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!

2018 Samstag Scholarships recipients announced
We congratulate Sasha Grbich and Julian Day who have been awarded the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships for 2018. This provides each artist with a 12-month living allowance, travel expenses and study fees to attend a leading international art school of their choice to further develop their artistic practice. Grbich uses sculpture, installation, sound and video to explore the world, bringing about experiences to discover how art performs with audience in local environments. The artist ‘employs a process of sensitive and attentive listening to open up a space, in which difficult or seemingly impossible conversations can occur,’ says Andrew Purvis, artist, writer and curator. Day is an artist, composer, writer and broadcaster examining the world through sound, with site-responsive performance, installation, video and text. ‘My work deploys sound’s material properties – its promiscuous spread, its relational intimacy, to reveal and examine hidden or overt power relations,’ he explains.

Sasha Grbich with Heidi Angove, Very Local Radio, 2014-15, still image from live performance
Photograph: Zihan Loo

Abbotsford Convent Residency Program
Residency 1: 22 December 2017 to 22 June 2018
Residency 2: 25 June 2018 to 21 December 2018

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

Alice Prize
Entries close 31 January 2018
The 40th Alice Prize is an award for contemporary Australian art offering a prize pool of $40,000, presented by the Alice Springs Art Foundation. Artists from around Australia are invited to enter works in any medium for this national acquisitive award.

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.

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
Entries close 15 February 2018
Applications are now open for Painting for this annual acquisitive award, which aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; to foster a sense of identity, pride and place and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. The major prize is $15,000. The exhibition will take place from 18 May to 8 July 2018.

Biennale of Sydney Volunteer Program
Applications close 7 February 2018
The 21st Biennale of Sydney has an array of volunteering roles to be filled including: Exhibition Host and Live Interpreter, Programs and Learning Host, Access Host, Visitor Interview Host and Install and De-install assistance. For more information about how you can be part of the 2018 Biennale email

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.

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

Craft Biennale Scotland
Entries close 1 December 2017
Applications are open for the inaugural open international Craft Biennale Scotland 2018 exhibition ‘Response to Place’, which will be on show at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland from 11 May 11 to 8 July 2018. British and international artists of all ages are encouraged to apply from the untrained to the emerging and established. This biennale aims to provide a platform for the presentation of new and experimental ways to experience and enjoy craft as a fascinating, thought provoking and inspirational art form. Works in jewellery, metalwork, ceramics, furniture, weaving, textile art, costume, millinery, glass, mosaics and other crafts are invited.

Create NSW – Arts and Cultural Development Program
Applications will run progressively until February 2018
Create NSW is the new initiative developed by the State Government and is inviting local artists and arts and cultural organisations to apply for funding under the 2017/2018 Arts and Cultural Development Program. This new scheme aims to support visual arts, museums, literature, dance, music, regional touring, capital works and professional development for creatives across the state.

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

Darwin Festival
Applications close 18 December 2017
‘Darwin Festival’ to be held from 9 to 26 August 2018 is calling Territory artists to submit their proposals to be part of the festival. Local artists, companies and arts workers with, either a concept, work in progress or finished project are invited to apply. Collaborations with artists, youth and community projects across all art forms are invited.

Desert Student Scholarship Award
Applications close 30 March 2018
Entries are open for the ‘Sewing Up a Storm in the Desert’ Art Retreat at Uluru. This scholarship program aims to encourage young students studying textiles to learn new skills and techniques. The scholarship includes transfers to Uluru, accommodation, textile workshop with a renowned artist (TBA), a BERNINA 215 desert art skin sewing machine, meals and the opportunity for a three-month mentorship.
Email Caroline Sharkey at for details.

The Gallipoli Art Prize 2018
Entries due 11 to 14 March 2018
The Gallipoli Art Prize is an annual acquisitive award with a prize pool of $20,000 open to Australian
(and other eligible) artists to enter one original work made in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.
The prize is awarded to the work that best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli Club’s creed, which can be found on the club’s website.

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

Khuyana Artist In Residence Program
The Khuyana residency program in the Peruvian Amazon invites national and international visual artists, architects, photographers and other disciplines to apply for residence periods of one to three months – March, April and May 2018 to develop research and production projects related to the Peruvian Amazon, the community of Cuyana – Iquitos and Amazon ancient cultures (Quichua and Kukama Kukamiria).
The program aims to create an environment of cultural exchange, artistic production and research.
Email for details.

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

Melbourne Design Week 2018
EOI’s close 8 December 2017
Expressions of Interest are now open to participate in ‘Melbourne Design Week 2018’, a platform for local and international designers and design-led organisations. The program will take place from 15 to 25 March 2018 and will include: talks, exhibitions, studio tours and a host of industry events. The theme ‘Design Effects’ explores how design delivers change for people and the environment, and this year the event sees the introduction of the Victorian Design Challenge, which in partnership with VicHealth invites the Victorian design community to join with other sectors to generate design solutions that look to strengthen young people’s resilience and wellbeing. Visit the website for the full list of Design Week higlights.

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.

New Town Retail Precinct Upgrade – Tasmania
Expressions of Interest close 5pm, 22 December 2017
The City of Hobart is calling for expressions of interest from artists, craft practitioners, designers or collaborative teams to create a series of public art elements for the New Town Retail Precinct upgrade located a few km’s north of Hobart’s CBD, with the aim of enlivening the community’s retail shopping strip with a public art installation that is integrated, engaging and enduring and reflect the unique identity of the area.

Northern Beaches Artist in Residence Programs
Applications close midnight, 10 December
Northern Beaches Council and Eramboo Artist Environment offer a six-month residency providing free non-residential studio space at Eramboo in Terrey Hills, with professional development support and networking and a $2000 allowance for materials. Also, Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre and the council offer a nine-month residency to create site-specific public artwork using resources that have been recovered from Kimbriki. Two artists will receive free non-residential studio space at Kimbriki in Terrey Hills, plus a $3,000 allowance for materials.

Northern Territory Arts Grants
The Northern Territory Arts Grant Program offers funding support for initiatives that explore, develop and profile Northern Territory arts and culture. Applications are open to artists, organisations and the community offering several categories; open all year round are the Community Arts Festival, Professional Development and NT Quick Response with four project rounds for: Presentation & Promotion, Arts Development, Skills Development and Emerging Artists. In each category ‘Round 1’ closed and ‘Round 2’ closes 16 March 2018. The Strategic Arts program submissions are open 5 February to 16 March 2018, the Arts Fellowships from 9 April to 7 May 2018 and the Creative in Residence 2018 TBC.

Petrie Terrace Gallery – Artist Call-Outs
Apply now
Petrie Terrace Gallery are now taking expressions of interest for the Christmas Artisan Market, email for details.
Artist call-out for the ‘Abstract Exhibition’ – Entries close Tuesday 23 January 2018.
Gallery hire bookings are open for 2018. Competitive rates for a 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.

Police Point Artist in Residence
Applications close 31 January 2018
Emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are encouraged to apply for a 2018-19 residency at the historic Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Police Point Park, Portsea, on the Mornington Peninsula.

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.

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment
Applications close 17 December 2017
Contemporary artists are being sought for two separate commissions for the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment (Part A and Part B).
Part A: is calling for suspended lightweight works for the central entry atrium, which refer to the natural environment and potentially activate light and movement. Part B: ‘Digital quilt’ media artwork on the ground floor with associated 2D components integrated into C Block ground floor glass panels and the K Block lift lobbies on eight floors ‚Äì based on multiple images, patterns and colours for screen-based work for the wall.

Science Gallery – 2018 Perfection Exhibition Program
Submissions close 2 January 2018
Science Gallery Melbourne is calling for proposals from the arts, science and design community for the 2018 exhibition and public program season ‘Perfection’. Submissions are invited from practitioners across all disciplines working in the science-art space, or looking to extend their practice and collaborate with partners across the STEM or arts sector. Themes include symmetry and systems, design, visions of utopia, mathematics and physics, biohacking, body augmentation, virtual reality and digital media. The ‘Perfection’ exhibition program will be held at various locations around the University of Melbourne campus and Melbourne’s CBD from August to November 2018.

Site and Sound Arts 2018
Expressions of Interest close 5pm, 27 November 2017
Site and Sound Arts is an initiative from Inner West Council that animates, and enlivens the historic Leichhardt Town Hall during April and May each year. The program invites artists and cultural practitioners to propose events for free use of the hall. The Inner West Council aims to assist artists to develop their practice, and work towards building audiences for the arts. Applications that feature innovative community engagement, audience participation, and arts education components are encouraged to apply.

SWELL Sculpture Festival
Entries open January and close 15 March 2018
The 16th SWELL Sculpture Festival is calling for submissions from local, national and international artists for sculptural works for ‘People. Art. Place’ which will be held from 14 to 23 September 2018, in Currumbin, Queensland. Fifty sculptures will be selected and $25,000 in prize money will be awarded including the $15,000 Major Award.

2018 Synapse Residencies
Applications close 5pm, 26 February 2018
The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is calling for applications from Australian artists working in any discipline and or medium and scientists for the Synapse Residency program, which aims to support creative research collaborations between these two fields of practice. There are two 16-week residencies are on offer during 2018. It is strongly recommended that applicants discuss their project proposals with ANAT prior to application. All relevant information and contact can be found on the website.

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

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA)
Entries close 16 March 2018
The 2018 call for entries is now open for the Telstra NATSIAAs, the longest running award dedicated to Indigenous art in Australia, which is now heading into its 35th iteration. Submissions are invited from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from regional and urban areas across the country to submit one original work, not previously exhibited or made available for sale, in either traditional or contemporary media.
All awards are non-acquisitive.

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

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

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

Wide Open Space Festival
Applications are now open for the ‘Wide Open Space Festival’, a unique music, art and desert culture festival at Ross River Resort, nestled in the ancient East MacDonnell Ranges, 80kms out from Alice Springs, Northern Territory from 4 to 6 May, 2018. Visual artists, musicians and performing artists are invited to apply with installation works, projections, living painting and more, as well as the opportunity to hold workshops and craft sessions for adults and children. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to apply and get involved.