COLLECT on the Fly Tue 17 July 2012 Lara Giddings Minister for the Arts Tasmanian art is reaching for the sky with Hobart Airport and arts@work joining forces to help promote Tasmanian artists. The Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings, today announced that the Airport is now exhibiting works by Tasmanian artists from galleries participating in the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme. "The scheme has been offering interest-free loans to Australian residents for nearly four years and has assisted in the purchase of over 1 000 artworks by Tasmanian artists," Ms Giddings said. "COLLECT on the Fly will see changing exhibits of Tasmanian artists on either side of the check-in area and will be seen by thousands of travellers every week." Ms Giddings said the first exhibition includes works by Tasmanian artists Stephanie Tabram and Paul Snell, who are represented by the Colville Gallery. Colville Gallery Director Trudi Young described the space as "fantastic". "There are a lot of visitors coming to the state to visit MONA and this space at the Airport provides a perfect opportunity to make an immediate connection to Tasmanian contemporary art," Ms Young said. "It also provides an opportunity to showcase galleries other than MONA as well as the work of high calibre Tasmanian artists. "It is also a fantastic opportunity to promote the COLLECT scheme which has provided a big encouragement for people to start collecting Tasmanian art." The Hobart Airport has over 1.8 million travellers that pass through the terminal every year and the exhibition space provides an opportunity to present Tasmanian artwork outside of a traditional gallery environment. "Hobart Airport is excited about the commencement of this partnership and the opportunity that it provides not only for the galleries and artists to exhibit their works, but also for locals and visitors travelling through the airport to appreciate the amazing talent of our Tasmanian artists, and perhaps take some of their work home with them", said Mel Percival, General Manager Corporate Affairs at Hobart Airport. Fiona Barber, Manager of arts@work, also welcomed the initiative. "arts@work is delighted that the Hobart Airport has chosen to showcase Tasmania's creative community in such a high profile way," Ms Barber said. "It is particularly timely as currently about 27 per cent of the artwork purchased through the COLLECT scheme is to interstate travellers providing a welcome economic boost to the local arts industry." The exhibitions will last approximately eight weeks each and will rotate between Colville Gallery, Bett Gallery, Gallery Salamanca and Despard Gallery.