Prime Minister of Tasmania – Growing our vibrant cultural and creative industry


June 7, 2022

Elise Archer, Minister Delegate for Culture

The Government of Tasmania is committed to supporting our strong and vibrant cultural and creative industries, and since the start of the pandemic, as Minister for the Arts, I have provided a comprehensive package of financial support to the arts sectors, from screen and culture in response to COVID -19, totaling nearly $13 million in new and ongoing supports.

This includes the $2.5 million Arts and Culture Support Fund to help performers and artists recover from COVID-19 and produce new work.

I am pleased to announce that 33 activities will share more than $1 million in grants under the latest round of Arts Tasmania’s ‘New Work for New Markets’ initiative.

These funds will help artists and arts organizations in Tasmania undertake research, develop new work and test new ideas, helping the sector to remain active, vibrant and viable as we move into the next stage of recovery. of COVID-19.

The activities supported will professionally engage more than 210 local artists to develop their skills, establish new partnerships and develop new markets – local, national and international.

Activities supported in this cycle include:

  • Mature Artist Dance Experience Inc. (MADE), with $48,845 for the creative development of two contemporary dance works in Hobart;
  • Launceston musician Jack McClaine, with $29,910 to collaborate with local artists and compose a new body of work that examines the relationships between Tasmania, music, nature and place;
  • Devonport-based Elizabeth Shu with $17,620 to develop a digital poetry book for online audiences; and
  • Hobart’s Vibrance Festival, with $41,100 to develop the popular street art festival into an augmented reality experience accessible across Tasmania.

This support is in addition to the $40,810 provided for 11 projects under the Artsbridge program which provides essential travel support as our arts sector resumes touring, collaborating and pursuing cross-state opportunities as we are going through life with COVID-19.

And as more good news, I am pleased to announce that seven artists have each been awarded a US$10,000 grant through Arts Tasmania’s Education Residencies program to work in schools in 2022 and 2023.

This opportunity offers staff and students the opportunity to work alongside a practicing artist, inspiring the creative development of Tasmanian students.

Funding recommendations were made by independent expert peers from the Cultural and Creative Industries Register of Experts.

Our government remains strongly focused on maintaining support for our diverse arts sector, and we look forward to continued growth and momentum in the year ahead, thanks to our government’s investments in our cultural industries. and creative vital and diverse.

A full list of funding recipients is available at

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