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2017-18 Regional Arts Fund Community Grants - Round 2

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia.


Codie Mansell

My Island Home
$5 000

My Island Home is a collaboration between a young Aboriginal artist embarking on a journey with his Grandfather to explore and experience, through connection to country, the significance of 'Island Songs' through song, music and yarns. Travelling to Flinders Island under the guidance of mentors, the project will be captured through film and photography with the outcome being to write a song and record it. The footage and photography will be showcased at an exhibition and performance.

The Circus Studio Inc

Tasmanian Youth Circus Festival
$3 155

The first Tasmanian Youth Circus Festival will bring together young people in Tasmania (who currently train in circus skills in disparate locations) to participate in workshops, perform and camp over three days. The Festival will create an opportunity to connect, engage and up-skill the future professional performing artists of the island. The Festival will extend participants’ experience of circus as an artform by exposing them to a wide range of influences, trainers and training methods, inspiring participants to the possibilities of a career as a performing artist and linking them to mentors in the industry.

Constance ARI

They tell you which rock they were and how they’ve travelled so far
$4 990

This artist-curator project, initiated in partnership with Constance ARI and Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC), is a supported opportunity for an early-career artist to develop curatorial skills as an extension of her practice by coordinating and curating a group exhibition to be held at SAC. Local artist Caitlin Fargher has been selected through a competitive open call-out for this opportunity with her exhibition proposal andwill receive mentorship from both organisations and several Tasmanian arts professionals, gaining new professional skills and networks to develop and deliver an ambitious, multi-site exhibition.

DRILL Performance Company Inc.

DRILL Junior Company & Choreographic Program
$5 000

DRILL will present two programs to expand on and deepen the dance opportunities available to young people in Southern Tasmania. Junior Company activates a new partnership with Moonah Arts Centre and offers a workshop series for local primary schools, and an eight-week contemporary dance experience for young movers aged 10-14. The Choreographic Project, hosted by Salamanca Arts Centre, invites local young people to create and present a short choreographic work, under the mentorship of DRILL staff where participants are invited to take risks, form new relationships and follow a creative pursuit of interest to them.

Mast Films Pty Ltd

$10 000

Thread is a cross-cultural community development project where refugees and new arrivals and young people from, born and/or raised in, Australia create an original five part web-series together. The stories created will be fictional, though they will reflect the lived experiences of the participants, and set in contemporary Hobart. The series is planned to be a mix of drama, comedy and thriller, and will be screened, with a Q&A, in Hobart through the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre, at the ‘Taste of Moonah Festival’, and in Adelaide at the ‘DreamBIG Festival’.

Josh Foley

Parametric Wilderness
$1 000

The grant will enable the artist to undertake a residency at the Cradle Mountain Lodge to make prints that regard the environment, using Cradle Mountain as inspiration. Following will be an exhibition of the prints at the ‘Wilderness Gallery’, and a workshop that focuses on printing and painting techniques.

Mature Artists Dance Experience Inc.

Remount of "The Frock" as rehearsal for Japan tour
$9 912

The Frock is a work choreographed for Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) by preeminent Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy. MADE has been invited to perform The Frock at the ‘Saitama Arts Theatre Older People's Performing Arts Festival’ in Saitama, Japan in September 2018, which will be the first opportunity for MADE to tour internationally and showcase the company's work. Tasmania Performs will produce the tour, and the ensemble will work with the creative team to rework and rehearse the show in Hobart prior to the tour.

Raymond Arnold

One Hundred Etchings/Thirty five years in Tasmania
$8 698

An exhibition of 100 etchings in three venues across Tasmania. The Elsewhere series of print works will initially be shown at the ‘Queenstown Unconformity Festival’ in October 2018. The exhibition will take place in the ‘(LAR)Q Gallery’, then travel to the ‘Bett Gallery’ in North Hobart in February 2019 and finally be set up at the ‘Burnie Regional Gallery’ in the autumn of 2019.

Richard Cyngler

Undiscipline Lab X
$10 000

Undiscipline Lab X (ULabX) is a trans-disciplinary art-focused makerspace open to everyone, involving a core community of diverse artists, researchers, practitioners, experimenters and the curious. The mission is to develop a mixed use studio/experimental lab/community hub that provides a meeting place for experimentation in the arts, exploration and investigation, creation and sharing, founded on the open-source principles of openness, collaboration, critical engagement and sharing of knowledge and skills.


Development and presentation of ESC.
$10 000

ESC. is a new roving dance work created by young Tasmanians, with the guidance of Stompin mentors, that will be the performance outcome of the Stompin Youth Choreographic Project (SYCP) 2018. SYCP shines the spotlight on the individual choreographic voices of Tasmania’s young emerging dance artists. ESC. will be presented in partnership with Theatre North at Launceston’s iconic Princess Theatre during Junction Arts Festival.

Tasmania Performs (managed by Performing Lines)

Hide The Dog
$8 945

Hide The Dog is the first ever work co-written by Aboriginal and Maori artists. Award winning writers Nathan Maynard (Tasmania) and Jamie McCaskill (New Zealand) have created a work for children and families that celebrates both their First Nation cultures, heritage, traditions and the imaginative world of theatre and contemporary story telling. Together they have created a new mythology, providing a moral compass for young people that builds empathy, compassion and mutual respect between nations, sharing culture and important content through humour and creativity. This funding will enable creative development to support the script to second draft stage.


The following Regional Arts Fund Panel members assessed the applications in this round:

  • Kristy de Salas
  • Louisa Gordon
  • Laura Harper
  • Cameron Hindrum
  • Colin Langridge
  • Denni Proctor
  • Patrick Sutczak
  • Alison Wilkes

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia.

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