 18 October - 4 December 2016
Location:TMAG Courtyard

Waterlines is a partnership between TMAG and Tasmanian Regional Arts.

Download the Tempest Public Programs flyer for October here



Free tours run for approximately 40 minutes and are provided Wednesday to Sunday.

Tour times are subject to change and availability and can be checked by phoning (03) 6165 7000

11:00 am
Free exhibition talks and tours. For daily listings, check our events calendar here.
To view the October 2016 program, click here.

1:00 pm
Highlights tour of our Welcome Garden, historic Commissariat Complex and the Bond Store exhibitions.

2:00 pm
Highlights tour of the treasures of the Central and Henry Hunter galleries.

Guided tours for clubs, tourist groups or other organisations please click here.

Settlement Secrets
Go on a theatrical journey through TMAG's buildings, which are the earliest still existing from the first European settlement of Hobart. Run by AntipoDean Entertainment, the tours take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 am, and tickets cost $20 adults, $15 children, $60 families (2 adults, 4 children) and under 4s are free. For more information and to check availability and book, visit the website.


Beyond the Watergate

Journey beyond the historic Watergate for an evening of food, drink and entertainment at TMAG.

Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free entry, 18+ only

Visit the Beyond the Watergate website for more information


Family Day

Come join us at TMAG for a fun day out at your museum! Free activities and entertainment suitable for all ages.

Date: Sunday, 30 October 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Download a flyer here



Join TMAG's dedicated Art Guides for a lively program of artist demonstrations, talks and practical workshops.

Date: Sunday, 6 November 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Centre for Learning and Discovery, Large Studio

Free session, no bookings required - however be early as spaces are limited


Talks at TMAG

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is proud to host an ongoing series of free evening and lunchtime talks and lectures to enhance your intellectual life, spark your curiosity and enliven your mind. These are presented on-site at TMAG by a range of leading organisations.    

To download the September - December 2016 program, click here.    


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For more great arts experiences in and around Hobart, visit the Tasmanian Arts Guide.