Hobart Current is an innovative long-term partnership between the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), which replaces the 27-year-old City of Hobart Art Prize.

It is a major biennial program showcasing contemporary artists working across different media, which may include visual art, performance, music, film, design, and literature.

A Creative Director is appointed for a two-year cycle. They develop the theme and select ten artists to participate, each of whom will be commissioned to create a new work for the exhibition to the value of $15,000 each. At least six of the ten chosen artists will identify as Tasmanian.

The successful inaugural iteration of the program, Hobart Current: Liberty, saw 10 artists from Tasmania, interstate and overseas present their work at TMAG and across two outdoor sites in the Hobart CBD from March to May 2021.

Hobart Current also incorporates a variety of public and education programs that the community can engage with across the city.

TMAG and the City of Hobart are excited to announce the new Creative Director for the second iteration of Hobart Current.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and the City of Hobart are delighted to announce the 10 artists that have been selected to take part in the second iteration of Hobart Current. The artists have been chosen by Hobart Current: Epoch Creative Director Chris Twite following a comprehensive expression of interest process. Six of the ten projects will be by Tasmanian artists, with the remainder selected from national and international applications.

Chris said that the team had once again been overwhelmed by the response to Hobart Current, having received over 150 expressions of interest from artists living in Tasmania, interstate and overseas.

The selected artists are:

They have created new works across a variety of media, including visual arts, writing and performance, music and sound and screen and digital, responding to the 2023 theme Epoch.