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!

Sarah Pirrie, SPARK NT Curator 2018. Courtesy the artist and Artback NT, Northern Territory

Sarah Pirrie: SPARK NT Curator for 2018
The SPARK program, inaugurated in 2017, is an Artback NT initiative aimed at supporting an independent or emerging curator resident in the Northern Territory to develop a touring exhibition as part of a three-year project. Darwin-based artist, educator and curator Sarah Pirrie has been announced as the SPARK NT Curator for 2018 and has been awarded a development budget of $10,000 and $10,000 curatorial fee to assist in the initiation and delivery of the exhibition ‘We are: We eat’. The theme for the show is ‘food’ – as a cultural determinant, shared language and environmental resource. Reflecting on this idea Pirrie says, ‘Everyone loves food and I feel it’s one of our best communication tools… I hope the universality and local specificity of the theme will resonate with both regional and urban NT audiences to freely identify with the diplomacy of food in our society, environments and everyday existence.’

Pirrie will collaborate with contemporary Northern Territory artists, Artback NT and industry mentors over the next few months to develop and prepare the show, which will open in April 2019. ‘Fecund: Fertile Worlds’, developed by Clare Armitage the SPARK NT Curator for 2017, is now showing at Godinyamayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre, Northern Territory, until 21 July. On Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July, the centre will present ‘SPARK NT Symposium: Curatorial practice unpacked’ – a gathering of leading curators from around the country with artists and arts practitioners to consider the current state of curatorial practice in the NT.

ACE Open Country Arts SA – House Residency Program
Submissions close midnight 18 July 2018
Applications are invited for the Open House Residency Program, a newly developed initiative between ACE Open and Country Arts SA. One regional South Australian artist will be awarded a month long residency at ACE Open at the Lion Arts Centre, Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide from 8 October to 6 November. The selected artist will develop new work and forge connections with Adelaide artists, galleries and professional networks. Email or download application form here.

Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries close Friday 31 August 2018
The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world, hosted by Aesthetica Magazine. Submissions are now open to emerging and established artists for the two prizes; Main Art Prize and Emerging Art Prize. There are four categories for entry; Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Andy.R Gallery
Applications now open
NEW contemporary gallery, specialising in experimental, avant-garde works
Level 1, 32 Johnston Street, Fitzroy 3065
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Artbank Roadshow for Unrepresented Artists
Artbank Roadshow is a national initiative that seeks to provide opportunities for unrepresented artists to be seen and potentially acquired for the Artbank Collection. The Artbank team will travel to each state across Australia to meet with artists for 20-minute appointments, where artists will take their work and discuss their practice. Applicants will be assessed and recommendations made to the Artbank Director for acquisition. Visit the website for dates in each state and an information pack.

Artbank + QPAC Commission
Submissions close midnight August 6, 2018
The Artbank + QPAC Commission is an annual partnership offering Queensland-based artists and artist-collectives the opportunity to realise a large-scale and ambitious work on paper that will be displayed in the popular Queensland Performing Arts Centre precinct. Submissions are now open for designs for large-scale, two-dimensional works on paper in, either photo media, drawing, print media, collage or painting on paper. Proposals that are ambitious and utilise the opportunity to its fullest will be considered favourably.

Artsbridge – Grant Program
Round 3 open 3 September to 15 October 2018
Arts Tasmania’s Artsbridge program invites applications for amounts of between $1,000 and $10,000, to assist individuals and groups to undertake interstate or overseas opportunities that arise at short notice, or for individuals, groups and organisations to bring national and international arts professionals to Tasmania with the aim of conducting creative and/or professional development opportunities.

Arts Activities funding – Arts ACT
The ACT Government has developed a new Arts Funding Plan for the arts in Canberra. Artists can now apply for up to $5,000, at any time of the year. Applications for up to $50,000, with two rounds open each year, are also available. Round 1 closes 31 July 2018, and Round 2 is open 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019. ACT-based artists at all levels, and organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts are invited to apply.

Arts South Australia Fellowship IMPP
Submissions close 5pm, Monday 6 August 2018
The Fellowship IMPP is open to South Australian artists and practitioners who are recognised as outstanding professionals in their field, and who have an extensive record of artistic practice and recognisable achievement. The Fellowship enables an artist to undertake a period of creative development that will extend their professional practice and lead to the production and presentation of significant new work.

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.

Australian Life photography competition
Entries close 29 July 2018
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter the Australian Life photography competition. This is an annual event offering a cash prize of $10,000. Twenty-two finalist images will be blown up to bedsheet-sized portraits for the outdoor exhibition on show along the St James walkway of Hyde Park from 13 September to 7 October. Curated by photographer Sandy Edwards, Australian Life is part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program of events and temporary art projects in unusual spaces throughout the city.

Banyule Community Grants
Applications close August 10, 2018
Banyule City Council’s annual funding round provides support to not-for-profit groups across the municipality. Individuals and groups are invited to apply for funding of up to $10,000 for Arts & Culture Projects in any medium that support and enrich the local community.

Belconnen Arts Centre Artist in Residence Program
Residency opportunities are available to artists throughout the year at Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra for visual arts, live performance, theatre, dance and music. The centre invites artists to get in touch and discuss their ideas.

Blacktown City Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, October 9, 2018
Artists are invited to submit works for the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize. Drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works will be considered. Open to local, regional and national artists, the prize offers a total $20,000 in cash prizes and acquisitive awards, as well as a studio residency for artists who want to engage with people or places in Blacktown.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park Prize
Entries close July 1, 2019
Artists are invited to submit works for the 2019 Ceramic Break Sculpture Park Prize, an acquisitive award of $12,000. The winning sculpture will form part of the permanent display at Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, Warialda NSW. Exhibition Sept 7, 2019 to Jan 31, 2020. Enter online.

Contemporary Art Tasmania Studio Residencies 2019
Applications close 1 October 2018
Contemporary Art Tasmania’s studios located in Tasma Street, North Hobart, are available by application to visual arts practitioners committed to a career in contemporary art. The studios are awarded annually for a fixed period of 12 months with recipients being selected by an expert panel of peers. Visual artists, curators and arts writers are invited to apply. By providing studios at minimal cost, Contemporary Art Tasmania addresses the needs of, and supports local artists and their practice.

Creative Hobart Grants
Applications ongoing
Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation and attract cultural tourism. Three grant categories provide funding for eligible organisations and groups to deliver one-off activities, which involve artists and communities in the creation, direction and management of cultural projects. Funding round dates and criteria can be accessed on City of Hobart’s website.

Creative Koori Grants
Create NSW aims to support and further develop NSW Aboriginal arts and culture through its Creative Koori Grants program across four categories; the Aboriginal Artist Support (quick response) grant which closes April 1, 2019. The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund closing on September 24, and the Creative Koori Arts and Cultural Projects, and Creative Koori Employment both close October 24, 2018. Funding is offered for activities taking place between July 1 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Creative Victoria Creators Fund
Applications close 5pm, 26 July 2018
Creative Victoria invites individuals and collectives to apply for grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 for a funded period of either three or six months of activity. The program supports practitioners to undertake creative research for new ideas and practice-based experimentation, to develop activities for new works to be created and career advancement.

Defiance Gallery and Nock Art Foundation Prize
Entries close 5pm, August 17, 2018
In support of the $30,000 ‘Paddington Art Prize’, Defiance Gallery and Nock Art Foundation, have initiated an additional non-acquisitive prize as part of the 2018 awards. This opportunity aims to highlight the work of artists not represented by a commercial gallery. Two artists will be selected from the Paddington Art Prize submissions and each will be offered a three-week residency at Nock Art Foundation’s ‘Giverny’ in Queenstown, New Zealand including accommodation, flights and access to studio facilities. Artists from Defiance Gallery and previous winners and finalists of the Paddington Art Prize; Tim Allen, Ann Thomson, Charmaine Pike and Dan Kyle will mentor the recipients. As part of the residency the artists will also receive studio visits from Defiance Gallery Directors Campbell Robertson-Swann and Lauren Harvey.

Evelyn Chapman Art Award
Entries close 5pm, 15 September 2018
S.H. Ervin Gallery is calling for entries for a new $50,000 scholarship, the Evelyn Chapman Art Award, to be presented to an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45 years. This scholarship is offered to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice internationally, or in Australia. Applicants are invited to submit up to three landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oil or tempera.

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
Entries close September 5, 2018
Submissions are open for the 2018, 56th iteration of the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award. This acquisitive award offers $20,000 with a total of $30,000 in prizes to be won across varied categories. The finalists exhibition will be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre from Nov 2 to Dec 13.

Fremantle Arts Centre – Artist in Residence program
Applications open year round
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) invites local, national and international artists including individuals, groups, curators, writers and organisations to apply for a residency at one of the centre’s 11 studios and a residential apartment (located at the Moores Building, applications for this apartment will be accepted in September 2018 for residencies beginning after September 2019.) FAC accommodates a variety of disciplines and projects. Residencies can be for the creation of new works, research, and practice development.

Head On Photo Festival 2019
Entries close 29 July 2018
Head On Foundation is calling for photographers/photo-artists/curators/exhibition spaces/galleries to submit work for inclusion in Head On Photo Festival 2019, Australia’s premier photographic event and highlight on the global arts calendar.
For more info visit

Henry Jones Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, 1 October 2018
The new Henry Jones Art Prize for emerging artists offers $20,000 in prize money, and the winner of the People’s Choice prize will receive $1,000 in framing by Wagner Framemakers. Two-dimensional works; painting, drawing, printmaking and mixed media, created since June 2017 are invited. The prize is open to Tasmanian residents over the age of 18, who have not been previously exhibited in awards and competitions. An exhibition will be held in the Henry Jones Packing Room and Atrium at The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania, from 7 to 18 November.

HOME ­Exhibition – Call for Entries
Entries close 29 July 2018
The City of Greater Dandenong’s annual exhibition ‘HOME’ celebrates artists from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds. Entries are now open to artists to submit a brief for their artwork, based on their personal practice and stories. Artworks in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video, photography and drawing are invited. Exhibiting artists are connected to mentors to increase experience across the creative sector. Artists may be offered further opportunity to participate in the City of Greater Dandenong’s Artist in Residence program. Visit the website for details and online entry.

Zia Atahi, from The Tribe Series 2016, digital prints, 75 x 50cm each
Courtesy the artist and City of Greater Dandenong

Individuals Fund
Applications for Round 2 are open 9 July to 4pm, 17 August 2018 (for activities starting after 5 November)
Individuals Fund Applications for Round close 4pm, August 17, 2018 Individual artists and cultural workers both emerging and established are invited to apply for up to $10,000 under the Individuals Fund to enable them to participate in transformational professional and career development. An initiative supported by the Queensland Government.

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)
Entries close 5pm, Friday 10 August 2018
Grafton Regional Gallery is calling for entries for JADA, Australia’s richest regional drawing prize, with total prize money of $40,000 on offer. The major first prize is $30,000 and further acquisitions to the value of $10,000. This award is open to all artists living in Australia for both traditional and contemporary interpretations of drawing.

MADA Gallery 2019
Exhibition Proposals Submissions close 5pm, 30 July 2018
Exhibition proposals are invited for the 2019 MADA Gallery exhibition program. Submissions are open to MADA’s academic and professional staff, HDR candidates, alumni and artists in residence as well as external applicants including artists, curators, designers, architects and other creative practitioners with varying degrees of experience from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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.

NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship
Applications close 11.59pm August 18, 2018
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 on offer and open to individual mid-career artists and groups. Groups must demonstrate a history of ongoing collaborative practice between applicants. Funding can be used for research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work and exhibition/ project costs. Funded by Copyright Agency and administered by Nava Association for the Visual Arts.

NSW Artists Grant
Applications close 21 July 2018
National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA) invites professional artists residing in New South Wales to apply for funding of up to $1,250 (+GST) for individual artists and up to $2,500 (+GST) for group applications. Regional NSW and Western Sydney based artists are encouraged to apply. This NAVA initiative aims to assist artists to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, across Australia and overseas.

NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship
Applications close midnight Friday August 3, 2018
Artspace and Create NSW are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship valued at $30,000. This Fellowship is offered by Create NSW to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. A shortlist of up to 12 artists will be selected by an independent panel of peers managed by Create NSW to participate in an exhibition at Artspace.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
Call out for the ‘Modernism Exhibition’ – entries are due 23 July. Artists are invited to submit work in the style of any of the modernist artists 1860s til 1950s. Call out for ‘The Queensland Figurative Prize’ $10,000 – Entries close Tuesday August 14. This unique non-acquisitive competition is open to all Queensland Artists, calling for submissions of 2D works containing the human figure to create a harmonious and unified composition. The ‘Harold and Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize’ is open and celebrates the fundamental skill of drawing. For more information check our website. Gallery hire bookings open for 2019. Competitive rates and great Brisbane city location.  (07) 3367-1977.

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 about 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.

Project Gallery
A new concept art space is opening in Paddington, Sydney this July.
Artists, curators and designers are invited to apply to be part of the exhibition program.

Quick Response Scheme Arts Funding
Open all year round
The Quick Response Scheme is for grants of up to $1,000, offered as part of the NT Arts Grants Program for artists and arts workers to be able to access arts and cultural opportunities on short notice. For example – travel support for showcasing opportunities in the Northern Territory and interstate on short notice, or for activities and projects from first time applicants.

Regional Arts Fund Community Grants
Submissions for Round 2 are open 4 July to 15 August (for projects commencing after 1 February 2019)
The Community Grants program supports cultural activity in regional and remote Australia with up to $10,000 in funding provided for artist professional development and arts projects that involve communities in rural and distant locations. Arts Tasmania also offers Quick Response Grants up to $1,500 for unique arts opportunities at short notice. This program is open all year round with applications due in by 5pm on the last Sunday of each month.

Sawtooth Arts Management Internship Program
Sawtooth ARI is looking to strengthen Tasmania’s art scene with the announcement of this new intern program. Positions are open for two candidates, one focusing on gallery management, curation and administration with the second on marketing, publicity and branding visibility. Interns will assist with essential roles in the organisation, support staff and will be mentored by an arts sector professional during their time at Sawtooth. Contact Brigitte Trobbiani for more info

Studio ARTES Volunteer Program
Studio ARTES offers creative programs with whole life outcomes for adults living with disability by providing tailor-made creative activities and life skills. They are calling for volunteers who would like to offer their support in the areas of craft, textiles, performing arts dance, music and living skills for their programs at the Hornsby and Inner West locations.

Tacit Galleries Editions 2019
Entries close December 1, 2018
Tacit Galleries, Melbourne invites entries from Victorian-based printmakers for the ‘Editions 2019’ exhibition, which will be on show from Feb 13 to 24, 2019.

Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship, 2019
Applications close 23 July 2018
The Power Institute Foundation for Art & Visual Culture is calling on artists across all fields of the visual arts including performance, video and multi media at any level of his/her profession to apply for the 2019 Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship, hosted by the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The program offers three categories; the ‘Power Institute Award for Artists/Craftspeople’, the ‘Power Institute Award for Art Critics, Art Writers, Art Curators, Art Historians or Art Administrators’ and the ‘Power Institute Award for Staff of the University of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art; or PhD research students of the University of Sydney’.

Ursula Hoff Fellowship
Applications close August 7, 2018
The Ursula Hoff Fellowship applications are open to early career researchers who have completed a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Art, Art History, Arts Management or Art Curatorship at a recognised Australian university. Valued at $30,000 the fellowship is awarded annually to a candidate with a commitment to research into prints, the history of print collecting and the scholarly activities of museums and universities.

West End Art Space Volunteer Program
West End Art Space is calling for interested individuals to become part of the gallery’s volunteer program, which aims to develop a team of dedicated individuals with a broad understanding in art gallery operations. Now in its second year, the gallery showcases Australian and international artists through the presentation of 12 exhibitions per year across one main gallery and three project spaces.

Young Art Journalism (YAJA) News Feed + Awards
YAJA is an innovative news feed giving journalism, media and art students a global platform to publish their articles. YAJA provides media opportunities, industry mentoring, work experience, networking opportunities, a large audience reach, as well as awards recognition. Articles from anywhere in the world are welcome. We love to experience your culture! Visit the website link to express your interest.