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/Tasmanian Aborigines – The original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

With thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for place names and other words in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

West + North West


4 FEB – 18 MAR
Opening events 3 FEB FRI 6PM




Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding public gatherings and event venues, you can find the relevant government information here.

We, as well as the venue will be managing the risk of COVID-19 at our event venues in the following ways:

  1. Public availability of hand sanitiser at Festival venues.
  2. Patrons, staff, volunteers and artists are encouraged not to attend events if they are unwell.

TERMS is an exhibition of works by Tasmanian Aboriginal artists held in the Devonport Regional Gallery’s Permanent Collection and works on loan from Northern Tasmanian Aboriginal artists.

The works from the permanent collection were acquired over many years by past gallery directors, each with a different appreciation of art and ideology of what to acquire for the collection.

When art is included in a public collection it is exhibited at the gallery’s discretion and it can be selected frequently or rarely depending on the curators’ vision. Works are displayed alongside other makers’ which are foreign to one and another, creating new narratives and shown with or without the consent of the artists.

The art by local Tasmanian Aboriginal artists have been created and selected for this exhibition by the artists themselves, who are pleased to share their works and their stories with you on their TERMS.

This exhibition pays respects to all artists and their exhibited art and we thank the Devonport Gallery for their intent and practice of working with and supporting Tasmanian Aboriginal artists past, present and into the future.


Tasmanian Aboriginal Artists with work from collection:
Aunty Lola Greeno, Dr Julie Gough, Denise Robinson and Ricky Maynard
Northern Tasmanian Aboriginal artists with work loaned for this exhibition:
Caleb Nicholls Mansell, Cheryl Rose, Dave mangenner Gough, Karen Smart and Louise Daniels

An exhibition curated by Dave mangenner Gough and Louise Daniels

Image Credit: Louise Daniels, Ancient Feast 2, Found Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Canson Montval 300gsm Paper, 51cm x 89cm unframed