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Material Girl, Tasmanian’s only art prize for women, was launched in 2002 to foster and showcase the development of emerging women artists in Tasmania.
The award has had a long and rich history and was being administered by Tasmanian Regional Arts until its closure in mid-2017. There has been widespread support from the sector for the continuation of the award.
In order to determine the future of the Material Girl Art Award, Regional Arts Network Tasmania (RANT) with the support of Bell Bay Aluminium will conduct a detailed community survey designed to gather data, feedback, opinion and insights about the award from artists, arts organisations, sponsors and the general public. The analysis of this data and information will help inform and determine the direction, sustainability and future of the art prize.
Lou Clark, Community Relations Specialist, Bell Bay Aluminium said following the closure of Tasmanian Regional Arts, a review of the award is timely as data and feedback is required in order for the award to have a future.
"We are delighted that RANT will be conducting this work and engaging with the sector to inform the future direction of Material Girl," Lou said.
Survey findings will be published in May on the RANT website.
Photo caption: Kitty Taylor, Director Regional Arts Network Tasmania (RANT) with Material Girl sponsors Lou Clark, Bell Bay Aluminium, and Christine Hepburn, Zonta Club of Launceston. Photo credit: Rob Burnett.
Contact: Kitty Taylor, Director, Regional Arts Network Tasmania
Phone: 0400 357 937