Venture Capital is an investment in speculative processes undertaken by independent Tasmanian artists or curators working on the development of creative projects for CAT’s future programs.  Artists and curators will be supported to undertake exploratory activity that may use conjecture, provocation, wonderment and reflection – or which simply engage with risk and chance – to develop provisional ideas. Venture Capital supports the testing and refinement of new artistic project ideas up to the point of submitting a major grant application or project proposal.

Contemporary Art Tasmania invites mid-career and established artists to submit outlines of their areas of interests and proposed studio-based (small ‘r’) research activity.

The program will provide professional independent Tasmanian artists with $5,000 financial assistance to:

  • undertake speculative concept development
  • test of new artistic ideas, processes and project frameworks
  • develop innovative project proposals for future CAT artistic programs, or
  • support the enhancement of creative and/or technical skills related to the above

Venture Capital funds can be used to:

  • remunerate studio time dedicated to exploration; and,
  • contribute to early development costs, such as documentation, administration, developing project outlines and supporting text for exhibitions, or performances or other forms of creative engagement

Venture Captial funding cannot be used for:

  • either project expenses or focus on existing projects
  • purchase of equipment


Applications due: Midnight Monday 31 August 2020


Selection Criteria

Consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate capacity to:

  • meet CAT’s artistic criteria (excellence, contemporaneity, viability, timeliness) and contribute to CAT’s goals.
  • expand or challenge an artist/curator’s creative practice, or to increase an understanding of contemporary practice
  • contribute to the balance of content across a diversity of art forms and cultural perspectives on CAT’s programs

Preference will be given to applicants who have not had a major opportunity with CAT previously.


To apply please provide a 1 page submission, supported with a 1 page CV. Visual support material can include up to 10 images of work completed within the last two years. Multi-media, moving image or sound files are to be provided Vimeo links. All examples of work must be clearly labelled, including the artist’s name, title of work, date of completion, medium, size and a short description where appropriate.


Supported applicants will be required to acquit Venture Capital investment with either (a) the submission of a major project grant application; or (b) a 2 – 5 page report outlining the activities undertaken and outcomes developed through the supported investigations.

Enquiries and applications to: Michael Edwards –

Selection will be made by the CAT Program Committee

Image Credit: Alex Davern, DEEP FRY, 2019
HD video projection (looped, colour, stereo sound), wood, acrylic and used frying oil dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

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