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Arts Tasmania

Individuals and groups 2020-21

This program supports individuals and groups to undertake projects that enable them to further their careers, enrich their artistic practice and contribute to Tasmania's arts sector.

The Minister for the Arts has announced funding of $349 104 for 23 projects.

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

Individuals and groups is offered annually by Arts Tasmania. It is not part of the Tasmanian Government’s Cultural and Creative Industries stimulus package.





Adam Thompson

$14 780

Writing a new novel

Alexander Davern & Paul Murphy

$25 740

A collaborative project to produce an immersive multimedia installation for presentation at the Junction Arts Festival in 2021

Annie Greig

$9 999

Dance Bank – an archive of work by Graeme Murphy

Daniel Gray-Barnett

$14 000

The development of a sequel to his picture book, Grandma Z

Dewayne Everettsmith

$25 650

palawa kani recording project

Duncan Meerding

$9 870

Developing techniques for new decorative art lighting

Dylan Sheridan

$12 800

The development and presentation of a new work for The Unconformity 2021

Felicity Horsley

$23 741

The development of an interactive virtual performance - Pandora’s Monster

Harry Holcombe-James

$15 000

SELF - installation experience

James Brennan

$35 000

Judith’s Return

Joanna Elizabeth Lawton

$10 000

Seaweed, Science and Ceramics

Jordy Gregg

$13 702

Park Days development (stages 4 & 5)

Julie Gough

$13 420

An artist publication for TENSE PAST with critical texts

Justin Heazlewood

$14 755

Adapt Get Up Mum into a one-man theatre work

Katherine Johnson

$10 668

Researching and producing first and second drafts of a new creative work - Wild Once More

Meres (Anna Laverty, Ben Simms, Cody Mills, James Matuszek, Marianne Shannon & Sheridan Kerr)

$15 308

Recording the groups debut album

Nunami Sculthorpe-Green

$7 638

Greyscales development (stage 3)

Ross Hay

$11 959

Producing a locally written play

Sam George-Allen

$16 550

Producing and distributing Tell Me What You Know, a creative non-fiction podcast and publication

Sinsa Mansell

$15 933


Slag Queens (Alexandra Hullah, Amber Perez-Wright,  Caitlin Fargher, Claire Johnston, Lucinda Shannon & Wesley Miles)

$9 120

Recording the group’s second album

Sonia Heap

$9 721

On memory - a performative exhibition of new work

The Sleepyheads (Cameron Locke, Daniel Barton, Patrick Broxton & William Shepherd)

$13 750

Recording the group’s debut album

Feedback from the expert peers

The peers expressed a high level of confidence in Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries, and their ability to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

They commented on the broad and diverse range of applications and were excited by the potential of the state’s dynamic and vibrant arts sector.

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.
  • Peers encouraged applicants to read the program guidelines and application forms carefully before submitting an application, noting that a number of applications to this round included ineligible expenses in the budget such as equipment purchases.
  • Applicants should write in plain English and avoid unnecessary artform specific language or jargon.
  • Artists should not assume that the peers have previous knowledge of an applicant’s career or experience.
  • Peers recommended that applicants proofread, or ask a friend to proofread, all parts of the application before submitting.
  • Applications that stood out in this grant round included information about the applicant’s artistic history and clearly explained how the proposed activity fit in to their future career trajectory.
  • Peers recommended that applicants include more information about marketing in their applications, including information on the audiences for the work and how they would be reached. The peers also encouraged applicants to consider engaging professional PR and marketing support as a part of the grant.
  • The stronger applications included professional artist CVs as an attachment, rather than a link to a website or social media.
  • Applications with clear and detailed budgets were more likely to be supported. The peers noted that applicants should detail the costs of the project and have accurate figures based on industry wages and quotes rather than estimates or broad generalisations.
  • Stronger applications included targeted letters of support that spoke about the artistic integrity or benefit of the project and were relevant to Arts Tasmania’s funding rounds.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed this round:

  • Angela Prior
  • Claire Beale
  • Emma Porteus
  • Kate Harrison
  • Madeline Wells
  • Robert Gibson
  • Robert O’Connor
  • Stuart Loone
  • Tyler Richardson

Arts Tasmania carefully manages actual and perceived conflicts of interest for both staff members and peers involved in the assessment process.

More information on the management of conflicts of interest.