Major Curated Exhibitions

Each year Salamanca Arts Centre commissions a curator to research and develop a significant exhibition on a specific curatorial concept.

Major Curated Exhibitions

Salamanca Arts Centre annually commissions a curator to research and develop an exhibition on a specific curatorial concept which becomes our Major Curated Exhibition. Emerging, mid-career and established artists from Tasmania, Australia and overseas respond to the curator’s concept.

The exhibitions debut in Salamanca Arts Centre’s Long Gallery and Sidespace Gallery then travel to Tasmanian and interstate regional galleries. Contemporary Art Tasmania partners with Salamanca Arts Centre to take the exhibition on tour.

These exhibitions typically attract funding from Arts TasmaniaAustralia Council for the Arts, Gordon Darling Foundation and Contemporary Art Tasmania’s Exhibition Development Fund. They are accompanied by significant catalogues, available from our office on request.

The Major Curated Exhibitions are of national significance and the highest profile activity within the Salamanca Arts Centre annual Visual Arts Program. The extensive interstate tours promote national and Tasmanian artists, often alongside international peers, to audiences across Australia. Salamanca Arts Centre generates more high quality touring exhibitions than other galleries in Tasmania, according to touring partner Contemporary Art Tasmania.

Our 2012 major exhibition Made in China, Australia, concluded its Visions tour of ten regional galleries across five states in April 2015 at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, with more than 40,000 attendances across the aforementioned galleries. 2013’s Testing Ground was awarded ‘Best Visual Arts and Design Exhibition’ in the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

2017 Exhibition

Proof of Life (Studio Sessions and Exhibition)

Curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong

Proof of Life will present diverse works developed during the Studio Sessions as part of Ten Days On The Island 2017. Tasmanian and interstate artists have been invited to present works with ideas of personal comfort and security, finding their ‘home’, community and connections in a new place and the richness of multicultural society. Many works are based on participatory community partnerships, and include a selection of new and existing works taking the form of video, photographic and 3D works.

2016 Exhibition

New Alchemists

Curated by Dr Alicia King, New Alchemists features a diverse suite of contemporary works by local, Australian and International artists. New Alchemists explores ideas of futuristic biologies and post-human engagements within the broad intersections of art and science. Paralleling a view of the artist as contemporary alchemist, the selected works channel experiences beyond our accessible human and non-human worlds. Through play, ambiguity and provocation, the works engage in narratives that collapse our sense of familiarity and embodied otherness with the world around us.

(Expressions of Interest for touring open)

Now Touring

Colonial Afterlives

Curated by Sarah Thomas. This exhibition considers a range of contemporary responses to British colonisation from indigenous and diasporic artists living in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Britain and Canada. It incorporates a diversity of views ranging from melancholic eulogies to passionate and sometimes scathing commentaries on the complex legacies of British occupation.

Colonial Afterlives will tour to the following galleries in 2016 and 2017:
·  Mildura Arts Centre (VIC) 8 September – 6 November 2016
·  Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo (NSW) 4 February – 26 March 2017
·  Maitland Regional Gallery (NSW) 6 May – 23 July 2017
·  Benalla Art Gallery (VIC) 12 August – 15 October 2017
·  Burnie Regional Art Gallery (TAS) 10 November- 17 December 2017

Supported by Visions Australia. Colonial Afterlives is a Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania. Salamanca Arts Centre is supported by the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian State Government.  


2017: Proof of Life (Studio Sessions) and Proof of Life (Exhibition) curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong
2016: New Alchemists curated by Dr Alicia King
2015: Colonial Afterlives curated by Sarah Thomas
2014: Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent curated by Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh
2013: Testing Ground curated by Julie Gough
2012: Made in China, Australia curated by Greg Leong
2011: dis-covery curated by Colin Langridge
2009: Chance Encounters curated by Mary Knights and Maria Kunda.
2008: Parallel curated by Dr Brigita Ozolins
2007: An Other Place curated by Seán Kelly
2006: Transport curated by Douglas McManus
2006: ‘Quote’ curated by Colin Langridge
2005: isolation solitude curated by Telford Rigg
2004: SKIN curated by Fiona Foley and Jennie Gorringe
2003: haven curated by Kevin Murray
2002: Seven Warehouses curated by Rebecca Greenwood

Image Credits: Lisa Garland Fred’s Kitchen, 2016, Giclee print (from Proof of Life)