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Recognising the Importance of the Arts

Thu 17 May 2012

Lara Giddings

Minister for the Arts

The Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings said the State Government recognised the importance of the arts to Tasmania's culture, community and economy.

 "We have had to find savings in arts industry and screen industry development programs, just as we have had to find savings across all Government areas," Ms Giddings said.

"The arts are an important part of our community and sense of expression and it is important that we maximise the benefit from our limited state funding.

"That is why we will continue to invest in a number of grants programs that stimulate creativity amongst young, emerging and established artists and support arts organisations

"We are continuing to fund the highly successful Collect scheme, which encourages investment in Tasmanian art, supports local galleries and provides national exposure for our artists.

"And we are investing in the exciting $30 million first stage of the redevelopment of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which will be completed by early next year.

Ms Giddings said the arts would also benefit from the additional $5.2 million investment in major events funding, bringing the total events budget to $18.3 million over the Forward Estimates.

"Events like Ten Days on The Island and the Festival of Voices add to the rich cultural fabric of Tasmania but they also provide a significant economic boost, particularly in regional areas.

"We are also a proud supporter of Mona Foma which has brought some of the world's most exciting art and music to Tasmania In recent years including PJ Harvey, Phillip Glass and Phillip Adams' Balletlab."

Ms Giddings  also announced the allocation of $30,000 to develop a four year Digital Development Strategy for Tasmania's arts sector.

"The NBN offers great opportunities for the arts, culture and creative industries, with new approaches to artistic practice, business models and income streams", Ms Giddings said. 

The Arts Industry Digital Development Strategy 2012-2016 will focus on integrating digital technologies into art practice, business and marketing.

"The roll-out of the National Broadband Network and the growing digital economy is transforming the way that people across the globe learn, work and play.
"The Digital Development Strategy will help ensure that Tasmania can showcase our art and culture to the world, and tap into new approaches and marketing opportunities."

Recognising the Importance of the Arts