Hobart Current

Hobart Current

MY VOICE, 2021, Brigita Ozolins. A public artwork commissioned for Hobart Current 2021. Photo credit: Andrew Wilson Photography

Hobart Current is an innovative long-term partnership between the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which replaces the 27 year-old City of Hobart Art Prize.

Hobart Current website

This major biennial program showcases contemporary artists working across different media, which may include music, performance, film, design, visual art and literature.

A Creative Director is appointed for a two-year cycle. They set the theme and select ten artists to participate, each of whom will be commissioned to create a new work for the exhibition. At least six of the ten chosen will be artists who identify as Tasmanian.

Hobart Current: Epoch 2023

Hobart Current: Epoch 2023

"We live in interesting times, plunged into global upheaval, shaken by local change and challenged to personally reflect."

"Like never before, we have been given the opportunity to take stock of our lives, our beliefs and our actions as individuals, communities, and nations."

"As we step forth into 2023, one thing is certain, we know that it is a doorway and through it lies a new epoch. A new era that will define us for another generation."

"As we pass through towards this new future, there is room for nostalgia and cynicism for the past just as there is for hope and indignation for the future – but nothing will be the same."

"I want to encourage artists to look as much to the world as to themselves and their neighbours, to examine their stories and to spark conversations on who we have been and who we will become in this next great era."

Chris Twite - Creative Director

Creative Director

Chris Twite

Chris Twite. Photo credit: Teresa Tan

Chris Twite has been selected as the Creative Director for Hobart Current in 2023. Chris' theme for the program is Epoch.

Chris has programmed and produced for organisations such as the Falls Festival, Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival and the Sydney Opera House, helping to cultivate new art and ideas in cities around the country.

For full details about the Hobart Current Program visit the Hobart Current website.

Artists

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and the City of Hobart are delighted to announce the 10 artists/teams that have been selected to take part in the second iteration of Hobart Current to be launched in 2023.

The artists have been chosen by Hobart Current: Epoch Creative Director Chris Twite following a comprehensive expression of interest process. Six of the ten projects will be by Tasmanian artists, with the remainder selected from national and international applications.

Chris said that the team had once again been overwhelmed by the response to Hobart Current, having received over 150 expressions of interest from artists living in Tasmania, interstate and overseas.

The selected artists are:

  • Arushi Jain (US)
  • Darren Sylvester (Vic)
  • Florence Shaw (UK)
  • Georgia Morgan (Tasmania)
  • Isabella Maria Foster (Tasmania)
  • Lou Conboy (Tasmania)
  • Nathan Maynard (Tasmania)
  • Rochelle Haley (NSW)
  • Tricky Walsh (Tasmania)
  • Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler (Tasmania)

They will create new works across a variety of media, including visual arts, writing and performance, music and sound and screen and digital, responding to the 2023 theme Epoch.

The works will be presented at TMAG and at several public spaces across the Hobart CBD from March to May 2023.

"The breadth of the concepts and ideas proposed in response to the 2023 theme of Epoch was astonishing and truly reflective of the incredible depth in the creative community here in Hobart and Tasmania," Chris said.

"In March 2023, we will bring together these 10 phenomenal contemporary artists from Tasmania and around the world, to create new works and to explore what it means to live in these interesting times, to take stock of our lives, and to step forward into a new era."

Hobart Current website