Arts and Culture

Arts Hub at Kingston Beach

The new Arts Hub gallery behind Kingston Beach Hall opened in late June 2012.  Several exhibitions are expected to be held in this innovative new space. The gallery opening hours are at the discretion of the exhibitor. The gallery must be attended at all times by the exhibitor or an approved agent of the exhibitor.   Artists who wish to exhibit in Arts Hub, can contact Council's Arts and Cultural Officer on (03) 6211 8135.  Kingston Beach Arts Hub Guidelines for Exhibitors are also available for viewing.

Arts and Culture on Twitter    

Council's Arts and Cultural Development is now using Twitter to let the community know of events and to start conversations between the arts community and anyone interested in what's happening and ideas about the arts. You can follow us: @KC_ArtsCulture.

 Abel Tasman Art & Design Prize

The Abel Tasman Art & Design Prize is open to students in years 11 and 12 in schools and colleges in Tasmania.  The prize celebrates the link between The Netherlands and Tasmania.  Every second year, the winning Tasmanian student spends three weeks visiting the City of Grootegast, home of the Dutch Explorer Abel Tasman.  On alternate years, the winning student from The Netherlands visits Tasmania.  The Prize is run collaboratively by Kingborough Council, the Dutch Australian Society and the Pathways Project.  



The competition has closed for 2012 with nearly 50 entries received.  An exhibition of all entrants was held at the Arts Hub (rear of Kingston Beach Hall).   

Ten finalists will go on to have their work exhibited at Henry Jones Art Hotel which will open on Friday 14 December.  The winner will be announced at the opening.

Abel Tasman entrant Hanna Bastone               
   Hobart College student Hanna Batstone 16 of South Hobart submits her entry


Kingston Wetlands Sculpture Trail 

Two sculptures are now included in the Kingston Wetlands Sculpture Trail.  The best viewing area for both sculptures is looking south from the footbridge at the northern end of the wetlands.

Join Me For A Drink by Tasmanian artist Simon Pankhurst was acquired by Kingborough Council in June 2011 from the Salvaged Art Exhibition

HUSK by Tasmanian artist Julia Knight was acquired for the Kingborough collection from 2013 Benchmarking Birchs Bay exhibition.  Husk1  Husk2

Arts and Cultural Strategy 

Kingborough Council is dedicated to fostering an innovative and creative community and to providing opportunities for everyone to participate in the cultural life of our diverse and vibrant community.  

The Kingborough Arts and Cultural Development Strategy was developed in consultation with artists, crafts people, young people, representatives from minority communities, Kingborough Councillors, Kingborough Council staff, service providers, schools, Government organisations and interested members of the community and helps our municipality move forward in this area. Consultation methods included surveys, interviews, focus groups and four community forums held in Kingston, Margate, Woodbridge and Bruny Island.

The Kingborough Arts and Cultural Development Strategy provides:

  • An overview of arts and cultural practice in Kingborough;
  • Outcomes of the consultation with community members and key stakeholders;
  • Priority gaps and issues identified; and
  • A strategic action and implementation plan.

A full time Arts and Cultural Development Officer has been employed at Council to start working on initiatives identified in the strategy.  The Arts and Cultural Strategic Plan can be downloaded or hard copies are available from Council's Civic Centre.

There will be an option for artists, arts groups and cultural workers to register on the creative arts register called ARTS BASE. It will enable a much broader communication strategy to grow and encompass a wide range of input and resources. It will provide an opportunity to interact with artists and resources from various backgrounds, media and ideas.

We also aim to include an events calendar covering cultural activities in various locations throughout Kingborough and other parts of Tasmania.

© 2011 Kingborough Council
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