About the TMAGgots
The TMAGgots strive to achieve something quite broad and intangible - a sense of belonging for our members and supporters in their community and in the broader cultural environment of Hobart.
We want people to feel invigorated by what they experience at the TMAG, and inspired and informed by their TMAGgots encounters, both at the Museum and elsewhere.
We also seek to make a difference in whatever small way we can. Wherever possible we support young local artists and musicians through our events, we use kick-ass local caterers and we try to print all TMAGgots materials on 100% Australian made recycled paper.
As a card-carrying Financial Member you have access to special events & offers during the year. You can also get a 10% discount on purchases at the Museum Cafe & the TMAG shop, & concession rate tickets at the Playhouse Theatre in Bathurst Street for their season productions. You just need to present your member card. Easy !
What's with the name?
We love a good pun and after all what is wrong with the maggot anyway? Maggots have been used medicinally since the 16th century as they are spectacularly good at cleaning wounds and leaving behind the healthy, fresh skin. It's called Maggot Therapy and coincidentally, it is said that as a maggot crawls over your skin it gives you a very gentle and therapeutic massage. We suggest that perhaps we are working a bit of our own Maggot Therapy with the TMAGgots, by helping to eat away at the notions some people have that museums and similar places are disconnected from and not relevant to younger audiences. We hope to gradually reveal a fresher and stronger museum and entice people to explore hidden Hobart.
Great stuff we do
The TMAGgots are a small not-for-profit organisation and channel our funds back into shaping unique events for all culture vultures to enjoy.
We do this by providing free or subsidised events, making charitable donations (such as from our annual Quiz Night), purchasing goods or infrastructure that supports our relationship with and work of TMAG, or purchasing artwork for the wider community to enjoy.
In 2011 the TMAGgots purchased and presented to TMAG James Newitt's If They Fall (2010). This was the first high definition artwork to enter the TMAG collection.
Click on the image below to see this powerful piece on TMAG's online exhibition "Shaping Tasmania."