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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania Culture and the Arts Museums and art galleries The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Highlights 2003-04, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2005   
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A total of 296,439 visitors attended the museum and art gallery during 2003-2004, an increase of some 40,000 visitors over the previous year.

15 exhibitions were developed in house, the major ones being:

  • Eclectica - 160 years of Collecting
  • Hobart Town and Van Diemens Land Watercolours
  • The Wongs’ Collection
  • Photographs - Images by Russell Young, amateur photographer
  • Sense of Place
  • Flotsam and Jetsam - Collections, Travel and Colonialism.

Major exhibitions developed externally included:
  • Possum Magic - Mem Fox
  • Design Island
  • Suggett - Retromoments
  • Max Ernst - Books and Prints.

Exhibitions developed in house that toured nationally and internationally included:
  • John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque
  • Creating a Gothic Paradise - Pugin at the Antipodes
  • Breaking the Ice - Antarctic Watercolours and Etchings by Jorg Schmeisser.

Collaborative exhibitions included:
  • Thylacine Editions - in conjunction with the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Federal Hotels and Resorts and Arts@work
  • Macquarie Island - in conjunction with Mid Winter Festival
  • Times of Reflection - in conjunction with the Australian and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Cape Barren Island Primary School, Riawunna Aboriginal Education Unit, Margate Primary School, Aboriginal Health Service and community members
  • City of Hobart Art Prize - in conjunction with Hobart City Council
  • Virtualis Antarctica - in conjunction with Antarctic Division, an exhibition of stunning Antarctic photographic images by Australian photographer Wayne Papps (deceased).


Major acquisitions during 2003-04 were:
  • Wongs' Collection
  • 35 Botanical drawings and 12 architectural and landscape sketches by William Archer (Australia 1820 - 1874)
  • A painting entitled Four of the Children of Joseph Tice Gellibrand c1835 by an unknown artist but attributed to Benjamin Duterrau
  • A painting entitled Inhaler 2004 by the Tasmanian artist Richard Wastell (b1974)
  • A sculpture entitled Nuclear Family 1994 by Tasmanian artist Bill Yaxley (b1943)
  • Marchweil Thylacine Skin
  • Olive Ridley Turtle
  • Skull and skeleton of a rare Shepeards beaked whale
  • Skull of a Cuviers beaked whale
  • Two separate collections of Tasmanian Aboriginal stone artefacts.

Further information can be found on the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery web site at

This section contains the following subsection :
            Public program highlights
            Collection highlights

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