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Welcome to

The National Arts Council
of South Africa

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.

Supported Programmes

Call for Local Bursary Applications -
2021 Academic Year

NAC's vision is - a vibrant, sustainable arts community that enriches lives through the free and creative expression of South Africa's cultures / through strengthening artistic and cultural creation.

Our mission is to leverage energy, partnerships and resources to develop, support, promote and advance the arts.

From the blogs

Understanding the value of the arts

The common misconception around art is that its value is reserved entirely for the wealthy and elite. This because, over the years, there has been a stronger emphasis on the intrinsic value of art that is consumed by few in private spaces, making it exclusive and out of reach for ordinary individuals to enjoy and even relate to. But art, when made accessible and located in the broader context of public culture, also has an instrumental value in that it has the potential to stimulate broad growth.

National Arts Council Alumni

Over the past 20 years the National Arts Council has supported various artists and arts organisations and as we celebrate two decades of enabling the arts members of our alumni share their experiences and well wishes for the future.

Friends of the NAC