Arts Unlimited

Arts Unlimited - the Philanthropic Arm of Adelaide Fringe

Our vision is to make Adelaide Fringe the most inclusive festival in the world, by providing support and initiatives that remove the barriers for participants and audience to participate in Adelaide Fringe. 

More ramps, less steps
From Auslan interpreters to audio description. We want to make every show accessible for both performers and audiences.

Bigger Applause and Smaller Fees
From Rainbow Serpent to Rainbow Flag, we're helping fund the next generation of First Nations, Diverse and first-timer Fringe artists.

From Far Away to the Front Row  
We want to ensure those from regional and communities experiencing disadvantage can become audience members and maybe even future performers.

Your donation supports the following initiatives...

Community Spotlight

Imagine if those experiencing disadvantage could access the arts without sacrifice, and if diverse communities could see themselves on stage. By buying FringeTIX for community and school groups, we transport people from their everyday lives, inspire future creatives, and further drive home our belief that the arts is for all. With over 10,000 community organisations in South Australia, there are so many people waiting to experience the arts and with your help we can reach more people and make the arts unlimited.
circus performers on stage in front of an audience of school children all wearing hats and uniforms
School’s Out at Gluttony. Photo: Chloe Elizabeth, Adelaide Fringe 2022
“We never imagined that the Fringe was for us, but we had the best time. Our little ones just loved SPIRIT, and had photos taken with the cast. They loved the chance to share their culture with us.”

Foster Care Family, Anglicare SA
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a auslan interpreter at the front of a stage, interpreting the words of a person speaking into a microphone behind them
Adelaide Fringe Awards. Photo: Bee Saint-James, Adelaide Fringe 2023

Accessible Arts

Our aim is to make Adelaide Fringe as accessible and inclusive as possible. This funding supports accessibility initiatives including Auslan interpreters and audio description across the program, and increased accessible services at registered Fringe venues. Imagine if we could make every venue that takes part in Adelaide Fringe fully accessible!? We believe we can, but we need your help!
"Arts Access funding allowed us to offer a service to our audience that would normally be out of reach in a self-funded Fringe season. This gave us invaluable experience working with interpreters and preparing for accessible performances.”

Peta Spurling-Brown, 2022 Audience Access Grant Recipient
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Adelaide Fringe Fund

The Adelaide Fringe Fund provides opportunities for emerging artists to create and present their work, by reducing the financial burden for artists in the early stages of their careers. These applications include work from creatives with lived experience of disability, First Nations creatives, culturally and linguistically diverse artists and persons living in regional or remote areas.

In 2023 Adelaide Fringe gave out 200 Fringe Fund grants to champion artists and venues to create and put on work for the 2023 Adelaide Fringe. Find out about our 2023 recipients here.

However, 121 applicants missed out due to lack of funding. Imagine if we could support all these artists to create work and bring it to the stage at Adelaide Fringe, imagine if no one missed out, if everyone was on an even playing field.
a group of dancers on stage with limbs all intertwined
Betwixt. Photo: Anastasia Comelli, Adelaide Fringe 2023
“Through the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, we were able to adequately pay our artists and collaborators for their involvement in the project. We are so grateful to have had this support, and are lucky to have an organisation who not only believes in Adelaide independents and emerging artists, but places importance on making sure artists are paid for their work”

Zoe Gay, The Leftovers, 2023 Artist Fund Recipient

Join the Donor Circle

The Donor Circle is a community of Fringe Visionaries, Champions, Innovators and Friends with a mission to raise funds for Arts Unlimited - the philanthropic arm of Adelaide Fringe.

Don't worry, we don't want your organs. But if your heart belongs to Fringe we have the group for you. Tax deductible gifts of above $1k will put you into the Donor Circle. By joining our Donor Circle, you help to ensure Adelaide Fringe remains an accessible platform for all artists and audiences.

Our Impact

Our Grant Recipients are eternally grateful for the support of our Arts Unlimited donors. Without these funds, the extent of their participation in Fringe would not be possible! Learn more about the impact this support has to Fringe artists and venues below.
Grant Recipient Testimonials
“The Artist Fund grant allows artists starting in the industry to less the costs and implications of starting a new career or passion be less burdensome; it allows everyone, from a variety of demographics, to share their voice and art.”

Thomas Kostakis, The DOs and DON'Ts of DOING It, 2023 Artist Fund Recipient

“In Bordertown we had a show with over 250 school students, the energy was indescribable. A feeling we will never forget to have that much laughter and keen focus from so many young people. As the students left they were full of compliments and gratitude and as were the teachers. I was once one of those students in a small town who was inspired by a show that came into town. And I can only hope that we did that. This is why this fund is so so important. We could not have done it without the Artist Support Fund.”

Jennifer Laycock, HOLY BIN AMOLEY, 2023 Artist Fund Recipient
“The $5000 grant from The Artist fund provided us with the financial safety net to create a new project that reflected our values of diverse representation in an environment that is supportive of the artists. Beyond the immediate impact on the show season, the grant has given us a profound sense of gratitude and purpose. It serves as a reminder that the support of organizations like the Adelaide Fringe Foundation play a key role in providing opportunities for new artists and works to flourish. We are determined to continue the work we have started this season, creating wonderful shows, and providing a space a wide range of artists in a supportive environment.”

Merryn Cheoweth, Fringe For Kids, 2023 Artist Fund Recipient

Leave a Gift in Will

Do you want to keep the Fringe party going long after you’ve headed off?

Leave a legacy to support the future of the arts in South Australia for generations to come, through a Gift in Will to Arts Unlimited. Help fund the after party!

The Sarah Rohrsheim Fellowship Award

Sarah Rohrsheim, member of Adelaide Fringe Foundation board and Adelaide Fringe Donor Circle has created the Sarah Rohrsheim Adelaide Fringe Fellowship Award of $25,000 annually to an artist to assist in the cost of presenting their work nationally or internationally. Thanks to this generous donation of $75,000 over the next three years, this award celebrates Adelaide Fringe artists on a global scale. We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift.
Sarah Rohrsheim Fellowship Award Recipients
2023 Charlie Caper and Malin Nilsson, More Minor Miracles
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Charlie Caper, Sarah Rohrsheim and Malin Nilsson at 2023 Adelaide Fringe Awards. Photo: Jack Timberlake, 2023
Arts Unlimited would like to thank our Philanthropic Partners for their ongoing support.

Corporate Support

Arts Unlimited also calls on the corporate community to amplify the impact our donors make.

In 2023, some initiatives driven by the generous support of existing Adelaide Fringe Partners included:
  • Lumo Energy SA & Novatech Creative Technologies were matching partners on our inaugural Giving Day, helping us reach $40k in donations to Arts Unlimited
  • 50 cents from every Fringe Foodland bag sold in-store, totalling $5,000, was donated to Arts Unlimited
  • A percentage of Pirate Life Fringe beer sold, totalling $10,000, contributed to the commission of a street art mural with remaining funds donated to Arts Unlimited.

For more information on how your business can support, please contact the Partnerships team via email.
A can of fringe-branded Pirate Life beer being poured into a tall glass, situated next to another can on a wooden table in front of green foliage
Pirate Life. Photo: Anastasia Comelli, Adelaide Fringe 2023