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.

February 2023 round July 2023 round October 2023 round February 2024 round
Grant amount up to $15,000 up to $15,000 up to $15,000 up to $15,000
Open date21 December 202222 May 20231 September 202320 December 2023
Closing date6 February 2023 at 5pm3 July 2023 at 5pm9 October 2023 at 5pm5 February 2024 at 5pm
Notification date19 April 202315 September 202315 December 202319 April 2024
Funded activity commencement date24 April 20232 October 20238 January 202429 April 2024

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.

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

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.

Application information

There are 4 key elements to your application as listed below.

Click the ‘Apply Now’ button below to commence an application. Type/copy text into the provided fields.

Project Summary (up to 300 words)

Project Detail and Rationale (up to 1000 words)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

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

Artists/Creatives

Enter a short biography (up to 300 words) or upload a CV for each.

Project Plan and Timeline

Complete the table in the application form, including:

  • 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.

Upload a document to the application form.

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 application form. Combine documents where possible.

Upload Support Material to the application form. Refer to How to Apply for information about Support Material.

Complete the consolidated budget template in the application form.

Upload a detailed budget and notes to budget (including quotes to support major expenses) to the application form.

Refer to How to Apply for information about application budgets.

Apply now

Past recipients

February 2022

Recipient

Project 

Amount

Open Space Contemporary Arts

We Can Be Heroes - Floating Impermanence

$15,000

October 2021

Recipient

Project

Amount

Regional Council of Goyder

Ngadjuri Basket Sculpture project

$12,200

Rural City of Murray Bridge

Art in Public Space

$13,560

October 2020

Recipient

Project

Amount

Rebecca Deans

Glandore Community Centre Playground Public Art

$15,000

City of Marion

Reclaiming Sturt River – an arts environment project

$15,000