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Arts Tasmania

Education Residencies 2020-21

Education Residencies give opportunities for Tasmanian artists to focus on their practice in an educational environment.

They offer a chance for young people to build their capacity to engage in the arts. They also offer artists a chance to inspire or re-connect with their practice.

The Minister for the Arts has approved funding of $40 000 to four artists in this round.

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


Bill Hart - $10 000 towards a residency in north-west Tasmania in 2021.

Josh Foley - $10 000 towards a residency in northern Tasmania in 2021.

Shelley O’Reilly - $10 000 towards a residency in southern Tasmania in 2021.

Tom O’Hern - $10 000 towards a residency in southern Tasmania in 2021.

Feedback from the expert peers

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

  • All applicants should discuss applications with Arts Tasmania staff before submitting – even if you have applied in the past. Funding guidelines may change and it is important to make sure the focus of your application is consistent with the guidelines of the program.
  • The Education Residencies program is an artist-in-residence program. The stronger applications showed opportunities for the artist to develop their professional or creative practice while working in a school setting. The peers were unable to recommend applications that focused solely on teaching.
  • Your application should show an understanding of the many different stakeholders involved in an Education Residency – young people, educators and the wider school community – and explore potential benefits for all parties.
  • Your application should show your ability to engage with young people and your capacity to be flexible and dynamic in the school environment.
  • Many applications to this round were overly ambitious. Peers encouraged applicants to be realistic. School environments are often complex and the time available for residencies is limited.
  • Letters of support should specifically comment on your suitability for an Education Residency by exploring your skills and how you would work in an educational environment.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed in the March 2020 round (incorporating Art Fair Industry Development Initiative, Artsbridge, the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme – Arts Businesses, Education Residencies, Low-interest Loans and the Vita Brown Bequest Bursary):

  • Adam Ouston
  • Amber Koroluk-Stephenson
  • Carin Mistry
  • Jessie Pangas
  • Joel Fenton