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Designed Objects Tasmania 
18 July – 19 August 2011



SpringBOARD will showcase the results of Designed Objects Tasmania (DOT) Springboard Scholarship Program funded by Arts Tasmania and awarded in 2010 to emerging designer/makers Duncan Meerding and Zach Sonstegaard.


DOT’s 12 month long mentorships assist students who have recently completed their studies at the University of Tasmania in the North and the South of the State specialising in furniture or object design. The residency at DOT covers the costs associated with hiring a studio space and equipment rental fees.


DOT’s Professional Development Officer Jen Sharman believes the SpringBOARD Scholarships are a great leg-up for designers who often struggle to develop their design practice after leaving University.
“Start-up costs for new graduates can be quite prohibitive, and this opportunity provides them with a valuable opportunity in starting a successful designer-maker career. Also, this scholarship addresses the need for mentorship in the highly technical medium of furniture design, which is integral to reaching best professional practice.”


DOT in addition to providing space and materials also concentrate on this mentoring aspect of the residency by offering hands-on assistance and developing business skills and profile opportunities. 


SpringBOARD features new work by Duncan Meerding and Zach Sonstegaard developed during their residency at DOT. 


SpringBOARD is on show at 146 ArtSpace from 18 July – 19 August 2011.


Image: Duncan Meerding
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist