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Welcome to the October edition of the Arts South Australia Bulletin. This month, we share details of the latest Arts Organisations Program funding outcomes, celebrate some exciting individual achievements and prepare for Purrumpa, plus highlight the latest grants and professional opportunities available to the sector.
A message from the Minister for Arts
Minister for Arts Andrea Michaels against a blue background

Fifty years ago, the Australia Council for the Arts established its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board. As part of the 50th anniversary, our government is proudly supporting Purrumpa, the largest national gathering of First Nations arts and culture convened by the Australia Council for the Arts, to take place here on Kaurna Yerta. Next week, alongside Purrumpa, I will be chairing a meeting of Australia’s Arts and Cultural Ministers, who are joining us in Adelaide to mark this historic occasion.

As always, our cultural offerings are plentiful and our arts and creative sectors have been bursting with activity this month. The Adelaide Film Festival has brought stunning stories and star power to our state; the remarkable OzAsia Festival is in full swing right now; Feast Festival kicks off on 5 November and I’m looking forward to the SA Music Awards on 17 November.

I have asked the Department of Premier and Cabinet to undertake some work on arts and culture infrastructure needs for South Australia. This work will help guide policy and investment decisions for future sector infrastructure, which has been a key issue highlighted in my conversations across the sector. Consultations will take place in a range of ways over the coming months.

I congratulate the organisations who have received funding through Arts South Australia’s Arts Organisations Program announced in mid-October. Our government will deliver an additional $4 million to the sector through this program over the next four years, and the success of our organisations through the rigorous application and peer assessment process is testament to their hard work.

Finally, the 1970s were a remarkable time in our nation’s cultural history, especially here in South Australia. Not only does next week’s Purrumpa mark a significant anniversary, but this year, we celebrate 50 years of some of our most significant cultural institutions, including the State Theatre Company of South Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation and Carclew, and there are more celebrations to come! I look forward to reflecting on the period that shaped our state’s arts and culture in future editions of this bulletin.

Andrea Michaels
Minister for Arts

Six people making hip hop moves outdoors in front of a vibrant wall art

Artists from Tutti Arts attending a hip hop masterclass. Photo: Zig Parker.

Arts Organisations Program funding outcomes announced

Congratulations to the 29 small-to-medium arts organisations who will receive more than $6.2 million next year to help them contribute to our state’s rich arts and cultural sector.

Recipients of this year’s Arts South Australia Arts Organisations Program funding will benefit from more than $20 million across four years – supporting the development and presentation of work in theatre, visual art, dance and literature, including cross disciplinary, experimental and community-based arts practice.

For the first time, multi-year organisations will be funded for a four-year period, up from the previous three, with 23 organisations, including Tutti Arts (pictured), to receive multi-year funding for the period 2023-2026. 

Five organisations will be funded through a new category, Program Support, which has been enabled by the government’s election commitment grants boost, and has provided an entry point for organisations not previously funded through the Arts Organisations Program. 

For the full list of recipients and more information about the program, visit the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

Purrumpa logo featuring Aboriginal artwork and text First Nations Arts and Culture National Gathering

Historic gathering to celebrate First Nations arts and culture

South Australia is gearing up to host the Australia Council’s Purrumpa: First Nations Arts and Cultural Gathering on Kaurna Yerta at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 31 October to 4 November 2022.

Meaning ‘to blossom’ in Kaurna language, Purrumpa will be a significant and historic gathering of more than 200 First Nations artists and thought leaders, marking 50 years of Australia Council investment and commitment to advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.

The exciting cultural program includes South Australian Aboriginal peoples from the West Coast, through deserts and the Riverland, to the Coorong, and highlights Tarntanya, the Adelaide plain, as the site of significant gatherings for millennia. More than 25 South Australian-based artists and leaders are featured in the program, including keynote and plenary sessions with Uncle Moogy Sumner, Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Dr Ali Baker and Dan Riley. A programming partnership with Carclew will showcase the work of young and emerging First Nations artists from South Australia. 

As Principal Partner with the Australia Council, the state government is investing $300,000 towards the event. The state government’s investment will also support the professional development of 10 First Nations arts industry figures ­­- nominated by local small to medium arts sector organisations - by supporting their involvement in the full Purrumpa program.

Tickets for Purrumpa have sold out, but you can still join the livestream each day from Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November 2022. For the full program details, how to join the livestream and more information, visit the Australia Council website.

Ulrike Klein leaning against glass railing inside UKARIA Cultural Centre

Ulrike Klein at UKARIA Cultural Centre. Photo: John Hemmings

Arts Visionary Award for Ulrike Klein 

Congratulations to renowned philanthropist and UKARIA Cultural Centre founder Ulrike Klein AO, who is the latest recipient of the Creative Partnerships Australia Arts Visionary Award 2022.

Ulrike has been recognised for making a significant contribution to the arts for a period of time, leading to a new understanding of the Arts in Australia and enabling the presentation of art that would not have been possible without philanthropic support. This high honour is not awarded regularly and requires special nomination from the Creative Partnerships Australia board.

Together with her family, Ulrike funded the construction of a state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable cultural centre, with a 220-seat concert hall at its heart, in the Adelaide Hills. Her generosity has created opportunities for many artists, supporting her vision to build a legacy for future generations and to enrich Australian culture.

In 2018, Ulrike was also recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to the performing and visual arts through philanthropic support and board membership for a range of cultural organisations, particularly in classical and chamber music.

To find out more and view Ulrike’s award video, visit the Creative Partnerships Awards website.

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EXPAND Lab underway at Adelaide Film Festival

The 2022 Adelaide Film Festival is well underway, showcasing the very best screen culture from Australia and around the world. This year’s program is taking over cinema screens across Adelaide until 30 October, showing 129 films, 22 world premieres and a host of legendary afterparties where audiences can rub shoulders with stars and filmmakers alike. 

Part of the Festival is the inaugural AFF EXPAND Lab, which has brought together 30 of Australia’s most daring artists and creative thinkers this week for a development lab and commissioning process to foster new ideas for moving image artworks. Participants are being mentored by leading New York-based Australian artists Soda Jerk; two-time Emmy award winning VR artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth; and Alex Davies award-winning Australian media artist.

The Lab will commission one new moving image work to be presented at Samstag Museum of Art during the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival, and two projects will be selected to receive mentoring from Illuminate Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia. 

AFF EXPAND Lab is a collaboration between the Adelaide Film Festival, Samstag Museum of Art, Art Gallery of South Australia and Illuminate Adelaide, and is supported by The Balnaves Foundation and Arts South Australia.

Find out more about the Adelaide Film Festival and AFF EXPAND Lab from the Adelaide Film Festival website.

Artist Anne Nginyangka Thompson creating her ceramic art, an elongated stoneware vessel
Anne Nginyangka Thompson and her work Strong Family Connection. Photos: Ernabella Arts

Ernabella artist wins national ceramics award

Congratulations to emerging Ernabella Arts artist Anne Nginyangka Thompson, who was recently awarded the prestigious 2022 Shepparton Art Museum Indigenous Ceramics Award, for her work Strong Family Connection.

The acquisitive prize attracts ceramic works from Indigenous artists across Australia and is a celebration of enduring connections and ongoing interpretations of the unique and diverse expressions of First Peoples' identities through clay.

An elongated stoneware vessel, Strong Family Connection depicts an idyllic landscape and tells a story of how life was in the past, before people had houses.

‘I love nature, I grew up in the bush,’ says Anne, who first started working in ceramics while she was in high school. ‘Peacefully, we grew up together, experiencing life in the bush. This is how it is supposed to be, we live together, animals and humans.’

Anne was one of 19 finalists in this year’s award, which was established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO and showcases new and exciting developments in the field of Indigenous ceramics.
Programs and opportunities
Share your arts expertise as a peer assessor

Arts South Australia is currently accepting expressions of interest from prospective peer assessors for the Arts and Culture Grants Program. Peer assessors are co-opted to provide expertise on current and contemporary arts practice in Australia. They include arts practitioners in and across various art forms with current sector knowledge. Expertise in arts management may also be sought. Arts South Australia is committed to co-opting peer assessors of high calibre that represent the diversity of the South Australian community. To find out more and register your interest, visit the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.
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Grant opportunities for First Nations artists

Arts South Australia connects the arts and culture sector in South Australia with financial support for a range of activities. 

First Nations artists and arts workers in South Australia can now connect with Arts South Australia’s staff and hear about current grant opportunities that support creative projects and professional development leading to employment, training, mentoring, development and presentation outcomes.

Join Arts South Australia staff Jon Halpin – Arts Development and Grants Officer, and Nara Wilson – Senior Project Manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, for an online session at 11am on Wednesday 30 November 2022 as they present information including:

  • What grant funding is available
  • What funds can and cannot be used for
  • When and how to apply
  • Who to contact
  • Trusty tips to strengthen your application and be highly competitive.

This 90-minute session will feature a one-hour presentation, followed by a question and answer session. If you'd like to discover the opportunities available, please register to attend online.

Funding available for live music festivals

Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Australian Government’s Live Music Australia Program – a competitive grants opportunity for small to medium sized venues that support quality original Australian live music. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to assist festival organisers with the rising costs of organising and hosting music festivals in 2023. To be eligible, applicants will need to demonstrate their commitment to hosting music-focused festivals and presenting original Australian live music acts. Applications close on Thursday 17 November 2022. For more information and to apply, visit the Australian Government Office for the Arts website.
Text 'SupportAct Mental Health First Aid' and Music SA and Government of South Australia and See It Live logos

Support Act workshops for SA music industry

A range of mental health support services and wellbeing programs for those working in the music industry are being rolled out through $250,000 in funding to Support Act as part of the Government of South Australia’s See It LIVE package

Working in conjunction with Music SA, Support Act has developed a schedule for their upcoming mental health and wellbeing programs. South Australian music workers can register now for two upcoming workshops: Mental Health First Aid on 21 November and Access All Areas on 8 December. 

The funding also supports South Australian music industry professionals to continue to access the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline – a free and confidential phone counselling service that is staffed by psychologists.
To learn more about the Support Act South Australian programs and to secure your place, visit the Support Act website.

Opportunity for aspiring arts reviewers

Applications are currently open for the Helpmann Academy InReview Mentorship, a unique opportunity that provides hands-on experience and seeks to develop the next generation of arts reviewers in our state.

A partnership between Helpmann Academy and InReview, the mentoring program connects experienced arts writers with emerging voices, as part of a project to strengthen coverage of arts and culture in South Australia.

The successful applicant will be matched with an InReview mentor(s) who will work with them for eight hours per week for 10 weeks, commencing from 30 January 2023. Throughout the program, the mentee will build their skills with the aim to produce several written reviews for publication.

Applications close Sunday 13 November 2022. For all the details and eligibility requirements, visit Helpmann Academy website.
People gathering at Honey Pot: Adelaide Fringe's International Arts Marketplace

Seeking programmers, presenters and producers

Registrations are currently open for industry delegates to join Honey Pot – the international arts marketplace that runs alongside the Adelaide Fringe, to be held next year from 17 February to 19 March 2023. 

The program connects artists with industry – allowing industry delegates to immerse in weekly networking and pitching events, industry brunches and meetings to discover tour ready works and meet exciting creatives.

Honey Pot’s Event Finder, which will contain details of all Honey Pot shows, launches on 5 December 2022 – so be quick to register and take full advantage of a three-month lead ahead of the Fringe season.

Participation is free and you can take part as a virtual or an in-person delegate. For the full details, head to the Adelaide Fringe website.

Grants to bring Japanese arts to Australia

The Japan Foundation's Arts and Culture grants program for the 2023-24 Japanese Fiscal Year is now open. The program supports non-profit organisations to bring the work of Japanese artists or Japanese arts and cultural content to Australian audiences. Grant opportunities are available in four key areas: exhibitions, curatorial research, bringing artists and cultural specialists from Japan, and language training. Applications close Friday 2 December 2022. For all of the eligibility and application requirements, visit the Japan Foundation website.
Save the date
Illustration of a three-tiered birthday cake and the text 'Carclew's 50th Birthday'

Join Carclew’s 50th birthday celebration

Carclew is throwing a free all-ages event on Saturday 26 November 2022 to celebrate 50 years of nurturing the careers of emerging South Australian artists. Their historic North Adelaide premises will be brought to life between 4pm and 10pm with live music and entertainment to showcase the young creatives the organisation supports through funding and mentorship. For all the details and to book your free tickets, visit the Carclew website.

Coming soon
Find out more exciting details about this year's Ruby Awards and discover development opportunities across the sector.   

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