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Arts Tasmania Vision Statement

Our vision is a robust, diverse, vibrant arts sector in Tasmania which is valued by Tasmanians and which is nationally and internationally recognised. A Tasmania where all communities are artistically vibrant places with rich and varied creative opportunities. Communities where the arts are collaborative, accessible and inclusive to all.

We envision a society where the arts are not spoken about in isolation, but as an in integral part of each individual’s life; and are accepted as an integral part of the whole social and economic fabric of Tasmania. A place where young people are encouraged to be active in the arts and the education system embeds this in its curriculum. Where equity of access and social inclusion in the arts are the norm, not the exception. And excellence and talent is nurtured and celebrated.

Tasmania’s unique cultural identity, built on its natural environment, geographic location and demographic points of difference, will thrive and grow. Tasmania will be an island of ideas, where fertile minds will be attracted to embrace and engage and even envy our unique lifestyle.

Tasmanians will recognise, reward and celebrate artists, arts organisations and cultural heritage as unique, high quality and relevant. Tasmania will be internationally recognised as innovative and successful in its strategic arts collaborations, niche markets and products, led by MONA and the TMAG redevelopment. Tasmania’s arts organisations will be viable, growing, dynamic and relevant.

The arts and cultural sector will be a key component of Tasmania’s competitive advantage in innovation, economic and social strategies. Utilising the arts as an instrument for social change and also a part of a population and attraction strategy is an important element in branding and realising Tasmania as an attractive place to live, work, study, invest and visit. Tasmania will become a global “smart spot” – a place where our rich cultural life, combined with educational and scientific institutions, meshes with our unique physical environment to attract more artists, entrepreneurs and niche industries – the “creative economy”.

Cultural tourism will be a key growth market, just as wilderness and food tourism is today – and these things will be collaboratively and seamlessly interlinked. Tasmania’s unique island identity will continue to be reflected in its arts and showcased through national and international cultural exchange. Tasmanian Aboriginal arts will be recognised, preserved, developed, treasured and shared broadly and proudly across Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities globally.

Artists will be supported in the first mover advantage of new technology through the digital futures strategy, building creative content and new commercialisation opportunities that attract artists and visitors alike to Tasmania – both in the physical and virtual sense. The energy of this creative sector will be harnessed to drive Tasmania’s economy and deliver real, sustainable dividends to artists.

Collaboration and maximising the benefits of Tasmania’s size and resources in the arts will see active infrastructure such as collectives, hubs, cultural precincts that support active engagement with the arts and artists. There will also be improved and increased physical infrastructure – the buildings that house the arts and promote their visibility; and the mechanisms that take the arts to the market, such as the NBN.

Tasmania will have a plethora of high quality public art – physical, virtual, ephemeral. Art will be on our streets, online, in every community. It will be in common spaces and places, surprising, engaging, provocative, relevant, transient. Public art will be immersed in every-day life as an omnipresent feature of all the environments in which Tasmanians and visitors work, play and live. Engagement with the arts will be active, not passive, as more and more Gen Zs are creating their own artistic expression.

Partnerships between government, the corporate sector, philanthropists, collectives, artists and organisations will ensure collaboration, exchange, and an internationally enviable hub of ideas, creativity and strategy. Through such partnerships, the arts will be allocated resources and funding that equals the value of their contribution to Tasmania’s unique cultural identity.

This will include new models of funding and support for the arts and culture from the public and private sectors, philanthropists, audiences and the industry. Funding key infrastructure and iconic organisations will be weighed against funding individual artists and ideas – the funding mix will not be static. Tasmania will be part of national and international moves to develop funding models that encourage innovation, sustainable practice and effective cultural enterprises. Tasmania’s unique capacity to work collaboratively in a small environment will enable new models to be tested and evaluated in the arts sector as pilots for national and international change.

Our vision will be realised through support, facilitation, advocacy, capacity building across government, the arts sector and the Tasmanian community. It can only be realised through sustained investment in artistic excellence; integrating the arts in education; and placing the arts and artists prominently in our physical, social, geographic, spiritual and economic environments.