2 November 2018



03.11.2018 - 27.01.2019

City of Devonport National Art Award Finalists’ Exhibition will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery, at the paranaple arts centre, on Friday 2 November and continues until Sunday 27 January 2019.

The $15,000 major acquisitive award is open to artists who reside in Australia. The award is sponsored by the Devonport City Council, and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee’s Peoples’ Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition and the artist will receive $1000, courtesy of One Agency Collins Real Estate.

The announcement of the winning artist will be made at the opening on Friday 2 November 2018.

Convention and Arts Centre Director Geoff Dobson said Tidal aimed to encourage contemporary practice with strength of concept, innovation and execution of two-dimensional artwork.

He said the theme was open to a range of interpretations be it personal, environmental, political or of cultural nature.


IN YOUR WORDS THE ROBINSON PROJECT, will also open on the 2nd November

The exhibition will run 3 November 2018 – 24 February 2019   

The Robinson Collection contains over 100,000 photographic negatives capturing the social, domestic and commercial life in the North West region during the 20th century.

The Robinson Project* has opened this extensive collection to members of the Devonport community, who have explored the archive, selected negatives that resonate with them, and recorded oral histories elicited by these photographs.

In Your Words will bring together thirty photographs selected by nine members of the Devonport community, presented alongside oral history excerpts, both text and audio, through which they share their memories and stories of the region, in their own words.



4 May 2018


For a 7th year in a row, Reclaim the Lane converted Rooke Lane into a vibrant and creative family friendly event for and by the city’s young people. The event was held on Friday 13 April and attracted some 400 audience members despite the grey skies. 

The afternoon was kicked off with a Welcome to Country led by David Gough from Six Rivers Association. Musical numbers were provided by students from Don College as well as Keep the Beat, who also led drumming workshops for anyone who was interested. Visual flavour was added by Slipstream Circus, local artist Ashleigh Butler who was a roving fairy and Nick Charlton, who had transformed himself into a green unicorn for the afternoon.

The event had a strong focus on audience participation with all community stall holder running activities. In addition, all visitors were invited to work on a communal mural under the stewardship of Loralee Newitt. As in previous years an official mural was commissioned by the gallery and Rooke Lane is now adorned by a new public art work  by Burnie/Hobart based artist Emma Magnusson-Reid.

The event was presented by Devonport Regional Gallery and the Droogs, the Gallery’s young volunteer group, Devonport City Council and Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc.
Reclaim the Lane 2018 was supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Youth week Tasmania, The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund and One Agency, Devonport.

Photographs by Kelly Slater.



This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.





12 December 2017


In 2018, the Gallery held popular indoor artisan markets. Each market was an intimate event featuring 13 stalls, local musicians and refreshments.

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25 July 2017


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Friends Committee I invite you to our Annual General Meeting to be held at the Gallery at 6 pm on Thursday 17 August 2017.

I encourage Friends to come forward to replace retiring committee members. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to your regional gallery and to meet others who are interested in art. A nomination form is available for download below. Completed nomination forms can be lodged at the Gallery prior to the meeting or brought to the meeting.

Karen Mathew President
Friends of the Devonport Regional Gallery


7 July 2017 


Nominations are now open for the Devonport Regional Gallery Advisory Board.

Previously the 'Special Interest Group', the new Advisory Board will provide advice to Council on strategic planning, promotion and accessibility of the Gallery and arts as an integral part of Devonport's cultural life. This is a particularly exciting chapter for the Gallery with its relocation taking place in 2018.

Residents, business owners and workers interested in actively contributing to city life in a new way are invited to nominate for a position on the Advisory Board. All positions are for a two-year tenure.

Applications close Friday, 14 July.

For any queries, please contact the Director of DRG, Ellie Ray: 6424 8296 or


6 July 2017


Devonport Regional Gallery members now receive 10% off purchases and exhibition entry fees at Design Tasmania in Launceston (corner of Brisbane St & Tamar Street). Remember to show your membership card to receive benefits! 

Visit the Design Tasmania website here.


14 June 2017


You can now read the complete story 'From Where I Stood' by Young Writers in the City writer, Jane Beeke on the Devonport Regional Gallery's blog. The six part series was written as part of Jane's writing residency at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre over the summer, and in conjunction with Tidal Festival (23–29 January 2017).

The intriguing story follows a series of characters linked to the missing vessel J.L.Griffiths, "the fastest ship ever to sail to Melbourne". 

Read the full story on our blog here.


30 May 2017


This year Devonport Regional Gallery marked International Museums Day by inviting members of the Gallery’s Friends Committee, Special Interest Group, and the Droogs young members, to trawl through the DCC Permanent Collection. Each selected a work that spoke to them, and then presented their thoughts, findings and insights about the works at our International Museums Day event.

Read the full story on our blog here


26 April 2017


This year Devonport Regional Gallery extended its National Youth Week programming after receiving funding from the Tasmanian Community Fund. This allowed the Gallery to offer a paid mentorship opportunity for a young person to develop event and project management skills.

Read the full story on our blog here.



November 2016


Read all about program highlights at the Devonport Regional Gallery in 2015-16: Devonport_Regional_Gallery_2015-16_Highlights


40 Years of Collecting: Devonport City Council Permanent Collection, 28 November 2015 - 29 January 2016

20 October 2016


This summer, five talented writers will have the chance explore the picturesque North West Coast of Tasmania as part of our next Young Writers in the City residency program.

The Tasmanian Writers Centre teams up with Devonport City Council to launch this outstanding opportunity and to invite writers aged 16-30 to apply.

Each resident will receive $300 and craft a 1500-2500 word experimental essay inspired by their explorations of venues such as:




18 August 2016


In July we welcomed a new member to the Friends Committee, and said goodbye to those retiring.

We wish to welcome Jodhi Wilkinson into the fold, and hope you enjoy being a part of our active Friends Committee! Sadly we said goodbye to 2015-16 Committee Members Rodney Russell, Kaye Rickwood and Glenys Lee-Archer. We thank you for all the support you have provided the Gallery this past year, and for Rodney and Glenys who have each contributed many years of voluntary service to the Gallery. 

The 2016-2017 Committee comprises:
President - Karen Mathew
Vice President - Brian Sollors
Secretary - Jessie Pangas
Treasurer - Ann Thomas
Committee Members - Jen Frost and Jodhi Wilkinson

Membership prices have risen in August: Individuals $25, Concession $15 and Family $30. This is the first increase in over 15 years and will help cover some of our rising administration costs.

We value your membership and always welcome your feedback in order to provide the best benefits to members. If your membership is expiring, or has expired, please call us to renew today: (03) 6424 8296.

07 July 2016


Devonport City Council has approved the relocation of the Devonport Regional Gallery and creation of a new contemporary arts centre within the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre, in adopting the 2016/2017 Capital Works Budget.  The $1.8 million project received strong support during community consultation in early 2016, with the new centre to be situated adjacent to the new LIVING CITY multi-purpose building being constructed in Rooke Street.  We will keep you updated with further details relating to the project as they become available.  



04 July 2016


Entries into the Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award close on 1 August 2016. This biennial, acquisitive award is exhibited every two years at the Devonport Regional Gallery. Artists residing in Australia are invited to submit 2-dimensional artworks that reflect on the theme of tidal - the natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the sea and coastal regions. 

Click here for more information and to download the entry form


Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award 2014, Finalists Exhibition

20 June 2016


A word from the President:

Dear Friends of Devonport Regional Gallery,

On behalf of the Friends Committee I invite you to our Annual General Meeting to be held at the Gallery at 5:30 pm on Thursday 21 July 2016.

Some members of our committee will be retiring after the AGM so I encourage Friends to come forward to replace retiring committee members. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to your regional gallery and to meet others who are interested in art. Nomination forms are available at the Gallery and can be lodged on the night. 

Our guest speaker for the meeting will  be Erin Wilson, the new Curator of Collections at the Gallery.
Karen Mathew

2015-16 Friends Committee members (back) Ann Thomas, Rodney Russell, Karen Mathew, Brian Sollors, Jessie Pangas, (front) Kaye Rickwood, Glenys Lee-Archer and Jennifer Frost.

02 June 2016


Devonport Regional Gallery is featured in this year's Winter Guide, produced by Devonport City Council. Set Your Wild Spirit Free contains loads of information about programs and events being held by Council and partners over the next three months. 

Download a copy here


30 May 2016


Earlier this month the Gallery's Little Aesthetics program, with Education and Public Programs Officer Dianne Sheehan and Director Ellie Ray, visited Forth Primary School classes to deliver workshops based on the upcoming exhibition The Lyons Share: Photographs of the Lyons Family from the Robinson Collection. Grades 2, 3 and 4 students learnt about the Robinson Family and early photographic techniques and equipment, and members of the Lyons Family including Joe and Dame Enid Lyons. Students created poetry, letters and drawings responding to the photographs from the exhibition. 

Little Aesthetics is an early years and primary program delivered to school groups during each exhibition. Program content changes depending on the exhibition on display and can be tailored to particular topics as requested by teaching staff. Please contact the Gallery for more information or to book your school group. 

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13 April 2016


Exhibition and project submissions for 2017 are now open for The Little Gallery Project Space in Devonport Regional Gallery. 

Submissions close 5 pm, 1 June 2016

The Little Gallery is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.

Exhibitions run alongside those presented in the Main Gallery and may run from 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the exhibition scheduled in the Main Gallery. It is preferable that projects have not been shown before and have been made within the past twelve months.

Artists are expected to present a floor talk while their exhibition is open.

Unless prior arrangements are made between the Artist and the Gallery, Gallery staff will act as mentors to emerging artists and will advise and assist with the installation of their exhibition.

DRG promotes and supports professionalism and equity in the arts and pays artists fees regardless of an artists’ status or stage of their career.



For more information contact the Gallery on 6424 8296 or


11 April 2016


For its fifth consecutive year, Reclaim the Lane returned to Rooke Lane kicking off National Youth Week in Devonport on Friday 8 April, 3–5 pm to an audience of over 500 people. The free event transformed Rooke Lane into a vibrant celebration of youth arts and music for all ages to enjoy.

Launceston artist, Josh Foley was this year’s resident artist and he created a new work in the lane. Visitors throughout the day saw Josh in action as he created the work on the concrete retaining wall between Rooke Lane and Payne Avenue car park, completing it at 5 pm.

Reclaim the Lane also featured various art-making activities including a collective colouring-in zone by Devonport Regional Gallery, Red Turtle photo booth, a henna tattoo artist and face painter, performances by Slipstream Circus, The Sketchbook Project exhibition and interactive stalls by youth service providers Headspace, Working it out, Mi Fellowship and Youth, Family and Community Connections.

Live music by young local performers entertained audiences throughout the event with performances by students at Geneva Christian College, Zac Weeks, Patrick Murphy, Josh Tomé and Molly O’Brien.

Windows of local laneway businesses were also transformed by young people as they expressed their views and goals for the future, responding to ‘Before I die I want to…’, ‘What I like in Devonport’ and ‘What I’d like to change about Devonport’.

Reclaim the Lane is organised by Devonport Regional Gallery and its young members, the Droogs, in partnership with Devonport City Council and Youth, Family and Community Connections. The event is jointly funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet National Youth Week funding program and Devonport City Council.

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10 March 2016


The 2016 Four 8 Film Festival launched 5.30 pm on Friday 4 March with 13 teams registering to take on the challenge of writing, shooting and editing a short film in 48 hours. This year's theme was 'Make a Change', with each team needing to use the theme in their film and a prop, which was provided at the Launch. Ten teams made it over the line for the Screening on Monday 7 March at CMAX Devonport. And the winners were:

Best Soundtrack: 'End of the Line' by Cradle Mountain Canyons

Best Script: 'The Microchine' by Infinity Films

Runner-up: 'Bottle of Water' by The Wolf Brothers

WINNER: 'Darth Trader' by Out of Time

Watch the winning film on Vimeo here.


The Four 8 Film Festival is presented every two years by the Devonport Regional Gallery Droogs

The 2016 Four 8 Film Festival was supported by Collins Real Estate, CMAX Devonport, SeaFM, Harvey Norman Devonport and Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.


Marcus Morrell (Out of Time) with the young actors in his winning film




17 February 2016


Reclaim the Lane is Devonport’s youth arts and music festival celebrating the contributions young people make to the Devonport community and providing a space for young artists and musicians to exhibit their work. The event is coordinated by Devonport Regional Gallery (DRG), Devonport City Council (DCC) and Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. (YFCC), and organised by young volunteers of DRG, the Droogs.

Reclaim the Lane converts Rooke Lane from a traffic thoroughfare into a vibrant and creative event catering to the city’s young people and their families. This is the fifth year Reclaim the Lane celebrates National Youth Week in Devonport, and an audience of 500 is expected to attend.

The 2016 event will be held:
Friday 8 April 2016, 3–5 pm
Rooke Lane, Devonport (between Steele and Stewart Streets)


Reclaim the Lane market

For the 2016 event, the Droogs wish to provide an opportunity for young makers (aged 16 to 30 years) to sell and promote their wares to a local audience. Due to limited space, only five makers will be selected to have a stall at Reclaim the Lane 2016.  This is a unique and exclusive opportunity for young makers across the North West of Tasmania.

Selection criteria

The event organisers will select the five makers using the following selection criteria:

  1. Quality (Tasmanian designed and made by you)
  2. Age (makers must be between the ages of 16 and 30 years)
  3. Price (as this is a youth event, consideration will be made regarding the affordability of products to a young market)


DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE: Reclaim_the_Lane_2016_-_Market_Stall_Application





17 December 2015


Devonport Regional Gallery is featured in this year's Summer in the City magazine, produced by Devonport City Council. Summer in the City contains loads of information about programs and events being held by Council and partners over the next three months. 

Download a copy here


14 October 2015


The exhibition catalogue produced for Tara Badcock's 2015 Solo Commission is now available for download. Scroll through the images and read Eliza Burke's thoughtful essay on the Hunt Nature Birth commission. Download the catalogue here: Hunt_Nature_Birth_Exhibition_Catalogue_1


14 September 2015


Devonport Regional Gallery's young members, the Droogs, interviewed artist Tara Badcock at the opening of her 2015 Solo Commission HUNT NATURE BIRTH. Check out the video below:


10 August 2015


On Wednesday 22 July the Friends of Devonport Regional Gallery's Annual General Meeting was held at the Gallery to thank the work undertaken by last year's Committee and welcome some new faces to the group. 

Anton Lade, Brenda Lade and Sandy Michell stood down from their positions in the 2014-15 Friends Committee, making way for new faces Kaye Rickwood and Jessie Pangas, and returning Rodney Russell. 


Image: (back) Ann Thomas, Rodney Russell, Karen Mathew, Brian Sollors, Jessie Pangas, (front) Kaye Rickwood, Glenys Lee-Archer and Jen Frost, Libby Bennett (absent).


30 July 2015


Devonport Regional Gallery's young members, the Droogs, caught up with Hobart based artist Laura McMahon installing her new work in Rooke Lane, Devonport as part of the National Youth Week event 'Reclaim the Lane' in April 2015. Check out the video below:



20 July 2015


Nominations are now open for the 2015-16 Friends Committee roles of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members. The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will be held at the Gallery, 6 pm Wednesday 22 July. Contact us for more information.


4 June 2015


Exhibition and project submissions for 2016 have now closed for The Little Gallery Project Space in Devonport Regional Gallery. The Little Gallery is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and concepts and the pursuit of excellence.

Exhibitions run alongside those presented in the Main Gallery and may run for 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the exhibition scheduled in the Main Gallery. It is preferable that projects have not been shown before and are recent (not more than 12 months old).

Submissions closed 5pm, Monday 1 June 2015 and will re-open again in 2016.



13 April 2015


Over 400 people came out to Reclaim the Lane on Friday 10 April, celebrating the launch of National Youth Week in Tasmania. The annual event held in Rooke Lane, Devonport, was organised by Devonport City Council, Devonport Regional Gallery and their young volunteers (The Droogs) in partnership with Youth, Family and Community Connections.

This year, Reclaim the Lane featured a range of interactive arts and music activities for attendees, including live music by local young musicians, a free photobooth, create you own badge with The Droogs, window art and chalk drawing, performances by Slipstream Circus, a free Henna Tattoo artist and much more!

Artist-in-residence Laura McMahon (aka Brain Foetus) created a public art work in Rooke Lane during the event, and Devonport Regional Gallery’s Sketchbook Project Exhibition was also featured – a community art project that saw over 400 sketchbooks being distributed to young people and community members to fill with their drawings and returned for the exhibition.

A huge congratulations and thanks goes out to The Droogs who worked tirelessly on the event! 

Fancy becoming a Droog? Contact Dianne Sheehan, Education and Public Programs Officer on 6424 8296 or


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25 March 2015 


Earlier this year Devonport Regional Gallery's Education and Public Programs Officer, Dianne Sheehan, worked with Don College Year 12 students and their teacher Isaac Fergusson in preparing a review each of the exhibition, National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 (7 February - 8 March). Here are some excerpts from those reviews:


Ferne Millen, Raphael and his children, 2013, digital print

Ferne Millen, Raphael and his children, 2013, digital print

“The elements of the gallery that I most enjoyed that there were a range of different styles and meaning to the portraits. Each portrait had its own specific method of positioning and editing that made it truly unique.

The photograph I enjoyed most in the exhibit features a father and his two children through a blurred doorway which gives the apprehension of being trapped. The camera is not tilted in any way giving the audience a feeling of intimidation. The background is a house that is old and falling apart. The explanation for the photograph evolves how life is perceived by children, being full of imagination, games and fun. However real-life isn’t at all that easy, and is instead filled with pain and hardships. The colours of the room are based heavily on dull yellow’s which suggests possible suggestion of decay. However the husband and his children are brightly coloured which may contrast with the background and give the illusion that the father and his children may not truly belong in that kind of environment.”

Jessica Rootes, Year 12 Don College


Alex Weltlinger, Atef, 2013, digital print

Alex Weltlinger, Atef, 2013, digital print

“One of the works that stood out to me straight away was the ‘the art lovers – Megan’ photographed by Gary Grealy. From a series looking at odd people who attend art exhibitions, the odd positioning and bright orange seat grab your attention when put against some of the very plain black and white images.

Another piece that grabbed my attention was Atef by Alex Weltlinger. At first glance the piece seems nothing more than a magazine shoot, but reading the story really brings a charming yet sad quality to it. It also brings to attention a serious debate in Australia, that of the status and the way that we view refugees and asylum seekers. It would be hard to judge between this and the winner because they both have qualities to them that are vastly different and hard to compare.”

Austin Howe, Year 12 Don College


8 February 2015


The 2015 Exhibition Program is now available for download HERE



2 February 2015


Congratulations to Troy Ruffels the Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award 2014 People's Choice Award Recipient. Troy was presented with a $1,000 cheque from Award sponsors Collins Real Estate, Devonport at the conclusion of the exhibition on Sunday 1 February 2015 for his entry titled Rift.


Troy Ruffels

Troy Ruffels, Rift, 2013, digital print on aluminium



31 January 2015


Participants of the Tidal Festival's Get Blogging workshop on Wednesday evening (28 January) started a blog to celebrate and share stories at our Tidal Festival. Led by writer and blogger Hilary Burden, the 18 budding bloggers learnt key blog writing techniques, and the ins and outs of setting up and maintaining a blog. With only a couple of days to go, our bloggers are busy publishing posts.

Check out our Tidal Festival blog here.

Get Blogging



17 December 2014


Devonport Regional Gallery’s Droogs members, Kim Prunster and Leeya Maingay, spoke to Joel Crosswell, winner of the 2014 Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award, about his work Galaxias, 2014, 5 drawings, ink on paper. 
Have you ever entered Tidal before?
No this is my first time. It’s kind of funny – I entered the Hobart City Art Prize in 2011 and I received the prize. That was the first time I entered that, and now this is the first time entering Tidal. I’m feeling very lucky! I don’t usually pray, but today I was like ‘Thank you, God’ or whatever it is – ‘Thank you, Galaxias fish!’.
Did you grow up in Tasmania?
Yes, I’m born and bred in Tassie. I’m from Hobart, but I grew up in a place called Carlton, and then when I was five I moved to Seven Mile Beach. I lived across the road from these beautiful 80 year old pine trees. Then I moved into the city when I was 16.
Did you study in Hobart?
Yes. I have a Fine Arts Degree which I finished in 2008.
What inspired this piece and who are your current influences?
The piece is about a small endangered trout named the Galaxias. It’s found in the midlands, and you can come across it in little pond areas near wider lakes. I was lucky enough when I was on this residency at the end of last year to come across a couple of these fish. So, that influenced a lot of my work I did for the residency. I actually thought the work fitted quite well with the theme of Tidal. The piece talks about existence and not just in animals but also in our own human form. As for other influences, I’m always reading and listening to music and watching different types of films – it’s the things around me that I’m influenced by. My choices can be fairly random. There are honestly too many influences to pin point, and in pin pointing one I feel like I have to tell you the other 100!
What music are you listening to at the moment?
I was listening to a little bit of Kate Bush a couple of days ago. I've also been listening to 2Pac, Tool, Faith no More and Isis. I have about 400 CDs, so I can’t keep track.


16 December 2014


Award Recipient Announced

The winner of the 2014 tidal award is Joel Crosswell for his 5 panel drawing titled 'Galaxias' 2014

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 16 December 2014


Devonport Primary School Grade 5/6 visited the Gallery on Monday 15 December 2014 to open the Tidal Tree. Sea creatures created from recycled plastic materials inhabit the trees next to Devonport Regional Gallery, courtesy of the students and teacher, Emma Langton. The students used the Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award exhibition as inspiration for their creations.   

From the creators:

I made an orange fish, and my main use was plastic with fins made from cups. I made a little crab to be different to everyone else, and I used flyscreen for its legs. – Jack

I made a squid and I used a spray bottle where it has little sucker things and I just put paper on it so it looks like tentacles. It’s really abstract! – Blair

I made three creatures, the first is Moby Dick and he is a light blue whale, then I made a pink jellyfish and Nemo. I mainly used cellophane and bottles. The whale was a bit hard, but the others were easy. – Yanek

My fish is an Anglerfish and I used green, orange, yellow and purple cellophane. I also made the purple cellophane come out of him like a tail, and the rest of him is paper. He lives in the deep sea and uses a light to attract fish, and when they come, he takes them to oblivion! – Enrique

The fish I made is called ‘boxie fish’ and his teeth are sharp! I made it out of paper and bottles. – Flynn

I made two fish. One turned into a sword fish and his name is Kyle. I also made his brother Sam (I think he’s adopted) and he’s a very manly coloured fish, pink and purple. He’s really cute! – Jake

See the Tidal Tree from now until the end of January.

Tidal Tree 2014 - Devonport Primary School Tidal Tree 2014



31 October 2014


On 30 October Tasmanian artist Max Angus celebrates his 100th birthday. As a prolific water-colourist with a keen sense for suggestion and a feel for colour, Angus has painted the Tasmanian landscape for the past seventy years. His landscapes embody the influence of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy by moving between a subtle warmth achieved through soft tones and intense outlines conveying a sense of drama. He studied under Jack Carrington-Smith in the 1950s and has exhibited in Tasmania and nationally. Angus is a life member of the Art Society of Tasmania and continues to work in Hobart. To commemorate his life and work, Devonport Regional Gallery, which holds two of his works in the collection, will have one on display. Happy birthday Max!


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17 October 2014


The Droogs captured this exclusive interview with Australian photo media artist Pat Brassington on opening night of Pat Brassington: À Rebours. Pat chats to Michael Tokarski about her transition from analogue to digital photography, and the process she uses when creating works. 


13 October 2014


The Droogs present their second Vox Pop, covering the opening of Pat Brassington: À Rebours on Friday 3 October 2014. The Australian Centre of Contemporary Art travelling exhibition features work that spans the Australian artist’s 30 year career. The Droogs capture the thoughts behind the works by Pat herself, and interview a selection of guests at the Opening event to hear their views on the exhibition.


12 September 2014


The Gallery’s young members, The Droogs, launched into their first Vox Pop exercise at our latest Solo Commission exhibition opening. Vox Popping is when you randomly interview people using a microphone and video to capture the public’s thoughts on a particular subject. The Droogs did a wonderful job interviewing the public about Colin Langridge’s sculpture exhibition titled Others. They have committed to doing a new video for each upcoming exhibition. 








Felt Presence invites eight artists from Australia, Ireland and Scotland to interpret different aspects of the lives of female convicts. Through their chosen medium each artist has researched the lives and journey’s that female convicts faced when they were banished from their homeland to Van Diemen’s Land in the mid 1800s.


This diverse and reflective exhibition opened at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery on Friday 25th July and will continue until Sunday 31 August.


Curated by Devonport Regional Gallery’s Director Ellie Ray the exhibition reflects on how we make sense of our past and how we represent it in a way that is meaningful to our present. Ellie Ray observes that any representation of the past is by its very nature, a construct; interpretations of past events, people and places involve mediation on a range of issues including the meaning of the past in our present.


Eight female artists are presenting works that focus on an empathetic approach to the past – specifically female convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Each artist delved into the stories and records of past female convicts – some focused on their namesake, while others looked more broadly at events that affected a number of female convicts. The resulting art works reflect varied responses – from the physical to the emotional, from presence to absence, from collective memory to personal memory – yet they all reside within an empathic space of a ‘felt presence’.




A position is available for an energetic and motivated person to develop and deliver education and public programs based at the Devonport Regional Gallery.

Download the Position Description and the job advertisement HERE.

Applications close on Friday 4 July 2014






The Little Gallery Project Space is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists. The Little Gallery promotes the work of Tasmanian artists whose work focuses on:

-Experimentation in 2D and 3D art

-Critical thinking and concepts

-The pursuit of excellence

Exhibitions run alongside those presented in the Main Gallery and may run for 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the exhibition scheduled in the Main Gallery.

Artists are expected to present a floor talk while their exhibition is open.

Unless prior arrangements are made between the Artist and the Gallery, Gallery staff will act as mentors to emerging artists and will advise and assist with the installation of their exhibition.

DRG promotes and supports professionalism and equity in the arts and pays artists fees regardless of an artists’ status or stage of their career. An exhibition fee is paid once the exhibition is installed and a signed contract is returned to the Gallery.



-Completed application form obtainable from the Gallery including project proposal and how it relates to the DRG mission statement

-One page Artist CV

-6-10 images of recent artwork as jpeg files on CD or email



Devonport Regional Gallery

PO Box 604

Devonport TAS 7310



Download the Little Gallery application form here 




Tuesday 24 December 1–5

Christmas Day Closed

Thursday 26 December 1–5

Friday 27 December 1–5

Saturday 28 December 12–5

Sunday 29 December 1–5

Monday 30 December 1–5

Tuesday 31 December 1–5

Wednesday 1 January 1–5


The Gallery acquired two new works this year. The Friends Committee provided funds for the acquisition of Lisa Garland’s black and white photograph titled Daniel. Garland’s photograph represents an icon of the Australian art world, Daniel Thomas, in his living room surrounded by his books and art collection.  Joanna Gair’s handmade paper sculpture titled Fingerbones II, was donated to the Gallery by a private benefactor. Both works were included in the exhibition, Recent Works from the Permanent Collection.




National Childrens Week starts Saturday 19th of October and runs until the 27th. If you are out and about this week, call into see us at the Gallery to see the RACT Insurance Tasmanianian Portraiture Exhibition.  






Find out what we have been up to, download our latest newsletter here





A short film we made about visiting artist Alexia Sinclair is going to be shown on ABC NEWS 24 on Monday 23rd of September at 5:25am, 9:55am and 8:55pm. The film is called ‘A Day in the Life of Alexia Sinclair’ and was made in collaboration with ABC producer Bronwyn Purvis.

take a look here




The team at the Devonport Regional Gallery would like to thank all of our friends and supporters for a wonderful 2011.

We wish you all a happy and safe holiday and look forward to seeing you again in the new year.


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!                                                                          


Friends Book Fair - A Smashing Success

People turned out in droves to catch a bargain at the first Friends Book Fair held at the Gallery on Sunday 16th of October. The Friends raised over $1000 towards Tidal 2012 - City of Devonport Art Prize, this was a impressive achievement considering books were selling for as little as $1. The Friends are now regrouping to make next year’s event even bigger.

The Friends would like to thank everyone who donated books to this years fair and look forward to seeing you again next year



Pin-Hole Photography Workshops


Students arrived at the gallery on Wednesday for the first session in our August series of Pin-hole Camera workshops. The conditions were clear and sunny for our first group of year 9 and 10 students. After presenting students with the basic principles of pin-hole photography we ventured outside to test our skills. With only one chance to get it right, each student carefully chose their scene. DRG is very impressed with the results, so too were the students and teachers. Check out some of the great photographs created on the day:



Alex, Reece High School  Brony, Reece High School 

Alex, Reece High School

Brony, Reece High School

Jessica, Reece High School Joshua, Reece High School

Jessica, Reece High School

Joshua, Reece High School



Australian Poetry Slam 2011

The 2011 Slam kicked off in Tasmania late last week, with 17 keen slammers braving wintry weather to contest the North-West Tasmanian regional heat. In the lovely ambience of the Devonport Regional Gallery the competition was fierce as the topics ranged across the spectrum from same-sex marriage to trains to meteorology to fatherhood. After a slam-off to determine second place, Geoff Miller took the night's honours with a convincing win, while teenagers Lauren Hay and Lauren Butler landed in second and third place respectively.

The Australian Poetry Slam competition is online at


Australian Poetry Slam 2001 Heat 1 Australian Poetry Slam 2001 Heat 1 Winners

Australian Poetry Slam 2001, Heat 1

Australian Poetry Slam 2001, Heat 1 Winners, 1st--Geoff Miller,
2nd--Lauren Hay & 3rd--Lauren Butler





State of the Art Storage Facility

At their May meeting Devonport City Council resolved to form a working group consisting of Gallery Special Committee members and Aldermen and has been formed to progress the recommendations of the DRG feasibility study.  Over the coming year the group will explore and make recommendations to Council on possible options for expanding or relocating the Gallery to enhance the CBD as a cultural hub.

Construction on the new storage facility will begin later this year. The building will house the Permanent Collection of paintings, prints, photographs, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and sub-collections including the Robinson Collection of Photographic negatives, the Tidal Collection and the Owen Lade Collection of paintings and drawings. The facility has a dedicated works on paper room; negative room; painting, ceramics and sculpture area; work rooms; storage rooms; office and amenities. The Permanent Collection will be moved to the new building after September 2011.



National Youth Week

Youth Photograpghy Exhibition

National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Each year thousands of people aged between 12 and 24 participate in a range of events devised to celebrate and recognise the value of young people in the community. Following the success of the YA (Youth Art) Exhibition of 2010, the Devonport Regional Gallery (DRG) and The Zone again partnered in 2011 to stage a hip Youth Photography Exhibition.

Every year organisers provide a theme for National Youth Week. The theme for 2011 was ‘Own it’. Any 12 – 24 year old living, working or linked to Devonport, Latrobe or the Central Coast was encouraged to submit an ‘own it’ themed photograph for the exhibition. Between April 1 and 10 the artworks were exhibited in the foyer of the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre, and projected at night, as a slideshow, in the window of the Devonport Regional Gallery.



Waves of Deformation: An 800 Million Year Journey into the Building of the North West Coast

Download a copy of Professor Stephen Cox's presentation from the 13th January 2011.

Professor Cox, of the Research School of Earth Science, ANU, was invited to conduct a field excursion and present an evening discussion during the Tidal Calendar of Events and Programs. This program was specifically sponsored by Cradle Mountain Water.


Not Without My Chips and More Than Black joint winners of the 2011 Four 8 Film Fest

The Droogs, Devonport Regional Gallery's Young Members, held their second Four 8 Film Fest during the first weekend in February. It was once again an overwhelming success.

The Droogs screened 6 Finalists in this year’s Festival, out of 8 entrants.

Over 120 people attended the free screening at the CMAX Devonport, and thanks is given to Katrine Elliott for her outstanding support.

The three judges for the evening were:

After long deliberation over two outstanding films, a singular first place could not be awarded. It was decided that it was unfair to award one film and not the other - therefore first prize was awarded to two teams.

Tim Auty and Team for their film More Than Black, and Lee Dixon and Team for their film Not without my Chips.

Despite the success of the 2011, The Droogs  are currently considering ways to improve on the festival next year. Having both a youth and open category has been flagged as a possible change for 2012.

Tidal. 10: City of Devonport Art Award

$15,000 Major Award Recipient: Matthew Newton, Moonbird Boy 3, 2009, Digital Print

$1,000 Peoples' Choice Award Recipient: Troy Ruffels, Bramble, 2010, Digital Print on aluminium







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