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Recently completed Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme commission

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme is the state government’s public art program.

Since its launch in 1979, the Scheme has managed over 660 commissions creating more than 1 900 artworks located across the state.

A new commission has recently been completed at the Glenorchy Health Centre.

Antonijo Bacic has installed Elevations, a celebratory work that depicts kunanyi/ Mt Wellington and embraces Glenorchy’s diversity and sense of place within the Tasmanian landscape.

According to the ABS census 2016, Glenorchy is one of the must culturally diverse suburbs in the state.

The artwork, made from a suspended curtain of laser engraved acrylic discs, represents this diversity through the depiction of motifs representing different cultural groups.

Public art commissions currently open for applications can be found here.

Elevations, Antonijo Bacic at the Glenorchy Health Centre. 2018

Elevations, Antonijo Bacic at the Glenorchy Health Centre. 2018

Elevations, Antonijo Bacic at the Glenorchy Health Centre. 2018

Elevations, Antonijo Bacic at the Glenorchy Health Centre. 2018

Elevations, Antonijo Bacic at the Glenorchy Health Centre. 2018

Link to news article: Recently completed Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme commission



Luke Campbell and Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Second Echo Ensemble, By My Hand creative development, September 2017. Photo: Peter Mathew.

Announcing support for Tasmanian arts organisations

Friday, 28 September 2018

We are delighted that 11 Tasmanian arts organisations will receive more than $700 000 in funding through the latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Support for Organisations program.

This support will allow the small and medium sized arts organisations to deliver a range of quality arts activities across the state, strengthening our cultural and creative industries sector while engaging and inspiring audiences and the wider community.

Among the successful recipients is RANT Arts Ltd, which operates in the north of the State.

RANT’s funding will allow it to undertake a program of activities focusing on capacity building and professional development for regional artists.

Second Echo Ensemble, based in Hobart, will receive support to embark on the development of two new ensemble-led works - Let Me Dry Your Eyes and What Makes You Beautiful.

Community arts organisation Kickstart Arts Inc. will receive multi-year support for 2019 and 2020 to work with artists and the community to produce works that activate the spaces at its Kickstart Arts Centre in New Town.

The funding will be provided in addition to the $1.6 million investment already committed to another 13 arts organisations, including Design Tasmania in Launceston, Big hART Inc. on the North-West Coast, and Terrapin Puppet Theatre in Hobart, through existing multi-year agreements.

The assessment panel (drawn from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register) did not recommend any theatre organisations for support in this round, so the Tasmanian Government has introduced a brand new initiative, the Tasmanian Theatre Fund – committing an extra $400 000 over two years to support the sector.

The special Tasmanian Theatre Fund recognises that theatre organisations make a valuable contribution to our state’s thriving cultural and creative industries, and we look forward to announcing further information shortly.

For a full list of recipients please visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/organisations1819

Image: Luke Campbell and Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Second Echo Ensemble, By My Hand creative development, September 2017. Photo: Peter Mathew.

Link to news article: Announcing support for Tasmanian arts organisations



Join the Cultural and Creative Industries Register. Image: Duncan Meerding

Join the Cultural and Creative Industries Register

Friday, 21 September 2018

At Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania we draw our assessment panels from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

We’re seeking expressions of interest from people engaged within the arts, cultural heritage and screen sectors to join the register now.

It is important to us that a broad range of views (from people from different artforms, level of practice, locations and cultural backgrounds) are represented in our assessment processes.

People who are approved for inclusion on the register and invited to participate in assessment receive payment for their time. They are not excluded from applying to our programs.

Submit your expression of interest to join the register here.

Link to news article: Join the Cultural and Creative Industries Register



Funding announced for Tasmanian artists

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Duncan Meerding at the Venice 2018 Design Exhibition
Duncan Meerding at the Venice 2018 Design Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that Tasmanian artists will receive more than $305 000 through the latest round of Arts Tasmania funding.

This funding will support 31 professional artists to undertake a range of activities locally, nationally and overseas.

The funding will help the Tasmanian artists produce new works and exhibitions, undertake residency and professional development opportunities and much more.

One recipient, Duncan Meerding, is a designer and maker who recently won the award for Best Floor Light at the DARC Awards in London, which are dubbed the Oscars of the design industry.

He has secured a grant that will allow him to experiment with new creative techniques and further develop his design skills.

The funding will also allow emerging writer, Adam Thompson, who won the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award in 2017, to undertake a range of exciting professional development opportunities to challenge and grow his developing practice.

Other grant recipients include dance collective MakeShift from Launceston, which will work on the creative development of a new work focused on mental health, and musician Shan Deng, who will travel to Argentina to study tango music before performing a number of concerts across Australia.

All recipients were recommended for funding by peers from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

Click here for the full list of recipients.

Link to news article: Funding announced for Tasmanian artists



The Arts Tasmania Jeju International Residency Program

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Tasmanian artists Dr Megan Walch and Dr Penny Burnett will both travel to Jeju this year.A new international residency program between Arts Tasmania and the Jeju Foundation for Arts and Culture is underway, with one Tasmanian artist already exploring South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Dr Penny Burnett was the first Tasmanian to take part in the program, travelling to Jeju just last week.

She and Dr Megan Walch (who will begin her residency next month) will each spend six weeks connecting with the island’s arts and cultural sector, in a bid to gain cultural understanding and build upon their artistic practices.

As part of the reciprocal program, Tasmania recently welcomed Korean visual artist Jungkeun Park, who will spend six weeks living in Hobart and working in a studio at the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts.

Mr Park will be followed by painter Eunsuk Jeon, who will arrive in October for six weeks.

These exchanges, which will be offered again in 2019, provide a framework for artists to act as cultural ambassadors, using the arts as a means of building greater awareness and understanding between our two islands.

It is hoped that the program will not only broaden the individual artists’ experiences, but also the experiences of the communities in which they live.

The Arts Tasmania Jeju International Residency Program is jointly funded by the Tasmanian Government and Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The AKF supports activities that promote mutual understanding and stronger people-to-people relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea.

Australia-Korea Foundation logo

Image: Tasmanian artists Dr Megan Walch and Dr Penny Burnett will both travel to Jeju this year.

Link to news article: The Arts Tasmania Jeju International Residency Program



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