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!

Western Sydney Arts Fellowship
Sydney-based artist Khadim Ali has been announced as the ‘Western Sydney Arts Fellow’; the title also comes with a $50,000 award from the NSW Government. Ali works across multiple disciplines, from video and painting to drawing and textiles, reflecting on his Hazara heritage and the diversity within communities of Western Sydney; the stories of migration, displacement and identity.

Supported by the funding the artist will create a new series of works for a Foyer Wall Commission at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, hold solo exhibitions in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Lahore, Pakistan, a show in Brisbane, as well as at Blacktown Arts Centre alongside five Afghan-Australian artists working internationally.

Khadim Ali at work. Photograph: Peter Rae, Fairfax Media. Courtesy the artist

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017
This annual prize celebrates both emerging and established artists with an exhibition at the National Art School Gallery (NAS), Sydney to showcase the finalist entries. From each category one winning work is acquired by Redland School for their permanent collection.

The Prize supports artists across a wide range of media, and initiates mentoring opportunities between the artists. This year’s guest Curator, Callum Morton selected 20 Australian contemporary artists including collectives, Barbara Cleveland, DAMP and A Constructed World and artist duo David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, who each nominated one emerging artist to create a work as part of the emerging artist category. On forging these connections Morton stated that he, “wanted to include people who had a direct connection to a younger generation through their various communities, so that the conversation between the generations might make some sense when assembled together. There are many artists included who teach at a range of tertiary institutions around the country and who have had a significant and continuing influence on successive generations of artists.” On view at NAS Gallery from 28 March to 20 May.

Georgina Cue, Aelita, 2016, archival inkjet print, 70.6 x 100cm. Courtesy and © the artist

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.

ARCUS Project 2017 IBARAKI Artist-In-Residence Program
Applications close 20 April, 2017
Emerging contemporary artists are invited to apply for a residency at ARCUS Studio in Japan from late August to December, to present temporary site-specific work that will be available to the public for sharing in the process and collaboration. ARCUS Project aims to promote international exchanges. Only one artist will be selected from one country, or region.

Yen Noh (South Korea), 2016 artist in residence, CAN WE TALK ABOUT MAVO? A Makeshift Platform of the Japanese (Contemporary) Art Topography for All Dada in Japan
Courtesy the artist.
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Expressions of Interest close 31 March, 2017
Transport for NSW is inviting artists to submit concepts for a series of new public art installations to be displayed along the light rail route in Kensington and Kingsford. The five sites are Duke Street, Todman Avenue, Strachan Street, Borrodale Road and Southern Cross Close. Providing a blank canvas, these sites will allow the creation of artworks that redefine the way locals and visitors relate to public spaces in the area.

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.

Art at the Heart Residence Program 2017 Curator Call Out
Applications close 7 April, 2017
Expressions of Interest are sought from experienced curators to work with three previous ‘Art at the Heart’ resident artists; Hannah Quinlivan (NSW), Yasuaki Onishi (Japan) and Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (USA) to develop an innovative group exhibition that will provide a vibrant framework for the collective works to be presented as the four-year project’s final component.

Arts South Australia Project Grants
Applications close 31 March, 2017
This grant offers support for independent artists to develop, produce and present new work and assists touring and expansion of markets of new and existing works, regionally, nationally and internationally. Funded activity is open to Performing Arts – playwriting, dramaturgy, creative development and performances, Literature – manuscript draft and development, and translation of work, and Visual Arts, Craft and Design – development, and making of work.

Art at the Heart Residence Program 2017 Curator Call Out
Applications close 7 April, 2017
Expressions of Interest are sought from experienced Curators to work with three previous Art at the Heart resident artists; Hannah Quinliva (NSW), Yasuaki Onishi (Japan) and Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (USA) to develop an innovative group exhibition that will provide a vibrant framework for the collective works to be presented as the project finalé.

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 From Trash
Entries close 1 May, 2017
‘Art From Trash’ is an annual exhibition that embraces the use of discarded materials to produce visual art. Makers of all ages, styles and stages, from emerging to established practitioners, schools and community groups will exhibit alongside each other in an exhibition at Salamanca Arts Centre’s, Long Gallery, Tasmania from 27 May to 4 June.

Art Next International Artists Awards and Art Next Expo 2017
Entries close 30 April, 2017
Artists are invited to submit entries for the Art Next International Artists Awards and the Art Next Expo 2017 exhibition that will be held from 6 to 9 October at PMQ, Central, Hong Kong. Art Next provides a platform for young and emerging artists from around the world to showcase their talents to the art community, including collectors, critics, scholars and art lovers in Hong Kong and further afield. The winners of the Art Next International Artists Awards will have the opportunity to join artist-in-residence programs, exhibit in galleries and collaborate with brands to develop art products for sale around the world.

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.

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 Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program 2017
Applications close 12 April, 2017
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives, which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. Projects that establish networks, stimulate collaboration, enhance market access and promote Australian expertise in the arts may consider applying for funding. Activities must promote Australia as an innovative, creative, diverse and tolerant nation that is an attractive place to live, work, study and invest.

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
The new Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Prize is calling for entries from photographers and photo media artists for the opportunity to have work displayed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 19 August to 17 September. Entries for The Fringe Program are also open, and for the first time the biennale includes the Athletic Club Brewery Ballarat Icons Prize with a focus on the iconic people and landscapes in and around Ballarat.

Biennale of Australian Art
Stage One EOI’s close 1 April, 2017
BOAA is a six-week Visual Arts Festival in Ballarat, Victoria set to showcase over 150 Australian contemporary artists with large-scaled projects in 50 different indoor and outdoor locations. There will be six ‘Art Villages’ across the city, providing day and night experiences. BOAA will tell stories of our past, present and future and reflect on what is means to be Australian, with a strong Aboriginal focus, as well as celebrating our multiculturalism.  Selection is now open for Australian artists apply for BOAA 2018.

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.

Burnie City Council Public Art Commission
Submissions due 28 April, 2017
The Burnie City Council, Tasmania is seeking applications from artists for an outdoor sculptural work in the Burnie Civic Plaza with a $14,000 (+GST) budget. Over an extended period the Council plans to establish a Public Art Park that will attract increased public use of the Plaza as well as aid in linking the existing facilities in the surrounding precinct.

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.

Centre for Contemporary Photography
EOI’s close 5 May, 2017
Expressions of Interest sought from artists and curators to apply to exhibit at Centre for Contemporary Photography in 2018. Visit the centre website for guidelines and online EOI form.

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.

Creative Spaces, Melbourne
Expressions of Interest
EOI’s close Midnight 28 March, 2017
Creative practitioners from all disciplines are invited to apply to exhibit in one of Melbourne’s most intriguing spaces. The twelve glass vitrines known as The Dirty Dozen and a large bay window known as Capsule in the busy commuter underpass linking Flinders Street station and Degraves Street. Each six-week exhibition slot is valued at $1800 for the Dirty Dozen windows and $600 for the Capsule. Provided to successful applicants free of charge.

The Dirty Dozen, Underpass Flinders Street Station, Melbourne. Image sourced from Creative Spaces

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.

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

Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
Applications close 6 May, 2017
Each year the Freedman Foundation offers four $5,000 scholarships that are awarded to emerging artists to help cover the cost of overseas travel to either, undertake formal study, participate in a residency/mentorship program, or undertake informal study for a planned research project.

The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators
Applications close 25 March, 2017
Call for early career curators. This $8,000 scholarship provides assistance for curators towards the cost of overseas travel to undertake: a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator), and self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

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.

Hadley’s Art Prize
Entries close 30 April, 2017
Hadley’s Art Prize is a new annual acquisitive Australian landscape prize offered by Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart. With the theme ‘History and Place’ the $100,000 major prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape that acknowledges the past. The prize is open to Australian artists over the age of 18 years for original landscape work in 2D media excluding photography and digital media.

Horizon 2017
Round 1 closes 26 March, 2017
Horizon, the 10-day festival of arts and culture on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is calling for expressions of interest. Open to artists, companies, creative producers and venues interested in being part of Horizon Festival arts and cultural program for 2017. Submissions may include existing work that is presentation ready, or a clear outline for a new work to be premiered at the festival. The three categories are: ‘Art Trail’ – new or existing exhibitions of 2D and/or 3D art-forms, public art or artist residencies, ‘Stand-alone event/s’ – an event, activity or program in any art discipline, and ‘Workshops’ – scheduled for the duration of Horizon, or programmed on specified days either standalone or in collaboration with a main event or project.

Humanities Travelling Fellowships
Applications close 29 March, 2017
The Humanities Travelling Fellowships offer grants of up to $4,000 to support Australian early career researchers in the Humanities to undertake inquiry overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks. The biennial David Philips Travelling Fellowship is also being offered this year. Preference is given to proposals that contribute to the advancement of knowledge of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice. Applications from researchers of South African history are particularly welcome; however, researchers with other areas of geographical interest are also encouraged to apply.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants
Round 1 applications are open 27 March to 23 May, 2017
The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. Grants up to $7,000 are on offer to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities providing support for professional development and networking opportunities overseas such as; residencies or study tours, mentoring or private lessons, internships, workshops and conferences, and postgraduate study with a focus on professional development and artistic practice. Only Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia are invited to apply. The Trust offers three rounds per year, visit the website for dates, applicant criteria and detailed information.

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

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.

Kilgour Prize 2017
Entries close 28 April, 2017
In 1987, artist Jack Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at Newcastle Art Gallery. Today, prize awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges, and $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award, as determined by votes from the public. It is open to artists at all stages of professional practice and judged on the artwork’s merit, the entrant’s name and all other details are denied to the judges during the selection process for finalists. An accessible prize no matter where you live in Australia; submitting an entry is as easy as uploading a high quality jpeg and an artist statement along with your entry form.

The Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award
Entries close 28 April, 2017
Open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants are invited to submit works in painting, drawing, photography and all 2D artworks up to 61cm (24 inches) in any direction. $10,000 is awarded to the winner.
For full details and online entry visit the website.

Lloyd Rees Art Prize
Entries accepted 5 to12 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

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.

The Marten Bequest
Entries close 10 April, 2017
The Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic practice through travelling either overseas or interstate. Administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee the scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines. One round is offered each year, and only a limited number of proposals are accepted.

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.

Mid West Art Prize
Entries close 1 May, 2017
The Mid West Art Prize is open to artists residing throughout Western Australia and offers more than $30,000 in prize money across a number of award categories including; City of Greater Geraldton Overall Award for Excellence $20,000, Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Award $5,000, REDFM Youth Award $3,500 and Local Member (MLA) People’s Choice Award $1,500

The NSW Artists Grant
Applications close 11:59pm (AEST) 22 April, 2017
The NSW Artists Grant is initiated by NAVA and funded by Arts NSW to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas. Artists from regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 + GST. Groups are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 + GST. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2017 only.

PCA Print Commission – Call for Entries
Applications close 31 March
PCA Print Commission 2017 is calling for leading and emerging artists for the annual fundraising program of commissioning ten contemporary artists to create an original limited edition of prints for the Print Council of Australia to be sold to subscribers. This opportunity is open to all Australian artists, with commissioned artists receiving the benefits of fantastic exposure in IMPRINT magazine (our quarterly fine art journal dedicated to contemporary printmaking), and the work becoming part of the Print Council of Australia Print Archive, the collection of the State Library of Victoria, and numerous other regional, state, municipal and school collections who regularly acquire works from the print commission.

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.

PORTAL: Capturing 24 hours of coastal living through your lens
Devonport Regional Gallery invites you to participate in PORTAL, a community photography project in North West Tasmania. This project is open to anyone, of any age, as long as you’re in North West Tasmania on Saturday 8 April 2017. Participants agree to take and share one photograph from their day with the gallery. Each photograph will be included in a public exhibition at Devonport Regional Gallery 6 to 28 May.

Roomies Arts Inc. – Expressions of Interest
Roomies Arts Inc. is an Arts and Disability not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney’s Inner west seeking EOI’s from professionals and community members to join the Management Committee. Roomies Arts aims to encourage and promote the independent creative expression and artistic development of people with mental health issues or learning disabilities, and enhance participants’ artistic experience by providing access to professional development and links to the broader art community. Please email your resumé and an outline of your interest in Arts & Disability or as a community board member to This may be provided in any format, including video via a link.

SALA Festival Exhibition 2017
Entries close 15 May, 2017
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art established in 1998 to promote and celebrate visual artists in South Australia. Registrations are now open for the festival exhibition 1 to 31 August.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
Deadlines for entry; Hard copy applications: 5pm, Fri 7 April, 2017
Online applications: Midnight, Sun 9 April, 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.

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

State Library of Victoria Fellowship Program
Applications close 23 April, 2017
Creative Fellowships are offered each year to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the collections for new work as well as a number of specialist fellowships to support and recognise the importance of scholarly endeavour in areas ranging from children’s literature and social history to the visual arts, theatre, 19th-century Victoria and Ukrainian studies. A new Digital Fellowship will be offered for the first time, established to encourage innovative uses of the Library’s digitised collections and data. The 2017-2018 program applications are now open for the Amor Residency at Baldessin Press Studio, Georges Mora Fellowship and several others.

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.

Stonevilla Artist Studios – Proposals
Applications close 5pm, 14 April, 2017
Now accepting proposals for the 2017 ‘Wearable Art Prize’.
 Ten artists will be selected to exhibit on our red carpet with an artist fee of $200 paid to all exhibiting artists. The winning entry will also receive $1000.
Send a brief proposal (less than 100 words), cv and six images or your website link to

Sunshine Coast Art Prize
Entries close 31 March, 2017
Presented by Sunshine Coast Council this national contemporary acquisitive award is calling for Australian resident artists to submit work in a 2D medium. Forty finalists will be selected for an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery 18 August to 8 October. The winning work will become part of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Michael Cook, Mother – Tennis, 2016, digital photograph inkjet on photo rag, 80 x 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland

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:

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.

The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary
Applications open 1 May to 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.

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.’

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.

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