The Major Commission is a significant investment in a major new work by a leading South Australian independent artist or group. Projects must have a significant public outcome and be presented first in South Australia.

Individual artists, artist groups and organisations can apply. South Australian Government funded arts and cultural organisations must show how the commission will represent a scale of production and presentation beyond their usual funded activity.

 Round 1Round 2
Grant amount $100,000 (one grant) *
Open date 13 January 2020 *
Closing date 5pm, 24 February 2020 *
Notification date 24 April 2020 *
Funded activity commencement date 1 May 2020 *

* Please note we are currently finalising the review of funding programs as part of the Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019-2024. We expect to have details of the new program available from mid-July 2020.

Find out more about the Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019-2024.

The handbook below details eligibility criteria, eligible costs and expenses and how to apply.

Major Commission Handbook (PDF, 110.6 KB)

Major Commission Handbook (DOCX, 99.1 KB)

Previous recipients

February 2020

Far and Away Productions Rehearse and premiere DRY by Catherine Fitzgerald             $100,000

July 2019

Slingsby Theatre Company The Boy Who Talked to Dogs             $100,000

February 2019

Patch Theatre Company New work The Lighthouse, will be an exploration of light in an interactive, immersive promenade performance piece for all ages                   $100,000

For more information about this grant or support with the application process, please contact us.