Council adopted its first Cultural Arts Plan 12 years ago. There have been many changes to the arts scene in Hobart and Tasmania since then from funding opportunities to the ‘Mona-effect’.

During this time the Council’s own arts program has grown significantly, nd has also shifted with the changes that have been taking place across the state.

Council places a strong focus on local artists and the community in participation in its arts program offering an increasing number of opportunities through its exhibitions, performing arts and public art programs and this will continue to be an area of growth.

In the last few years Council has developed solid working partnerships with MONA and associated festivals, Festival of Voices and Ten Days on the Island allowing the presentation of a wide range of cultural activities for the Clarence community. In 2018, Council will again partner with Dark Mofo and Festival of Voices for the fifth year presenting visual and performing arts events in the Barn.

Clarence Mayor, Alderman Doug Chipman, said the arts program was a crucial element to the vibrancy of the city.

Alderman Chipman said he would like to see the program be adaptive to the current arts ecology in Tasmania and remain relevant, vibrant and responsive to opportunity and change.

“We are inviting the community’s input into the arts plan and will be holding this forum to hear their thoughts,” said Alderman Chipman.

“The arts are now firmly established as an important part of any community and we are proud of what has already been achieved in this sector.

“Rosny Farm is a good example of how arts have flourished in Clarence, with the site now a highly regarded venue for both local and visiting artists and performers, along with major events such as the Jazz Festival.”

The art program forum will be held on Tuesday 27 March at 6pm in Rosny Barn. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs can be made to

For more information on the forum or Council’s arts and events program, visit or email