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Laura McCusker working on Huon Pine table. Photographer: Peter Howard.

Funding announced for Tasmanian artists and organisations

The Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Elise Archer MP, has announced funding of more than $90 000 to develop and support Tasmanian artists and organisations through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

Sixteen artists and arts organisations will receive support through the Artsbridge program, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme, the Tasmanian Residencies program and the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency program.

These programs support Tasmanian artists and arts organisations to undertake or facilitate professional development opportunities such as mentorships, residencies and masterclasses both locally and overseas.

Jordy Gregg and Kartanya Maynard will both receive grants under the Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme to work alongside Tasmania Performs to develop their play scripts.

Tasmania Performs previously worked with Tasmanian Aboriginal playwright Nathan Maynard to develop the Green Room Award winning play the Season.

Jordy intends to also work with Terrapin Puppet Theatre and pursue an opportunity to work with Indigenous performing company, Ilbijerri Theatre.

And Kartanya plans to write a play about the four generations of women in her family exploring the idea of inter-generational trauma and its impact on contemporary Indigenous communities.

Further recipients include:

  • Furniture maker Duncan Meerding will travel to Venice in late May to participate in an invitation-only exhibition entitled Venice Design 2018.
  • Artist Nadege Philippe-Janon will attend an intensive residency at SOMA in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Violinist Alethea Coombe and composer Michael Mathieson-Sandars will hone their collaborative practice and expand their musical capabilities during their residency at Rocky Cape, Tasmania.

The funding recommendations were made by expert peers drawn from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

Artsbridge

The following artists and organisations received funding through Arts Tasmania’s Artsbridge program.

Lucia Benson - $2 803 towards presenting at the Splice Festival in London, UK.

Ruth Langford - $5 598 towards sending Tasmanian Aboriginal representation to the Darwin Aboriginal Arts Fair.

Mature Artist Dance Experience (MADE) - $3 000 towards bringing Liz Aggiss to Hobart to create new work, mentor local artists and conduct workshops.

Nathan Maynard - $3 000 towards bringing Irish writer Clare Murphy to Tasmania for creative development.

Duncan Meerding - $3 000 towards participating in the invitation only Venice Design 2018 exhibition in Venice, Italy.

Laura McCusker - $3 000 towards attending Haystack’s open studio residency in Maine, USA.

Glen Murray - $3 000 towards remounting Babel at the Vrystaat Kunstefees Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Performing Lines Ltd. (Tasmania Performs) - $2 855 towards bringing New Zealand writer Jamie McCaskill to Tasmania for creative development.

Second Echo Ensemble - $9 280 towards presenting By Your Hand at the Lonely in the Rain Festival in Finland.

For general feedback on the round and a list of participating expert peers, please visit: 2018 - Artsbridge - Round One

The Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency Program

The following artist received funding through the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency program.

Nadege Philippe-Janon - $7 000 towards undertaking an intensive residency at SOMA in Mexico City, Mexico.

For general feedback on the round and a list of participating expert  peers, please visit: 2018 - The Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency Program

Tasmanian Residencies Program

The following artists received funding through Arts Tasmania’s Tasmanian Residencies program.

Alethea Coombe - $5 000 towards undertaking a residency at Rocky Cape.

Kelly Slater - $3 125 towards undertaking a residency at Rocky Cape.

For general feedback on the round and a list of participating expert  peers, please visit: 2018 - Tasmanian Residencies Program - Round One

Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme

The following artists and organisations have received funding through Arts Tasmania’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme.

Jordy Gregg - $10 000 towards undertaking a mentorship with Tasmania Performs.

Kartanya Maynard - $10 000 towards undertaking a mentorship with Tasmania Performs.

Denni Proctor - $10 000 towards undertaking a mentorship with Black Hole Theatre, Melbourne and Tasmania’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre Company.

Merinda Sainty - $10 000 towards undertaking a mentorship with Melbourne based musician, Ewan Baker.

For general feedback on the round and a list of participating expert peers, please visit: 2018 - Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme

Image credit: Laura McCusker working on Huon Pine table. Photographer: Peter Howard.

Link to news article: Funding announced for Tasmanian artists and organisations



Psycroptic

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 www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding/decisions

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

Link to news article: 2018 Artist Investment Program - funding results



Image: Radical Kid Film Shoot, 2016. Photographer: Angela Barnard

New Education Residencies program

Monday, 23 October 2017

We are excited to unveil our new Education Residencies program as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Youth Arts Program announced in the 2017 -18 State Budget.

The Education Residencies provide an opportunity for artists to focus on their practice in an educational environment working alongside teachers and students. Residencies build young people’s capacity to engage with the arts whilst enhancing student social health and wellbeing. They allow artists to inspire, reconnect or introduce teachers to new ideas and approaches.

In 2018 four residencies of $10 000 are available to professional Tasmanian artists at schools around the state.

Other residencies available through Arts Tasmania include Tasmanian Residencies and the Claudio Alcorso International Residency.

Applications for Education Residencies close 8 November. For program information and applications see www.arts.tas.gov.au/education_residencies

Image: Radical Kid Film Shoot, 2016. Photographer: Angela Barnard

Link to news article: New Education Residencies program



Arts Tasmania has moved

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Arts Tasmania is moving to Parliament Square

The Hobart office of Arts Tasmania is moving to a new premises on Monday 25 September 2017.

The move to the new Salamanca Building, Parliament Square, will bring all the business units in Department of State Growth's Cultural and Tourism Development Division together in one space with Arts Tasmania co-located with Events Tasmania, Screen Tasmania and the Tourism and Hospitality Supply Unit.

The move will provide greater opportunities for collaboration and closer working relationships across the division and Department of State Growth as it continues to promote and develop Tasmania's cultural and creative industries.

The availability of Arts Tasmania staff for our clients will not change. All of our clients are welcome to make an appointment to meet staff at mutually convenient times. Visitors will need to report to the concierge/reception desk located in the foyer of the Salamanca Building where they will be met by an Arts Tasmania staff member.

Arts Tasmania are also pleased that the public artwork, Shutter by Judith Abell, commissioned by the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme in 2008 for the current Elizabeth Street offices, will be installed prominently in the foyer of the Salamanca Building, Parliament Square.

This move will not affect northern Tasmania staff who will remain at the Arts Tasmania office at Cornwall Square in Launceston.

From Monday 25 September, Arts Tasmania's new Hobart office address is:Shutter, Jude Abell. Commissioned through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme

Physical address:
Salamanca Building, Parliament Square
4 Salamanca Place, Hobart, 7000.

Postal address:
Arts Tasmania,
GPO Box 536,
Hobart, 7001

Other contact details will remain the same

Phone: 03 6165 6666
Email: info@arts.tas.gov.au
Web: www.arts.tas.gov.au

Image: Shutter, Jude Abell. Commissioned through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme

Link to news article: Arts Tasmania has moved to Parliament Square



Cast of Trash This Place, DRILL, 2016.

Boost for Tasmanian arts and cultural production

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Arts Tasmania’s Organisations Investment Program will provide over $2.2 million in funding to support Tasmanian arts organisations to deliver high quality arts experiences and activities around the state in 2018.

Investment in Tasmania’s arts organisations is vital to strengthen Tasmania’s robust, diverse and vibrant arts sector. Arts organisations deliver a range of high quality arts activities for all Tasmanians, they engage and inspire audiences and the wider community and provide valuable professional development opportunities for Tasmanian artists and arts workers.

There are 10 organisations who will receive new investment with an additional 11 organisations already funded through multi-year agreements.

  • Some of the organisations receiving new investment through the Organisations Investment Program include:
    DRILL is focused on building a stronger local dance industry from the grassroots, supporting young people through its projects and facilitating their transition to further training. They have been awarded project funding to create and present a major dance work for young people, NEON.  
  • Constance ARI is an artist run initiative that has been awarded funding to create innovative, paid opportunities for artists in 2018 to develop and present new work in a variety of settings. Constance provides Tasmanian visual artists with critical support, resources and audience engagement opportunities to realise projects that align with contemporary arts practice.
  • The Unconformity has been awarded funding for its artistic program that will engage local, Tasmanian, national and international artists in the Queenstown and west coast community in 2018.

For a full list of successful applicants, please visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/2018fundingreports

For further information on the Organisations Investment Program, please visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/organisations

Image credit:  Cast of Trash This Place, DRILL, 2016. Choreographed by Angela Barnard. Photographer: Joshua Lowe

Link to news article: Boost for Tasmanian arts and cultural production



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