This grant supports the commissioning of significant new, high-quality works of art and design for public places by professional practicing South Australian artists. It recognises the role that outstanding public art projects play in enhancing South Australia’s reputation as a centre of arts excellence.

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.

Funding can be sought for every stage of project development, including further concept and design development, implementation, fabrication, installation and documentation costs. Projects must be presented in high-profile, publicly accessible locations throughout South Australia.

It is a requirement of this funding that the applicant commits to contributing at least 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 2023 round
Grant amount$100,000
Open date 1 September 2023
Closing date9 October 2023 at 5pm
Notification date15 December 2023
Funded activity commencement date8 January 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:

  • Individuals

Read the Eligibility requirements for the Arts and Culture Program; please note that selected artists for your project also need to meet these Eligibility requirements.

What you can apply for:

  • Artist fees
  • 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
  • Documentation
  • Travel

What this grant does not fund:

  • Projects without a public art outcome or presentation

How to apply

Read How to Apply before you begin preparing your application.

Application Information

There are four 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 2000 words)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

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


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.

Artist Brief

Upload a document to the application form. 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.


  • 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.

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.

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Past recipients

City of MarionCongregate$100,000


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