Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation

Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation will promote and advance arts and culture across the region

Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation
Michael Cook | Stickman #6 (detail) | 2010 | Inkjet print | 40 x 100 cm. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2016 Sunshine Coast Art Collection

Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation works to create an enlightened and enriched Sunshine Coast region that is transformed by philanthropic investment in arts and culture.

Arts Foundation

At the August 2018 Ordinary Meeting, council endorsed the establishment of an independent Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation.

The role of SCAF is to provide funding opportunities to support the growth of the arts on the Sunshine Coast in line with its 20 year plan, and includes support for:

  • Professional development, mentorship and entrepreneurship of artists;
  • Architecture and spaces where the arts can be seen and experienced; and
  • The production and presentation of visual, performing, screen, literary and Indigenous arts, to stimulate and celebrate the identity of our region.

For more information or to contact the Foundation, visit the SCAF website.

Get involved

If you are interested in hearing more, or staying abreast of the foundation’s establishment, register your interest.

You can find further information on the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation, as endorsed by council, in the council report on the Sunshine Coast Council website.

Why an Arts Foundation?

Australians love sport. Each year, 43% of us attend at least one sporting event, such as a football match.

However, twice as many Australians – 86% – visit a cultural event or facility annually. These Australian Bureau of Statistics figures indicate members of the community spend more time in museums, galleries, cinemas and other places of culture than they do cheering in grandstands.

In 2015-16, corporate philanthropy gave $17.5 billion, while 14.9 million Australians gave $12.5 billion, to charities and not-for-profit organisations including arts and cultural organisations.

The Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, and Sunshine Coast Council support the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation to promote and advance arts and culture across our region. The objectives of the foundation, outlined below, describe how the foundation will achieve this.


  • For the public charitable purposes of promoting and advancing arts and culture, provide financial and other in-kind support to the Caloundra Regional Gallery and art and culture generally across the Sunshine Coast
  • To steward and service donor relationships including marketing and communication, programming of fundraising and PR events
  • To accept donations, gifts, bequests, endowments, trusts and other forms of financial contribution
  • To promote and advocate for a culture of giving and philanthropy in the region
  • To provide financial support to the Caloundra Regional Gallery to acquire, maintain and preserve artworks or objects of cultural interest
  • To fund special projects involving plant and equipment, land or buildings / facilities in furtherance of the Foundations purposes
  • To run and / or fund exhibitions, educational programs, research projects, events, prizes and special programs
Marketing and PR
  • To garner and maintain community support and interaction and to disseminate information including the production of publications / collateral
  • To attract and encourage donations, gifts, bequests, endowments, trusts and other forms of financial assistance
Capacity Building
  • To support professional development
  • To consider the provision of grants, scholarships, fellowships
  • To support visiting national / international experts, artists, teachers
  • To support individual artist bursaries and arts projects / residencies
  • To provide art education, mentorship and support