Elise Archer,Minister for the Arts
Tasmania’s reputation as a vibrant cultural and creative hub is flourishing and the Hodgman majority Liberal Government recognises the important role the industry plays in attracting people to visit, live and work in our great State.
This is why, in one of the largest Arts Tasmania competitive funding rounds in recent years, the Government is allocating more than $2.65 million to 109 individual artists and 23 arts organisations to help further enhance Tasmania’s thriving cultural and creative sector.
This demonstrates our commitment to our arts and cultural sectors, which, according to ABS data, injected approximately $179 million into the Tasmanian economy last year.
The latest round of funding, which included both the Organisations’ program and the Individuals’ and Groups’ program, will enable artists from around the State to develop and deliver arts activities across a broad range of art forms including music, theatre, writing, visual arts, dance and community arts.
These activities will also help to engage and inspire the wider Tasmanian community, and provide key professional development and employment opportunities for our artists and arts workers.
Applications from the Tasmanian performing arts sector were particularly strong, with eight theatre and dance companies receiving support in the Organisations’ round.
Among the many funding recipients is the highly-renowned and popular Terrapin Puppet Theatre. This multi-year funding will assist them to develop and showcase Tasmanian works to audiences across Australia and internationally.