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Arts Tasmania

Youth Arts Organisations 2020-21

A delegate of the Minister for the Arts has approved funding of $260 000 to seven arts organisations to deliver projects that actively engage young people to develop their creative skills and capacities, and enhance their social health and wellbeing.

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


DRILL Performance Company Inc.

$80 000

Towards its 2021 program

Kickstart Arts Inc.

$17 522

Towards Transcendence

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

$49 808

Towards storytelling workshops for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in 2021

Slipstream Circus Inc.

$50 000

Towards creating an artist development program in 2021

Stompin Inc.

$32 000

Towards major projects in 2021-22


$14 153

Towards the YoungWriters workshop program in 2021

Wide Angle Tasmania

$16 517

Towards a program of activities for young creatives in 2021

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.

They provided the following feedback for current and future applicants:

  • The 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 avoid unnecessary artform specific language, jargon, repetitive language or empty buzzwords or catchphrases.
  • The peers recommended that applicants proofread all parts of the application before submitting.
  • 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 - not 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.
  • The peers commended applications that demonstrated active participation of young people in the creative process, and demonstrated the need for the proposed activity.
  • The peers commended applications that thoroughly addressed the criterion of benefit, particularly about social health and wellbeing.
  • Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider the artform category for the application and to have a discussion with Arts Tasmania if they were not sure about how their activities should be classified.

Peer assessors

The following peers assessed in this round (Organisations, the Northern Tasmania Arts Organisations Initiative and Youth Arts Organisations):

  • Alison Wilkes
  • Angela Boxall
  • Chris Bendall
  • Christian Ramilo
  • Danny Gibson
  • Dawn Oelrich
  • Dewayne Everettsmith
  • Lisa Gormley
  • Michael Stocks
  • Michelle Boyde
  • Rohan Wilson

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.