COVID-19 RESPONSE

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Design Tasmania Board and Staff would like to extend our well wishes to the community during this challenging time.

As a precautionary measure to ensure public health and safety, we have decided to close Design Tasmania’s galleries and store effective from Wednesday March 18th until further notice.

During this time we will be focusing on Design Tasmania’s online presence - via our social media, and website, where the public will be able to shop and experience highlights from our exhibitions and collection.

Thank you for your understanding.

Photo by Emily Dimozantos

WHAT NEXT

Design Tasmania are taking every care and precaution in the current climate to support the wellbeing of our members, and ensure that our organisation continues to thrive.

These uncertain times are hitting the creative industries hard, challenging a community that consistently bands together, often donating their time, talent and funds to service and uplift others. The creative sector provides comfort and an outlet from anxiety for many.

Design Tasmania have put together a list of resources to boost our design community's resilience throughout this period that include government and industry advice together with digital advancement opportunities as well as actions you can take to support the creative industry as a whole.

We are taking many of our exhibitions and events online. Keep an eye on our socials and website for upcoming campaigns that include virtual tours as well as interviews with designers and other supplementary materials.

Photo by Bruce Moyle

RESOURCES

ADVOCACY

Help out the industry as a whole by filling out NAVA's COVID-19 impact survey to help get better advocacy results for the creative sector with government. NAVA is working closely with national peak organisations as well as state and federal ministries and government departments to understand these impacts and represent them in detail, so that government is in the best position to consider urgent policy and funding responses.

Read our co-signed letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison via the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE SECTOR

For information about the national approach to COVID-19 and the arts, check out the Australia Council for the Arts.

View Arts Tasmania's Cultural and Creative Stimulus Package.

TAKING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE

For advice on digital programming and online projects and some tested advice on how to get digital right, the first time, check out this Arts Hub article.

To put your digital aspirations into action, the Digital Ready team is available to help Tasmanians with free 2 hour, one-on-one coaching sessions and advice clinics. Read more here.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Protecting yourself and your family is vital. The World Health Organisation has comprehensive guidelines and advice for how best to prevent contraction and safeguard the community here.

For immediate support at this difficult time, please know that support is near:
    •    Call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or text the helpline on 0477 13 11 14
    •    Beyond Blue has a comprehensive list of national help lines and websites