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!

The Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows
We congratulate Australian digital artists, Dr Adam Nash and Dr John McCormick, who have been awarded the 2019/2020 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. Developed in partnership with ANAT and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), the program gives artists and writers opportunity to experience Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and Australia’s activities within it by spending time at one of the AAD research stations, Casey, Davis or Mawson, or to join the AAD research vessel as it voyages to and from Antarctica, with the aim of communicating the unique experience to others.

2019/2020 Antarctic Arts Fellows, Dr Adam Nash and Dr John McCormick, in the studio. Courtesy ANAT, Melbourne

The dynamic duo known as Wild System develop and create mixed reality art works and installations together, using a combination of virtual reality, realtime 3D, generative sound, artificial intelligence and robotics. In January 2020 the artists will join the crew on the RSV icebreaker Aurora Australis and travel south to Antarctica to re-create a virtual representation of the ship and those who sail on it. They will be using cutting-edge technologies to record the sights, sounds and movement of the vessel as it journeys across the Southern Ocean.

‘We hope to capture the experience of being on the Aurora Australis and create an immersive, affecting work,’ Dr Nash said.

‘It is a lifelong dream to travel to Antarctica. We want to create a work that honours the spirit of those who have explored the world’s last great wilderness area,’ Dr McCormick reflected.

Supported by RMIT University School of Design and Swinburne University Centre for Transformative Media Technologies.

A4 Art Australia
Entries close 21 February
The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria is calling for submissions from established and emerging artists for A4 sized, two and three-dimensional artworks for the A4 Art Australia exhibition on show from 14 March to 13 April 2020. Presented as part of Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.

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.

ANAT Synapse Residencies 2020
Applications close 5pm (ACDT), 19 February
ANAT is calling for applications from artists and scientists for their prestigious Synapse Residency program, which since 2004 has enabled research collaborations between more than 100 artists and scientists. Australian artists working in any discipline and/or medium are invited to apply for a residency, for the duration of 16 weeks full-time, which can also be undertaken part-time or in discrete blocks over a longer duration during 2020. The program is highly competitive and it is strongly recommended that you discuss your project proposal with ANAT prior to submitting an application. Applicants are advised to read the guidelines, which can be found here. More information and contacts are available on the ANAT website.

Eugenie Lee, Seeing is Believing participant.
Synapse 2015, Eugenie Lee + Body in Mind + Neuroscience Research Australia + University of Sydney.
Courtesy the artist and ANAT

Artbank Roadshow 2020
Artbank is calling unrepresented artists to apply for the 2020 Artbank Roadshow. Each year, Artbank staff travel to each state across Australia to meet with unrepresented artists to view and potentially acquire their work to become part of the Artbank Collection. Artists are invited to bring images of their work to a 20-minute appointment to discuss their practice with the Artbank team who will assess the applicants and make a recommendation for acquisition. The Roadshow schedule begins at Artbank, Melbourne on 20 and 21 February with applications due by 2 February.
Click here to view the full list of dates and locations for interviews.

Articulate Exhibitions
Program 2020 Articulate is an artist-run space located in Leichhardt, Sydney and is calling for proposals for projects and exhibitions for the 2020 program for experimental contemporary art that has a focus on installation, performance and related spatial and temporal practice. 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.

Applications close 4pm, Tuesday 6 February
Expressions of interest are invited from artists, curators, and organisations to be a part of the ART ON THE MOVE Touring Exhibition Program 2020 for challenging and stimulating exhibitions to tour for up to 24 months across the regions and interstate. Download more information here. ART ON THE MOVE is also calling applications for the Beach Street Artist Residency Program from visual, performing, and community artists. Click here for details.

Australian Tapestry Workshop – Two New Scholarships
Applications close 24 January
The Australian Tapestry Workshop has announced the establishment of two new Scholarships, the Sarah Myer Trainee Weaver Scholarship and the Baillieu Myer AC Trainee Weaver Scholarship. These two Scholarships present an opportunity for two emerging creative talents to learn and establish a career in the art of tapestry weaving. Each Scholarship is for a two-year period and will award the successful trainees a $38,500 stipend each per annum. The recipients will be trained in a broad range of weaving techniques as well as aesthetics, design, public programs, exhibitions and appreciation of contemporary art and history of tapestry. As well as extensive on-loom training and opportunities to further expand knowledge via weaving classes, exhibition experience, museum visits, talks and other projects. The successful applicants must hold a tertiary qualification in visual arts, design or equivalent. The program will commence 2 March.

Bayside Arts Festival
Entries close 22 January
The 2020 Bayside Arts Festival is calling local photographers and sculptors from near and far to enter works in the annual celebration of arts and culture. There are two competitions: the CamerART Competition offering $7,000 in prizes for established and budding photographers and The Sculptures @ Bayside Competition – a $50,000 acquisition prize for the annual Sculptures @ Bayside competition. For more information and how to enter visit
Bayside Council also invites artists and crafters of unique handmade items to host a stall at the Bayside Arts Festival Handmade Market in Cook Park on 4 April. The market launches the Sculptures @ Bayside signature event of the Bayside Arts Festival. Council is offering affordable sites to support emerging and local makers. More information is available here

Blake Prize
Submissions close 3 April
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) is calling artists to enter the 66th Blake Art & Poetry Prizes. Artists exploring the wider experience of spirituality, religion and belief are encouraged to submit their works via the CPAC website. Three prizes will be awarded for the best contemporary work addressing the religious or spiritual, including The Blake Prize – $35,000 (non-acquisitive main prize); The Blake Emerging Artist Prize – $6,000 (acquisitive) and The Blake Established Artist Residency – Residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC. The Blake Poetry Prize winner will be awarded $5,000 and feature alongside the Art Prize Exhibition finalists.

Pamela Leung, SORRY I NO UNDERSTAND, 2018, neon
Courtesy the artist and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Brand X – Visual Arts Gift Shop
Brand X is calling for submissions from artists for prototype concepts. Investment support of $200-$1,000 is on offer for the fabrication of the object, for sale through an online Gift Shop. Concepts must be a significant extension of current arts practice, as the program exists to hold the risk so artists can try something new to determine market reaction. The program aims to encourage artists to rethink an application, prototype an object, test it in the market and assess a concepts future potential in more conventional retail platforms. Brand X in consultation with the artist sets the object’s retail price and will promote the item and the associated artist while managing the marketing, sales and shipping for a period of three months. More information is available online.

Broken Hill Regional Gallery Artist in Residence program
Applications close 5pm (ACST) 31 January
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Residency program awards $20,000 (excl. GST) to an artist or collaborative group to develop a responsive project for installation/presentation in the public domain. The residency must engage with the local community and draw inspiration from the people and place of Broken Hill, celebrating it as a living museum. Arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines including artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators are invited to apply. Visit the gallery website for more information and application criteria.

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Exhibition Proposals 2020
Submissions close 4pm, 17 January
Proposals are invited for Bundoora Homestead Art Centre’s 2020 and 2021 exhibition program. Artists and curators are invited to submit ideas for group and solo exhibitions, performance-based artworks or creative projects suitable for presentation in the galleries or grounds at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Successful projects will be supported with exhibition space and marketing free of charge as well as artist fees dependent on the nature of the project. The Bundoora Homestead Art Centre strongly encourage applicants to visit the gallery before submitting their application. More information can be found on the website.

Career Development Grants
Round 1 closes 4 February for projects starting after 1 May
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 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 and 6 October for those starting after 1 January 2021.

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 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.

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 an your application it is recommended that you review the new guidelines carefully before starting. You can read the full guidelines here. Please note applications will not be taken during the holiday break from 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019 until midnight Sunday 5 January 2020. More information can be found on the Create NSW website.

Every Picture Tells A Story – Outdoor Photography Exhibition
Entries close 26 February
Gasworks Arts Park is gearing up to showcase 90 images featuring the buildings, beaches and bustle of the City of Port Phillip for installation on the enormous inner wall of Gasworks Arts Park, located on the corner of Pickles & Graham streets, from March 28 to May 4. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to present their perspectives in photographs. Photographers 25 and under are invited to enter one image for free and be considered for the Youth Prize Award. While for a $30 fee per image photographers can enter up to one portrait and one landscape orientation image to be in the running for the People’s Choice Award and the Gasworks Photography Award.
Send your entries to The Curator at

Fivex Art Prize – Digital billboard art
Entry deadline extended: now closing 16 February
The inaugural Fivex Art Prize is a unique annual award in Australia for digital billboard art, which will highlight the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and urban street culture. Artists are invited to submit one or more works specially created for LED advertising billboards for a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ both located on the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets in the centre of Melbourne ready for display in March 2020. The entry fee is $30 per submission. First Prize will be awarded $30,000 and finalists $1,000. This initiative is developed by the Fivex Foundation, sponsored by QMS Media a leading Australian digital billboard company. Visit the website for Technical Specifications, Terms & Conditions and entry.

FUSE Glass Prize
Entries are open 20 January to 20 March
The FUSE Glass Prize is a biennial award for Australian and New Zealand artists working in glass and offers a major non-acquisitive cash prize of $20,000. It is a platform for artists to expand their practice and test new grounds. In 2020 the finalist exhibition will showcase 12 established and six emerging artists at JamFactory in Adelaide from 15 May to 4 July. At JamFactory, Seppeltsfield from 11 July to 27 September and for the first time will also be shown at the Australian Design Centre, Sydney from 9 October to 18 November.

Glover Prize
Entries close 24 January
The Glover Prize in its 17th year is calling artists from anywhere in the world to submit titled landscape paintings of Tasmania that stimulate conversation about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words ‘landscape’ ‘painting’ and ‘Tasmania’. The winner will receive $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist and prize namesake, John Glover, created by Peter Corlett valued at $5,000.

Head On Photo Awards
Entries close 16 February
National and international emerging and established artists are invited to enter images for the 2020 Head On Photo Awards with contemporary, classic and experimental works; shot on a camera, phone or made using an alternative process are welcomed. There are three competition categories: Head On Portrait, Landscape and Student Awards wit a total of $70,000 in cash and prizes on offer. Finalists will be exhibited in Head On Photo Festival in 2020 from 1 to 17 May. Visit the website for more information and to enter.

HOME 2020 exhibition
Applications close 10 February
Artists with asylum seeker or refugee backgrounds are invited to apply to participate in ‘HOME’ 2020 exhibition at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre Dandenong from 9 July to 15 August, which includes a series of masterclasses and professional development opportunities for the artists involved. ‘HOME’ is a national arts program, curated by the City of Greater Dandenong in Victoria that provides development pathways for visual artists with an asylum seeker or refugee background. Throughout the exhibition artists will also have the opportunity to facilitate and present at artist workshops, artist floor talks and other special events. For more information and to apply visit the website.

Extensions, Zahra Ali and Saba Hakim
Courtesy the artists and Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

Marten Bequest Scholarships
Applications close midnight (AEDT), Thursday 30 January
Explore, study and develop your artistic gifts through travelling either overseas and/or interstate. The Marten Bequest Scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature, with nine scholarship disciplines available: acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture, and singing. Scholarship funds, administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee, can be used to assist with study programs, professional training courses and/or mentor programs.

Me and UooUoo
The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail
Entries close 11.59pm (AEST) 31 January
In 2020, the streets of Melbourne and Geelong will come alive with a spectacular public art event spanning 10 weeks from September to November 2020, in support of The Royal Children’s Hospital during its 150th anniversary. The RCH Foundation and its supporters invite Victorian-based artists to submit their designs to transform UooUoo, a specially commissioned three-dimensional sculpture by Melbourne artist Alexander Knox. UooUoo is a canvas for your creativity, and designs are welcomed in any medium – from traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti and mosaic.

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.

NT Arts Grants Program 2019-20
The NT Arts Grants Program invites applications for funding across the following initiatives for the 2019/2020 program: ‘Strategic Projects (Access & Independent)’ up to $25, 000 – closes 14 March 2020. ‘Strategic Arts Industry Development’ up to $100, 000 – closes 14 March 2020. Visit the website for information on how to apply and for key dates related to notifications and activity start dates.

Paper on Skin competition
Entries close 28 February
paper on skin
is a biennial wearable art competition first held in 2012. Entries for the Design Eye creative paper on skin 2020 awards must be made from at least 80% paper, presenting a unique challenge for participating artists. There is no theme, which allows entrants the opportunity to explore their passions and develop pieces around their areas of interest. The Design Eye Creative Major Prize is $5000, making it one of the single richest wearable art awards in the country, with a further $5,000 to be awarded across six categories. Visit the website for more information and to submit your entry.

PCA Print Commission
Entries close 5pm, 21 February
The Print Council of Australia invites artists to apply to create a new original limited print edition for the 2020 PCA Print Commission. Each year commissioned prints are launched in the September issue of Imprint magazine and exhibited around Australia. Artists living and residing in Australia and New Zealand who are over the age of 18 are eligible to apply. The PCA Print Commission is a significant initiative aimed at fostering the creation of new work in print media and promoting the development of Australian printmaking, while also raising funds for the organisation and supporting artists’ professional development.

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.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Entries close 18 March
The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition hosted by Ravenswood School for Girls to encourage, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists. It is the highest value art prize for female artists with a $35,000 Professional Artist Prize, an Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the new Ravenswood Australian Women’s Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000. The prize is open to female artists over the age of 18 who resided in Australia during the 12 months preceding the closing date including students, staff and former students of Ravenswood School for Girls and their respective families. Works that best reflect the intentions of the artist’s practice in any medium are invited. Visit the website for more information.

SWELL Sculpture Festival
Entries close 31 January
Artists are invited to submit completed works, works in progress or concepts for the 18th SWELL Sculpture Exhibition to be held along Currumbin Beach & Walkway on the Gold Coast from 11 to 20 September. A total prize pool of $27,500 is on offer, with a $15,000 major award. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Taiwan – Australia Indigenous Artist in Residence 2020
Applications close 9 March
Expressions of Interest for Artback NT’s 2020 Taiwan – Australia Indigenous Artist in Residence are open. Northern Territory Indigenous artists working across the visual arts, music, theatre or dance are invited to apply for the six week residency which will take place in the community of Rinari, Pingtung County, South Taiwan between May and November 2020 (as negotiated). The program is an opportunity for recipients to participate in an invaluable cultural exchange. Click on the link above for more information and application guidelines.

Bobby Bununggurr, 2019 Australia – Taiwan Indigenous Artist in Resident visiting the Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Park, Pingtung. Photographer: Allen Murphy. Courtesy the artist and Artback NT, Northern Territory

Touring Victoria
Applications for the 2020 Round are open 16 January to 5pm, 13 February
Touring Victoria supports Victorian arts and cultural organisations and 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, which take place from 1 June 2020. There is no upper limit to grants, but applicants seeking more than $25,000 will need to discuss their tours with program staff prior to the closing dates and should consult guidelines prior to submission.

VicArts Grants
Round 2: open 2 to 31 January
The VicArts Grant program supports creative endeavours and the professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. The program provides one-off support for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector. Applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $60,000. Solo projects are eligible to apply for up to $20,000. The program includes a two-year funding stream, providing annual support to a limited number of successful applicants. Please note there have been changes to guidelines for the 2019/20 rounds of VicArts Grants related to support material and confirmations. Be sure to read the current version of the 2019/20 guidelines. All relevant information can be found on the website.

World Illustration Awards 2020
Entries close 18 February
The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is calling for entries for the 2020 World Illustration Awards, kicking off this year with new categories, awards and prizes. The prize is open to any current student, recent graduate or professional illustrator over the age of 18 years from anywhere in the world. A showcase of 200 shortlisted entries will be selected from across ten categories in an exhibition showcase at Elephant West, London in October 2020. Details about the prize; eligibility, terms and conditions for entry and fees are available on the AOI website.