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Public programs

The Cradle Coast campus offers a dynamic program of place-based initiatives and events throughout the year which promote and foster culture and creativity, and provide our local communities with accessible learning opportunities.


The University's Cradle Coast campus presents a diverse program of public exhibitions at the Makers' Space, 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.

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.

Applications for the 2020 AIR Program closed 9th December 2019. Applications for the 2021 Program are expected to open in early October 2020. 

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: