Salamanca Arts Centre’s
Vision, Purpose & Mission
To be locally valued and universally recognised for our support of artists and the development and presentation of new work.
Our Purpose & Mission
Salamanca Arts Centre’s Purpose and Mission is to enable artists to create new works, to enable artistic entrepreneurism, and, through respect, guidance and inspiration, to foster connections between artists and audiences.
SAC’s Strategic Priority
To use our resources ethically, efficiently and responsibly, to encourage contemporary expression of the arts.
What SAC is and does
Salamanca Arts Centre is the custodian of seven heritage buildings that are home to studio artists in residence, numerous arts organisations working across the visual and performing arts, festivals & events, literature, writing & film, and to designers, makers, retailers of, and commercial galleries for contemporary art and craft.
SAC also manages a suite of arts venues including the Peacock Theatre, Long Gallery, Founders Room, Sidespace Gallery, Kelly’s Garden, Courtyard, Top Gallery, Studio Gallery and Lightbox. Our venues showcase SAC’s curated and programmed events as well as our Access Program’s community and independent performances, exhibitions and other arts events and projects.
Operating parallel to the management of the buildings and venues, SAC works with local, interstate and international artists, working across all art forms, to conceive and develop new works, and to present those works to local and visiting audiences.
The staff at Salamanca Arts Centre are a team of dedicated, passionate and committed arts administrators, whose collective skills, qualifications and experience are invested into supporting artists to realise their creative endeavours, and to generate a livelihood from their art practice.
SAC’s arts program is supported by Arts Tasmania, City of Hobart, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Government of Australia and philanthropic trusts, donors and sponsors.
An estimated 250,000+ people pass through SAC’s doors every year, visiting galleries, exhibitions, performances and community events.
Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is a not-for-profit Arts Centre formed in 1975 as an incorporated association and established in 1976 in buildings owned by the Government of Tasmania and leased to SAC at ‘peppercorn’ rental.
Approximately 200 people are now directly employed by the 60 arts organisations based at SAC. These organisations, resident artists, retail galleries and their activities collectively contribute an estimated $50M annually to the Tasmanian economy.
An estimated 6000+ artists are represented across a year through the combined activities of all SAC’s resident organisations, venues, events, exhibitions, projects, residencies and memberships.
Salamanca Arts Centre Annual Reports can be downloaded below (more to be added soon):