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We cross borders with touring, residencies, collaborations & online exhibition.

Our Art Teller Machine is touring libraries, showing digital works of artists with acquired brain injuries exploring love, loss, care and connection.

In 2016 our theatre touring program will reach over 10,000 students in rural Tasmania.

We are collaborating with Aboriginal community participants making films about films about connection to country made with that will be broadcast on TV and screened at film festivals contributing to global indigenous narratives.

We make great art to promote wellbeing & creativity.

Our art builds respect, connection, compassion and fosters courageous dialogues of change within & between communities.

We explore hybrid forms using film, theatre, digital arts, projection art, design, dance & music created by professional artists collaborating with community participants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our participatory works tangle with psychology, philosophy & the politics of culture, exploring socially relevant themes.

 

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We nurture great artists evolving our practice continuously through rigorous evaluation & self reflection, ensuring our artists remain at the cutting edge of thought & practice, providing professional learning & mentorships.

Emerging artists learn on the job. Participants get their first start making art & many go on to become professional artists as a result.

We engage communities. Our art making process encourages participants to develop work that is personal, socially relevant & expresses something deeper about themselves.

We provide the tools of cultural production, teach technique & collaborate in making, framing & presenting works in innovative & contemporary contexts.

The Kickstart Arts Centre is a vibrant multicultural community hub.

We offer ongoing engagement opportunities, place based projects with cross-sectoral partners, workshop programs in visual art, music, theatre, circus, digital art and diverse cultural interchange through music, food & story sharing events, gallery & installation spaces.

We develop new audiences ethrough our community engagement & touring programs as well as targeted marketing & promotion. Our site-specific works engage non-traditional audiences taking art into public spaces, foyers & workplaces.

We cherish aboriginal arts & culture, inspiring others to do the same.

In 2016 we are collaborating with Tasmanian Aboriginal artists to write, produce and tour a new work of Aboriginal Theatre and to make a suite of films with community that explore connection to country and identity.

Kickstart Arts contributes to a vibrant society through theatre, music, film, hybrid performance art, and interactive digital works.

We produce refugee story installations, Aboriginal theatre and film, multicultural music concerts, deaf art installations, mixed ability hybrid performance art works & we support artists from culturally diverse backgrounds to make art & take up cultural leadership.

We nurture great artists evolving our practice continuously through rigorous evaluation & self reflection, ensuring our artists remain at the cutting edge of thought & practice, providing professional learning & mentorships.

Emerging artists learn on the job. Participants get their first start making art & many go on to become professional artists as a result.

Our work is valued. Kickstart Arts has won numerous awards for excellence, including:  

  • Friends of Africa Awards - 2014 & 2015;

  • Creative Partnerships Arts and Health Award - 2013;

  • Creative Partnerships Arts Access Award - 2012 

  • Toyota Community Partnerships Award 2011;

  • National Disability Services Award for Excellence in Social Inclusion in the Arts - 2010;

We were thanked in a motion of parliament.  A Motion supported by the full Tasmanian House of Assembly thanked and formally acknowledged Kickstart Arts for our contribution to the promotion of health and wellbeing, stating that The Happiness Project had helped Tasmanians understand and celebrate the diversity, creativity and insights of people living in different regional communities around Tasmania.