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Arts & Culture Plan 2024 -2027

Consultation closed 5pm, Tuesday 6 June 2023

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Help shape the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters' new three-year Arts and Culture Plan. 

We want to hear directly from artists, historians, cultural workers, arts and historical organisations, businesses and groups or anyone who participates in or shares our interest in the arts (all artforms), local history and cultural vitality. 

Be part of the conversation, share your ideas and tell us what you think. 

On this page: 

About the Arts and Culture Plan

The Arts and Culture Plan will include priorities in the areas of:

  • visual art
  • performing art
  • literary art
  • public art
  • moving images
  • community art
  • community cultural development, heritage and collections.

The Plan will also strengthen the role the Council plays in supporting:

Arts & Culture Activation:
  • Foster innovation, imagination and expression across all areas of arts and culture to engage and challenge new and existing audiences (visual art, performing art, literary art, temporary and permanent public art, moving image and community art).

  • Provide deliberate, diverse and high-quality program of events, activations and exhibitions.
Arts & Culture Development:
  • Foster innovation & excellence in arts and culture practice.

  • Understand, proactively engage with and celebrate our local arts & culture community.

  • Support arts and culture development through initiatives such as an arts and culture funding program, collaborative workshops and networking opportunities.
Arts & Culture Identity:
  • Recognition and respect for the crucial place of First Nations stories.

  • Promote arts and cultural assets, locally made cultural products, and the diverse range of arts and cultural participation and visitation opportunities within our City.

  • Commit to actions that make the most meaningful contribute to our City’s cultural identity.
Arts & Culture Collaboration:
  • Position First Nations and Kaurna communities and creators at the centre of the decision- making process for any Indigenous-focused projects.

  • Identify partnership opportunities with local arts and culture sector, peak bodies, government departments, business and education providers to achieve priority actions within the arts and culture action plan.
Arts & Culture Access and Participation:
  • Engage people of all abilities and ages in creative experiences. Advocate for equitable access, active participation & contribution to cultural life.

Have your say

We want to hear from artists, historians, cultural workers, arts and historical organisations, businesses and groups or anyone who participates in or shares our interest in the arts (all artforms), local history and cultural vitality. 

You can have your say in any of the following ways: 

Take our survey

Online consultation survey closed

Alternatively, download and complete a PDF version of the survey

Come along to our Ideas Cafe

Join us at the Arts & Culture Plan Ideas Cafe: How, Now & Wow!

A relaxed café style event to share ideas with art and culture makers and lovers. 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday 27 May
Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Venue: Banquet Hall, St Peters Town Hall Complex, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters

Ask us a question

Ask our Arts, Culture & Community Connections Team a question:

Submit a question closed

Assistance and further information

If you need assistance to participate and share your ideas, please contact: 

Emma Comley
Arts Officer
T: 08 8366 4515

Consultation and project timeline

Art & Culture Plan Timeline

  • Review community engagement feedback


    June 2023

  • Prepare draft Plan


    July 2023

  • Council review draft Plan


    August 2023

  • Public consultation on draft Plan

    Yet to be started

    29 August 2023

  • Review feedback and edit Plan

    Yet to be started

    September 2023

  • Council endorsement of Plan

    Yet to be started

    October 2023

  • Arts & Culture Plan final document

    Yet to be started

    November / December 2023


Why have an Arts & Culture Plan

The Council’s CityPlan 2030: Shaping our Future highlights a commitment to working with our community to achieve:

"A culturally rich and diverse City, with a strong identity, history and sense of place" - CityPlan 2030, Cultural Vitality Aspiration.

To move toward realising this vision, the new Plan will provide a short to medium term arts and culture roadmap to clearly define and guide our actions, partnerships and resources for the next three years (2024-2027).

What do we mean by Arts and Culture

Arts and culture mean different things to different people, for the purpose of this project we define Arts and Culture as:

 The Arts

Visual art

Painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and printmaking

Performing art

Dance, theatre and live music

Literary art

Creative writing, poetry and prose

Public art

Temporary and permanent art in public places, including sculptures, ephemeral artworks, murals, art integrated in streetscape design and functional art

Moving image

Projection art, filmmaking and video

Community art

Community initiated and implemented creative projects and initiatives


‘Culture is about who we are, how we define ourselves and how we make meaning of the world around us. It informs everything we do.’ (Cultural Indicators: Measuring impact on Culture 2012).

The Plan will include actions that position First Nations and Kaurna communities and creators at the centre of the decision-making process for any Indigenous-focused projects.

As well as actions related to the development of history events, cultural heritage exhibitions, projects and programs. 

Cultural Heritage

Tangible culture


Buildings, monuments, landscapes, archive materials, books, works of art, and artifacts


Intangible culture


Folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge


Natural heritage


Culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity



What Arts and Culture initiatives is the Council currently delivering

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has recently delivered the following Arts and Culture initiatives which contribute to the Cultural Vitality of our City:

  • major public art commissions (quadrennial, every four years)
  • public art grants
  • Norwood Concert Hall (Facility for hire for arts & cultural performances)
  • library arts and crafts programs and workshops
  • Art on Parade (annual visual art and sculpture exhibition)
  • New Vibes - Three D Radio, radio broadcasting training program for young people
  • Canvas Youth Arts Program
  • Adelaide Fringe and SALA registration subsidies
  • Artist register (website listing of local artists)
  • SALA exhibitions in Council facilities – Gallery at St Peters Town Hall Complex, Eastern Health Authority, Norwood Town Hall
  • Annual events program - events promoted on our online Events Calendar
  • SA History Month exhibitions and tours.

What is the vision for Arts and Culture in our City

Guided by our Council’s CityPlan 2030: Shaping Our Future, the Council’s shared Cultural Vitality aspiration is that by 2030 our City will be ‘a culturally rich A culturally rich and diverse City, with a strong identity, history and sense of place.’

Specifically, the key strategic pillar of Cultural Vitality seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

  • An artistic, creative, cultural and visually interesting City
  • A community embracing and celebrating its social and cultural diversity
  • A city which values and promotes its rich cultural and built heritage
  • Dynamic community life in public spaces and precincts.

For more information, visit: CityPlan 2030: Shaping Our Future

What role does the Council play in Arts and Culture

The Council's role in arts and culture:

Advocate: Active role in planning across our City and advocating for equitable and accessible community participation & contribution to cultural life.
Facilitator: Facilitate arts and cultural development activities, programs and events that promote and grow social cohesion, health and wellbeing, and our cultural vitality.
Activator of Space:  Plan and deliver integrated, temporary and permanent creative responses to places and support utilisation of traditional & non- traditional spaces to bring arts & culture to where it is most needed.
Provider:     Provide a clear plan to co-deliver our ‘Cultural Vitality’ vision. Provide deliberate, high-quality services, activities and projects, monitor and share success.
Promoter & Sponsor:   Promote current and future arts and culture opportunities. Provide funding and in-kind support to assist community led & co-led projects that facilitate art and cultural outcomes.

Work in partnership with our community and all levels of Government to maximise creative opportunities and act in a deliberate and collaborative way.


Does the Council have an Arts Policy

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters currently has a Public Art Policy. The Policy will be reviewed and updated to align with the new Arts & Culture Action Plan.

For more information, download: Public Art Policy

Where can I find more information about Arts & Culture in our City


For opportunities for artists, our public art map and artist register:

Visit: The Arts

Upcoming festivals, performances and events:

Visit: Event Calendar

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Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

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What engagement will the Council undertake with the local Arts and Culture Sector

We will interview local representatives from all areas of the arts. 

We are also encouraging our creative community to complete the survey and attend the ideas session.

If you are an artist, historian, arts organisation or group based in the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters and would like to arrange a meeting with our Arts Officer, email Emma Comley to arrange an appointment. 


Emma Comley
Arts Officer
T: 08 8366 4515