Dinosaur Mural Makes its Mark

ClarenceDinotopia, a mural created by young people from the Clarence area who participated in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's (TMAG) Make Your Mark 2014 youth art initiative, is now on display on a prominent wall at the museum's Rosny site.

Make Your Mark has been made possible with funding from Detached Cultural Organisation and delivered through the museum’s art education program, AccessArt, in partnership with five council areas: Glenorchy City, Hobart City, Clarence City, Brighton and Kingborough. 

The mural at Rosny is the last of the five murals developed in each council area to be installed, and is a fitting culmination to the inaugural Make Your Mark program using the media of street art and reflecting the core theme of ‘freedom’. 

Kingston_muralMake Your Mark provides an opportunity to engage young people in art outside of a formal school setting and enables TMAG to make its resources relevant to young people by working directly with them in in their communities, and making connections with the museum’s art collection.

Make Your Mark has been a huge success from the museum’s point of view as well as from the perspective of project participants and all the councils involved,” TMAG AccessArt Coordinator Rebecca Tudor said. 

“It was always envisaged that all five projects would involve workshops led by artists, in which the young people would make individual works, and it was therefore a nice surprise when all five councils came back and said they would also like to give participants the opportunity to make art for a public space which has resulted in the five murals.

Glenorchy_2_mural“All the young participants feel an enormous sense of pride in having their work represented in prominent places in the Greater Hobart region for the public to view.”

In total, 36 young people, as well as artists, museum educators and council workers, participated in the inaugural Make Your Mark program. 

TMAG has already commenced planning for the next Make Your Mark in 2015 that will follow a similar model, with a public outcome focusing on the theme of ‘respect’ using electronic media.


(Top of page) Dinotopia, Clarence City Council. Photographer: Jake Thomashaw

(Second from top of page) No Cat Amongst the Pigeons, Kingborough Council. Photographer: Jake Thomashaw

(Third from top of page) Balance (the big picture), Glenorchy City Council. Photographer: Jake Thomashaw

(Fourth from top of page) Freedom of Choice, Hobart City Council. Photographer: Jake Thomashaw

(Below) Abandoning Grey, Brighton Council. Photographer: Jake Thomashaw.