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Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentorship Scheme 2020-21

This program aims to develop the capacity of young Tasmanian Aboriginal arts and cultural practitioners to undertake projects that enable them to further their careers, enrich their artistic practice and contribute to Tasmania's arts sector.

This program is open to Tasmanian Aboriginal artists who are aged 25 years and under, or in their first five years of artistic practice. A delegate for the Minister of the Arts has approved funding of $30 000 to support emerging Aboriginal artists to undertake monitorship projects.

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


Nunami Sculthorpe-Green - $10 000 towards a mentorship with Tasmania Performs to develop skills and access strategic and targeted career development opportunities.

Mae Ganambarr - $10 000 towards a multi-faceted mentorship working in contemporary dance and digital media.

Takira Simon-Brown - $10 000 towards a mentorship in make-up artistry and special effects in order to produce a series of face mask designs for Tasmanian Aboriginal dancers.

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 agencies
  • 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.