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!

Jiawei Shen, L. Gordon Darling, AC CMG, 2006, oil on canvas. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased with the assistance of the Mundango Charitable Trust and Claudia Hyles 2006. Courtesy the artist and National Portrait Gallery, Australian Capital Territory

National Portrait Gallery announces the Darling Portrait Prize
The recent announcement of the new ‘Darling Portrait Prize’ marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery in 1998 – a vision conceived by Founding Patrons Gordon L Darling (1921-2015) and Marilyn Darling through inspiration drawn from their visits to the already well-established National Portrait Gallery, London (est.1856) and its Washington DC counterpart founded in 1962.

National Portrait Gallery Director, Angus Trumble, welcomes the inauguration of the prize to the gallery program, stating ‘The Portrait Gallery is an advocate for the arts, fostering the creation of outstanding portraiture in a variety of mediums. It is only fitting that with the generosity of our Founding Patron, Gordon Darling, we establish a portrait-painting prize. We are excited to invite all painters to start thinking about a subject in preparation to begin painting from 1 September.’

The ‘Darling Portrait Prize’ will become an annual award in 2019 with the first call for entries open from May until July. A generous prize of $75,000 will be awarded to the winner for a painting of an Australian citizen or resident, person or persons who have a strong association with, or have made a significant contribution to Australian life. Paintings, which meet the Gallery’s Collection Development Policy, may be considered for acquisition. In preparation for the impending open call for entries, artists’ artworks must be completed on or after 1 September 2018.

Alternating Current Art Space – Exhibition Program
Submissions close midnight Sunday 6 May
Applications are now open to exhibit during the July to December 2018 exhibition program. Emerging, established, interstate and overseas artists, curators, art collectives, organisations, independent launches, and festivals are invited to submit applications for solo or curated group shows. For more information visit the gallery website.

Arts NT Creative in Residence Program
Applications close 30 April 2018
Up to $30,000 in funding is available for three Northern Territory artists to take up a creative residency with the aim to explore and respond to the NT’s unique cultural collections. The locations for the three to six month residencies are; the Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, and the Northern Territory Library and Northern Territory Archives, both situated in Darwin.

Artsbridge – Grant Program
Round 2 open 21 May to 2 July 2018 Round 3 open 3 September to 15 October
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.

Artsite Galleries – Call to Artists Seeking Gallery Representation
Artsite Galleries is an established vibrant local Sydney Gallery inviting applications from professional and experienced emerging artists to compliment our currently represented artists. It is anticipated that, whether established or emerging, you will have a good profile in finalist award exhibitions and more, plus an understanding of the professional and financial business relationship that representation in the current exhibiting gallery market entails.  Artists whose representation ended due to recent or impending Sydney gallery closures are invited to apply.  For clarification, emerging artists are those whose work has not yet been acquired by public collections.

Artsite Galleries operates two Gallery areas, each with walls approximately 27 linear metres by 4.5m high, on a 24 month cyclical program and a represented artist can expect a solo exhibition approximately every 24-36 months and a group exhibition of 5 or less artists in the year in between; inclusion in our annual Collector’s Choice Exhibition; other group curated exhibitions that may arise from time to time; plus representation in the large Stockroom Gallery area and possible future Art Fair participation.
Located at 165 Salisbury Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050
. (02) 8095-9678

Australia Council for the Arts Grants
Applications close 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018 and 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019
The Australia Council for the Arts grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity. Applications are open for 2018 in the following categories: Career Development Grants for Individuals, Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups, Arts Projects – Organisations, Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund, and Contemporary Music Touring Program.

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.

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.

Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program 2019
Applications close 18 June
The Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program for 2019 is calling for entries from arts professionals from Australia and overseas artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be undertaken for the purpose of research and development, or for the creation of new work. And, in association with Accessible Arts, Bundanon Trust also seek Expressions of Interest from emerging and mid-career, New South Wales writers (all media), visual artists, and musicians who live with disability, to participate in a one-week residency at the Bundanon property from 27 August to 3 September 2018. Up to five placements are on offer.

Career Development Grants for Individuals
Applications close 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018 and 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019
Career Development Grants provided by the Australia Council for the Arts offer funding from $5,000 to $25,000 to further develop artistic skills or improve the capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities including skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Community Heritage Grants Program
Applications close 5pm, 7 May 2018
Community organisations such as museums, libraries, archives, genealogical and historical societies, and Indigenous and multicultural groups are invited to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to assist in the preservation and protection of locally owned, nationally significant cultural heritage material; archives and records, oral histories, textiles, paintings, drawings, objects, photographs and audiovisual material. Funding is also available for training workshops, preservation assessment of collections and related conservation activities.

Contemporary Art Tasmania Curatorial Mentorship 2019
Applications close 30 June 2018
Contemporary Art Tasmania’s curatorial mentorship program offers $3,000 towards professional development and exhibition research. It is designed to assist an emerging curator to gain knowledge and skills, and aims to increase professional curatorial and artistic activity in Tasmania. Curatorial applications can be experimental, ambitious or imaginary. The clear articulation of an exciting or challenging idea or project rational is critical to the selection process. The recipient will gain experience in all aspects of developing a public exhibition and catalogue, and will sit on the CAT Program Committee to gain insight and experience in the decision-making processes for the CAT exhibition program.

Cossack Art Awards
Entries close 7 June 2018
The Cossack Art Awards is unique Australian regional art prize for two-dimensional works that have been completed within 12-months of the entry date (photographic works are not accepted) and offers $100,000 in prize money. An exhibition will be held in the heritage-listed town of Cossack from 22 July to 12 August, with the announcement of the winners on Saturday 21 July.

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.

Darwin Fringe Festival
Applications close 13 April
The Darwin Fringe is an open-access festival that supports the development of the arts community, providing opportunities for all artists to emerge, experiment and showcase new and diverse works in Darwin to local and national audiences. General applications are now open. The event will take place 6 to 15 July across Darwin. Detailed artist packs can be downloaded from the website.

Falls Creek Resort announces plans for major public art commission
As one of Australia’s leading all season alpine resorts with a long history of engagement with the arts, Falls Creek Resort is seeking expressions of interest from established artists for the commission a major public artwork that will command considerable impact and complement the alpine environment. A copy of the Artist Brief for the Public Artwork Commission is available now on request by emailing
Expressions of Interest close on 11 May 2018.

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 can accommodate a variety of disciplines and projects. Residencies can be for the creation of new works, research, and practice development.

Grafton Regional Gallery – Artist in Residence Program
Submissions close 5pm, Friday 1 June
Applications are invited from artists for the Grafton Regional Gallery AIR program which will run from 8 October to 1 November 2018 during the lead up to the opening of the 2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) and the annual Jacaranda Festival.

Hadley’s Art Prize
Entries close 18 May
A national acquisitive Australian landscape prize, offering $100,000 to the winning entry.
Open to a range of two-dimensional artworks (excluding film and photography), in 2018 the prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape. Enter online.

Headlands Center for the Arts Artist in Residence Program
Applications close 8 June
Residencies of four to ten weeks are offered by the multidisciplinary, international Headlands Center for the Arts located in the Marin Headlands, within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California, USA. Applications are invited from artists at all stages of their careers working in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture for residence between March and November 2019.

Inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize
Entries close 11 July
The new $10,000 Napier Waller Art Prize for Defence artists has been announced with entries opening in June. This inaugural award is open to all current and former Defence personnel. Supported by The Australian War Memorial, in partnership with Thales Australia and the University of Canberra, it aims to promote the healing potential of art for servicemen and servicewomen and to raise a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual.

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.

The Hopper Prize Artist Grant Program
Applications close 15 May
Entries are invited in from all artists and collaborative teams internationally who are over the age of 18 years. Works in any media including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, conceptual, experimental and installations are accepted. The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and exhibition platform offering a series of individual artist fellowships totalling $5,000 (USD), each recipient will receive $1,000.

Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT18) – Call for Volunteers
From May 18 to 27 Murwillumbah on the NSW north coast will become a venue for art, performance and food across 28 venues in the area for MAT18. Volunteers are needed to help run the festival. Roles include working in gallery and art spaces, setting-up and pack-down, handy Jacks and Jills, photographers, videographers, putting posters up, bartenders and waiters, social media people and more. If you would like to offer your time and expertise to this growing community event please visit the website for the Volunteers Handbook and to register.

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.

Peninsula Link Sculpture Commission
Submissions close 15 June
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery and Southern Way invite submissions from national and international artists for the 2018 ‘Southern Way McClelland Commission’ valued at $250,000 for the development of a public sculpture for installation on the Peninsula Link freeway in Victoria, to become part of MSPG’s permanent collection in the future.

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.

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
Entries close 15 June
This annual acquisitive competition showcases works that reflect the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback. Submissions in any media are invited for the Acquisitive First Prize, the Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and the Peoples Choice Award, together offering a total prize pool of $19,000. The finalist’s exhibition will be on show at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) from 3 August to 23 September. The winning work will become part of BRAG’s collection.

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.

SALA Awards
Most entries close 23 May
The 2018 SALA Awards are now open with cash and prizes on offer across the following nine categories – The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award, Unitcare Services Moving Image Award, The City Rural Emerging Artist Award, The Don Dunstan Foundation Award, City of Unley Active Ageing Award, The Adelaide Review Outsider Art Award, Atkins Photo Lab Award, Centre for Creative Photography Latent Image Award, and Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award. Eligibility and criteria can be found on the SALA Festival website.

Samstag Scholarship
Applications close 30 June
The 2019 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are now open. Scholarships include, for 12-months of overseas study, a tax-exempt stipend equivalent to US$48,000, plus return airfares and institutional fees. Offered by The University of South Australia on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, late of Naples, Florida USA.

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

Spectra Art + Science Call for Papers
Submissions close 29 June
Proposals are open from artists, scientists, researchers and postgraduate students working in the field of art and science for ‘Spectra 2018’, Australia’s pre-eminent art and science event showcasing the research and creative collaborations between artists and scientists from across Australia. This three-day symposium in Adelaide from 10 to 12 October includes an exhibition, curated by Experimenta at SASA Gallery and a range of events and public programs. Presented by Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), the University of South Australia and Experimenta Media Arts, in association with colleagues of the arts and science sectors, with additional support provided by Arts South Australia.

State Library Victoria Fellowships
Applications close 6pm, 22 April
The State Library Victoria is calling for applications for the prestigious annual fellowships program and for the new specialist Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship for Victorian Aboriginal researchers to be offered from 2018. Fellows receive a grant of $15,000 for three months’ research, a shared office space, and special access to collections and library experts. This year there are 15 fellowships totalling $215,000 offering research opportunities across children’s literature, social history, visual arts, theatre, Ukrainian studies and Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Culture and includes the Digital Fellowship introduced in 2017.

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.

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists
Applications close 26 May
The Windmill Scholarship supports regional NSW professional artists across the fields of painting, printing, sculpture and drawing and is calling for applications for grants up to $10,000. The scholarship program is supported by the Windmill Trust in association with National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA).

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Entries close 6 July
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is an acquisitive award open to Australian and international artists offering a prize pool of $24,000. Entries are now open and invite submissions of original freestanding sculptures up to 80cm in size, in any dimension and medium. The finalists exhibition will be held 20 October to 11 November.

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