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Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing

A major exhibition celebrating nationally respected Tasmanian artist, Gay Hawkes.


The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is thrilled to present a major exhibition celebrating nationally respected Tasmanian furniture maker, sculptor and artist, Gay Hawkes.

Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing showcases Gay’s incredible work, and recognises her commitment to her practice as an artist and educator over 40 years, as well as her creative resilience in the wake of the devastating 2013 Dunalley bush fire.

It is the latest in TMAG’s series of exhibitions focusing on living Tasmanian artists, following on from David Keeling: Stranger (2020-21), Julie Gough: Tense Past (2019), Patrick Hall: Things I Once Knew (2015) and Illumination: The Art of Philip Wolfhagen (2013).

Gay is particularly well known for pioneering the use of found materials such as horizontal scrub, driftwood, and shipping pallets in her furniture.

She has been represented by commercial galleries across Australia, and her work has been included in major arts festivals and acquired by national and state collecting institutions.

Tragically, Gay’s studio and home were destroyed in the Dunalley bush fire in January 2013, along with her tools and an irreplaceable collection of her life’s work.

This event has structured the exhibition, which is loosely divided into galleries of works made before and after the fire.

Image details: Installation view, Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2022

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Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – TMAG
Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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