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Investing in Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts practice

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Nathan Maynard, PlaywrightThe Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced funding of $26 160 to Aboriginal artists in Tasmania through Arts Tasmania’s grants program.

The Aboriginal Arts Program invests in contemporary Aboriginal arts, traditional arts, craft and cultural practices continue to develop in Tasmania.  This year’s recipients will share cultural and contemporary histories through their arts practice through a range of exciting projects.

The following artists have received investment through the Aboriginal Arts program for projects starting in 2017:

  • Launceston based emerging visual artist, Rodney Gardner will receive funding to undertake a mentorship towards developing a body of work for his first solo exhibition.  
  • Hobart based musical team Doug Mansell, and Codie Mansell will receive funding to undertake a mentorship assisting in the passing down of Island songs and music from grandfather to grandson.  
  • Hobart based arts and cultural worker Ruth Langford will receive funding to deliver a three-day culturally specific workshop for local Tasmanian Aboriginal printmakers and bush dye artists.  
  • Launceston based emerging writer Adam Thompson will receive funding to undertake a mentorship to assist him in completing twelve short stories for publication in 2017.  
  • Hobart based emerging visual artist Grace Williams will receive funding through Ten Days on the Island to participate in a collaboration with New Caledonian artist Nicolas Molé and local artist Ben (Jamin) Kluss for the Ten Days on the Island 2017 festival  
  • Hobart based dancer Craig Everett will receive funding to undertake a skills development intensive residency working with nationally renowned cultural performer, Sete Tele at Launceston’s Tasdance Studio.  

Click here for more information about Arts Tasmania's Aboriginal Arts Program.

Image: 2016 Aboriginal Arts grant recipient, Nathan Maynard, Playwright