Firstdraft is supported by the New South Wales Government through Create NSW, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and the City of Sydney through its Accommodation Grant Program.
In 2018, Firstdraft joined Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA), a national network of fifteen public, independent, non-collecting contemporary art organisations from all Australian states and territories that advocates for the small-to-medium contemporary visual arts sector in Australia. Members of CAOA are all free and accessible to the public, and are primarily supported through public operational funding. By supporting the development and dissemination of new work and setting best practice standards for the sector, the CAOA network actively delivers a high return on public funding for artists and audiences. As a network, CAOA offers a forum for collaboration across the country – for knowledge sharing, peer support, and for the strategic development of ideas within the broader visual arts sector. Individually, CAOA organisations facilitate production, exhibition, and interpretation of work by living artists.
Firstdraft co-convenes All Conference, a national organising network comprising fifteen artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organisations. Representing a crucial stratum of the Australian arts ecology, All Conference members present diverse and innovative artistic programs which support the practices of living Australian artists. They connect these practices to diverse audiences via a passionate localism coupled with significant national and international peer-to-peer networks.
Firstdraft thanks our community of Show Support donors, who believe in the critical importance of nurturing and championing emerging and experimental artists. Through this program, and fundraising via our Annual Auction, Firstdraft has been able to offer rent-free exhibitions to artists. Since 2017, all artists in our artistic program have also received artist fees, which has been significant in cementing emerging and experimental arts practice as crucial to the national arts ecology and improving the breadth and quality of our artistic program.
Champions Jacqui Vanzella, Tina Melick
Friends Dominic Emmett, James Roland, Karina Harris & Neil Hobbs, Lisa Paulsen, Mikala Tai, Steven Miller, Ursula Sullivan & Joanna Strumpf
Claudia Nicholson, Llorando Por Ti (por Santa Marta), 2017, Firstdraft Fundraising Auction, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Document Photography 2018
Roberta Joy Rich, The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured (installation), 2019, Firstdraft, Sydney 2018 Photo Document Photography courtesy of Art Month
Firstdraft Fundraising Auction, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Document Photography 2018
Firstdraft Fundraising Auction, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Document Photography 2017