Art is woven into the history of Hadley’s Orient Hotel. The idea of the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart was born on the ninetieth anniversary of John Eldershaw’s exhibition of landscape paintings at the hotel.
Hadley’s Orient Hotel, which dates back to 1834, has a rich history interwoven with art, most notably landscape paintings. Appropriately, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is once again establishing the hotel’s strong artistic links and place in our cultural landscape.
One of the early landlords of this grand historic hotel – John Clay Hadley – was a passionate collector. His son, Howard Hadley, also collected art and was a landscape painter who won an Art Society of Tasmania prize for his scene of Mt Wellington from Risdon Road in 1895. This period was a dynamic time for Tasmanian Art and by the 1920s and 30s Hadley’s Orient Hotel’s reputation as a cultural hub grew even more as it became a meeting place for the Art Society of Tasmania.
Throughout its early history, Hadley’s Orient Hotel hosted a number of important art exhibitions, especially those featuring landscapes.