Celebrate the rich histories and stories of the Brooker Highway at Moonah Arts Centre in the exhibition Stories of the Brooker Highway. 

Opening 1pm 24 Aug, this exhibition features stories and images collected from and created by communities across Hobart’s northern suburbs.

Unearthed with the help of the Story Island Project during early 2017, these stories capture some of the overlooked, the surprising and the unusual features of a stretch of road that is so familiar to us all. 

The exhibition also includes fictional stories and illustrations from young people who attend schools on the Brooker Highway, reimagining the life of the highway in new and exciting ways. 

The exhibition will be launched by artist Eileen Brooker. Eileen is the daughter of Edward Brooker, the Tasmanian Government minister who first conceived of the Highway, and after whom the Highway is named. Tasmanian author Danielle Wood will also speak at the launch about her memories of the Highway. There will also be readings from school students whose creative writing is featured in the exhibition.

The Story Island Project is a non-profit organisation based in Hobart’s northern suburbs. The organisation is dedicated to supporting young people to improve their literacy skills through writing stories. Its activities are based on the belief that storytelling is at the heart of literacy, and story connects people to community.

Stories of the Brooker Highway is open at Moonah Arts Centre from 25 Aug to 16 Sep 2017.


Push, Pull, Press takes a look at the practices of three contemporary Tasmanian artists, all of whom have national and international standing in the medium of printmaking – Milan Milojevic, Jennifer Marshall and Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh. 

The exhibition opens at Moonah Arts Centre 6pm Thursday 24 August 2017.

From the traditional to the digital, the process of printmaking offers an infinite range of possibilities. Imagery and ideas are layered and evolve through various states, celebrating the power and diversity of the graphic mark. These three artists explore the intrinsic qualities of print through political, historical and fictional themes. 

The exhibition showcases the artists’ diverse approaches to the medium and process of printmaking, through individual series of works and one large collaborative piece bringing together a range of printmaking media.

During the exhibition the artists will conduct two workshops in monoprinting using the Akua pin press, including a workshop with students from local schools. Historically referred to as “the painterly print,” monoprinting has been used as an alternative means of mark making developed by the hands of rebellious painters. Unlike many other printmaking methods which are often very time consuming and restrained, monoprinting allows the print artist more freedom of expression and speed of printing.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 16 September 2017.