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by Chanel Wilkinson (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer just returned to Tassie from 8 years on the mainland. I've been writing honestly about personal experiences since school and now I'm sharing my experiences, opinions, passions and wicked sense of humour with the world.
Published August 22nd 2019
Promises to surprise and delight people of all ages
I use to live in Moonah for a while and I know it well. I've recently returned back to Tassie from an 8 year stay in Queensland. I was driving in Moonah the other day and this place caught my eye because I'd never seen it before! Just up from the Main Road in Moonah, I would have to say it's the best-designed building in Moonah.

Meet MAC
This is a new, contemporary, state of the art facility operated by Glenorchy City Council. Opened in 2015, the new arts centre building is designed by local architects Morrison Breytenbach. Purposefully built to enrich the local community by providing affordable and accessible cultural and arts experience. This sustainable design features outdoor courtyards, generous spaces to socialise and plenty of art spaces. MAC spaces provide access to WIFI, has the ability to support digital and screen-based activity and built-in hearing loops.
Moonah Arts Centre
New and contemporary design from Tasmanian architects / Image appears courtesy of Moonah Arts Centre /

Performance/Screen Studio
This is the largest and most flexible of all the spaces. Suitable for seated events with a staging configuration holding up to 130 people. The space is also equipped to support less formal events up to 200 people, like a small film festival, aerial circus workshops or intimate music concerts.

Makers Workshop
Focusing on visual arts, craft, and digital workshop activity, this space is can be used for practical classes and workshop activities. The room can accommodate 40 people standing, 30 people seated and 20 people for a workshop. The space includes access to:
Access to a kitchenette
Ceiling mounted overhead projector
Large sink

The Meeting Room
Perfect for local businesses wanting to hold formal and informal meetings for up to 12 people. This sunny room has a large boardroom table, overhead projector and drop-down projector screen.
Moonah Arts Centre
Book your space for your next event / / Image appears courtesy of Moonah Arts Centre /

Social Spaces
Meet up with friends and relax in one of the informal indoor and outdoor spaces. The light-filled foyer can also be booked for events.

Whether you have an arts or non-arts activity you can apply to book one of the creative spaces. Choose from the Performance Screen Studio, Makers Workshop, Meeting Room or even multiple spaces. Apply online.

Exhibition Spaces
A number of purpose-built galleries were designed to accommodate flexible layouts. Applications for exhibitions are generally accepted in July/August for exhibitions taking place in the following year. Choose from the Exhibit Space, Project Space, Main Space, Albert Hallway and Avago. For further details on these rooms head to their website.
Moonah Arts Centre
Space for for any exhibition / / Image appears courtesy of Moonah Arts Centre /

Featured Events

Friday Nights Live
July & August
All shows start at 6pm, doors and bar open from 5:30pm.
Just $10 on the door / kids under 12 are free.
Spend this winter in the cosy space at MAC, with live entertainment of Tassie music, every Friday Night. Take a seat, relax and chill out at the end of the week. Don't miss out on the last two nights with a night of big jazz from JAZZ & THE MOB on 23rd August and night of funk with MAMA SMOOTH & CO on 30th August.
Friday Nights Live
Come check out Tasmanian local bands.

Garden of the Sorrowful - Karin Chan
Opening Thursday 29 August, 6pm
Open Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm
This exhibition is a transformative new media sculpture installation
explores a wide range of visual forms including sculpture, drawing, costume design and performance through a film production Journey to Peace. Find this event on Facebook.

The 7 Elements of Art
Saturday 24th August
September 7th & 28th
October 12th & 26th
MAC has been transformed into the Garden of Eden with seven workshops designed for absolutely anyone regardless of age, skill or ability. Learn the seven elements, line, shape, colour, value, form, texture and colour, to apply to your creative goals. Just bring along whatever mark materials you have or purchase a starter kit for $25.
Find the event on Facebook for more information

Mother Nature My Muse: Harvest
Opening Thurs 29 Aug, 6pm
The exhibition runs Fri 30 Aug Sat 21 Sep
reflects a deep connection to the natural environment. View the installation through the Avago window on Albert Road

Anthropocene Me: Linda Crispin
Opening Thurs 29 Aug, 6pm
Fri 30 Aug Sat 21 Sep
10am - 5pm
Anthropocene me is an exploration of waste in our modern era
In this series of drawings, Linda Crispin examines an individual's contribution to the exponential increase of waste in our current age, highlighting its absurdity.

One Kilometre Around: Ai Shanshan
The exhibition runs Fri 30 Aug Sat 21 Sep
Open Tuesday Friday 10am 5pm, Saturday 11am 3pm
Shanshan's paintbrush writes a diary, recording her life and emotional journeys.

Art through the eye of a needle: the Hobart Embroiderers' Guild
4 Sep Sun 8 Sep 2019
Open 10am-4pm daily
A collection of embroidered works by members of the Guild, encompassing a large range of styles and materials, some original works and some from other artists. The exhibition includes work from all age groups from children to adult.

For more upcoming events check the calendar by heading to their website There is also free 3 hour parking opposite the Centre, next to Harris Scarfe.
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Why? enrich the local community by providing accessible and affordable arts and cultural experiences
When: Tuesday Friday 10 am 5 pm | Saturday 11am 3pm Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
Phone: 03 6216 6416
Where: 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah, Tasmania
Cost: Admission is free, individual events are at advertised prices.
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