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Museums and collections

Arts Tasmania is responsible for the State Government's programs for movable cultural heritage, including the Cultural Heritage Program and the Roving Curator Program. Arts Tasmania also provides representation on national bodies promoting better management of our movable cultural heritage.

Cultural Heritage Program

The Cultural Heritage Program supports museums, galleries and collections to deliver a range of high quality cultural heritage activities that strengthen Tasmania's robust, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage sector, engage and inspire audiences and the wider community, and preserve Tasmania's movable  cultural heritage.

There are two categories of support:

Cultural Heritage - Program Category - for organisations applying for investment in an annual program. Organisations applying to this program must have one or more full time equivalent (FTE) collections professional staff member.

Cultural Heritage - Projects Category - for organisations applying for investment in a project.

Recommendations for funding are made by the Cultural Heritage Panel to the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (TAAB), which in turn provides those recommendations to the Minister for the Arts. 

For more information see the Cultural Heritage Program page.

Museum Standards Program

Arts Tasmania has implemented a pilot Museum Standards Program to assist museums, collections and galleries in Tasmania.

The program is based on the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries that offer benchmarks for museum best practice.

For more information see Museum Standards Program.

Roving Curator Program

This highly successful program delivers outstanding outcomes to collections care, volunteer training and supporting the preservation of Tasmania's heritage in small museums and galleries around the state.

The Roving Curators are available to assist with a range of project types: collection, management, cataloguing, preventive conservation, planning displays, interpretation plans, volunteer procedures, significance assessments, and so on.

Under this program a museum professional is made available to work with a museum or collection for a period of up to five weeks (based on a full-time workload).

For more information see the Cultural Heritage Program page.

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Grant Program

The Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection grant program invests in small museums and collections through grants for the purchase of capital items to assist with the preservation or display of collections.

This program is able to be offered through the generosity of the previous Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board's Small Museums and Collections Panel, Ms Stacpoole, who has donated funds to Arts Tasmania specifically for this program.

For more information see the Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Grant Program page.

Low-Interest Loan Program

Low-interest loans are available for museums and collections that are legally constituted. The loans can provide investment towards capital improvements, equipment purchases and other projects with cultural heritage related outcomes.

Please contact an Arts Tasmania program officer to receive a repayment quote prior to making a loan application

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