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Regional Arts Fund past recipients - Tasmania

Arts Tasmania began the administration of the Regional Arts Fund on 1 July 2017. The administration of the Community Grant Round 1 2017 and Community Grant Round 2 2016 were administered by Regional Arts Australia.

Community Grant Round 1 2017

The recipients were:

Blakeconsultants, King Island, Tas
$5 000

Aboriginal Printmaking Masterclass with Basil Hall
This funding will assist four Tasmanian Aboriginal Artists to attend a Printmaking residency with master printmaker Basil Hall on King Island in November 2017. Basil Hall is renowned for conducting master classes across remote Aboriginal communities since 2002 as well as assisting many communities to establish their own printmaking studios. In 2000 he established the collaborative printmaking studio ‘Basil Hall Editions’ with a group of highly respected printmakers responsible for kick-starting many successful printmaker’s careers.

The Curated Shelf & Radio 33 (Tricky Walsh), Hobart, Tas
$5 000

Eloise Kirk & Radio 33 - Kylie Johnson
This funding will support the development and presentation of two complimentary projects that focus on the sampling of external and readymade material. It will include a curated solo exhibition of new paintings and an installation by emerging artist, Eloise Kirk; as well as a curated broadcast program of contemporary female sound artists by micro-broadcaster Radio 33.

Tasmanian International Video Art Festival, Launceston, Tas
$4 490

Tasmanian International Video Art Festival
The second Tasmanian International Video Art Festival (TiVaF) will present the works of international video artists in Launceston ARI Sawtooth for the month of September, as well as selected public venues as part of the 2017 Junction Arts Festival. TiVaF celebrates the medium of Video Art through a curated gallery exhibition and a series of special screenings.

Constance ARI, Hobart, Tas
$5 000

Welcome to the Anthropocene
Welcome to the Anthropocene is an exciting new collaboration between ARI Constance, The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Tasmania. Three experimental artists will work with three leading scientists to explore themes relating to our changing planet. These explorations will conclude in a public discussion day and an exhibition of large-scale installation artworks at IMAS, Hobart in December 2017.

Eleanor Austin, Burnie, Tas
$4 725

Moving Conversations
Eleanor Austin is a Burnie based artist wanting to develop her professional practice through a solo exhibition opportunity. These funds will allow her to engage one of Tasmania's most senior independent curators Sean Kelly, to curate a solo exhibition of her work in the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG). Additionally, her work will be professionally documented to assist accessing future opportunities. Eleanor anticipates a serious critical review of her work, challenging how she and others see her practice. This opportunity will also be a chance to expand her professional networks.  

Emma Porteus, Hobart, Tas
$5 000

Creative Development of a new community dance work 'Be Our Guest' in Queenstown, Tasmania
This funding will support the creative development of a new intergenerational dance theatre work. Be our Guest is based on the idea of a progressive dinner party; it is a three venue, three course, performance feast. This work celebrates food, community and ageing. This development has been designed to create a small scale, regional performance model that utilises community members’ houses as venues. This project will be presented as part of festival The Unconformity in Queenstown in 2018.  

Festival of Voices, Swansea, Tas
$4 938

Festival of Voices East Coast - Regional Schools Music Workshops
The funds will enable a selection of Tasmanian performers from the Festival of Voices East Coast Tour to stay on for an additional two days to work with young people in Bicheno and St. Marys, on song writing and performance skills. This will include winner of the triple j Unearthed / Falls Festival competition Maddi Jane; Nick Balcombe Foundation Grant recipient Jed Appleton; and Palawa artist DENNI. East Coast based Musician, Songwriter and FoV Programmer & Producer Ange Boxall will organise and facilitate the workshops and performances.

Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, Tas
$10 000

We're Here (working title): Tasmanian Aboriginal Multi-arts Program
We're Here (working title) is a major, ongoing developmental and mentorship program that aims to both up-skill and embed the Tasmanian Aboriginal creative community in Tasmania's professional small-to-medium arts organisations and sector. Funding will assist two early career Aboriginal arts and cultural practitioners to participate in the program.  

Kickstart Arts, Hobart, Tas.
$10 000

Story Trees
In 2017 Kickstart Arts will contract renowned Huon Valley based Tasmanian sculptor Marcus Tatton to create sculptures in the new Music Garden as part of the Creative Living Park development in St Johns Park, New Town. The art works will utilise large pieces of a heritage tree from the site. Marcus will collaborate with the Kickstart Arts team and 20 community members, seeking employment through an Art for the Dole program, that is designing and building the Music Garden. The project is a partnership with the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), My Pathway and The Hobart City Farm.  

Brendan Walls, Glen Huon, Tas.
$9 350

Tohu V Bohu - Salamanca Arts/Dark Mofo 2018: Light, sound, installation and performance work
This funding will enable a site specific installation at the Salamanca Art Centre during Dark MOFO 2018, in partnership with UTAS. Artist Brendan Wells will be developing new cross-media work that includes elements of light, music, sculpture, sound and performance to explore notions of ritual, memory, coincidence, the numinous and the transcendent. The installation will be regularly transformed by an unfolding series of rituals and performances culminating in a 24-hour performance of a musical score, formed from recordings made in Mexico and Italy on the feast day of John the Baptist.  

Jane Giblin, Hobart, Tas.
$10 000

The Willis Family, A Furneaux Islands Story
Artist Jane Giblin is part of the Willis Family, which comprises five generations of Flinders Islanders, originating with a convicted 11-year-old boy, Valentine, fostered out to the Smallfields, an isolated Puncheon Island couple, in 1905. The funds will support research and development, as part of a three-year project investigating the Willis Family in the Furneaux Islands. This is a professional creative partnership between Jane and poet, Pete Hay, and will culminate in touring exhibitions of new work; works on paper, lithographs and photography, including an artist’s book, a catalogue and a published book.

Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart, Tas.
$10 000

The People's Library
This project will involve a series of events that begins with a state-wide invitation to Tasmanians to write and publish a book in any genre. In The People’s Library artists will generate the entire process of book production from the call for manuscripts to the finished products. The People's Library is a component of This Constructed Spilling, a contemporary artwork by the Tasmanian collaborative, A Published Event (Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward) and commissioned, presented and distributed by Salamanca Arts Centre.

To view the full national list of RAF recipients for Round 1, 2017 please visit the Regional Art Fund website here:

Community Grant Round 2 2016

Community Grant Round 2 2016 was administered by Regional Art Australia. The recipients were:

Major Grants

Arts Health Agency Inc
$8 250 

Carnival of the Here & Now – Ulverstone
The Carnival of the Here & Now is a public event that brings trained arts workers and a range of aged care providers to a community centre to participate collectively in music, circus, dance and interactive arts experiences. Its intent is to bring older people and their family/carers together who would not usually have the opportunity to mix, building social connections in our communities through participation in arts. Seniors are supported to contribute their own vignette performances in an arts and cultural exchange, wrapped in a round theatre like setting, raising the visibility of older people's artistic contribution to society.

Constance ARI
$10 000

HOBIENNALE 2017 – Hobart
Hosted by Hobart based ARI Constance, 17 different artist run initiatives and independent arts spaces from around Australia and New Zealand are invited to curate an exhibition, event or performance as part of a week-long festival in November 2017 held in and around Hobart. The festival will occupy existing art spaces such as Contemporary Art Tasmania, the Plimsoll Gallery and Moonah Arts Centre. It will also make use of the Hobart City Councils 'Creative Places' and other non-gallery sites.

Glenorchy City Council 
$9 375

Taste of the Future – Moonah
The Taste of the Future is a three phase capacity building project for young and emerging musicians from culturally diverse backgrounds in southern Tasmania from February to August 2017. It features mentorships, industry workshops, and live performance at Moonah Arts Centre and Moonah Taste of the World Festival.

Guy Hooper     
$7 000 

Speech – Hobart
This grant will support the commission of acclaimed writer Finegan Kruckemeyer to write a one person theatre performance to be later performed by Guy Hooper. Titled Speech, the main character's life story is told through speeches such as his Grade Four school debate, his 21st birthday speech and his wedding speech.

Small Grants

Tasmanian Writers Centre  
$5 000

Young Writers in the City – Devonport and Huonville
Young Writers in the City is a program to commission several young and emerging writers to explore and respond to public spaces such as swimming pools, cafes, retail malls and civic buildings. Through this process they talk, observe and write essays to be published online and in the public arena through festivals, posters and billboards.

Justus Neumann   
$4 900

A Snowman in the Desert - Hobart
Justus Neumann and internationally acclaimed director John Bolton will create a theatre show to premiere in mid-2017. The performance features a character who lives on the street and eschews luxury. He does not offer answers but rather stop us from occupying our mind with unnecessary domestic issues, encouraging us to explore our own immense creative potential. Spontaneity and improvisation are major elements of the show.  

Fakington Wilde      
$4 450 

Mang Pictures Experiment (Launceston Super Stars) - Launceston
Fakington is an emerging visual artist who has been invited by Sawtooth ARI Gallery to present a solo exhibition of portrait paintings. The funds will support the creation of large-scale paintings that depict well-known local personalities in the Launceston area.

Sarah Jones      
$5 000 

Material Memories – Launceston
An exhibition that aims to reveal how jewelry and craft can reconfigure our understandings and experience of place, belonging and connection. This project will engage six makers to create new works in response to selected craft objects that Tasmanian women have donated to the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery collection.

Clarence City Council       
$5 000 

Glover in Arcadia – Clarence
Glover in Arcadia is a research based project that facilitates investigative enquiry into the life and work of the artist John Glover. With 2017 marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Glover, the Clarence based project will invite eight emerging/new and established Tasmanian artists to create contemporary responses to John Glover's landscape. This research will be punctuated by 2 group field trips to significant sites with the project culminating in an exhibition at Rosny Barn in April 2017.

Glen Murray    
$5 000 

Babel - Hobart
Babel is a site-based sound work to be performed live in 33 unique languages. The Babel creative team of artistic director Glen Murray, composer Heath Brown and sound and lighting designer Jason James are collaborating with members of the community for whom English is not their first language to create an ambitious and compelling new performance work that will evoke and provoke contemplation and conversation about language and the human condition.