Creative Hobart projects
Our Community Development Grants program supports a range of projects initiated by Hobart’s creative community, residents and businesses.
View information about the types of grants available, the guidelines, applying for a grant and opening dates for the twice-annual funding rounds on our Creative Hobart Grants page.
All projects are expected to align with at least 7 of the 9 objectives of Creative Hobart. For more information on the objectives view the Creative Hobart Strategy.
Some of the innovative project recipients of Creative Hobart Grants include:
Project: Trash This Place
DRILL provides dance engagement opportunities for young people in Hobart aged 14 to 30, with projects that facilitate professional development for emerging choreographers and provide a safe space for young people. The 2016 production included a creative development and rehearsal period where emphasis was placed on the voice and choreographic ideas of the young dancers to make a highly collaborative public performance as well as offering a rigorous and professional experience.
In 2016 Kickstart Arts and Oak Tasmania delivered accessible workshops in dance, music, writing, photography and costumery for people with and without disabilities. The participants worked closely with professional artists to develop skills and creative ideas for a show to be staged in The Atrium at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart. In 2017 participants will use their newly honed skills in a collaborative group devising process, again led by professional artists, to create large-scale projections to explore difference, beauty and self-perception. Finally, in 2018, these elements will be drawn together in a performance that will challenge stereotypes and ask the audience to consider what is truly beautiful. Visit Kickstart Arts (external website).
Working It Out
Tran-scripts is a community cultural development initiative inspired by interviews with transgender, gender diverse and gender non-binary identifying Tasmanians, their partners, families and significant others. These are being compiled into an anthology that captures the lived experiences of the community. Developed through a series of writing workshops that will be facilitated by author Sophia French, the final outcome will be released in a number of ways – a public reading of the anthology by participants, the release of a printed anthology, as well as digital access on Working It Out's website.
Resource Work Cooperative
Project: The Assembly of Creative Reuse, a festival of Sustainable Art Making
This nine-day festival held across various City of Hobart and community sites in South Hobart, featured workshops and activities for all ages, including pinhole cameras, eco-design, spare parts creative play, textiles, still life discards, e-waste sculpture, and junk instruments.
Second Echo Ensemble
Project: Rite of Spring
A creative reimagining of a classic. Members of Second Echo Ensemble embarked upon an original devised performance based on Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring as a grand procession: audience and performers travelling together across four venues within the Salamanca Precinct. Through dance, physical theatre and immersive design, they journey deep into the promise of spring. Visit Second Echo Ensemble (external website).
Tasmanian Creative Industries
Project: Arts and Cultural Policy Forum
The Arts and Cultural Policy Forum brought together candidates from the leading political parties, along with independent representatives in Hobart's Town Hall to discuss the future of arts and culture in Tasmania ahead of the 2016 Federal election. The central purpose of the forum was to ask: Why is cultural policy taking a back seat?
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Project: Community and Cultural Engagement Mural Project
The Wall Mural Project looked to enhance the aesthetic of the shelter, engage local community and build a relationship with the local Aboriginal community. It also supported an emerging young Aboriginal artist and created a mural that acknowledges the local culture and people. View information about Mara House (external website).
Constance ARI, an innovative artist run initiative, re-launched in 2015 as a site-specific travelling show. Their first installation was a contemporary art-based activation of the residences and front gardens of Arthur’s Circus. Ten emerging Tasmanian artists were commissioned to work with residents to create an outdoor gallery that was enjoyed from the small, circular Hobart park.
Cosmos Recreation Services
Project: Healing the Ceiling
Artists at Cosmos Recreation Services and members of the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Staff replaced the white acoustic ceiling tiles in the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Department with an artwork to offer a window to the outside world for staff and patients.