National Arts Council of South Africa


The mandate (objects) of the NAC is set out in its founding legislation, the NAC Act (1997), as follows:

To provide, and encourage the provision of, opportunities for persons to practice the arts;
To promote the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts;
To promote the general application of the arts in the community;
To foster the expression of a national identity and consciousness by means of the arts;
To uphold and promote the right of any person to freedom in the practice of the arts;
To give the historically disadvantaged such additional help and resources as are required to give them greater access to the arts;
To address historical imbalances in the provision of infrastructure for the promotion of the arts;
To promote and facilitate national and international liaison between individuals and institutions in respect of the arts;
To develop and promote the arts and to encourage excellence in regard to these.

More information is available on the NAC website.