Project Seed

What is Project Seed?

Project Seed, established in 2021, is a Red Hot Arts Central funding initiative open to any artist, individual or group, offering $10,000 to allow experimentation and development of a new work or project, that is to be delivered as part of the 2024 Desert Festival program.

From inception to presentation, Project Seed offers support to artists by providing funding and creative, technical, administrative and site expertise from Red Hot Arts Central Australia and Desert Festival staff and through other skill building possibilities, across a six month period commencing in early 2024.

Red Hot Arts’ Desert Festival celebrates local artists and the arts community, and supports community engagement, economic opportunities and visitation to Central Australia. The Desert Festival has a long and strong history of delivering an inclusive, vibrant and unique arts and cultural festival that is reflective of its home here in Mparntwe.

2024 Applications now open!

Do you have an idea for a new artistic work but need help to bring it to life? Want to expand your skills and refine your practice? Perform to a live audience?

Project Seed 2024 is for you!

Project Seed funds artists up to $10,000 to create, develop and perform a new work for performance or presentation at the 2024 Desert Festival. Open every year, Project Seed supports the growth of the arts sector by allowing for experimentation, idea formation and development.

Artists are supported with financial support and creative, technical, administrative expertise for a 6-month period, commencing early 2024, to seed their idea and grow to a fully formed performance piece for delivery at next year’s festival.The Desert Festival has a long and strong history being inclusive, vibrant and unique, reflecting our local creative community.
Individuals and groups from any creative field and any stage of their career are welcome to apply.

Applications are welcome from all artforms, genres and stages of career, including installations, experimental arts, music, dance, cabaret, circus, aerials, comedy, puppetry, visual arts, theatre, video or film from emerging or established artists.

We believe in equal opportunity and welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. If you require an adapted application process or have other requirements, please get in touch at [email protected] 

We also understand that marginalised communities often self-opt out of opportunities – we really want to hear from you and strongly encourage you to apply.

Applications are open NOW and close midnight Thursday 30 November 2023.

Download the Information Package below to apply.


Download the below documents

1. Application form 
2. Budget Template
3. Workplan Template

Email all requested documents and supporting material to [email protected] by midnight 30 November 2023. For any questions, reach out to [email protected] or call us on 08 8952 2392.

Project Seed is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government through the Community Benefit Fund.