The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program helps fund the operations of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.

How it works

Who can apply
Organisations that support professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to produce, promote and market their art.
How to seek funding
Funding is available through restricted non-competitive and open competitive grant opportunities.
Funding allocation
Funding of approximately $20 million per annum is allocated directly to organisations through a restricted non-competitive process. Approximately $300,000 per annum is available through an annual open competitive grant round.

Program Information

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About The Program

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program supports a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry with strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Some of Australia's most dynamic visual art is produced in Indigenous art centres, which enable artists to create new art, earn income, develop professional skills and connect to the art market.

Funding is delivered to four primary types of organisation including:

  1. art centres, mostly in remote and very remote locations
  2. industry service organisations
  3. art fairs
  4. arts hubs, mostly in regional or urban locations

The organisations funded through the program together form the infrastructure that provides artists with studio space, materials, art development opportunities, marketing and exhibition support, as well as a range of professional support and services for artists, art centre staff and Directors.

The IVAIS program also supports the Indigenous Art Code, an industry-led voluntary code of conduct that promotes fair and ethical trade between art dealers and Indigenous visual artists.

Funding is offered through restricted non-competitive and an open competitive grant opportunities. Visit the Australian Government's GrantConnect website for more information.

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support—impacts of COVID-19

COVID-19 (or coronavirus) is having unprecedented effects on communities in Australia and around the world. The Australian Government is working across all Government portfolios to support all Australian communities. The particular effects of COVID-19 on creative and cultural activity are evident and continue to be considered as part of the national response.

Up to date information about COVID-19 and how it relates to the arts sector, can be found at COVID-19 update.

We understand the serious impact COVID-19 is having on the delivery of arts and cultural activities, including those supported through the IVAIS program. Please be assured that we will continue to provide administrative support for your funded activities.

Please find at the link below responses to frequently asked questions we are hearing from IVAIS recipients. We will endeavour to update this document regularly pending developments with the Australian Government's response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and the emerging issues you raise.

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Grant Guidelines

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Grant Guidelines include eligibility criteria and information about the application and grant processes. The Guidelines can be accessed on the Australian Government's GrantConnect website.

The Indigenous Art Centre Plan

The IVAIS program is underpinned by the Indigenous Art Centre Plan that provides a cooperative framework for stakeholders to work together to strengthen the industry.

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Phone: 1800 006 992

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