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The NAC was established in April, 1997 through an act of parliament (Act no.56 of 1997). The vision of the NAC is to promote, through the arts, the free expression of South Africa’s cultures.

The NAC is a national agency mandated by the Department of Arts and Culture, with the responsibility of developing South Africa’s creative industry by awarding grants to individuals and organisations in the arts. This is embedded in our mission which is to develop and promote excellence in the arts.

The NAC operates by inviting applicants to submit their project proposals and applications for bursaries once per annum, in which an independent panel of experts in each of the seven arts disciplines adjudicates on each application and makes recommendations to council.

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News Item Turbine Art Fair to be Powered by Exciting Headline Sponsor
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, has partnered Turbine Art Fair as the headline sponsor. May 21, 2018
News Item Call For Applications For Funding 2018: Arts Projects And International Bursaries
The National Arts Council finds itself at a critical juncture in reinventing itself to remain relevant in an ever-changing sector and following a strategic realignment process, the NAC is proud to announce its strategic move from a discipline-based approach to and introduce a programmatic approach to funding which will see funding allocation to beneficiaries located within specified programmes instead of individual disciplines. May 14, 2018
News Item Invitation for artists to participate in the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA): 23 - 30 June 2018
The NAC has partnered with the International Symposium in Electronic Arts (ISEA), which will be hosted by South Africa for the first time on the African continent. ISEA International is a non-profit organization, constituted in the Netherlands. May 14, 2018
News Item Call For Nominations For The NAC Advisory Panel Members To Serve From 1 July 2018 To 30 June 2021
The National Arts Council finds itself at a critical juncture in reinventing itself to remain relevant in an ever-changing sector and following a strategic realignment process, the NAC is proud to announce its strategic move from a discipline-based approach to and introduce a programmatic approach to funding which will see funding allocation to beneficiaries located within specified programmes instead of individual disciplines. May 11, 2018