Devonport Regional Gallery

 

The Devonport Regional Gallery is a centre for community arts and activities.  The Gallery delivers an annual program of staff curated and touring exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops. 

Tidal: The City of Devonport National Art Award is held every two years and supported by Devonport City Council and Friends of the Gallery, offering a major prize of $15,000.

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. The Little Gallery was situated in a weatherboard building behind the Baptist Church in Stewart Street, which is now home to the Devonport Regional Gallery.

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.

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, which is an annex to the Main Gallery.

The Gallery is supported by the Devonport City Council, the State Government through Arts Tasmania, the DRG Special Interest Group, Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery's young member's group the DROOGS. Other funding is received through sponsorships and donations and the Australian Government's gift recipient status.

Opening Hours & Contact Details

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Sunday & Public Holidays, 1pm to 5pm
Entry: Free
Address: 45-47 Stewart, Street, Devonport
Phone: 03 6424 8296
Email: artgallery@devonport.tas.gov.au