This grant supports the concept development and commissioning of small-scale public art projects by professional practicing South Australian artists.

Projects in the public realm may be functional or non-functional, permanent or temporary. They may be undertaken through a collaborative approach between artists and other design professionals or may be realised with the involvement of community members, either through consultation or participation.

In this category, organisations can apply for two types of project activity:

  • concept development by artists
  • commissioning of new public art works for presentation in high-profile and accessible locations in South Australia.

For commissioning applications, the applicant must commit to funding a minimum of 50% (cash or in-kind) of the total project implementation budget. Industry best practice should be demonstrated in the selection of artists (for example, by open call). Where a limited call or direct selection process has been used, a clear rationale must be articulated in the application.

Important note:

To assist you with your application, read the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines before you apply.

 October 2020 RoundFebruary 2021 Round
Grant amountup to $15 000up to $15 000
Open date21 September 202011 January 2021
Closing date5pm 19 October 20205pm 8 February 2021
Notification date18 December 202023 April 2021
Funded activity commencement date1 January 202130 April 2021

Who can apply:

  • local government
  • State Government Departments and Agencies and Statutory Authorities
  • funded organisations: small-to-medium organisations, major organisations
  • organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) formerly known as Major Performing Arts (MPA) Companies
  • community groups.

Please note: the private sector is eligible for financial assistance only when in partnership with an eligible applicant, but not directly. The private sector may obtain advice on the commissioning of public art works.

Who is ineligible:

  • individual artists.

Please note that selected artists for your project also need to meet the eligibility requirements in the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines.

What you can apply for:

  • artist, mentor or mentee fees
  • artist commissioning fees
  • concept proposal fees for selected artists/artist teams
  • travel
  • costs directly arising from the involvement of the artist/s, creatives and professionals in the development, fabrication, installation and realisation of the public art commission.

What this category does not fund:

  • projects without a public art outcome or presentation
  • Public Art and Design Major Commissions (refer Major Projects: Public Art and Design Major Commission).

How to apply

Read How to Apply before you begin preparing your application.

Key Application Information

There are four key elements to your application as listed below.

Upload one document to the Key Application Attachments section which includes the following:

Project Summary (up to 300 words, Arial 11pt)

Project Detail and Rationale (up to 2000 words, Arial 11pt)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

  • rationale and objectives
  • artist selection process
  • approach to risk management.



  • their role in the activity
  • short biography (up to 300 words) or CV for each.

Project Plan and Timeline

Table format is recommended. Include detail of:

  • dates/stages of your activity (highlighting the period of funded activity)
  • how and where you will undertake or deliver the activity
  • who will be involved at each stage
  • expected outcomes at each stage.

Artist Brief

Refer to Developing an Artist's Brief for more information.

Developing an Artist's Brief (PDF, 139.3 KB)

Please Note: Project proposals must include information about how appropriate protocols (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Working with Children in Art; COVID-19) will be followed.

Upload letters of support (up to five) and confirmations to the Key Application Attachments section. Combine documents where possible.

Upload materials to the Support Material section.


  • Artist’s Concept written proposal
  • concept drawings, site plans and engineering details, noting scale and materials.

Refer to How to Apply for information about Support Material.

Use the online template to provide a consolidated budget.

Refer to How to Apply for information about application budgets noting an appropriate artist fee is determined by the overall project scope, budget and timeline, the number of artists involved and the commissioning approach. Contact for further advice.

Upload a detailed budget (if required) to the File Upload section of the template. Upload notes to budget (including quotes to support major expenses) to the File Upload section of the template.


For more information or assistance contact

For further information on Public Art and Design please refer to these resources:

What is Public Art?  (PDF, 133.3 KB)
Developing an Artist’s Brief (PDF, 139.3 KB)
Public Art Commissioning Guidelines (PDF, 569.8 KB)
Public Art in the City of Adelaide (PDF, 2.1 MB)