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Tasmanian Regional Arts (TRA) builds vibrant communities through arts and cultural development. TRA works with artists, our branch network and a wide range of organisations and communities to support the development, presentation and promotion of the arts throughout Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Regional Arts is the peak organisation for regional arts and community based arts in Tasmania.

Rhythm, Rhyme and Rhubarb coming to a venue near you!

Rhythm, Rhyme and Rhubarb features the talents of Alwyn and Laurie Lewis, Tony Barry, Allan Brown and Steve Martin in an all star cast that will entertain lovers of music and poetry.

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He's Back! - Pierre Bensusan returns to Tasmania!

Click  here to find out more about Pierre's 2012 Tasmanian Tour.

TRA 2012 Visual Arts Touring Program now available

Click here to download a copy of the 2012 program.

Date Claimer- TRA Annual General Meeting

Attention all TRA members: Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 24, March 2011 between 3PM and 3.45PM. Venue for the AGM is the Supper Room, Town Hall, Main Street, Campbell Town.

Preceding the AGM, TRA will hold three concurrent regional meetings commencing at 2PM to verify the nominations for the regional SEC membership and to inform the SEC of matters from the region that may require TRA action. While AGM's are a legal requirement, we also use the time to network with other branches and members - a good catch up opportunity.

TRA's State Executive Committee (SEC) is the board of management for TRA and membership is open to any TRA member. At the AGM we elect ten members, six of which are linked to one of our three regions (North, North West and South providing two reps each) with four general members elected on the basis of skills or expertise.

To make the journey to Campbell Town more worthwhile TRA will also be staging a cocktail party to launch the CD-ROM project of Campbell Town's History, followed by the fabulous Rhythm, Rhyme and Rhubarb Music and Poetry Show featuring the all-star cast of Alwyn and Laurie Lewis, Tony Barry, Allan Brown and Steve Martin.

To assist TRA members to attend the meeting, TRA will consider requests for travel assistance to travel to Campbell Town. Contact Paul Jenkins for more information.

If you are interested in considering nominating for a spot on the TRA State Executive Committee, please contact Paul Jenkins for an information pack. TRA's President, Lee Cole, can give advice on the benefits and requirements of Board Membership.

Nomination and Proxy forms are available as PDF or Word Versions.

If you are unable to attend, TRA nomination and proxy forms are on the TRA website so that you may have your say in the future operations of TRA.

To RSVP call TRA on 6426 2344 or via email to

Tasmanian Regional Arts Welcomes Bendigo Bank Partnership

TRA is pleased to announce anew funding partnership with the Bendigo Bank.

The new partnership aims to support two exciting TRA initiatives - the 2012 Material Girl Exhibition and the Rhythm, Rhyme and Rhubarb music and poetry tour.

The Bendigo Bank 2012 Material Girl Exhibition partnership has also been recognised by the Australian Business and Arts Foundation which has also provided financial support to the 2012 exhibition. This new sponsorship and recognition is a fitting celebration for the tenth Material Girl Exhibition.

Women artists interested in entering should visit the Material Girl page.


Australia Council funding changes- Tasmanian Consultations coming

In 2012 The Australia Councils Community Partnership announced a rethink of how it intends to support community cultural development activities. Over the past five years the Council has supported service delivery arrangements nationally through funding organisations such as TRA.

As this arrangement will discontinue in 2013, Community Partnerships is now seeking input from its partners and potential funding recipients as to what directions should be supported in 2013 and beyond.

To guide this process, Community Partnerships have prepared a discussion paper seeking your input to the planned future directions. This paper is available here.

To assist in this consultation, TRA is hosting three conversation sessions about the changes and the implications for the community arts sector generally and in particular Tasmania.

These sessions will be helld at the following dates/times/venues:

  • 4-6PM Wednesday March 7: TRA Offices, Cnr George and James St, Latrobe
  • 3-5PM Thursday 8 March: Meeting Room Launceston Council Town Hall, Level One (Note Venue Change)
  • 3-5PM Friday 9:  March Board Room, Arts Tasmania, 146 Elizabeth St, Hobart

To RSVP email Paul Jenkins indicating the session you would like to attend.

What if I cant get there?

TRA has prepared an online survey that allows you to have your say. To access the survey follow the link below:

Hard copies of this survey are available from TRA Latrobe.

Closing date for submissions to the Australia Council is 16 April 2012.


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Regional Arts Fund Grants application processes re-open for 2012

Revised RAF application forms are now available on the TRA website for projects to commence in mid 2012.

Questions on eligibility or any aspect of your project can be directed to TRA's Latrobe Office. Please note that the RADO positions have limited capacity to assist your applications in 2011 so it is best to direct enquiries to TRA Latrobe.

Application form hard copies can be sent to you on request from TRA's Head Office in Latrobe.

RAF applications will close in Mid March with successful applicants informed by June 2012 so get planning and writing now!

New Email Address for RAF Applications

As of 1 January 2012, TRA has a new email address for all RAF applications that are lodged electronically.

All RAF applications (both grant round and quick response grants) need to be emailed to

Please use this new address when making applications, submitting your acquittal or making an enquiry about the program. We have introduced the new address to make sure that all correspondence about RAF is dealt with by our staff.

Quick Response Grants re-open for 2012

The popular Regional Quick Response Grants program has reopened for project and professional development applications in Tasmania.

Eligible small projects or professional development funding opportunities requiring funding of up to $1,500 may be supported by this program. Application processes are straightforward and the application forms are available on line or on request from the TRA Offices.

TRA encourages intending applicants to discuss their idea with the RAF Manager prior to submitting their application.

Due to limited funds and high demand levels this program is often oversubscribed. TRA's RAF Manager can advise as to whether your application is best dealt with via this or the small/major grant round processes.

Time to think ahead- RAA 2012 National Conference in Goolwa, South Australia October 18-21, 2012

The Biennial Regional Arts Australia National Conference is on again in 2012 in the beautiful regional location of Goolwa at the mouth of the mighty Murray River in South Australia.

Bill as Part conference- part festival - all art- the RAA event is the largest arts conference in Australia. Following on from the highly successful Junction 2010 Conference in Launceston, Country Arts South Australia's staff have been working hard to develop a conference program and artistic festival that will showcase and inspire delegates.

And you can be involved! The call for participation has gone out to artists, presenters and speakers with submissions closing Tuesday 28 February 2012.

Using the lenses of cultural leadership and the emerging digital cultures we invite you to participate around one or more of the following themes:

  • Resilient People, Strong Communities.
  • Our Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability.
  • Organisations, Policies, Partnerships and Models for the Future.

There are four ways you can participate - panels/presentations, workshop, 20/360 sessions, Video Wrx.

Visit to download the conference framework and submit your nomination.  Background information on the Conference themes can be downloaded here. There is also a reading list available on the site if you would like to find out more about the themes.

Be informed! Join the mailing list. Head to and click on "Regional Arts Australia National Conference". Click "Be informed" and enter your name and email address.

Is there assistance available to get to Goolwa?

TRA advises that there are several options for potential delegates to seek assistance to attend Goolwa 2012:

  • Arts Tasmania's Artsbridge Program for invited speakers/participants; or
  • TRA's Regional Arts Fund Program. While limited opportunity exists for quick response grants, those seeking to attend the Goolwa conference can apply under the RAF small grants program which closes mid March 2012.

We encourage any potential delegates to seek these resources as early as possible in order to take advantage of early bird booking discounts.

Australia Council Review planned for 2012

Late in 2011 The Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean announced a review of the Australia Council.  The review has been brought on in response to the large number of submissions to the National Cultural Policy that made reference to the current and future roles of the Australia Council as a key national arts funding, policy and advocacy body.

While the review will be internal in nature, TRA advises that this presents an opportunity to make sure that the Council continues to provide infrastructure and support to regional artists and communities.

Further details about the review and opportunities to contribute to this review will be posted in future editions of RAW.

Community consultations for future support for Community Cultural Development

In 2011 The Australia Councils Community Partnerships section wrote to Tasmanian Regional Arts indicating the intention to move away from current financial arrangements for service delivery in 2013. The Community Partnerships section intends to develop a new national sector development initiative.

To assist in the development of this new direction, the Director of Community Partnerships, Frank Panucci, will undertake national level consultations in order to inform the development of this new approach. 

Invited Tasmanian Artists and Community Cultural Development Workers will be given the opportunity to contribute to this process at public forum in Hobart, currently scheduled for April 3, the forum will make sure that the needs of our sector in Tasmania are considered in any future frameworks and programs offered by Community Partnerships.

To support this session, TRA will be staging three regional consultation sessions plus developing an on line survey to allow members of the regional arts and community cultural development sector to inform this work. Details of times and venues will be coming soon. All practitioners working in this area are strongly encouraged to attend one of these three TRA sessions and have their say.

To find out more about this forum, or to discuss the possible implications of this new direction, please contact Paul Jenkins at TRA.

Arts and Disability Grants now available

The Arts and Disability Grant Round 2013 is now open and Arts Tasmania are hosting workshops to assist applicants.

You are able to download an application toolkit via Arts Tasmania's website

Applications close 1 March 2012. Please register your interest in any of the workshops or make an appointment to speak with a Disability and the Arts Program Officer by contacting Marianne Taylor (southern region) - 0439 599 572 or
Jane Wardlaw (north and north west region) 0409 961 844.

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Head Office: Cnr George & James St, Latrobe, PO Box 172 Latrobe TAS 7307
Email Phone 03 6426 2344 Fax 03 6426 2889
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