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Youth Arts (Organisations) Program 2018

The Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Elise Archer MP, has announced investment of more than $260 000 in Tasmanian organisations through the 2018 round of Arts Tasmania’s Youth Arts (Organisations) Program.

Feedback from the 2018 Youth Arts (Organisations) Expert Peers

The first year of the Youth Arts (Organisations) Program was very competitive and the quality of the applications was high. Of the 27 applications received, the panel recommended funding for nine.

The panel provided the following feedback for current and future applicants:

  • Applications should be clear and concise.
  • It is important to consider and communicate the benefit of the activity to the cohort of youth you plan to engage with. You may need to consider how you engage with youth, what support mechanisms you put in place, and how the creative voice of young people is privileged in the project.
  • Web pages, when provided as support material, should be active and up to date.
  • Budgets should be realistic. This includes properly factoring in artist fees and remuneration. It is important to request the amount of funding that you need to successfully realise your project.


The following organisations have received funding through Arts Tasmania’s 2018 Youth Arts (Organisations) Program.

All That We Are Ltd
$40 000

ArTELIER will be a collaborative program of various Learning Exchange sessions in partnership with the Peter Underwood Centre, supported by Sustainable Dreaming and Salamanca Arts Centre. Tailored for young Tasmanians under the guidance of six highly experienced practising artists, each project will allow participants to engage meaningfully with professional artists and to create work with which they can connect personally and claim ownership over.

Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc.
Youth Songmaking Sessions
$10 401

Youth Songmaking Sessions will be a free afterschool youth music program in Triabunna for students aged 8 to 18, facilitated by four professional musicians. The sessions will have capacity for up to 40 students, but the anticipated group size is 20 to 25. Students will develop skills of musical expression in singing, songwriting, recording and instrument playing, with a primary aim to foster wider personal resilience and creativity.

Moonah Arts Centre (MAC)
Moonah Moves Youth Program

Moonah MOVES is a participatory all-in celebration of dance and community. The program encompasses commissioned works, Tasmanian dance projects, interstate and international participation. Artists have been invited who bring significant experience in developing projects which link authentic community engagement with cutting edge, innovative participation in contemporary arts experiences.

Mast Films Pty Ltd
$32 895

Thread is a collaborative cross-cultural community development project where refugees, new arrivals and young people from, born, and/or raised in Australia create an original web-series together.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC)
The Future Founders
$40 000

The Future Founders Project is a year-long multi-artform engagement with children and young people culminating in a month of youth and family focused activity at SAC in May 2019.

St Giles Society Limited
Studio Space Theatre Company Showcase
$5 300

The Studio Space Theatre Company Showcase will provide high-quality drama training to children with or without a disability, with support from St Giles and Assistance Rehabilitation Care (ARC) support workers and volunteers. The project will present work from all the various classes in one theatre performance at the Princess Theatre in Launceston. Participants will range in age from 6 to 23 years old. Some are living with Down Syndrome, severe anxiety, or on the autism spectrum, and some have mobility or intellectual difficulties especially in communication and listening.

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) Council Inc.

2018 Chamber Music Program

$30 900

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra will introduce an improved version of the TYO Chamber Music Program and tour, supporting the development of 24 young musicians through high quality, active arts engagement. Participants will be chosen based on their leadership potential (rather than experience) in the earlier stages of skill development, with particular focus on participants who have limited access to similar pathways and artistic opportunities outside the TYO.

The Unconformity, Queenstown
Weather Station
$26 525

‘Weather Station’, a collaboration between The Unconformity, The Story Island Project and Queenstown's Mountain Heights School, is a program of creative storytelling and visual arts workshops for young people living on Tasmania’s west coast.

Wide Angle Tasmania
$39 360

To attract young filmmakers this program focuses on project and career outcomes, and is structured to help young filmmakers develop self-efficacy, self-esteem and social engagement. Several programs will be offered under the supervision of experienced and respected local and national filmmakers: WAT a NERVE (a team of under 25s create a short film), TasDocs (three young filmmakers produce short character driven documentaries), and Step-Out Web18 (four young filmmakers develop a proof of concept for a webseries).

Peer assessors

The following peer assessors participated in the assessment for the 2018 Youth Arts (Organisations) Program.

  • Lenine Bourke
  • Malcolm Bywaters
  • Samantha Dennis
  • Stephanie Eslake
  • Lizzy Marshall
  • Kristy de Salas
  • Alison Wilkes

Arts Tasmania thanks the peer assessors for their contribution towards the assessment of applications to the 2018 Youth Arts (Organisations) Program.