ArTELIER – Artists in Tasmania’s Ecology for Learning, Intergenerational Exchange and Reflection

ArTELIER is an initiative that invests in Tasmanian young people by empowering the artists who work with them.

ArTELIER addresses a proven demand to strengthen professional support structures for artists committed to creating work with, by and for the most vulnerable communities in Tasmania, primarily children, young people and their families. The trial model was co-designed with 28 cross-disciplinary Tasmanian artists in 2018 to build a network of professional inquiry across the State. It values learning on Country and connecting respectfully with Tasmania’s Aboriginal community as vital to decolonising practice, healing deep wounds and addressing critical social issues in Tasmania.

ArTELIER outcomes include:

  • A pool of confident, connected and networked artists to lead the youth arts sector inTasmania (by developing new skills, knowledge and opportunities)
  • Raised profile of the children and youth arts sector (by increased documentation, publicly available resources and new programming opportunities)
  • Raised quality of arts provision for children and young people (by supporting quality engagements between participants and artists that develop social wellbeing and deeper connection to place, self and community)

Markers of success:

Successful employment of ArTELIER artists in Tasmanian and National programs and festivals.

Successful interaction with International colleagues through ITAC4

Successful application to the Australia Council for 2019 funding

Delivery of a two-day ArTELIER Lab at Salamanca Arts Centre in May 2019 for participating artists to explore new work with intergenerational audiences.

New partnerships for co-creating opportunities

Long term impact:

  • Children, young people and families become more knowledgeable, connected and confident participants in a creative Tasmania.

Our theory of change, backed by considerable experience, validates building the capacity of artists through regular exchange opportunities creating a culture of enquiry, innovation and collaboration. As part of this Learning Exchange, online modules and resources and networks will be developed for and with the broader sector of artists, workers and educators who work with young people. This will lead to higher quality outcomes and better reflective arts engagements across the sector enabling children and young people to build their own skills, capacities and wellbeing.


The ArTELIER  program is managed through all that we are operating on collective principles. All participants co-design and co-deliver the learning on rotation. The emergent design process is iterative and relies on shared responsibilities amongst the group. The artists’ range of disciplines, cultural backgrounds and experiences combine to create a progressive and decentralised voice. This project is a Learning Exchange, meaning artists share resources and learning to strengthen the sector’s practice to maximise the impact on Tasmanian children’s creativity, learning as cultural citizens.

ArTELIER has been developed in partnership with the Peter Underwood Centre, Nayri Niara and Salamanca Arts Centre.

The initial concept for ArTELIER was developed by all that we are directors Simon Spain and Victoria Ryle, in conjunction with Leigh Tesch, Ruth Langford, Selena De Carvalho and Sara Wright.

If you are interested in joining this project please indicate your interest by emailing

We will get back to you shortly – many thanks.

This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.