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A total of 31 Tasmanian artists will receive funding to undertake a range of activities locally, nationally and overseas following the latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Support for Individuals and Groups program.

Funding totalling more than $305 000 will enable these artists to produce new works, write, present exhibitions, record and undertake residencies, and professional and creative development opportunities.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to improving the lives of Tasmanians by supporting people working in the cultural and creative industries.

Designer Duncan Meerding, writer Adam Thompson, dance collective MakeShift, and musician Shan Deng are among the recipients, who were recommended for funding by peers from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

Duncan Meerding, who recently won the award for Best Floor Light at the DARC (Decorative Lighting in Architecture) Awards in London, has secured a grant to experiment with new creative techniques and develop his design skills.

Dance collective MakeShift from Launceston will work on the creative development of a new work focused on mental health and musician Shan Deng will travel to Argentina to study tango music and to perform a number of concerts across Australia upon her return.

For a full list of recipients please visit: http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/individuals1819 

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




Today I had the pleasure of opening the 2018 Young Archies Awards at the School of Creative Arts in Hobart.

Now in its 13th year, the Young Archies showcase artistic talent from students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and provides them with a fantastic opportunity to experience what it’s like to have their artwork included as part of an impressive art exhibition.

The awards are modelled on the famous Archibald Prize and are supported by learning sequences for students.

The Arts is an important and highly valued part of the Australian Curriculum taught in our schools, allowing students to use their creativity and imagination to communicate and express themselves.

Students are free to create a portrait of a person close to them who has influenced their lives using oil, acrylic, watercolour and/or mixed media, and it’s wonderful to see such a rich and diverse array of artworks on display here today.

The awards are presented in year categories, and exhibitions are organised in schools prior to the event with four portraits then selected from each year category for the Young Archies.

I acknowledge and applaud our Tasmanian Government schools and teaching staff who help engage students in learning and contributing to the artistic experiences of our young people.

Congratulations to all category winners and to all students and teaching staff who participated in and contributed to this year’s awards.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts



The Launceston Junction Arts Festival is in full swing showcasing incredible Tasmanian talent and artists.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to improve the lives of all Tasmanians, including in regional communities, by supporting our cultural and creative industry sector with new arts funding.

The Northern Tasmania Arts Organisations Initiative will support arts organisations across the north with $100 000 available each year for high-quality arts activities and creative ideas that engage and inspire audiences and the wider community.

This funding will also provide opportunities for the many professional artists and arts workers living and working in the region.

Eligible projects could include exhibitions, productions, concerts, literary magazines, publications, touring, arts activities within festivals, industry development, audience development, or community cultural development projects.

Arts organisations from across the north are encouraged to get their applications in to help the sector remain vibrant and grow.

Applications close on Monday, 15 October 2018, with more information at https://www.arts.tas.gov.au/nao. 

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts



Construction of a new captive breeding facility at Five Mile Beach for the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot is progressing with the first new breeding aviary expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

This will be just in time for the breeding season which commences later this month.

The new facility follows a $2.5 million funding commitment from the Hodgman Liberal Government to protect the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.

Featuring improved biosecurity measures, the new facility will reduce disease risk for the Orange-bellied Parrot and allow for a significant increase in breeding capacity.

The construction project is estimated to have created the direct employment of up to 55 people and the engagement of 17 local businesses, once fully complete in April 2019.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is serious about protecting Threatened Species in Tasmania as demonstrated by the significant conservation programs in place across the State, including additional funding for the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program in the last budget.

Additionally, the Government recently amended the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to increase the financial penalty for deliberately killing threated species to up to $102,527 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment




Award-winning Tasmanian animation studio Blue Rocket has begun production of a brand new children’s animation television series, Dumbotz.

In a world populated entirely by robots, the Dumbotz are three hopelessly inept and foolhardy robots called upon by the Mayor of Lower Dumpton to save the world.

The Hodgman Liberal Government, through Screen Tasmania, has invested $400 000 in the production of this $4.8 million series.

Dumbotz was commissioned by the Nine Network and co-produced by Blue Rocket and Beyond International.

Blue Rocket is leading the way with its development of original animated series, and in creating a niche local industry that employs talented Tasmanian designers, animators and other creative industries professionals.

With previous successes including Fanshaw and Crudnut and the Logie-winning Little J and Big Cuz, Dumbotz will be Blue Rocket’s twenty-first series. It is expected to inject at least $2.5 million into the local economy.

Investment in projects like Dumbotz help to build Tasmania’s fast growing international reputation as a producer of high quality animation, and it supports local employment with at least 18 Tasmanian crew and nine local cast expected to work on the project.

Dumbotz is scheduled to go to air nationally on 9Go in late 2019 and will be sold to international markets in 2020.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




Nominations are now open for five members to join The Community Review Committee (Threatened Species) which manages threatened species in rural communities and provides advice to the Tasmanian Government.

Vacant positions include a Chairperson, an Economist, a Rural Industry Representative, a Forest Industry Representative and a Fishing Industry Representative.

The functions of the committee include consideration of listing statements for threatened or endangered flora and fauna species, and advising on private land management plans and interim protection orders.

The Committee is established under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  and plays a critical role protecting our most vulnerable flora and fauna.

Nominations close on the Friday, 28 September 2018 and further information can be provided by contacting DPIPWE.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment


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