Seeing Voices to open at University of Tasmania

Seeing Voices, an exhibition that explores how the voice is visualised in contemporary art opens at Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania on Saturday 15th December until Sunday 27th January.

A collaboration between NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art I MUMA, the exhibition uses the Monash University Collection as a springboard for thinking through the voice. The exhibition encompasses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video, and a live performance with each iteration of the exhibition.

In the exhibition, the voice might act as a metaphor for collective action, for speaking out against injustice and coming together in gestures of solidarity. It can be a marker of cultural and geographic specificity or the trace of disappearing language. It may also function like a spiritual medium; through its historical recording and archiving it time-travels to haunt the present. The voice is also an index, a measure of position, perspective, distance and emotion. In private, in public, in conversation, on record – the voice connects our experiences with those of others.

In addition to artworks selected from the Monash University Collection, Seeing voices features loans from Australian and international artists.

Monash University Museum of Art I MUMA was a recipient of NETS Victoria’s 2015 Exhibition Development Fund. The annual exhibition development fund supports the Victorian arts sector with grants of up to $10,000 to Victorian arts organisations who wish to develop new exhibitions of contemporary art, craft or design with the potential to tour.

Plimsoll Gallery is the fifth venue to exhibit Seeing voices in a national two-year tour.


Opening event:

Friday 14 December, 5:30 –7:30pm

Exhibition Tour Partners

15 December – 27 January, 2019

A NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA touring exhibition


Image caption: Michael Cook



National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of