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Social inclusion principles

Arts Tasmania seeks to support socially inclusive arts practices that are appropriate to the needs of those in our community who are at risk of social exclusion. In keeping with the social inclusion principles for Australia, Arts Tasmania encourages applicants to identify, where appropriate, how their arts practice might reduce disadvantage, increase social, civil and economic participation and/or assist in achieving a greater voice, combined with greater responsibility for members of our community who are at risk of social exclusion.

Arts Tasmania is keen to receive applications that address the principles of social inclusion with regard to, but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural content, multicultural arts, arts and disability and youth arts.

Communication, consultation and consent

Prior to lodgement of applications that relate directly to a particular cultural or special needs group, the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board expects consultation to have occurred with an appropriate representative of the relevant group and written endorsement to have been provided. The board cannot support applications that infringe on other artists and communities ownership of stories, images or creations. The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board stresses the need to respect copyright in such cases.

Applicants who are submitting projects containing Aboriginal cultural content should note that in the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, consultation and communication processes can vary. Applicants should contact the Aboriginal Arts Program Officer at Arts Tasmania who can provide initial advice but has no authority to speak on behalf of the Aboriginal community or to give consent. The Tasmanian Governments Office of Aboriginal Affairs is also available to provide advice.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural content

Arts Tasmania is keen to receive applications for projects from individuals, organisations or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and has developed residency opportunities for such participants. Arts Tasmania encourages the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in projects, particularly where the project involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and content.

In providing support to artists and organisations, Arts Tasmania is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practice is undertaken in a manner preferred by those cultures. This is equally pertinent for those small museums and collections wishing to display and interpret Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history.

In all of Arts Tasmania's programs, applicants have the option to express their Aboriginality, or the Aboriginality of project participants, based on their own self-assessment. This information will be used for statistical purposes only and will help Arts Tasmania to better understand the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who are accessing its programs of assistance.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific programs, such as the Aboriginal Arts Fund, or for applications to general funding rounds that feature Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural content, applicants will be asked to provide more detailed information about the Indigenous participants in the project or program. This will assist Arts Tasmania's Aboriginal Arts Advisory Committee, who will be asked to take part in the assessment process for such applications.

Applicants applying for Arts Tasmania Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific programs and services (such as the Aboriginal Arts Fund) will be required to establish eligibility. Eligibility for Tasmanian Government programs and services is based on the three-tiered criteria used by the Australian Government and Tasmanian Governments as defined by Federal and Supreme Court decisions.

The criteria for eligibility require that the individual:

  • is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived.

Please contact the Aboriginal Arts Program Officer for advice before applying. You should also consult the Aboriginal Arts Program Officer before submitting any application that includes Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content.

Applicants, when writing and speaking about Aboriginal cultures should do so with consideration and respect and avoid the use of derogatory or outdated terms. For further information, applicants are directed to the Australia Council Indigenous Protocol Guides: New Media Cultures, Performing Cultures, Song Cultures, Visual Cultures, and Writing Cultures. Arts Tasmania has also produced a supplementary guide dealing specifically with issues relating to Tasmanian Aboriginal culture: Respecting Cultures – Working with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community and Aboriginal Artists.

Arts Tasmania's Aboriginal Arts Program Officer is located at Arts Tasmania's Launceston office. Call (03) 6777 2805 or 1800 247 308.

Arts and Disability

'Arts and Disability' is a broad term that Arts Tasmania recognises as encompassing a range of arts activities involving people with disability both as practitioners and as audience members.

Arts Tasmania uses the term 'disability' to refer to barriers rather than medical conditions or function limitation. The word 'disability' in its social model context means that someone has been disabled by barriers or discrimination, not by their function limitations. The term comes from a position of putting the person first and is the one most commonly used in Australia. It is also similar to the term used in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. These barriers are seen as being the disabling factor which prevent or limit opportunities, for example; attitudes/discrimination and physical environment. Disability may be permanent or temporary, and is often not visible.

Not all artists with disability may choose to identify as such and not all artists with disability make work that references their disability. They seek the removal of social and physical barriers to make their work through the 'arts and disability' movement. 'Disability-arts' is a genre of work and an important movement in contemporary art history. It is work that refers to and comments on the lived experience of disability.

In October 2014, the Meeting of Cultural Ministers noted the efforts of jurisdictions to ensure Australia's artistic landscape reflects and is inclusive of the lived experiences of our diverse community and released the National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation 2009-12.

Ministers endorsed the evaluation's recommendations and priority areas of action as a framework for continued focus.

Arts Tasmania continues to deliver on the four focus areas of the National Arts and Disability Strategy, by:

  • encouraging people living with disability to apply to any of its programs
  • striving to ensure accessibility and equity for all applicants
  • providing an accessible online resource and model Disability Action Plan for arts organisations – see

Young practitioners

Arts Tasmania support the further development of young people as artists, whether managing their own projects, or assisted by a professional. They aim to give young artists skills both in the creation of work and in project management. In addition to the criteria for assessment, Arts Tasmania would like to particularly encourage applications that involve:

  • issue-based arts
  • art as a resource for another (normally social) need
  • skills enhancement.

Arts Tasmania aims to make the arts accessible and relevant to young people and foster new, non-traditional audiences. Any project that has accessibility for young people at its core is invited. Non-youth organisations proposing a youth-specific project that addresses the following criteria are eligible to be assessed as a youth arts project:

  • use of alternative forms and spaces
  • specific targeting of youth
  • innovation in employing youth in the project
  • targeting disadvantaged audiences, such as low-income high-crime areas.

Cultural diversity

Arts Tasmania recognises the multicultural backgrounds of our population and the intercultural nature of artistic endeavours. It is through the diversity, traditions and capacity for innovation in Australia's multicultural society that creative expression across all areas of practice is expanded and enriched.

Arts Tasmania promotes equal access to participation for all Australians. To encourage projects that reflect the multicultural society, that involve artists from non-English-speaking backgrounds and that engage audiences in multicultural arts, Arts Tasmania invites applications from: migrants and groups with specific cultural, religious and linguistic situations; arts organisations, artists and museums and collections whose projects include the promotion and the encouragement of greater awareness of cultural diversity in arts and culture; and projects that enable increased access to arts and cultural resources and activities by groups and communities from culturally diverse backgrounds.