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West: Out on the Edge

03 December 2019

We’re very proud to be a major partner of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)’s West: Out on the Edge, a captivating new multidisciplinary exhibition exploring a unique region of our state. Tasmania’s west is a complex and compelling place, isolated by its extreme terrain but strengthened by its history and community.


Staged across TMAG’s four Argyle Galleries, West: Out on the Edge will show how people have shaped the west and, in turn, been shaped by it. Visitors will be able to learn about the west’s defining natural elements, as well as the stories of people who made their home in the remote and often inhospitable environment. They will also be able to delve into the west’s extensive industrial history and discover how the region has inspired countless artists past and present.



Hydro heritage West Pipeline

The west’s natural resources, particularly its high concentrations of minerals, abundant rainfall and thick vegetation, have sustained and shaped its communities and created a distinctive culture in the region. In this exhibition, learn about the west’s major industries, including hydropower generation, mining and forestry, and see objects related to this industrial history, including samples of the precious minerals mined there and an original section of the 1930s wooden pipeline that carried water in the Lake Margaret Power Scheme.


West: Out on the Edge will also provide opportunities for visitors to share their own views and reflections on the west and its past, present and people, both in the galleries and online.




Part of the community-centric focus of the exhibition is the Hydro Tasmania West: Out on the Edge Photography Project, with photographers of all ages and skill levels invited to share their own images of the west to be part of an in-gallery display.


The theme of the project is ‘people and places in Tasmania’s west’, and to take part photographers can upload their best photos onto Instagram and tag them #TMAGwest, with a selection of the tagged images chosen to be screened in the exhibition.



Visit Louise Lovely-Square

West: Out on the Edge will also be accompanied by an extensive public program, which will begin with the Hydro Tasmania Discovery Day on Sunday 8 December.


Further events over summer include the January School Holiday Program, which will focus on the exhibition’s themes, as well as a special late-night opening on Friday 31 January and a panel discussion hosted by Helen Shield from ABC Radio Hobart on Saturday, 29 February. The exhibition runs from 6 December 2019 to 10 May 2020 with free admission.


For more information visit www.tmag.tas.gov.au


Image one:

Wooden stave pipeline from Lake Margaret power scheme, 1938. Made by J Howard, Zeehan. Presented by Hydro Tasmania, 2009. Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


Image two:

Louise Lovely in a still from the silent film Jewelled Nights, 1925. Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


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