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Tasmanian Government's Art Site Scheme


How does the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme work?

Art Tasmania manages all stages of the commissioning process for public artworks located in state government buildings and spaces across Tasmania.

How do I find out about projects?

Commissions are advertised on:

Am I eligible to apply?

Contemporary artworks by professional, Tasmanian artists from across artforms are commissioned or purchased through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme. Arts Tasmania considers contemporary practitioners to be those who give voice to current theoretical arts practice and reflect the values and/or issues of our time.

What kind of artwork is appropriate?

The scheme commissions work across a wide range of disciplines. Examples of artworks include: glass panels and screens; seating; reception counters; sculptures; textile works; customised fittings; interactive playground artwork; display cases; indoor and outdoor furniture; fixtures and furnishings; floor designs; bas-relief works; gates; interactive installations; lighting, video and sound-scapes including emerging and experimental arts; and many other functional elements of building and refurbishment projects as well as 2D work including paintings, photographs and prints. The possibilities are as varied as the sites to which they respond.

All artworks should be of the highest professional standard as befitting a state collection of contemporary art. Public artworks should be tailored to the site and respond to the needs of client.

How do I apply?

To apply you need to complete an online application form which includes a written response to the brief, project concepts, good quality images of recent work and resumes for all key artists proposed for the commission.

Download the Artist’s Brief for the commission which can be found by clicking on the relevant commission under commissions currently open for application. You should also familiarise yourself with the requirements and operation of the scheme by reading the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme Artists’ Handbook.

Complete the online application form, which can be found on the relevant commission page, and upload your support material, then submit your application.

You should develop a preliminary budget to ensure that your ideas can be realised within the commission budget prior to submitting your application. You may also wish to conduct a risk assessment of your proposed commission prior to submitting your application to ensure that all risks have been considered and that they do not impact on your ability to realise the proposed artwork. To assist you there is a Risk Management template here.

If the selection panel cannot make a selection on the basis of initial applications, two or three artists may be invited to submit a more detailed proposal with drawings or models, in which case a shortlisting fee may be paid.

How are artists selected?

Applications are assessed against the stated selection criteria by a selection committee. This committee is comprised of the building user, the project architect, the government department responsible for the building (for example Education Department), and the Arts Tasmania Public Art Officer.

How are projects funded?

Two per cent of the capital works estimate for all new State Government buildings and renovations over $250 000 is allocated for the purchase and commissioning of artworks. The upper limit on artworks for each project is $80 000.

Where can I see some examples of previous commissions?

Visit the public art gallery to see some examples of the public artworks that have been completed during the extensive history of the public art program in Tasmania. These works are a mix of commissions under the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme and the Corporate Art Scheme.

Public Art Officers

Arts Tasmania's Public Art Officers are based in Launceston and Hobart, but work state-wide. They are a useful source of information and we recommend you seek advice from them before submitting your application. Due to the number of commissions managed by the Public Art Officers, there is great demand for their time and therefore contact time with them is limited so think about the kinds of questions you may have and the issues you wish to discuss before making contact.

If you are commissioned to create a public artwork the Public Art Officers will also support you as you go through the process.

Please note that Arts Tasmania will not contact you to redress errors in applications or support material. Applications and support material are assessed as they have been submitted.

The Public Art Officers are interested in your work so remember to send them an invitation, catalogue and press release if you have an upcoming exhibition. This will help them familiarise themselves with your work. If you are a recent art school graduate, or a professional contemporary artist new to Tasmania, please contact a Public Art Officer on (03) 6165 6666 to show them your portfolio or arrange a studio visit.