Young Australian Artists

ADFAS Young Arts

ADFAS Young Arts philanthropy enhances arts opportunities for young people in Australia.

ADFAS societies may choose to be sole sponsors of a project or combine with other community organisations in joint ventures.

Young Arts projects are diverse; some fund an individual whilst others support groups. Recipients range from pre-schoolers to tertiary students.

Young Arts encompasses literature, music, photography, performing and fine arts.

Current ADFAS Young Arts projects fund:

  • Scholarships to a conservatorium
  • Provision of musical instruments
  • Exhibitions showcasing secondary school student achievements in Visual Arts education
  • Workshops and masterclasses
  • Arts experiences for young people with sensory impairment
  • Arts related opportunities for young people suffering financial disadvantage or geographic isolation
  • Initiatives to preserve the cultural skills and language of indigenous Australians
  • Excursions to museums, galleries and historic buildings


Young Arts Funding Makes a Difference

In 2019, over $76,000 was contributed to Young Arts projects.

Most of our Societies offer a Young Arts program supporting a mix of both individuals and community groups.

For any information about supporting or selecting a Young Arts recipient for your society, please contact

Pauline Hopkins Cup

Pauline Hopkins was the NADFAS Overseas Area Representative (OAR) from 2001-2005.

During that time Pauline was a regular visitor to Australia and in 2008 she generously donated a silver presentation cup in recognition of the contribution ADFAS societies make to Young Arts in their communities. The cup is awarded to the Society providing a particularly innovative Young Arts programme in their local area.

Following Pauline’s additional donation of a substantial bursary in October 2014, The Pauline Hopkins Young Arts Award of $200 is now presented in conjunction with the Pauline Hopkins Cup at the ADFAS AGM in March.