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Support announced for Tasmanian museums and collections

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Stained Glass Roundel from the collection of the St John’s Church, Launceston, Photo: Veronica MacnoThe many small museums, galleries and collections across Tasmania play an important role as custodians of the inspiring stories of our local communities.

At Arts Tasmania we were pleased to provide support to small museums and community-based collections through our Roving Curator program and the Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection grants for 2019.

Eleven small museums and collections around Tasmania will receive support through the latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curator program.

The Roving Curators, who are skilled museum and cultural heritage professionals, will spend more than 95 days in 2019 working with community and volunteer-focussed organisations on a variety collection management and conservation projects.

The Roving Curators will support Derby Community Development Association, which operates the Derby Schoolhouse Museum in Tasmania’s North-East, to develop their collection management skills and prepare for the Museum’s proposed expansion.

Other organisations to receive support in this round include the Wynyard RSL Sub-Branch, the Mawson’s Huts Foundation and the Derwent Valley Railway Preservation Society Inc.

Two further organisations are also continuing with the Roving Curators on two-year projects that were supported in the previous round.

Recipients of the 2019 Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Grants will share in funding of more than $3 500 to purchase essential capital items to preserve or display their collections.

The grants are offered by Arts Tasmania in partnership with Mrs Lynne Stacpoole.

The three organisations to receive support through the latest round are the Collection of Medical Artefacts Tasmania, the Launceston RSL Sub-branch and the Furneaux Historical Research Association Inc.

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

Image: Stained Glass Roundel from the collection of the St John’s Church, Launceston, Photo: Veronica Macno

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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 www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions

Image: Lillian Wheatley

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Support for Tasmanian artists and arts organisations

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Sampa the Great at a festival called PANAMA – photographer: Jorge Serra.Arts Tasmania will proudly provide more than $146 000 to Tasmanian artists and arts organisations across the state through our latest funding round.

Six organisations will deliver an exciting range of arts activities with grants totalling more than $100 000 through the 2018-19 Northern Tasmania Arts Organisations Initiative.

Among the successful recipients is Interweave Arts Association, a community arts organisation working with youth and people with a disability in and around Launceston, will receive support towards the development of a dynamic new dance and theatre work to be presented in 2019.

Other organisations supported by the initiative include Mudlark Theatre, a festival called PANAMA and the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Company.

Several individual artists will also receive support for professional development and residencies across Tasmania, interstate and overseas, through Artsbridge, the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency, and Tasmanian Residencies programs.

Hobart-based artist Glen Murray will receive the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency grant to travel to South Africa to initiate a collaborative dance residency and develop new work.

Luke Conroy, a visual artist from Devonport, is one of eight recipients to receive support in the latest round of Artsbridge to travel interstate or overseas for exhibitions, residencies or professional development opportunities.

Six artists will receive funding through the Tasmanian Residencies program to undertake residencies a little closer to home. Recipients include collaborators Nadege Philippe-Janon and Maria Blackwell who will travel to Cockle Creek, and musician Rachel Meyers who will travel to Arthur River on the remote West Coast.

The full list of recipients can be found here www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions

Photo credit: Sampa the Great at a festival called PANAMA – photographer: Jorge Serra.

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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

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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.

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