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Image credit: Hexapoda Pendant Light, In Form Exhibition, Daniel Schneider, 2015.

Arts Tasmania's Peer Register

Friday, 18 December 2015

Arts Tasmania is seeking artists, designers, writers, and industry experts or arts workers to self-nominate to join the Arts Tasmania Peer Register.

Artform-specific peers are required to assess applications to the Organisations Investment Program and Artist Investment Program.

Arts Tasmania has had an extremely positive response to calls for peers, with nomination forms received from individuals representing a wide variety of artforms. Arts Tasmania particularly encourages artists and arts workers from the contemporary music, design and theatre sectors to join the register as these artforms are currently the least represented on the register.

In 2015, Arts Tasmania introduced a two-stage assessment process for its Organisations Investment Program and Artist Investment Program. This process has been reviewed and updated based on feedback received from applicants and assessors.

Both programs will retain the two-stage assessment process but applicants will now only need to make a single submission to Arts Tasmania, with the first stage of assessment undertaken by artform-specific peer assessors. These peers will be drawn from the Arts Tasmania Peer Register.

Peers participating in assessment will review a selection of the applications received for the round they have been invited to assess. At the first stage of assessment, applications are very brief. Peers are not required to review budgets or business plans. Peers will be asked to assess solely on the quality of the artistic idea behind the project or program or quality of service to the arts.

The role of the peer is to recommend which applications should progress to the next stage of assessment. Each peer will score the applications against the published assessment criterion of quality, and make recommendations to the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (TAAB) to approve which applicants should progress to the second stage of assessment.

Anyone with relevant expertise can self-nominate to join the Arts Tasmania Peer Register. A peer is anyone who has relevant knowledge or experience of the arts to make a fair and informed assessment of applications submitted for Arts Tasmania's various investment programs.

Being on the Peer Register does not automatically mean peers will be selected to assess applications in any particular assessment round. The TAAB will select a variety of peers for each round to ensure the best mix of artform or heritage knowledge required for that particular round.

Arts Tasmania will maintain the Peer Register which is a database of people who have nominated their interest in being a peer assessor for one of Arts Tasmania's programs of investment. You can self-nominate to be placed on the Peer Register at any time using the Peer Register Nomination Form.

Visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/peerregister to find out more information and complete the Peer Register Nomination form.

Image credit: Hexapoda Pendant Light, In Form Exhibition, Daniel Schneider, 2015. Photographer: Jan Dallas.