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!

Fremantle Arts Centre and Art Ichol India Exchange
Holly O’Meehan and Anjani Khanna are the selected recipients for the Fremantle Arts Centre and Art Ichol international Artist in Residence Exchange Program for 2017.

West-Australian, O’Meehan is an emerging artist trained in printmaking, textiles, ceramics and other craft-based disciplines. She will travel to the city of Maihar, Madhya Pradesh, India in September for a residency exploring the traditional craft techniques of the region. Then in November, Khanna, an established ceramics artist from Mumbai who produces figurative sculptures that explore the constant ‘confrontation with contradiction’ a part of everyday life in India, will be joining Fremantle Arts Centre to fulfill her residency placement. This one-month exchange program provides the artists with the use of extensive studio spaces and workshops to develop their individual art practice, and the opportunity to make new connections and build on relationships across contemporary art and traditional craft industry.

Artist Holly O’Meehan with her work. Courtesy Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia

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

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

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.

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.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
Applications close 31 May, 2017
Calling photographers and photo media artists to submit work to be displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 19 August to 17 September 2017 in Ballarat. This is an inaugural acquisitive prize of $15,000 to be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
Entries close 4 August, 2017
The Black Swan Prize is open to young, emerging and professional artists, this year offering a first prize of $50,000 and a total prize pool of $70,000. Artists from across Australia are invited to submit portraits of an Australian, or Australians, that they respect or admire, or a self-portrait. A selection of 40 finalists will exhibit at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in November. Submissions to the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Youth Awards are also open to students from years 7–12, and close 11 August.

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.

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.

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.

Career Development Grants for Individuals
Applications close 6 June for projects starting after 1 September, 2017, and 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.

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.

Chippendale World Art Residency
Entries are open 1 June to 31 July, 2017
New and established Australian and International artists are invited to submit one painting of a landscape that inspires a sense of place. All styles of painting are encouraged. Three winners of the shared $10,000 Prize will each be awarded a six-week artist residency in the culturally rich region of Provence and surrounds in Southern France.

City of Melville 2017 Art Awards
Entries close 21 July, 2017
Western Australian students, emerging and seasoned artists are invited to enter the 41st iteration of the City of Melville Art Awards. The first 250 entries accepted will be on show from 23 August to 3 September at the Melville Civic Centre in Booragoon. This year’s categories are: Painting, Works on Paper, 3D: Sculpture and Textiles, and Youth (15 to 18 years).

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.

Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize
Entries accepted 5 to 12 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

Curatorial Mentorship
Applications for 2018 close 30 June, 2017
The Contemporary Art Tasmania Curatorial Mentorship is a professional development opportunity offered annually that allows the recipient to develop and realise an exhibition under the guidance of Contemporary Art Tasmania staff. The emerging curator will gain experience in all aspects of developing a major exhibition and producing an exhibition catalogue. As part of this mentorship the recipient also sits on the Contemporary Art Tasmania Program Committee and gains insight and experience in the decision-making processes that determine the organisation’s exhibition program.Recipients must hold a current Contemporary Art Tasmania membership.

Alan Townsend, Strange Fruit, 2015. Photograph: Pip Stafford

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.

Create NSW – Young Regional Artist Scholarships
Round 1 applications close 19 June, 2017
Create NSW is calling on artists aged 18-25 years to apply for one of the 25 Young Regional Artist Scholarships offered for 2017. Each scholarship offers a NSW-based artist a grant of $10,000 to progress their artistic experience and development, in all art forms including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.

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.

David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award 2017
Entries close 29 May, 2017
This award valued at $12,000 aims to promote interest in and encourage the creation of sculpture in Australia. Entries are now open to practising sculptors for a three dimensional, free standing sculpture. Early career researchers, postgraduate research students and postdoctoral fellows who are currently enrolled or employed at the University of Sydney, including those who have graduated at other universities in Australia or overseas, will be eligible to apply for an award.

Entries close 5pm, 1 June, 2017
ASRC (The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) and Amnesty International in Brisbane are calling on artists from across Australia to submit 2D or 3D artworks that have a focus on what we want to create for people seeking asylum – reflecting on ideas of ‘Seeking asylum is a basic human right and it is legal’, ‘All people have the right to live in peace and safety’, and ‘Family, freedom and fairness are values we all share’, for the ‘FINDING FREEDOM’ exhibition at Jugglers Art Space from 13 to 20 June.

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).

4A Emerging Writer’s Program
Deadline 30 June, 2017
Applications are open from Australian students currently undertaking a degree at honours or postgraduate level in art, history or related fields of study at an Australian tertiary institution for the 4A Emerging Writer’s Program. The selected writer will travel to the Pacific in September 2017 to work on two written pieces to be published in 4A Papers and Art Monthly Australasia and may include a critical essay, historical research, interview, review, profile, or feature with accompanying online audio-visual content. This research trip is for one week and includes return airfares from the recipient’s nearest state capital city, accommodation, per diems, travel stipend and travel/medical insurance.

Observation Society from the street during the install of Sea Pearl White Cloud, part of the 2016 4A Emerging Writers Program, May 2016. Photograph: Pedro de Almeida

Gippsland Print Award 2017
Entries close 18 August, 2017
The Gippsland Print Award is a $5000 acquisitive prize open to all artists living and working in Australia, for prints that have been completed since 1 Sept 2015. Artists are invited to enter up to two original works, all entries will be exhibited at the Gippsland Art Gallery 2 September to 19 November.

Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Competition
Applications close 31 July, 2017
This program invites Australian and New Zealand artists to work and live for a period of three months at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The winning artist is awarded a residency in the historic and scenic Scottish highlands valued at $21,000, and an opportunity to collaborate with other international artists. Applications are open to artists currently living and working in Australia. Five finalist’s, selected in August, will be showcased in an exhibition at ‘Sydney Contemporary’, hosted at Carriageworks from 7 to 10 September, 2017. The winner will be announced in September.

Stanislava Pinchuk, Surface (Textile, Luhansk), 2015, pin-holes on paper, 1.1 x 1.5cm. Private collection

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.

Home – Call for Artist Proposals
Applications close 24 July, 2017
Artists with a refugee or asylum seeker background are invited to apply to participate in the ‘Home’ exhibition to be held in November by the City of Greater Dandenong’s Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre. ‘Home’ presents works that celebrate the important contribution that refugee and asylum seekers make to the cultural and social fabric of Australia. Five artists will be shortlisted, and will be offered financial support up to $1,000 for the production of artworks for the exhibition. Exhibiting artists may be offered further opportunity to participate in the City of Greater Dandenong’s Artist in Residence program. Artwork may be produced in any media for work created based on the refugee or asylum seeker experience, or any other thematic interest.

The Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change
Entries close 5 June, 2017
Inspired by the original architects of the Incinerator Gallery, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, the Incinerator Gallery’s annual contemporary art prize is open and calling for entries for works that aim to create positive social change from artists who interrogate contemporary culture with practices that engage with activism, or operate in more subtle ways to achieve their goals. A total prize pool of $14,000 includes the $10,000 Boathouse Award, $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award and the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

Incinerator Art Award, 2016, with works by Adam Cusack and Ashlee Laing, Incinerator Gallery

Inner West Council Public Art Opportunities
Applications close 20 June, 2017
Artists will have the chance to have their artwork featured at the Inner West Council’s new library and community spaces in Marrickville, Sydney. Council is seeking inspiring creative concepts to enhance the contemporary design and architecture at the new Patyegarang Place on the old Marrickville Hosptial grounds for this major pubic art opportunity. The artist brief and submission requirements for each of the three site are available on the website. Council will hold information sessions for interested artists to help them fully understand the requirements on Thursday 11 May, 2017, 2.30-4pm and 6-7.30pm at Marrickville Town Hall, Meeting Room, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. To register your attendance and for information, contact Victoria Johnstone, Community Services and Culture at or (02) 9335-2280.

Photomontage, Marrickville Library and community spaces

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

Kate Derum & Irene Davies Award
Entries close 4 June, 2017
The Kate Derum & Irene Davies Awards for Small Tapestries are open from May 1, inviting professional Australian and international textile artists to submit entries of hand woven tapestries, defined as ‘weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts’, made since June 2015. Both awards are non-acquisitive. Kate Derum Award $5,000. Irene Davis Emerging Artist’s Award $1000.

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.

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.

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 Overwintering Project: Mapping Sanctuary
Printmakers, print workshops, galleries and communities in Australia and New Zealand are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to join a new environmental art project by Kate Gorringe-Smith, instigator of The Flyway Print Exchange. This long-term project will link artists with their local migratory shorebird habitat and with each other. Its focus is the preciousness of this land we call home and the environment that connects us.
For enquiries and to receive a full Project Description please email Kate:

Kate Gorringe-Smith, Memories of Flight I, 2012, linocut. 76 x 30cm

Perth Royal Art Prize
Entries close 28 July, 2017
The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia is launching the new Perth Royal Art Prize. Entries are now open to regional and metropolitan WA artists for works representing the theme of ‘landscape’ from the real to the imagined, the rural to the urban, as well as country and cityscapes. A total prize pool of $23,500 is on offer. First prize $20,000, People’s Choice Award $500 and two Highly Commended Prizes of $1,500. The exhibition will be open to the public 19 to 21 September, and during the IGA Perth Royal Show 23 to 30 September.

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.

Roving Curator Program
Applications open 3 July to 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.

2017 SALA Awards
Exhibition entries close 16 June.
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.

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.

Songzhuang International Photo Biennale China
Entries close 10 August, 2017
Songzhuang International Photo Biennale is now accepting submissions from international photo artists and photographers for works representing the theme ‘Live in This Moment, Return to the Origin’. There are two categories; International Contemporary Photography, and Early Chinese Photography Review and Collection. The Biennale is to be held at the Czech China Contemporary Museum (CCCM) from 29 September to 13 October, as part of the tenth annual Songzhuang Art Festival, Beijing.

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.

STILL: National Still Life Award 2017
Entries close 18 August, 2017
STILL is a new national biennial acquisitive art award celebrating the genre of still life and is open to artists from around Australia in all stages of their artistic career. Entries are invited in all mediums for this $20,000 prize.
Presented by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

Strategic Arts Program
EOI’s close 29 May, 2017
The Strategic Arts Program funds new initiatives that will deliver on the priorities of Vibrant NT: Arts and Culture in the Northern Territory to grow a sustainable arts sector, market and promote Northern Territory arts, and increase opportunities for access and participation in the arts across the NT. Expressions of interest are invited from the Northern Territory arts community across the following categories: Access for Artists with Disabilities – grants up to $20,000, Independent Producers and Curators – grants up to $20,000 and Industry Development – grants up to $100,000.

Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship – Nominations
Nominations close 18 June, 2017
Nominations are now open for the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships. This grant provides tax-free grants of $160,000 over two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media and literary arts and is intended for artists in their early mid-career. To be eligible, nominees must be in the first seven to fifteen years of their creative practice and are selected using two criteria: outstanding talent and exceptional courage.

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.

Ursula Hoff Essay for Imprint
Entries close 14 July, 2017
In honour of Dr Ursula Hoff’s legacy of print scholarship, The Print Council of Australia Inc. is inviting research essay submissions for an original 2000 word essay that considers an aspect of Australian print culture over the past 50 years. One writer will be selected for publication in Imprint magazine and will receive $1,100 for the completed work. Dr Ursula Hoff was an influential print curator and art historian and the first President of PCA in 1966.

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 close 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.

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. Grants can be applied for up to $10,000.

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