Department of State Development

Through funding assistance and other support the South Australian Government, via its arts and cultural agency Arts South Australia, promotes and recognises the strengths of our artists and arts organisations. Arts and cultural development in the State is characterised by a diversity of practice and practitioners, unique and historic assets and facilities, world renowned collections and a commitment to arts for all regardless of geographic location or circumstance.

Arts South Australia also incorporates:

Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Adelaide Festival Centre Trust was created by an Act of Parliament. Adelaide Festival Centre is a statutory authority under the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Act 1971 responsible for encouraging and facilitating artistic, cultural and performing arts activities, as well as maintaining and improving the building and facilities of the Festival Centre complex.  The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust also produces festivals including the OzAsia Festival, dreamBIG Children’s Festival, Guitar Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Adelaide Festival Corporation

For more than 50 years Adelaide Festival of Arts audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of inspiring, challenging and entertaining artists and performers. This vital and prestigious celebration of art from around the globe is held annually and has defined South Australia as the nation’s premier festival state. Throughout its history the Adelaide Festival of Arts has shared Australia’s new work along with some of the world’s great companies and international artists.

Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival is a biennial screen event which celebrates and explores Australian and international screen culture with a unique program of film and special events. The festival aims to increase and stimulate innovative and new screen production through the provision of equity finance for work premiering at the festival. It also aims to raise the profile of arts and screen culture in South Australia for audiences and practitioners.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to one of Australia's great art collections, housed in one of Adelaide's most beautiful buildings. Located at the heart of Adelaide's cultural boulevard, North Terrace, between the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery welcomed more than 700,000 visitors last year.

The Art Gallery's outstanding collection of 38,000 works of art comprises Australian, European, North American and Asian works including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.

The Art Gallery also houses a comprehensive collection of Australian art from the time of European settlement in the early nineteenth century to the present day, including one of the most important collections of Indigenous art.

The European collection spans the Renaissance to today, and the Asian collection covers twelve countries with galleries dedicated to the art of Southeast Asia, India, Japan and the only dedicated Islamic gallery space in Australia.

Artlab Australia 

Artlab Australia is a South Australian Government business enterprise located in the centre of Adelaide’s North Terrace cultural precinct. Its laboratories are amongst the largest and best equipped services for the conservation of all works of art and historic items. Artlab is responsible for the care and preservation of the State’s extensive collections in Adelaide and is funded through Arts South Australia. It also undertakes an extensive program of commercial work; its business includes corporate clients, galleries, museums, libraries, other cultural institutions and private clients with family treasures all over Australia and overseas.

Carrick Hill

Carrick Hill was a bequest to the people of South Australia from Sir Edward and Lay Ursula Hayward. The South Australian Government accepted the bequest in 1983 and the Carrick Hill Trust Act was enacted in 1985.  Carrick Hill was officially opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. Carrick Hill operates as a house museum, venue for art exhibitions and related activities, botanic garden, outdoor site for recreation and general enjoyment, cafe and function venue and site for festivals and community events. 

Country Arts SA

Country Arts SA is one of South Australia’s largest arts organisations, providing arts and services across regional South Australia through a range of arts programs and initiatives, the management of performing and visual arts venues, and the provision of grant funding which supports the creative endeavours of communities and individuals.

Each year Country Arts SA tours world class productions that entertain, challenge and stimulate a wide variety of audiences in our five performing arts centres in Mount Gambier, Port Pirie, Renmark, Noarlunga, Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

History SA

History SA researches, preserves and presents the history of South Australia. It manages three museums (the Migration Museum, the South Australian Maritime Museum and the National Motor Museum) and also manages the State History Collection. 

South Australian Film Corporation

The South Australian Film Corporation has a strategic focus on developing SA filmmakers and businesses alongside an ongoing effort to attract production to the State. This effort has been successful with many high profile national producers choosing to partner with SA producers on their independent films and a growing reputation for Adelaide as a preferred production destination, with Adelaide Studios an ideal production base. 

South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years. It is a place where families can learn and grow together.

Today the Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research.

State Library of South Australia 

The largest public reference library in the State providing access to collections both from its service areas in the Spence wing and online.

1.2 million visitors annually access the Library’s services and visit the historic and contemporary spaces, with community engagement embedded in the services, exhibitions and public programs.

State Theatre Company of South Australia

The State Theatre Company of South Australia is the state's flagship professional theatre company performing an annual season of classic and contemporary Australian and international theatre at its main performance home – the Dunstan Playhouse. The Company is a major community and cultural resource for all South Australians and is vital to artistic life in the state. State Theatre Company also plays an important role in the bigger picture of the Australian theatre scene, contributing touring productions and providing employment and career opportunities for artists and technical and administrative staff. 

State Opera of South Australia

The State Opera of South Australia was established as a statutory authority by the South Australian Government in 1976. Its functions include: to present, produce, manage and conduct operatic performances; to commission and support the composition and writing of operas and creation of new work; to promote public interest and participation in opera, including through schools, courses, lectures, seminars and discussions; and to promote the training of persons concerned in the production, presentation or performance of opera.

The company’s annual program comprises a subscription season of mainstage productions, usually presented in the Adelaide Festival Theatre; its Opera Studio program, featuring smaller scale productions, creative development of new works, emerging artists and community collaborations; education programs; and regional touring. 

Windmill Theatre

Since our inception in 2002, our enduring purpose has been to continue to create incredible shows, and tour them nationally and internationally. We will continue to inhabit new media spaces and participate in the development of innovative means to connect artists and audiences to tell, create and share stories.

With a philosophy that creative expression is fundamental to humanity and vital for navigating the contemporary world, Windmill’s aim is to make theatre a dynamic meeting space between the imagination of the artists and the audience.