NSW Aboriginal Creative Fellowship with the State Library of NSW

Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2020/21

Image: State Library of NSW. Photo by Bruce York.

State Library of NSW. Photo by Bruce York.

Applications for the NSW Aboriginal Creative Fellowship are closed.

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The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.

Download the NSW Aboriginal Creative Fellowship guidelines.

Last updated 22 January 2021.

Apply now

To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Key dates

Applications opened: Friday 22 January 2021

Applications closed: Monday 15 March 2021 at 5:00 PM AEDT


If you are an applicant with disability, and you require this information in a format which is accessible to you, or if you require this information in another language, you can contact us on the details below between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
Email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au
Contact the Arts Funding team directly

Create NSW staff are available to provide information to potential applicants on interpretation of these Guidelines, including types of projects eligible for funding and advice on the online application process. Staff cannot help directly with your application. To maintain a fair and equitable process, staff are unable to edit or correct any applications.

The National Relay service numbers are:

TTY users: Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Speak and Listen users: Phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Internet Relay users: Connect to NES then ask for (02) 8289 6520


NSW Aboriginal Creative Fellowship is a fellowship program in partnership with Create NSW, the State Library of NSW will provide an opportunity for an Aboriginal artist, knowledge holder or creative practitioner to undertake creative research that will work towards a presentation outcome at the State Library of NSW.

The successful applicant will be awarded $30,000 to conduct research and engage with the State Library collections, delving into subjects and materials from the Library’s Indigenous Collections. They will deliver a creative research project that engages the collection with a public outcome and must be completed in a 12 month period from April 2021.

The Fellowship is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live and work in New South Wales, with the aim of supporting an artist at any stage of their career – emerging, mid-career and established – who has shown dedication and a high level of commitment to their practice.

The Library’s Indigenous Collection Strategy guides the current collecting of material related to Indigenous peoples, particularly in NSW.

See a list of the State Library of NSW’s Collections.

What support is available to me?

Resources are available to assist you with your funding application.

We also recommend that you sign up to the Create NSW e-News to stay informed of updates via our website.


You can also contact the Arts Funding and Development team directly.

Image: State Library of NSW. Photo by Bruce York.
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