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Welcome to the September edition of the Arts South Australia Bulletin. This month we announce highlights from the July 2022 Arts and Culture funding rounds, share the latest from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy for South Australia, recognise a lifetime’s achievement and share the latest opportunities for the sector.  
A message from the Minister for Arts
Minister for Arts Andrea Michaels against a blue background

In my role as Minister, I continue to be inspired as I meet more of our artists, performers, creatives and the organisations that grow and develop them. 

It is wonderful to hear and see first-hand how support for the sector translates into opportunities for artists and organisations to create and present work that contributes to our state’s creative and cultural life, our economy and our wellbeing. In turn, this provides opportunities for South Australian audiences, as well as visitors, to engage in and enjoy our cultural experiences.

I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to recent grant recipients from the Arts and Culture Grants Program. The July round saw 49 grants awarded, totalling $949,838 of support.  

The October round is currently open and includes new funding from our government’s boost to the sector. Through this funding, artists working across all artforms will have the chance to develop major works and projects, and through an increased number of fellowships, focus on creative development of their professional practice, making and presenting their work locally and engaging with diverse audiences and communities.

The coming month offers more exceptional cultural experiences as we see the Adelaide Film Festival opening on 19 October, OzAsia Festival opening on 20 October and with Purrumpa, the First Nations Arts and Culture National Gathering taking place here on Kaurna Yerta at the Adelaide Convention Centre at the end of the month.

I encourage you to explore the professional and development opportunities that these initiatives bring, and to experience the incredible range of exhibitions, events and performances that make our state unique.

Andrea Michaels
Minister for Arts


July 2022 Arts and Culture Grant rounds announced

The recipients of the July 2022 Grants Round have been announced. Congratulations to the 49 recipients. Some highlights include: 

  • a grant of $40,000 to ActNow Theatre for its 2023 Cultural Leaders Program. The program will develop the cultural leadership skills of a diverse group of ten emerging artists and arts workers.
  • a grant of $40,000 to Tutti Arts to support a hip hop project for a team of learning-disabled artists to collaborate with internationally renowned artists, L-FRESH the Lion and Mirrah.
  • a Market Development grant of $12,862 for established playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer to participate in a workshop development of his play, Hibernation, at Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and to attend the play’s European premiere at Deutsches Schauspielhaus (Hamburg), Germany's largest theatre.

Find out more about each of the grants awarded along with the October round application requirements.

SA’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy welcomes new role and pilot program 

Nara Wilson joins Arts South Australia 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy for South Australia is now in full swing. 

Welcome to Arts South Australia’s new Senior Project Manager Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Nara Wilson. Nara is a proud Wirangu, Kokatha and Larrakia woman based on Peramangk Country in the Adelaide Hills.

Her working background of the past eight years has been in the First Nations film space helping bring more South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories to the screen. She now joins the Arts South Australia team to implement the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy for South Australia.

Nara said “I thank everyone who contributed to this Strategy throughout the extensive consultation across numerous communities, and I am excited to be working across all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art forms to see more of our amazing stories being shared with the world.”

Dameeli Coates: Inaugural IN_SITE First Nations Emerging Curator Program  

IN_SITE: Emerging First Nations Curator Opportunity is a collaboration between Nexus Arts and Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA), co-led by Dr Ali Gumillya Baker.  IN_SITE is an innovative and immersive capacity building program enabling emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators based in South Australia to independently develop an interdisciplinary, multimodal exhibition.

Dameeli Coates was selected as the inaugural First Nations Emerging Curator. Her exhibition took place from 21 April – 3 June 2022 at Nexus Arts. A Wakka Wakka woman whose matriarchal family are from Southern Queensland, Dameeli’s exhibition considered the effects of dispersal, displacement and dispossession on Indigenous Australian lives and explores how connections to Country are being maintained through cultural practice. 

The program directly addresses recommendations in the Australian Museums and Galleries Association 10-Year Indigenous Roadmap (2019) that call for increased pathways for professional development, the establishment of curatorial programs directed at young people, and greater championing of First Nations leadership in the arts.

Arts South Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Pilot Program funded $42,100 in support of the program.

Two more prestigious awards for Ruby recipient

Congratulations to Pat Rix, who has recently added two more prestigious awards to her 2021 Ruby Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

Pat has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to community arts and cultural development with the 2022 Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development.  The Australia Council Awards celebrate extraordinary artists who in their own way, reflect the vibrancy of Australia’s diverse cultural life. 

Pat has also received the 2022 Bettison & James Award in recognition of her lifelong work of high achievement and community benefit. The Adelaide Film Festival administers the award on behalf of the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation to acknowledge the achievements of an individual whose lifelong work has benefited the Australian community. 

Pat received the 2021 Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement Ruby Award in recognition of her lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to arts and culture. 

A respected artistic director, Pat founded the Tutti Choir in 1997, a small singing group for people with intellectual disability. Her organisation quickly grew to showcase the artistic talents of people with disability across multiple platforms around the world. Pat retired in September 2021 after leading the organisation for 24 years.  

You can hear more from Pat, and learn about her mission to make the arts accessible to everyone, at her upcoming Adelaide Film Festival interview on 29 October. 

Purrumpa Arts and Culture National Gathering comes to Kaurna Yerta 

The Australia Council, with the First Nations Strategy Panel, will present Purrumpa – a national gathering and celebration of First Nations arts and culture to be held be held over five days on Kaurna Yerta at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 31 October to 4 November 2022.

The historic occasion will mark the largest national gathering of First Nations arts and culture, convened by the Australia Council, in 50 years.

As part of the anniversary of the establishment of the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, the gathering will celebrate the remarkable achievements in the First Nations arts and culture sector over the last 5 decades. 

first round of speakers has been announced along with the event program.

Purrumpa is a national gathering and celebration of First Nations arts and culture to be held over five days on Kaurna Yerta at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 31 October to 4 November 2022.

Purrumpa has been generously supported by the South Australian government. South Australian Minister for Arts Andrea Michaels MP said: 

“We are proud to support this important event as part of our commitment to championing First Nations arts and culture. South Australia is home to a rich arts and culture sector, and we are thrilled that our state will play host to Purrumpa this October and November.” 

For more information
visit the Australia Council.

Unlocking audiences for arts and cultural tourism
Arts and Culture activity generates significant benefits for the state by driving visitation and expenditure, and delivering cultural and social outcomes such as placemaking, wellbeing, connectedness and celebrating diversity and cultural identity.

In 2021 Arts South Australia and the South Australian Tourism Commission partnered to develop the South Australian Arts and Cultural Tourism Strategy 2025, which aims to drive an annual visitor spend of $1.4 billion by 2025, grow the visitor economy and increase participation and spend on arts and cultural experiences.

Arts South Australia has provided $33,000 in funding to TiCSA for the development and delivery of an Arts and Cultural Tourism Business Capability Pilot Program, focussing on advocacy and business development for the Arts and Culture sector. In addition to the Art of Tourism conference held in June, a series of online workshops have been conducted on Tourism Business fundamentals. With over 40 registrants per workshop, the series has proven a successful pilot for this development opportunity. 

Workshops have covered tourism 101, including the structure and function of the tourism marketplace, what to consider when creating arts and cultural experiences for visitors, and marketing and selling the experience.  Each workshop is
now available as a recording.   

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MUSIC / SEE IT LIVE / ADELAIDE SHOW The Royal Adelaide Show is an iconic event in the South Australian calendar. For the first time in 20 years, the 2022 Royal Adelaide Show introduced a dedicated live music program through $500,000 in South Australian Government funding. During the 2022 event, this enabled a quality and exciting live music program to be delivered throughout the duration of the Show with a line up featuring mostly South Australian and Aboriginal artists. The See It LIVE program saw twice-daily performances in the Main Arena and the Main Boulevard Stage, where artists showcased their talents and work in front of a large audience. See It LIVE is an initiative of the Government of South Australia. 
IMAGE: A See It LIVE performer at the Royal Adelaide Show
VISUAL ARTS / FILM / ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL / The full program for the Adelaide Film Festival includes a stream for visual artists, art and the moving image.
It includes WAVE, a genre-defying work of art that unites digital imagery, ceramics, and sound in an immersive 360-degree installation in the Elder Wing of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Gerry Wedd’s iconic ceramics and drawings are brought to life with an evocative soundscape composed by Gabriella Smart in this cinematic production co-directed by Wedd, Mark Patterson, and Smart, produced by Patterson with digital production by Jumpgate VR.

IMAGE: Gerry Wedd: Fishmonster, 2022, watercolour on paper, drawing for wave animation
Programs and Opportunities

October Grants Round 
The October round for Arts South Australia Grants for Individuals Groups and Organisations closes 5pm 10 October.

From touring and market development opportunities to individual works, major projects and collaborations, there is still time to apply for these. Learn more about the range of opportunities on offer.

Robert Stigwood Fellowship program open

The Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program provides mentorship and professional development to local musicians and industry entrepreneurs.

The annual fellowship program, named after Adelaide expat Robert Stigwood, provides local musicians and industry entrepreneurs with intensive mentoring and personalised professional development from project deliverers Stu MacQueen and Dan Crannitch of Wonderlick Entertainment who were behind some of the industry’s big names including Amy Shark, Japanese Wallpaper, Holy Holy and Montaigne.

Tailored to the needs of participating artists, mentoring may include songwriting, production, business skills, marketing and public relations, and attendance at conferences and high-level industry meetings. The arrangement is akin to a surrogate record label/management team.

The current round of the program
calls for applications by 16 October 2022 for fellowships that take place from January – December 2023. This program is a key initiative from the South Australian Government’s Music Development Office.

South Australian Music Awards last chance

The SAM Awards exist to recognise, promote and celebrate excellence in the South Australian contemporary music industry and take place annually in Adelaide, South Australia every November. The event has become a stand out fixture on the UNESCO Adelaide, City of Music’s calendar of music events and is a “night of nights” for the SA music community.

The SAM Awards are presented annually by Music SA with support from the South Australian Government, major partners and a variety of generous sponsors from within the SA music community. Every year sees a star-studded red carpet full of SA musicians celebrating another year of national and international success. From West Thebarton’s huge award grabs, to Adrian Eagle’s magical opening performance, the SAM Awards have reached national acclaim. Music Industry delegates from far and wide come to Adelaide every year to experience the distinctive South Australian Music Awards and, this year, it’s time for a huge celebration of SA talent. 

Entries close 3 October.

Registration is now open for Adelaide Fringe 2023

Registrations for 2023 Adelaide Fringe events and venues are open now, with the print deadline to have events listed in the iconic Adelaide Fringe guide 20 October  2022.

The 2023 Adelaide Fringe will run from 17 February to 19 March 2023. 

Find out how to register your show with Adelaide Fringe and l
earn more about bringing your work to Adelaide Fringe 2023. 

Image: Not Your Average Asian Girl, Nexus Arts (Frank Lynch)

Country Arts SA’s Elevate Grant Program supports regional South Australian artists and arts groups to connect with the industry, deepen their practice, build their local creative capacity and develop and present new work to regional audiences. 

These new grants are part of the additional funding provided in the 2022 Budget to boost to grants and increasing inclusion across the sector. 

The Elevate Grant Program offers opportunities in all artforms, including a spotlight on digital practice, and will focus on supporting new work by First Nations artists and groups, artists and groups of colour, artists and groups with a disability and LGBTQIA+ artists and groups.

This grant offers contestable funding in four categories:

  • Local & Live: grants of up to $2,000 to support regional performing artists to present their work at a regional South Australian venue or Country Arts SA arts centres
  • Explore: grants of up to $10,000 for regional artists to develop or explore new skills/ideas in residence in regional South Australia for up to 4 weeks
  • Create: grants of up to $30,000 for regional artists/arts groups to create new work in regional South Australia
  • Present: a grant of up to $50,000 to present work made by regional artists in regional South Australia

Applications close 24 October.

Did you miss this?
whole of state small business survey

Have your say as a small business

Whether you’re a brand-new business or a seasoned operator, we want to know what you need to be able to run your business better, the specific challenges that are impacting you, and how we can empower you to do what you do best.

This is the most extensive state-wide survey of small businesses that we’ve ever done. It covers a lot of ground, but we’re serious about not only understanding your experience, but creating change that will make a real difference to how we support your business.

Make sure arts and creative businesses are well represented by adding your contribution before 7 October. 

Coming soon
Coming up, learn more about Purrumpa, see who has made the Ruby Award shortlists, and discover more development opportunities across the sector.   

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