The Unconformity 2021 cancelled
Installation of a printing press at PressWEST gallery/studio

Program Summary

First established in 2018 through community consultation, the West Coast Seed Funding Program was designed to provide seed funding support for arts and cultural practitioners connected to Tasmania's remote West Coast.

In 2020, the program funding pool increased to a total of $15,000 through a partnership between West Coast Council and The Unconformity with funding support provided through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Program outcomes may include travel to attend masterclasses or exhibitions, skills development opportunities, mentoring, project costs, gallery or exhibition infrastructure, or the acquisition of equipment related to creative or cultural endeavours.

Individuals or groups can apply for up to $2500 each and applications are independently assessed by a panel of West Coast locals from across the region, representing different art forms and cultural experiences.

You can download the Information Sheet here.

Current Recipients

Teri Young — $2500 towards recording and mixing costs for Teri Young and the Restless
Queen River Woodworks — $2500 towards the purchase of woodworking equipment
Rosebery Festival — $2480 towards a school project for the Rosebery Festival
Pete and Lynda Purcell — $2398 for the purchase of signage and seating at the Station Studios in Queenstown
PressWEST —$2201 towards the fit-out of the PressWEST art space
Jenny Groves — $2125 towards the completion of a studio space in Trial Harbour
Chris Burton — $1495 towards the purchase of a Double Bass for Queenstown band, Cone Smashers.


Applications for the 2021 Seed Funding Program closed on 31 May 2021.
For more information about the program, please email

Previous Recipients

— $2500 for transportation of a print press from South Australia to the PressWEST art space
Pete and Lynda Purcell — $1506 for the installation of a new gallery hanging system in the Station Studios in Queenstown
Peter Winskill — $2500 for costs towards a self-published book of poetry based on Peter’s life growing up on the West Coast
Q West Community Gallery — $2440 for the purchase of a new slab roller to support the community-based ceramic studio
Tony Weare — $2000 for materials for Tony’s painting practice
Bob Cartledge — $1050 to support workshop, travel and accommodation costs to conduct a blacksmith course in Hobart
Queen River Woodworks — $1908 towards the purchase of materials for the Queen River Woodworks furniture-making business.

Emmalie Kyle
— $1200 towards development of a podcast that examines living and working as an artist on the West Coast
Mary Burns — $1000 for equipment and upgrades to her home studio
Gary Taylor — $700 to assist in purchasing dye sublimation equipment to commercially expand his studio
Q West Community Gallery — $1200 towards the installation of new sculptural public artwork in Queenstown
Rosebery Festival — $900 towards the construction of new plinths and visual art exhibition equipment.

Maggie Johnson
and Darren MacQueen — $1250 to support an exhibition of life on Cape Sorell during the 1950s and 1960s
Kelly Jones — $1056 towards violin tuition costs to, in turn, teach primary school students in Zeehan
Marc Pricop and Tahlia McDermott — $1250 to develop a publication that captures stories of Strahan people
Q West Community Gallery — $1250 towards the purchase of a kiln to be used by local potters and ceramicists.


The West Coast Seed Funding Program is supported by West Coast Council and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Image of the installation of a printing press at PressWEST art space

The Unconformity acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita / Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this land.