Who We Are


Our place

The Tasmanian West Coast community inhabits a big, contradictory landscape. Imposing mountain ranges are plumbed for riches; biblical rains feed hydro-electric generators that power Tasmania. Mines abut world heritage areas; in Queenstown, kids chase footballs down our dead, sulphur-stained river. Grass football fields? We do gravel. Boom and bust, acceptance and rejection, risk and conservatism, hope and despair lie in the bones of our landscape and our history.

The Unconformity has emerged from this uncompromising environment as a cultural organisation that is fundamentally of its place.

Our unique proposition is to be a cultural conduit into western Tasmania—a place hard to get to and harder to engage—by mining a new cultural commodity with the spirit of independence, boldness, risk and adventure that is melded to our region’s DNA.

The Unconformity acknowledges First Nation people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.

What we do

Working with a range of community, corporate, artistic and Government partners, we develop and deliver:

The Unconformity biennial contemporary art festival;

A range of arts-led cultural development, tourism and education projects that seek to redefine the future of our region.

Festival venues

  • Town Centre, corner Orr and McNamara St
  • Crib Lane, Little Orr St
  • The Paragon Theatre, 11 McNamara St
  • 20 Orr St
  • Queenstown Medical Union, 25 Cutten St
  • CWA Hall, 35 Cutten St
  • Cutten St Playground
  • West Coast Wilderness Railway and Tracks Cafe
  • Q Bank Gallery, 37 Orr St
  • QBar, 33 Orr St
  • Old Larq Gallery, 8 Hunter St
  • Old Evans Store, 24 Stitcht St
  • Galley Museum, 1/7 Driffield St
  • Scout Hall, 15 Bowes St
  • Queen River Footbridge
  • Passion Park, on The Esplanade
  • Penghana House, 32 Esplanade
  • Old Limestone Quarry, 9 Penghana Rd
  • Football Ground