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Artists in Residence

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 Department of Education and Training and Arts Queensland have formed a partnership in recognition of this role in supporting 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.


There is one round each year. The closing date for 2016 is 16 September 2016.

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 2016-17 application form;
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland or Department of Education and Training 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 27 February 2017 and 8 December 2017.

How to apply

  1. Read the Artist in Residence documents - guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online or complete the downloadable Word application form.

More information

View help in applying or contact  the AIR progam Officer on (07) 3034 4016, 1800 175 531 (toll free), or

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

View case studies of previous funding recipients.

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Last updated
26 August 2016
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