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Excitement in the air as arts program rolls out

A NEW artist-in-residence program that launched in April is giving a selected group of local artists a range of professional practice opportunities.

A partnership between the University of Tasmania and The Henry Jones Art Hotel, the AiR program aims to develop and extend professional practice opportunities for university students and staff, and guests of The Henry Jones Art Hotel.

It will deliver a diverse array of creative events such as artist talks, exhibitions and workshops, as well as the daily studio-based interactions with professional artists.

Coordinated by the university’s Tasmanian College of the Arts, program participants are being invited to submit an expression of interest and outline their contribution to the school and the Art Hotel’s community.

The successful AiRs will be encouraged to work on-site, supported by studio space, mentoring and technical support, as well as access to university workshops and facilities.

AiR applicants are encouraged to think laterally about how they might engage the school and the Art Hotel precinct.

Tasmanian College of the Arts head Professor Kit Wise said opportunities for being an artist-in-residence proved to be the turning points in his own career.

“They provide unique, intense and sometimes life-changing experiences, both for the artist and for those they engage with,” he said.

“I am delighted The Henry Jones Art Hotel recognises the deep and lasting value of opportunities such as these, again both for individual artists and the community more broadly.

“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

The Henry Jones Art Hotel’s art curator Christine Scott said a long-held objective of the hotel was facilitating an artist-in-residence and support program for students at the Tasmanian College of the Arts.

“After much discussions with the art college about its vision and what we can do to help make it happen, we are very excited that the AiR program has launched,” she said.

“Supporting artists has been one of our core values since the hotel opened and we expect the AiR program will become one of the most significant residencies available to artists working across all disciplines.

“We thank the University of Tasmania for the opportunity to be involved and look forward to meeting, and working with, the artists.”

Each AiR residency runs for a maximum period of 16 weeks.

Applications are by invitation only.

For enquiries, email art.tsareception@utas.edu.au

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