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Tasmania’s wild west on show

TASMANIA’S wild and rugged west coast is being celebrated in a new exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

‘West: Out on the Edge’ is a new multidisciplinary exhibition that seeks to explore the complexities and contradictions of Tasmania’s west and what makes the west what it is today.

Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer officially opened the exhibition, which is the first in a series of exhibitions planned by TMAG that explores a unique region of the state.

“West: Out on the Edge illustrates how people have shaped the west and, in turn, been shaped by it,” she said.

“One of the elements that struck me was the incorporation of stories about people living in the west, from the pioneers who moved there to seek their fortunes in the mining industry in the 19th century to those making a home in the west today.”

West: Out on the Edge combines cultural and industrial heritage with natural sciences, geology, Aboriginal history and culture and art to explore what makes the west what it is.

Visitors will be able to learn about the west’s defining natural elements, as well as the stories of people who made their home in the remote and often inhospitable environment.

Also, they will be able to delve into the west’s extensive industrial history and discover how the region has inspired countless artists, past and present.

“I’m so pleased to see that TMAG has reached out to the west coast community to gather their stories and perspectives to present in this exhibition, which you can view in the wonderful films that are screening in the galleries,” Ms Archer said.

“There is no doubt that the west coast is a unique part of Tasmania and it’s fantastic to see the west and its people celebrated in an exhibition at our state museum.”

Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive public program of special events and talks.

West: Out on the Edge is on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery until 10 May.

Caption: TMAG director Janet Carding, right, with Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.

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