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Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (TAAB) was established under the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board Act (1975) to provide policy and funding advice to the State Government.

The Board comprises members from various sectors of the arts and the wider community, appointed by the Minister for the Arts. The Board provides advice to the Minister through recommendations for the expenditure of the annual arts grant and loan allocations.

Board updates

See the TAAB Board Updates page.


A robust, diverse, vibrant arts sector in Tasmania which is valued by Tasmanians and which is nationally and internationally recognised.


Through Arts Tasmania's grant funding programs, the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board strives to support, facilitate, advocate and enable creativity, diversity, cultural excellence and quality arts practice in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board acts as an advocate for the arts and cultural sector and provides broad policy advice on arts industry issues to Government.


The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board will support activities which demonstrate excellence; which nurture talent across the span of careers; and which express the unique perspectives of Tasmanian artists in a global context.


  • To support and develop the skills, potential and viability of our artistic talent and product; and support and strengthen the management of our arts organisations.
  • To broker opportunities for the arts by leveraging Tasmania's unique identity.
  • To increase accessibility, engagement and participation in arts and cultural activities.
  • To increase the cultural and economic value of the arts to the Tasmanian community and strengthen the connections between artists, arts organisations, business and the broader community.

Board members

The members of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board are listed below:

Nicholas Heyward


Nicholas Heyward is Managing Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since October 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Tasmania and has worked in management roles in major performing arts organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom before becoming CEO of the Brisbane Biennial International Festival of Music and CEO of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. He is Chairman of Symphony Services International, a Director of Arts Management Tasmania Pty Ltd, a Member of the Theatre Royal Management Board and a Member of the ANZAC Centenary Arts Advisory Committee.

Emma Bennison


Emma Bennison is a singer/song-writer whose work traverses a range of musical styles and genres. Emma has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland and has received several Trinity College awards for piano. She has performed at various national and international festivals and is also an arranger and choral conductor specialising in acapella music, and released an album in 2014.

Emma is CEO of national arts and disability peak body, Arts Access Australia. Emma has been blind from birth.

Tim Bullard


Tim Bullard is the Deputy Secretary (Policy) at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPaC). Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Tasmania. He has extensive experience in the public sector, having worked with DPaC for over ten years in various different roles. Tim notes his professional interests as policy development, development of legislation and intergovernmental relations.

Rye Dunsmuir


Rye Dunsmuir is a contemporary object and furniture designer from Launceston, Tasmania. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania in 1999, with a major in furniture design. Rye works as a freelance designer, producing functional works that showcase Tasmanian materials.

Up until January 2016 Rye was the General Manager of Design Tasmania. Rye made a significant contribution to the Tasmanian design community during his 10 years with the organisation, implementing many industry development initiatives and developing strong partnerships for the Tasmanian Design Award.

Dane Hunnerup


Dane Hunnerup is the Arts and Events Officer with the Clarence City Council whose unit is responsible for coordinating the municipality's major events. He also programs the music and performance art components at the Rosny Farm. A project manager for the Falls Festival in Marion Bay as well as a dj and musician in his own right, Dane was previously the founding Program Officer at Contemporary Music Tasmania. Prior to that he worked for Arts Tasmania to deliver two of the Amplified festivals.

Finegan Kruckemeyer


Finegan has had 75 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into five languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160 000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

To date, Finegan's plays have had seasons in over 70 international festivals. As well as the 2011 Fellowship, Finegan and his work have received (among others) two 2015 Tasmanian Theatre Awards, two 2014 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Awards, 2013 Most Excellent Play Award at the Shanghai International Theatre Festival, the 2012 Helpmann Award for Children's Theatre, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2009 Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Children's Play in Australia, 2009 Mystate Young Tasmanian Artist Award, 2008 Best Children's Theatre Playwright Oscart, 2007 Best Playwright Oscart, 2006 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship.

Heather Monkhouse


Dr Heather Monkhouse is a soloist and chamber musician, who lectures in clarinet performance, chamber music and music history. She coordinates the major study undergraduate performance units and is the Director of Classical Music at the Conservatorium of Music. She is the course coordinator for undergraduate degrees at the Conservatorium and is the Director of Academic Programs.

Richard Mulvaney


Richard Mulvaney is the Director of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, the Vice-President of Museums Australia; the President of Museums Australia, Tasmania, on the Churchill Memorial Trust (for Tasmania), on the Board of the University of Tasmania Arts Academy, and on the National Council of Museums Australia.

Mary Scott


Mary Scott is Senior Lecturer and Head of Drawing at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania. She also coordinates the unit Specialised Methods in Creative Arts Research as part of University's Graduate Certificate in Research. Ms Scott exhibits her artwork widely, her work is referenced in numerous professional texts and catalogues and is included in significant public and private collections. In 2010 she was recipient of Rising Stars Research Grant, University of Tasmania and since 2000 has been awarded five University of Tasmania Teaching Merit Certificates, a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (2008) and Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2008).

Toni Sheldon


Toni Sheldon has held positions in both Commonwealth and State Departments facilitating employment opportunities for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. She is a past North West Coast Regional Counsellor for Tasmanian Regional Aboriginal Council (TRAC), and a past member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, the Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Education Association. During her tenure at TRAC she assessed and evaluated funding submissions under discretionary funding allocated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).

Toni is Chair of the Aboriginal Arts Advisory Committee, a committee of which she had been a member since 2012. She has a broad knowledge of arts and culture and an understanding of the importance of supporting the continuation of Aboriginal cultural practices.

Carol Whish-Wilson


Carol Whish-Wilson is an arts business consultant and previous Acting Director of ArtsWA. Carol is an ongoing workshop presenter with Creative Partnerships Australia, and is working with DADAA Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts on a project basis.

Ms Whish-Wilson was an immediate past member of Arts Tasmania's Arts & Disability Panel.

Panels and committees

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (TAAB) seeks input to its assessment process from specialist peers on panels appointed by the Minister.

The TAAB operates on two inter-related principles: arm's length funding and peer-group assessment and decision making.

The arm's length funding principle refers to the TAAB maintaining a distance from the day-to-day business of government. This goes hand in hand with the principle of peer-group assessment and decision making. The Board, its Panel and Committees form an independent body from the artists and arts organisations that they assist, comprised of people with relevant knowledge or experience for deciding how support should be given.

The majority of panel members are practising artists or arts workers or have practised in the arts. This means that they bring practical knowledge and experience of their artforms to the Board. Members who are not practising artists but are community representatives or who have expertise in areas identified as relevant also contribute their knowledge.

You can find the members of the panels and advisory groups here:

Nominating for the Board and its Panels

The Minister for the Arts encourages you to self-nominate or to nominate others to the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and its Panels. Board and Panel members are in the unique position of providing policy advice and funding recommendations to the Minister and play an instrumental role in helping to shape the arts in Tasmania.

Whilst nomination does not guarantee a position all nominations are considered. The Minister for the Arts is responsible for all appointments.

TAAB Nomination Form - MS Word 223 KB