State Government Victoria

Artists in Schools

The Information Sessions for the 2015 Artists in Schools funding round are planned for mid to late July 2014.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to be informed of the details for the Artists in Schools information sessions, please email with 'AIS Update' in the subject line.

Artists in Schools

Artists in Schools provides opportunities for professional artistsProfessional artistA professional artist...Has specialist training in their field (not necessarily in academic institutions).Is recognised by their peers (professional practitioners working in the art form area).Is committed to devoting significant time to the artistic activity.Has a history of professional public presentation. to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools.

Schools engage an artist for approximately 20 days to work with students and teachers on a creative project, which may be in any art form.


Applications are accepted from Victorian schools, including primary, secondary, government and non-government schools, including schools for students with special needs.

If a school received Artists in Schools or Extended Schools Residencies funding for 2014, 2013 or 2012, it is ineligible to apply for funding for 2015.

The Artist

Artists may work in any art form or combination of art forms, including literature, visual arts, performing arts and new media.

The artist must be a practicing professional artistProfessional artistA professional artist...Has specialist training in their field (not necessarily in academic institutions).Is recognised by their peers (professional practitioners working in the art form area).Is committed to devoting significant time to the artistic activity.Has a history of professional public presentation. who relates well to young people and communicates, discusses and demonstrates their arts practice with ease.

Performances or workshops that are identical, or very similar to those that the artist provides regularly in schools on a commercial basis will not be supported.

The School

An Artists in Schools project needs significant support from the school.

The school needs to:

  • Provide financial and in-kind support for the project within their own resources and/or through other external funding. The program will not support the entire cost of a project. Priority is given to funding artist/s fees. The school usually covers the other project costs.
  • Provide adequate staff support, including a project coordinator and possibly a reference or support group.
  • Identify the target group of students to be involved. An artist cannot be expected to work in a meaningful and in depth manner with large numbers of students.
  • Allocate an appropriate working area for the artist.
  • Ensure the project is embedded in the AusVELS (Australian Curriculum in Victoria) curriculum. 

Artists in Schools priority region for 2015

The program is particularly interested to receive applications from schools within the following priority region in 2015:

  • North Western - Metro and Regional

Closing Dates

September 2014 for projects commencing after 13 April 2015.

It takes approximately 13 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

Funds Available

Grants of $10,000 are available for schools to engage an artist for approximately 20 days.

The program is a Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and Arts Victoria partnership.

Either an artist or a school may initiate a project, however it is the school that must apply for funding.

The school's application must include:

  • A completed application form, which includes a budget and declaration. The 2015 Artists in Schools application form will be available in June 2014
  • A project description (see below)
  • The artist's profile
  • Support material relevant to the project (eg artist Curriculum Vitae, and examples of current and relevant work by the artist).
  • A signed Declaration Form  (DOC, 86KB)

Project Description

The project description can be no more than four A4 pages and must addresses the assessment criteria under the following categories:

The School

  • A brief description of the school.

The Project

  • The key artistic concept that will be explored.
  • What you are proposing to create.
  • The need or demand for the project in relation to the school's strategic priorities.
  • How you are planning to do it, including when and where the project will occur.

The Artist(s)

  • A brief outline of current arts practice and any relevant experience working with young people or communities (provide further information in Section 5 - Support Material).
  • Why you want this artist at your school.
  • Artist's role in the school.
  • Artist's role in the development and production of any collaborative work.
  • Number of days that the artist will work on the project.

Student Learning

  • Year level and/or target student group that will be involved.
  • Estimated number of students involved.
  • How the project will be incorporated into the school's curriculum planning.
  • How the project will be integrated into the curriculum referring to the AusVELS (Australian Curriculum in Victoria), identifying specific elements from at least two Learning Areas and at least one General Capability, including one from:
    • The Arts or English Learning Areas, and
  • How the project will be integrated into the school's assessment and reporting processes.

Teacher Learning

  • An outline of the formal and/or informal teacher learning that will occur.
  • What skills/knowledge will be the focus for teacher learning.
  • Number of teachers directly involved in skills/knowledge development.
  • How and when the teacher learning will occur.

School Support

  • The position and role in the school of the Project Coordinator.
  • Support mechanisms for the Project Coordinator and artist (e.g. extra time allocation for project coordination, support committee).

Applications are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • A strong and innovative artistic concept
  • The involvement of a suitable practising professional artist - high quality work and strong communication skills
  • The extent to which the project supports learning across the curriculum in line with the AusVELS
  • The extent to which the project creates opportunities for teachers to expand their skills and knowledge
  • How well the project is planned and supported by the school.

The Artists in Schools program aims to support a balance of art forms and a diverse range of schools across Victoria. Priority is given to projects where the impact is greatest.

Assessment Panel

Applications are assessed by a Peer Assessment PanelArts Advisory PanelsArts Advisory Panels are a standard method used by Arts Victoria in the grant evaluation process. They assess grant applications and make recommendations to the Minister for the Arts. Each Panel is comprised of representatives from across the arts industry and other relevant areas..

The 2015 Artists in Schools panel members will be announced in June 2014.

Assessment Process

The panel assesses and prioritises each application against the programs aims, objectives and evaluation criteria.

As a recipient of Arts Victoria funding, you are required to:

  • Notify Arts Victoria of any changes to your proposed project
  • Publicly acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government using specific logos and text
  • Acquit your grant by completing a financial report, documentation and a written report on the outcomes of your funded project.
  • Attend a professional development day.

Logos and Text Acknowledgement


The Victorian Government logo must be included on all promotional materials produced by the grant recipient in relation to the funded activity. The acknowledgement should include the wording and logo as follows:

"Artists in Schools - A Victorian Government Initiative"

Victoria, the place to be logo

These may include (but are not restricted to):

  • Posters, fliers and brochures
  • Advertisements
  • Invitations
  • Information and education kits
  • Signage
  • Programs and catalogues
  • Websites.

The Victorian Government logo is available in a variety of formats, please note the guidelines for its use.

Text Acknowledgement

The following text/verbal acknowledgement of Victorian Government should be used in any speeches, media releases, interviews and other circumstances where a logo may not be possible:
Artists in Schools- A Victorian Government Initiative

Acquittal Reports

When your funded activity is completed, you must provide Arts Victoria with an acquittal reportAcquittal ReportA written evaluation of the funded activity and a statement that fully accounts for the expenditure of funds provided. within 60 days.

Failure to satisfactorily acquit funding will make you ineligible for future Arts Victoria funding and may result in action to recover the grant.

Download the aquittal report.  (DOC, 396KB)

Professional Development Day

The artist and project coordinator are also required to attend an Artists in Schools professional development day in Melbourne in Term 1.

For further information about the program please contact:

Anna Kelly

T: 03 8683 3114

Previous Recipients

Elsternwick Primary School Received $10,000 in 2011-2012 for:

Culture Jam, a collaboration with musician Gillian Howell. Students will create a series of soundscapes with a focus on Australian and Asian culture using traditional and digital musical instruments.

See all 2011-2012 recipients

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