Arts Writing Hothouse opportunity

Arts Writing Hothouse is an opportunity for five emerging, early career or aspiring writers from regional South Australia to spend three days exploring the intricacies of arts writing across all arts disciplines.

Participants will learn from professionals and each other, expand their networks of peers and artists and discover a variety of valuable publications and programs in Adelaide. By providing professional development and networking opportunities for regional artists and writers, Country Arts SA is equipping them to take the next step in their career and empowering them to make more great art in regional SA.

Travel assistance grants available.

What is the Arts Writing Hothouse? 

The program includes three elements:

  1. Arts writing forum
    This half day forum will bring together local and national arts writers with diverse perspective and practices to discuss ideas, challenges and purposes of arts writing in contemporary art practice.Participants will have the opportunity to connect with arts writing professionals at casual drinks following the forum
  2. Two day intensive
    Participants will take part in a program of discussion panels, networking sessions and practical workshops aimed at developing an understanding of the place writing has in the contemporary art sector. The program aims to cultivate relationships between artists and writers from regional areas and connect them with a variety of publications and programs in Adelaide.
  3. Writing mentorship
    Each successful applicant will be paired with a writing mentor and commissioned to develop a new piece of writing responding to an artwork in their community, which will be published on The Dirt, Country Arts SA’s website that explores the art-making process.Participants will be invited to submit a brief outline of the qualities and connections of a mentor which would best suit their writing. Mentors will be invited and assigned by the Hothouse coordinator.

Who can apply?

If you check the following boxes, the Hothouse could be for you:

  • You are an emerging, early career or aspiring writer based in regional South Australia, or have an interest in writing about arts practice in your region
  • Have an interest in writing about a range of artistic disciplines including visual arts, dance, theatre, music or any other form
  • Are interested in expanding your connection to publications and writing programs in South Australia
  • Have an interest in engaging in conversation with your peers and expanding critical dialogue
  • Can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts in your region
  • Are a resident of regional South Australia. You can check if your place of residence is considered regional here
  • 18 or over

Artists who have participated in previous professional development programs are eligible to apply.

Government workers are able to take part but are ineligible to apply for travel assistance.

How to apply? 


Complete the online form here.

All applications must include a one page applicant CV, proof of address and 2 examples of applicant’s writing (maximum 500 words each).

First Nations applicants and culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

For assistance with your application please contact your local Arts and Cultural Facilitator or the Visual Arts team on (08) 8444 0400. Click here to find your local Arts and Cultural Facilitator.



The Arts Writing Hothouse will be held in Adelaide in November 2018.
The mentorship will happen electronically or via phone.

Key dates:

Program dates: Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 November 2018
Applications open: Monday 6 August 2018
Applications close: Wednesday 19 September 2018, midnight


Wednesday, 28 November
12pm: Meet and greet
1-5pm: Arts writing forum

Thursday 29 – Friday 30 November
Two-day intensive: 9am–5pm each day.

Accommodation & Transport

  • Accommodation in Adelaide will be provided for Tuesday to Friday nights. This enables successful applicants to visit cultural institutions prior to the program commencing on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Travel assistance is available to successful applicants. Successful travel assistance applicants will receive funds within 10 working days from receipt of a Tax Invoice.
  • While in Adelaide participants will be expected to pay for their own meals and transport.

More Information

Participants are expected to contribute meaningfully to all activities and workshops. This includes reading aloud and sharing their own writing.

Please note that out of fairness to all applicants, late entries will not be accepted.

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of their application. If you do not receive this confirmation please contact Reception on (08) 8444 0400.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than Wednesday, 26 September 2018.