Millionaire art provocateur and professional gambler David Walsh has officially unveiled his grand expansion vision for his Hobart art gallery MONA.
HOtel MOna features:
- Hotel rooms “elevated above the Derwent River” in inverted suspension bridge structure
- A “private, members-only, high-limits, poker machine-free (casino) for non-Tasmanians, designed as an ‘anti casino'”
- Three-level library holding “David Walsh’s large and expanding collection of rare books and manuscripts”
- Spa treatment centre “that’s hard to describe because we haven’t figured it out yet”
- Outdoor stage and amphitheatre with “children’s sculpture and an expansive playground”
- 1,075-seat indoor theatre for “a range of performances including music, circus, dance, plays, musicals, speech nights, school concerts, cinema, comedy, conferences, business launches and events”
- 1,000-capacity function and events centre for “AGM-style events, product exhibitions, conventions and performances”
- Access to HOMO “will be encouraged by water with the hotel entry integrated with the ferry terminal”
Mr Walsh, the founder of the Museum Of Old And New Art (MONA), also flagged a move north for the annual Festival Of Music and Art (FOMA) event, which will in future be held in Launceston — if the Government agrees to help finance the shift.