Sadly Art Policies has not been discussed much in this Election. It is either spoken of in terms of Economic advantages or future employment possibilities. It has become the after-thought in a campaign fought ferociously over the Pokies issue as though that was the only benchmark by which all virtues of politics in Tasmania should be marked.
The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the centre of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.” John F Kennedy.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party envision Arts Policy is vital to the cultural heart of Tasmania. Mona has become an international sensation but it should not be allowed to suck the oxygen out of all Arts Funding discussions. Yes, it is the largest Art Museum in Tasmania but behind the themes of Love and Death lies the fact that high profile and successful artists need financial nourishment in order to grow and prosper so they can exhibit locally, nationally and internationally. Great art does not happen in a financial vacuum.
The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Art Policy will promote Financial Grants to individual Artists whether they are in a Visual, Auditory, Photography or Musical field. It will also include Grants to, puppet Theatre and other theatrical productions.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party will give support to Regional and Rural Arts in Tasmania. This includes Art Galleries, small to medium organizations like the Sheffield Mural Exhibition Competition and larger Galleries like the Burnie Art Gallery. Funding will provide for organizations to advocate for Art development and drive significant Community projects.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party will place funding in a ‘Transition from School Program’ so that young people who show creative Artistic Talent do not stop their creative pursuits just because they have left the nurturing environment of a School or College. Not all students are lucky enough to transition to University so it is vital TAFE is adequately funded to provide for Art students doing Visual Arts, Photography, Jewelry and Textiles. For too long TAFE has been underfunded and under-appreciated as an important transition environment for aspiring Artists.
Tasmania is famous for its Pristine, unspoiled Wilderness so it is important the potential to have a Film industry located here is also recognized and financially supported.
Kim Swanson Candidate for Braddon Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party Tasmania