The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Development program is now open, inviting nominations that support art making, presentation and professional development across art forms.

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Development program offers two categories.

Funded activity may be arts projects undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or which involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures as the focus or beneficiaries of the activity.

Project Assistance

Project Assistance supports the development, production and presentation of new work across art forms.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and groups can apply. Organisations can also apply.

Non-Aboriginal organisations may apply for a grant in this category after demonstrating that appropriate consultation and cultural protocols are in place for the proposed activity.

Individual Artist Development

Individual Artist Development assists with professional development for independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers.

Individual artists and arts workers can apply.

Professional development activity may include master classes, short courses, workshops, mentorships, attendance at conferences, attachments to arts organisations or participation in arts residencies.

To apply

If you wish to apply, please submit an application via our online grants portal by 5pm, 10 February 2020.

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

Learn more about the criteria or contact the Arts grants team via ASAGrants@sa.gov.au.

Past recipients

Project Assistance

Ninuku Arts Glass Artists and Jam Factory Collaboration

In 2018/2019 emerging, mid-career and senior Inuuk’s Anangu artists in the Pipalyatjara and Kalka communities participated in a skills development workshop resulting in the creation of a body of work. The Ninuku Glass Art Project is currently exhibited as part of Tarnanthi, (festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art) and will be exhibited in Broome and Brussels in 2020.

Pictured above is work from the project - L-R: Selinda Davidson, Walka, 2019; Nyanu Watson, Tjulpu, 2019; Jimmy Donegan, Pukara, 2019; Nyanu Watson, Tjulpu, 2019; Samuel Miller, Ngayuku Ngura, 2019. Photo: Grant Hancock.

ActNow Theatre – Arts Pathways Program (2016 – 2020)

Led by First Nations artists Alexis West and Kiara Milera (a previous participant of the program and emerging filmmaker), and supported by ActNow Associate Director Yasmin Gurreeboo, the Arts Pathways workshops provide an insight into how participants can become a professional actor, artist or arts worker. The program is venturing into its fourth iteration in 2020.

Individual Artist Development

Alira McKenzie Williams was supported in an Assistant Director role with Foul Play Theatre for their production of Yerma for the 2019 Rumpus Season.