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!

Asialink Arts Glass Reciprocal Residency Announcement

Canberra-based glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock and Chisa Kobayashi from Japan are the recipients of the 2018 Asialink Arts Glass Exchange partnering Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Glass Studio. The six-week residency is offered as part of the organisation’, ‘Global Project Space’ initiative developed to encourage cultural engagement between Australia and Asia.

Schwarzrock, who currently works from a hot glass studio in her hometown, says she is eager to contemplate the concepts of reflection and balance in this cross-cultural context. The artist is ‘Inspired by the history of subtle and powerful installation glass works made by Japanese artists’, and says ‘it will be a pivotal experience to produce work in Japan, to install for exhibition, and to document and experience the interactions of a new audience with this work.’ Kobayashi has completed studies at Tokyo International Glass Academy and Toyama Institute of Glass Art and recently exhibited at Biennale TOYAMA 2017. Julie Skate, CEO of Canberra Glassworks added the program is an opportunity for the artists to ‘develop their practice, actively engage with the social and cultural fabric of the region and above all, to cement relationships between Canberra Glassworks and the Toyama glass artist community.’
Image: Harriet Schwartzrock, recipient 2018 Asialink Arts Toyama Glass Exchange. Courtesy the artist and Asialink Arts Global Project Space, The University of Melbourne

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and Young Archie 2018
Delivery of entries is 9 to 13 April, and 1 February to 11 March for the Young Archie.
Entry forms now available online for the Archibald Prize – awarded annually to the best portrait, the Wynne Prize – for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture, the Sulman – awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist, and the Young Archie invites entries from 5 and 18 year olds to submit a portrait. Exhibitions will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales 12 May to 9 September 2018.

Art & About Sydney 2018-19
Applications close 5pm (AEDT), 13 March 2018
Expressions of Interest are open for ‘Art & About Sydney’ 2018/19. The City of Sydney are seeking concepts for large installations and mural artworks to transform the city. Projects valued from $10k to $85k supported.

Articulate Installation Project
Submissions close 1 March 2018
Articulate is calling for artist proposals for a site-specific, whole-space installation for the Articulate Project Space from 29 May to 18 June. This is a project funded by Inner West Council with the recipient receiving a $900 fee, free rent and use of the ground floor project space for three weeks, an opening event and basic documentation. The artist will give a talk.

Arts NT Strategic Arts Program
Submissions close 16 March for activities commencing 1 July 2018
The Strategic Arts Program grants offer support for new initiatives that aim to develop the art sector in the Northern Territory. There are four categories; three of which offer up to $25,000 – Access for Artists with Disabilities, Independent Producers and Curators, Community Festivals Capacity Building, and up to $100,000 for Arts Industry Development. Applications are open to individuals, groups and organisations.

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.

Bakhap Award for Sculpture 2017-18
Entries close 1 March 2018
Presented by James Scott Decorative Arts Society (JSDAS), the Bakhap Award for Sculpture recognises and encourages the development of the arts. An exhibition of the finalists work will be held at Bridestowe Lavender Estate in Nabowla Tasmania from May until July 2018, with the announcement of the winner on 10 May. The winning piece will be installed on the estate by August 2018.

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.

Borrowed Wall Art Prize
Entries close 2 March 2018
The Liverpool City Library is calling for applications to the Borrowed Wall Art Prize 2018. This year, design proposals are invited from artists aged 18 to 30 for artwork to be created for the large youth space in the City Centre branch where young people meet, socialise, game, study and seek refuge. The winner will receive $10,000 and an additional $10,000 budget for the installation of their work. The artist will develop a design to be installed in the space and deliver two workshops to young people from the Liverpool area.

Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts Residency
Applications close 26 March 2018
Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts is seeking applications from artists across a range of disciplines including visual artists, writers and musicians to complete a supported residency in a historic dwelling owned by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service at Cape Bruny in the South Bruny Island National Park. A stipend of up to $2,000 is available for the four-week project, as well as free accommodation. This residency is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and can take place between May and June 2018, as negotiated with the Foundation. The successful artist will be notified by 16 April 2018.
Further information email: Caroline Rannersberger:

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

CCA Fellowship Program
Applications close 30 March 2018
CCA Kitakyushu runs a Fellowship Program in Japan for young artists and researchers who are engaged in art, curatorial work, design and architecture. The next program will take place in September 2018 through to the end March 2019. Recipients stay and work in Kitakyushu for a few months either consecutively or intermittently during this time, and are required to present the outcome of their project at the end of the program.

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.

Creative Arts Fund Submissions close 8 March 2018
Blacktown City Council applications are open for the 2018 Creative Arts Fund, which offers a total of $40,000 in grants, awarded to local individuals and organisations to support the creation of new work, explore creative collaborations or pursue professional development opportunities.

FUSE Glass Prize
Entries close 16 March 2018
Presented by JamFactory, this $20,000 biennial prize is Australia’s richest glass award open to Australian and New Zealand artists and includes the FUSE Emerging Artist category offering $2,500 plus a professional development opportunity at JamFactory valued at $2,500. Glass artists at all stages of their career are invited. A finalist’s’ exhibition will take place at the gallery in Adelaide from 18 May to 8 July, and in the Barossa from 17 July to 16 September.

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

The Hopper Prize Artist Grant Program
Applications close 15 May 2018
Entries are invited in from all artists and collaborative teams internationally who are over the age of 18 years. Works in any media including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, conceptual, experimental and installations are accepted. The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and exhibition platform offering a series of individual artist fellowships totalling $5,000 (USD), each recipient will receive $1,000.

Indigenous Ceramic Award
Applications close 5 March 2018
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is calling Indigenous groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept for this year’s Indigenous Ceramic Award. Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each, to produce new work from March to July culminating in an exhibition at SAM from 25 August to 11 November.

Kudos Gallery Early Career Curator Award
Submissions close midnight, 25 March 2018
Kudos Gallery and Arc @UNSW Art and Design invites curators in the early stages of their careers to propose an exhibition to be presented at Kudos Gallery as part of the Early Career Curators Award 2018. The recipient will receive a $500 curator fee, mentorship with Dr Lee-Anne Hall, Director Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, the design of a digital exhibition catalogue, which will be published on the Kudos Gallery website, and a public program developed in collaboration with the semester two Emerging Critics Award recipient

Libris Awards for Artists’ Books
Entries close 19 March 2018
Artspace Mackay is calling for entries for the biennial ‘Libris Awards’ for artists’ books. This year there are four categories, which include the introduction of the new $3,000 acquisitive ‘Altered Book Award’ with a focus on the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, and the ‘National Artists’ Book Award’ (acquisitive) $7,000, the ‘Regional Artists’ Book Award’ (non-acquisitive) $2,500 and the Tertiary Artists’ Book Award (non-acquisitive) $2,000. The 2018 ‘Libris Awards’ will culminate in an exhibition opening on 26 May and on show until 19 August.

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.

NGV Teen Council
Applications close 1 March.
The National Gallery of Victoria is calling on Victorian teens aged 14 to 17 to represent their peers as a member of the inaugural NGV Teen Council. From planning NGV teen events to developing activities and programs, this one-year commitment allows members to express themselves creatively and become a part of the NGV team.

Northern Territory Arts Grants
‘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.
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.

Perfect Match Public Art Program
Expressions of Interest close 8 March 2018
‘Perfect Match’ brings artists, residents, businesses and property owners together to work collaboratively on works for public places in Sydney’s Inner West. Expressions of Interest are now open to artists who would like to create work, and business owners and residents interested in enlivening their walls and spaces. The program seeks bold, new and innovative ideas that reflect the unique heritage, character and style of the area’s communities and sites.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
Petrie Terrace Gallery Call out for ‘Brisbane; Landscapes, Landmarks and Personalities’ with entries closing 20 March.
Gallery hire bookings are open for 2019, offering competitive rates at a great Brisbane city location.

PITCH Grants
Apply now
Country Arts SA invites artists and creatives to present their art and project ideas for funding opportunities. If you have a unique idea visit the website for details about submission requirements for your proposal.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an American-based organisation provides grants to international and Australian visual artists for the creation of new work, to assist with the purchase of materials, studio costs and personal expenses in preparation for exhibitions and professional opportunities.

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
Entries open 2 April to 15 June 2018
This annual acquisitive competition showcases works that reflect the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback. Submissions in any media are invited for the Acquisitive First Prize, the Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and the Peoples Choice Award, together offering a total prize pool of $19,000. The finalist’s exhibition will be on show at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) from 3 August to 23 September. The winning work will become part of BRAG’s collection.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Entries close 12pm, 17 April 2018
Launched in 2017, this annual prize presented by Ravenswood School for Girls aims to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. The two categories are the $35,000 Professional Artist Prize and $5,000 Emerging Art Prize. Entries are invited for works, which align with the 2018 theme ‘Resilience’.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
Submissions close 5pm, 29 March 2018
Artists are invited to submit entries online or via post for pre-selection in the 22nd annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ situated along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney from 18 October to 4 November. Visit the website to view the list of awards and subsidies on offer, as well as the terms and conditions and application details and submission.

Siteworks 2018
Applications close 29 March 2018
Bundanon Trust is calling on artists, scientists, scholars and community voices to become part of ‘Siteworks 2018’ the annual spring gathering of sharing knowledge and experiences in response to Bundanon’s properties. With ‘Micro’ as the theme, fields of enquiry will be drawn to the very small – living, inert, conceptual, or hardly there at all. Ideas that include partnerships with scientists are encouraged. ‘Siteworks’ will be held at Bundanoon on 29 September.

SPARK NT Curator
Submissions close 2 April 2018
Applications for the 2018 SPARK NT Curator are now open. This Artback NT initiative supports an independent or emerging curator in the Northern Territory to develop work over an eight-month period for a touring exhibition the following year. The program aims to foster art critical and curatorial practice within the NT and provide artists from the region with opportunities to showcase their work in curated exhibitions. Funding opportunities include a curatorial fee of $10,000 and a $10,000 budget for research and development. Artback NT is interested to hear from a wide range of practitioners, including those without previous curatorial experience.

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

SWELL Sculpture Festival
Entries 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.

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.

The Unconformity Artist Residencies
Applications close 23 February
The Unconformity supports multiple artist residencies in Queenstown, a small mining town in remote western Tasmania to foster the development needs of artists. The supported residencies offer recipients the opportunity to develop their artistic practice or project with flexibility to deliver a resolved outcome. Applications are open to local, Tasmanian, Australian and international artists working across all art forms and stages of professional practice. Nominated artists will be supported with a $2,500 fee, $500 for materials, accommodation, per diems and a contribution towards travel.

Wearable Art Competition: paper on skin
Entries close 5 March 2018
Burnie Arts Council, Tasmania is calling for entries to the biennial ‘paper on skin’ wearable art competition, which aims to foster and promote the paper heritage of the town. Artists are invited to explore their passions and develop apparel pieces inspired by their specific areas of interest, made from at least 80% paper in this unthemed competition. Award categories include the Betta Milk Major Award $5,000, Friends of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Runner Up Award $1,500, and Cocoon Designs Public Vote Award $500. The finalists‚Äô exhibition will be held at Burnie Regional Gallery from 22 June to 29 July.