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Cultural programs

The Cradle Coast campus offers a dynamic program of initiatives and events throughout the calendar year which promote and foster creativity.

Importantly, these also provide local communities with an opportunity to connect with our institution while simultaneously engaging them with alternative forms of learning.


A number of exhibitions are presented by the University's Cradle Coast campus within the Makers' Space gallery, Makers' Workshop (located at the West Park precinct), each year.

The program aims to enhance learning and cultural experiences across the North-West and on campus; while providing professional opportunities for Tasmanian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.

For more information, contact:

Artist in Residence

The University of Tasmania's Cradle Coast campus seeks to support established artists who are interested in exploring their interpretations and perspectives of the North-West region.

Since its inception in 2011, the Artist in Residence program has been open to local, interstate and international professional artists working in a range of creative disciplines.

A $5000 grant is offered each year to a successful established applicant to support their residency and the production of work which has relevance to the North-West Tasmanian community.

The successful applicant may choose to work from the University's Mooreville Road site, within Makers' Workshop at the West Park precinct, or at a self-nominated location in the region.

Applications are now open for the 2020 Artist in Residence opportunity:

Download the Program Guidelines (377 KB)
Download the Application Form (57 KB)

For further information, please email:

Applications for the 2020 Artist in Residence opportunity close Monday, 9 December 2019.

Makers' Program

The Makers' Program is a volunteer arts cooperative which began at Makers' Workshop in 2009. The University of Tasmania has managed this innovative community arts program since 2014.

Working like a business incubator for Tasmanian craftspeople, designers and artists, the program provides members with working studios and commercial opportunities.

Emphasis is on the production of handmade, small-batch product ranges and original artworks with regional provenance. Customers are predominantly visitors to the region, looking for high-quality creative products, as well as the experience of meeting the Makers and watching them demonstrate their skills.

The Makers' Program enhances Burnie's identity as the City of Makers through 30+ artisans who specialise in a variety of art forms including glass work, leather craft, weaving and basket making, timber work, embroidery and textile production, printmaking, sculpture and painting.

The University of Tasmania is proud to offer this unique arts program as part of its extensive community engagement activities in North-West Tasmania.

For information about the Makers' Program or details about how to apply, contact: