AiR – Artist in Residence program
The Tasmanian Artist in Residence (AiR) program has been a flagship program for Arts Tasmania, recognised nationally and internationally for the unique opportunity afforded for professional development for artists and the significant contribution made to the arts learning for students and staff in schools. The AiR Artist in Residence Program was funded in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.
In 2016 eight professional artists undertook residencies with year 11 and 12 students in selected Department of Education secondary colleges and independent schools around the state. The 30 day residencies were located in the south, north and north-west of the state between February and July 2016. Artists are paid a $9 000 fee and matched to a suitable school or college by Arts Tasmania.
First offered in 2010, AiR has provided an opportunity for artists to focus on aspects of their practice while immersed in an educational environment. It offers pathways for artists to connect their practice to young people and for artists to inspire, re-connect or introduce teachers to new ideas and approaches. The focus of the AiR residency has been on modelling to students and staff the artists’ creative processes by exposing them to professional contemporary artists and their practice.
Through the residencies, students and staff have worked with professional artists across the fields of bio-art, contemporary ceramics, contemporary dance, digital and emergent technologies, experimental multi-discipline practice, hip hop, jewellery, music composition and song writing, mixed media, multi-media installations, new media, painting, sculpture, social circus, theatre, writing and visual arts.
Over the seven years of the program, AiR has seen 50 artists undertake residencies across 16 state colleges, 10 private colleges and 17 public/district high schools. These artists have also accessed 48 local, national or international mentors.
2016 was the final year of federal/state partnership agreement as the Australia Council was no longer in a position to fund the program.