TMAG’s Chair Factory

Opens 04-06-2022,  closes 28-08-2022

Argyle Gallery 4

TMAG's Chair Factory

Complementing the temporary exhibition Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing, is a pop-up art activation space, TMAG’s Chair Factory.

Artist Gay Hawkes often called her much-loved studio space in Dunalley, southern Tasmania, the Children’s Chair Factory. It was a hub for creative community expression. TMAG has taken the spirit of that original ‘Chair Factory’ and transformed Argyle Gallery 4 into an art activation space.

For the winter months, patrons visiting Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing can also enjoy an interactive making space. Patrons young and old can make their own mini chair from upcycled cardboard, based on Gay Hawkes's original furniture designs.

At the same time, patrons can also view Gay’s artist books, which she has created throughout her life; use the giant magnet wall to create short poems or sayings; and share images of their creations on social media. Visitors can also access a small library of books based on Gay’s love of recycled, upcycled and reused materials.

TMAG invites you to explore a little of the thrift and creativity associated with the Chair Factory!