Arts U-15k

The Arts U-15k grant program offers up to $15,000 for artists and creative industry professionals to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.


Refer to the guidelines for more information before applying.

Arts U-15k guidelines

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
Open year-round Always open Not applicable Use the business day calculator (XLSX 25 KB) to work out your submission deadline. At least 25 business days after application submission.
  • Aboriginal Arts
  • Creative Development
  • Commercial Development

Funding overview

Always open

Who can apply

Amount available

  • Creative Development: Up to $15,000
  • Commercial Development: Up to $15,000
  • Aboriginal Arts: Up to $15,000


Dr Kelsey Ashe

Dr Kelsey Ashe, curator and artist was awarded funding to nurture and support the creative development of new artworks for an upcoming exhibition, 'Imaginary Territories'. 

The group exhibition, to be held later in 2020 will showcase the work of critically engaged women chosen for their vanguard contributions in film, sound, installation, performance and print media influenced by Surrealism.  

Artists are asked to explore the concept of a ‘territory’ as a domain of the inner world; an ‘internal truth’ that reflects imaginings of the real world in an apocalyptic era.

Purification of Souls by Kelsey Ashe; Imaginary Territories, Fremantle 2020; Acrylic on Canvas 0.8m x 1.2m. Photography by Kelsey Ashe.
Photo: Kelsey Ashe, Belle Diver. Archival Photographic print.

Felicity Peters

Felicity Peters, renown Western Australian jeweller, artist and craftsperson was awarded funding to continue the research, development and exploration of designing and producing a collection of works utilising new processes and materials.

Felicity will showcase this new body of works at a solo show “The Sadness of the Chairs” at Gallows Gallery in November 2020.

In early 2021, the collection will also contribute to an exhibition being planned for April 2021 at the Stanley Street gallery, Sydney.

Felicity Peters
Photo: Walnuts from Majdanek Poland, by Felicity Peters, for solo show The sadness of the chairs, at Gallows Gallery Mosman Park Perth 5 November 2020. Photo by Yasmin Eghtesadi.

Ian de Souza

Ian de Souza is developing new online instructional video content, Beyond the Line #1 (Interpreting the Human Figure) and Beyond the Line #2 (Watercolour in Isolation) in his Fremantle studio.

Another set of mini-tutorials entitled Plus 5, emphasizing the five fundamental points of drawing, will also be developed and freely available on the artist’s YouTube channel.

Ian de Souza
Photo: Ian de Souza demonstrating to workshop participants, Beyond the Line online video workshop series, Fremantle August 2020. Photo by Brenden Hutchens VAMMEDIA.

Scott Elstermann

WA dancer and choreographer, Scott Elstermann continues to excite and inspire us with the development of a new contemporary dance work.

Elstermann is the youngest international artist to receive the Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography.

His new work 'Petrushka', to be presented in 2021, will reimagine the traditional ballet narrative by Sergei Diaghilev and be performed by Katherine Gurr, David Mack, Tyrone Robinson and Zoe Wozniak.

Scott Elstermann
Photo: Lilly King and Scott Elstermann in Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company at Perth Festival, Perth; February, 2020. Photo by Jessica Wyld.
Page reviewed 05 August 2019