RGIT Australia Hobart Campus General English (ELICOS) students and their teacher had an unforgettable time on a recent excursion to MONA - Museum of New and Old Art on Wednesday, 29 August, 2018. Not knowing what to expect at a contemporary museum, this excursion left students smiling and amazed at the experience.
Located on the Berriedale Peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, MONA is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum was first established in 2009 by professional gambler and art collector, David Walsh. With its unique underground labyrinths, mind-altering artwork, and tales of celebrity sightings, MONA has quickly become one of the coolest and most popular sightseeing attractions in Hobart.
RGIT Australia’s subsidised excursion to MONA saw students travel on the designer catamaran up the Derwent River, giving them unique views of the picturesque Mount Wellington and river coastline. The 30-minute return ferry ride alone was a lot of fun, with its unusual sheep chairs and designer artwork. When students arrived at MONA’s jetty, students were surprised to learn that MONA building itself is actually located deep underground rather than above land.
Once inside MONA, students were able to freely discover the ancient and contemporary artwork. As none of the artwork has labels all guests at MONA are given an iPod guide with headphones, which explains the surrounding space and artwork. Students thoroughly enjoyed being able to independently learn about their favourite art installations. We left MONA after lunch and returned back by ferry. Once we arrived back at the RGIT Hobart campus students were still buzzing about their experience and look forward to visiting there again.