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Blue Angel cast, Big hART, photographer Alistair Bett

Opportunity for artists to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market roadshow

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council are offering the opportunity for up to five Tasmanian performing arts practitioners, administrators or marketers to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) roadshow in Melbourne on Friday 24 March 2017.

APAM provides an opportunity for national and international presenters to discover and book Australian work for their venues or festivals. It will take place in Brisbane from 19-23 February 2018 and offers attendees an extraordinary opportunity to network, see the work of other companies and artists  and  to  build relationships with presenters and festivals.

In the lead up to APAM, roadshows are held around the country to help prepare those interested in attending APAM. It is a chance to hear about plans for APAM 2018, get advice on how to get involved, hear from experienced APAM attendees who will discuss how to attending the market.

There are five $300 subsidies (to assist with airfares and transfers) for Tasmanian performing arts practitioners to attend the roadshow at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne on Friday 24 March from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

This is a valuable introduction for creative, administrative, or marketing practitioners, particularly for those new to APAM. It is also a great chance to meet and network with interstate peers.

Apply now

Applications are made using our online application form. Click on the link below to start a new application.    

Applications close Wednesday 8 March 2017 
Notification Friday 10 March 2017

APAM Roadshow Travel Subsidy Application Form

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image credit: Blue Angel cast, Big hART, photographer: Alistair Bett

Link to news article: Opportunity for artists to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market roadshow

The Premier's Literary Prizes

Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes are now open

The Premier's Literary Prizes celebrate Tasmanian stories and writers. Some of the previous winners include: Quentin Beresford, Richard Flanagan, James Boyce, Rohan Wilson, Katherine Johnson and Kathryn Lomer.

The Premier’s Literary Prizes include:

Books entered for the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize must have been published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017.

Judges for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes include: Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Professor Lucy Frost, Ms Victoria Ryle, Ms Anica Boulanger-Mashberg and Ms Melanie Tait.

The prizes are delivered by Arts Tasmania with support from the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.

Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes close on 3 April 2017.

For more information, eligibility criteria and entry forms visit:

Link to news article: Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes are now open

Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residencies

Residency opportunities for artists

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Arts Tasmania offers a number of residency opportunities for individual artists, partnerships and collaborations working in any artform to undertake residencies either overseas or at a variety of locations across Tasmania.

Why would I apply for a residency?

The timing of a residency in an artist’s development can be significant. Artists at any stage of their practice can benefit from having time and space, the opportunity to immerse themselves in and absorb different environments, cultural experiences and exchanges or focus on a specific project.

For example, in 2016 visual artist Sara Maher’s two month residency at Cradle Mountain provided her with the time to develop new work for an exhibition at Bett Gallery. “Walking out from my cabin nestled amongst towering King Billy pines and mossy Myrtle groves into glaciated mountain and  lake terrain my residency became an open creative process of memory making, a time which continues to be an invaluable source of inspiration”.

This video highlights the experiences of Sara Maher, Nicole O'Loughlin and Peter Maarseveen during wilderness residencies in Tasmania's national parks.

The Tasmanian Residencies program supports artists to undertake residencies through the Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife residencies and Historic and Cultural residencies program.

The residencies program offers international residency opportunities through the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency and the Asialink's Arts Residency Program.

If you are interested in applying you are strongly encouraged to contact Arts Tasmania’s Professional Development Officer, Wendy Morrow by phone on 6165 6665 or email for advice or assistance.

Applications close Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Link to news article: Residency opportunities for artists

 6000 to 1, Stompin. Photo: Jasper Da Seymour

Organisations Investment Program - now open

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Arts Tasmania's Organisations Investment Program supports arts organisations to deliver a range of high quality activities across the state. Arts Organisations play an important role in Tasmania through strengthening the diverse and vibrant arts sector, engaging and inspiring audiences and the wider community, and creating jobs and professional development opportunities that benefit Tasmania's artists and arts workers.

The latest Organisations Investment Program provides investment support for projects and programs to be delivered by arts organisations in 2018. Organisations can also apply for multi-year investment (up to four years).

Click here for more information about the Organisations Investment Program.

Applications close Friday, 24 March 2017

Image: 6000 to 1, Stompin. Photo: Jasper Da Seymour

Link to news article: Organisations Investment Program - now open

Vale - Sue Henderson

Monday, 28 November 2016

It is with deep sadness that Arts Tasmania conveys news of the passing of Dr Sue Henderson - visual artist and practice-led researcher, and coordinator of the drawing and painting studios at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Inveresk. Her research included visual responses to the natural environment  (including the localities of Cataract Gorge and Rocky Cape) and site-specific painting installations exploring architecture, site responsiveness and performative potentials for painting environments.

The work that Sue undertook in guiding and nurturing others in her role at the University of Tasmania also had significant impact on the Tasmanian arts community. Sue made a lasting impression on her students and she will be sorely missed by her peers and colleagues at the Tasmanian College of the Arts.

We were very fortunate to have such a talented artist living, working and teaching in our state. Sue’s warmth, collegiality, good humour and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by all.

In 2015, Sue was resident artist at Rocky Cape. You can explore some of Sue’s work and process through this link Case study: Sue Henderson - Tasmanian Residencies, which contains a small interview and video.

Vale - Sue Henderson

Link to news article: Vale Sue Henderson

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