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Welcome to the Anthropocene

December 7th 2017 – February 9th 2018

IMAS Mawson exhibition space
IMAS forecourt and IMAS waterfront
20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania

The Anthropocene describes the geologic epoch where humans have impacted and altered Earth’s systems. What does this new era mean for our planet and what does the future hold? ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ is an art/science collaboration between Constance ARI, The Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS), The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Tasmania.

Three experimental artists are working with three leading scientists to explore themes related to our changing planet. These explorations will conclude in an exhibition of new and challenging artworks at IMAS, Hobart in December 2017.


Ken + Julia Yonetani (Japan) with Associate Professor Julia Blanchard and team on ‘The Future of Human Food’


Pony Express (WA + NSW) with Professor Beth Fulton and team on the theme ‘Simulating Future Earth’ and


Selena de Carvalho (TAS) with Dr Alistair Hobday and team on ‘Climate Change Intervention and Adaptation’


We are running a campaign through the Australian Cultural Fund!

You can support it here.

The 2017 HOBIENNALE will bring together a large group of artist-run initiatives from across Australia and New Zealand, with each curating an exhibition as part of the festival program.

HB17 will showcase the work of around 100 emerging and mid-career artists. It is a free festival that will occupy a range of existing galleries and unusual sites across Hobart. The extensive festival program includes exhibition openings, artist talks, music and performances (you can check it out here).

HOBIENNALE is the first festival of its kind in Australia and will continue biannually. There is a national climate of uncertainty within the arts, influenced by changes to the structure of major arts organisations and diminishing funding opportunities. These changes will continue to have an impact on the careers of young Australian artists. HB17 creates a vital space for conversations around this issue to take place, and for organisations and artists to demonstrate current strengths and future potential to a wide audience.

If you’re in a position to donate, any amount you can throw our way will go towards making the inaugural festival the best it can be, hopefully establishing this as an on-going event.

Donate here.



With 83 artists in 18 exhibitions across 12 venues and more to be announced this festival is set to be one big, busy, arty, party.

Head to our dedicated website, have a browse and clear your calendar and your mind in preparation for the 3 – 12th of November.

And if you like what we are doing and appreciate a free festival, please help us make this happen by donating to our Australian Cultural Fund Campaign.