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Public programs

The Cradle Coast campus presents a dynamic annual program of exhibitions and events which promote and foster culture, learning and creativity for our communities, students, staff and alumni.
From the world-class West Park Precinct in Burnie, we are proud to offer a range of uniquely North-West Tasmanian experiences at Makers’ Workshop, the region's popular arts and cultural centre, which is also home to the University’s Makers’ Space, Makers' Program and Australia’s largest handmade paper mill – Creative Paper Tasmania.
Our Arts and Public Programs portfolio is governed by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Cradle Coast) and managed by the Arts and Public Programs Coordinator for Community Learning.


The University's Cradle Coast campus presents a diverse program of public exhibitions at the Makers' Space, Makers' Workshop, each year. The program aims to enhance learning and cultural experiences across the North-West and on campus.

View our 2021 Exhibition Program (PDF 333KB).

Artists who are interested in exhibiting their work at Makers' Workshop are invited to submit an Expression of Interest:

For more information, contact Joanna Gair - Arts and Public Programs Coordinator:

Artist in Residence (AIR) Program

The University of Tasmania's Cradle Coast campus seeks to support educators, makers, artists, designers and researchers interested in exploring their interpretations and perspectives of Tasmania’s North-West region.

Since its inception in 2011, the Cradle Coast campus Artist in Residence program (AIR) has offered financial support to local, interstate and international practitioners, working in a broad range of creative disciplines.

A $5000 grant is offered each year to a successful, established applicant to support their AIR project within 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 Cradle Coast region.

For further information about the Cradle Coast campus AIR Program, please email Joanna Gair - Arts and Public Programs Coordinator:

Makers' Program

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

Working like a business incubator for Tasmanian craftspeople, designers and artists, the Makers’ Program provides members with access to public studio spaces as well as educational and commercial opportunities.

Emphasis is on the production of handmade, small-batch product ranges and original artworks with regional provenance. Customers of Makers' Workshop 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 place-based community engagement activities in North-West Tasmania.

For information about the Makers' Program or details about how to apply, please contact Joanna Gair - Arts and Public Programs Coordinator: