Devonport Regional Gallery - Art Collector

Installation view of Felt Presence, 2012. Courtesy: Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania

Devonport Regional Gallery was founded by Jean Thomas in 1966. Originally known as The Little Gallery, it was envisioned as a way to promote Tasmanian artists and as a space for community arts and activities. It presents an annual program of curated and touring exhibitions, education programs, performances and events. The gallery comprises two exhibition spaces: the Main Gallery and The Little Gallery.

Devonport Regional Gallery is supported by the Devonport City Council and Arts Tasmania. It is also supported by a special committee, Friends Committee and a young members group named The Droogs.

The collection

The main focus of Devonport Regional Gallery's permanent collection is on acquiring works by contemporary Tasmanian artists. The gallery also houses the Robinson Collection, purchased by the Devonport City Council in 1993. This collection consists of over 40,000 glass and cellulose negatives dating from 1927 to the 1980s from Bert Robinson, a pioneer of photography in Tasmania during the 1920s who operated a business in Devonport that his son Albert maintained after his death. The recently completed collection facility has a dedicated space for the Robinson Collection, a print room and painting and ceramics store.

Exhibition highlights

Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award 2014
5 December 2014 to 1 February 2015
This biennial award is now in its sixth year - see below for more information about the prize. Judges Erica Green, director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide and Sean Kelly, arts coordinator of the Moonah Arts Centre in Hobart, will select around 25 works for the finalist exhibition.

Pat Brassington: A Rebours
4 October 2014 to 2 November 2014
A Rebours is the first extensive exhibition of Brassington’s 30 years of practice and explores her ongoing aesthetic language derived from surrealism and cinema reinterpreted through photography. This exhibition has been assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery
8 November 2014 to 7 December 2014
Curated by Dr Robert Bell, senior curator of decorative arts and design at the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition includes the work of Australian jewellers exploring jewellery from a number of viewpoints. Visitors will be provided with a web-based iPad that will allow them to learn about the artist, the works and the collection from where they originated.

Art awards

The Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award (otherwise known as Tidal) is a biennial award open to artists working in any two dimensional medium. It invites Australian artists to reflect on their relationship with the sea, coastal regions and communities and encourages artists to consider personal, natural, cultural and political concerns related to the theme of tidal. The award is acquisitive and the major prize is valued at $15,000.


Benefits of being a Friend of the Gallery include free or discounted entry to gallery functions, invitations to exhibition and event openings, newsletters, discounts on art products and books in The Little Gallery Shop and discounts at our partner venues.

Visitor information

Devonport Regional Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Air conditioning
  • Gallery shop

Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart Street
Devonport TAS 7310

Phone: 03 6424 8296
Fax: 03 6423 5305
Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Sundays and Public Holidays 1pm to 5pm.