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!

Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing
The Cornish Family Prize for Art and design Publishing is the first of its kind recognising and rewarding the value of creative publishing in the Asia-Pacific region. The award will parallel the National Gallery of Victoria’s third instalment of the Melbourne Art Book Fair. Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said this unique opportunity will “honour excellence and innovation within art and design publishing” and will “celebrate the art book publishing sector on a global scale.” Art Almanac applauds this effort as it acknowledges the critical place of arts publishing in public life and aims to sustain our practice.
Entries close 17 February, 2017.


Photograph: Brooke Holm

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund
Applications close 27 February, 2017

Offered by Arts NSW, the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, to make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible. Applications are open to individuals and organisations based in regional NSW (including Central Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong and is defined as the areas or regions outside Greater Sydney). The project must include Aboriginal practitioners/arts workers in key creative roles, with Aboriginal cultures as the focus of the project.

Another Look – $3,000 Commission Opportunity with Town Hall Gallery
EOI’s due 3 March, 2017
Another Look is a $3,000 commission for up to six artists to produce new work inspired by the Town Hall Gallery Collection. These works will feature in our exhibition at the end of the year from 28 October to 20 December. There is also an opportunity for the gallery to acquire, through purchase, the works commissioned at the end of the exhibition. Find out more and read the commission brief online.

ARTNOW FNQ 2017
Applications close 28 February, 2017
Cairns Regional Gallery is calling for expressions of interest from artists who live and work in Far North Queensland or have bloodline connections to the region for ARTNOW FNQ 2017, the gallery’s biennial showcase exhibition on from 1 Dec, 2017 to 11 February 2018.


Francesca Rosa, Cane Cutters, 2015, Single-channel HD projection, projector screen, 16:40 minutes (looped), silent, dimensions variable
Participant 2015 ARTNOW FNQ. Cairns Regional Gallery Collection
Courtesy the artist and Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

Art & About Sydney
Applications due by 20 March, 2017
The City of Sydney is seeking expressions of interest from artists who have big ideas for temporary public art to be displayed in unusual spaces in the City of Sydney’s local area during Art & About Sydney 2017-2018. Ideas and proposals that meet the brief criteria from visual artists, curators, performers and collectives to filmmakers, musicians, writers, composers, theatre companies, storytellers, producers, choreographers, architects and designers are welcome to apply.

Art in Public Places 2017
Applications close 9 March, 2017
Art in Public Places a city wide event featuring the work of western region artists in unexpected places across Hobsons Bay from 1 to 30 September. Coordinated by Hobsons Bay City Council, this project encourages partnerships between local artists, cultural groups and businesses. There are several opportunities to consider.

Art on the Greenway
Entries close 13 March, 2017
Eight grants of $1,000 are on offer by Inner West Council to artists interested in Environmental Art practices to create a temporary installation for a public space, during the Inner West Open Studio Trail, 11 to 22 May along the GreenWay; Cooks River to Iron Cove corridor. Works that respond to the local environment of the GreenWay, and/ or wider realm ecological and sustainability practices are encouraged.

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
Entries close 5 May, 2017
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is a prestigious biannual event.
An acquisitive award with a cash prize of $50,000 and an exhibition in July 2017.

Biennale of Australian Art
Entries close April, 2017
The Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) is a Visual Art Festival in Ballarat in 2018. It will showcase over 150 Australian contemporary artists across 40 locations. Selected artists will be offered various levels of funding to bring a range of projects; solo and group exhibitions as well as outdoor projects to the festival.

Broken Hill solar plant viewing platform $10,000 design challenge
Submissions close 3 March, 2017
AGL Energy Limited (AGL) is calling for entries from artists, designers, architects and engineers to create the design for the viewing platform for the Broken Hill Solar Farm. Entries will be judged on their demonstration of excellence in design, celebration of environmental practices, solar energy and innovation, contribution to Broken Hill’s artistic and cultural heritage, and practicality and feasibility of construction in line with the AGL Viewing Platform Requirements Brief.
Please visit the website for submission guidelines and details on how to enter.

Brunswick Street Gallery (BSG)
BSG is calling for expressions of interest for exhibitions in 2017 from emerging artists and curators, individuals, and small groups. The gallery offers multiple spaces, and engages in a variety of contemporary approaches for their curatorial platform, and presents new exhibitions every two weeks, and includes three annual open call art prize exhibitions, SMALLWORKS, CLICK and 40×40.

The Community Development Grants Program – Hobart
Applications close 6 March, 2017
This program offered by the City of Hobart provides financial assistance for eligible community groups and organisations for the Community, Creative Hobart, Events, and Venue Support grants. The February Grants Round is now open and inviting applications as part of the February 2017 Community Development Grant Round open 4 February to 6 March 2017, 5.00pm. Visit the website for all information process to apply.

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

Environmental Exhibitions Project, Phillipines
Entries close 1 March, 2017
International organisations, Renewable Energy Society and Save Resources, are calling for artist submissions for an exhibition that represents ‘Environment and Nature’, to be held in Cebu City May 19 to 21, 2017. Works can include images or sculptures of animals, plants, sea life, pollution, deforestation or renewable energy.

Experimental Choreographic Residency
Applications close 17 February, 2017
Performance Space and Critical Path are seeking proposals from artists or artist collaborations, for a 3-week residency from 15 May to 3 June 2017. We are particularly interested in foregrounding diversity of artistic voices: artists exploring diverse positions on gender and sexuality; Indigenous artists; artists from culturally-diverse backgrounds; artists who critically engage with new technologies; and differently-abled artists.


Justin Shoulder, Research Residency supported by Critical Path and Performance Space 2016
Photograph: Heidrun Lohr

Footscray Art Prize
Entries close 3 March, 2017
This new biennial non-acquisitive visual art prize for contemporary artworks is open to local and national artists.
Prizes are offered in four categories; Footscray Art Prize $10,000, Street Art Prize $5,000, Tertiary Art Prize $1,500, Young Artists Prize: 12 years and under: $500, 13-18 years: $500.

fortyfivedownstairs Artist in Residence 2017
Applications close 21 February
Entries are invited by contemporary Australian visual artists to apply for a twelve-week residency that culminates in a two-week exhibition. A panel of arts professionals will select the applicant that best demonstrates innovative and exciting visual art practice and is able to engage with visitors to the gallery.

Fremantle Arts Centre & Art Ichol Artist in Residence Exchange Program
Applications close 24 February, 2017
Applications for the 2017 Fremantle Arts Centre & Art Ichol Artist in Residence Exchange Program are now open and FAC invites WA artists to apply. The successful applicant will receive a return airfare between Perth and India (including airport transfers), independent living quarters, three meals a day, laundry and WiFi facilities, an independent workspace (including a quantified supply of working materials) and access to Art Ichol’s shared workshops and studios. Only artists whose primary place of residence and work is located within WA are eligible to apply.

Gallipoli Art Prize
Entries due 12 to 14 March, 2017
This is an acquisitive prize that each year commemorates the legacy of those who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Australian artists (and other eligible artists) are invited to enter one original piece of artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. The prize is awarded to the artist who best expresses the Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed.


Jiawei Shen, Yeah, Mate, oil on canvas, 213 x 122cm
Gallipoli Art Prize winner 2016
Courtesy the artist

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.

Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
Entries close 17 March, 2017
Artists from across Australia are invited to submit works for the tenth biennial Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. The award aims to promote excellence and innovation in the field of Art on Paper for works created with, on, or about paper. The prize total prize pool is $26,000; $15,000 major award; the Young and Emerging Artist Award, and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Award ($5000 each) and the People’s Choice Award ($1000).


Glen Clarke, Peacekeeper, 2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award winner

Head On Photo Awards
Entries close 26 February, 2017
Head On Foundation invites photographers, creatives, amateurs and enthusiasts to enter the Head On Photo Awards 2017. Open internationally across Portrait, Landscape and Mobile categories, while the Head On Student Prize is open to Australian School Students (Years K-12). A total prize pool of $50,000 in cash, equipment and software is on offer. Finalists will exhibit in the Head On Photo Festival, May 2017 at Museum of Sydney and NSW Parliament House. Visit website for entry.

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

2017 Jindivick and Narkoojee Sculpture Show
Entries close 31 March, 2017
Gippsland’s largest sculpture show for outdoor and interior sculpture is calling for artist entries. Works will be on display throughout May 2017 and a selection of exterior pieces will be displayed at Narkoojee Winery June 3 to October 1, 2017.

John Fries Art Award
Entries close 27 February, 2017
Open to emerging and early-career artists of all ages from Australia and New Zealand working in any medium from painting to conceptual art, performance to photography. This annual non-acquisitive award offers a prize of $10,000.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale – ‘LANDFALL’ nature + humanity + art
Expressions of Interest close 10 March, 2017
Expressions of Interest are open to artists from across the globe to participate in the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, which is devoted to the pressing global issue of nature and endangerment. We seek works that explore the intersection of nature, humanity and art across eight broad categories for seven sites across the Great Ocean Road, and at 20 sites along the sculpture trail in and around Lorne where the Great Otway National Park meets the Southern Ocean. The 6th Biennale exhibition will take place from 17 March to 4 April, 2018. Visit website for details and download the EOI.

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award
Entries close Monday 26 June, 2017
Open to artists from across Victoria this biennial award offers a major prize of $10,000. It surveys current Victorian ceramic art practice and showcases ceramic artists from Manningham and its Valley of the Arts partners Maroondah, Nillumbik, and Banyule in support of Victorian studio ceramics.

MATCH Lab – Funding Program
Applications close 17 February, 2017
Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH Lab is the new iteration of their matched funding program supporting artists and groups to build on fundraising skills development; increase awareness of philanthropy and arts partnerships, develop broader arts business knowledge to run fundraising campaigns and create sustainable sources of revenue for their projects in the future.

Moreton Bay Region Art Awards
Entries close 1 March, 2017
This annual acquisitive exhibition holds an important place in the cultural landscape of the Moreton Bay region and has featured many prominent and emerging artists during its 24 year history. The Moreton Bay Regional Council proudly sponsors the award presenting two acquisitive prizes of $7,500 and two supplementary $1,000 prizes for a Local Artist and a People’s Choice Award.

NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship
Applications close 20 February, 2017
Scholarships of $10,000 are open to artists and performers from all art practices including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts and includes a professional development networking program which will take place in Sydney in late 2017.

Perfect Match – Artists and Property Owners
Applications close 28 February, 2017
The Perfect Match Public Art Program is for artists, residents, businesses and property owners to collaboratively create new works in public places in Sydney. Funding is available to property owners, residents and businesses for an artist to create work on a wall that has been subject to unwanted graffiti. Artists wanting to be commissioned by Council can also apply with their concepts reflecting the heritage, character and style of the Inner West. Installation July to August 2017.

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.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
The 21st Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi to be staged along the spectacular 2km coastal walk from Bondi beach to Tamarama beach in Sydney from October 19 to November 5 is calling for artist submissions. Awards and subsidies include; The Aqualand Sculpture Award of $60,000, Three Helen Lempriere Scholarships of $30,000 each open to Australian sculptors, Three Clitheroe Foundation Mentorships of $10,000 for young emerging Australian sculptors, The Wallace Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award for a New Zealand artist of NZ$7,000, and The Dick Bett Memorial Invitation for a Tasmanian artist of $5,000.
Deadlines for entry; Hard copy applications: 5pm, Fri 7 April, and online applications: Midnight, Sun 9 April.


ZhengYuan Lu, Chronic Series No.1, L2, L8-5L, 2011-2015, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016
Photograph: Clyde Yee

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.

2017 Synapse CSIRO Residencies
Applications due 3 April, 2017
The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) and CSIRO Manufacturing are calling for applications for the Synapse CSIRO Artists’ Residency program. Open to Victorian-based artists working in any artform, for three months full-time (or part-time equivalent) at the CSIRO’s Clayton facilities in Victoria during 2017. The identified research areas are: metal organic framework materials, 3D printed structures, polymer coatings for cell adhesion.
It is strongly recommended that interested artists attend the free Information Session to meet the researchers and learn more about the creative possibilities of their research areas. Details of the Information Session are: Wednesday 1 March, 5.30-7.30pm at ACMI X Event Space, Level 4, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank. RSVP: rsvp@anat.org.au

Tasmanian Residencies Program
Round 1 closes 1 March, 2017
The Tasmanian Residencies program supports Tasmanian-based artists, partnerships and collaborations working in any artform to undertake residencies at a variety of locations across Tasmania. Two categories are available for artists through this program; Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife Residency and Historic and Cultural Residencies.

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA)
Entries close 17 March, 2017
NATSIAA is calling traditional and contemporary works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from regional and urban Australia. This award recognises the important contribution made by Indigenous artists, and celebrates the diversity of Indigenous Australian art.

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award
Entries close 10 March, 2017
This biennial $10,000 acquisitive award and exhibition celebrates the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry. Wangaratta Art Gallery is calling for professional Australian artists working in any textile media to make a submission.
Exhibition June to August, 2017.

Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial
Entries close 20 March, 2017
Calling for all artists and creatives to submit proposals to be part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial: Kaleidoscope. Works will be exhibited in lane ways, parks and art spaces to re-invigorate, underutilised spaces in Chatswood and add to the cultural vitality of the CBD. The 2017 theme ‘Kaleidoscope’ invites artists to present ideas that reflect the ‘many and constantly changing ways of knowing, seeing and being in the world.’