Grant recipients

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The City of Hobart is pleased to announce the successful recipients list from the latest round of our Grants Program.

For information on our grant programs, their guidelines and how to apply visit: Grants and funding. For information about all the grants, assistance, and benefits provided by the City of Hobart for the financial year to date, visit Grants, assistance and benefits provided by the City of Hobart

Details on the projects funded during the latest round of City of Hobart Grants Program are listed on each section below.

Community Grants 

Provides grants for community groups and non-profit organisations to develop projects or events, or specific elements of ongoing programs that foster opportunities for access and participation, and for responding to community issues and concerns. 

Community Grant Recipients

Latest Recipients – September 2020 Round 

TasPride Inc 

Celebrating, uniting and promoting the Tasmanian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community. We do this by providing opportunities for everyone to come together and share our collective pride. 

  • Project: TasPride Parade and Party 2021 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

The TasPride Parade is the signature event of the annual TasPride Festival, bringing together Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) people and allies. It is a vital way for the LGBTIQ+ communities and allies to celebrate and share our diversity with the broader community. 

A Fairer World / Students Against Racism 

Students Against Racism is a group of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who share their stories of having to leave their homelands, the journey of a refugee and the challenges of settling in Hobart to build understanding in the Tasmanian community to combat racism. 

  • Project: You Are Here: Stories of Change and Identity 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

Students Against Racism (SAR) is a youth group for migrants and refugees who share true stories from their lives in order to connect with and educate the wider community. SAR members wish to improve their confidence and impact of their stories through drama workshops, culminating in a public performance. 

Epilepsy Tasmania 

Epilepsy Tasmania is a not-for-profit community organisation improving the quality of life of Tasmanians with epilepsy, and those around them, through education, coordination and support. 

  • Project: My Journey Experience 
  • Approved funding: $3,420.00 

Hire of the Town Hall Ballroom and facilities to stage the event My Journey Experience.  An exhibition of portraits of selected Tasmanians with stories of their journey with epilepsy. Exhibit artworks by Tasmanians affected by epilepsy and conduct workshops in differing art styles using epilepsy as the subject. 

Salvation Army Housing Common Ground 

Salvation Army Housing Common Ground (SAHCG) works with state, federal, local government and the private sector to deliver supportive housing services to homeless people and more affordable housing for those in significant need. 

  • Project: Dreams of Common Ground 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

We are seeking funding for the continuation of the art program that has started to develop through the injection of funds in the last grant. We wish to continue our art program well into the future and drive community projects around this. So far it has been a fantastic success. 

Pets in the Park Inc 

Pets in the Park is a charitable organisation dedicated to caring for animals owned by people struggling with homelessness. We aim to build positive relationships and improve the well-being of homeless people in society living with animal companions.  We provide free veterinary services at our monthly clinics in the CBD. 

  • Project: Pets in the Park Hobart Volunteer Training & Education Program 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

The objective of our project is to provide training and education for Pets in the Park Hobart volunteers in the areas of both human physical and mental health first aid, canine and feline behaviour, and social media. We aim to promote positive health and welfare for both humans and animals. 

Hobart Men's Barbershop Harmony Club 

Our purpose is to support the encouragement of contemporary a cappella/barbershop singing in the community through activities such as workshops, performances, contests, and the establishment of quartets and choruses. Our Club is a member of Barbershop Harmony Australia (BHA) and our purpose is in line with the objects of BHA. 

  • Project: Mixed A Capella Youth Chorus Project 
  • Approved funding: $5,000

Funding will help support the establishment of an inclusive mixed youth contemporary a cappella/barbershop chorus in Hobart. The project will involve introductory workshops at schools and in the community, a Full Day Workshop directed by leading contemporary a capella educators, an evening performance, leading to the establishment of the chorus. 

Prison Fellowship Australia 

Prison Fellowship support inmates of Risdon Prison in a number of ways including spiritual support and life skills teaching (including art and art therapy classes), mentoring, letter writing, craft groups and providing gifts for children from their parents at Christmas time.

  • Project: Art From Inside Exhibition 
  • Approved funding: $2,874.00 

Costs associated with holding an annual art exhibition of inmates art work including hire of the Waterside Pavilion, framing costs, advertising costs and food and beverages for the opening night as well as filming and editing the exhibition so inmates are able to view the exhibition. 

Parish of Wellspring 

Wellspring Church is a Parish within the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania. In addition to regular worship services and other spiritual activities, Wellspring currently operates the Show Hope program, which provides food and other necessities to international university students who are vulnerable because of the COVD-19 situation. 

  • Project: Show Hope 
  • Approved funding: $3,700.00 

The cost of renting two shipping containers (one refrigerated). The unrefrigerated container will be used to securely store non-perishable foodstuffs, female sanitary items, blankets, COVID-19 PPE and other items. The refrigerated container will be used to store perishable foodstuffs. 

Short of a Sheet Inc 

Short-of-a-Sheet-Inc supports those experiencing primary, secondary or tertiary homelessness in Southern Tasmania, encouraging the at-risk to feel safe, connected and respected within the community. Short-of-a-Sheet-Inc distribute are responsive to emerging needs, providing emergency relief items, food and clothing, bi-weekly and organise recreational activities to support rehabilitation and reduce substance misuse.

  • Project: Community Space at Flint House, Newtown 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

Flint House in Newtown is privately operated accommodation for those experiencing homelessness. Short-of-a-Sheet-Inc seeks funding to establish an outdoor space to activate the area and build capacity and strength in the Flint House community. The space will encourage inclusion and foster social-cohesion, drawing together the diverse residents and Short-of-a-Sheet volunteers. 

Creative Hobart Small and Medium Grants 

Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation, attract cultural tourism and make Hobart a truly wonderful place to live, work and visit. 

Creative Hobart Medium Latest Recipients – September 2020 Round 

Terrapin Puppet Theatre 

From our island home in Tasmania, we create worlds of creative adventure. Our in-theatre productions transport children and families to incredible places with narratives of adventure, humour and beauty. Our interactive installations use simple technologies in dazzling ways to make audiences of all ages essential creators in transforming public space. 

  • Project: Diorama Queen 
  • Approved funding: $15,000.00 

Diorama Queen is a changing installation in a Hobart CBD shopfront window, a thought provoking and amusing commentary told three lines at a time. It will be fed by community ideas, transformed into colourful illuminated dioramas and displayed night and day to enliven a street suffering from shop closures. 

Rummin Productions 

Catherine Pettman and Matthew Newton head up RUMMIN Productions, a Hobart based film and digital media production company specialising in producing stories with, and about Tasmanians, and sharing them with global audiences. Catherine is a multi-award winning creative producer with a particular interest in environmental and social themes. 

  • Project: There Is No 'I' In Island 
  • Approved funding: $15,000.00 

We are seeking funding to produce a series of 5 x 3 minute animated films that weave together the voices and experiences of the Tasmanian community living in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic with surreal imagery created by Tasmanian artists and animators. 

Great Southern Dance 

Incorporated in November 2019 by stakeholders in the state's north and south, Great Southern Dance is an agile, Australian professional contemporary dance association based in Tasmania. Our purpose is to bring highest-calibre professional contemporary dance to communities across Tasmania and beyond by combining dance with music, film, landscape and architecture. 

  • Project: Rivulet: A Dance, Music and Film Residency Project Responsive to the Hobart/nipaluna Rivulet 
  • Approved funding: $15,000.00 

Great Southern Dance seeks funding for a 7-day, 7-artist residency in City Hall and 2-3 Hobart/nipaluna Rivulet sites in February 2021. Residency activities include site-responsive cross-art form creative development, public performance, workshops, filming and sound/light/mapping installation in City Hall. These creative activities will be accessible to the community for viewing/participating.

Selena de Carvalho 

Interdisciplinary artist Selena de Carvalhos' practice responds to notions of personal ecology and human interaction with the environment. Her work braids participatory installation, performance, workshops, sculpture, time-based media, urban hacking, print media and writing. Her practice seeks to amplify voices of more-than-human entities, acknowledging the diverse world-making of ecological diversity. 

  • Project: Nematode Dreams 
  • Approved funding: $15,000.00 

Nematode Dreams will develop a headphones based, walking audio tour that draws on field recordings collected within lutruwita/Tasmania, over laid with spoken word narrative and complemented by visual, live and screen based installations set within the city scape and shop fronts, choreographed to be encountered within the art-walk experience. 

Creative Hobart Small Latest Recipients – September 2020 Round 

Nadia Refaei and Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie

We (Nadia Refaei and Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie) are emerging artists whose individual practices explore cultural dislocation, heritage and our intersectional identities as Asian-Australians. Our newfound collaborative practice draws on connections to Hobart's culturally and linguistically diverse communities. We share an interest in fostering engagement between these communities and wider Hobart. 

  • Project: 'Leading letters' (TBC) 
  • Approved funding: $4,968.00 

'Leading letters' (TBC) is a series of 2-D works with sound which activate public spaces around the City of Hobart CBD. The text-based interventions draw on a selection of key language groups in Hobart. It is an empathy-building, experimental project which aims to examine multiculturalism in our local context. 

Van Diemen's Band Inc. 

Van Diemen's Band is Tasmania's resident early music ensemble and presenter. Comprising some of the nation’s most highly respected early music specialists, VDB strives to share the wonders of classical music with Tasmanian audiences through exciting and accessible concerts in interesting and unconventional venues. 

  • Project: Van Diemen's Band Christmas 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

Van Diemen's Band presents a Christmas concert in St David's Cathedral, featuring soloist Quin Thomson and the Tasmanian Youth Chorale. This musical celebration features well-known favourite Christmas carols celebrating the season in a festive and accessible cultural event for the Hobart community, and broadcast live on ABC Classic radio nationally. 

Dr Eliza Burke 

My curatorial practice is focused on building creative, collaborative opportunities across the arts and sciences. I have a particular interest in the speculative spaces between scientific, artistic and historical data and methods, and working with artists who use new technologies to generate new ecological and biological materials and concepts. 

  • Project: Nocturne: Sonic Migrations 
  • Approved funding: $4,640.00 

Funding is sought for artist fees, loudspeaker hire and a public program involving eight community members in the delivery phase of the project. Development funding is currently provided by Constance ARI. Additional funding is sought for delivery costs including employing a fourth artist, hiring audio equipment, and public programming. 

Quin (Helen) Thomson 

Musician generalist, encompassing performance, composition, direction and project management 

  • Project: Bowerbird 
  • Approved funding: $5,000.00 

Bowerbird is a live-interactive endurance performance / installation which will take place inside the Salamanca Square Christmas Tree in February 2021

Event Grant 

The City of Hobart Event Grants Program provides grants for a range of events that provide benefits to both the local and wider community. 

Latest Recipients – September 2020 Round 

Festival of Voices 

Festival of Voices is a participatory singing festival that celebrates the power of song. Its purpose is to spread joy and happiness throughout the community. It is one of the first Tasmanian winter festivals and is now regarded as the pre-eminent choral festival in Australia. 

  • Project: 2021 Pop-Up Program 
  • Approved funding: $18,000.00 

Festival of Voices aims to provide approximately 70 free pop-up performances across various indoor and outdoor venues across greater Hobart. Performed by local and visiting choirs, these 20min public performances are enormously popular with the choirs, the listening public, traders and venues as they fill the city with song. 


Established in 2009, Mona’s summer festival Mona Foma is held annually in January and is curated by Brian Ritchie. Mona Foma showcases local and international artists in music, dance, theatre and visual art, and is renowned internationally for high calibre and diverse programming prioritising experimentation and collaboration across various platforms. 

  • Project: K+D | Over the Rainbow 
  • Approved funding: $13,300.00 

Hobart’s iconic K+D Warehouse site will be transformed into a maze of artworks from ground-breaking contemporary local, national and international artists, inviting participation and provoking thought. Mona Foma is seeking funding to support artist fees and production costs to enable Hobart artist Andy Huston to feature in the programme. 

Klub Kollywood Inc 

Klub Kollywood INC has been driven by like-minded volunteers, whose sole purpose is to promote and preserve our Nepalese heritage and culture in Australia. Klub Kollywood Inc contributes to the preservation of the rich cultural heritage in Nepal and other countries. 

  • Project: Hobart Holi Colour Festival 2021 
  • Approved funding: $16,500.00 

Holi, the festival of colour, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across Nepal, Bhutan and India. Holi is a festival which gives people of all cultures a chance to celebrate together in unity. The love of colours and music brings everyone together. 

Van Diemen's Band Inc. 

Tasmania's resident early music ensemble, Van Diemen's Band comprises some of the nation’s most highly respected early music specialists to share the wonders of baroque music with Tasmanian audiences. Since launching their successful Lunchbox Concert Series in 2019, VDB have garnered praise for imaginative curation and presentation of Tasmanian musicians. 

  • Project: Lunchbox Concert Series 2021 
  • Approved funding: $12,200.00 

Hobart’s resident early music ensemble Van Diemen’s Band (VDB) will revive their beloved Lunchbox Concert Series for its second season. Over 12 Tuesdays in 2021, Hobart audiences will be treated to a wide variety of Tasmania’s best musical talent in bite-sized lunchtime concerts in the glorious Hobart Town Hall. 


Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival uses film to inspire positive change - personally, in the community and in the world. In-cinema festival events run in Hobart and Launceston in May. BOFA 2020 was the first ONLINE film festival in Australia and will screen free all May 2021. 

  • Project: BOFA Hobart 2021 
  • Approved funding: $10,000.00 

BOFA 2021 blends a film festival at Village Cinemas Hobart, Fringe screening each Friday and a national online festival. The Stories of Tasmania short film competition entries screen in Hobart and online with $30,000 prizes presented in Hobart. The Cinematic Art exhibition will run at UTAS and online.