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TMAG celebrates NAIDOC Week

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

The Hodgman Liberal Government is proud to join with the rest of the country in highlighting and celebrating the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will join in the celebrations with a variety of activities as part of its Discovery Day and School Holiday programs.

TMAG’s NAIDOC Week activities kick off on Sunday with a special welcome celebration featuring music and dance performances, followed by a wide variety of activities for visitors to enjoy throughout the day.

This year, NAIDOC Week’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as active and significant role models in our community.

Stories of past and present Tasmanian Aboriginal women will be presented by TMAG’s Senior Curator of Indigenous Cultures, Zoe Rimmer, as well as a special workshop led by renowned Tasmanian visual artist and National Treasure, Lola Greeno.

NAIDOC Week activities will continue over the School Holiday Program which runs from Tuesday, 10 July until Friday, 13 July.

The free program, titled She Shells, is inspired by TMAG’s current exhibition Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, which I had the great pleasure of opening recently. The exhibition includes daily workshops for children to explore traditional and contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace-making techniques.

Younger children can explore the early learners’ play space next door with their carers, which will contain games and resources on themes such as natural collections, shapes and patterns.

As a special feature during the holiday period, TMAG will be hosting two Festival of Voices pop-up choir performances on Thursday, 12 and Saturday, 14 July.

Discovery Day celebrating NAIDOC Week runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday, 8 July.

The TMAG School Holiday Program runs from 11:00am to 2:00pm from Tuesday, 10 to Friday, 13 July.

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is on show in Argyle Gallery 4 at TMAG until Sunday, 22 July 2018. For more information, visit: