Forty eight South Australian artists received funding totalling nearly $860 000 through the February 2020 round of the Independent Makers and Presenters Program.

Matthew Bradley One Hundred Vessels (Installation view Destroyer of Worlds)Matthew Bradley One Hundred Vessels (Installation view Destroyer of Worlds). Photographer: Grant Hancock. Image courtesy of the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Greenaway Art Gallery

Sixteen grants were awarded across the Professional Development categories, totalling over $214 000.

Amongst the successful applicants was acclaimed visual artist Matthew Bradley (work pictured above). Matthew was awarded one of two $50 000 Fellowships to conduct practice-based research over a 14 month period.

Matthew will work collaboratively with well-known South Australian designer Khai Liew and celebrated Australian painter Diena Georgetti, to develop two new projects for a major solo exhibition at Samstag Museum of Art in July 2021.

Thirty grants were awarded in the Project Grant category across art forms, totalling $437 276.

Major Commission and Triennial Project Grant recipients were also announced with playwright Catherine Fitzgerald receiving the $100 000 Major Commission for her play DRY.

Photo of path in a desert by Alex FrayneThe long road to DRY by Catherine Fitzgerald. Photographer: Alex Frayne

Inspired by the desert town of Port Augusta and its tough inhabitants, DRY will explore our relationship to the land, the First People, refugees and each other.

Adelaide-based violinist Simone Slattery received the $120 000 Triennial Project Grant for her project Shorebird Stories. Simone, along with cellist and collaborator Anthony Albrecht, will develop a unique fusion of music and evocative visuals over a three year period capturing the epic odyssey of migratory birds along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway.

The Independent Makers and Presenters Program supports art making, presentation and professional development opportunities across art forms.

View the professional development and project and funding recipients:

Individual Development

Building Pathways

Emerging Artist Development


Project Grants

Major Commission

Triennial Project Grant