Our work The Claudio Alcorso Italian Residency


The $12,000 Claudio Alcorso Italian Residency award supports Tasmanian based arts professionals to undertake a self-directed residency in Italy.

A partner project between the Alcorso Foundation and Arts Tasmania the award aims to promote artistic excellence and professional development.


Tony Woodward, Arts Educator, Art Practitioner was awarded the Italian Arts Residency award to travel to Italy in 2013 to undertake a series of intensive workshops at the Scuola Arte del Mosaico, Ravenna; Orsoni Smalti, Venice; and the Scuola Mosaicisti del Fruilii, Spilimbergo.

Tony’s residency will allow him to engage in a series of workshops at Italian institutes steeped in art history and cultural practice as well as opportunity to research contemporary Italian practitioners. The residency will provide opportunity to learn ancient techniques that may be applied in contemporary ways in his mosaic art practice. Italy is renowned as the ‘home of mosaics’ providing Tony with an interrupted period to learn refined processes centuries old from the very best traditional practitioners of a specialised art form.

As Project Manager for the Pathways Project at the University of Tasmania Tony has a determined commitment to opening higher education pathways to students from all regions of Tasmania. Working closely with regional school communities such as the River Jordan Federation and schools across the Derwent Valley he is highly respected for his advocacy and commitment to the value of arts and culture in education and across the broader community. Tony’s arts practice mirrors his advocacy for embracing diversity and encouraging participation in the arts and culture through education and community access. His artworks bring a mix of histories, culture and humour to local communities and schools in an effort to express cultural diversity and sameness.

Foundation President, Kate Warner, said it was wonderful that a well respected and committed individual such as Tony Woodward was awarded this opportunity. “The value Tony Woodward has brought to Tasmanian schools and communities over his career is second to none. This opportunity will undoubtedly benefit him personally and professionally providing immeasurable benefits long term to Tasmania’s wider community.” Ms Warner said.

Tony plans to undertake his 2013 residency during the months of September October.

The Alcorso Foundation Arts Residency Award is proudly partnered by Arts Tasmania

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