Co-investing with the Australia Council

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. For nearly half a century the Australia Council has invested in artists and arts organisations at all stages of the creative process and at critical moments in their careers. The Council also undertakes strategic development work to raise the profile of Australian arts and to develop new markets and audiences for our artists across Australia and around the globe.

The Australia Council has a long and proud history of partnering with philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors to co-invest in the arts. Together we have realised unforgettable creative experiences, and supported the talents of extraordinary artists who have enriched the lives of Australians everywhere.

The Council's 2015-19 Strategic Plan A Culturally Ambitious Nation sets out bold aspirations for the artistic and cultural life of our nation, and the role we play in realising them. The strategy was developed after a major period of reform and reflects the most significant transformation in the Council's history. For more information about our strategic and corporate plans please click here.

Supporting the arts through the Australia Council

The Australia Council is committed to growing the private, public and philanthropic funds available to support the arts.

To make this possible we are listed on the Registrar of Cultural Organisations and operate the Australia Council Donations Fund, which has endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) confirmed by the ATO. This means that by donating through the Fund you can be confident that 100% of your donation will support Australian arts and that every donation of $2.00 or more is tax deductible.

Every year hundreds of donors, including individuals and trusts, foundations and corporations, have co-invested with us to support our vision for a world where Australian arts lead. We hope you will join us.

We have the experience and the expertise that creates opportunities in the arts. 

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We have the experience and expertise that creates opportunities in the arts.

With your support we can leverage our investment and influence to achieve so much more for the arts. This is what our support has achieved in the past year.


Co-investing priorities and opportunities

Developing talent

International fellowships and residencies give talented Australian artists the opportunity of travelling abroad to explore collaborations, build networks and develop their artistic practice.

$40,000 to $100,000

Recognising success

Awards and scholarships recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individual artists and arts practitioners, enabling them to build on their successes.

$20,000 to $40,000

Backing our young arts leaders

Professional development opportunities both here and overseas will enhance the skills of the next generation of innovative art leaders, administrators and curators preparing them for the challenges ahead.

$10,000 to $20,000

Creating new transformational projects

The Australia Council welcomes your ideas to find new, innovative and transformational projects that foster excellence in the arts.

Co-investing with the Australia Council will impact on every corner of Australia’s arts sector, nationally and international

To discuss these opportunities further or to donate now, please contact Enid Charlton +61 2 9215 9067 or e.charlton@australiacouncil.gov.au


Useful Links

The Marten Bequest

The Marten Bequest

This opportunity is now closed.

The Marten Bequest - $50,000 over two years

One grant round is offered each year for these scholarships. In 2017, the closing date is:

10 April 2017 for projects starting after 1 July 2017

The Australia Council administers travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in the artistic disciplines of ballet, acting, singing, instrumental music, poetry, prose, painting, sculpture and architecture. The scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

Eligible applicants must be born in Australia and be aged between 21 - 35 year old (17 - 35 for ballet) at the closing date.

Click here for more information.

The new Australia Pavilion is now complete, Image credit: John Gollings

Maddocks Art Prizes (NSW/ACT & VIC) 2017

Expressions of interest have now closed

The Prizes provide an opportunity for two emerging/ early career contemporary visual Australian artists  (one from VIC and one from NSW/ACT) to visit the Venice Biennale, regarded as the foremost showcase for contemporary visual arts in the world.

Prize winners will receive one return economy airfare to Venice, six nights of accommodation in an apartment provided by Maddocks and $3,000 cash. The total value of each prize is approximately $15,000.

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Expressions of interest have now closed

Website: www.aarome.org

The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, provides a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

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The Australia Council is committed to growing the private, public and philanthropic funds available to support the arts.

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