Artist Opportunities

Art Almanac prides itself on being a resource for artists. We have selected a few galleries and funding bodies calling for submissions for Awards, Artist Engagements, Grants, Public Art, Residency Programs, Exhibition Proposals and more. Click here for the full list of Art Awards and Proposals and Submissions. Enjoy and good luck!

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017
This annual prize celebrates both emerging and established artists with an exhibition at the National Art School Gallery (NAS), Sydney to showcase the finalist entries. From each category one winning work is acquired by Redland School for their permanent collection.

The Prize supports artists across a wide range of media, and initiates mentoring opportunities between the artists. This year’s guest Curator, Callum Morton selected 20 Australian contemporary artists including collectives, Barbara Cleveland, DAMP and A Constructed World and artist duo David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, who each nominated one emerging artist to create a work as part of the emerging artist category. On forging these connections Morton stated that he, “wanted to include people who had a direct connection to a younger generation through their various communities, so that the conversation between the generations might make some sense when assembled together. There are many artists included who teach at a range of tertiary institutions around the country and who have had a significant and continuing influence on successive generations of artists.” On view at NAS Gallery from 28 March to 20 May.
Click here for the announcement of the winners.

Georgina Cue, Aelita, 2016, archival inkjet print, 70.6 x 100cm. Courtesy and © the artist

Aboriginal Arts Program
Applications are open 13 June to 14 July, 2017
Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program supports arts projects and activities by Aboriginal artists, arts workers and organisations that stimulate contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practice with a focus on providing opportunities for professional development through mentorships, fellowships and projects that demonstrate strong developmental content.

Adelaide Central School of Art Scholarships and Study Support Grants
The Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA) offers $5,000 School Leaver Scholarships for study related expenses for successful applicants to undertake their first year of full-time study of the Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) with applications for 2018 opening late 2017. Also offering a $7,500 Bachelor of Visual Art [Honours] Scholarship to support an outstanding student to undertake the Bachelor of Visual Art [Honours] at Adelaide Central School of Art – applications open October 2017. ACSA also offers other Study Support Grants every year.

2017 Scholarship recipients, Alycia Bennett, Pia Gynell-Jorgensen, Tori Mansfield and Maxwell Callaghan
Image sourced: ACSA

ARCUS Project 2017 IBARAKI Artist-In-Residence Program
Applications close 20 April, 2017
Emerging contemporary artists are invited to apply for a residency at ARCUS Studio in Japan from late August to December, to present temporary site-specific work that will be available to the public for sharing in the process and collaboration. ARCUS Project aims to promote international exchanges. Only one artist will be selected from one country, or region.

Yen Noh (South Korea), 2016 artist in residence, CAN WE TALK ABOUT MAVO? A Makeshift Platform of the Japanese (Contemporary) Art Topography for All Dada in Japan
Courtesy the artist.
Image sourced from

The Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency
Round 2 closes 1 September, 2017
The Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency program is offered in partnership with the Alcorso Foundation and supports individual artists based in Tasmania working in any artform to undertake self-directed residencies and professional development opportunities overseas

Art From Trash
Entries close 1 May, 2017
‘Art From Trash’ is an annual exhibition that embraces the use of discarded materials to produce visual art. Makers of all ages, styles and stages, from emerging to established practitioners, schools and community groups will exhibit alongside each other in an exhibition at Salamanca Arts Centre’s, Long Gallery, Tasmania from 27 May to 4 June.

Art Next International Artists Awards and Art Next Expo 2017
Entries close 30 April, 2017
Artists are invited to submit entries for the Art Next International Artists Awards and the Art Next Expo 2017 exhibition that will be held from 6 to 9 October at PMQ, Central, Hong Kong. Art Next provides a platform for young and emerging artists from around the world to showcase their talents to the art community, including collectors, critics, scholars and art lovers in Hong Kong and further afield. The winners of the Art Next International Artists Awards will have the opportunity to join artist-in-residence programs, exhibit in galleries and collaborate with brands to develop art products for sale around the world.

Round 3 closes 1 June, 2017
Round 4 closes 1 September, 2017
Artsbridge supports individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform to undertake opportunities that arise at short notice. Four rounds are offered each year and are open to individual artists based in Tasmania, as well as partnerships, collaborations and other unincorporated groups with at least one Tasmanian member.

AusArt Fellowship for Fine Arts
Applications close 30 April, 2017
The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., in conjunction with the American Australian Association, is offering a US$30,000 fellowship for an Australian MA or Graduate student wishing to further their studies in the United States in the fields of fine arts, art history/theory, curatorial studies, arts administration or conservation studies.

Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship
Applications close 5 May, 2017
Artists and writers are invited to apply for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, a rare opportunity for members of the creative community to experience Antarctica. Applications are open for proposals in various media including (but not limited to) the visual arts, film-making, performance, writing, and music. The fellowship takes the form of either a ship voyage or flight to Antarctica or Macquarie Island, and includes food, accommodation, transport and cold-weather clothing on loan. Travels take place between October and April.

Australian Performing Arts Market 2018
Applications close 3 July, 2017
The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is calling for applications from Australian and New Zealand performing artists and organisations to be part of APAM 2018, held 19 to 23 February 2018 in Brisbane, Queensland. Artists and companies can participate by applying to the Showcase and Pitch Program, or exhibit as part of the On Display Booth Program, as well as attending networking events. APAM aims to increase international and national touring opportunities for Australian contemporary performing arts groups and artists offering a platform for curated conversation, networking opportunities, and market events through The Exchange program.

(BIFB) Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
Applications close 31 May, 2017
The new Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Prize is calling for entries from photographers and photo media artists for the opportunity to have work displayed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 19 August to 17 September. Entries for The Fringe Program are also open, and for the first time the biennale includes the Athletic Club Brewery Ballarat Icons Prize with a focus on the iconic people and landscapes in and around Ballarat.

4A Beijing Studio Program
Applications due 5pm AEST 8 May 2017
This program offers three early career artists to undertake a month-long intensive studio program in September 2017 at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin in Beijing presenting a unique opportunity for artists to research new projects, develop new professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. Includes return airfares, accommodation, travel stipend and travel/medical insurance.
Studio Information Night: Wednesday 26 April, 6-7pm RSVP here
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St Haymarket, Sydney

BLINDSIDE 2018 Exhibition Program
Applications close 15 May, 2017
Proposals are invited for BLINDSIDE’s 2018 Exhibition Program from emerging, mid-career and established artists, curators, collectives or collaborators to present solo or group exhibitions, events, performances, screenings and other projects. Applications are open to local, interstate and international artists in any arts related field.

Bundanon Trust 2018 Artist in Residence Program
Applications close 19 June, 2017
The Bundanon Trust residence program is open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually, or in groups and offers support for new work, research and collaborations by Australian and international artists, hosted in purpose-built studios on the Trusts Shoalhaven River properties on the south coast of New South Wales.

Burnie City Council Public Art Commission
Submissions due 28 April, 2017
The Burnie City Council, Tasmania is seeking applications from artists for an outdoor sculptural work in the Burnie Civic Plaza with a $14,000 (+GST) budget. Over an extended period the Council plans to establish a Public Art Park that will attract increased public use of the Plaza as well as aid in linking the existing facilities in the surrounding precinct.

Castaways Sculpture Awards 2017
Entries close 2 June, 2017
Castaways Sculpture Awards is a non-acquisitive prize for small and large-scale sculptures. Artists are invited to submit works that are weather resistant and have a recycled component. Works will be exhibited on the Rockingham Foreshore in Western Australia.

Celeste Prize 2017
Entries close 30 June, 2017
The international prize for emerging and mid-career artists entries are open. Categories are; project, painting, photography, video, installation, performance and the Super-young (for artists under 26). Fifty-three finalists and award winners will have the opportunity to exhibit at London’s Bargehouse, OXO Tower during the Frieze Art Fair taking place 6 to 8 October.

Centre for Contemporary Photography
EOI’s close 5 May, 2017
Expressions of Interest sought from artists and curators to apply to exhibit at Centre for Contemporary Photography in 2018. Visit the centre website for guidelines and online EOI form.

Channels Festival – The Australian Video Art Festival
Submissions close 3 May, 2017
The Channels Festival showcases exhibitions, screenings, talks, public engagement programs and a series of international events. Submissions are open to Australian and International artists. The Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) is seeking single-screen videos under 15 minutes for the ‘Video Visions’ screening to be held at ACMI during the Channels Festival. All techniques and shooting formats (analogue and digital) are accepted.

Contemporary Wearables Jewellery Award and Exhibition
Entries close 5pm, 14 May, 2017
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is calling for entries for ‘Contemporary Wearables ‘17’. Over $20,000 is available for awards and acquisitions: Award winner $5,000, runner up $3,000, student award $1,500, and Mathias Richards People’s Choice Award $4,000.

2015 Award Winner Christel VAN DER LAAN, Eureka, 2014, brooch – ceramic honeycomb, oxidised silver, gold, onyx, mirror, paint, 9 x 10 x 2.5cm, reproduced by kind permission
Courtesy the artist and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery, Tasmania
Submissions close 31 December, 2017
Applications are open from all Tasmanian artists and curators for works that respond to the themes: Wilderness – Environment – Place. Proposals for group and solo exhibitions, installations and art projects in any medium that explore environment; wilderness, urban, suburban, rural, or other are invited. Spaces are available to accommodate 2D and 3D work, as well as video installations, performance and outside sculptures.

Create NSW – Arts and Cultural Development Program
Applications will run progressively until February, 2018
Create NSW is the new initiative developed by the State Government and is inviting local artists and arts and cultural organisations to apply for funding under the 2017/2018 Arts and Cultural Development Program. This new scheme aims to support visual arts, museums, literature, dance, music, regional touring, capital works and professional development for creatives across the state.

Cultural and Creative Grants
Round Two closes 24 July

The City of Sydney’s cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program supports projects and initiatives that provide opportunities for creative participation, enhance creativity in the public domain and strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the City’s cultural and creative industries. Funding is available in amounts over $5,000 and up to $50,000. Annual project funding or multi-year project (funding up to 3 years). Grantees may be required to provide sponsorship benefits back to the City of Sydney community in return for funding. These benefits will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and can be up to the value of their funding provided.

D.I.S.C the Art – Textile Program
Applications close 1 May, 2017
A call to national and international fibre artists who would like to gain access to traditional Indian textile art, the techniques, materials and concepts through participation in a residency in Odisha, India. The residency aims to produce cultural, social non-commercial projects. Organised by professional artists and the D.I.S.C. organisation in partnership with Rain Studio.

Photograph: D.I.S.C the Art, 2013

For Art’s Sake
Entries close 31 May, 2017
Participate Australia is calling on Sydney-based emerging and practicing artists to enter an original artwork in the inaugural Participate Australia Art Prize. Works in a range of mediums are sought including; painting, print, edging, sculpture, photography, functional and sculptural ceramics and more. This prize consists of three awards; For Art’s Sake Art Prize and Participate Art Prize (two $3,000 prizes), Collaborate Art Prize ($3,000), and the People’s Choice Award ($1,000).


Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
Applications close 6 May, 2017
Each year the Freedman Foundation offers four $5,000 scholarships that are awarded to emerging artists to help cover the cost of overseas travel to either, undertake formal study, participate in a residency/mentorship program, or undertake informal study for a planned research project.

Geelong Gallery Volunteers
Become involved in Geelong Gallery’s daily life and join the team to support two major exhibitions in 2017 includingFred Williams in the You Yangs’ and Art Gallery of New South Wales tour of the ‘Archibald Prize 2017’. Volunteers assist staff with visitor services, library, administrative assistance, exhibition openings and other events. Sign up online today to get involved.

GodStuff Art Space
GodStuff Art Space is a new contemporary gallery located close to Melbourne CBD and Port Melbourne Beach. There are two exhibition spaces available; the Front Gallery, and the Back Gallery which is the outside walls of 12 brand new art studios providing 40 meters of 2.4-meter-high white wall. Expressions of interest are currently being accepted for one and two week exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. Please visit the website for more details.

Hadley’s Art Prize
Entries close 30 April, 2017
Hadley’s Art Prize is a new annual acquisitive Australian landscape prize offered by Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart. With the theme ‘History and Place’ the $100,000 major prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape that acknowledges the past. The prize is open to Australian artists over the age of 18 years for original landscape work in 2D media excluding photography and digital media.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants
Round 1 applications close 23 May, 2017
The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. Grants up to $7,000 are on offer to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities providing support for professional development and networking opportunities overseas such as; residencies or study tours, mentoring or private lessons, internships, workshops and conferences, and postgraduate study with a focus on professional development and artistic practice. Only Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia are invited to apply. The Trust offers three rounds per year, visit the website for dates, applicant criteria and detailed information.

Inspire9 Mural Competition
Applications close 23 April, 2017
Colourspace is a new gallery in Melbourne that has partnered with Inspire9, a community-led coworking space for creatives, to host an arts competition. Design proposals are sought all forms of media to makeover Inspire9’s mural with theme ‘Colour Our Community’ as inspiration. Three finalists will be selected to present their designs to the Inspire9 community with the announcement of the winner in mid-May.

JamFactory’s Associate Training Program
Applications close 31 August each year
This program provides high-level skills and business training for artists, craftspeople and designers working in the areas of ceramics, glass, furniture or jewellery and metal. Selected associates work with creative staff to develop a tailored two-year work plan, reviewed every six months to ensure personal goals are being met, and will develop new work for potential sale in the JamFactory shops, and for exhibition consideration at Jamfactory and elsewhere. Up to four Associates within each studio are selected per year. *Enquiries are encouraged before submitting a written application.
Visit the website for the Creative Director’s contact for each studio.

Jardin Orange, Shenzhen, China Residency
International and local artists are invited to apply for residencies in China to develop their artistic vision and to become an active participant in the region’s creative growth. Surrounded by Universities and art schools with access to production factories, this residency offers an ideal creative environment for artistic expression and the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques.

Photograph: copyright China Residencies, 2013-2016

Kilgour Prize 2017
Entries close 28 April, 2017
In 1987, artist Jack Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at Newcastle Art Gallery. Today, prize awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges, and $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award, as determined by votes from the public. It is open to artists at all stages of professional practice and judged on the artwork’s merit, the entrant’s name and all other details are denied to the judges during the selection process for finalists. An accessible prize no matter where you live in Australia; submitting an entry is as easy as uploading a high quality jpeg and an artist statement along with your entry form.

The Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award
Entries close 28 April, 2017
Open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants are invited to submit works in painting, drawing, photography and all 2D artworks up to 61cm (24 inches) in any direction. $10,000 is awarded to the winner.
For full details and online entry visit the website.

Lloyd Rees Art Prize
Entries accepted 5 to12 June, 2017
The Colville Gallery Lloyd Rees Art Prize is a biannual acquisitive prize. It celebrates the quality of painting exemplified by the eminent Australian artist Lloyd Rees (1895-1988) and is awarded to “the best painting to demonstrate light in the landscape.” The award is open to Australian and international artists for work in any medium. Janet Holmes à Court (AC) will judge this year’s prize, with the announcement of the winner on 4 July.

Lloyd Rees, September Sun, Sydney Cove, 1980, oil on canvas, 136  x 182cm. Janet Holmes à Court Collection
Courtesy Colville Gallery, Tasmania

Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
Entries close 14 July, 2017
Maggie Diaz’s career began when she won a photography prize in Chicago in the 1950s. The Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women celebrates the artist’s work as a photographer. Entries are open from women photographers of all ages, backgrounds and career levels. The only requirement is that they must only use available light. The winning entry receives $5,000 and is non-acquisitive.

Manly Arts Festival
EOI’s close 22 May, 2017
The Northern Beaches Council invites expressions of interest from Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community to be part of the 2017 Manly Arts Festival 8 to 24 September, 2017. Venues such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, surf clubs, community centres and other spaces are also invited to host and/or organise arts-related events during the Festival. This year the Festival will include; visual art exhibitions, music, literary, theatre, film, dance performance and youth & children’s events, and creative workshops.

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award
Entries close 26 June, 2017
The Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award is a biennial acquisitive event offering a Major Award of $10,000, up to $4,000 Merit Award Acquisitions and an exhibition that celebrates contemporary ceramic art practice by Victorian artists. Works acquired through the award form part of the Manningham Art Collection and are subsequently displayed in public buildings throughout the municipality and regularly feature in Manningham Art Gallery exhibitions.

MPavilion/Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award
Applications close 1 July, 2017
Australian writers are invited to submit proposals for an essay that explores one or more aspects of the relationship between art and design. The winning entrant will receive a $3,000 prize to develop the piece to be published in Art Monthly. The writing award is co-presented with MPavilion as part of their annual architecture commission and it hopes to encourage the exploration of interdisciplinary practice within art and design.

MAY SPACE – Call for Proposals
Entries close 25 August, 2017
MAY SPACE is seeking proposals from practicing artists in Australia and New Zealand, working in the field of ceramics for the ‘Ceramic Revisions ll’ exhibition on from 28 November to 23 December. The aim of this exhibition is to convey how artists interact, form narratives, voice opinions and create aesthetic compositions with this medium and will include a range of works from fine vessels to sculpted forms, encompassing a variety of ceramic techniques, as well as clay types − from terracotta to bone china. Visit the gallery website for more info.

Mid West Art Prize
Entries close 1 May, 2017
The Mid West Art Prize is open to artists residing throughout Western Australia and offers more than $30,000 in prize money across a number of award categories including; City of Greater Geraldton Overall Award for Excellence $20,000, Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Award $5,000, REDFM Youth Award $3,500 and Local Member (MLA) People’s Choice Award $1,500.

Museum of Lost Public Notices
Entries close 5 May, 2017
Contributions are invited from local and international artists in all stages of their career for ‘The Museum of Lost Public Notices’ – a community noticeboard installation consisting of posters that explore the role of art in relation to the individual and society to be exhibited at the George Paton Gallery 24 May to 2 June. Posters made suitable for photocopy should be sent as jpeg files to

Museums & Galleries of NSW – Grants
Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) offer support to cultural institutions to develop their programs and the visitor experience. M&G NSW assists with professional development, small grant funding and Aboriginal cultural development projects for small to medium galleries, museums and Aboriginal cultural centres in NSW, to enable them to maximise their impact and help create strong and thriving local communities. There are several grants on offer including Gallery and Volunteer Museum Grants, Fellowship and Mentoring Programs and much more.

The NSW Artists Grant
Applications close 11:59pm (AEST) 22 April, 2017
The NSW Artists Grant is initiated by NAVA and funded by Arts NSW to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas. Artists from regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 + GST. Groups are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 + GST. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2017 only.

PITCH Grants
Apply now
Country Arts SA invites artists and creatives to present their art and project ideas for funding opportunities. If you have a unique idea visit the website for details on submission requirements for your proposal.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Applications close 29 June, 2017
The annual Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize aims to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. The 2017 theme is ‘flourish’, with entry open in any medium for the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000 and the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000. This is an acquisitive prize where both winners will exhibit together for one week in February 2018 at Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney.

Roomies Arts Inc. – Expressions of Interest
Roomies Arts Inc. is an Arts and Disability not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney’s Inner west seeking EOI’s from professionals and community members to join the Management Committee. Roomies Arts aims to encourage and promote the independent creative expression and artistic development of people with mental health issues or learning disabilities, and enhance participants’ artistic experience by providing access to professional development and links to the broader art community. Please email your resumé and an outline of your interest in Arts & Disability or as a community board member to This may be provided in any format, including video via a link.

2017 SALA Awards
This year the SALA awards are offering more than $38,000 in cash and prizes across nine categories including; The Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize, The Unitcare Services Moving Image Award, The City Rural Emerging Artist Award, City of Unley Active Ageing Award, The Adelaide Review Outsider Art Award, Centre for Creative Photography Latent Image Award, and the Atkins Photo Lab Award with entries for these closing 31 May. The SALA Festival Patron’s Art Writer’s Award closes 31 August, and the 3rd Biennial RSASA / SALA Portrait Prize Exhibition entries close 16 June.

2018 Samstag Scholarships
Applications close 30 June, 2017
The 2018 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are offered by the University of South Australia on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag. Each scholarship is offered to cover costs for 12 months overseas, including a tax-exempt stipend of US $48,000 plus return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance and institutional fees for one academic year, where these apply. Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, at least 18 years of age, and students currently enrolled in a visual arts program with least two years of an undergraduate degree or a graduate completed.

SALA Festival Exhibition 2017
Entries close 15 May, 2017
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art established in 1998 to promote and celebrate visual artists in South Australia. Registrations are now open for the festival exhibition 1 to 31 August.

Signal Young Creatives Lab
Applications close 8 May, 2017
Signal Young Creatives Lab provides an opportunity for young artists and creative practitioners to put forward new ideas to be realised in collaboration with City of Melbourne’s Signal program. Proposals and ideas are invited from young artists and creative practitioners aged 18 to 25 years from all disciplines, as well as creatives and inter-disciplinary artists including curators, fashion designers, film makers, gamers, new media artists and writers are welcome. Support is offered for project expenses up to $5,000. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to engage in one on one mentoring, intensive creative development sessions and be supported in building industry networks and partnerships.

SPARK NT Curator Program
Applications close 21 May, 2017
SPARK is a new initiative from Artback NT that supports an independent or emerging curator, resident in the Northern Territory, to develop an exhibition project for tour. Designed to foster critical and curatorial practice within the NT, and provide NT artists with opportunities to showcase their work within curated touring exhibitions. Artback NT is interested to hear from a wide range of practitioners, including those without previous curatorial experience.

State Library of Victoria Fellowship Program
Applications close 23 April, 2017
Creative Fellowships are offered each year to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the collections for new work as well as a number of specialist fellowships to support and recognise the importance of scholarly endeavour in areas ranging from children’s literature and social history to the visual arts, theatre, 19th-century Victoria and Ukrainian studies. A new Digital Fellowship will be offered for the first time, established to encourage innovative uses of the Library’s digitised collections and data. The 2017-2018 program applications are now open for the Amor Residency at Baldessin Press Studio, Georges Mora Fellowship and several others.

Stencil Art Prize
Entries close 6 June, 2017
The Stencil Art Prize invites entries in hand drawn and hand cut stencils, computer generated stencil layers, silk screen stencils and screen printing processes, collage and mixed media stencils, spray paint techniques, water colour, ink and more. This is an acquisitive award with a cash prize of $5,000. The winning work will be exhibited at Stirrup Gallery, Sydney from 8 to 17 September. Entry fees apply.

Tributary Projects – Exhibition Proposals
Tributary Projects in Canberra is now accepting proposals to exhibit during 2017 from group and solo exhibitors at any stage of their career. Experimental and non-traditional practitioners are encouraged to apply. There are no commissions taken from the sale of artwork.

Visual Arts Fellowship
Applications close 23 September, 2017
Funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, the Visual Arts Fellowship aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. Two $20,000 fellowships are open to individual mid-career artists and groups. Funding can be used toward; research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work, exhibition and project costs.

The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary
Applications open 1 May to 30 June, 2017
Applications are open to actors, arts administrators, choreographers, composers, craftspeople, dancers, designers, editors, musicians, playwrights, poets, rock bands, visual artists and writers for The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary. Two $500 bursaries are offered each year to artists who have spent less than two years working in any artform, or have been absent from professional artistic practice for the last two consecutive years. Funds may be used towards the purchase of essential materials and equipment normally excluded from grant assistance.

Watch this Space
The ‘Strange Careers’ Zine Fair is taking place on 25 May at Watch this Space in the northern Territory and is calling for self-published stories, comics, single-page drawings, flip-books, posters, postcards and more.

The Whyalla Art Prize
Entries close 29 May, 2017
The Whyalla Art Prize is biennial award with an acquisitive prize of $25,000 and is open to all Australian residents for 2D artwork in any medium other than photography. Up to 60 works will be selected for this important exhibition of contemporary Australian art at Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla.

Windmill Scholarship Trust
Applications close 10 June, 2017
The Windmill Scholarship Trust for Regional NSW Artists, coordinated by The National Association for the Visual Arts is now open and calling for entries from rural and regional artists. The award provides assistance towards exhibition framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists’ fees, installation and documentation, professional development and education, independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2017
Entries close 7 July, 2017
This international award offers a prize pool of $24,000 for an original, freestanding small sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension. An exhibition of approximately 40 finalist works will take place from 14 October to 5 November at the Woollahra Council Chambers. Previous recipients of the award include Mikala Dwyer, Adam Cullen, Alexander Seton and Archie Moore.

Todd Robinson, Psychic Staircase, 2016, balloon: cast hydrocal, SLS print, automotive lacquer, Base: MDF, steel, ​Plywood veneer, 8kg, 55 x 21 x 28cm
Winner 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Young Art Journalism Awards (YAJA)
Entries close 31 October, 2017
YAJA is a new innovative awards concept giving journalism, media and art students the chance to showcase their talent in presenting art and culture in a creative way. Open to all higher education students and recent graduates, YAJA offers media opportunities, industry mentoring, networking, large audience reach and awards recognition.

A man shows off a sticker of Fahmi’s famous clown-face portrait on the streets of Sinagpore from “Fuck fear, Let’s Dance”: The fearless face behind the “design revolution” of Malaysia 2016 People’s Choice Winner
Photograph: Abhinay Lakshman, University of Newcastle, Australia. Courtesy the artist. Sourced