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Arts Tasmania

Tasmanian Government's Art Site Scheme

How does the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme work?

Art Tasmania manages all stages of the commissioning process for public artworks located in state government buildings and spaces across Tasmania.

How do I find out about projects?

Commissions are advertised on:

Am I eligible to apply?

Contemporary artworks by professional, Tasmanian artists from across artforms are commissioned or purchased through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme. Arts Tasmania considers contemporary practitioners to be those who give voice to current theoretical arts practice and reflect the values and/or issues of our time.

What kind of artwork is appropriate?

The scheme commissions work across a wide range of disciplines. Examples of artworks include: glass panels and screens; seating; reception counters; sculptures; textile works; customised fittings; interactive playground artwork; display cases; indoor and outdoor furniture; fixtures and furnishings; floor designs; bas-relief works; gates; interactive installations; lighting, video and sound-scapes including emerging and experimental arts; and many other functional elements of building and refurbishment projects as well as 2D work including paintings, photographs and prints. The possibilities are as varied as the sites to which they respond.

All artworks should be of the highest professional standard as befitting a state collection of contemporary art. Public artworks should be tailored to the site and respond to the needs of client.

How do I apply?

To apply you need to complete an online application form which includes a written response to the brief, project concepts, good quality images of recent work and resumes for all key artists proposed for the commission.

Download the Artist’s Brief for the commission which can be found by clicking on the relevant commission under commissions currently open for application. You should also familiarise yourself with the requirements and operation of the scheme by reading the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme Artists’ Handbook.

Complete the online application form, which can be found on the relevant commission page, and upload your support material, then submit your application.

You should develop a preliminary budget to ensure that your ideas can be realised within the commission budget prior to submitting your application. You may also wish to conduct a risk assessment of your proposed commission prior to submitting your application to ensure that all risks have been considered and that they do not impact on your ability to realise the proposed artwork. To assist you there is a Risk Management template here.

If the selection panel cannot make a selection on the basis of initial applications, two or three artists may be invited to submit a more detailed proposal with drawings or models, in which case a shortlisting fee may be paid.

How are artists selected?

Applications are assessed against the stated selection criteria by a selection committee. This committee is comprised of the building user, the project architect, the government department responsible for the building (for example Education Department), and the Arts Tasmania Public Art Officer.

How are projects funded?

Two per cent of the capital works estimate for all new State Government buildings and renovations over $250 000 is allocated for the purchase and commissioning of artworks. The upper limit on artworks for each project is $80 000.

Public Art Officers

If you are interested in applying for a commission, need help with the application process or have any other questions please contact our Public Art Officers on (03) 6165  6666 or