Individual Development

Individual Development supports the professional development of individual, independent artists through master classes, workshops, mentorships, attendance at conferences, attachments to arts organisations or participation in arts residencies.

Established artists wishing to undertake mentorships may apply through Individual Development.

Artists may also apply for funding to build their reputation through public appearances at festivals, exhibitions and events.

Download a PDF of previous Individual Development grant recipients:

- Grant Recipients February 2019
Grant Recipients December 2018
- Grant Recipients August 2018
- Grant Recipients March 2018
- Grant Recipients December 2017
Grant Recipients August 2017
Grant Recipients December 2016
Grant Recipients August 2016


Peter Grace - Manager, Artists' Grants & Awards Program
(08) 8463 5429

Julia Moretti - Arts Development Officer, Artists' Grants & Awards Program
(08) 8463 5455



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 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 projects with a purely commercial outcome. Some activity will be eligible when incorporated into projects in other art form 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.

You must address the Criteria specified in Essential reading before applying. Artistic Merit and Viability are the two key criteria to consider in your proposal. Address the Engagement and/or Development criteria as they relate to your proposal - your proposal may meet all criteria. You do not need to respond to each individual bullet point.
In addition, the following criteria apply specifically to the Individual Development funding program:
- the track record, creative achievement and skill of the artist
- the potential professional development outcomes provided by the proposed opportunity
- the quality and depth of the ideas
- existing and potential resources being brought to the project, including other funding and the artist’s own contribution.

Use the Professional Development application form to apply for Individual Development funds.

You should discuss your application and budget with the relevant Arts South Australia Arts Development Officer, and look at past grant recipients as a guide.

Eligible expenses

Eligible expenses include
- Living allowances
- Mentor’s fees
- Artist’s fees
- Conference / workshop / master class fees
- Travel
- Accommodation
- Venue hire
- In the case of a residency, the host organisation is expected to make a significant contribution
- With regard to appearances at writers’ festival, your publisher or the festival should be contributing substantially towards costs

What this category does not fund
- The production, creation or major presentation of work
- Individual writers seeking to employ an editor to work on a manuscript or to market their own titles
- Film, TV and games scriptwriters (who should contact the South Australian Film Corporation)

Rates of pay for artists can vary depending on the skills and experience the artist brings to the project. Where an award or industry standard clearly applies, applicants are encouraged to comply. Where there is no award, it is advisable to quote industry standard rates for artists. For guidance on awards and rates of pay or other arrangements, contact:

- Australian Writers' Guild (AWG)
- Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
- National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Support material

Support material is extra items submitted in support of your written proposal. Support material will be viewed by assessment peers and tabled at the assessment meeting.

Only submit material that is directly relevant to your proposal and ensure that visual support material is high quality. Support material will not be accepted after the closing date.

Support material may include:

• books, publications, manuscripts, programs, catalogues etc. These items can be paper-based and provided with your original application
• URL links to vimeo, youtube or other websites are preferred
• music and video support material must be supplied in a format that is easily duplicated and playable on a range of devices. Edited highlights of 3 – 5 minutes are recommended
• all digital support material must be fully PC and Windows compatible and accompanied by a short written description for conceptual installations or multimedia.

Visual art, craft and design applicants are required to submit images in PowerPoint form. The PowerPoint must be accompanied by an image list, including dates and full descriptions of the works. A total of nine (9) images for individual applicants or twenty (20) images for a group can be submitted.

Written materials such as CVs, letters of support and media clippings should be included as part of the written application. They are not considered support materials as such, but are useful for providing a history of the artist.

It is recommended that the electronic copy of your application and your support material are submitted together on a single USB. All USBs and files contained on them must be clearly identified with the applicant’s name and project title.

The total combined size of your application and support material must not exceed 6MB of data. Your support material must be in a format which is of the highest quality achievable within the data limit.

Hard copy support material can be collected from Arts South Australia after notification of the result of your application. If not collected within two months of notification, Arts South Australia will dispose of material.

Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Peter Grace
Manager, Artists’ Grants & Awards Program
Email Address:
(08) 8463 5429