Australia Council for the Arts

First Nations Signature Works

Signature creative works impact artists, audiences and markets. The richness of creative ideas translated to an engaging experience for audiences, furthers market growth opportunities and provides an insight into the vitality and vibrancy of First Nations arts in the national and international arts landscape. The evolution of the Australian arts canon relies on the ability of First Nations artists to voice the dynamism of the times they are immersed in; and to be supported to realise that vision through a range of platforms that broaden the reach for their creativity.

Eligibility

This initiative is open to First Nations Individuals, groups and organisations.

Assessment criteria) Story Production

1.  The strength of the project concept and the ability to scale

  • clear articulation of creative process
  • can the project be amplified creatively, through presentation or through market engagement?
  • partnerships and/or long-term sustainability
  • clear outline of income, expenses and in-kind contributions
  • costed project budget activities

2.  The artistic merit of the concept

  • vision, ideas and artistic rationale
  • level of innovation, ambition, experimentation or risk-taking
  • significance of work within area of practice

3.  The cultural integrity of the project

  • adherence to relevant cultural protocols
  • evidences of considered consultations and engagement with participants, audiences and communities
  • timeliness and relevance of work

4.  Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project.

  • demonstrated ability, skills and creative thinking
  • quality of work previously produced
  • public or peer response to work previously produced

b) Professional and Market Development

1.  The strength of the project concept

  • rigour and clear articulation of creative process
  • can the project be amplified creatively, through presentation or through market engagement?

2.  The viability of the activity planned

  • effective use of resources with realistic and achievable planning
  • level of confirmation of proposed activities and partners
  • partnerships and/or long-term sustainability
  • clear outline of income, expenses and in-kind contributions
  • costed project activities

3.  Professional development benefits for the applicant and the art form involved

  • capacity to strengthen skills and abilities of artists/arts professionals
  • potential to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing demand
  • relevance and timeliness of activity

4.  Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project.

  • demonstrated ability, skills and creative thinking
  • quality of work previously produced
  • public or peer response to work previously produced

Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel.

Support material

  • letters of support (optional)
  • artistic support material (optional)

Find out more: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/first-nations-signature-works/

Applications close
06 Feb 2020
Amount
Amount Upon Application
Artform
All artforms
Grant Type
Audience development
Applicant Type
Individual
Organisation
Group
City
-
Region
National
Website
Australia Council for the Arts (opens in new window)
Contact
Airlie Welch
Email
a.welch@australiacouncil.gov.au
Phone
(02) 9215 9167