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Assessment guidelines - Aboriginal Arts Program

These guidelines are designed to:

  • help applicants understand the sorts of things assessors may consider when assessing applications
  • serve as prompts for assessors to consider in assessing submissions against the criteria of quality and reach.

The prompts are provided only as examples of the things that assessors may consider. Applicants are not required to address all the prompts one by one in their submissions, but if they are relevant, consider how they are reflected in their application.

It is very important to note that not all of the prompts will apply to each application and the prompts may vary slightly or be weighted differently between the different programs.

Application assessment guidelines

Criteria Indicator The panel may consider
Quality 50%

Strength of artistic concept and artistic practice

  • How strong is the artistic concept?
  • Is the proposal clear – what is it, who is involved, when and where?
  • How strong is the artistic practice?
  • What is the quality of work previously produced?
  • How successfully has the artists and their practice intersected across the Aboriginal arts and/or general arts sector?

Creativity – imagination, originality

  • How interesting/exciting/inventive is the proposal?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate creative thinking?
  • Does the proposal show strong artistic potential?

Progression – fresh artistic approaches, experimentation and creative challenge in career, practice and professional development

  • Does the applicant demonstrate commitment to his/her practice and professional development?
  • How does this proposal aim to preserve, enhance or expand Aboriginal arts practice?
  • How does this proposal demonstrate professional or career progression?

Currency – timeliness in career, relevance to career development, potential for growth in practice

  • What is the context of the project in the applicant's career?
  • Why this, why now, why this project?

Capacity – calibre of personnel, resource and financial management, planning

  • How viable is the proposal? Is there a project plan?
  • Are the timelines, planning, use of resources realistic and achievable? Has sufficient evidence of this been provided?
  • Is the budget realistic and accurate?
  • What is the calibre of the people involved? Why has the applicant chosen to work with them? What do they contribute to the project?
Reach 50% What are the outcomes of the project?
  • Does the project result in specific outcomes, e.g. professional development, audience/industry development, profile development?
    What is the impact of these outcomes?

Potential – how does the proposal build new opportunities for the artist's career?
  • What is the value of this project in expanding and enhancing artistic practice?
  • Will the project enable the artist to discover or develop new audiences or new markets?
  • Will the project enable the artist to meet or increase market demand for the work?

Engagement – participation, access, involvement of peers, public and/or specific audience or market sectors
  • Does the proposal increase or diversify opportunities for collaboration or practice development with other artists or arts professionals? How well?
  • How does the project benefit the Tasmanian community and particularly Tasmania's Aboriginal community?
  • Does the project offer opportunities for Tasmanian Aboriginal arts to be connected with the broader national Aboriginal arts sector?
  • Is there ambassadorial potential for Tasmanian Aboriginal arts and for the community in this project?