Funding boost for emerging artists

07 Dec 2018

The Marshall Liberal Government has added a boost to the aspirations of South Australian artists who from 22 November will have access to an extra $1 million in arts grants over the next year. 

Funding the "Making Sustainable Careers" program has a clear focus on artists who are developing their careers. 

"Providing funding to artists early assists them to harness their talent and develop viable careers - and this is something the new government is committed to," said Premier Steven Marshall. 

"To help achieve this, we're investing $1 million in new funding for Regional Arts Development, Early Career Artists Development and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Arts Development which builds on existing grants.

"The State Government recognises that the arts community is unequivocally a crucial part of South Australia's cultural landscape and we want to encourage more and more people to get involved."

The allocation of the "Making Sustainable Careers" funding will be allocated from 2018-19 across the following categories:

Major Commission - $100,000 - more than doubling the funding for major commissions

Sustainable Careers - Arts Projects -- $250,000 - Increase project funding by more than 40 per cent, investing in new projects and focusing on stronger market development

Regional Arts Development - $140,000 - new funding to support regional arts participation and engagement. To be managed by Country Arts SA

Emerging Artist Development - $200,000 - Ten new opportunities with up to $20,000 each for early-career independent artists to support their practice

Fellowships - an additional $200,000 - five additional fellowships worth $40,000 each for mid-career or established artists to support their professional practice

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Development - $60,000 - three grants of $20,000 each to support the development of ATSI arts practitioners

Individual Development - $50,000 - An increase of more than 100 per cent for individuals and boosts the overall amount for specific development opportunities by more than 40 per cent.

Artists in regional areas, including Aboriginal artists, will have an expertly managed range of new opportunities. Country Arts SA will offer five Artist in Residence programs and support the development of two new bodies of work. 

For more information on all programs visit