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.

 August 2020 Round
Grant amount$100 000
Open date3 August 2020
Closing date5pm 26 August 2020
Notification date4 October 2020
Funded activity commencement date11 October 2020

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.

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.

Upload a detailed budget 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.

Refer to How to Apply for information about application budgets.


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