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 and Internships & Fellowships. Enjoy and good luck!

2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship
Our congratulations are extended to the nine finalists who have been selected to participate in the 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship enabled by Artspace and Create NSW (NSWVAEF). Fernando do Campo, Emma Fielden, Ashleigh Garwood, Spence Messih, Claudia Nicholson, Emily Parsons-Lord, Jason Phu, Shan Turner-Carroll and Louise Zhang are all shortlisted for the fellowship, coupled with the opportunity to display their work and gain public exposure and recognition. In the lead up to November’s announcement and exhibition the curatorial team at Artspace, Director Alexie Glass-Kantor, Curator Talia Linz and Curatorial Assistant Lola Pinder, will undertake a series of studio visits. At its conclusion, the program will afford a visual artist at the beginning of their career a self-directed program of professional development. The NSWVAEF is an initiative valued at $30,000 and offered by the NSW Government through Create NSW.





Image, from left: 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Finalists with Artspace and Create NSW staff, Create NSW Senior Manager Sector Investment (Arts) Sam Wild, Artspace Deputy Director Michelle Newton and Front of House Coordinator and Curatorial Assistant Lola Pinder, artists Ashleigh Garwood, Louise Zhang, Jason Phu and Emily Parsons-Lord, Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor, Fernando do Campo, Spence Messih, Emma Fielden, Shan Turner-Carroll, Claudia Nicholson, Artspace Curator Talia Linz and Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey. Photograph: Maja Baska

Abbotsford Convent Residency Program
Residency 1: 22 December 2017 to 22 June 2018.
Residency 2: 25 June 2018 to 21 December 2018
A new residency program at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne has been announced for two emerging artists and is open to local, national and international applicants for a rent-free studio space for a 6-month period. The $2,500 residency aims to support the development of work that is site-specific or site-responsive, and to foster new networks and enable the artists to reach new audiences.

Aim for the Stars Scholarship for Women
Applications close 20 October, 2017
The Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim for the Stars Scholarships provide grants of $4,000 and mentoring for women in a number of categories including the arts with the aim of supporting education and personal development. Applicants can be undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Arte Laguna Prize
Entries close 16 November, 2017
This international prize based in Venice, Italy is an open-themed art competition and invites works across nine categories; painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and short films, performance, virtual art, digital graphics, land and urban art. An international jury will select 115 finalists for rewards including five cash prizes, one major exhibition in the Arsenale of Venice, three exhibitions in international art galleries, three collaborations with companies, 11 residencies, three international festivals, and publication of the catalogue.

Artspace Studios Studio Program 2018
Applications close midnight, 1 November, 2017
Artspace provides rent-free studios to artists to support the development of new work and methodologies in a critically-engaged environment and is open to emerging to established artists across all forms of media. Seven placements are available for a one-year residence.

Arts Tasmania’s Cultural Heritage Program
Applications close 1 November, 2017
This program supports collections to deliver a range of high quality activities that strengthen Tasmania’s, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage sector. Investment grants are available including Roving Curator Time to museums, galleries, collections and other organisations with a collection of movable cultural heritage.

Australia Council for the Arts Leadership Program
The Australia Council Leadership Program responds to the evolving arts ecology, and the need to support the sector’s emerging and established leaders with the skills and capabilities to lead through change. The Leadership Program offers a suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. Participants share experiences, form dynamic connections, develop new skills and build confidence in their own capabilities. They will form networks and relationships, and share the benefits and outcomes of the program across their organisations and the wider arts community. Programs include; Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program, Governance Program, Mentoring Program and Partnerships and Scholarships.

Blackcat Gallery Internship / Volunteer
BlackCat Gallery, artist-run initiative located at Collingwood invites volunteers, photographers and interns to become part of a small team. If you have a few hours free or would like to engage in a three-month internship and assist the gallery with daily operations, install and uninstall, invigilating and documenting artworks please email your resume to

Blacktown City Art Prize – BCAP
Entries close 10 October, 2017
The Blacktown City Art Prize offers cash prizes totalling $20,000 and acquisitive awards. Artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The winning entry receives $15,000, Aboriginal Artist Prize $2,000, Local Artist Prize $2,000 and People’s Choice Prize $1,000. An exhibition will be held at Blacktown Arts Centre 2 December 2017 to 27 January 2018.

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Volunteer Program
For your opportunity to get involved with The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre sign up as a volunteer and offer your valuable support to the daily operations of the centre. The volunteer team assist in a wide variety of roles including (but not limited to) front of house and gallery duties and providing assistance with public programs and events. By joining you will connect with artists and the arts community, and participate in public programs such as talks, panel discussions, concerts and more as well as the programs designed for the volunteers; artist studio trails, floor talks with exhibiting artists and morning tea events.

BRAGS Art Fair, Bathurst
Entries and delivery of works by 24 September, 2017
The Brags Art Fair is a selling show for regional artists taking place 28 September to 2 October in Bathurst. Artists from the Bathurst Regional Council district and surrounding areas including the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney, Cowra, Orange and Mudgee are invited to participate and is open to works in all 2D and 3D media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics. Artists may submit up to three pieces. This is a fundraising initiative of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society Inc. (BRAGS Inc.), to enable them to purchase new works for the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Brian Terrence Reilly Pinnacle Scholarship
Applications close 1 October, 2017
The Brian Terrence Reilly Pinnacle Scholarship offers assistance to two students undertaking a University Bachelor degree in any discipline at an approved public or private tertiary institution. Scholarships are offered to 16-24 year old students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer.

Career Development Grants for Individuals
Applications close 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018. 
The Australia Council for the Arts offers Career Development grants from $5,000 to $25,000 to individual artists, arts workers and groups of artists. These grants provide support to further develop skills or improve the capacity to build a long lasting career in the arts through a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to individual career development.

Chrissie Cotter Gallery 2018 Proposals
Applications close 2 October, 2017
Calling artists to submit proposals for the 2018 exhibition program at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery located at Pidcock Street, Camperdown. Submissions are open to emerging and established artists as well as cultural arts workers to present solo and group shows.

City of Prospect – Temporary Public Art Grants
Applications close 22 September, 2017
Public art grants of up to $1,000 are available to eligible artists and groups for temporary public art projects or installations within City of Prospect in South Australia during 2017 and 2018. Proposals are invited of works that will engage the community with new experiences and improve local amenity within council boundaries.

Clark Walton Pinnacle Scholarship
Applications close 1 October, 2017
The Clark Walton Pinnacle Scholarship is offered in memory of Clark Walton for students studying architecture, design and planning or visual and creative arts at either TAFE or University level, aged 16-24 years old and who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer.

The Collie Art Prize
Entries close 12 January, 2018
The Collie Art Gallery of Western Australia has launched a new $50,000 prize and it is set to become the richest individual acquisitive art prize offered in regional Australia. Artists are invited to submit works that explore identity and belonging and define who we are and how we relate to the world around us.

The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing
Entries close 12 December, 2017
The National Gallery of Victoria is calling publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organisations around the world whose publishing practice explores art, design, architecture and contemporary culture to submit entries for the 2018 prize, now in its second year. The winning book will be awarded $15,000 AUD with additional prizes of $1,000 AUD for up to five finalists.

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.

Create NSW Fellowships
Artists and creative practitioners, groups and partnerships from NSW are invited to apply for Fellowships that enable professional and personal development and career advancement across a range of artforms and practices. Eleven Fellows are sought with opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists, including priority areas in Aboriginal arts, artists with disability, regional NSW and Western Sydney Fellowships. Artform Fellowships receive $30,000 in funding and Priority Area Fellowships will receive $50,000.

Glover Prize
Entries close 5pm, 26 January, 2018
The Glover Prize celebrates the legacy of artist John Glover. Open to national and international artists for works completed within the previous 12 months are invited. The 2018 prize offers $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of Glover, awarded to the painting that is deemed the best contemporary landscape of Tasmania. An exhibition will be held in March 2018 at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct $175,000 public art commission
Submissions close 19 October, 2017
The Gold Coast City Gallery is seeking expressions of interest from local, national and international artists or artist lead teams for a new large-scale public artwork which will invigorate the façade of the ‘fly tower’, wrapping three sides of the building. This site is visible as far as the apartments of Surfers Paradise, from the sky and main waterways of the city, and is part of the significant transformation of the new Cultural Precinct.

GreenWay Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, 16 October, 2017
The GreenWay Art Prize is calling for works that capture the essence of The GreenWay along the Cook’s River in Sydney’s Inner West. Exhibitions will be held at Art Est. Art School and Gallery in Leichhardt from 2 to 14 November, at Seaview Gallery in Dulwich Hill from 20 to 26 November, and Bankstown Arts Centre 5 to 19 December.

Guggenheim Museum Fellowships
Applications for January to April 2018 close 1 November, 2017
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers internships within several of the museums departments. Students from junior college to recent graduates, graduate students, postgraduates, and professionals pursuing further experience in the arts are invited to apply. This program is open to international candidates and offers practical museum training to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the arts and museum fields.

Hill End Residency
Applications close 31 October, 2017
The Hill End Artists in Residence Program occupies a unique place in the Australian visual arts landscape. A beacon for artists since the late 1940s, Hill End’s distinctive blend of landscape, gold-mining history and vernacular architecture continue to attract generations of Australian artists. Applications are now open for the 2018 Program. Managed by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in partnership with the Department of Environment & Heritage NSW Parks and Wildlife Services. The successful applicant will be provided with four weeks accommodation to undertake a residency during March 2018 and March 2019.

The Koorie Art Show 2017
Submissions close 9 October, 2017
Entries are open for the annual ‘Koorie Art Show’. Presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust with the aim of showcasing the diverse talent of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in one inclusive space. This is an open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition, inviting works from emerging to senior, Koorie and Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Prizes include the Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media $5,000, Koorie Heritage Trust Moogji Club People’s Choice $500. Further awards are to be announced. Click here for entry form

Lenah Valley Primary School Commission
Applications close 15 October, 2017
The Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme Commission invites applications from contemporary artists to create external artworks to be situated in the playground area of Lenah Valley Primary School. The school has identified sustainability as a key theme for artists to consider when developing their ideas for the commission. The school has an established garden, greenhouse and purpose-built kitchen where students can enjoy eating what they have grown. Artwork proposals could incorporate a range of elements, or be interactive with ideas that are appealing to primary school children. Artworks will need to fit in tight spaces.

Live Alice Mparntwe Arts Program
Round 2 is open 27 October to 24 November, 2017.
Up to $50,000 is offered for arts and cultural activities to celebrate and invigorate the Alice Springs CBD, as part of the Live Alice Mparntwe arts program October 2017 to June 2018. Funding of up to $50,000 is also available for a producer and production support to deliver the program with Art Individuals including freelance arts producers, groups and not-for-profit arts organisations are invited to apply.

Mandurah Public Art Opportunity
Applications close 10 October, 2017
Expressions of Interest are open from artists to create a landmark public artwork to complement the new Mandurah Bridge in the City of Mandurah in Western Australia. A fund of $500,000 (excl GST) has been allocated for the successful artist. In consultation with Maker + Co and Artsource, the City is looking to find multi-disciplinary artists to create works that share local stories, heritage and the community’s vision for a welcoming and multicultural city. Collaborative approaches between traditional and non-traditional public artists, the community, innovators, and those working with emerging technologies are welcomed.

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018
Applications close 12 December, 2017
Submissions are now open to art, design and architecture publishers worldwide to exhibit their publications at the fourth annual Melbourne Art Book Fair taking place 16-18 March 2018 at National Gallery of Victoria, on during Melbourne Design Week.

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.

Newtown ArtSeat Program 2018
Applications close 2 October, 2017
The Inner West Council is calling for applications from artists to display works in the Newtown ArtSeat structure located at the junction of Enmore Road and King Street, Newtown next to The Hub. Experimental, socio-historical exhibitions, collaborations, sculpture, photographic, installations, poetry, writing, multi-media, new technology and other forms of art that are suited to the space are invited.

NSW Artists’ Grant
Applications close 21 October, 2017
The NSW Artists’ Grant, initiated by NAVA and funded by Create NSW, is calling for applications from professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in New South Wales including regional areas and Western Sydney for projects or exhibitions taking place in January, February, March and April 2018 only. Funding of up to $1,250 (+GST) is available to assist the development, presentation and promotion of their work. Groups are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 (+GST).

2017 NSW Artists’ Grant recipient Tianli Zu, The Ox Lantern: Chinese Zodiac Lantern Exhibition, 2016, light sculpture, steel frame, over 700 perspex tiles, two storeys, Martin Place, Sydney Commissioned by City of Sydney Courtesy the artist and National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA), Sydney

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.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an American-based organisation provides grants to international and Australian visual artists for the creation of new work, to assist with the purchase of materials, studio costs and personal expenses in preparation for exhibitions and professional opportunities.

Roving Curator Program
Applications close 1 November, 2017
The Tasmanian Cultural Heritage Program provides investment to assist the curatorial and collection management practices of public and community collections, art galleries and museums. This program provides a museum professional (Roving Curator) to work with a small museum or collection for a period of up to 25 days to assist with a range of projects; collection, management, cataloguing, preventive conservation, planning displays, interpretation plans, volunteer procedures and significance assessments.

Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship
Entries close 16 October, 2017
The City of Port Phillip invites applications for the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship award of $25,000, offered in support of professional development and excellence in contemporary visual art. The fellowship aims to provide an opportunity for an artist to make a creative contribution to contemporary visual arts in the City of Port Phillip.

Sculpture at Scenic World prize
Entries close 20 November, 2017
Submissions are now open for the seventh annual ‘Sculpture at Scenic World’ exhibition, which will transform the ancient rainforest in the Blue Mountains into an outdoor art gallery from 13 April to 13 May, 2018. An increased prize pool of more than $30,000 is on offer with a major award of $20,000. Artists both locally and from across the globe are invited to apply with works in any medium. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 artwork loan fee.

Julian Pereira, Dazzled . Photograph: Keith Maxwell
Courtesy the artist and Scenic World Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Tactile Arts 2018 Exhibition Program
Submissions are now open for the 2018 exhibition program running March to November at Tactile Arts in the Northern Territory housed in the parklands of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Solo and collaborative or group exhibitions from artists, curators, organisations and community members are invited.

Tasman District School Exterior Sculpture
Submissions close 8 October, 2017
The Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme Commission invites applications from contemporary artists for a sculptural installation to be situated in an outdoor area of the Tasman District School in Nubeena, Tasmania. The school and community representatives would like an artwork that transforms the space into an inspiring meeting place for teens and senior students.

Tom Bass Prize
Entries close 30 November, 2017
The Tom Bass prize for figurative sculpture celebrates human form and its influence on today’s sculptors, acknowledging the influence Tom Bass had as one of Australia’s pre-eminent public sculptors. The call-for-entries is now open for the next prize in March 2018. Works in all mediums are accepted that include the figure in full or part form, representational as well as abstract, innovative and contemporary interpretations are welcome.

Tom Bass with Pink Lady 1974 at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, Broadway
Courtesy Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, Sydney

UQ Art Museum Student Opportunities
The UQ Art Museum offers opportunities for student involvement throughout the year to gain experience in the visual arts. These include internships, paid casual positions and volunteer roles in the areas of front of house, registration, curatorial, education, exhibition management and finance. Current opportunities: the museum is seeking volunteers to create a Student Engagement Council that gives voice to the UQ student body by offering feedback and ideas to the UQ Art Museum relating to the creative programme and how to best engage with university students.

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.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Applications close 4pm, 27 October, 2017
Artists and organisations from the Riverina region are called upon to make submissions to exhibit as part of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s 2018-2019 exhibition program in the two community spaces; Links Gallery offers eight-week exhibitions between July 2018 and July 2019, and E3 art space two weeks or longer, at any time between 5 June 2018 and 31 July 2019.

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

Young Regional Artist Scholarship
Applications close 30 October, 2017
The NSW Government is offering 25 scholarships valued at $10,000 each for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities and is open to artists, performers, arts and cultural workers working across dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.