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!

2019 Samstag Scholars
The University of South Australia (UniSA) announced Elyas Alavi, from South Australia, and Georgia Saxelby, from New South Wales, as the recipients of the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships, introducing their socially engaged art to a global audience.

A cross-disciplinary artist, poet and former refugee Alavi’s practice is driven by ideas of social justice, memory, displacement and exile. ‘Exploring agency through personal narratives of identity, memory, displacement and cross cultural integration, Elyas Alavi merges the personal and the poetic with strong geopolitical contexts,’ says artist Nike Savvas, 2019 Scholarships selection committee member. ‘His works tantalise with suggestion in a transcultural dialogue that resists conventional boundaries of place and identity,’ adds Virginia Rigney, UniSA commissioned writer.


Elyas Alavi, Naan/Bread, 2017, installation view, detail, video still, Middle-eastern bread, LED light, acrylic on wall. Photograph: Grant Hancock. Courtesy the artist and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

Saxelby is an interdisciplinary artist living and working between Sydney and the United States. Her participatory practice engages with issues of public social space, collective ritual behaviour and notions of sacred space in both ancient and contemporary cultures. ‘Saxelby’s work is highly charged, informed, feminist, inclusive, and relational – inviting participation from women across different cultures, countries, social and political spheres,’ says Savvas. ‘Her work gives a loud, credible voice to the unrepresented and those without a voice.’


Georgia Saxelby, Lullaby, 2017, still from video performance, detail, in collaboration with Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan. Photograph: Kristin Adair. Courtesy the artist and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

The Scholarships provide each artist with a twelve-month living allowance of $48,000 (USD), as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees at a leading international art school of their choice. The 2018 scholars, Sasha Grbich and Julian Day, are commencing their study respectively at Maumau, Portugal and Columbia University School of Arts, New York.

360 VISION: Virtual Reality Development Initiative for the Arts
Applications close midnight, Monday 7 January 2019
Applications are now open for the second year of Create NSW’s support for artists to develop immersive virtual reality (VR) and now also augmented reality (AR) art experiences, with $120,000 pledged to support six projects through the initiative. Grants are available to NSW-based practitioners working across practices; including visual arts, theatre, dance, music, literature, and/or museum practices. Collaborations with VR/AR practitioners are encouraged.
Guidelines and application forms available here.

Aboriginal Artist Support
Applications close 1 April 2019
The Aboriginal Artist Support Quick Response program supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts and cultural workers. Applications are open to individual professional artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships or groups, and NSW organisations working within the Aboriginal arts and cultural sector. Up to $5,000 is available for activities taking place between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Activities must be due to start at least four weeks after an application has been submitted.

ANAT Synapse Residencies 2019
Applications close 5pm, 19 February 2019
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is calling for applications from artists and scientists for Synapse Residency program, which supports creative research collaborations between artists and scientists. Residencies are open to Australian artists working in any discipline and/or medium, with the residencies to take place over 16 weeks full-time (or part-time equivalent) during 2019. A joint application must be submitted by the artist and the host organisation. This is a highly competitive program and it is strongly recommended that you discuss your project proposal with ANAT prior to application.

Arc @ UNSW Art & Design and Kudos Gallery 2019 Program
Submissions close midnight, 18 November 2018
Applications are open to exhibit as part of the 2019 exhibition program. Submissions from any artist, designer and/or curators who identify as having an emerging or experimental practice are invited to apply. Kudos Gallery is run by UNSW Art & Design students and aims to create exhibition opportunities for emerging and experimental artists, designers and curators Australia-wide, and is an artist-run space funded by Arc @ UNSW Ltd. Kudos Gallery is situated close to the UNSW Art and Design campus in Paddington, Sydney.

Artbank Roadshow for Unrepresented Artists
Artbank Roadshow is a national initiative that seeks to provide opportunities for unrepresented artists to be seen and potentially acquired for the Artbank Collection. The Artbank team will travel to each state across Australia to meet with artists for 20-minute appointments, where artists will take their work and discuss their practice. Applicants will be assessed and recommendations made to the Artbank Director for acquisition. Country Arts S.A, Port Adelaide: 17 October, Art Gallery of Ballarat: 1 November, Lismore Regional Gallery: 21 March 2019, City of Joondalup, Western Australia: 8 May 2019, and Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT: 21 June 2019. Visit the website for details and an information pack.

Arte Laguna Prize
Entries close 27 November 2018
Entries are open to all artists for the 13th Arte Laguna Prize. This international art contest has been promoting contemporary art for 13 years, collecting thousands of applications from artists from all over the world selected by a jury of excellence for the exhibition from 16 March to 7 April 2019 in the spaces of the Arsenale of Venice, Italy. Participants also have the chance to win several awards in collaboration with companies, foundations and galleries, including cash prizes. There are ten categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and short films, performance, virtual art, digital graphics, land art and this year’s new entry, urban art, design. Prizes include; six cash prizes of € 7.000 each, an exhibition, publication of a bilingual catalogue, four collaborations with Made in Italy companies, participation in four Festivals and collective exhibitions, four exhibitions in international art Galleries, nine Art Residencies, two collaboration with Art platforms and Supporters.
Also, ARS Prize for plastic: main theme ‘Art and Sustainability’, promoting a sensitisation of creativity, of design and in general of the visual and performing arts towards the Reuse Recycle Reduce strategies, dedicated this time to PLASTIC.

Art Olympia International Open Art Competition
Entries close Friday 15 March, 2019
Art Olympia is an open art competition held as a biennial event with the goal of discovering talented artists from around the world and supporting their art activities. Approximately 160 artworks (80 from Japan and 80 worldwide) will be selected and undergo a final review in Tokyo by a panel of esteemed judges invited from around the world. The first place winner will receive $120,000 and 1,000 artists will be featured on the Art Olympia website as well as in art magazines. Visit the website for terms and conditions.

Artist Support grants – Create NSW
Applications open 10 December 2018 to 21 January 2019
The Artist Support program offered by Create NSW, Arts, Screen & Culture supports professional development opportunities for NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers, in skills or market development, with grants up to $5,000 for projects ready to commence six weeks after submitting an application. Priority is given to applicants who have not received Artist Support funding in the last 12 months.

Arts Activities funding – Arts ACT
Round 2 is open Saturday 1 December 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019
Artists can now apply for up to $5,000, at any time of the year for small projects, and up to $50,000, with two rounds open each year for larger projects. ACT-based artists at all levels, and organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts are invited to apply. Artforms including dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and arts based festivals are eligible. All activities relating to screen or film should apply to Screen Canberra..

Arts NT Fellowships
Applications close 1 March 2019
Arts NT offers four Fellowship grants to support established artists and arts workers to undertake a self-directed program of professional development to benefit their arts practice. Fellowships offered; Top End artist, Central Australian artist, Aboriginal artist or arts worker, and Professional arts worker. Applicants can apply for up to $50,000 for activities including; skills development through residencies, short courses, mentorships or internships, residencies at, or collaborations with institutions or organisations, and research, development and the creation of new work including future presentation.

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.

Australian Tapestry Workshop Residency
Applications close 30 November 2018
The Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence program is open to contemporary artists at any stage in their career, working in any medium (not just tapestry or textile-based practice) to spend time working in the unique studio environment at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2019. The residency is flexible, and artists can be part of the program for between two to eight weeks, full-time or part-time. Visit the website to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Career Development Grants
Round 1 closes 5 February 2019 for projects starting after 1 May 2019
The Australia Council for the Arts offers three grant rounds each year under the Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups scheme. Applications are open to artists, arts workers and groups for funds of $5,000 to $25,000. Funding provides support for further development of skills, and to improve capacity to build an enduring career. Round 2 closes 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019, and 1 October for those starting after 1 January 2020.

Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers
Applications close midnight 14 December 2018
Varuna’s Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers supports published and unpublished writers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who currently live in Australia. The 2019 call is open for a one-week residency at The Writers House, Katoomba. Each residency includes accommodation, a writing studio for each writer and travel expenses to and from Varuna, and a publishing appraisal from Australian Indigenous publisher Magabala Books for work completed as a result of the program, as well as a half-day workshop with publisher and agent Mary Cunnane.

Creative Hobart Grants
Applications ongoing
Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation and attract cultural tourism. Three grant categories provide funding for eligible organisations and groups to deliver one-off activities, which involve artists and communities in the creation, direction and management of cultural projects. Funding round dates and criteria can be accessed on City of Hobart’s website.

Darwin Festival – Calling Northern Territory artists
Submissions close 16 November 2018
Northern Territory artists are invited to submit proposals for consideration in the upcoming Darwin Festival event to be held 8 to 25 August 2019. The Festival is an 18-day celebration of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret and more.
Download the 2019 Expressions of Interest pack here. 

Double Exposure Artist Residency 2019
Applications close midnight, 18 November 2018
PhotoAccess invites applications for the Double Exposure Artist Residency. The program is offering one interstate or international photo-based artist a five-week opportunity to produce new work, using PhotoAccess’ Darkroom and facilities from 22 July to 2 September 2019. Priority will be given to artists who work experimentally using darkroom-based processes. Artists at all stages of their career are invited to apply.
Visit the website for details and submission.

FedUni’s Post Office Gallery seeks 1980s Visual Arts alumni
Submissions close Sunday 25 November 2018
FedUni’s Post Office gallery would like to hear from Visual Arts alumni from the 1980s to exhibit in its upcoming exhibition ‘RELOAD: BACK TO THE 80s!’ If you are a Visual Arts graduate from the former School of Mines, Ballarat (SMB), Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) or Ballarat TAFE you are eligible to enter. The exhibition will take place from 15 December 2018 to 2 February 2019. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside your peers and celebrate!
Click here for details and how to enter.

Fremantle Arts Centre – Artist in Residence program
Applications open year round
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) invites local, national and international artists including individuals, groups, curators, writers and organisations to apply for a residency at one of the centre’s 11 studios and a residential apartment (located at the Moores Building, applications for this apartment will be accepted in September 2018 for residencies beginning after September 2019.) FAC accommodates a variety of disciplines and projects. Residencies can be for the creation of new works, research, and practice development.

Glover Prize
Entries close 6pm, 25 January 2019
The John Glover Art Prize is an acquisitive award for the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania and offers the winning artist $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, designed by Peter Corlett and valued at $5,000. All other exhibited entries are eligible for the (non-acquisitive) People’s Choice Award $3,000, the Children’s Choice Award $500 and the Hanger’s Choice Award $500. An exhibition of 40 finalists paintings will be held over the March 2019 long-weekend in the historic Falls Park pavilion in Evandale, a village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania.

Going Solo: First Nations 2019
Submissions close 4pm Thursday 20 December 2018
Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists who are over the age of 18 years and work and live in regional Victoria (excluding metropolitan Melbourne and surrounding areas) working in any medium and at any stage of their career are invited to submit an exhibition proposal for ‘Going Solo’. ‘Going Solo’ is an annual program offered by Bendigo Art Gallery that supports the development and exhibition of an exemplary contemporary artist. In 2019, ‘Going Solo’ will provide a unique opportunity for a First Nations artist to produce a significant work or body of works to be exhibited at the Gallery from November 2019 to February 2020. Working alongside the Gallery’s First Nations Curator, this artist will be supported throughout the development and delivery stages of their proposed exhibition.
Download application form here.

ILFORD CCP Salon 2018
Entries extended to close 6pm, 21 November 2018
Australia’s largest open-entry photomedia exhibition, the 2018 ILFORD CCP Salon and competition is celebrating its 26th year. The prize provides an opportunity for both emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in a high-profile context. In past years, digital, analogue, video, 3D works and self-published photobooks have filled the walls of CCP and will this year once again present a diverse snapshot of contemporary Australian photomedia practice. Industry professionals will judge the entries and over $20,000 worth of prizes across more than 25 categories will be awarded.

Live Alice Mparntwe Arts Program
Applications for round four close 19 November 2018
For activities held between 1 February and 31 July 2019

The Live Alice Mparntwe Arts grants offer support for arts and creative events and programs that activate the Alice Springs central business district (CBD). Funding is also available for arts organisations to provide producer and production support for the delivery of the program. Up to $50,000 is available per applicant for projects including outdoor exhibitions and live performance, workshops, exhibitions and creative programs in vacant or existing shops, creative collaborations with businesses, retailers and property owners within the CBD, community engagement projects to activate the CBD and creative residences in the mall or shops. Groups or organisations who meet the NT Arts Grant Program requirements are eligible to apply. Visit the website for more information.

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2019
Registrations close 2 December 2018
Publishers, artists and designers whose practices focus on arts, architecture and design are encouraged to apply to feature at the 2019 Melbourne Art Book Fair, on from 15 to 17 March at the NGV International. The fair will present a program of ideas, discussions and book launches from emerging and established local and international publishers, artists and writers. Submissions will be assessed for suitability; not all applications will be selected to feature. Visit the website for full details and to submit interest.

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.

Northern Territory Arts Grants Program
The Northern Territory Arts Grants Program offers artists, organisations and the community support for initiatives that explore, develop and profile NT arts and culture. There are several grant categories open for application including Quick Response, Community Arts Festivals, Project Round, Regional Museums Support, Live Alice Mparntwe Arts, Creative in Residence Program, Arts Fellowships, Strategic Arts Program and Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants. Submission open and closing dates vary, visit website for details.

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
Ongoing
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.

Post Office Gallery seeks 1980s Visual Arts alumni
Submissions close 25 November 2018
Federation Universities Post Office gallery would like to hear from Visual Arts alumni from the 1980s to exhibit in the upcoming exhibition ‘RELOAD: BACK TO THE 80s!’ If you are a Visual Arts graduate from the former School of Mines, Ballarat (SMB), Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) or Ballarat TAFE you are eligible to enter. The exhibition will take place from 15 December 2018 to 2 February 2019. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside your peers and celebrate!

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.

Sawtooth ARI Exhibition Program
Applications close 30 November 2018
Applications are open for the February to June 2019 Artistic Program at Sawtooth ARI! Sawtooth ARI is an Artist Run Initiative gallery based in Launceston, Tasmania who showcase contemporary and experimental art by local, interstate and international artists at various stages of their professional career.

Sculpture by the Bay, Dunsborough 2019
Entries close 26 November 2018
Expressions of Interest are open for the annual Dunsborough ‘Sculpture by the Bay’ outdoor exhibition along the Dunsborough foreshore in Western Australia from March 2 to 4. A Small Sculpture Prize will be offered for the first time in 2019 for a freestanding original small sculpture no larger than 50 x 40 x 40cm is in size.

South Australian Living Artist Publication 2020
Nominations close 5pm, 3 December 2018
The annual South Australian Living Artist (SALA) publication supports the production of a major, high-quality book profiling an established South Australian visual artist with a significant track record of achievement in their area of practice. Nominations are invited from individuals and organisations for practising professional visual artists working and living in South Australia. Self-nominations will also be accepted. The book is developed and published in conjunction with the Board of the South Australian Living Artists Festival and Wakefield Press. The SALA Publication has produced 20 monographs so far on artists including Gerry Wedd, Michelle Nikou, Aldo Iacobelli, Catherine Truman and this year Clare Belfrage. In 2019 the monograph recipient is Louise Haselton.

Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship
Submissions close on Monday 17 December 2018
Expressions of Interest are now open for the new ‘Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship’, which has been developed in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Carriageworks, Sydney and Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Tasmania. Designed to award Australian women artists, with funds made possible by artist Katthy Cavaliere’s (1972-2012) Estate. The Fellowship consists of three, $100,000 grants, which will be awarded to three female-identifying Australian artists, or collectives working at the nexus of performance and installation for the purpose of realising an ambitious new work. ‘Suspended Moment’ will culminate in a cross-institutional presentation with each of the participating institutions hosting one of the three commissions, to be accompanied by a publication. Female artists at any stage of their practice from early career to established are invited to apply. Visit the website for more information.

Tacit Galleries Editions 2019
Entries close Saturday 1 December 1 2018
Tacit Galleries, Melbourne invites entries from Victorian-based printmakers for the ‘Editions 2019’ exhibition, which will be on show from Feb 13 to 24, 2019.

Touring Victoria
Applications are open 17 January to 5pm, 14 February 2019 
Touring Victoria supports Victorian arts and cultural organisations or professional creative practitioners who are touring a production, performance, exhibition or program to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria areas. Tours should demonstrate market demand and involve partnerships with presenting organisations, galleries or venues and take place after 1 July 2019. There is no upper limit to grants. Applicants applying for more than $25,000 will need to discuss their tours with program staff prior to the closing dates and should consult guidelines before submitting.

VicArts Grants 2019
Applications open 10 January and close 5pm, 7 February 2019
The VicArts Grants program supports creative endeavours and the professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to the state’s arts sector. Applications for amounts between $5,000 and $60,000 for activities commencing after 1 July 2019 are invited. Solo projects are eligible to apply for up to $20,000. A funding stream, which provides two years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants is also available. To discuss appropriate grant requests contact program staff.

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019
Entries close 5pm, 1 March 2019
The $10,000 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award is calling for entries. This biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrates the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile practice with submissions open to Entry is open to all Australian professional practising artists working in textile media. The winning work will become part of the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection. Entry fees apply, visit the website for details.