Pics on the Rig

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania, in partnership with the May Queen Trust and supported by the Hobart City Council is proud to present Pics on the Rig.

Supported by the Hobart City Council and in partnership with the May Queen Trust Pics on the Rig is a new outdoor projection program located at Constitution Dock on Hobart’s historic waterfront featuring contemporary projection works, historic footage and imagery celebrating Tasmania’s maritime history and heritage.

Projected onto a ‘sail’ screen rigged aboard Australia’s oldest floating vessel, May Queen located at Constitution Dock, the inaugural programme begins with Ice Blink: Ahoy! by Tasmanian Antarctic expeditioners Miranda Nieboer and Frederique Olivier, alongside exclusive footage supplied by the Australian Antarctic Division.

Engaging with the experience of travelling to Antarctica by sea Nieboer and Olivier’s short film plays with perception, disturbance, navigation and distance. Featured alongside close-up historical footage from the Australian Antarctic Program of the icebreaker Aurora Australis, Pics on the Rig explores the link between the port city of Hobart and the icy continent via the Southern Ocean and shipping.

Following the retirement of the long-serving Aurora Australis, the Australian Antarctic Program looks forward to the arrival of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina to its home port of Hobart next year.

Pics on the Rig begins a new chapter for the Museum as it faces the challenges of CoVID-19. The outdoor programme enables people to safely enjoy the historic Hobart waterfront and provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to engage with the Museum while the building remains closed.

Rug up, grab some fish and chips, a thermos of hot milo and come see amazing vision of the seaward journey south. Pics on the Rig will be showing nightly at Constitution Dock (adjacent the Waterside Pavilion, cnr of Morrison and Davey Streets).


Nightly screenings (subject to weather) - check back here for weather & screening updates.


Program consists of 4 short duration films on a contiunual loop. Total duration is approx 20 mins.

6:00 – 9:00pm

4 Sep – 16 Nov