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Bruny Island Foundation

for the Arts 

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The Foundation's



The Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts facilitates:​​

  • Bruny Island as a space to encourage arts practice of national and international importance

  • Bruny Island as a site for exploring universal themes, particularly the relationship between people and the environment

  • the reputation of Bruny Island as a creative community 

  • involvement of the general community in awareness of and support for the arts on Bruny Island

  • Bruny Island as a destination for arts practitioners and as a hub for arts communication


The Foundation is a non-profit public company limited by guarantee and a registered Australian charity.  The Foundation is on the Commonwealth Register of Cultural Organisations and has Deductible Gift Recipient Status.  This means eligible donations to the Bruny Island Foundation Fund are tax deductible.

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Activities of the Foundation

The types of visual arts, performance, music and literature projects that can be supported by the Foundation include:

Infrastructure to support the arts on Bruny Island

(studios; retreats; performance spaces; community halls; equipment)

Financial assistance to Bruny Island arts events

(exhibitions, group projects, installations, residencies, fellowships, prizes)

Residency stipends for artists

(including financial support for artists at all stages of career development)


Cultural exchange

(between Bruny Island and other arts-focused locations around the world, especially island communities)

Arts education on Bruny

(to support the arts at our local school and engage people of all ages)

Direct grants to eligible arts organisations

(for projects and activities that advance the arts on Bruny Island)

Partnerships with other local organisations

(for example, support for community infrastructure and events with an important arts component)

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Image Robert Hollingworth, The Last Goodbye (still bright in the sky) Richmond Birdwing, (Detail), BRUNY18 

Why support the arts on Bruny Island?

The Foundation believes that advancing culture on Bruny Island is important for at least four reasons:


Artistic expression and cultural endeavour help sustain the fabric of the community

Creative endeavour connects residents and visitors in a shared experience and appreciation of the island, its people and its environment.


Bruny Island gives rise to unique, original and compelling art that is important to nurture, share, protect and grow in perpetuity

Bruny is a place to exchange and grow ideas of universal importance. It is a site for art making, creative development and interdisciplinary collaboration.


The arts and culture help sustain Bruny Island’s economic and social future

Bruny can be a home for an increasing number of artists who operate in global markets. These artists will bring families who contribute to the ever-evolving identity and economy of Bruny Island.


The arts and culture are a celebration of everything that the Island community has been, is now and will be in the future

The arts record and represent the character, the triumphs and the follies that have shaped Bruny Island over the years. They form the story of place and the language of innovation yet to come.


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Image Lori Pensini, Eden, (Detail), BRUNY18


Board of Directors

Graham Bury has a long time commitment to the arts, having helped establish a vibrant arts sector during his 9 year term as Mayor for the Kingborough Council, the local government region in which Bruny Island is located. 


In addition to Graham's arts based achievements, he has enjoyed a career as one of Hobart's most respected paediatricians. Graham is passionate about helping others. His commitment to charitable work and public service in general also includes two years as National Chairman of Save the Children Australia, as well as ongoing membership of a number of boards.


As Chairperson of the Foundation, Graham brings broad vision to the Board. He is particularly inspired by the model of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, which he and his partner Lois have visited and researched with a particular interest in arts-based social enterprise. Fogo Island is, like Bruny,  an Island on the edge of the world.



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Caroline Rannersberger is a prominent contemporary Australian artist, and is represented in major public, private and corporate collections throughout Australia.


Alongside her own practice, Caroline has worked in the arts sector for over 30 years, including arts education in the tertiary sector, arts administration, project management and curatorial services.

In addition to her art related work, Caroline has extensive experience in international marketing and education. She is also a Director of Social Justice Communications Pty Ltd, a family company that develops social initiatives and strives to provide ethical services across a range of sectors. 


In her role as Director of the Foundation, Caroline provides creative direction, curatorial management and administrative services.




Mathew Fagan has a keen interest in the arts and Bruny Island. With a background in law and communications, he has served on the boards of a number of charities and non-government organisations. 


Mathew's professional expertise is broad, and includes land rights claims supporting native title; executive roles in the public service; and direct support and management of arts projects.

In 2001, Mathew established Social Justice Communications Pty Ltd, a company that develops social initiatives and provides ethical services across a range of sectors. 


As Secretary of the Foundation, Mat provides governance, financial management and general administrative services.



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Lois operates a Tasmanian business based around art and illustration.  Her focus is mainly on the environment and in particular, Bruny Island. Together with her partner, Graham Bury, Lois has a particular interest in the models of social enterprise exemplified through the work of Fogo Island Arts, Newfoundland, Canada.


Actively engaged in Tasmanian visual arts projects, Lois combines her skills in illustration with her interest in youth programs and has illustrated five children’s books, including a continuing series of the endangered birds and animals on Bruny Island.

Previously Lois worked as a midwife and educator, but throughout her busy career always found time to work within her practice of drawing and painting. 

In her role as Director, Lois is keen to see Bruny Island become a hub for arts-based practice, including writing, film, performing arts and visual arts.



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