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Organisations Investment Program 2016

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced more than $2.2 million of grants through Arts Tasmania's Organisations Investment Program 2016.

Feedback from the Organisations Investment Panel

Application to the Organisations Investment Program was by invitation only, as a result of Expressions of Interest process assessed by artform-specific peers. The panel noted the high standard of most of the applications, and found assessment challenging as the applications fell generally in very narrow band.

The panel noted that a number of applications demonstrated encouraging and adventurous programing and a good amount of local content.

The panel reminded applicants not to exceed character or page limits. Excessive information in applications detracts from the quality of submissions. The panel asked applicants to communicate clearly and avoid using jargon. As full applications are assessed by a multi-artform panel, applications should be pitched to a general rather than specialist audience.

The most important information should be communicated clearly and early in an application. If organisations included details in business and marketing plans as attachments, the panel encouraged them to summarise key points in the online application form in future.

The panel noted that some applications had been submitted without being proofread, and suggested that this would work against applicants in highly competitive funding rounds.

The panel observed that a number of application budgets contained errors or showed a lack of realistic budgeting or costing. These budgets did not stand up to close scrutiny.

While recognising that a number of organisations were facing a degree of financial uncertainty due to funding arrangements at a federal level, the panel encouraged applicants to diversify sources of funding in their budgets.

The panel noted the lack of strong applications from music organisations and encouraged music organisations to consider applying. The panel has recommended the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board look at strategies for increasing support to the music sector.

ORGANISATIONS INVESTMENT PROGRAM 2016

Community arts and cultural development

BIG hART Inc.
Partner Arts Organisations
$118 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Big hART Inc. will receive investment over a four year period (2016–2019) to develop and deliver a diverse range of community arts projects on Tasmania's North West coast. The organisation will work with professional artists, arts workers and members of regional communities to create works for presentation locally and nationally.

Interweave Arts Association Inc.
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$40 000 for 2016

Interweave Arts Inc. is a no-profit professional arts organisation based in Launceston that supports people experiencing disability and disadvantage to realise their full potential through artistic collaboration. In its 2016 program interweave will provide access, participation, engagement and professional development opportunities through a series of high-profile arts projects/events for people experiencing disability and disadvantage to collaborate with state, national and internationally-recognised artists/companies.

Tasmanian Regional Arts Inc.
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$75 000 for 2016

Tasmanian Regional Arts, Tasmania's peak body for regional arts, will receive investment towards its annual program for 2016. Tasmanian Regional Arts will work with its branches across the state to undertake community arts projects with a contemporary twist.

Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$46 000 for 2016

The biennial Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival aims to deliver unique creative experiences to artists and audiences on Tasmania's remote West Coast. Arts Tasmania will provide investment towards components of the Festival's 2016 artistic program, assisting with the development and delivery of new works by local and visiting artists.

Performing arts and performing arts venues

Blue Cow Theatre Inc.
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$124 883 for 2016

Hobart theatre company Blue Cow Theatre Inc. has been awarded investment towards its annual program for 2016. The program will have a strong emphasis on Tasmanian content and provide valuable professional development opportunities for Tasmanian performers and playwrights.

Burnie City Council (Burnie Arts & Function Centre)
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$20 000 for 2016

The Burnie Arts & Function Centre will receive investment towards its 2016 Subscription Season. The 2016 Subscription Season promises a diverse program for local audiences that includes drama, comedy, children's theatre, music, dance, opera and multi-disciplinary work. The season also has a focus on promoting new Tasmanian work.

Performing Lines Limited (Tasmania Performs)
Partner Arts Organisations
$200 000 per annum (2016 & 2017)

Tasmania Performs aims to provide targeted professional development opportunities for Tasmanians working in the performing arts, whilst developing audiences across the state. Arts Tasmania will provide investment in 2016 and 2017 to enable the organisation to produce and tour works locally and interstate.

Second Echo Ensemble
Invested Arts Organisations – Projects
$35 000 for 2016

Second Echo Ensemble, a Hobart-based performance group with a focus on integration and diversity, has been awarded investment towards presenting its most ambitious work – The Rite of Spring – in 2016.

Stompin
Partner Arts Organisations
$89 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Northern youth dance company Stompin has been awarded investment over a four year period (2016–2019). During this time, Stompin will partner young people with professional dancers to develop and present new contemporary dance works for audiences across Tasmania.

Tasdance
Partner Arts Organisations
$250 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Tasdance works collaboratively to create new contemporary dance works to tour locally and nationally. Arts Tasmania will provide investment over four years (2016–2019) to enable the organisation to undertake a diverse program of activities each year, including offering important professional development opportunities for emerging contemporary dancers from across Australia.

Tasmanian Theatre Company
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$115 000 for 2016

The Tasmanian Theatre Company has been awarded investment towards its annual program for 2016. The annual program will offer a variety of experiences for audiences, including a return season of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the premier of site-specific work The Tree Widows by Alana Valentine. The Tasmanian Theatre Company's 2016 annual program will also offer strong opportunities for professional artists.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre Ltd.
Partner Arts Organisations

$210 000 per annum (2016 & 2017) & $140 000 per annum (2018 & 2019)

Terrapin Puppet Theatre Ltd. will receive investment over a four year period (2016–2019) to develop, present and tour a range of new and existing works developed in collaboration with independent artists and ensembles. The organisation will engage with audiences across the state by presenting works in performing arts venues and schools, and by developing interactive productions for public spaces.

Theatre North
Partner Arts Organisations
$150 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Theatre North presents a diverse annual subscription season of performing arts productions to audiences in the state's north. Arts Tasmania's investment for four years (2016–2019) will assist Theatre North with the delivery of its annual subscription season, housed in the Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre.

The Theatre Royal Management Board (The Theatre Royal)
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$150 000 for 2016

The Theatre Royal will receive investment towards its 2016 subscription season. The 2016 season aims to stimulate and engage a range of audiences through a mix of traditional and contemporary productions. The Theatre Royal's 2016 season will allow audiences to access a variety of performing arts productions by both established and emerging companies from across Australia.

Visual arts, craft and design

Contemporary Art Tasmania
Partner Arts Organisations
$200 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Contemporary Art Tasmania has been awarded investment towards delivering a broad program of activities, including professional development programs and touring exhibitions, over four years (2016–2019). During this time the organisation will actively develop audiences, with an emphasis on increasing accessibility, visibility and community engagement across the state.

Design Tasmania
Partner Arts Organisations
$103 200 per annum (2016 & 2017)

Design Tasmania, based in Launceston, will receive investment in 2016 and 2017 towards diverse annual programs of exhibitions and events with a focus on raising the profile and increasingly the capacity of the design industry in Tasmania.

Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP)
Invested Arts Organisations – Programs
$74 200 for 2016

GASP will receive investment towards delivering its artistic program in 2016. The program will feature a diverse range of site-specific commissions by leading Tasmanian and Australian artists, developed in partnership with the local community.

Sawtooth ARI Inc.
Partner Arts Organisations
$55 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Sawtooth ARI Inc., an artist run initiative in Launceston, has been awarded investment of over a four year period (2016–2019) towards delivering annual programs of contemporary, experimental and emergent art forms for audiences in Northern Tasmania. The organisation will continue to provide valuable opportunities for local artists, curators and writers as part of its broader annual program of workshops, forums and events.

Writing

The Australian Script Centre
Partner Arts Organisations
$52 000 per annum (2016–2019)

The Australian Script Centre, a national organisation based in Hobart, will receive investment over a four year period towards collecting, curating, publishing and promoting the works of Australian playwrights.

Island Magazine Inc.
Partner Arts Organisations
$100 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Island Magazine has been awarded investment over a four year period (2016–2019) to promote literature to a broad audience through the curation, publication and distribution of its quarterly literary magazine.

Tasmanian Poetry Festival
Partner Arts Organisations
$7 000 per annum (2016–2019)

Arts Tasmania will provide investment for four years (2016–2019) towards the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival. The festival presents a varied program of poetry and spoken word to attendees from across the state.

The Tasmanian Writers' Centre Inc.
Invested Arts Organisations - Programs
$120 000 for 2016

The Tasmanian Writers' Centre will receive investment towards delivering its annual program of activities in 2016. The organisation will provide opportunities, information and advice for emerging and established writers through workshops, residencies and mentorships.