Every five years – for the last 15 – the City of Hobart Art Prize affords the ceramic medium a moment in the sun, and 2015, my first back home for a decade or so, was one such year. Still grappling with reverse culture shock, I ventured into the newly revamped Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to view the exhibition. Not only has the entrance been moved and dinosaur skeleton relocated to the reception veranda but the various galleries in the sandstone warren have also been shuffled. I was lost in a\ space once familiar. So, like many of the tourists that drift this far south, I inquired as to the whereabouts of the art prize exhibition and was duly directed past the blue carpet.
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