A variety of documents, resources and websites relating to arts and culture within South Australia.
Our Cultural Collections
A guide to the treasures held by South Australia’s collecting institutions.
Public Art and Design resources
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy for South Australia
Read more about the Strategy on our Aboriginal Arts and Cultures page.
Grant recipients are required to comply with specific requirements in relation to logos and branding, respectful behaviours, copyright and intellectual property, confidential information and privacy, working with children protocols, COVID-19 protocols, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols. For more information refer to the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines.
The following listing provides links to arts organisations and useful resources.
The annual Adelaide Festival is one of Australia’s largest multi-arts festivals, with a strong tradition of innovation and excellence. With a focus on the contemporary, the festival features the best in theatre, dance, music, literature, the visual arts and new media, from around Australia and the world.
Adelaide Festival Centre Trust
The Adelaide Festival Centre is South Australia’s principal performing arts venue and presenter of theatre, dance, music and exhibitions. It is a leading Asia Pacific cultural centre.
The Adelaide Fringe is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and Australia's biggest ticket selling open access arts festival that provides a way for artists across all disciplines to share their work with the world.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra plays a major role in Adelaide’s cultural and economic vibrancy, and enriches the community through a diverse program of world-class performances to more than 90,000 concertgoers each season.
Art Gallery of South Australia
The Art Gallery of South Australia provides access to original works of art of the highest quality. Through the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, publications, education and public programs, the Art Gallery of South Australia seeks to become part of the daily life of Australians – to champion art, artists and ideas.
ArtsHub is a useful online resource for people who work in the arts and screen. The site includes arts jobs, industry news, reviews and data.
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.
Australian Dance Theatre
The Australian Dance Theatre is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dance company and the longest running in the country. For over 50 years Australian Dance Theatre has pioneered new work that has contributed to defining dance in this region.
Australian Copyright Council
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, not for profit organisation representing the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies.
Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council invests in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process; increases awareness about the value of the arts; and is committed to the benefits of arts and culture being more accessible to all Australians.
APRA AMCOS is a music rights organisation representing over 100,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS licenses organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available members’ music, and distributes the royalties to members.
Australian Writers' Guild
The Australian Writers’ Guild is the professional association for Australian performance writers principally working in film, television, theatre, radio and digital media. They work to improve professional standards, conditions and remuneration for Australian performance writers; to protect and advance the creative rights of their members and to promote the Australian cultural voice in all its diversity.
Blog Tyrant is a useful website providing resources on how to start a blog, build an audience, and navigate social media.
Carclew is South Australia’s only multi-art form and cultural organisation dedicated to artistic outcomes by and for people aged 26 and under. Carclew provides young people with opportunities to try different art forms, supports emerging artists to develop their craft and advocates for youth arts practice.
Carrick Hill Trust
Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact twentieth-century heritage house museum and garden. Aspects of its privately-collected French, British and Australian fine and decorative arts collection are of an international standard, including masterpieces of British modernism and fine examples of seventeenth-century furniture and house fittings.
Country Arts SA
Country Arts SA increases access to the arts for regional South Australian communities and shares unique stories through extraordinary arts experiences. Through producing, presenting and touring all forms of art, managing regional arts centres and facilitating grant funding, Country Arts SA empowers regional communities to create and interact with the arts as audiences, participants, artists and leaders.
Creative Partnerships Australia
Creative Partnerships Australia encourages investment in the arts by fostering giving and partnerships between the cultural sector, supporters and investors and by equipping artists and arts organisations with the fundraising and development skills to succeed.
Guildhouse is a not for profit organisation that supports visual artists, craftspeople and designers to build and maintain sustainable careers. They provide professional development support to craftspeople, visual artists and designers, assisting them to build enduring and sustainable practices.
The Helpmann Academy helps to empower South Australia’s most promising emerging creatives to realise their visions and build sustainable practices. The academy provides professional development opportunities including grants and awards, fellowships, mentorships, masterclasses and seminars, advisory services and international artist residencies, all tailored specifically for South Australia’s higher education students, graduates and emerging artists.
Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours. Grants are made through eight program areas including arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing, as well as the importance of investing in Australia’s intellectual capital.
International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies
IFACCA is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture. IFACCA aims to benefit artists, arts organisations and communities worldwide.
Live Performance Australia
Live Performance Australia is the peak body for Australia’s live entertainment and performing arts industry.
Media Resource Centre
The Media Resource Centre provides support for local filmmakers including general information, workshops, membership, support service details, and job opportunities.
Music Development Office
The Music Development Office is an initiative of the South Australian Government, facilitating the development of the South Australia’s music industry by supporting both creative and business development.
Music SA is a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting, supporting and developing contemporary music in South Australia.
National Association of the Visual Arts
The National Association for the Visual Arts is the national peak body protecting and promoting the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector.
Phonographic Performance Company of Australia
The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia is a national, non-government, non-profit organisation that represents the interest of record companies and Australian recording artists. They provide licences to Australian businesses to play recorded music in public.
Public art walking guide
The public art walking guide is a practical walking map that highlights significant historical and contemporary artworks in the central business district of Adelaide.
South Australian Film Corporation
The South Australian Film Corporation, a statutory body, is South Australia's lead agency for the development, support and promotion of the state's screen production sector. They provide unique opportunities for international, national and local producers to create and deliver a diverse slate of feature film, television and online projects.
South Australian Living Artist Festival
The SALA Festival is a state-wide festival of visual art, promoting and celebrating the many talented visual artists in South Australia.
South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum makes Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun - a place where families can learn and grow together. It is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.
State Library of South Australia
The State Library of South Australia has a collection focus on South Australiana, special collections, digital collections and general reference.
State Opera of South Australia
The State Opera of South Australia was established to present, produce, manage and conduct theatrical and operatic performances that attract a diverse local, national and, potentially, international audience. It is a flagship arts organisation in South Australia and has made a huge contribution to the operatic arts, not just in South Australia, but at a national and international level, as well.
State Theatre Company South Australia
The State Theatre Company South Australia is the state’s flagship professional theatre company performing an annual season of classic and contemporary Australian and international theatre works at its main performance home – the Dunstan Playhouse. The Company is a major community and cultural resource for all South Australians and is vital to artistic life in the state.
St Paul’s Creative Centre
St Paul’s Creative Centre is a unique co-working and shared office space for those working in arts and creative industries, based in the heart of Adelaide.
The National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre, trades as Tandanya. Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place for all to experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expressions through the visual and performing arts. Tandanya’s operations are multi-faceted, also including community arts, auspicing of events and business portfolios such as venue hire and the Tandanya Gallery Shop.
Windmill Theatre Co
Empowered by a vision to be a leading centre for the creation of incredible theatrical works, Windmill is an ambitious and innovative company based in Adelaide that creates and presents unique and contemporary theatrical work for children, teens and families.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust aims to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. It also aims to reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of excellence for the enrichment of Australian society.
Writers SA is a not for profit organisation that aims to foster, develop and promote writers and writing. The organisation was the first of its kind in Australia and has over 1,200 members. It promotes art as a resource for people of all ages and experiences, assisting both new and established writers on every aspect of craft and publishing.