Tasmania

Call for Tasmanian creatives at the Makers’ Workshop

Tasmanian crafts people, designers and artists are invited to apply for the Makers’ Program, the well-known cultural enterprise for creative practitioners, at the Makers’ Workshop in Burnie.

Now in its eighth year, the region’s premier cultural program is expanding to match increasing visitor numbers to the popular tourism attraction, which currently draws around 130,000 visitors each year.

Cradle Coast Campus Arts and Public Programs Coordinator, Joanna Gair said that successful applicants would bolster existing program participants and encourage new opportunities for collaboration and learning.

“The Makers’ Program entices visitors with a memorable experience of meeting local makers while they demonstrate their art forms,” Ms Gair said.

“It is like nothing else in Australia. We offer substantial cultural and commercial opportunities in exchange for a modest time commitment and a commission on sales. Successful applicants can look forward to tangible business exposure, professional development, on-site exhibitions and social events within a community of creative people at a world class setting.

“The University is looking for committed artisans, particularly those working in art forms we do not currently represent. Ideally they will have an established studio practice, the skill to make high-quality, desirable products, and will enjoy speaking with visitors,” said Ms Gair.

With the support of all site stakeholders, the Makers’ Workshop has established productive relationships with the national and international cruise ship markets.

With thousands of visitors anticipated to visit the site in the 2017 – 2018 season when the City of Burnie welcomes 32 vessels, the largest visitation since the program began.

Professor David Adams, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) said the Makers’ Program formed part of the University’s social mission.

“The University’s Makers’ Program fosters opportunities for local artisans to connect and be inspired, while also imparting our uniquely Tasmanian culture to visitors from all corners of the world,” Professor Adams said.

“This program importantly builds on our other initiatives in the arts and cultural space, and reinforces our commitment to community engagement by pioneering and furthering opportunities for residents in this region.”

Art forms currently represented at the Makers’ Program include millinery, glass, ceramics, jewellery, woodturning, textiles, printmaking and a variety of painting disciplines.

Applications close Friday, 30 June 2017.

Source: UTAS