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Little did you know how prophetically so many of you were voting when you chose “Emerge” for our 2020 Challenge theme!

Read on!

The month of July, 2020

Tasmania has entered Stage 3 restrictions, so things are a little easier for now.

  The get togethers at the Friends’ School are cancelled as we cannot currently hire rooms there. We will let you now when and if we find an alternative venue.

  The get together in B block @ 10.30am  Kingston on July 20 is planned to go ahead, following strict guidelines to continue to keep us all safe. Please check the calender on the website the night before to make certain we are still proceeding.

How to Find B Block @ Kingston

  How exciting to see such a positive response to our eleven workshops offered by SandB members beginning mid July.  You can see the list of workshops and enrol up until the night of Sunday July 5. You will soon hear where you have a place and we wish you a safe, enjoyable and creative time.

  The only remaining 2020 international workshop not yet cancelled is in November – we have yet to hear either way as restrictions seem to alter quite regularly and we threw out our crystal ball a few months ago.

Challenge News

Thanks to our hard working Challenge Committee, our 2019 Tasmanian Textures Challenge will be on display at the Kingston Library Friday 3 July until Tuesday 28 July. Do pop in and have a look. What is terrific is we have already had an enquiry prompted by what is on display!

DON’T FORGET! The 2020 Annual Challenge is still happening! The theme is Emerge and all the important details can be found in the Members’ Area when you log in.  The completed pieces are due by 17 August.

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Sewers of scrub bags, masks and more

Keep up to date via the FB page or the website. The need is ongoing.

TMAG has re opened

What welcome news!

Members have especially recommended you schedule a visit to see Extinction Studies,  a twelve-month durational performance by Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard. It is quite extraordinary.

TMAG is delighted to announce that we will be able to welcome you back through our doors from Tuesday 23 June 2020.

Of course, things will look a little different, and while TMAG will remain free to enter, all visitors will need to book in advance to ensure their wellbeing and safety.

We’ll be introducing 2-hour time slots for all visitors at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm each day so there is plenty of time for you to enjoy your visit.

Our Visitor Services Officers also have something special planned for when you return, and will be sharing their favourite museum treasures through special pop-up interpretations in the galleries.

We’ll be opening our usual seasonal operating hours, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

To find out more and to book your visit, please head to our website.

Other Galleries

Handmark’s Landscape Exhibition runs from July 10 – July 27  – plus an opportunity to win a very nice prize!

Bett Gallery is closed all July for renovation

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Life Drawing Live on SBS July 4

In an ambitious two-hour live-to-air special, Life Drawing Live hosted by Rove McManus, will bring together a group of amateur artists, including some special guests, to sketch live life models. They will be guided by some of the country’s leading experts in a series of drawing exercises as the models strike various poses, before attempting to capture a challenging final scene to create their own masterpieces. Viewers are asked to join in the fun by picking up their pencils, drawing along and submitting their sketches to the show. This is the nation’s largest ever art class: watch or draw along on Saturday 4 July at 8.30pm

Some excellent opportunities

I continue to be a little overwhelmed by all the opportunities for courses, virtual museum tours and more, and I am certain I am not alone. Do scroll back through recent editions to see if something appeals to you, or check these more recent offerings out.

Some members have really enjoyed Bobby Britnell’s online courses, and she is offering Line and Tone again, beginning 13 July . People from Joy Allison’s drawing classes may find this interesting.

Free MAC school holiday workshops online

Sue’s mosaic artworks in MAC’s Avago window gallery from the forecourt on Albert Road, and online at

And some popular links re posted

You can now download 200 art books from the Guggenheim for free

Enter the Fibre Arts textile Biennale

   Call for Entries  Clarence annual Textile & Fibre exhibition We invite you to reflect on your current thoughts and feelings during isolation, and stitch on. Entries close 17 July.