Get creative

We recognise the important role that arts and culture play in the creation of distinctive, connected, inclusive and culturally engaged communities. We support and encourage artists, provide arts programs and activities and encourage participation at a local level.

Supporting artists in PAE

With our culturally rich and diverse community, the City of PAE has become an important and vibrant arts hub and home to a significant number of artists, galleries, studios, museums, cultural organisations and events. We are so grateful for the contributions that local artists make to creating a city that is vibrant, creative and unique.

We provide support to professional and emerging artists and creatives, and arts activity through:

  • Grants tailored to support the development and delivery of arts outcomes and professional practice
  • Promotion of arts activity, local creatives and venues supporting arts and culture through the Port Art Exchange
  • Opportunities for public art commissions and involvement in arts programs
  • Regular information regarding broader arts sector opportunities, grants, training, competitions, exhibitions and events
  • SALA and Fringe Festival registration subsidies
  • Professional development sessions and networking opportunities
  • Letters of support and guidance for grant applications

Grants for creatives

We offer a number of grants to support and promote the arts in PAE. Visit the Grants for Creatives page to learn more.

Port Arts Exchange

Are you a local creative? Port Arts Exchange is your go-to resource for discovering all that the Port and surrounds have to offer. A virtual showcase of our diverse arts community, Port Arts Exchange is designed to keep you and audiences up to date with what’s on across the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe time is one of the best times in PAE. Our city comes alive with shows, performances, exhibitions, tours and talks. Adelaide Fringe is just the ticket to enjoy some unique and new experiences in PAE. We offer Fringe registration subsidies to local creatives, making it easier to get involved.

SALA

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) festival is held each August and gives us us the chance to support our accomplished and emerging artists and help them share their creations with the wider community. From March each year we offer subsidised SALA registrations, and SALA exhibitions are featured on our online SALA festival listing.

Local creative opportunities

Paint Ya Pole

Do you want to be creative, bring some colour and make a difference in your local neighbourhood? That’s awesome – as we're inviting PAE residents and groups to paint their local stobie poles! It's easy to get involved.

  1. Firstly, take a full-length photo of the pole/s you wish to paint (making sure that you do not cut off the top or the bottom of the pole)
  2. Fill in your details, the location of the pole/s that you would like to paint, and attach your photo/s on the SA Power Networks (SAPN) online application form here
  3. Once you have received permission from SAPN, please complete this online form on our website and attach your SAPN approval and concept drawing of what you are planning on painting
  4. It is important to consult with your neighbours, so they know that you intend to paint a pole. We are making this step super easy as you can download and print this Neighbour consent letter, fill it out and pop it into your neighbour’s letterbox, so that you can make them aware and get their support. (Please note that if someone objects to the idea, it may not be possible to proceed and SAPN reserves the right to paint over any pole that doesn’t comply with their criteria).
  5. When you receive the all-clear from the City of PAE to proceed with painting your pole/s, you will have access to some free paint to complete your pole and anti-graffiti coating to protect it, thanks to our Paint bank. All you need to provide is a couple of brushes and your creativity!

Tiny Gems

Tiny Gems is a fun and innovative art project through which local artists have brought joy to their communities. Tiny Gems artworks are beautiful, unexpected interventions in public spaces across the City of PAE. Some Tiny Gems were designed to be temporary while others are more permanent. Over 50 pieces of Tiny Gems art have been created since the project’s inception in 2020.

We worked with "It's Port Adelaide" to shoot a series of videos that captures the project. and the passion that the artists put into their work.

Programs and activities guide

PAE is the place to be if you are looking to get involved in a local arts and crafts group. Regular opportunities are on offer at our libraries and community centres. Our Activities and Program guide contains listings of where you can find painting, sewing, cake decorating, quilting, card making and more!

Go on show at the Visitor Information Centre

The Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre (VIC) runs a gallery space to showcase the works of artists, craftspeople and designers. Booking requests for hire of the Art Gallery are subject to a selection process, with preference given to artists residing within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield or whose art has some connection to the City of PAE. Other venue ideas are available on the PAX website.