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Welcome to the Tasmanian Regional Arts website

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.

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

Regional Arts Australia National Consultation Sessions

Tasmanian Regional Arts and Regional Arts Australia are hosting a public consultation session on emergent opportunities, issues of common concern and interest around regional arts practices.

The Tasmanian Session will be held at the Function Room, Launceston Aquatic Centre, Cnr York and High Streets, Launceston 11AM-3PM Friday 19 June 2009.

Facilitated by Ann Dunn, RAA/TRA's consultation session invites representatives from the arts, education, environment, business, government and community sectors to meet and inform Regional Arts Australia's positions on the role and importance of cultural development throughout the nation.

To book for this free event, please call Rhys Cotterill at TRA on 6426 2344 or via i...@tasregionalarts.org.au by June 15.

Regional Arts Wrap (RAW) E-Bulletin

If you have not received your RAW email, RAW April and May are available for download here-

RAW April 2009 RAW April 2009
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Fresh! is a novel and timely state-wide arts project engaging young Tasmanians, encouraging them to explore and share their unique perspectives on three themes of island sense of place, resilience and climate change.

Those perspectives will inform a state-wide professional community arts project, culminating in the creation of a new media installation to be launched at the 2010 Regional Arts Australia National Conference in Launceston. We hope it will also inspire young islanders to create their own works around this island place in ways that engage with fresh! artists and ideas.

Fresh! is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts. Fresh! began life with support from a University of Tasmania Community Engagement Grant. It is endorsed by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

TRA’s Introduction to Community Cultural Development (CCD) Workshops

These free to attend sessions will take place at: 9.15am - 4.30pm at the following three regional venues:

Burnie Monday 15 June 2009 - Penguin Surf Lifesaving Club
Launceston Tuesday 16 June 2009 – The Learning Centre, Queen Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, Inveresk
Hobart Thursday 18 June 2009 – The Barn at Rosny Farm

Presenters Sally Marsden and Jami Bladel plus a Panel of experienced practitioners will cover a range of topics, including:

  • What is CCD? An overview and history of this area of arts practice
  • Why we do it? How does CCD enhance our creative practices?
  • The importance of relationships in CCD work

The presenters and Panel will openly and honestly discuss their own practice - how they got started, how they engage people, share stories, manage their own arts practice and explain what drives their practice.

The session is tailored to those starting out in this area of practice or those curious to find out how CCD could develop new work directions.

You won’t just be talked at – the day includes a discussion session on how you can develop your career via CCD work - giving you the chance to put your views and questions across.

To register contact Tasmanian Regional Arts on 6426 2344 or your Regional Arts Development Officer (RADO) by Monday 8 June 2009.

Following each introductory session will be a forum for experienced CCD workers to explore the question: What specific actions can be taken to develop the professionalism of people working in Tasmania’s Professional CCD sector?

This is a great social and professional development opportunity to share your views with other experienced contemporary Tasmanian CCD practitioners.

The experienced CCD forums will run from 5 - 6.30pm followed by dinner in a local restaurant. To book into these sessions contact the relevant RADO:

Burnie: RADO North West Ph 6426 2344
Launceston: RADO North Ph 6323 3786
Hobart: RADO South Ph 6224 6318

Regional Quick Response Grants Fully Allocated!

This year we have received an outstanding number of applications for our Regional Quick Response Grant program. Unfortunately any further applicants will be advised to re-apply at a later date in the year, as our current quota has been filled.
We will make an announcement when we reopen the gates for more Quick Response Applications later in the year.
For further information call (03) 6426 2344

TRA Announces Artistic Director for the 2010 Regional Arts Australia Conference

TRA is pleased to announce the signing of Mr Ian Pidd as the Artistic Director for the 2010 RAA conference in Launceston, Tasmania.

Ian Pidd hails from Tasmania and has a long history of creative production nationally and internationally. In taking on the role for the 2010 conference, Ian will be keen to explore and develop a creative program that showcases Tasmanian creative talent.

Further details on Ian will be posted to the TRA website in the coming weeks.


TRA and RACT Insurance will again be inviting young artists interested in portraiture to enter the 2009 RACT Youth Portraiture Prize.

Entries in the second RACT Insurance Portraiture Prize close 30 June 2009. Click on the logo above to download the entry form.

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Head Office: Cnr George & James St, Latrobe, PO Box 172 Latrobe TAS 7307
Email i...@tasregionalarts.org.au Phone 03 6426 2344 Fax 03 6426 2889
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