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AiR frequently asked questions

Q.   As the artist do I need to find a school for my residency?

No. Arts Tasmania select schools/colleges based on a number of criteria including location, facilities, staff and resources to fully support the program and artists proposals.

As part of the selection process the panel considers suitable matches between the successful artists and the selected schools/colleges.

Q.   Does the residency cover my travel costs?

The selected AiR schools are generally in central locations to limit the artist's travel costs. However there may be exceptions if the artist cannot be matched with a school in their chosen region. The exception is the north-west coast residency. If the successful artist lives outside the Burnie region and has indicated the north-west as their first preference then this residency will attract an additional allocation to contribute to artist's living expenses and accommodation and provided by the school college.

Arts Tasmania will cover travel and accommodation costs (if required) for artists from the north or north-west to attend the AiR induction and closing days held in Hobart. 

Q.   Do I need to find a mentor?

It's not essential for you to have a mentor selected at the time of application. If your application is successful, the Arts Tasmania Professional Development Officer can work with you to find a suitable mentor. If you do elect a particular mentor you will need to articulate why you have selected this person, how they will assist your development and include a letter of agreement from them confirming that you have discussed your project and they agree to participate as your mentor.

Q.   Can I apply for a second residency if I've already participated in the program?

Yes - previously successful AiR artists can apply for a second residency. Your application will be strengthened if you can indicate how you will build on your previous residency experiences.

Q.   I am a student at a tertiary institution can I still apply?

The AiR program falls under the same criteria for eligibility as the Arts Tasmanian grants and loans. i.e. "Undergraduate and post graduate art students are eligible to apply for grants or loans, however any activity that is part of that course, or contributes to the course assessment, is not eligible for funding". You would need to provide in your application, written confirmation from your supervisor that the residency will not be assessed as part of your course work.

Q.   What age students will I be working with?

The AiR program is offered exclusively to year 11 and 12 students in selected Tasmanian Department of Education secondary colleges and independent schools around the state.

Q.   Will I be teaching workshops or developing a project with students?

The focus of the AiR residency is generally on modelling to students and staff the artist's creative processes and practice rather than working on a specific project outcome for the school or teaching students directly. Each residency is individual in process, structure and outcomes.

Q.   Do I need to supply a budget with my application?

No.

Q.   Do I have to cover costs for materials I may use during the residency?

Each residency has a limited allocation of up to $250 provided by the schools/colleges for associated materials or residency activities. Artists are expected to cover general material or equipment costs related to their practice. eg. personal computers, cameras etc.

Q.  Can I use images, sound or other material that I generate during my residency for my own performances, exhibitions etc?

Any artwork created during the residency is the property of the artist unless the students have directly contributed to the creation of the work, then the work falls under shared rights between the students and artist. All artists are required to have signed students' permission to release images or other material publicly in print, electronically or on the internet. The successful artists are provided with the appropriate student consent forms.