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!

ACCA Open Commissions
Launched in April, in response to forced closures and social distancing measures, the ACCA Open invited proposals from contemporary artists and collaborators for new works to be presented in the digital realm. The inaugural program originally intended to commission three new works, however with additional support from Creative Victoria’s Strategic Investment Fund, three further projects have been added to the series. Our congratulations go to the commission recipients: artists Archie Barry, Zanny Begg, Dr Léuli Eshrāghi and Sean Peoples, and collaborators Madeline Flynn and Tim Humphrey, and Amrita Hepi and Sam Lieblich.


Dr Léuli Eshrāghi, 2019. Photograph Rhett Hammerton

ACCA Artistic Director and CEO, Max Delany, stated that ‘The response to the open call was enormous, with over 340 diverse and wide-ranging submissions received – from artists who had inherently worked this way throughout their artistic careers, to others keen to adapt their practice in response to the current landscape.’

ACCA Open projects will be revealed in August. Interdisciplinary artist Archie Barry’s audiovisual work Multiply presents a pathogen’s perspective exploring domestic life to question our determination to survive. A video work will be created in Sydney’s defunct Waterfall Sanatorium by Zanny Begg, exploring anxieties analogous to immunity/contagion, solidarity/individualism, and liberty/authoritarianism. Dr Léuli Eshrāghi engages with and intervenes in display territories to champion Indigeneity. For his commission, Eshrāghi has devised a digital platform featuring drawings, poems and videos, serving as a decolonised archive. As an extension of his hypothesises of a skewed universe, Sean Peoples will develop a virtual galaxy, showcasing the imbalance and unease in our modern world. Audio artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey’s How much time do we have? is a sonic work of break, flows, junctures and shifts, revealing the timeless state of the present evernow and Neighbour is a chatbot devised by Amrita Hepi and Sam Lieblich providing answers to the question: how does it feel?

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Regional Arts Fund National Fellowship Recipients Announced
We congratulate Kristina Chan, Jack Sheppard, Alex Wisser, Bethany Reece and Vanessa Keenan, who are the successful applicants of the National Fellowships program – a newly formed Regional Arts Fund initiative to support regionally-based Australian artists, at any stage of their career.

The program will facilitate the recipients pursuing a creative or professional development project that considers the impact of drought and bushfires within their geographic location – demonstrating the strength of regional arts practice and the strong ties to the natural environment. Ros Abercrombie, Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia, explained, ‘Each artist will be supported to design their fellowship to the needs of their contemporary practice and be provided the opportunity for professional development that values the local, alongside national and international experience’.

The Fellowship projects include mentorship and youth workshops in drought and bushfire affected New South Wales led by Kristina Chan; creative development of Jack Sheppard’s play Serpent Waters, working under the guidance of two First Nations dramaturges; Alex Wisser further developing socially engaging art targeted to drought-stricken communities; Bethany Reece developing contemporary dance work; and Vanessa Keenan will work with five professional artists impacted by the recent bushfires.


Kristina Chan. Photograph: Joshua Morris

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Sunshine Coast Art Prize
Entries close 14 July
Presented by the Caloundra Regional Gallery, The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is an acquisitive award open to Australian artists working in a two-dimensional medium. The 2020 Prize will be judged by HOTA Home of the Arts Director, Tracey Cooper-Lavery and the works of forty finalists will be exhibited. Cash prizes are awarded in the sums of $25,000 for the winner, $5,000 for Highly Commended, and $2,500 for People’s Choice. Finalists will also be eligible for a two-week residency and workshop program held at Montville Country Cabins. Entry is free for all applicants, to apply visit the website.

The Lester Prize
Entries close 17 July
Formerly the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, The Lester Prize is one of Australia’s premier prizes for portraiture. Four categories of prizes are awarded – $50,000 for the panel selected Richard Lester Prize, $10,000 for the peer chosen Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize, $7,500 for the Baldock Family People’s Choice Prize and two Highly Commended prizes, which gifts $1,000 in cash and $1,300 in vouchers. Terms and conditions and submission forms are available on the website.

Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize
Entries close 17 July
The non-acquisitive Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting is calling for entries – open to all Australian artists over the age of 18. The triennial art prize aims to celebrate excellence and innovation in watercolour. Selected finalists will be exhibited in the Grey Street Gallery, located within Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art at South Bank, Brisbane. A $20,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner, in addition to two highly commended prizes of $5,000 each. In light of the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts industry, for this year’s Prize the prize money has been increased and the entry fee reduced – general entry is $40 or $20 for tertiary students. Visit the website for more information.

National Works on Paper
Entries close 11.59pm, 19 July
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 (dates TBA) 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.

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists
Entries close 19 July
Visual art, craft or design practitioners who are New South Wales residents and have for a continuous period of at least five-years lived more than 70km from Sydney CBD are invited to apply for the Windmill Trust Scholarship. Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the scholarship aims to support regional-based professional artists present their work. Up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist: exhibiting work, including space rental, artist fees and travel, professional development and education. Apply online.

Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival Call for Works
Entries close 19 July
Sculpture artists are invited to submit works for selection in the 2020 Sculpture in the Vineyard, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival – scheduled for 17 October to 1 November. Sculpture in the Vineyard is the oldest and one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW and comprises four outdoor sites and 4 indoor galleries in Wollombi village. The non-acquisitive prize awards $20,000 for first place, $5,000 for highly commended, a $6,000 prize for a small indoor sculpture and a locals prize of $1,000. To enter, visit the website.

The Joyce Spencer Fellowship
Entries close 19 July
In memory of textile artist Joyce Spencer (1928-2019), the Joyce Spencer Fellowship provides financial assistance to a regional NSW textile artist or collective, to create new work or deliver an exhibition. The Fellowship will be administered over two years, with applications open in June 2020 and 2021 and one fellowship of $4,000 will be awarded in each round. Proposed projects for the 2020 round should be delivered between August 2020 to December 2022. Eligible applicants must be based in Regional NSW, and for the purpose of the Fellowship, this does not include Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains. Visit the website for more information.

Creative Arts Fellowships for artworks and writing
Entries close 19 July
The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for their Creative Arts Fellowships, which provides $10,000 to support artists and writers for a four-week fellowship developing an artistic concept or new work inspired by the Library’s collection. Two Fellowships are available, one for writing and one for any other medium. Visit the website for more information, including how to apply.

BLINDSIDE Emerging Curator Mentorship
Entries close 24 July
Emerging curators are invited to submit ambitious exhibition proposals, utilising both gallery spaces at BLINDSIDE, to be held between 9 to 19 December. The successful applicants will receive $4,000 to support exhibition development, materials and artist fees, in addition to a four-month mentorship from Kyla McFarlane, Curator Academic Programs (Research) at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Check out the website for further information and to apply.

ANAT Ideate
Entries close 28 July
Australian artists working in any discipline are invited to submit research proposals, actively imagining the future, for ANAT Ideate 2020. ANAT will fund six research projects which propose new habits and practices of attention, invention and experimentation, utilising art and technology. Selected artists will be commissioned to research over a four-month period, and paid an artist’s fee of $10,000, plus an additional $1,000 contribution towards research documentation. See the website for further details and to apply.

Varuna Residential Fellowships
Entries close 29 July
Applications for the 2021 residency program at Varuna Writers’ House is now open. The Fellowship offers two to three weeks with full board, accommodation and a private studio, taken between January and May 2021. Writers working in all creative forms are encouraged to send in their manuscripts – artistic merit is the most important factor from the assessing panel. For further information about preparing your submission, frequently asked questions, and to apply, visit the website.

Audience Development Fund Museums and Galleries NSW
Entries close 29 July
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to public galleries in New South Wales, providing financial support for targeting and developing new audiences. The funding will allow recipients to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences, artists and the community – by way of public or educational programs, public engagement and/or building new partnerships for audience development. See the website for the 2020 guidelines and to apply online.

Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards
Entries close 27 July
Contemporary textile artists based in New South Wales are invited to apply for the biennial Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards. Submissions are welcome from artists at any stage of their career. Cash awards of up to $1,000 are available and an exhibition of finalists will be held at the Australian Design Centre, and then tour to the Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie and Tamworth Regional Gallery. For more information and to apply head to the website.

The LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Arts Grant Program
Varying closing dates, entries for August round close 31 July
LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Partners Project Management Consultancy Group have partnered to deliver a joint art grants program, to support and celebrate the creative community, providing artists with funding and a platform to showcase their work. A total of six grants over a course of six months, from July to December, will award the winning artist of each month with $4,000. The successful artists will exhibit at LUMAS Gallery in early 2021. For further application details, visit the website.

Picturing Footscray Photography Prize
Entries close 31 July
The annual Picturing Footscray Photography Prize is calling for entries for photography that celebrate Melbourne’s unique inner-west suburb of Footscray. Applications are free, and over $5,500 is awarded in prizes. Entrants are encouraged to get creative and think outside the box when documenting Footscray while adhering to the Victorian Government restrictions. This year, a virtual exhibition of applicants will be held. Check out the website for more information.

Clayton Utz Art Award
Entries close 31 July
Queensland-based artists or artists with a strong connection to Queensland are invited to submit work for the Clayton Utz Art Award. The annual Award offers a $20,000 for the winner, in addition to a People’s Choice Prize and an exhibition for finalists will be held at Lethbridge Gallery from 7 September 2020 to 3 September 2021. There is no limit to the number of submission entries. For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit the website.

2020 Re-Loading Workshops
Enrolments close 31 July
TAFE NSW in partnership with EAO Entertainment have released four short FEE-FREE programs to support artists re-joining the creative workplace as restrictions ease and the industry reopens. The workshops are designed as an opportunity to up-skill, or to support creative careers post COVID-19. Topics include live steaming techniques, skills to improve productivity and wellbeing, social media presence tips, and creative business programs. See the website for further details.

Paul Guest Prize
Entries close 4pm, 31 July
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 17 October to 7 February 2021 at Bendigo Art Gallery.

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.

Fremantle Arts Centre Exhibition Proposals
Entries close 1 August
Individual artists, collectives, curators and art organisations are welcome to submit exhibition proposals for gallery-based, off-site and online projects with Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC). Artists’ fees and other project costs associated with the exhibition are covered by FAC. Proposals should include a CV for each participant, a brief project outline, images or videos of recent or proposed artworks. For more information see the website, or contact Dr Ric Spencer at ric@fremantle.wa.gov.au 

Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery 2021 Exhibition Program
Entries close 5pm, 3 August
The Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery invites emerging and established artists, curators and community-based arts groups to submit exhibition proposals for the Gallery’s 2021 program. Exhibitions are to run for approximately seven weeks and encourage exhibitors from a broad range of contemporary and traditional visual and performance arts. One free exhibition will be offered to an artist or group living and/or working in the City of Maroondah. Application forms are available on the website. For further information, email charlotte.carter@maroondah.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9298-4553.

Help Desk: Virtual Professional Development Program
Open until 7 August
Testing Grounds has established a virtual portal to assist creatives with their professional practice. Submissions are made via the online form and a virtual meeting is then set-up for free advice from industry experts. The program is open to creatives from all disciplines, and topics of advice include: negotiating contracts and written agreements, forming relationships with galleries, festivals and presenters, documenting and archiving, budgets and acquittals, pitching and writing proposals, intellectual property and copyright protection, mental health and work/life balance. To access the portal and submit an enquiry, visit the website.

The Art of Botanical Illustration Biennale Exhibition
Entries close 9 August
The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne are inviting artists to submit entries for the ‘Art of Botanical Illustration 15th Biennial Exhibition’, to be held online from 19 September to 31 December. The Biennale is a showcase of one of Australia’s premier exhibitions of botanical artworks with local, interstate and overseas artists contributing to an inspiring collection of scientifically accurate works. The sale of exhibited artworks will be facilitated online through the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. For more information, visit the website.

Australia Council Resilience Fund
Survive applications due 14 July; Adapt and Create applications due mid-August
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. Visit the website for further information.

Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
Entries close 12 August
Visual artists from around the world, at any stage of their career, are invited to submit works for the annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Painting, sculpture, photograph, drawing, mixed media and print works can be submitted for the opportunity to exhibit your works to a wider international audience and the chance to win over $70,000 in prizes. For full Terms and Conditions and to apply, see the website.

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.

Brisbane Portrait Prize
Entries close 16 August
Celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, The Brisbane Portrait Prize is calling out for entries for the 2020 iteration. There are seven prize categories, both acquisitive and non-acquisitive and the prize money ranging from $50,000 to $1,000. Any artists with a connection to Brisbane are eligible to enter with a portrait, the sitter of which also having a connection with Brisbane. For more information, visit the website.

NAVA Advocacy Program Free Workshops
Until 19 August
Every Wednesday at 4pm AEST until 19 August 2020, NAVA will be conducting free online art advocacy workshops leading up to Arts Day on the Hill – Australia’s national day for advocacy for the arts. Lead by NAVA Executive Director, Esther Anatolitis, and leading Australian advocacy thinkers and practitioners the classes aim to foster confident and informed advocacy on matters such as the arts, policy, media, politics and public engagement. To register, visit the website.

Sculptures in the Garden 2020 – Call for Works
Entries close 21 August
One of Australia’s most renowned regional sculpture exhibitions, Sculptures in the Garden, is calling for applications for exhibiting sculpture. Now in its tenth year, the outdoor exhibition provides artists the opportunity to exhibit their works and go into the running for seven different acquisitive and acquisitive prizes,  ranging from $25,000 to $300. All works that are acquired will form part of the Mid-Western Regional Council’s public art collection, on view within the Lawson Sculpture Park. Visit the website for entry forms and exhibition guidelines

Melbourne Fringe Festival
Registration for artists close 21 August
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is calling for artists to register for the 2020 Festival, to be held in November. The Fringe Festival is assisting artists by providing new digital platforms for events, plus extra support in the form of microgrants and flexible registration payment plans, and staff support. Visit the website for more information about registering your event or exhibition idea, or contact the Participant Services team on 0434-019-817 or artists@melbournefringe.com.au

Dreamfarm Creative Residency Program
Entries close 24 August
Dreamfarm is now accepting applications for their two to four week residency programs, held in the inspiring natural setting of Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Participants in the self-directed residencies are provided with a private studio, serving as both accommodation and a creative workshop, to gather ideas, refine skills, conduct research and produce new works. See the website for more information, including the residency season dates and to apply.

Rosny Farm Art Centre Exhibition Program 2021
Expressions of Interest close 28 August
Clarence City Council welcomes expressions of interest from artists, at any stage of their career, to participate in their 2021 exhibition program at the Rosny Farm Art Centre. Creatives from any discipline – visual arts, new media, design, craft and fashion – are invited to apply. Clarence City Council aims to present diverse programming with a balance of emerging and established artists and a cross-section of practice, age, background, gender and culture. Visit the website for more information and for assistance with your application contact rosnyfarm@ccc.tas.gov.au 

SALA Festival Artist Participation
Registration closes 31 August
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival welcomes artists of all ages and levels of expertise to register online events, such as online exhibitions, video artist talks, virtual studio tours, workshops or forums, for this year’s Festival. There are no restrictions on how many exhibitions or events participating artists can be registered in. See the website for application resources, frequently asked questions and to register.

Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition
Entries close 31 August
The Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition are calling for entries for its 2020 iteration – this year’s theme is The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea. There are five prize categories, with cash awards ranging from $10,000 for the Maritime Art Award to $1,000 for the Emerging Artist Award. An exhibition of finalists will be held at the Melbourne Docklands from 8 to 15 September. Visit the website for full Terms and Conditions and the entry form.

Accessible Arts Online Workshops
Available until 16 September
In furtherance of their disability awareness training programs, Accessible Arts have established online workshops, designed to help art and cultural organisations improve how they connect with and support people with disability, especially in relation to delivering online content and services. The training covers relevant statutory and government bodies, creative solutions for inclusive and accessible arts and culture programs, identifying and mitigating access barriers, and best practice for customer service, language and etiquette. For workshop dates and to sign-up, see the website.

Gordon Darling Foundation Visual Arts Grant
Entries close 23 September
Applications are now open for The Gordon Darling Foundation Grants, which provide support Australia-wide to activities of importance in the visual arts. Applicants must be organisations with Deductible Gift Recipients status, or individuals partnering with such an organisation. The Grants aim to assist with the expenses associated with research, travel, publication and the dissemination of knowledge and the enjoyment of all aspects of the visual arts to the widest possible audience. For more information on eligible projects and to apply, visit the website.

Blacktown Art Research and Development Space – Free Hire
Available until 25 September
To support independent artists and organisations, in light of the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts and culture sector in Australia, Blacktown Arts is making their Performance Studio available for free hire – for the purpose of creative development, research, writing or developing new performance or film projects. In addition to the 10 x 7.5m studio, Blacktown Arts also have a small office suitable for researchers, writers, or producers in need of a dedicated workplace. The space is available to hire in two-week slots. Check out the website for application details.

Banyule Art Salon
Entries close 30 September
Visual artists, makers, writers and performers based in Banyule are invited to submit works made post-March 2020 for the area’s biggest community art exhibition. Awards and Prizes include the Pinpoint Award; for a local artist showing great potential who is awarded an exhibition opportunity, and People’s Choice Awards, with prize money ranging from $500 to $200. Check out the website for more information.

A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize 2020
Entries close 2 October
Applications are open for the biennial national art prize, awarded to emerging Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional artistic styles. Three cash prizes are awarded: $50,000 for the major award for a travelling scholarship, $5,000 for the A.M.E Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics, and $5,000 for the A.M.E Bale Art Prize for works on paper. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be exhibited at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne from 28 November to 13 December 2020. For more information, visit the website.

Rick Amor Drawing Award
Entries close 28 May, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the $20,000 Rick Amor Drawing Award. A shortlisted exhibition of finalists will be held at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery from 28 August to 7 November, during which the $1,000 People’s Choice Award will be nominated. For more information and to access the application form, visit the website.

Kitchen Gallery Exhibition Opportunities
Applications open all year
The Kitchen Gallery, located at the Broken Hill Art Exchange Residences, invites exhibition proposals to exhibit any mediums in the gallery space. The gallery hire is by application, which requires full details of the exhibition – including dates, description, images and artist biography. No commission is taken by Broken Hill Art Exchange on sales. See the website for the application form and more information.

George Patton Gallery ISO Project
No deadline
In a reprisal of George Paton Gallery’s 1975 Ideas Show ‘Survival Kits’, Isabella Wadley and Cecilia Stewart have devised a new project inviting participants to be the artist, inventor and creator of their own survival kit; open to creative interpretation. Responses will be exhibited on the GPG online gallery and can take any form – drawing, painting, poem, playlist, video, text, or even a recipe. See the website for response requirements and how to submit.

Grafton Regional Gallery Online Drawing Workshops
Ongoing
2018 Grafton Regional Gallery Artist in Residence, Jody Graham, presents a series of web-workshops, where beginners and intermediate students can learn to draw expressive portraits. The video tuition series is designed to be followed at your own pace. See the website for instructions, suggested materials, tips and of course, the videos.

Artists Essential Toolkit: How to get your art online
Ongoing
ArtsHub presents their Essential Toolkit video series, assisting artists manage the online – from blogs to websites and social media coverage. Designed for artists starting their digital presence, the workshops – which include the video series, transcript and additional resources – provide a user-friendly approach to easy and affordable ways to get your artwork online. All content is available for free
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Fremantle Arts Centre Residencies
Applications open all year
Home to 11 studios and a residential apartment, Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) can accommodate a variety of disciplines and project requirements, for local, national and international artists. Individual artists, groups of artists, curators, writers and organisations can apply for a residency for the creation of new works, research, and practice development. Proposals are considered in relation to FAC’s other programming and studio availability. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Arts Worker Internships
Applications open all year
Arts workers looking for public art project experience, or to enhance their current skill set working in the arts in rural Australia, are invited to apply for the Arts Worker Internship roles at Broken Hill Arts Exchange. Six-month internship placements are offered for Project Team Administrators or Managers and during the placement period accommodation is provided at the Broken Hill Arts Exchange headquarters. Contact info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au to introduce yourself and learn more.

ACP Online Workshops
The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) have launched custom-designed online workshops for established or emerging photographers to develop photographic skills from home. Courses include Digital Photography Basics, Lighting Design at Home, Camera Craft, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and Professional Practice/Creative Entrepreneurship for Photographers. Additionally, ACP are offering one-on-one mentorships courses, covering three topics related to the current state of being ‘in the time of COVID’. Visit the website for more information, or email workshop@acp.org.au or phone 0433-865-356 for enquiries.

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.

Blak Design: KHT Jewellery Program
Applications will open on a date to be advised
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.

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.

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.

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.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Applications accepted at any time
QASP provides financial support to individuals, organisations and collectives to deliver accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The funding is administered across three streams: Arts Ignite – funding of up to $80,000 for new works, Arts Illuminate – funding of up to $120,000 for presenting or working with acclaimed artists, and Arts Impact – funding of up to $80,000 for diverse arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. For guidelines, application forms and to apply, visit the website.