Tasmanian Sector Day

State-Wide Arts & Cultural Sector Day

For the past 17 years Performing Lines TAS has taken an industry, rather than an enterprise approach to the sector. In addition to our residencies, that generate works often produced by peer companies and/or festivals, we now host an annual Sector Day.

Representatives from both the State and Federal arts funding bodies attend, as do the Artistic Directors of all the funded performing arts companies, CEO’s of presenting organisations, Festival Directors and key independent artists. The focus of the event is flexible so that it can include break-out discussions with interest groups, introductions of new artists and company visions and challenging issues for the sector.

In November 2023 we will be running a series of break-out groups on topics the sector identified at the 2022 event including, regional touring, First Nations collaborations, the need for more producers for independent artists, the impact of the great resignation, shortages of tech staff, etc.

Past events have resulted in targeted events responding to sector needs. This included sector specific Mental health training funded by Arts Tasmania for state-wide delivery.

Each year, we partner with a different organisation to move the event around the island.  In 2022 it was in Launceston and in 2023 the Theatre Royal will host us in Hobart. The gathering helps introduce new artistic directors to their colleagues. A day of sharing our ideas, concerns, challenges and aspirations has proven to be a valued and rejuvenating gathering in the year for the participants. It also provides an invaluable overview for Australia Council staff who rarely get the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge of their regional colleagues.

Very few entities have the ability to draw a spectrum of people like that into a room. From funding bodies through to emerging artists, to producers, through to Festivals.” –  Travis Tiddy, Artistic Director, the Unconformity Festival

Sector Day:

  • Brokers meaningful exchange

  • Imagines a stronger and more confident sector

Information for Presenters

The Performing Lines TAS Sector Day occurs annually and moves location each year so as to engage artists and arts professionals across the island. If you are interested in learning more or participating in Sector Day please contact the team at Performing Lines TAS.

Sinsa Mansell Senior Producer
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The Connector

The Connector is our digital resource introduced in 2022 that archives each years Delegates for Sector Day. Use The Connector to jog your memory as to who inspired you with their approach in a previous year, find a contact for a colleague you have a question for and work out who you want to connect with this year once Delegates are announced, so you can plan to get the most out of your day.

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Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Sector Day is produced by Performing Lines TAS and supported by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.