The University of Tasmania and the Ten Days on the Island Festival have partnered to drive new opportunities in the local arts sector and higher education.
The festival has relocated its headquarters to Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop at West Park, a site which already hosts the University’s regional arts and exhibitions programs.
The development was announced at an event on Tuesday, 1 August, at which the Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, officiated.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) Professor David Adams said the move would help stimulate cultural and economic benefits for the North-West region, which aligned with the University’s ongoing work to revitalise its communities.
“The relocation of Ten Days on the Island to West Park adds another dimension that will build on the work we are doing to transform this precinct into a vibrant hub that is embedded into the city landscape.
“It will further complement our institution’s existing operations at this important cultural and community site, which includes the Makers program, Collab Lab, the Artist in Residence initiative and our regular exhibitions showcase.
“The partnership will also forge new work-integrated learning opportunities in line with the University’s New State of Mind campaign that aim to increase the higher education participation and attainment of local students through new pathways towards tertiary study.
“Beyond that, it presents new opportunities to stimulate economic renewal, explore future regionally-relevant research and increase the level of engagement we have with local communities."
Ten Days on the Island Chairman and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow Mr Saul Eslake highlighted how the Cradle Coast campus cultural activity had helped inspire the partnership.
For two consecutive years, Dean Stevenson was awarded the campus Arts Residency, for his orchestral and vocal project Facing North, which made its world debut earlier this year as a key highlight in the festival’s program.
“Our experience of working with the University, composer Dean Stevenson, and many local musicians for Facing Northand seeing the extraordinary way it resonated with audiences is something that we would love to replicate,” Mr Eslake said.
“As we develop our new model, we’ll be looking to build the festival team in the Burnie and there will be opportunities for locals to be part of the growing arts, festivals and events industries."
The next Ten Days on the Island Festival will take place in March 2019.
Pictured: from left, Ten Days on the Island chairman Saul Eslake, board member Stephanie Jaensch, University of Tasmania Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) Professor David Adams, Ten Days on the Island Chief Executive Officer Jane Haley and Premier Will Hodgman.