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How we are funded

Artist Christian Hansen running a workshop at the National Gallery of Victoria for Melbourne Now 2023, image credit Tobias Titz
Artist Christian Hansen running a workshop at the National Gallery of Victoria for Melbourne Now 2023, image Tobias Titz


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Why philanthropic grants and donations are so important for Arts Project Australia.

Individual artists attending Arts Project Australia use their NDIS funding to fund their basic participation in the studio program, accessing ongoing mentoring from staff artists, gallery staff and professional development activity.

What NDIS covers

Income received as a result of the provision of services to NDIS participants constitutes 70% of Arts Project Australia’s overall income.


What is not covered by NDIS

NDIS funding does not cover all the aspect of our work that are essential for artists to truly build their practice and engage with audiences. This includes:

  • Exhibition development and delivery
  • Gallery running costs and traineeship programs
  • Entry in art fairs and art prizes
  • specialist workshops
  • residencies for artists
  • costs associated with hosting free, accessible workshops, talks and film screenings for the public.


This is why philanthropic grants and donations are so important.

For 50 years, we have been recognised and celebrated for the quality of the work produced by the artists in our studio which is exhibited in our gallery and around the world and represented in countless public and private collections.

Our reputation in Australia and internationally is strong. But we can do more. We need to do more.

Artists with disability must now hold a place in all national and international art practice – they must be seen, respected and exhibited. APA strives to ensure these artists voice and work will be heard and hold agency.

With the financial support of individuals, organisations and businesses Arts Project Australia can continue to introduce new initiatives and expand others to enable artists with an intellectual disability to deeply engage with their practice, expand their research scope, connect with arts professionals and peers in the arts sector, and become ambassadors – engendering a culture of inclusivity and innovation.