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!

Lloyd Rees Art Prize Announcement
Philip Wolfhagen is the winner of the $20,000 Lloyd Rees Art Prize for 2017 with his painting Transitory Light (2017). This is an acquisitive prize awarded to the work that best reflects the ‘light in the land’, and is presented in recognition of the winning artist’s contribution to Australian landscape painting. Tasmanian-born Wolfhagen’s art practice is inspired by Tasmanian landscapes – the light within it and the weather. The Highly Commended award winners are artists Richard Crossland, Jerzy Michalski, Hamish McBride and Garry Currin. And in the Watercolour category first prize goes to Barnaby Smith for Mt Direction I, II, III, and Highly Commended to Christina Kerkvliet Goddard.

Philip Wolfhagen, Transitory Light 2017, oil and beeswax on linen, 57 x 46cm. Winner 2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize
Courtesy the artist and Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Colville Gallery, Tasmania

Arts Tasmania – Aboriginal Arts Program 2018 
Applications are open until 21 July, 2017
The Aboriginal Arts Program for 2018 invites Aboriginal artists and organisations that stimulate contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practice to apply. This program provides opportunities for professional development through mentorships, fellowships and projects that demonstrate strong developmental content, and is for projects commencing after 15 December 2017.

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

Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries close 31 August, 2017
The Aesthetica Art Prize offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work and engage with audiences on an international platform. There are two awards on offer; Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. Categories include Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; and Video, Installation & Performance.

Aim for the Stars Scholarship for Women
Applications close 20 October, 2017
The Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim for the Stars Scholarships provide grants of $4,000 and mentoring for women in a number of categories including the arts with the aim of supporting education and personal development. Applicants can be undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Artbank Emerging Curator Callout
Applications close 21 August, 2017
As part of Artbank’s support for visual artists and the professionals with whom they work, they are currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals and collectives who identify as being in the early stages of their career, to curate an exhibition in their Sydney gallery. The successful project will be exhibited from 24 May to 17 August 2018.

Arts and Culture and Local History Grants
Applications close 10 August, 2017
Arts and Culture grants of up to $7,500 are available to support projects that provide opportunities for creative participation and celebrate local history; enhance creativity and connection to place in the public sphere; develop skills and strengthen the sustainability of the Inner West Council’s (IWC) cultural and creative industries. Categories include are: Arts and Cultural Grants, Independent Artist Grants and Local History Grants.

Arts Law workshops for artists – 7 to 9 August
Arts Tasmania in partnership with the Arts Law Centre of Australia will present a series of free workshops with Senior Solicitor, Suzanne Derry covering important legal issues for Tasmanian artists and arts businesses. Workshops are in Hobart and Launceston. A limited number of 1-1 legal advice consultations to discuss any legal queries relating to your arts practice are available (appts 30 mins). Workshops include: ‘Law for Creatives’ covers the basics on copyright and moral rights, design registration, trade mark, Indigenous cultural and intellectual property, contracts, online and social media issues, licensing and creative collaborations. ‘Law for Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Practitioners’ is for Aboriginal arts and cultural practitioners covering the basics of perpetual copyright and moral rights, Indigenous cultural and intellectual property, provenance and the ethics of permission.

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.

Arts Tasmania’s Cultural Heritage Program
Applications close 1 November, 2017
This program supports collections to deliver a range of high quality activities that strengthen Tasmania’s, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage sector. Investment grants are available including Roving Curator Time to museums, galleries, collections and other organisations with a collection of movable cultural heritage.

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.

Art for justice, art for a cause
Entries close 31 July, 2017
Artists and musicians are invited to submit original pieces of work to The Law Society of NSW’s ‘Just Art’ and ‘Just Music’ competitions. Artwork can be in any form including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking or photography, and musical compositions of any genre, from 90s electro-pop to classical violin melodies. The Just Art exhibition will be held at Gauge Gallery, Glebe, 6 to 17 September, and the music concert will be on at the City Recital Hall, Sydney on 28 September. ‘Art for justice, art for a cause’ supports Bara Barang an Aboriginal Central Coast Corporation providing innovative programs, events, training and services to engage Aboriginal people and youth.

Australian Federation of Graduate Women Dr Barbara Wright Postgraduate Scholarship
Applications close 1 September, 2017
This award is offered to support women who have completed an undergraduate degree and will be undertaking a postgraduate qualification in 2018 who are from the Central West of NSW area defined as the Upper Lachlan, Parkes, Forbes, Weddin, Cowra, Cabonne, Orange, Blayney, Bathurst, Oberon and Hilltops.
Scholarships up to $5,000 are offered.

Banyule Award for Works on Paper
Entries close 31 July, 2017
The Banyule Award commends an outstanding contemporary work on paper. This is a $10,000 acquisitive prize with the winning work to become part of the Banyule Art Collection in Victoria. The 2017 award is calling for artworks that respond to the curatorial theme of ‘ebb and flow’.

Blackcat Gallery Internship / Volunteer
BlackCat Gallery, artist-run initiative located at Collingwood invites volunteers, photographers and interns to become part of a small team. If you have a few hours free or would like to engage in a threemonth internship and assist the gallery with daily operations, install and uninstall, invigilating and documenting artworks please email your resume to

Blacktown Arts Creative Residency Program
Applications open 17 August to 14 September, 2017
This residency program supports artistic development and emerging arts practices across all artistic forms through the offer of funding and/or access to Blacktown Arts Centre studios. Entries are open to local, national and international artists.

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.

BRAGS Art Fair, Bathurst
Entries and delivery of works by 24 September, 2017
The Brags Art Fair is a selling show for regional artists taking place 28 September to 2 October in Bathurst. Artists from the Bathurst Regional Council district and surrounding areas including the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney, Cowra, Orange and Mudgee are invited to participate and is open to works in all 2D and 3D media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics. Artists may submit up to three pieces. This is a fundraising initiative of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society Inc. (BRAGS Inc.), to enable them to purchase new works for the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

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.

Career Development Grants for Individuals
Applications close 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.

Chippendale World Art Residency
Entries close 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’ for the fifth annual Chippendale New World Art Prize, re-imagined this year as the Chippendale World Art Residency. 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 in Southern France.

Clarence Exhibition Program 2018
Applications close 18 August, 2017
Clarence City Council, Tasmania is calling emerging and established artists in the areas of visual arts, design, craft, and fashion to submit expressions of interest for the 2018 exhibitions program at the Rosny Farm Arts Centre, Schoolhouse Gallery and Rosny Barn. Open to local, interstate and international artists, curators, arts collectives and organisations.

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.

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
Applications close 5pm, 27 July, 2017
CASP offers grants up to $5,000 for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation for the purpose of community arts and cultural development in regional NSW. Support is offered for arts and cultural activities to increase opportunities for regional groups to be able to access a diverse range of arts programs, and create sustainability and resilience of regional-based community arts organisations. Applicants are advised to contact Arts Northern Rivers prior to submission. This round is for projects taking place in 2018.

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.

Cultural and Creative Grants
Round Two closes 24 July, 2017

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.

Desert Experience
12 to 18 September, 2017
A seven day workshop in Fowlers Gap NSW, exploring different landscapes and locations through drawing, painting and movement with visual artist Rena Czaplinska and movement artist and choreographer Victoria Hunt, followed by a group exhibition on the last day. Both beginners and experienced artists, painters and dancers with interest in art and desert ecology are welcome.

Rena Czaplinska-Archer, desert landscape, acrylic on paper, 2016

Gippsland Print Award 2017
Entries close 18 August, 2017
The Gippsland Print Award is a $5,000 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

Hill End Residency
Applications close 31 October, 2017
The Hill End Residency program is for contemporary Australian and international artists to experience and respond to the historically charged landscape of Hill End, NSW. The successful applicant will be provided with four weeks accommodation to undertake a residency during March 2018 and March 2019.

Inner West Stronger Communities Program
Applications close 10 August, 2017
The Stronger Communities Grants Program will allocate up to $1 million in grants over three years for projects that build vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities within the new Inner West Council (IWC) area to enable the community to develop projects and programs to address local needs. Local community groups are invited to apply for grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

International Opportunities for Performing Arts practitioners
EOI’s close 15 August, 2017
The Australia Council for the Arts is supporting practitioners to attend key market opportunities for the performing arts in North Asia, Europe and North America in 2017 and 2018. International opportunities include: IETM Autumn Plenary, Brussels, Belgium 23 to 26 November. International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), Philadelphia, USA, 24 to 27 January 2018. New York in January, New York, USA 1 to 31 January 2018. TPAM: Yokohama, Japan 10 to 18 February 2018.

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.

Live Alice Mparntwe Arts Program
Round 1 closes 7 August, 2017
Up to $50,000 is offered for arts and cultural activities to celebrate and invigorate the Alice Springs CBD, as part of the Live Alice Mparntwe arts program October 2017 to June 2018. Funding of up to $50,000 is also available for a producer and production support to deliver the program with Art Individuals including freelance arts producers, groups and not-for-profit arts organisations are invited to apply. Round 2 is open 27 October to 24 November, 2017.

The Mandorla Art Award
Entries close 12 March, 2018
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is a national thematic Christian art prize open to artists in all media. Entries that respond to the theme for 2018, taken from the Book of Revelations (Rev 21:1-2) are invited. The total prize pool is $37,000, with an acquisitive main prize of $25,000.

Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition
Entries close Sun 27 Aug, 2017
Submissions are now open for the Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition. This national competition hosted by the Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne promotes excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art, and assists in raising the profile of merchant seafarers responsible for transporting more than 90 per cent of world trade.

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.

Next Wave x – Call to Artists
Submissions close 7 August, 2017
Next Wave is inviting expressions of interest from emerging artists and curators to be part of their new national co-commission project ‘Next Wave x’. Seven projects  by early-career practitioners will be developed for presentation in Melbourne at Next Wave Festival 2018 and in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. The ‘Next Wave x’ program offers funding, mentorship and presentation opportunities to support artists and curators on a national platform bringing those working across visual arts, dance, music, theatre, performance, and live-art together with program partners including ACE OpenDance HouseLiquid ArchitectureMetro ArtsPICAVitalstatistix and West Space.

Pony Express, Ecosexual Bathhouse, Nextwave festival 2016
Photograph: Sarah Walker

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

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.

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.

Portia Geach Memorial Award
Entries close 8 September, 2017
The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a prize for portraiture by women artists, and was established by the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. This non-acquisitive award of $30,000, is for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the 12 months preceding the close date for entries.

Regional Arts Fund Tasmania
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting cultural activity in regional and remote Australia, providing funding for artist professional development and arts projects that involve regional and remote communities. In Tasmania the Regional Arts Fund offers two grant programs: Community Grants (Round 2, 2017: closes 15 August 2017. Round 1, 2018: open 1 February to 5 March 2018), and Quick Response Grants (open all-year). Open to all eligible Tasmanian residents and organisations.

Roving Curator Program
Applications close 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.

Sculpture on Clyde
Entries close 28 July, 2017
Local, interstate, emerging and professional artists, community groups and novices are invited to submit entries for ‘Sculpture on Clyde’ a new outdoor sculpture event hosting a ten-day art festival from August 25 to September 3 along the Bateman’s Bay, Clyde River foreshore. Awards include a major acquisitive prize of $20,000, a $5,000 non-acquisitive prize, two emerging artist prizes of $1,000, and two $1,000 people’s choice prizes, and an ANU Residency.

Jesse Graham, Buoyansea

Sculptures in the Garden 2017
Artists are invited to be part of the annual Sculptures in the Garden 2017 exhibition in at Rosby Vineyard in Mudgee NSW. The exhibition runs over two days and displays an outstanding collection of works each year in the beautiful setting of a country garden surrounded by vineyards and farming fields. A total of $25,500 in prizes and acquisitions is on offer. All exhibiting artworks are available for sale.

Nadja Williams, Custodians – a continuum, Sculptures in the Garden 2015
Copyright Sculptures in the Garden

The Shirl National Youth Art Prize
Entries close 8 September, 2017
The ‘Shirl’ is a $10,000 acquisitive biannual prize specifically offered to young and emerging artists between the ages 16 to 25. HSC students, tertiary students and practicing emerging artists are invited to enter. Entries in any 2D traditional medium, digital new media, animation, or gif, completed within the last 12 months are accepted.

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.

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.

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.

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 Women’s Gallery Inc. Archives Project
Artists, performers and supporters of The Women’s Gallery are being called to get involved with the Archive Project. This program involves sorting, collating, archiving and storing of invitations, catalogues, posters, reviews, artist statements, photos, slides, media material, gallery diaries and all other papers and articles created in relation to the artists, exhibitions, performances and concerts that took place during its operations from 1988-95, including preparing material to be made available digitally and on the web. The publication of an art book will record and celebrate the achievements of the women involved in the Women’s Gallery from 1987-1996.

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

Young Carers Bursary Program
Applications open 27 July to 7 September, 2017
Bursaries of $3,000 are offered to support young carers to study while receiving their education or training. Applicants should be aged 25 or under and not in receipt of another bursary or scholarship, and do not have a previous degree or advanced diploma. Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and can be an undergraduate or postgraduate student.