The Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the arts in Tasmania.

In this year’s state budget we delivered on our commitment to secure Arts Tasmania’s grants budget, and this week we can announce funding of more than $445,000 to support Tasmanian artists.

This investment will enable 37 artists and collaborations to pursue professional development opportunities, reach new audiences, and to create and present arts experiences around the state.

Among the artists who will receive funding is Lois Reid. In collaboration with music industry professionals, Lois will offer female musicians an opportunity to acquire elite recording and mastering skills to advance their careers within the music industry and improve employment opportunities.

A number of writers will receive funding to develop their work for publication, including Ben Walter, James Boyce, Britta Hartmann and Amanda Cromer.

Launceston-based artist Amelia Rowe will receive funding to work with a mentor and to create for a new body of sculptural works, which she hopes she will be able to present in her first solo interstate exhibition.

Hobart band Chase City will receive funding to complete a debut LP and will tour nationally to promote the album.

Lucy Hawthorne and Nathan Maynard will be awarded the inaugural Vita Brown Bequest Bursaries. Funds for the bursaries were generously donated to Arts Tasmania by Ms Vita Brown who passed away in 2012. The bursary helps artists who are emerging, returning to professional practice or changing art forms.

For a full list of successful applicants, please visit
Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts