Growing the next generation of arts workers and creative producers


space-logoSPACE is the training program of Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart’s longest running arts centre. We educate emerging artists, arts workers and future industry professionals, with courses including accredited training in producing for theatre and live events, and non-accredited performance classes and workshops.

Responding to industry demand for skilled workers and staff in the expanding market of live performance, festivals and events in Tasmania, the SPACE program provides introductory training for students ready to begin a pathway into the industry and also provides professional development and up-skilling for current workers.

Our full-time Certificate IV course, running for the second time in 2016-17, is designed to train students as multi-skilled arts workers. It covers a broad range of skills, including planning and project management and technical and front of house skills for theatre and live arts events. The course’s core units include training in industry practice, project management and WH&S, while elective units provide flexible opportunities in areas such as audio, lighting, and marketing.

Students of SPACE are based at Salamanca Arts Centre, with full access to our venues. This is the only course of its kind in Tasmania, offering extensive use of a fully operational theatre, galleries and multi-purpose spaces. The venues’ technical facilities offer students the chance to train on industry-standard equipment. These facilities include: a new lighting system, including digital control; a modern audio system; a full AV system with digital projection options.

In the SPACE course you will gain training applicable to a wide range of community-based performance and production contexts. Job opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors, with SPACE graduates having the added benefit of a qualification and recent experience suitable for a range of creative roles. This may be working as Front of House Staff, an Assistant Stage Manager, providing programming and marketing support for artists or producing your own work. Use your new skills to create your own future. 

Salamanca Arts Centre produces multiple programs offering opportunities for SPACE students to work on real productions with real audiences. Students will be allocated to productions throughout the year as part of their learning and assessment.

In addition, students will complete a minimum of one off-site work placement. This placement is a significant part of the course as it provides on-the-job training and an opportunity to assess the student’s skills in the workplace.

SPACE Work Placement Industry Partners:
Tasmanian Theatre Company, Festival of Voices, Second Echo Ensemble, Tasmania Performs, Stranger with My Face International Film Festival, Moonah Arts Centre, Kickstart Arts, Wide Angle Tasmania, City of Hobart, Blue Cow Theatre.

Recognised Prior Learning
Experienced arts workers can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) and, subject to review, may be given full or partial credit for some of the course units.

The SPACE course is offered in partnership with the Institute of Project Management (RTO 60154) and supported by Skills Tasmania. This training is subsidised by the Department of State Growth, Tasmania.

For queries email the SPACE Coordinator.