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Arts Tasmania

Aboriginal Arts Program (October 2020)

This program invests in contemporary Aboriginal arts, traditional arts, craft and cultural practices continue to develop in Tasmania.

A delegate of the Minister for the Arts has approved funding of $8 000 to one new project in this round.

Funding recommendations were made by expert peers drawn down from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.


Michelle Maynard - $8 000 towards Of The Birds Returning- A Self Directed Residency on Big Dog Island.

Feedback from the expert peers

The peers gave the following feedback to help current and future applicants:

  • peers recommended that all applicants (whether new or experienced) contact Arts Tasmania to make sure their applications were in line with program guidelines
  • applicants should write in plain English and use dot points where possible, also avoid art form specific jargon
  • applications that stood out in this grant round included information about the applicant’s artistic history and clearly demonstrated the benefits of the activity – whether to the applicant, the Aboriginal Community or the broader Tasmanian community
  • stronger applications included letters of support from participating artists and also letters of corroboration from any relevant organisations and agencie
  • applications were more likely to be supported when the budget was clear and thorough, including all artist wages and fees
  • make sure to include an artist resume, this gives the peers a clear picture of your current and past experiences.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed in the October 2020 round (incorporating Aboriginal Arts Program and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist Mentoring Scheme):

  • Jillian Mundy
  • Merinda Sainty