A mix of regional youth dance, visual arts, contemporary theatre and community art and cultural activities will all share in over $98,000 in grant funding through the latest round of Arts Tasmania’s Northern Tasmania Arts Organisations Initiative.

Our Government has demonstrated its strong commitment to the cultural and creative industries in the regions through the continuation of direct support for regional arts organisations and arts activities occurring in Tasmania’s North and North West.

King Island Council will work collaboratively with Tasmanian artists to commemorate the tragedy of the Cataraqui shipwreck which occurred less than 200 metres off King Island’s western shore in 1845. Tasmanian artists Sinsa Mansell, Michelle Maynard, Raymond Arnold, Julie Gough and Fiona Hall will create new work that explores many themes, including colonialism and death.

The Tamar Valley region will also come alive through a unique collaboration of art, wine and food festivities as part of Sculpture Tasmania’s biennial sculpture exhibition Artentwine. Sculpture Tasmania has received support for its 2020 exhibition which will present the work of contemporary artists at three local wineries.

Other organisations to receive support under the latest round of the initiative include Mudlark Theatre, A Festival Called Panama and Stompin Inc.

Tasmania’s arts and cultural sector is a critical part of the State, injecting approximately $179 million into the Tasmanian economy a year and directly employing approximately 5,000 people.

A full list of funded organisations is available at www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts