The Arts Recovery Fund was a 2020-21 initiative to support recovery and reimagining in South Australia’s arts and culture sector.

It had a specific focus on creating employment for professional practicing artists through:

  • Collaboration and partnerships: between artists and arts organisations to foster the evolution of arts practice in a COVID-safe environment
  • Theatre and festival re-opening: by supporting the creation, development and presentation of work in a COVID-safe environment
  • Digital innovation: by supporting the development and curation of new digital content, building sector skills and capability, and investing in technology and digital expertise.

One person dancing with VR

Artist: Sarah Neville; Image: Sarah Neville dancing in VR; Sarah Neville - Digital Capture

Congratulations to 42 successful applicants who applied to the Arts Recovery Fund for Individuals and Groups and Organisations, receiving $2,463 097 through the second and final round of the initiative.

Across the recommended applications, employment outcomes are anticipated for 1,210 artists, arts workers, administrators and other workers, with an estimated 69,537 employment hours.

Some of the successful applicants were:

Arts Recovery Fund – Individuals: Dance artist, Sarah Neville

Awarded $12,554 to create dance works for virtual reality, in partnership with Dance Hub SA and the Digital Transformation Group. The project, Transmissions: Nomad, Settler, Tourist will be a multi-user VR experience, designed for presentation in gallery spaces, exploring what it means to travel in post COVID times.

Arts Recovery Fund – Groups and Organisations: Clock For No Time Creative Collective

Awarded $87,593 for the world premiere of Clock for no time, by Michèle Saint-Yves to be presented during RUMPUS Theatre’s 2021 season. The Collective will also develop and trial a Theatre Access App prototype to engage and deepen the experiences of live performance for Deaf and/or disabled, neuro divergent and dementia-living audiences.

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Artist: Clock For No Time Collective; Image: CLOCK FOR NO TIME [CFNT]; Photographer: Sam Oster

The full listing of Arts Recovery Fund grant recipients is available on Arts South Australia’s website https://www.dpc.sa.gov.au/responsibilities/arts-and-culture/covid-fund