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Cultural Heritage Program 2017-18

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced investment in cultural heritage organisations, for the financial year 2017-18 totalling $493 650.

Feedback from the Cultural Heritage Panel

The Panel would welcome more applications for Roving Curator time, but noted that the change of program dates from calendar year to financial year had meant that some organisations were not ready to propose a follow-up project. Given that unallocated Roving Curator days remain for 2017-18, the panel invited organisations who may have a need for Roving Curator time to apply at a later date this year for Roving Curator days, after first meeting with a Roving Curator to discuss their needs. The panel encouraged organisations who were undertaking the Museum Standards Program to apply for Roving Curator days to help them to address aspects of their museum operations.

For the Program Category of the Cultural Heritage Program, the panel noted that it would like applicants to more clearly show what was being supported with the Arts Tasmania investment in their application. This would help the Panel to make informed decisions about applications. This may include a detailed  program of activities for the first year of funding, and a column in the budget showing how the Arts Tasmania funding would be spent. The Arts Tasmania budget template will be amended to facilitate this.  

Panel Initiatives

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection Program
$1 000

This funding has been allocated towards the “matching grant” available under the Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection Program in 2018. Together with $1 000 of funds donated by Lynne Stacpoole, a grant of $2 000 will be available to applicants who are willing to raise $1 000  of funds through their community, for a $3 000 asset purchase.

Making Museums Work
$857

This amount will support the Making Museums Work Professional Development Workshops for 2017-18.

Program recipients

Burnie City Council: Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Museum
$105 000 for 2017-18
$107 000 for 2018-19
$109 000 for 2019-20
$111 000 for 2020-21

Burnie City Council will receive four year funding to support the programs of both the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Regional Museum

Devonport City Council: Devonport Regional Gallery
$80 000

This grant will support the annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs for the Devonport Regional Gallery. The Devonport Regional Gallery will move to a new larger gallery space as part of the Living City Project.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania Inc
$70 000 for 2017-18
$72 000 for 2018-19
$74 000 for 2019-20
$76 000 for 2020-21

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania will receive four year funding to support the employment of a Maritime Heritage Co-ordinator and the outreach activities that the co-ordinator delivers to the Maritime Heritage Organisations of Tasmania network.

Narryna Heritage Museum Incorporated
$45 000

This funding will support the annual program of the Narryna Heritage Museum.

Tasmanian Wool Centre - Ross Limited: Tasmanian Wool Museum
$29 800
10 days of Roving Curator time

This funding will support the annual program of the Tasmanian Wool Museum. In 2017-18, the organisation will undertake the implementation of the museum’s interpretation Plan and make improvements to collection management with the assistance of the Roving Curator

West Coast Heritage Limited: West Coast Heritage Centre
$148 000

The West Coast Heritage Centre will use this funding to support its annual program.

Project recipients

Break O'Day Council: St Helens History Room
$1 225

This grant will support the creation of new interpretive banners for the St Helens History Room.

Derwent Valley Council: New Norfolk Historical Information Centre
8 days of Roving Curator time

The Roving Curator will assist with the development of an exhibition plan

Meander Valley Council: Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum
$1 359

This funding will support collection management and preservation for the Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum

Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania: Army Museum Tasmania
$5 600

The Army Museum Tasmania will develop a pilot project for the development of Collection Guides for their collection.

Scottsdale RSL Sub Branch Inc.
$1 390
10 days of Roving Curator time

The grant will support the purchase of preservation materials and the Roving Curator will assist with the development of an interpretation plan

The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Tas) trading as Scots Memorial Museum & Heritage
$2 384
6 days of Roving Curator time

The Roving Curator will assist in the development of an interpretation plan, and the grant will support the design and printing of an interpretation booklet

University of Tasmania Library, Special and Rare Collections
10 days of Roving Curator time

The Roving Curator will assist with the implementation of Preservation Needs Assessment for the Special and Rare Collections.

Wynyard RSL Sub Branch Inc.
$2 035

This grant will support the purchase of Mosaic cataloguing software.

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Program

Ms Lynne Stacpoole and The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, have announced $4 000 in funding for four small museums and collections in Tasmania.

The Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Program supports the purchase of capital items to assist with the preservation or display of collections. This program is able to be offered through the generosity of the previous Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board's Small Museums and Collections  Panel (now the Cultural Heritage Panel), Ms Stacpoole, who has donated funds to Arts Tasmania specifically for this program.  

A new matching grant as part of this program allows larger capital items of $3 000 or greater to be purchased, using $1 000 of donated funds, $1 000 of state government funds, and a minimum of $1 000 of funding from the applicant museum's community.

Feedback from the Cultural Heritage Panel

The panel recommended that future applicants seek advice from the Roving Curators in relation to the asset/s that they wish to purchase well in advance of the closing date. The applicant should then state in their application what advice was received and how it relates to the purchase they wish to make.

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection program

Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Tasmania Division Inc: RAAFA (Tasmania Division) Museum
$ 437

This grant will support the For the purchase of Lockable glass display cabinet

Derwent Valley Council: New Norfolk Historical Information Centre
$ 721
1 day of Roving Curator time

This grant will support the purchase of a lockable display cabinet, and the Roving Curator will assist with the selection of the cabinet.

Meander Valley Council: Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum
$ 842

This grant will allow the purchase of dehumidifiers to assist in the preservation of the collection.

Wynyard RSL Sub Branch Inc.
$2 000
1 day of Roving Curator time

The Wynyard RSL will use this grant, along with $1 000 that has been raised from the community, to purchase six mannequins to display military uniforms. The Roving Curator will provide training in textile handling to assist in the display of the uniforms.

The Cultural Heritage Panel

The following members of the Cultural Heritage Panel participated in the assessment of the 2017-18 Cultural Heritage Program.

Richard Mulvaney
Chair
Member of the TAAB
Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Linda Clark
Independent Curator and Conservator

Jane Deeth
Independent curator and Visual Arts Coordinator for Ten Days on the Island

Michael Smith
Conservation Project Officer – Collections, Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority

Brad Williams
Heritage Manager, Centre for Heritage at Oatlands

Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board thanks the Cultural Heritage Panel for their contribution towards the assessment of applications to the Cultural Heritage Program.

Link to news article: Cultural Heritage Program 2017-18



Blue Angel cast, Big hART, photographer Alistair Bett

Opportunity for artists to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market roadshow

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council are offering the opportunity for up to five Tasmanian performing arts practitioners, administrators or marketers to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) roadshow in Melbourne on Friday 24 March 2017.

APAM provides an opportunity for national and international presenters to discover and book Australian work for their venues or festivals. It will take place in Brisbane from 19-23 February 2018 and offers attendees an extraordinary opportunity to network, see the work of other companies and artists  and  to  build relationships with presenters and festivals.

In the lead up to APAM, roadshows are held around the country to help prepare those interested in attending APAM. It is a chance to hear about plans for APAM 2018, get advice on how to get involved, hear from experienced APAM attendees who will discuss how to attending the market.

There are five $300 subsidies (to assist with airfares and transfers) for Tasmanian performing arts practitioners to attend the roadshow at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne on Friday 24 March from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

This is a valuable introduction for creative, administrative, or marketing practitioners, particularly for those new to APAM. It is also a great chance to meet and network with interstate peers.

Apply now

Applications are made using our online application form. Click on the link below to start a new application.    

Applications close Wednesday 8 March 2017 
Notification Friday 10 March 2017

APAM Roadshow Travel Subsidy Application Form

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image credit: Blue Angel cast, Big hART, photographer: Alistair Bett

Link to news article: Opportunity for artists to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market roadshow



The Premier's Literary Prizes

Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes are now open

The Premier's Literary Prizes celebrate Tasmanian stories and writers. Some of the previous winners include: Quentin Beresford, Richard Flanagan, James Boyce, Rohan Wilson, Katherine Johnson and Kathryn Lomer.

The Premier’s Literary Prizes include:

Books entered for the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize must have been published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017.

Judges for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes include: Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Professor Lucy Frost, Ms Victoria Ryle, Ms Anica Boulanger-Mashberg and Ms Melanie Tait.

The prizes are delivered by Arts Tasmania with support from the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists.

Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes close on 3 April 2017.

For more information, eligibility criteria and entry forms visit: www.arts.tas.gov.au/plp

Link to news article: Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes are now open



Vale - Sue Henderson

Monday, 28 November 2016

It is with deep sadness that Arts Tasmania conveys news of the passing of Dr Sue Henderson - visual artist and practice-led researcher, and coordinator of the drawing and painting studios at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Inveresk. Her research included visual responses to the natural environment  (including the localities of Cataract Gorge and Rocky Cape) and site-specific painting installations exploring architecture, site responsiveness and performative potentials for painting environments.

The work that Sue undertook in guiding and nurturing others in her role at the University of Tasmania also had significant impact on the Tasmanian arts community. Sue made a lasting impression on her students and she will be sorely missed by her peers and colleagues at the Tasmanian College of the Arts.

We were very fortunate to have such a talented artist living, working and teaching in our state. Sue’s warmth, collegiality, good humour and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by all.

In 2015, Sue was resident artist at Rocky Cape. You can explore some of Sue’s work and process through this link Case study: Sue Henderson - Tasmanian Residencies, which contains a small interview and video.

Vale - Sue Henderson

Link to news article: Vale Sue Henderson



Wilmot Museum, 2016

Tasmania’s new Museum Standards Program

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Arts Tasmania is pleased to announce a new pilot Museum Standards Program to help Tasmanian museums aim for best practice in management, build a significant collection and connect with their community and visitors.

The program is based on the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries and offers resources, fresh ideas and a framework of goals to aim for. Arts Tasmania’s Museum Standards Program is an opportunity to look at how Tasmanian museums work and to provide an opportunity inspired by the best ideas from some of the finest minds in the Australian museums sector. It is also a great chance for our museums and collections to consider what they would like to achieve in the future.

Museum staff and volunteers are able work on the self-assessed program at their own pace with Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators available to offer support, advice and assistance with projects that work towards completion of the program. The successes of participating museums will be promoted in Arts Tasmania newsletters and associated media.

There will be two intakes in the next 12 months, Tasmanian museums interested in participating in the pilot program can find more information and register their interest here: www.arts.tas.gov.au/msp

The first registration period is open now and closes on Friday, 9 December 2016.

A second registration period will open in April and close in May 2017.

Image: Wilmot Museum, 2016.

Link to news article: Announcement: Tasmania’s new Museum Standards



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