Guildhouse is thrilled to launch the second round of career development mentorship program for South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, craftspeople and designers.
In partnership with Tarnanthi, CATAPULT + Tarnanthi provides a funded opportunity for an artist to work with a mentor for up to eight months, culminating in a presentation of new work as part of the 2021 Tarnanthi Festival.
Tarnanthi presents the contemporary art of the oldest living culture on an unprecedented scale, in a national event held annually by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Expressions of Interest now open
Applications close Monday 1 June, 5 pm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists working in visual art, craft or design are invited to apply for this opportunity.

The selected artist will have approximately 12 months for the mentorship and an additional 4 months for the development of new work (June 2020 through June 2021 with Stage 2 completed October 2021). The funded mentorship provides $7,500 funding between the mentor and mentee and the artist will have curatorial and project management support through the Guildhouse and Tarnanthi teams.

The program aims to enrich the artist’s professional and creative development through dedicated time spent with an aspirational mentor.

Applications can take the form of notes following a studio visit, a formal written application, or a short verbal application via video; Guildhouse is open to working with the applicant to develop an accessible application process.

Artists are encouraged to think ambitiously, and are required to discuss the project with the Programs Officer Julianne Pierce via 8410 1822 or Guildhouse can provide support to approach a mentor suited to your practice and desired mentorship outcomes.


Catapult + Tarnanthi Mentorship Program – working with a mentor to build the mentees practice and develop new work, to the budget of $7,500.



Tarnanthi 2021 – development, production and presentation of new work. An additional budget will be developed in consultation with the artist for costs associated with the development of the work for presentation in Tarnanthi 2021.


Selection Process

The selection panel will be comprised of representatives from Guildhouse and Tarnanthi.



You will be notified in June 2020 about the outcome of your application.

Mentorships must be completed by October 2021.

The Catapult + Tarnanthi program is generously supported by the Art Gallery of South Australia and Principal Partner BHP, The Ian Potter Foundation and Country Arts SA and the Government of South Australia.

Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with the support of the Government of South Australia.