About us

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Our purpose

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust's approach to the development of the Arts through the support of talented individuals is unique in Australia. Since its establishment, more than 1,750 artists have been supported by grants totalling over $10.9 million.

The Trust's main program offers grants of up to $15,000 to assist early-career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally and across the spectrum of the Arts, from visual arts to performing arts and music to literature, spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums.

In addition to professional development grants for individual artists, the Trust runs a program of major art commissions, which have included sculpture, music (composition), and currently, moving image art.

Funding principles 

The Cultural Trust's funding is governed by a commitment to excellence. We support individuals who are passionate about their work and have the potential to be outstanding in their field in an international context.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust receives all of its funding from The Ian Potter Foundation and embodies the vision of the Foundation for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.


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