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!

SPARK NT Curator
In this issue, we congratulate writer, activist and arts worker Carmen Ansaldo as SPARK NT Curator for Artback NT’s 2019/2020 program. The initiative supports an independent or emerging curator, residing in the Northern Territory, to develop an exhibition project for touring in the region.

Carmen Ansaldo, SPARK NT Curator 2019-2020
Photograph: Roxanne Fitzgerald

In her research, Ansaldo examines the intersection between visual arts and political engagement with a focus on First Nations art practices and remote and regional arts development. And, engages in collaborative discussion with artists, activists and community members.

Sharing her enthusiasm Ansaldo said, ‘I’m excited to be presented with this unique opportunity to be the next SPARK NT curator and develop my curatorial practice as a regional arts worker. Exploring the dual role of the curator as activist appeals to me. As a SPARK NT curator, Artback NT has provided me with a new platform to materialise these interests through the development of a touring exhibition. As an emerging curator holding strong concerns for my community, I am thinking about what I can contribute and how I can implement tangible change as an arts worker. I see communalism as our only way out if the Territory is to have a liveable environment and sustainable future.’

Ansaldo’s exhibition ‘Groundswell: Recent movements within art and territory’, which is currently in the development stage will tour NT galleries in 2020 and 2021 with a showcase of work by Northern Territory artists including Jacky Green, Kelly Lee Hickey, June Mills, Aly de Groot, Patricia Phillipus Napurrula, Winsome Jobling, Lee Harrop, Maicie Lalara, Mel Robson, Jennifer Taylor and Tarzan Jungle Queen.

For more information about the SPARK NT Curator program, touring dates and how to apply visit the Artback NT website.

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.

Natalie Alima, Bio scaffold – orchestrating the growth and degradation of living organisms.
ANAT Synapse 2018 resident, Natalie Alima + Jon McCormack, Monash University.

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.

Arts NT Community Benefit Fund
Applications close 28 February
The following grant rounds are accepting applications from eligible Northern Territory-based not-for-profit organisations, with results notified by 30 April. Major Community Grants of $15,001 to $250,000, Major Community Events Grants of $15,001 to $250,000 per year for up to three years, and Vehicle Gifting Grants for Ex NT Fleet Vehicles. The Minor Community Grants of up to $15,000 are open at all times with results notified four weeks after application lodgement. For more information on eligibility and contacts visit the Arts NT website.

March round closes 9 March for activities starting after 1 June
Arts Tasmania’ s Artsbridge program offers $3,000 and $10,000 grants for opportunities interstate or overseas, or assistance to bring national and international arts professionals to Tasmania across three application rounds. The July round is open 1 May to 6 July for activities commencing after 1 October and the October round is open 14 August to 5 October for activities commencing after 1 January 2021. Arts organisations must be based in Tasmania and all other applicants must meet Arts Tasmania’ s general eligibility requirements.

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.

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.

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.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre artistic program
Proposals close 11.59pm (AEST), 15 March
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is calling for proposals for the 2021 exhibition program as part of the centre’s 50th anniversary year. Early, mid-career and established craftspeople, designers, makers and curators working in any medium are invited to submit their ideas for engaging and unique exhibitions. Terms and Conditions are available on the website along with the submission link.

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. More information can be found on the Create NSW website.

Creative industries: strategic project grant
Applications close 14 March for activities staring after 1 July 2020
Individuals, groups and not for profit organisations are invited to apply for grants to support the delivery of strategic arts projects in the Northern Territory. There are two categories of funding, which include for category 1: funds up to $25,000 that increase the capacity and profile of either artists with disabilities or independent creative professionals and for category 2: up to $100,000 to support strategic arts industry development such as creating employment, generating revenue, attracting private and philanthropic investment and increasing access and audience development. Visit the Northern Territory Government website for more information about eligibility and submission requirements.

Creative Koori Projects funding
Applications for Round 2 close 5pm (AEST) Monday 2 March
The Creative Koori Projects funds aim to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW, through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity. Intended projects may include: NSW Aboriginal cultural development, contemporary practice, sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way, promoting NSW Aboriginal culture, strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector. Click here to visit the Create NSW website for more information and to read the guidelines.

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.
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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.

Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize
Entries close 3 April
Two and three-dimensional works exploring the theme, ‘Of the Earth’ are invited for the non-acquisitive Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize 2020. A total of $43,000 will be awarded across two main prizes and a People’s Choice Award. The exhibition of finalists will be hosted at the Stump Hill Gallery at McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, the Fleurieu Arthouse and Hardy’s Tintara Sculpture Park from 13 June to 19 July. Terms and Conditions and the artist checklist can be found on the website.

FUSE Glass Prize
Entries close 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.

HIDDEN Rookwood
Entries close 6 April
Individual and group proposals for sculptures, students and film programs are invited for HIDDEN Rookwood 2020. Submissions are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists for new, or existing works that relate to the exhibition’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. A wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms, including kinetic elements, performance and participatory engagements are encouraged. Celebratory, big, bright and colourful works through to contemplative, personal, intimate and thought provoking pieces are welcomed. Entry is free.


HOTA – Creative Development Program
Submissions close 27 February
HOTA Home of the Arts provides platforms for creative development, presentation and collaboration through the Creative Development Program, which is now open for submissions. HOTA want to her from individual artists and Arts companies who are connected to the Gold Coast region. In 2020 the program offers support across three focus areas: HOTA Program , Collaborations at Carriageworks and Open proposals with over $200,000 in cash and in-kind resources is on offer. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Click here for application and FAQ’s.

Indigenous Visual Arts
Industry Support Grant Round 2019/2020 closes 16 March
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications provides organisations with funding through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program for activities that best contribute to the delivery of the following program outcomes: a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.

Jacaranda Acquisitive
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.

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.

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.

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.

PHOTO 2020
Applications close February 28
PHOTO 2020 – International Festival of Photography is calling for submissions of portrait photographs, responding to the question: what is your truth? – for ‘Inside Out’, a global project forming part of the Festival’s inaugural photography biennale. PHOTO 2020 will take place in Melbourne from April 23 to May 10, 2020. Visit the website for more information about PHOTO 2020 and how to apply.

‘Inside Out’ installation view New Orleans, USA, 2020
Photograph: Frank Relle. Courtesy Photo 2020 – International Festival of Photography, Melbourne

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.

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

Sydney Lunar Festival 2021 – Call to artists
Expressions of interest close 11.59pm, 23 February
To mark the Year of the Ox, the City of Sydney is calling on artists to submit ideas for two new illuminated artworks inspired by the Asian lunar lantern tradition to be featured in the 2021 Sydney Lunar Festival. Local creatives are invited to showcase the majestic animal as a contemporary artwork with both day and night time appeal. Artists are also invited to submit designs for a new dragon artwork. To receive the artist brief and information on how to apply contact: Grace Houw, Program Manager – Events:

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 emerging and established 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. This initiative is co-funded by the Northern Territory Government and the Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Centre. Visit the web link for more info.

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

The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary
Applications close 10 March
Vita Ethel Brown (1916-2012) generously bequeathed funds to Arts Tasmania to assist emerging or returning artists to purchase equipment or materials. Two bursaries of $1,000 will be offered in 2020. Applications are open to Tasmanian artists who have spent less than two years working professionally in an artform, or Tasmanian artists who have been absent from professional practice for the last two consecutive years. Applicants must meet Arts Tasmania’s general eligibility requirements. Visit the Arts Tasmania website for detailed information and to submit your application.

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.