$8 million boost for South Australian arts sets stage for brave new works

Artists, arts organisations and smaller collectives exploring bold new works will benefit from the Malinauskas Labor Government’s promised $8 million arts funding boost.

Arts Minister Andrea Michaels said a vibrant and thriving arts community supports the state’s wider creative economy, builds careers and enhances community wellbeing.

Grants totalling $4 million over four years will be distributed through Arts South Australia to support small to medium-sized arts organisations, including those engaging with diverse multicultural communities, artists with disability and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Funding through Arts South Australia’s Arts Organisations Program (AOP) will continue to support, subject to peer assessment, organisations such as contemporary intercultural groups, Nexus Arts; disability-led performing arts company, Restless Dance Theatre; the LGBTIQ+ festival, Feast; organisations supporting Aboriginal artists; and organisations for which diversity is an informing context for their work, among others.

Over four years the remaining $4 million will be allocated between Arts South Australia’s Arts and Culture Grants Program (ACGP) and funding programs administered by Country Arts SA and Carclew, ensuring support for regional artists and early career artists.

The increased funding will be available through grants for independent professional artists and groups working across all art forms, with additional funds for fellowships, collaborative projects and the commissioning of significant new South Australian works.

For full details of grants available through Arts South Australia, go to: www.dpc.sa.gov.au/responsibilities/arts-and-culture/grants

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Attributable to Andrea Michaels

A vibrant, supported and diverse creative community will ensure we build a more inclusive and connected society. The sector is also an important employer and driver of economic activity across tourism, hospitality and events.

I look forward to seeing new, trailblazing performances and works over the next four years from diverse independent artists and small to medium-sized creative organisations.

Through this funding, artists and performers will have the chance to develop career-defining skills and benefit from vocational employment, making and presenting their work locally and engaging with diverse audiences and communities.

Additional support for Fellowships and Biennial Projects provides a solid foundation for artists to seed and develop innovative ideas, opening opportunities to secure funding for larger scale collaborative or commissioned projects.

South Australia’s arts community is a key part of our cultural life and I’m committed to keeping artists and employment opportunities at the centre of State Government support for the arts and creative sector.

Attributable to Jessica Alice, Chair, Arts Industry Council SA

We welcome this announcement of new funding that will provide critical and broad support to the arts, particularly to independent artists, small organisations and collectives, where our state’s most innovative and diverse work is made.

This funding will build on existing fellowships and collaborations, as well as multiyear arts projects, in order to respond to identified needs of our arts sector. These funding programs will enable more professional South Australian artists to experiment, and make ambitious work with a long term vision.

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