146 ArtStudios - affordable creative hub Tue 19 June 2012 Katherine Hough Director, Arts Tasmania Tasmanian artists can now apply for affordable studio spaces in central Hobart, through Arts Tasmania's 146 ArtStudio's program. Director of Arts Tasmania, Katherine Hough said there are five studio spaces available with easy access to the city centre and the North Hobart cultural strip, which may be leased for $132 per month. "The studios were developed by Arts Tasmania to meet the need for more accessible and affordable working spaces that support artists in all art forms", said Ms Hough. "They are available to writers, editors, curators, arts and cultural theorists, craftspeople, designers, photographers, arts administrators, creative businesses, new media artists and visual artists, as well as sculptors working on small scale works. "The studios give artists the space, support and financial freedom to create works of art, develop creative businesses and incubate ideas. "Arts Tasmania's 146 ArtStudio program implements our vision of a vibrant arts sector which, guided by the goals of the Economic Development Plan, supports and grows artistically vibrant communities with creative opportunities that are accessible to all. "Since the studios opened three years ago, they have become a creative hub for artists, leading to collaborations, exhibitions and helping artists to establish sustainable arts business." The current group of 146 ArtStudio artists includes Poco People, Alan Young, Karin Chan, Freya Sant and Nick Hobbs. "Mr Young is an emerging artist who is living with a disability and has been working from his 146 ArtStudio this year to create a body of work that has launched him onto the national stage and gained him much success", said Ms Hough. "He recently won the Bay of Fires Art Prize and is now being represented by the Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney where he recently had a very successful show." "A key theme of the Economic Development Plan is social inclusion. Arts Tasmania's 146 ArtStudio program is another example of the Tasmanian Government's commitment to increasing accessibility, engagement and participation in the arts for all Tasmanians." Applications open for the studios on 19 June, 2012.