Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

20 April 2020

Elise Archer, Minister for Arts

Supporting Tasmanian artists

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to supporting our local artists through this challenging time.

More than $110,000 has recently been awarded through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

This is in addition to the recently announced Arts support package that provides new funding of $1.5 million and new operational measures of over $2 million to support the individuals and organisations leading Tasmania’s renowned cultural sector through the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In this latest round of funding, emerging artists Amelia Digney and Luke Conroy will each receive support to help them purchase equipment or materials through the Vita Brown Bequest Bursary. This funding was generously bequeathed by Vita Ethel Brown (1916 –2012).

Bett Gallery and Michael Bugelli Gallery will also receive support to present the work of Tasmanian artists at Sydney Contemporary 2020 through the Art Fair Industry Development Initiative.

The two galleries will present work by Tasmanian artists including Lucienne Rickard, Dexter Rosengrave, Troy Ruffels and Amanda Davies.

Sydney Contemporary is one of the most significant events in the Australian arts scene and operates as a point of entry into the international arts market.

Seven recipients will also be supported through the Artsbridge Program, including the Tasmanian Theatre Company, Justine Phillips and Nathan Tucker.

Arts Tasmania will ensure that applicants have clear guidance on how to proceed with or delay their funded activities given the current restrictions around COVID-19.

Our Government is committed to supporting the creative and cultural industries during difficult times and into the future.

A full list of funding recipients is available at

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