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Image credit: Jabra Latham. Jabra will receive funding through the 2017 Artist Investment Program to compose music for Saxophone Quartet.

2017 Artist Investment Program

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced investment of more than $400 000 in Tasmanian artists, collaborations and groups through the 2017 round of Arts Tasmania’s Artist Investment Program.

Feedback from the Artist Investment Panel

The members of the Artist Investment Panel were impressed by the high standard of the applications to the 2017 round of the Artist Investment Program and found assessment challenging. Funds of $325 000 were available for distribution, equating to 45 per cent of the total request. As an additional  $75 000 had been set aside for the Artsbridge travel assistance program and residencies, a total of $400 000 would be distributed through the program to individual artists and collaborations for 2017.

The Artist Investment Panel is a multi-artform panel made up of active Tasmanian artists and arts workers from a range of backgrounds. Members reiterated the importance of using plain language that everyone can understand when writing an application, and also asked that applicants do not assume that  assessors are familiar with their practice or artform.

Applications that begin by outlining the proposed project in a clear and professional manner are more likely to be successful than those that that are padded out with unnecessary information, or are repetitive or offhand in nature.

Overall, the panel felt that the artistic support material provided was of a lower standard than in previous rounds, with many applicants providing examples of work that was over five years old. Members favoured applications that included clear, high-quality artistic support material that was recent  and, most importantly, relevant to the proposed project. The panel encouraged future applicants to carefully consider the items they choose and to seek advice from peers before submitting.

Applicants should ensure that links to online material (such as artist portfolios, video and audio recordings) work. Several applications to the 2017 round included broken, incorrect or expired links, leaving assessors unable to access important information.

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board will be conducting a review of the Artist Investment Program at the end of 2016, taking into account feedback from applicants, peer assessors and panels and the efficacy of administrative processes.

Grants

The following artists have received funding through Arts Tasmania’s 2017 Artist Investment Program.

Design

Duncan Meerding received a development grant of $10 000 towards developing his practice and undertaking marketing.

Scott van Tuil received a development grant of $7 750 towards the development of a designed object collection.

Performing arts

Frances Butler received a delivery grant of $25 000 towards A Tasmanian Requiem.

Glen Murray received a delivery grant of $5 700 towards Babel.

Halcyon Macleod received a delivery grant of $23 000 towards the presentation of new interdisciplinary work Crawl Me Blood.

Joshua Lowe received a development grant of $5 200 and a delivery grant of $12 000 towards Cold Omens.

Justus Neumann received a delivery grant of $20 100 towards presenting a one man show.

Literature and print media

Adam Ouston received a development grant of $12 000 towards a new novel.

Christina Booth received a development grant of $17 700 towards developing of a graphic novel.

Emily Conolan received a development grant of $7 300 towards the Find Your Way Home book series.

Multimedia and other arts

James Newitt received a development grant of $9 000 and a delivery grant of $1 400 towards A Plan for Escape.

Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford received a development grant of $12 925 towards Sisters Akousmatica.

Pip Stafford received a development grant of $9 890 towards developing a new body of work.

Music

Hamish Houston received a development grant of $7 400 towards a mentorship in double bass.

Jabra Latham received a development grant of $10 280 towards the composition of music for saxophone quartets.

Jake Long, of The Coogans, received a development grant of $13 500 towards a recording project.

Joseph Haley, of the band Psycroptic, received a delivery grant of $9 247 towards a Canadian tour.

Samuel Dowson, of the band Lazer Baby, received a delivery grant of $7 380 towards a tour to launch the group’s new single.

Spike Mason received a delivery grant of $12 726 towards a recording project with the Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

Tom Vincent received a development grant of $10 000 towards the creation of new compositions for string quartets.

Trent Griggs received a delivery grant of $4 485 towards drum tracking for his new album.

Visual Arts, craft and design

David Edgar and Eliza Burke received a development grant of $8 500 and a delivery grant of $4 710 towards Full Void.

Emma Bugg received a development grant of $12 550 to develop her practice.

Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward received a development grant of $20 480 towards Lost Rocks.

Lucia Usmiana received a development grant of $3 600 and a delivery grant of $400 towards Nearly 50 Useful Things.

Mairi Ward received a delivery grant of $6 200 towards a solo exhibition in Melbourne.

Rebecca Coote received a development grant of $7 500 towards the development of new glass sculptures.

Sabrina Evans received a development grant of $2 530 and a delivery grant of $1 000 towards Anthropomorphic Millinery.

Victor Medrano-Bonilla received a delivery grant of $3 547 towards Crossroads.

Panel Initiatives

Arts Tasmania’s Artsbridge and Artsbridge Connect programs received a total allocation of $35 000 for 2017.

Arts Tasmania’s Residencies program received a total allocation of $36 500 for 2017, including funds towards two Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Fellowships. The Tasmanian Arts Advisory allocated additional funds of $11 500 towards the Tasmanian Residencies program in 2017.

The University of Melbourne operating through the Asialink Centre received funding of $15 000 towards supporting a Tasmanian artist to undertake a residency through the centre.