Tasmanian Association of Recreational Artists Inc.


The Tasmanian Association of Recreational Artists (TARA) is a non-profit community based organisation that aims to:

  • provide a low cost opportunity for recreational and developing artists to exhibit and sell their works;
  • encourage members in their artistic endeavours; and
  • conduct sustainable exhibitions and sales to promote and enrich community involvement in and appreciation of art.


Our group creates artworks in a range of media; for example watercolour, oil, acrylic, gouache, pastel, printmaking, digital art and collage.


TARA originally started in 1992, under a different name, with the aim of giving non-professional artists the chance to exhibit and sell their work. From the beginning exhibitions were held in the Battery Point Community Hall, but eventually a space for exhibitions was used in the old Walsh’s Art Shop in Macquarie Street, Hobart.


Once the building was sold, exhibiting there ceased. By then, the association was known as Hobby Artists of Tasmania Inc.  Exhibitions continued every year in the Battery Point Community Hall and an Autumn/Winter exhibition ran for a number of years in the Long Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre.


In the past couple of years, due to costs associated with the use of the Long Gallery, the association has once again focussed on their annual December Exhibition at the Battery Point Community Hall.


The committee, headed by current President Bruce Edwards, is composed of volunteers, and all members contribute their time to keeping the exhibition open by sitting at least two sessions to supervise the gallery and manage sales of members’ works.


In response to changing times, the association became TARA at the end of 2014, and is expanding the use of social media, widening of its membership base and extending member services. The aims of the organisation remain to bring participation in, and enjoyment and appreciation of art to a wider audience.


You can check out our Constitution here.