The Henry Jones Art Hotel is housed in Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses. Our history and the days of Old Wharf dating back to 1823 are firmly part of our hotel’s present. We invite you to learn more about those who shaped the region and how art is weaved into the fabric of our Henry Jones narrative. We are not simply a place to rest your head, but a hotel of rich colour and creativity, one that is grounded in place.

LOCAL TASMANIAN ARTISTS

Our hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel. We exhibit original contemporary artworks by emerging and established Tasmanian artists. This isn’t your typical hotel art, but handpicked for its authenticity and sense of place. Some pieces may challenge, others delight.

Art is an intrinsic part of The Henry Jones experience, environment and culture. It’s prolific – some 400 artworks on display. Works are exhibited in public spaces, The Packing Room Gallery, Guest Lounge, Art Installation Suite, IXL Long Bar, Landscape Restaurant and Grill and in every room and suite.

The works that you’ll encounter include pieces by graduates from the School of Creative Arts and Media, independent practitioners and artists represented by some of Hobart’s leading commercial galleries. The collection includes original paintings, prints, works on paper, photo media, sculpture and design.

Most of the artworks are for sale. Be tempted by our entire range listed in our Art Catalogue for online viewing. Stay in touch with our latest edition of Art News and join our Facebook page to receive updates.

The Henry Jones Art Prize

The $20,000 Henry Jones Art Prize aims to showcase exciting new work from Tasmania’s finest rising contemporary artists, something that The Henry Jones Art Hotel has long been passionate about.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase artworks and vote for their favourite, with the artist of the most popular work receiving a $1,000 voucher  prize thanks to Artery. There will also be a Packing Room Prize, chosen by the hanging team, providing one lucky artist with a $750 framing voucher thanks to Just Frames.

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Art & History Tours

Staying at The Henry Jones Art Hotel is a little like staying in an art gallery. After all, there’s up to 400 pieces of Tasmanian art on display, all available for purchase. Our Art and History Tour gives you the opportunity to experience our art collection in more depth, and to share in the stories of The Henry Jones site and those who shaped its past.

Hosted by our knowledgeable Guest & History Liaison, Greg Ball, the tour explores the corridors of our hotel, explaining contexts of artworks and the deep history etched in the fabric of our heritage buildings. Learn the industry beginnings of The Henry Jones to its place as a contemporary art hotel. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as the narrative of the site and its art unfolds.

The Henry Jones Art & History tours commence 4pm daily from reception. Tours are complimentary for in-house guests and $20 per person for external guests. Bookings are essential. Please call Concierge on +61 3 6210 7700 or email the Hotel for more information.

*Tour departures may be subject to change. Please check with our Concierge at time of booking.

Henry Jones Online Art Catalogue

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

We welcome Jeewan Suwal to the hotel this month, as our Artist in Residence.

Suwal’s paintings are intimately concerned with psychological and emotional aspects of place.  And he usually uses acrylic paint as his medium to paint. In his painting, he aims to explore personal thought, emotion and mobility through psychogeography to trace his experiences of sense of place and placelessness. He seeks to examine the importance of the concept of drift from psychogeographer eyes experimenting and exploring space in paintings. He explores the ways that painting can be used to combine memories of home, new experiences in new place and an overall sense of place that is not tied to just one location.

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Art Class & Studio Tour with Corrine Costello

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for you to explore life inside a professional artist’s studio and create your own artwork.

Local artist, Corinne Costello, will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you on a 20-minute stroll to her upstairs innercity studio to provide an unforgettable, hands-on artist experience. There you can observe her works, both complete and in progress, as she offers insights into the appreciation and interpretation of abstract styles and techniques. With a BFA with Honours and Postgraduate degree in Old Masters Painting Techniques, Corinne is perfectly qualified to help you roll up your sleeves and have a go at creating your own artwork to take home with you.

Bookings are essential for this exclusive experience. Corinne’s tours depart Thursdays and Fridays from the hotel lobby at 3pm and finish at her studio at about 5:30pm. Minimum booking is 2 adults and no more than 6 adults unless by prior appointment. Cost $150 per person. Enquiries and bookings via hotel reception.

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Events

Current exhibition

Ange Cooper: Northwest to Southeast

August – October 2021

Ange Cooper has been exploring areas of Tasmania for many years. Containers, shacks, and stationary buses are just some of the interesting accommodation choices for Ange.

Her primary media are painting and woodcut and, while her paintings are rich in expressive colour, her black and white woodcuts also have a strong painterly quality. As an artist drawn to the landscape, Ange’s intense reaction to a place or objects in nature results in artworks that reflect her unique vision and way of looking at her environment and the strong connection she has with her subject matter.

Please join us on opening night for drinks with the artists: 5:30 – 6:30pm, Friday 20th August 2021.

Please note that current Tasmanian Government COVID restrictions for gatherings, density and social distancing will be in place.

Location: The Packing Room, IXL Atrium (25 Hunter Street, Hobart)

The exhibition will be open week days 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am- 5pm, 21st August – October 2021

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Penny Ruthberg: Suspended Reality

June – August 2021

Penny Ruthberg has developed this body of work as a response to the coronavirus pandemic and media reports revealing that during 2020, Australian animal shelters had a surge in dog adoptions. The drawings and ceramics in Penny’s exhibition capture the experience of physical and psychological isolation. Her work echoes the sensation of being caught in limbo and feelings of vulnerability. The exhibition also explores the tension during lockdown between physical distancing and the need for companionship.

Location: The Packing Room, IXL Atrium (25 Hunter Street, Hobart)

The exhibition will be open week days 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am- 5pm, 12th June – August 2021


OUR HISTORY

In the early morning of Sunday, 19th February 1804, Lieutenant Governor David Collins and the Reverend Robert Knopwood stepped from a rowing boat onto the shore of Hunter Island, in a remote corner of Van Diemen’s Land. The beautiful, forested bay they had entered had for thousands of years been a traditional food gathering area for the indigenous Muwinina band of Tasmanian Aborigines. But the arrival of the two men on that hot summer’s morning marked a new era of change for the island—the settlement of Hobart.

Hunter Island was the ideal secure location for storing goods and supplies for the new settlement. A building and small wharf were soon built and the newly named Sullivan’s Cove became a station for military personnel, convicts and supply stores. The settlement grew rapidly, fed by thriving whaling and sealing industries and a steady supply of convict labour.

Development on Hunter Island quickly expanded. In 1820, a causeway was constructed to connect the island to the Tasmanian mainland. Factories, storehouses and dwellings emerged and over the next 15 years, the area experienced a huge turnover of businesses.

But in the 1830s, a severe depression hit the area hard. The whaling industry had collapsed, a new wharf had been constructed across the bay (at what is now Salamanca Place) and the Old Wharf and nearby Wapping residential area was gripped by poverty and misery. The rivulet that supplied Wapping with fresh water had become contaminated by pollution from factories and slaughterhouses. Disease was rampant, and the area was prone to flooding, adding to the wretchedness of the inhabitants. Slums proliferated and the buildings of Old Wharf fell into disrepair. The Old Wharf, with its brothels, taverns and nefarious activities, developed a reputation for wickedness.

But in 1869, businessman George Peacock moved his successful jam making business to newly acquired warehouses on Old Wharf—the best location in Hobart for exporting produce. Peacock Jams were in high demand, and the shrewd businessman had a vision and determination to expand his flourishing business.

At 12 years of age, Henry Jones presented himself for his first day of work at George Peacock’s jam factory – his first and only employer. From humble beginnings, working ten hours a day, six days a week, sticking labels to jam tins, Henry would rise through the ranks of the expanding Peacock empire to eventually take over the business that would one day bear his name—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL Jams.

FEDERAL GROUP TOURISM HOTELS

For more than 60 years, the Federal Group have played a significant role within the Tasmanian community. Today, they provide jobs for over 2,000 Tasmanians. The group continue to invest heavily in the State’s hotel and tourism industry including Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Saffire Freycinet and MACq 01 Hotel.

As with The Henry Jones Art Hotel, each property delivers an undeniable connection to place as well as service excellence. Wrest Point became an Australian first in 1973. Upon its opening, visitors flocked to Sandy Bay to experience the nation’s first legal casino.

Saffire Freycinet adds a new level of luxe to Tasmania’s East Coast with its signature experiences and superior architecture while MACq 01 became the country’s first storytelling hotel, opening in 2017. MACq 01 sits as our closest neighbour here at Henry Jones with 114 rooms depicting the story of Tasmanian characters.