2016 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship

The Aboriginal Arts Fellowship is offered by the State Government to enable a professional Aboriginal artist to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.

The Fellowship is open to professional artists from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, community arts, curatorial and the visual arts.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the 2016 Aboriginal Arts Fellowship Guidelines for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 14 June 2016
Applications close: 25 July 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers, who;
  • Identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and;
  • Is a NSW resident (which is defined as being resident for at least 12 months prior to making an application).


Funding is available for activities commencing after 1 December 2016.

Funding range:

Up to $30,000.

Types of activities funded:

Activities could include a combination of:

  • international or national travel
  • mentorships or internships with recognised professional practitioners or organisations
  • residencies at institutions or organisations
  • an outstanding opportunity of significance to the applicant’s practice
  • short-term courses, workshops or other training at recognised institutions or organisations
  • research and development
  • creation of new work (note: the Fellowship is not available solely for the creation of new work).

Applicants are required to read the 2016 Aboriginal Arts Fellowship Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

To apply for funding through this Fellowship program you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Arts NSW online application system available from 14 June.

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