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Arts Tasmania

New work for new markets 2020-21

This initiative is designed to support Tasmanian artists and arts organisations to research or create new work for new markets.

Funding of $1 171 717 has been approved for 37 projects in this round.

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





Fiora Cutler

$29 905

Unconventional orchestral recording

Rant Arts

$50 000

Development of The Gathering project

Tricky Walsh

$30 000

Project incorporating the language of animation and technology to create a new sense of "the physical"

Island Magazine

$24 068

New Australian literary nature writing for new markets

Christina Booth

$27 874

Development of a novel for middle-grade readers

Allison Bell

$30 000

Hunter Street Serenade – research and development for a new autobiographical one-woman opera for Tasmania's West Coast

Mudlark Theatre

$50 000

Girl Running, Boy Falling –premiere season of a stage adaptation of a Tasmanian novel

Archipelago Productions

$41 000

Adaptation of a graphic novel into theatre for young people

Grace Roberts

$15 921

Colossal – an intermedial work that uses Physical Theatre, Post-Dramatic Theatre, Acrobatics and Drama to tell a story about a child’s fascination with the Colossal Squid

Jabra Latham

$11 250

New music for hobby pianists

Sofie Burgoyne

$15 377

Body Horror: A Dance Fiction

Arts Health Agency  

$50 000

Moving Story – short films with people living with dementia who are transitioning to residential aged care

Music Tasmania

$50 000

Music Tasmania Podcast

Duncan Meerding

$25 400

Trunk Light development for high-end markets

Donovan Miller

$30 000

Collaboration with Pony Express on live performance and installation Abolish the Olympics, presented with Contemporary Art Tasmania and Dark Mofo

Terrapin Puppet Theatre

$50 000

Research and development of a new work for presentation in aged care

Anthony Bonney

$29 800

CRYPTOMEA – development of a new artistic work within a digital marketplace.

Justine Phillips

$30 000

Tender — a digital publishing exchange

Sam George-Allen

$30 000

Inflorescence: a novel

Stephanie Jack

$21 983

Mixed Feelings – research and development

DRILL Performance Company

$39 135

Samaya Wives Dance Film

The Unconformity

$49 984

Establishing an online publishing platform from regional Tasmania

Neil Haddon

$15 700

A Tasmanian Archive: three interpretations

Jane Bamford

$30 000

Self-directed research and development of collaboration with scientists with the aim to develop innovative new creative work for species habitat support and exhibition

Richard Cyngler

$30 000

An independent art-comic book anthology, published and risograph printed in Tasmania

James Brennan

$30 000

Down The Line – workshops in music production and performance aimed at current Tasmanian inmates in Risdon Prison.

Darryl Rogers

$30 000

Lacunae #2 – transforming performance into installation

Deborah Wace

$28 000

New Tasmanian botanical fabric designs for international licensing and marketing

Michelle Boyd

$16 223

Enhancement of capability to engage in market for art and design for public spaces

Second Echo Ensemble

$44 905

The STARE – a multi art form work relating to the unspoken experiences of people who live with disability

Big hART

$42 500

ZINC – performance installation for new markets

Dylan Sheridan

$13 980

Research and development for a new film

Justin Heazlewood

$30 000

Creative development, rehearsals and market development of new work, one-man show GET UP MUM

Nayri Niara

$50 000

larni // Flowing Forms to Sustain Culture

Tash Parker

$30 000

Runaway Belles to write and record new music for the country market

Harry Holcombe-James

$29 000

Development and distribution of an experience for digital markets

Stephanie Eslake

$19 712

A new book for arts practitioners

Feedback from the expert peers

The peers discussed the overall quality of the applications in the round and made the following comments:

  • The peers noted that this grant round was broad and open, and were supportive of applicants who used the opportunity to think big around new creative opportunities.
  • Peers noted the ambiguity around the terms ‘new work’ and ‘new markets’ and encouraged applicants to clearly define how they would be approaching these terms, and to show that the project met the program objectives.
  • Applicants were encouraged to clearly show how the new work would reach the new market.
  • Opportunities that focused on research and development were highly supported by the peers.
  • Peers recommended that applicants closely read the program guidelines – especially for new programs. Many of the applications made to this round included costs towards presentation, production and distribution, which were not eligible for support.
  • The peers recommended that applicants write in Plain English and keep in mind that all applications to Arts Tasmania’s programs will be assessed by a multi art form panel.
  • Applicants were encouraged to develop clear and itemised budgets based on industry wages and rates.
  • Budgets that included commentary around each item helped peers to understand the rationale behind each budget item and how it related to the applicant’s art form or genre.
  • The peers recommended that applicants speak to Arts Tasmania staff about budget items, including artist wages and fees, if they were unclear.
  • Stronger applications included letters of support from industry professionals who were not financially invested in the project.
  • Strong letters of support talked about the supporter’s relationship to the applicant and included appropriate letterheads, dates and signatures. This spoke to the authenticity and genuine nature of the support offered to the project.
  • The peers recommended that applicants talk to Arts Tasmania’s Program Officer – Aboriginal Arts if the application included plans to involve Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural content or Tasmanian Aboriginal artists.
  • Many applications included fees for engaging Tasmanian Aboriginal people as cultural consultants but did not include evidence of how these figures were reached such as quotes or agreements.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed in Arts Tasmania’s March 2021 round (including the Aboriginal Arts Program, Artsbridge, Community Arts and Cultural Development [Local Government], Education Residencies, Low-interest Loans, New work for new markets and the Vita Brown Bursary Bequest):

  • Aaron Hopper
  • Adam Ouston
  • Caine Chennatt
  • Cali Prince
  • Dawn Oelrich
  • Dean Greeno
  • Felicity Bott
  • Jane Woolard
  • Jillian Mundy
  • John Kachoyan
  • Kelly Eijdenberg
  • Magdalena Lane
  • Michelle Maynard
  • Nunami Sculthorpe-Green
  • Paul Mason
  • Ruth Langford
  • Samantha Dennis
  • Shirley Patton
  • Sinsa Mansell
  • Young Dawkins
  • Yyan Ng