Our Independent Makers and Presenters grants program is now open, inviting artists to apply for funding to support art making, presentation and professional development across art forms.

In this grant round, artists again have the opportunity to apply for a creative development Fellowship or receive support to produce a major publication celebrating an established South Australian visual artist.


Fellowships enable an artist to undertake a sustained period of creative development that will extend their professional practice and lead to the production and presentation of new work.

We have increased the value of our Fellowships to $50,000 this round – helping artists to advance their professional career and arts practice.

If you are recognised as an outstanding professional in your field and have an extensive track record of artistic practice and achievement, you are encouraged to apply for a Fellowship opportunity.

Longer term, we are also exploring a two year Fellowship model, as proposed by the Arts and Culture Plan 2019-2024.

As a recipient of a Fellowship in 2017, glass artist, Clare Belfrage, was able to undertake intensive research, develop new ideas and take on the challenge of making work on a bigger scale.

Clare used the grant to explore a range of techniques for applied decoration on blown glass works inspired by natural textures.

Some of her Fellowship activities included field research, study of works by Hans Heysen and extensive studio time, allowing her to capitalise on significant career opportunities and develop new work for national and international audiences.

South Australian Living Artist Publication

Clare is also the subject of the 2018 South Australian Living Artist Publication Rhythms of necessity written by Kay Lawrence and Sera Waters. The release of the book coincided with an international exhibition program, including art fairs and galleries in the UK and USA.

The South Australian Living Artist Publication is on offer this grant round, supporting the production of a major, high-quality book profiling an established South Australian visual artist with a significant track record of achievement in their area of practice.

Nominations are invited from individuals and organisations for practising professional visual art, craft and design practitioners working and living in South Australia for the 2021 publication to be released during the 2021 SALA Festival.

To apply

If you wish to apply for either of these opportunities, or any of the other grants from the Independent Makers and Presenters program, please submit an application via our online grants portal by 5pm on Friday 1 November 2019.

You should review the grant handbook before applying, where further information is available on the eligibility criteria, eligible costs and expenses and application process.

If you have any questions, please visit the Independent Makers and Presenters grants website or contact the Arts South Australia grants team at ASAGrants@sa.gov.au.

Image acknowledgement: Leaf Circuitry, group, 2008, appears in Rhythms of necessity, taken by Grant Hancock.