In a highly contested grant round, eight applications were recommended for funding totalling over $262,000 for Community Arts and Cultural Development projects commencing in 2020.

Ceramics equipment at Aroona Dam, Leigh CreekPictured: Aroona Dam, Leigh Creek, SA. 2019. Image by Ashlee Hopkins.

The program supports the development of community awareness, participation and engagement in arts and culture by engaging with professional artists and creatives.

Amongst the successful applicants was The Art Bus for their visual art project Inside Outside.

Developed for a community of women and their families at Helen Mayo House, the project includes a ten-month program of workshops designed to explore experiences of motherhood, parenthood, and mental health through creative practice.

Under the guidance of professional South Australian artists, participants will work in the areas of ceramics, painting, mixed media and printmaking.

The project will culminate in exhibitions and an artwork installation in the gardens of Helen Mayo House.

The Ngapala Arts Association Incorporated has also received funding in this round to support the development of a ceramics project with the Adnyamathanha community in Copley and Leigh Creek.

This project will have lasting and long term benefits by providing the Adnyamathanha artists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to produce high quality ceramics for a broad range of retail spaces and arts outlets.

Veronica Coulthard working with clay on the pottery wheel at Ngapala Arts, Copley SA.

Pictured: Veronica Coulthard on the pottery wheel at Ngapala Arts, Copley SA. 2019. Image by Mel Henderson, Ku Arts.

You can view the full list of grant recipients on the Community Arts and Cultural Development page.