Artists in Schools at Coomandook Area School, 2011 with artist David Archer

Artists in Schools

Carclew is currently in negotiations with the DECD for new investment in Artists in Schools.  We anticipate there will be an announcement in 2016.

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Artists in Schools is a long-running schools artist residency program. It was established to encourage students' participation in and appreciation of the arts through creative interaction with a professional arts practitioner. Areas of focus include:

  • seeing a professional artist at work and learning about the artists' role in the community;
  • working alongside a professional artist on an arts project; and
  • learning about the artistic process. 

Artists in Schools provides opportunities to develop partnerships between schools, communities and artists, while achieving a creative artistic outcome through a considered and integrated process. The program is designed to engage students and their teachers in stimulating arts experiences that add richness and depth to their learning.

Artists in Schools residencies:

  • encourages student involvement in the creative process;
  • supports student learning as they gain new skills and knowledge;
  • provides opportunities to assist the development of confidence and self-esteem in students;
  • supports teachers in their delivery of the curriculum;
  • supports the professional learning of teachers;
  • promotes the value of the arts within the school and broader community; and
  • enriches and adds new perspectives to the schools existing arts curriculum in line with the Australian Curriculum.

More than 75,000 South Australian students in junior primary, primary, secondary and area schools have participated in Artists in Schools.


Applications for activity occurring in terms 1 and 2, 2015 are now closed.

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All applicants are required to contact Carclew on (08) 8267 5111 to discuss their application. Teachers and artists living in the metropolitan area can also request a ‘face-to-face’ consultation to discuss their project and application.

Please note

Artists in Schools is a partnership between Carclew and the Department for Education and Child Development and provides up to $3,000 as a contribution to the cost of a professional artist to work in  a South Australian school for up to 10 days.

Artists in Schools funding does not cover costs for the entire project. It is the school's responsibility to cover additional project costs for materials and staffing, as required.

In the case of regional residencies, Artists in Schools provides a contribution towards travel and living expenses for an artist if they are not local to the area. It is the school's responsibility to provide suitable accommodation for the artist for the duration of the residency.

Schools cannot receive AIS funding in consecutive years.

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08 8267 5111