Devonport Regional Gallery

 

The Devonport Regional Gallery evolved from the inception of The Little Gallery, which was founded by Jean Thomas as a private enterprise in 1966.

Jean Thomas' vision for the Gallery was as a centre for community arts and activities. Her aim was to promote Tasmanian artists and to provide an impartial program of appreciation with the inclusion of national and international exhibitions. She developed a complimentary project in the display and sale of fine wool, and woven and knitted products made by local craftswomen which not only helped support the gallery financially, but also promoted the recognition of one of Tasmania's primary industries. The Little Gallery was situated in a weatherboard building behind the Baptist Church in Stewart Street.

The Baptist Church was built in 1904 and was designed and constructed by Stephen Priest Senior and Stephen Priest Junior. In 1969 when the church moved to other premises, the building incorporated the Devonport Library until 1983, when it became the designated site for the Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre. In 2004 the Gallery underwent refurbishment including new gallery walls and floor and in 2012 a purpose-built facility was completed to provide the safe housing and display of the Gallery's Permanent Collection.

In October 2018 the Gallery moved into new premises and is now part of the paranaple arts centre in Rooke Street.

The Gallery presents an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops. In keeping with Jean Thomas' vision, the Gallery collects and promotes Tasmanian art, craft and design and runs an Emerging artist program to support local and state-wide artists. The program showcases emerging artist's work in The Little Gallery. Other gallery space includes a Main and Upper Gallery, as well as a new Creative Space. The Gallery is supported by the Devonport City Council, Arts Tasmania, Special Committee, Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery's young member's committee The DROOGS. Other funding is received through the Australian Governments Deductible Gift Recipient Status.

Devonport Regional Gallery is a proud Tasmanian Arts Guide participant. To continue your arts journey across our creative island visit www.tasmanianartsguide.com.au  

Opening Hours & Contact Details

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.45pm, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays, 7.30am to 2pm
Entry: Free
Address: paranaple arts centre, 147-151 Rooke Street, Devonport
Phone: 03 6420 2900
Email: artgallery@devonport.tas.gov.au