Salamanca Arts Centre’s
Vision, Purpose & Aims

Our Vision

Enriching Community through Contemporary Arts Practice

Our Purpose & Aims

To enrich contemporary creativity in Tasmania.

We support contemporary artists with spaces and opportunities to make new work, engage with other artists and share their practice with the world.

We enliven our spaces with dynamic activities of making, creating, innovating, connecting, and trading place, and ensure the future of the nationally significant Salamanca warehouses.

We enable diverse communities of creators, producers, audiences, and visitors, to connect and engage with the arts in ways that enrich and expand their vision.

Our Aims

SAC’s Aims are to enable artists to create new works of national significance, to enable artistic entrepreneurism, to manage our buildings responsibly and ethically, and, through respect, guidance and inspiration, to foster connections between artists and audiences. Central to achieving our Purpose are the individual artists’ studios, our art & design retailers and those other arts organisations who choose to make their home within Salamanca Arts Centre’s buildings.

Our Core Values

Salamanca Arts Centre wishes to acknowledge that the Centre stands on the country of the Muwinina people.
In recognition and reflection of the deep history and culture of this island, we also wish to acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, who are the traditional owners and continued custodians of the land and waters of lutruwita (Tasmania).

In everything that SAC does, we adhere to the core organisational values of:

What SAC is and does

SAC is a not-for-profit Arts Centre formed in 1975 as an incorporated association and established in 1977 in buildings owned by the Government of Tasmania and leased to SAC to manage as a Community Arts Centre. In 2009 Salamanca Arts Centre became a Company Incorporated by Guarantee.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) will continuously strive to be locally valued and universally recognised for our support of artists and the development and presentation of new works of national significance.

SAC is the custodian of seven heritage buildings and manages these buildings on behalf of the people of Tasmania. SAC is 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 design.

SAC also manages a suite of venues including the Peacock Theatre, Long Gallery, the Founders Room, Sidespace Gallery, Kelly’s Garden, Courtyard, Top Gallery and the Lightbox. Our venues showcase SAC’s curated and programmed events as well as our Access Program’s for community and independent performances, art exhibitions and other arts themed 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. We are bringing local and global together.

The staff at SAC 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 and public programs are supported by Arts Tasmania, City of Hobart, the Australia Council for the Arts, and philanthropic trusts, donors and sponsors. An estimated 280,000+ visitors and locals pass through SAC’s doors every year, visiting galleries, exhibitions, performances and community events.

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.

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.

SAC is now a company limited by guarantee managed by a Board of elected, appointed, and co-opted Board Directors.

Download An Intro & Overview to the Report on the Value of SAC – 2017

Annual Reports

Salamanca Arts Centre Annual Reports can be downloaded below (more to be added soon):

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