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Stompin Youth Choreographic Project

Aboriginal Arts Program - now open

Friday, 23 June 2017

Applications are now open for the 2018 Aboriginal Arts Program. The program is open to Aboriginal artists and organisations that stimulate contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practice. To see the artists who received investment through this program last year, click here

The Aboriginal Arts Program is focused on providing opportunities for professional development through mentorships, fellowships and projects that demonstrate strong developmental content.

Click here for more information about the Aboriginal Arts Program

Applications close 21 July 2017

Image credit: Run and Hide, Richard Griffiths, Aboriginal Arts Grant 2017 recipient

Link to news article: Aboriginal Art Program open



Stompin Youth Choreographic Project

Funding boost for Tasmania's cultural and creative industries.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Funding for the cultural and creative industries has been boosted in the State Budget with a dedicated Youth Arts Strategy to be implemented over the next four years.

The 2017-18 State Budget provides $1.44 million over the next four years in new funding to support and invigorate Tasmania’s youth arts sector.

The strategy will provide funds to support individual artists and arts organisations that work with young Tasmanians to improve social health, well-being and employment opportunities through arts education and engagement.

There is ample Australian and international research that highlights the importance of participatory engagement with the arts to boost the development of ‘soft-skills’ such as self-efficacy, self-esteem and social engagement, irrespective of socio-demographics and prior achievement.

Profound participatory arts experiences and deep cultural engagement stay with us for life. This funding will provide greater opportunities for arts participation, increase motivation and engagement, and assist to identify pathways into professional careers of Tasmania’s young people.

The strategy will fund projects and programs that value artistic, cultural and creative experiences for our young people. It will stimulate independent and creative thinking, develop inter-generational cultural exchange, foster the next generation of artists and arts audiences, and build a brighter future for Tasmania.

There will be more information and details about the implementation of the strategy released in the coming weeks and months. Other budget news for the cultural and creative industries can be found here.

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Image: Stompin Youth Choreographic Project. Photographer: Jasper Da Seymour

Link to news article: Funding boost for Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries



Launceston meetings available to discuss Artist Investment Program applications

Friday  26 May 2017

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Arts Tasmania’s Artist Investment Program is currently open with applications due by 3 July 2017. 

Arts Tasmania's Program Officers, Ashlee Irwin and Kate Mackie will be in Launceston on 29 - 30 May and 22 - 23 June and are available to meet with artists.

The Artist Investment Program invests in individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform. It offers opportunities for practitioners at all career stages to undertake projects that enable them to further their careers, enrich their artistic practice and contribute to Tasmania's robust, diverse and vibrant arts sector.

These projects may involve creative development, exhibiting, recording or producing works, writing and researching creative projects and concepts, market and audience development, professional development and taking advantage of promotional opportunities. Support may also be available for travel and living allowances.

Applicants may include actors, arts administrators, choreographers, composers, crafts people, dancers, designers, musicians, playwrights, poets, bands, visual artists and writers.

If you’re thinking of applying for funding through the Artist Investment Program or need some help with your application, it is a really great idea to talk to one of the Program Officers before you submit the application.

Appointments are available in Launceston on 29 - 30 May and 22 - 23 June or anytime in Hobart, by teleconference or by video conference. 

Bookings are essential, please call 03 6165 6666 to make an appointment.

Link to news article: Meetings available in Launceston



Artsbridge 2017

Round 1 - March

Luke Reid is an early career writer/spoken word artist based in Launceston, Tasmania. He will use an Artsbridge international grant of $2 250 to travel to Banff, Canada as one of fifteen artists selected from across the work to participate in the Banff Centre Spoken Word Program.

Simone Walters is a professional modern orchestral bassoonist, contra-bassoonist and a part-time member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She will use an Artsbridge international grant of $1 967 to attend two specialist Baroque performance summer schools - the Oregon Bach Society's Berwick Academy in Eugene and the American Bach Soloists Festival Academy in San Francisco.

Scott Van Tuil is an early career Tasmanian Designer. He will use an Artsbridge national grant of $330 to exhibit at Denfair, Melbourne.  

Mark Downie is an established, well-respected Tasmanian musician and performer. He will use an Artsbridge international grant of $7 250 to enable his band, The Dead Maggies to undertake a comprehensive music tour playing at key festivals across the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Link to news article: Artsbridge 2017



2018 Vita Brown Bequest Bursary - applications open

Monday 1 May 2017

Intaglio etching with post press hand inking and watercolour, Sonia Strong

Vita Ethel Brown (11 October 1916 – 15 December 2012) generously bequeathed funds to Arts Tasmania "to make a grant to assist two or more emerging artists to purchase materials provided always that the artist chosen shall be justified by their work."

As a result, Arts Tasmania is able to offer two $500 bursaries each year to artists who have spent less than two years working in any artform or have been absent from professional practice for the last two years.

Click here for more information about the Vita Brown Bequest Bursaries.

Applications close 3 July 2017

Link to news article: 2018 Vita Brown Bequest Bursary - open for applications



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