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Assistance to Organisations 2015

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced more than $2.2 million of grants through Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Organisations Program 2015. The funding is made up of $740 858 existing multi-year funding agreements and $1 552 120 of new grants and initiatives.

Feedback from the assessment panel

The panel noted there has been a general improvement in applications over the past few years and in particular for this round. The panel was very pleased to see such high quality applications, but it made the round much more competitive. The panel recognised that more organisations with creative, innovative and worthwhile programs and projects applied for funding than could be supported.

Arts Tasmania has been working with the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and its peer assessment panels to explore new forms of support for artists and arts organisations in the future. In August 2014, the Minister for the Arts announced Arts Tasmania’s new Organisations investment program for activities in 2016. The panel accordingly did not recommend multi-year funding for 2015, to allow the smooth transition to new models for 2016 funding. All current funding agreements will conclude at the end of 2015 and all organisations will have the opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest for 2016 under the new models of investment. For information about the new Organisations investment program, please go to


The panel encouraged applicants to focus on the strength of the idea behind the project or program when completing an application Applicants are advised to clearly identify and articulate what the funds would actually be spent on early in the application. This will be critical for applicants making an Expression of Interest for 2016. Business plans should be clear and concise. The panel also strongly encouraged applicants to use the Arts Tasmania budget templates when completing an application.

Panel members noted that many applications this year were too long and exceeded the limits for materials outlined in the application toolkit. The panel advises applicants that the inclusion of surplus or irrelevant materials may detract from the competiveness of their applications. Applicants should note that strict limits will apply in submitting future applications under the new models.  Excess support material will not be provided to the assessment panel.

The panel reviewed the feedback provided by arts organisations on the new models of investment and provided input into the design of the Expression of Interest form and the new processes. The panel noted the Expression of Interest form will simplify the process for applicants in future. Expressions of Interest for 2016 will open in October 2014 - to keep updated with new information please sign up to Arts Tasmania’s fortnightly newsletter via


The following organisations have received funding through Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Organisations 2015 program.

Community and Cultural Development

$93 250
BIG hART Inc., a nationally recognised arts organisation working in social change, was awarded a grant towards a year-long program of events in Tasmania entitled Our Arts Desire. Big hART works to bring professional artists and regional communities together on visual, musical or performing arts projects that empower individuals and inspire positive change. With this investment BIG hART will work with members of communities across Tasmania’s North West Coast to develop, stage and export works in various artforms. 

Tasmanian Regional Arts Inc.
$150 000
Currently undertaking a period of transition, Tasmanian Regional Arts Inc. has received funding to assist with organisational renewal and restructure as well as the development of its artistic plan.

Performing Arts

Blue Cow Theatre Inc.
$98 796
Hobart contemporary adult theatre company Blue Cow Inc. has been awarded funding towards its annual program. In 2015, the year of the ANZAC Centenary, Blue Cow Theatre will mount a major new work of national significance in the Theatre Royal: the premiere production of Tom Holloway’s 100 Reasons for War. Blue Cow will continue to support new Tasmanian writing through The Cowshed Playwrights Program, and will host the first Tasmanian Playwriting Festival.

Burnie City Council (Burnie Arts & Function Centre)
$20 000
The Burnie Arts & Function Centre has been awarded a grant towards its 2015 Subscription Season. The season will include at least 15 performing arts events including theatre, contemporary music, children’s theatre and dance. Funding will help the centre to present outstanding Tasmanian, national and international performances that challenge, excite and engage the community.

Marrugeku Inc.
$15 500
Marrugeku Inc., an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts organisations based in New South Wales, will received funding towards further development of a new physical theatre work called Cut the Sky. The organisation will use this investment to work with talented Tasmanian composers and professional musicians to develop and record a musical score to accompany the production on its national tour.

Performing Lines Limited (Tasmania Performs)
$200 000
Tasmania Performs has been awarded funding to produce and/or tour theatrical, dance or musical theatre works featuring Tasmanian artists to local, national and international audiences. Through a year-long program of events, Tasmania Performs will offer significant and unique professional development opportunities for performing artists of various career-stages.

Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival Inc.
$38 900
With Arts Tasmania’s support, Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival will present Watermark, a theatre project based in Queenstown that will be part of Ten Days on the Island, now known as the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, in 2015. A team of eight experienced professionals will run workshops in theatre and technical skills and produce the show with a cast of 60 people. The team behind Watermark will use the unique history of the area alongside hopes and aspirations drawn from the locals to build up a show that will inspire and enrich communities across the West Coast of Tasmania.

$81 500
Stompin conceives of, creates and produces contemporary dance experiences for regionally based young people. Stompin has been awarded annual program funding to present new works, the Stompin Youth Choreographic Project, and range of other initiatives in a multi-layered program that invites young people, contributing professional artists and a broad community audience to engage with Stompin in a variety of ways.

Tasmanian Theatre Company
$88 486
The Tasmanian Theatre Company has been awarded funding to create two new projects that celebrate the talent of Tasmanian theatre artists. The first will be a production of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid as reimagined by Sean Monro. The second project involves commissioning and working alongside established playwright Van Badham to develop a new work for four experienced Tasmanian female performers.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre Inc.
$160 000
Terrapin Puppet Theatre Inc. will undertake a diverse program of activities in 2015 including the creation and presentation of two new productions and two new interactive works. The organisation will tour new and existing works locally, nationally and internationally to a variety of audiences including school children.


The Chamber Music Society of Tasmania Inc. (Musica Viva Tasmania)
$10 000
The Chamber Music Society of Tasmania (Musica Viva Tasmania) has been awarded a grant to present an annual six-concert subscription season of international chamber music to Tasmanian audiences in 2015. The grant will enable the organisation to present, promote and support chamber music of international quality in Tasmania by bringing professional artists to the State.

Music Tasmania
$55 983
Music Tasmania, the peak body for contemporary music in Tasmania, has been awarded annual program funding to develop and grow the Tasmanian music industry. Music Tasmania will present a suite of events designed to engage, connect and promote local musicians and music workers. The organisation will work closely with a number of corporate and industry partners to raise awareness and support for the contemporary music industry within the wider Tasmanian community.

Visual Arts, Craft and Design

Constance ARI
$9 970
With project funding from Arts Tasmania, Constance ARI will assist local emerging artists to engage in a significant professional development opportunity as part of the Swimmable! program in 2015. Swimmable! is presented by the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) and will involve a number of arts and community events featuring nationally and internationally recognised professional artists.

Contemporary Art Tasmania
$170 000
Contemporary Art Tasmania has been awarded funding to present an annual program of gallery-based, off-site and touring arts projects and exhibitions. Contemporary Art Tasmania will also offer a variety of professional development opportunities for Tasmanian artists at varied career-stages and undertake a new process of audience engagement with the aim of increasing the organisations accessibility and reach.

Design Tasmania
$76 875
Design Tasmania was awarded a grant towards an annual program that aims to promote the innovative and unique design sector in Tasmania to national and international audiences including design practitioners, curators and consumers. The program is focused on collaboration and innovation which will be achieved through a range of exhibition and professional development opportunities for practitioners across the State.

Salamanca Arts Centre Inc.
$88 000
Salamanca Arts Centre Inc., delivers a range of projects featuring local, national and international artists across the visual and performing arts. Salamanca Arts Centre has been awarded annual program funding towards presenting contemporary performance works and a major curated visual arts exhibition in 2015. The organisation will also offer a number of professional development and promotion opportunities for Tasmania artists via the Kelly’s Garden curated projects series and the HyPe hybrid performance incubator program.

Sawtooth ARI Inc.
$50 485
With Arts Tasmania program funding, Sawtooth ARI Inc. with present an exciting artistic program featuring local, national and international contemporary and experimental artists. Sawtooth ARI will also once again present its successful Thinker-in-Residence program in 2015.


The Australian Script Centre
$50 000
The Australian Script Centre has been awarded annual program funding to undertake a variety of projects in 2015, including the delivery of specialised professional development opportunities for Tasmanian playwrights. The Centre will continue to build on its extensive collection of playscripts, with plans to digitally publish and market approximately 200 previously unavailable works and make its library more accessible for mobile devices.

Island Magazine Inc.
$60 000
With program funding from Arts Tasmania Island Magazine Inc. will use 2015 to increase the quality and diversity of the quarterly publications contents, with a goal of including essays, short fiction and poetry that cover a variety of topics or issues. Island Magazine Inc. will also offer professional development opportunities for young or emerging Tasmanian writers and visual artists by presenting their works to magazine’s national subscriber base. 

Tasmanian Poetry Festival
$6 000
Held annually since 1985, the Tasmanian Poetry Festival is one of few annual literary events in Tasmania. The Festival has received funding to enable the presentation of an exciting and engaging program of readings and performances by contemporary poets from across Australia in 2015.

Pre-existing multi-year funding agreements

The following organisations have been awarded multi-year funding in previous years and will be funded in 2015 to continue their programs of activity.

Tasdance Ltd
$300 000

Tasmanian Writers Centre Inc.
$100 000 and a guarantee against loss of up to $10 000 for the 2015 Tasmanian Writers Festival

Theatre North
$150 858

Theatre Royal Management Board
$180 000