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Continued investment in Tasmanian artists’ development

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Lillian Wheatley - Image 1Tasmanian Aboriginal jeweller Lillian Wheatley is among a number of artists benefiting from more than $63 000 in grants through Arts Tasmania’s Education Residencies and Aboriginal Arts Program.

Lillian is based on Flinders Island and will use funding support from the Aboriginal Arts Program to investigate new materials and techniques to develop her contemporary practice, as well as research and access new markets.

The latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program will provide more than $23 000 to six recipients, including Lillian, towards activities that stimulate contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practice.

Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Takira Simon-Brown will develop her technical skills under the guidance of a mentor, which will help her create a new body of work for her upcoming solo exhibition in 2019.

As part of the Tasmanian Government’s Youth Arts Strategy, four grants of $10 000 have been awarded to Tasmanian artists to undertake residencies in schools across the state through the latest round of the Education Residencies.

Visual artist, Nicole O’Loughlin, will undertake a residency at The Hutchins School in Hobart. Nicole will share her many skills, including in painting and embroidery, and offer artist talks that explore the themes and concepts underscoring her bright and eye-catching works.

During his residency at Launceston College, choreographer Joel Fenton will showcase his creative processes through a series of open studios for students and staff. He will also engage directly with the students through a series of creative workshops.

For a full list of recipients please visit

Image: Lillian Wheatley