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!

Yalingwa Fellowship
We congratulate Yhonnie Scarce on being awarded the second Yalingwa Fellowship, part of the Yalingwa Visual Arts Initiative. The $60,000 award is gifted by the Yalingwa Advisory Group, to a Victoria-based artist who is held to be at a critical moment in their career and have made an ‘outstanding contribution to creative practice in the First Peoples arts community.’

Yalingwa Fellowship recipient Yhonnie Scarce at the announcement of the 2020 Yalingwa Fellowship at TarraWarra Museum of Art, 11 February 2020. Photograph: Tiffany Garvie. Courtesy TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne

Scarce, a Kokatha and Nukunu woman, has been recognised by the Advisory Group for her innovative and politically provocative glass blowing practice and storytelling of both a deeply personal and historically probing nature. Through her exploration of glass as a medium, aesthetically and in terms of fragility, Scarce dissects themes such as the ongoing effects of colonisation on First Peoples and references her own family history to share stories of the past.

The Advisory Group noted the contributions Scarce has made to Australian art and artists ‘locally, nationally and internationally through major public installations, exhibitions and her mentorship of other Indigenous artists.’ The panel also commended the innovative ways in which Scarce addresses aspects of Australia’s turbulent past, which are not readily discussed.

TarraWarra Museum of Art Director and Yalingwa Advisory Group committee member, Victoria Lynn, said that the Fellowship ‘will allow Yhonnie to enter into a new phase of research and will provide the support to develop and expand her immense creative vision.’

For more information about the Yalingwa Fellowship visit the TarraWarra Museum of Art website:


American Australian Association Arts Fund
Applications all year round
The American-Australian Arts Fund (AAAF) provides support of up to $20,000 (US) to emerging Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists to study or undertake artistic development in each other’s countries respectively. The American Australian Association awards more than 15 arts scholarships and grants per year to talented emerging artists. There are three scholarship categories: Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholarship (Both Directions), AAA Indigenous Arts Grant (AUS to USA only) and AAA Arts Fund (Both Directions). Full details are available by visiting the AAAF website.

Articulate Exhibitions
Articulate is an artist-run space located in Leichardt, Sydney and is calling out for proposals for installation, performance, cross-disciplinary or other forms of experimental or spatial work for the 2020-21 program. Two spaces are available and are suited to different types of work; Articulate project space downstairs is 27 metres long and accommodates larger installation, performance and related work and ArticulateUpstairs is a space suited to wall and smaller works. Click here for more information. Additionally, Articulate has space available for rent. The space measures 3.3 x 5.4m and is priced at $500 per month. Visit the website for more information.

Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund
Applications close 4 May
To provide financial support to screen practitioners, artists and arts organisations, whose work has been cancelled, postponed or disrupted by COVID-19, Arts Tasmania is providing grants of up to $10,000 for individuals and $50,000 for organisations. The funding will help artists and arts organisations to work with Tasmanian screen professionals to create digital content. Eligible projects may include producing excerpts of work for digital distribution, show reels, materials for national and international market development, or adapting theatrical work or performances for a digital platform. Visit the website for eligibility requirements and how to enter.

Australia Council Resilience Fund
Applications open 3 April
In response to COVID-19, the Australia Council for the Arts has announced a $5,000,000 Fund to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists and arts organisations. The Resilience Fund provides three grant streams for individuals, groups and organisations: Survive – to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancellations, Adapt – to explore new operating and practice models, and Create – to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption. Organisations which currently receive funding from the Australia Council are not eligible to apply. Further information will be provided on the website from Friday 3 April.

2020 Arts Day on the Hill
2020 Arts Day on the Hill, Australia’s national day of advocacy for the arts, will take place on Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applications for this year’s Arts Day on the Hill Advocates will open online in April. Led by NAVA, Arts Day on the Hill builds sector capacity for sustained government engagement and lasting policy reform. The program, which culminates at Parliament House in Canberra, will feature a strong online component of advocacy training and network building well ahead of the day, with an intensive day of engagement on 12 August.

The 66th Blake Prize
Entries close 31 May
The Blake Prize is one of Australia’s longest-standing and most prestigious prizes which encourages conversation about religion and spirituality through art and poetry. There are two prizes; one for Art and one for Poetry. Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary artwork that addresses the religious or spiritual.
The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000, The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000, and The Blake Established Artist Residency – consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or artistic style. All artworks entered must have a recognisable exploration of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief. The Blake Poetry Prize invites written submissions of up to 100 lines which will be displayed alongside the Art Prize in 2020. The winning entry receives a prize of $5000. The Blake Poetry Prize is presented in partnership with WestWords. For enquiries and further information visit

Blak Design: KHT Jewellery Program
Entries close 5pm, 20 April
The inaugural Blak Design Program is calling for applications for the first of a series of annual programs centralised on sustainable, First Nations-led and operated design practices and businesses. The first iteration focuses on contemporary Aboriginal jewellery design and invites applications for the six-week program, which will include workshops, tutorials, onsite visits and networking opportunities. Further information and application details can be found on the website.

Chelsea International Photography Competition
Entries close 28 April
Professional and amateur photographers at any stage of their career are invited to participate in the Chelsea International Photography Competition, which opens an opportunity to be discovered and promoted in the heart of New York’s art district. Prizes to the value of $55,000 will be awarded, with results to be announced on 26 May 2020. Visit the website for more information about entry fees and how to apply.

Creative Industries Sector Immediate Response and Resilience Program
The Northern Territory Government has redirected a $2,000,000 funding package to provide financial support to the NT Arts and Screen sectors affected by COVID-19, through a range of programs to assist screen practitioners, artists, arts groups and not-for-profit arts organisations. The following four programs and priorities have been established to deliver funding to the Arts sector. The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program – providing funding to the Indigenous visual arts peak bodies to provide intensive support to Aboriginal art centres, artists and arts workers based in the Northern Territory. The Digital Adaption Program – providing up to $10,000 per applicant to help develop online content, establish e-commerce platforms, or otherwise establish an online presence. Applications open 7 April and close 17 April. Channel NT Virtual Territory – an online platform, content curation and management facilitated through the appointment of a Producer (Expressions of Interest for the Producer role open 3 April and close 9 April). Grant funding of up to $10,000 per applicant will be available to support artists and creative develop content for the Channel to showcase NT artists (Grant applications open 20 April and close 1 May). Territory Arts Projects – providing two rounds of grants of up to $20,000 per applicant, or $15,000 for emerging artists with less than five years professional practice, to support artists, arts workers and eligible not-for-profit organisations develop and showcase new work and acquire new skills. Round 1 opens 9 April and closes 23 April; Round 2 will open in June 2020. Visit the website for more information. 

Contemporary Art Tasmania Curatorial Mentorship 2021
Entries for the 2021 Mentorship program close 27 April
Contemporary Art Tasmania offers $3,000 to assist an early career curator with professional development and exhibition research. Now in its 24th year, the mentorship program invites experimental, ambitious or imaginary curatorial applications, which clearly articulate an exciting or challenging idea or project rational. Application information can be found on their website.

Country Arts SA grants
Country Arts SA offers support for arts and cultural activities in regional South Australia that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities. Grants across the following programs are available: the Skills Development Grant, Step Out Grant, and Step Up Grant, all close 16 March. Quick Response Grants Regional Arts Fund closes 30 June. Visit the website to read the relevant information before applying.

Create NSW Small Project Grants
Applications close end June
Applications are open for Small Project Grants (Quick Response) funding. Do you need funding for a time-sensitive opportunity that will help you to develop your skills or create, present or tour new work? You can apply for a Small Project Grant between $500 and $5,000. Before making submitting your application it is recommended that you review the new guidelines carefully before starting. You can read the full guidelines here. More information can be found on the Create NSW website.

The Farm Margaret River Artist in Residence Program
Entries close 5pm, 29 May
The Farm Margaret River is offering a five to eight week funded residency program to take place between October and November 2020. The program will allow the successful applicant to develop a new body of work or continue their practice on the farm site where a live-in-studio is nested between paddocks, freshwater springs and bushland. Contact for eligibility queries.

First Nations Curators’ Program
Applications open all year round
Firstdraft supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present an exhibition at Firstdraft through the First Nations Curators’ Program designed to provide early-career curators with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks. The Firstdraft board will work with the recipient to select a mentor of their choice. Recipients receive a $1,500 curatorial fee, $1,000 for artist fees, professional mentorship and the opportunity to develop a four-week exhibition and public program with access to Firstfdraft’s resources.

The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators
Entries close 26 April
The National Association for the Visual Arts invites emerging curators to apply for scholarship assistance to develop their practice through overseas travel. One applicant will be awarded $8,000 +GST to undertake a residency, internship or planned program mentorship with a professional curator, or to undertake a self-initiated curatorial project. Terms & Conditions are available on the website, along with the submission link.

Applications close 5pm (AEST) 17 April
As part of the Federal Government’s response to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, applications are invited for funding of up to $10,000, for Canberra-based artists across all artforms, including screen artists, to support art development and the sustainability of artistic practice. Funding for successful applicants will be made available for research, new works, sharing existing works online, artist fees and living expenses to undertake arts activities. Assessment criteria and information on how to apply can be found on the website.

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize
Entries close 12am, 29 June
Now in its 7th year, the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is accepting portraits of any medium for the 2020 prize. Artist Abdul Abdullah will judge the biennial national portrait prize, with the winner receiving $10,000 for the acquisitive award. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be displayed at the Lismore Regional Gallery from 7 November to 31 January 2021.

Inner West Council Arts Grants
Entries close 5pm, 1 May
Two categories of grant funding are available for artists and organisations to support a range of creative activities in Sydney’s Inner West community. Category 1: Individual Artist Grants of up to $5,000 per year in the years 2020-2021 and category 2: Arts Productions Grants of up to $10,000 each per year in the years 2020-2021. Objectives, eligibility criteria and guidelines can be found on the website.
UPDATE: Inner West Council Arts Grants have been postponed until 1 October 2020.

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
Drawing Award Entries close 11.55pm (AEST), 30 June
Grafton Regional Gallery invites artists residing in Australia, who are over the age of 16 to submit one or two works for the 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. This biennial prize for drawing encourages and promotes innovation and excellence in Australian drawing practice. The gallery welcomes submissions in both traditional and/or contemporary approaches. The finalists’ works will be exhibited from 2 October to 22 November.

Kilgour Prize
Entries close midnight, Sunday May 3
An annual art prize for figurative and portrait painting administered annually by Newcastle Art Gallery, the Kilgour Prize awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges. Each year the judging panel is comprised of Newcastle Art Gallery’s Director and two invited external judges. A further $5,000 is awarded through the People’s Choice, with the winner chosen by visitors voting at the Gallery. Visit the website for details.

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.

National Works on Paper
Entries close 19 April
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is calling for entries from contemporary Australian artists working on, or with paper for the biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) exhibition, which will be on show 22 September to 22 November as part of the gallery’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. Up to $50,000 in acquisitions and awards will be presented including the $15,000 Mornington Peninsula Shire / Beleura – The Tallis Foundation major acquisitive award, and the $3,500 Ursula Hoff Institute Emerging Artist Award for Post Graduate excellence in Visual Arts and Music.

Paul Guest Prize
Entries close 15 June
Entries are open for the biennial Paul Guest Prize. Australian artists are invited to submit recent drawings for the non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000. Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will judge the 2020 iteration and an exhibition of finalists’ works will be held from 29 August to 18 October at Bendigo Art Gallery.
UPDATE: Cut off for entries has been extended until 4pm 31 July and the finalist’ exhibition will be held from 17 October to 7 February 2021. 

Professional Development Fund Grant
Open all year round
The Northern Territory Arts Grant Program supported by ARTS NT offers support for professional artists and arts workers in the Northern Territory to access development opportunities through the Professional Development Fund Grants. Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 per financial year. Supported activities include; participation in specialist workshops and training, in arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Support for attending awards, ceremonies, exhibitions and competitions are not a priority.

RAF: Quick Response Grants
Applications close midnight on the last Sunday of each applicable month
Applications are now open for the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Quick Response Grants. The grants are open nine times per year, with up to $1,500 available to Tasmanian artists, to respond to unique arts opportunities that present at short notice. Quick Response program funds are available for June, July, September, October and November. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Rage Against the V(irus) Artist Fund
Expressions of interest close Friday 15 May
The newly established Home of the Arts (HOTA) artist fund, Rage Against the V(irus), will provide artists based in Queensland’s Gold Coast with financial relief in recognition of the consequential challenges arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Gold Coast-based artists, collectives and organisations, or artists with a strong connection to the Gold Coast, are invited to apply for funding of up to $1000 for a digital project, which can be delivered within one week. Visit the website for further information.

Agents of Confusion performance of ‘FIRE’, curated by The Walls Arts Space.
Supported by HOTA’s Creative Development Program 2019.
Photograph: Leximagery.

Regional Arts Development Fund 2019/2020
Entries close midnight (AEST), 30 June
The Western Downs Regional Council invites professional artists, artsworkers, cultural workers, project coordinators, or arts and cultural organisations based in the Council area, or for a project which will directly benefit the area, to apply for grant funding of up to $2,000. Guidelines and the application form are available on the website. Phone 1300–262–624 during business hours, or email with any queries about the guidelines, deadlines or application form.

The Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Arts Program
Entries close 4 May for activities commencing 1 July 2020
The South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet invite individual artists, organisations and groups to apply for grant funding for projects initiated by deaf and disabled artists, who are the primary beneficiaries of the grant. The Program provides up to $3,000 for emerging artists, up to $10,000 for individual artists and up to $25,000 for organisations and groups. Additionally, applications are accepted throughout the financial year for grants up to $10,000 to support increased access to arts and cultural activities for South Australians with disabilities. Eligibility criteria and information on how to apply is available on the website.

Sculpture @ Shaw
Entries close 29 May
Sculpture @ Shaw is a new sculpture prize valued at $15,000. Shaw Wines, in partnership with Belco Arts present the inaugural Sculpture @ Shaw in 2020. Sculptors are invited from all over Australia to challenge viewers with experiential works that can be small or large-scale, or site-specific to the beautiful Shaw Wines and surrounding Murrumbateman countryside and participation in what will be a first for this prize for sculpture, which will culminate in an outdoor exhibition from 5 to 20 September. Entry guidelines are available on the websites /

Southern Way McClelland Commission
Entries close 5pm (AEST), 29 May
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery and Southern Way are calling out for entries for the 2021 Southern Way McClelland Commission. The annual sculptural commission will provide up to $300,000 for a new sculpture to be positioned along the Peninsula Link freeway, in southeast Melbourne. Commissioned sculptures remain onsite and on public display for a period of four years, after which they form part of the McClelland permanent sculpture collection. More information and the application form can be found on the website.