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2018 Artist Investment Program - funding results

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Elise Archer MP, has announced more than $350 000 investment in Tasmanian cultural production through Arts Tasmania’s Artist Investment Program.

The Government is investing in 36 Tasmanian artists in 32 projects to develop new work and experiences for audiences, develop overseas markets, record albums and much more.

Among the artists who will receive funding are internationally renowned violinist Peter Tanfield and pianist Shan Deng who play together as Duo Tasman. With the help of funding they will tour three cities in China and premiere a new work by Tasmanian composer Maria Grenfell.

Peter Bowles has been awarded funding to develop new works in glass in his studio in Launceston and attend the Glass Art Society International Conference in Murano, Italy.

Hobart metal band Psycroptic have been awarded funding to undertake a full South American headline tour in June 2018. The tour will assist Psycroptic to gain traction in a new market as it works towards establishing a number of financially sustainable touring circuits around the world.

Josh Santospirito from Hobart will receive funding to adapt Craig San Roque’s essay Sydney/Purgatorio into a graphic novel.

Claire Anne Taylor is an emerging singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Milabena in North West Tasmania. She will receive support to record and tour a new album.

And creative producer and choreographer Emma Porteus has been awarded funding to assist her in a program of professional development where she will focus on three choreographic projects.

The government has also committed funding to a range of initiatives including the Artsbridge Program, which provides quick response funding for professional development opportunities for artists overseas.

For a full list of successful applicants, please visit

Image: Psycroptic has been awarded funding for a South American tour in 2018. Photograph by Thomas Savage.