SUPPORT FOR THE TASMANIAN SCREEN SECTOR
Tasmanian Creative Industries welcomed the announcement made today by The Hon. Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth, of $65,000 for the direct support of the Tasmanian Screen sector through Industry workforce development grants.
Resulting from an initial workforce and sector review undertaken in 2016, this program will see the establishment of an independent working group drawn from the Screen sector that will oversee a suite of programs actively supporting those entering the sector, professionals and established workers within the sector and most importantly the connections and pathways between the secondary, tertiary and vocational training providers with the professional Screen industry.
Dr Kristy de Salas, chair of TCI says, “It is estimated that our Film and screen sector contributes around $57million to the state’s economy – of which at least half is attributable to wages. The growth that we have seen over the past few years, with Rosehaven, The Kettering Incident among others, as well as our growing games and ICT sector, recognises the capacity and opportunity that these activities provide the whole community. However, for us to meet this opportunity we need to invest in the skills and capacities of the current and future creatives within the sector to meet this growing demand and make sure that any training that is provided – from all levels of the education sector – keeps track of the changes in technology, production and markets. TCI welcome this partnership with Skills Tasmania and the Department of State Growth as a great contribution to our Creative and Cultural industries.
The Screen Industry workforce development plan announced today adds to TCI’s current program of sector research and the inaugural creative sector summit to be held in September 2017.
The Tasmanian Creative Industries recently welcomed a change of leadership with Kristy de Salas elected to the role of Chair. Kristy is one of the founders of local games development company, Giant Margarita, which has released entertainment games with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. The Chair is supported by Cameron Crawford (Deputy Chair), Joe Bugden (Treasurer) and Andrew Wilson (Secretary), along with Board Members; Laura Harper, Felicity Bott, Margaret Woodward, Michael Travalia, Rachel Edwards, Michael Edwards, Peta Heffernan, and Elaine Stratford.
“These appointments provide broad experience to the organisation, increasing our capacity and state-wide creative sector representation”, Dr de Salas said.
As part of this increased engagement with the State’s creative economy the Tasmanian Creative Industries (TCI) has launched an online platform Creative Island that will promote a range of businesses working across Tasmania’s creative sectors, ranging from visual arts, festivals, creative spaces, and many more, to encourage greater collaboration within the cultural economy.