Made in Adelaide - Investment Fund


Arts South Australia is piloting an Investment Fund which aims to increase the number of South Australian shows that secure presentation in curated venues during the 2018 Edinburgh summer festival season.

The fund will provide support towards the logistics of travel, remount and production costs.

The aim of the Investment Fund is to:

  • Support South Australian artists to present their work in Edinburgh through a financial partnership
  • Increase the offering of quality South Australian work in the Edinburgh marketplace
  • Capitalise on the positive impact of Made in Adelaide activity to date and build on opportunities to leverage greater outcomes
  • Increase the awareness and reputation of South Australian artists and organisations internationally.

Arts South Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from South Australian-based artists, arts companies, producers and presenters staging South Australian work, who plan to perform in Edinburgh during the 2018 summer festival season. Click the Application Advice tab above for details.

Made in Adelaide is a multi-faceted strategic initiative that aims to create and enhance export development opportunities for local arts and cultural product and attract international artists and cultural tourists to our Festivals. Its objectives are to:

  • Expose our multi-genre, creative talent to international markets, enable new relationships to be established and existing relationships enhanced, with the goal of securing export sales of artistic product, while facilitating future arts and cultural collaboration.
  • Position Adelaide as Australia’s best festival city and increase interest in South Australian arts and cultural product and our festivals while raising the profile of South Australia’s food and wine industries.
  • Attract inbound acts and performers, as well as producers and programmers to South Australia’s festival platforms.
  • Generate export sales of South Australian cultural product.
  • Attract in-bound cultural and business tourists to South Australia.
  • This project aims to build on the strong presence of South Australian work in Edinburgh during its summer festival season. Made in Adelaide activation in Edinburgh in 2016 and 2017 made an impressive impact and supported our artists to increase their profile and achieve some outstanding professional outcomes within and beyond the Fringe.

The aims this year are to consolidate and build on the quality, breadth and depth of the offering and continue to grow access and participation at the important Edinburgh and UK marketplace for our local artists and companies.

Special activities hosted through the 2018 Made in Adelaide program will include networking, business and development opportunities for participants.

Stay tuned for details of our presence in Edinburgh. 


These eligibility points apply generally across Arts South Australia's funding programs. Some programs also have specific requirements, which are detailed in the relevant sections of the website.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status and live, or be primarily located, in South Australia

The following applications are ineligible:

  • projects already completed, or due to be completed, before the commencement of the funding period. Funding will not be provided retrospectively
  • projects without professional arts outcomes, such as amateur productions, the self publication of literary works, fundraising, competitions, awards and prizes, as well as projects forming part of a course of study, including graduation activities
  • screen-based projects aimed at the cinema, film festivals or television, and media project with a purely commercial outcome. Some activity will be eligible when incorporated into projects in other artform areas. Speak to Arts South Australia if you are unsure
  • start-up business costs and the purchase of basic equipment. Speak to Arts South Australia if you are unsure
  • organisations currently in receipt of Arts South Australia's Arts Organisations funding should refer to the relevant pages for information on eligibility for other funding.

These criteria apply generally across Arts South Australia's funding programs. Some programs also have specific criteria, which are detailed in the relevant sections of the website.

Artistic merit may refer to:

  • innovation, originality, quality, creativity and ambition
  • the track record, creative achievement and skill of the artist or artists involved
  • the context in which the work is being undertaken
  • the potential contribution to the development of the art form
  • evidence of experimentation, risk taking and bravery.

Viability may refer to:

  • the planning and resources required to achieve the potential of the proposal
  • the ability of the applicant to meet the logistical challenges of the proposal
  • evidence of strong financial and operational management, including a realistic budget and timeline
  • evidence of additional resources and support, including other sources of income and in kind contributions.

Engagement may refer to:

  • the potential to grow audiences and their critical understanding of the art form
  • the development of new markets, locally, nationally and/or internationally
  • the development of new ways to engage with those markets
  • the potential to provide a broader range of people with opportunities to participate in arts experiences, through strategies that increase access, social inclusion and cultural diversity
  • evidence of deeper engagement with, and the involvement of, particular communities and/or audiences and the delivery of artistic benefits to them.

Development may refer to:

  • the development of artist and art form practice
  • the potential to enhance the skills and/or professional reputation of the applicant
  • the capacity to forge new pathways for artist and sector development
  • the capacity to develop new networks, collaborations and partnerships
  • the contribution to South Australia’s reputation as a centre of cultural leadership at a national and international level, and the resultant economic benefits
Application Advice: 

Arts South Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from South Australian-based artists, arts companies, producers and presenters staging South Australian work, who plan to perform in Edinburgh during the 2018 summer festival season.

If you have commenced conversations with a presenting partner in Edinburgh and require investment funding to support the realisation of your project, please contact Arts South Australia to discuss potential contributory funding before preparing your EOI.

There is a limited budget for the Investment Fund and EOIs will be considered as they are submitted up until April 11 2018.

EOIs will highlight the capacity of your project to add value to the Made in Adelaide objectives and deliver outcomes that will benefit the South Australian arts sector and your place within it and should include:

  • Your export strategy and how a presence in Edinburgh will build on what you have already begun in the international marketplace.
  • Your targeted industry connections and the proposed outcomes.
  • An indicative project budget, including other contributory funds and in-kind support.
  • Funds will be released on confirmation of the project plan outlined in the EOI.

Application process:

  • Contact Arts South Australia to discuss your proposal in the first instance.
  • Submit your EOI by using this form.
  • EOIs will be assessed by members of the Made in Adelaide steering committee using the standard Arts South Australia assessment criteria of artistic merit, viability, engagement and development.
  • Selection will be based on the capacity of the proposal to add value to the Made in Adelaide initiative and contribute to its objectives while addressing the strategic objectives of the applicant.
    Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with Arts South Australia

All South Australian artists presenting in Edinburgh are able to access the Made in Adelaide branding and marketing regardless of the success of this application.

Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Sandra Naulty
Senior Industry and Research Officer
Email Address:
(08) 8463 5445