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 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 funding round each year. Applications for the 2017–18 round have now closed.

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 2017-18 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 26 February and 14 December 2018.

How to apply

  1. Read the Artist in Residence documents - guidelinesfrequently asked questionsArtists in Residence Terms of Funding 2017–18 and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online – applications closed.

More information

For more information, refer to the Artists in Residence 2017-18 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

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.