Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Exhibitions still on…

Poor Souls

26 Feb – 11 Apr

In 1845, the émigré barque Cataraqui was wrecked off the jagged shore of King Island.

The disaster caused 400 deaths of emigrant families and crew, who will be remembered as Poor Souls – an exhibition by King Island and mainland Tasmanian artists who interpret Australia’s worst civil disaster using painting, sculpture, video and music. We imagine the journey of the doomed passengers, who they were and what they expected at journey’s end 175 years ago. Artists evoke the political environment of the day and contrast it with Australia’s present-day immigration stance.

Further information can be found here.


11 Mar – 6 May

Feel a gravitational pull towards reflection, contemplation and calm.

Take a deep breath as you walk into the Poimena Art Gallery. Slow down your thoughts. In a time of social, political and emotional disruption, this contemplative exhibition will provide space for you to sink away from the stresses of your daily life. Become lost in the orbit of 43 artists from Australia and around the world whose reflective work was produced during 2020.

Curated by Tasmanian artist Paul Snell, this exhibition is void of music and dialogue – enjoy it at your own pace.

Further information can be found here.

Composing Archipelagos

17 Mar – 11 Apr

Imagine if we were to cast off our view of lutruwita/Tasmania as a solitary island.

Composing Archipelagos calls into question the way we perceive our heart-shaped home. This new exhibition features the works of artists hailing from Tasmania, interstate and across the Pacific. Through painting, installation, sculpture and visual media, the artists share their reflections of land, sea and sky. With these unique expressions of our geography and history, conversations may begin to surface about our remoteness and connection.

Further information can be found here. 

Hobart Current: Liberty

12 Mar – 9 May

Who chooses freedom for whom, in what space and during what time?

Rosie Dennis, creative director of Hobart Current, has selected ten contemporary artists to help find the answer. Tasmanian artists Sinsa Mansell, Brigita Ozolins, James Newitt, Jacob Leary, Dexter Rosengrave and Nadege Philippe-Janon feature in this collection, which also spans interstate and international talent including Uncle Wes Marne, Suryo Herlambang, Jagath Dheerasekara and Sarah Jane Pell creating new works in the mediums of film, installation, performance and visual art.

Further information can be found here.

Experimenta Life Forms

19 Mar – 9 May

Rethink life as we know it through this exhibition of 20 contemporary artworks.

How do we define life? Philosophers have wrestled with this concept for thousands of years. Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this question at a time of change and discovery. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological invention?

This extraordinary and timely exhibition features a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations and participatory and generative art. Twenty leading Australian and international artists make significant contribution to conversations about life as we know it.

Further information can be found here.