Emerging Artists Mentorships

Emerging Artists Mentorships foster a learning environment for individual emerging artists to enhance their arts practice through a one-on-one professional relationship with a significant practitioner. Mentorships are a valuable way to develop new artistic and conceptual skills and advance career planning and professionalism.

A strong mentorship proposal will place an artist in a close working and career guidance relationship with a respected and outstanding mentor.

Mentorships are usually self-directed. Artists can plan, initiate and develop their mentorship proposals with their selected mentor. Day to day mentoring arrangements should be negotiated with the mentor. Arrangements could comprise practical one-on-one experiences or a series of meetings for career guidance and artistic and critical direction.

Click here to download a PDF of previous emerging artists mentorship grant recipients.


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

Belinda Powles - Arts Development Officer, Artists' Grants & Awards Program
(08) 8463 5512

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

Emerging Artists Mentorships are specifically designed to assist in the development of artists in the first five years of their practice. Established artists wishing to undertake mentorships may apply through Individual Development.

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

Some mentorships may involve the taking up of particular scholarships. However, undergraduate or extended postgraduate study is not supported through this program.

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 Emerging Artists Mentorships funding program:

  • the extent to which the mentorship will enhance and further extend or develop the quality of your artistic practice and thereby further establish your career and reputation
  • the extent to which the mentorship stands to contribute to the development of the art form, locally, nationally or internationally
  • the extent to which the mentorship will contribute to the development of arts and culture in South Australia and to South Australia's reputation as a centre of artistic and cultural excellence
  • your track record, creative achievement and skill
  • the quality and depth of the ideas
  • existing and potential resources being brought to the project, including other funding and your own contribution.

Use the Professional Development application form to apply for an Emerging Artists Mentorship.

The application must include:

  • a description of the mentoring program and its focus
  • a description of the activities you propose to undertake and outcomes you seek to achieve
  • a written agreement with the prospective mentor outlining the arrangements, including dates, expenditure, work expectations and mentoring input schedule.

Arrangements should be made on a subject-to-funding basis and confirmed by copies of a letter from the mentor agreeing to the arrangements.

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

What this category does not fund

  • Living allowances
  • Mentor's fees
  • Artists' fees
  • Materials, equipment, studio or venue hire directly related to the mentorship
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • 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