Recent and Future Program


The ongoing Curatorial Mentorship program supports an aspiring curator to develop an exhibition and publication with support from industry professionals.

Image: Richie Cuskelly, Nunami Sculthorpe-Green, and Priya Vunaki, 2022. Installation view from the exhibition HOME|LAND, curated by Alexandra Hullah. Photo: Cassie Sullivan


In partnership with Melbourne-based philanthropic organisation, Project Eleven, CAT will present a major performance installation by senior Indonesian performance artist, Tisna Sanjaya.

Image: Documentation performance, SITE EIGHT Gallery Space, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.


DEEP FAKE will be a new film and sculpture work by Willoh S. Weiland and is developed through CAT’s 2022/23 Studio Program.

Image: Willoh S. Weiland, LICK, LICK, BLINK, 2019. Performance still courtesy of the artist, MCA, Sydney.


An intensive individually designed program of high-level industry access and critical engagement culminates in the exhibition of work developed through the program.

Image: Alex Davern Bright labyrinth, 2021. Pine, MDF, acrylic paint, linoleum, fluorescent lighting, leight filters, steel, Perspex, electrical components, 270 x 380 x 380cm. Photo: Rèmi Chauvin. From Shotgun 9: The clouds have cameras, 2021.


CAT’s engagement and public programs are developed to encourage debate, dialogue and thinking around contemporary art and practice. These programs encompass artist and curator talks, discussion events, education initiatives, symposia, conferences, screenings, workshops and project specific events.

Also within the suite of engagement offerings is CAT’s Digital Program, which includes a podcast, What are you looking at? and a writing project, Journal. Digital Programs expand on concepts from the annual program, and explore current issues from the wider arts ecology.

Image: Shared space/ Shared house/ Co-existence, public program hosted by Frontyard (NSW) at CAT, 2022. Presented as part of HOME|LAND. Photo: Cassie Sullivan.


Constellations is a new series of education and development sessions initiated in response to the shifting expectations, knowledge and skill requirements of artists.

Image: Jim Everett puralia meenamatta presenting at the Bendable Posable Artist Action series of talks as part of the Constellations program, 2022. Photo: Cassie Sullivan.


CAT is home to four fully-supported studios for artists based in Lutruwita/Tasmania. As the only supported opportunity of its kind in the state, the residency gives artists the space to experiment with their practice and grow their professional careers. In 2021 CAT relaunched the residency with a new model, integrating studio practice with other CAT programs, offering further opportunity for professional development, presentation and engaged feedback with visiting professionals.

Image: Andy Hutson, CAT studio resident 2020-21. Photo: Rémi Chauvin


Earth is a long-form project bringing Aboriginal culture, Tasmanian soil science and artists together to create an emergent work that reveals the deep history and complex material substance of one of Tasmania’s most significant sites, the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens.

Image: Conversation held at RTBG August 2022. Participants: Theresa Sainty, Tony Brown, Martin Moroni, Richard Doyle, Mark Fountain, Grace Gamage, Natalie Tapson, David Reid, Michael Edwards and Lucy Bleach. Photo: Peter Mathew


The CAT touring program supports a range of curators, artists and public galleries to develop and present touring exhibitions of contemporary art in Tasmania and across Australia.

To companion a companion comprises a series of major contemporary artworks by Fernando do Campo that can be reconfigured to respond in part to local birdlife and introduced species of the surrounding location of each venue.

Image: The Kookaburra Self-Relocation Project (WHOSLAUGHINGJACKASS), performance, mixed textile objects, costumes and banners, 45-60 minutes. A place-based component from the To companion a companion suite of touring works. Photo: Shan Turner-Carroll

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