A wild and beautiful place, northwest Tasmania is blessed with mountains, rivers, rolling farmland and a spectacular rocky coastline. Thriving in this remote community is the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG), an establishment of longevity delivering excellence in art, craft and design for more than 40 years.
As a public art gallery, BRAG performs three services including managing the city’s permanent art collection, presenting a varied annual exhibition program and, together with other members of the downtown precinct, providing the cultural heartbeat of Burnie.
Burnie’s art collection has a focus on works on paper – as prints in all forms, artist books and handmade paper, watercolour, drawings, and sculpture – with a nod to Burnie’s long history as a paper making town. The gallery develops exhibitions from collected works, invited artists, community artists, schools and craft groups or from touring shows.
Two flagship exhibitions are the held biennially on alternate years: The Burnie Print Prize and Paper on Skin, a wearable art competition. Public programs include floor talks, artist forums and networking opportunities, early years and school holiday programs, Free Family Fridays, and this year, Craft-at-Home online projects.
BRAG is operated and maintained by the Burnie City Council and supported by its corporate partners, the Friends of Burnie Regional Art Gallery and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.