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Corporate Art Scheme

Image credit: SCAPE - Photograph by Jonathan Wherrett

The Corporate Art Scheme focuses on the commissioning of world-class artworks for a range of clients including local and federal governments and private developers. It works to promote a diverse, dynamic and creative culture through its business relationships with leading artists and corporate clients.

These clients understand that public art commissions increase their corporate reputation, enhance their marketing and branding, networking and community engagement, and improve Tasmania's cultural landscape. They also recognise that innovative, creative and animated spaces have a competitive economic edge and enhance social interaction and quality of life. It builds these clients’ reputations and acknowledges that corporate success relies on creativity and innovation. The resulting artworks stimulate community engagement with civic culture, nurture a sense of place, inform our identity as Tasmanians and develop cultural expression.

Arts Tasmania charges a project management fee that covers all aspects of the commissioning process from the initial conversation with the client through to the handover of the installed artwork. This fee is set at 15 per cent of the total artwork commission budget, with a minimum artwork budget of $10 000 excluding GST per project.

How do I find out about projects?

Corporate Art Scheme commissions are advertised alongside commissions for the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme:

  • on the website
  • in the fortnightly arts-e newsbyte which is also packed with employment, funding, profile and development opportunities;  and
  • in the monthly public art newsletter which profiles current, upcoming and completed commissions as well as projects in progress along with hints and tips for public art commissions, and other useful links.

Click here to register and manage your subscriptions.

Updates and reminders are also posted on the Arts Tasmania Facebook page, like us on Facebook to receive regular updates in your newsfeed.

Am I eligible to apply?

Professional contemporary arts practitioners from Tasmania and from interstate are eligible to apply for Corporate Art Scheme commissions. Collaboration between Tasmania artists and national or international artists are particularly encouraged.

Arts Tasmania considers contemporary practitioners to be those who give voice to current theoretical arts practice and reflect the values and/or issues of our time.

What kind of artwork is appropriate?

The Corporate Art Scheme commissions artworks of the highest professional standard across a wide range of disciplines. Recently commissioned artworks include installations, 2D works and sculpture. Works must be contemporary and should be tailored to the site and client, responding to the Artist’s Brief.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for a commission, artists should download the Artist’s Brief which can be found by clicking on the link in the Applications now open for these commissions section of the public art landing page. The requirements for artists undertaking a Corporate Art Scheme commission are similar to those of Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme commissions. Accordingly artists should familiarise themselves with these requirements by reading the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme Artist’s Handbook.

You must then complete the application available from the relevant commission in the Applications now open for these commissions section of the landing page. An application includes a written response to the brief, project concepts, good quality images of recent work and resumes for all key artists proposed for the commission.

If the selection panel cannot make a selection on the basis of initial expressions of interest, two or three artists may be invited to submit a more detailed proposal with drawings or models, in which case a shortlisting fee may be paid.

You should develop a preliminary budget to ensure that your ideas can be realised within the commission budget prior to submitting your application. You may also wish to conduct a risk assessment of your proposed commission prior to submitting your application to ensure that all risks have been considered and that they do not impact on your ability to realise the proposed artwork. To assist you there is a Risk Management template here.

How are artists selected?

Applications are assessed against the stated selection criteria by a selection committee. The representatives of selection committees vary from commission to commission and from client to client.

Where can I see some examples of previous commissions?

Visit the public art gallery to see some examples of the public artworks that have been completed during the extensive history of the public art program in Tasmania. These works are a mix of commissions under the Corporate Art Scheme and the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.

Public Art Officers

There are Public Art Officers in both Hobart and Launceston. They are a useful source of information and can provide advice on your submission and we recommend you seek advice from them before submitting your Expression of Interest. Due to the number of commissions managed by the Public Art Officers, there is great demand for their time and therefore contact time with them is limited so think about the kinds of questions you may have and the issues you wish to discuss before making contact.

If you are commissioned to create a public artwork the Public Art Officers will also support you as you go through the process.

Please note that Arts Tasmania will not contact you to redress errors in applications or support material. Applications and support material are assessed as they have been submitted.

The Public Art Officers are interested in your work so remember to send them an invitation, catalogue and press release if you have an upcoming exhibition. This will help them familiarise themselves with your work. If you are a recent art school graduate, or a professional contemporary artist new to Tasmania, please contact a Public Art Officer on (03) 6165 6666 to show them your portfolio or arrange a studio visit.


Image credit: SCAPE - Photograph by Jonathan Wherrett