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Artsbridge 2019-20 (March 2020)

Artsbridge supports:

  • Individuals and groups to take up national or international activities
  • Individuals, groups and Tasmanian organisations to bring arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.

The Minister for the Arts has approved funding of $30 526 to seven new projects in this round.

Funding recommendations were made by expert peers drawn from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

Applications to this round were submitted before the COVID-19 pandemic and before restrictions were put in place in line with the declared State of Emergency. The Expert Peers were directed to assess and recommend applications for support on the basis of the published criteria.

It is highly likely that many of the funded activities may not be able to proceed as planned, given the current restrictions. Arts Tasmania will support recipients to adjust or revise activities and timelines.

Grants

Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward - $6 000 towards an artist residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mature Artist Dance Experience (MADE) Inc. - $6 900 towards the creative development of 7 Deadly Sins.

Nathan Tucker - $3 000 towards reigniting his arts practice in the United States.

Robert O’Connor - $3 000 towards a residency at the Rosamond McCulloch Studio in Paris, France.

Shan Deng - $3 000 towards an Argentinian tango music immersion.

Slipstream Circus Inc. - $5 944 towards bringing interstate performance artists to Tasmania to create a circus performance.

The Tasmanian Theatre Company Inc. - $2 982 towards a mentorship for Jane Longhurst.

Feedback from the expert peers

The peers gave the following feedback to help current and future applicants:

  • All applicants should discuss applications with Arts Tasmania staff before submitting – even if you have applied in the past. Funding guidelines may change and it is important to make sure the focus of your application is consistent with the guidelines of the program.
  • Make sure you have included all required support material with your application – a number of applications in this round were missing artist CVs.
  • Letters of support and letters of confirmation (from host organisations and/or participating artists) should be included in your application if possible.
  • Make sure all support material is recent and relevant to the application.
  • Make sure artist wages are included in your budget, in line with the appropriate industry rate.
  • Applications should include a commentary or notes explaining each item in the budget such as artist fees, accommodation and travel costs.
  • Your application should clearly explain why you have chosen to work with an artist, attend an opportunity or any other key artistic choices. This helps peers from different areas of practice to understand your choices.
  • Use plain English and dot points where possible, and avoid art form specific jargon.
  • If you aren’t recommended for funding, contact Arts Tasmania staff for specific peer feedback.  Peers in this round noted that understanding and responding to feedback is a key way to develop your grant writing skills as a professional artist.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed in the March 2020 round (incorporating Art Fair Industry Development Initiative, Artsbridge, the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme – Arts Businesses, Education Residencies, Low-interest Loans and the Vita Brown Bequest Bursary):

  • Adam Ouston
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson
  • Carin Mistry
  • Jessie Pangas
  • Joel Fenton