The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of Tasmania’s growing arts sector that supports thousands of jobs in the state.
I am pleased to announce that two Tasmanian artists have received international arts residencies through the Asialink Arts Residency Program.
The Tasmanian Government provides funding support to Asialink to enable local artists to travel, live and work in one of 11 countries throughout the Asian region. The program supports artists to explore opportunities for research, international cultural exchange, creative collaboration and professional development throughout the Asian region.
The two Tasmanian artists are:
• Miss Theia Connell, who will be resident at the Incheon Art Platform in Korea for 12 weeks where she will develop a new series of performance-based videos and sculptural works, and;
• Mr William Stackhouse,who is a Tasmanian Aboriginal (trawlwoolway) sculptor who will be resident at the Muong Studio in Hoa Binh, Vietnam where he will research the cultural similarities between Tasmanian Aboriginal petroglyphs and those of the Muong Hoa valley. Mr Stackhouse’s residency is supported through funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island program fund.
I wish both artists good luck and hope the experience provides opportunities for further cultural dialogue and stronger relationships between Tasmania and the arts organisations where they will be resident.