Following extensive community and industry consultation, the Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019–2024 was developed to guide the growth of and investment in the state’s leadership in the arts and cultural sector.

Independent consultants Tony Grybowski and Graeme Gherashe undertook a review then prepared a report for the government’s consideration.


  • Over 2,500 voices, opinions and survey responses are captured in this plan.
  • 600 people attended town hall events in six locations – the Barossa Valley, Mt Gambier, Port Augusta, Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Goolwa.
  • 200+ interviews and seven focus groups were conducted with arts practitioners and organisations across all art forms, in addition to government representatives, industry groups and educational institutions.
  • 1,800 people responded to the Arts Plan 2019–2024 survey.

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture agencies provided information on international best practice.

The arts review for South Australia – Consultants Report (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019–2024 (PDF, 7.0 MB)


The objectives of the Arts Plan are to:

  • ensure that the arts, cultural and creative sectors in South Australia thrive throughout the year
  • review grant programs, to ensure that existing funds and increased grant allocations are focused on supporting independent artists and organisations and a successful and sustainable ecosystem for creative enterprise
  • consider what more we can do to meet the needs of regional and rural South Australia, local cultural activity in regional towns and centres, career pathways for artists from the regions, and access to regional touring opportunities for large and small companies
  • develop and deliver on a state-wide Digital Access Plan for our irreplaceable cultural collections – building on the work of those institutions that are already engaged in this work and helping to ensure that these collections are therefore accessible to all South Australians and the world. Digital platforms provide a window to the world for South Australia’s unique cultural heritage and we must take advantage of this opportunity to showcase ourselves
  • ensure the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust’s newly redeveloped venues, including Her Majesty’s Theatre, enable it to take collaboration with our major performing arts companies to a new level
  • examine arts governance and encourage more resourcefulness, tasking our arts boards to have a stronger focus on diversifying funding sources, but at the same time looking to provide rolling triennial funding to arts organisations to improve their opportunities for long term planning
  • ensure that through a whole-of-government approach, the benefits of the Arts and Culture Plan 2019–2024 is able to be realised across the range of sectors where the community interacts with government
  • the Arts Plan will explore and consider new opportunities for new partnerships and collaborations
  • Aboriginal arts and culture – what are the strengths and opportunities?
  • education in the arts – new learning opportunities
  • international engagement – inform and establish a strategy for international engagement of the Arts and Culture sector including the creative industries
  • how to approach the issue of storage for the collections in South Australia
  • evaluation and measurement – the measurement of value and impact of the investment into Arts and Culture in South Australia.

Learn more about the goals and values of the plan.