ngayapi  niyakara (born to dream) 

Applications are now open for 2022!

Image of Artist Luana Towney’s project, Muwinina Country. Documentation by Jillian Mundy

ngayapi     niyakara (Born to Dream) is a partnership between the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and Constance Artist Run Initiative that provides a paid opportunity for up to 3 emerging Aboriginal artists based in lutruwita (Tasmania) to present new temporary artworks in an outdoor public space of their choice anywhere in lutruwita.

Emerging artists or a collaborative group working in any artform are welcome to apply, such as sculpture, painting, printmaking, performance, video, media, writing and design, anything!

Previous experience with the display of artwork in public spaces is not required. This is a fully supported program, where you will have the help of Caitlin Fargher and Priscilla Beck to realise your dream idea!

ngayapi     niyakara will be presented in the second half of 2022 or early 2023. The selected artist or artists will receive an artist fee of $5000 each to create the work. You will also be provided with additional funding for materials, production, installation, marketing and opening night expenses. Travel allowances and accommodation are available for applicants so that you can do site visits and team meetings anywhere that is convenient across lutruwita. The selected artist(s) will be supported by members of Constance (Caitlin Fargher and Priscilla Beck) and Sara Maynard from the TAC in the development, installation and presentation of the artwork. Additional funding is there for the selected artist(s) to choose a mentor outside the organisations to work through ideas with too.

To apply, artists are required to describe the idea they want to explore through this project, provide examples of past work, and a small written biography about themselves.

Key dates:
Applications open - 6 February 2022
Deadline for submissions - 11 March 2022
Successful applicants notified - Mid April 2022
Exhibition dates - Late 2022- early 2023 [negotiated with successful applicant(s)]

What is Constance?
We are a volunteer-run art organisation of 12 people that work with artists and the community to present art projects in different locations across nipaluna (Hobart) and lutruwita (Tasmania). We are a group of very experienced artists and arts workers who are focused on engaging with the Tasmanian arts community and beyond. We usually work with new and emerging artists to put together creative and innovative exhibitions in lots of different spaces and places. Caitlin worked closely with Luana Towney on her travelling book for ngayapi niyakara in 2020, and Priscilla has works at Ochre Rain alongside many projects such as the Homestate nipaluna project for Dark Mofo 2021.

How to apply:

Fill in the application form online here
Email us to get a paper form, or pop into the TAC offices to get one (nipaluna/Hobart, Launceston or pataway/Burnie) 


Constance -
Caitlin Fargher and Priscilla Beck
0417 702 198 (Caitlin) / 0421 556 591 (Priscilla)

Sara Maynard on 6234 0700
198 Elizabeth Street, nipaluna/Hobart 7000
Or leave at any of the TAC offices

2020 Project:
Muwinina Country by Luana Towney

“For ngayapi niyakara, I have written a travelling book about the First Nations people of nipaluna (Hobart). The story is a child friendly history lesson about first contact in nipaluna in both Palawa kani and English”  - Luana Towney

Muwinina Country is a travelling book that takes people on a journey along the South Hobart Rivulet Track during NAIDOC Week 2020, that will stay in place until January 2021. Luana Towney has created this new temporary public art project in collaboration with her daughter Jamaya Summers who has done the illustrations for the story.

The panels have now been turned into a book, designed by Caleb Nicholls-Mansell.

Purchase the book here for $25:

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be split evenly between the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Language Program and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Listen to the audio book below:

ngayapi     niyakara; born to dream    

(ngye yah pee)           (nee yah kah rah)

In Palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines

This activity was assisted through Arts Tasmania

CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the Palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..