Creative collaborations between artists and schools

The Artists in Residence program provides arts and education funding to kindergartens and schools seeking to increase their engagement with arts and culture through partnerships with artists, arts organisations or arts facilities.

The Queensland Government recognises the important role of arts in the education of every Queensland student from early years to secondary school in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The Artists in Residence program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to assist the development of creative skills and knowledge.


  • Foster new relationships between kindergartens, schools and the arts and cultural sector.
  • Support innovative arts education initiatives in Queensland kindergartens and schools.
  • Support implementation of the Australian Curriculum – The Arts and the Early Years Learning Framework through high quality arts education initiatives.


Applicants can seek funding from $5,000 up to $20,000.

Applicants can only submit one application for funding to the 2018-19 AIR program.


There is one funding round each year. The 2018-19 AIR program opens for applications on 10 September and closes 29 October 2018, for projects commencing from 29 January 2019.

Eligibility criteria

All applicants must either be:

  • a recognised Queensland school – this includes primary, secondary, government and non–government schools – with an ICSEA value of 1000 or less; or
  • an approved kindergarten program provider funded under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) and in receipt of the low socio economic subsidy and/or the remote area subsidy.

Additionally, all applicants must:

  • submit a completed AIR Fund 2018-19 application form
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding.

The project must:

  • take place in a recognised Queensland school or a Queensland Government–approved kindergarten;
  • meet all necessary Queensland Government legislative requirements including those provided, for example, under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000; and
  • be delivered between 29 January and 13 December 2019.

How to apply

  1. Read the Artist in Residence documents - guidelinesfrequently asked questions, Artists in Residence Terms of Funding 2018-19 and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online.

More information

For more information, refer to the Artists in Residence 2018-19 documents: including guidelinesfrequently asked questions, Terms of Funding and important information for applicants.

Contact the AIR program manager on (07) 3034 4016, 1800 175 531 (toll free), or

The AIR project should increase your kindergarten’s or school’s engagement with arts and culture through partnerships with artists, arts organisations or arts facilities. The project may be in any art form or across multiple art forms and can include visual arts, music, dance, design, theatre, performance, digital media, textiles, song and film.

View case studies of previous funding recipients.

Applicants seeking assistance with developing an AIR application and/or sourcing appropriate project partners can refer to the list of arts organisations supported by Arts Queensland.

Important information for applicants covers:

  • Information privacy and right to information
  • Other income
  • Paying award industry rates
  • Who is ineligible
  • Feedback and review of decision
  • Submitting your application
  • Important information for successful applicants:
    • Agreement processes
    • Variations
    • Tax
    • Intellectual property
    • Acknowledgements
    • Reporting on outcomes
  • Glossary of terms