Artsbridge supports individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform to undertake opportunities that arise at short notice. These opportunities may be interstate or overseas and should be strategically important in terms of your professional and artistic development.
If you are seeking investment towards accommodation or travel expenses associated with bringing a professional or practitioner to Tasmania, please visit Artsbridge Connect.
Applications to Artsbridge are currently closed.
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Round 1 – for projects that commence after 13 April
Closes: 1 March 2017
Round 2 - for projects that commence after 13 July 2017
Closes: 1 June 2017
Round 3 - for projects that commence after 13 October 2017
Closes: 1 September 2017
Round 4 - for projects that commence after 13 January 2018
Closes: 1 December 2017
Notification for each round will occur six weeks (30 working days) after the closing date.
Who can apply?
- Individual artists based in Tasmania.
- Partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups with at least one Tasmanian member. Interstate or international artists may be included as part of a collaborative project but will not be eligible for Arts Tasmania funding.
For other eligibility requirements, please visit general eligibility.
Who can't apply?
- Individual artists who are not based in Tasmania
- Incorporated bodies – funding for incorporated bodies is available via Artsbridge Connect.
What can I apply for?
Artsbridge provides funding for travel and/or freight expenses associated with national or international opportunities.
For example, you may seek investment towards the following:
- Economy airfares
- Ferry fares
You cannot apply for investment towards projects or activities that do not involve professional artists or arts workers, do not have a clearly defined arts component or that have already taken place.
Some types of activities are not eligible for investment or are restricted. Be sure to read the general eligibility to make sure your project is suitable before applying.
How many times a year can I apply?
There are four Artsbridge and Artsbridge Connect rounds a year. Demand for investment under both programs is high and all applicants are restricted to one application per calendar year to either Artsbridge or Artsbridge Connect. Applicants may not apply to both Artsbridge and Artsbridge Connect in the one calendar year.
Individuals may submit one application per calendar year as a solo artist. Arts Tasmania recognises the importance of cross-artform and collaborative practice, and will accept applications from groups or collaborations that include individuals who may have applied as solo artists in the same calendar year. Each group or collaboration may only apply once per calendar year.
Arts organisations may submit one Artsbridge application per year.
Artsbridge is a competitive program and funds are limited. It is advisable to submit your application as early as possible.
How much can I apply for?
The following maximum investments apply if you are seeking investment towards travel and/or freight associated with a national or international opportunity:
- $3 000 per person
- $10 000 per collaboration of four or more people.
Against what criteria will my application be assessed?
Your application will be assessed against the criteria of quality and reach.
Quality – 50 per cent weighting
There are a number of indicators of quality that the assessment panel may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project:
- Quality of artistic concept and artistic practice
- Progression – fresh artistic approaches, experimentation and creative challenge
- Currency – timeliness in career, relevance to career development, potential for growth in practice
- Capacity – calibre of personnel, resource and financial management, planning
Reach – 50 per cent weighting
There are a number of indicators of reach that the assessment panel may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project:
- What are the outcomes of the project?
- Audience/market – numbers, marketing strategy, diversity and connection
- Engagement – participation, access, involvement of the public and/or specific audience or market sectors
The assessment guidelines are a useful resource that details what peers may consider in assessing your application.
Who will assess my application?
Applications will be assessed by a multi-artform panel.
What do I submit in my application?
All applications must include:
- A letter or e-mail of confirmation from the host organisation or venue
- National opportunities: two quotes each for the airfares, ferry fares and/or freight that make up your project.
- International opportunities: three quotes each for the airfares, ferry fares and/or freight that make up your project.
- A brief CV or biography for each artist involved in your project (no more than two pages for each artist)
- A maximum of five items of artistic support material. Visit artistic support material for information relating to accepted formats.
Applications may also include:
- Letters or emails of confirmation from artists involved in your project
- A maximum of two written references that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the project and its merits.
If your project involves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content, your application must include evidence of consultation with the relevant community (refer to www.arts.tas.gov.au/inclusion).
If you are unsure about how to appropriately consult with community please contact Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program Officer, Denise Robinson.
It is not mandatory to provide confirmations of people involved in the project the time of application. However, Arts Tasmania may request confirmations of artists at any stage during the process.
Please note that excess support material will not be accepted.
How do I submit my application?
Your Artsbridge application form must be completed online before 11:59 pm on the due date.
Relevant supporting documents should be submitted as attachments to or links in your online application form.
Please note: If you are unable to submit electronically, please contact a program officer before the closing date to discuss making a hard-copy submission.
Material received after the closing date will not be considered.
For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.
Help with your application
We recommend you seek advice from a program officer before submitting your application. Program officers are a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.
Program Officer Ashlee Irwin is available to discuss your application..
Applications to 2017 Artsbridge are made using our online application form. Click on the link below to start a new application.
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