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About us

Arts Tasmania is the government agency responsible for policy and planning for arts and culture in Tasmania. It is part of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts.

Arts Tasmania encompasses both the departmental functions of the state arts agency and secretariat functions for the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board in its peer assessment and policy development roles.

Our vision is for a robust, diverse, vibrant arts sector in Tasmania which is valued by Tasmanians and which is nationally and internationally recognised. There is more information about our vision and its implementation in the Arts Tasmania Vision Statement.

One of Arts Tasmania's core responsibilities each year is to administer grants and loans distributed under the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board Act 1975.


arts@work is the industry development unit of Arts Tasmania. Its brief is to increase the capacity of the arts sector and the viability of a career in the arts. arts@work has a number of strategic initiatives and a range of programs to assist in increasing the capacity of the sector.

The Minister for the Arts

Lara GiddingsThe Honourable Lara Giddings, MP, is the Premier, Treasurer and Minister for the Arts.

Within the Arts portfolio, Minister Giddings has responsibility for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Theatre Royal, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and other cultural institutions for Tasmania.

Under the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board Act (1975) the Minister can provide financial assistance to organisations and individuals, as recommended by the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.