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!

Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts (BIFFA) has announced a new $75,000 Fellowship Program ‘BRUNY2020’, which will run next year between June and August. Three artists will be awarded a fellowship to participate in a residency for the development, creation and delivery of a new body of work in response to the theme of ‘identity and environment’.

Helen Hyatt-Johnston, Dusk to Dawn, video detail (still), 2019
Courtesy the artist and Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts, Tasmania

The artists will undertake research and fieldwork on the island as part of the program, and will return to Bruny in December 2020 to showcase their exhibition and/or performance work. This new partnership between the BIFFA and will offer valuable support and development for Australian artists working across artistic disciplines including the visual arts, music, writing, performance, film-making and inter-disciplinary fields. is an organisation committed to caring for and preserving the natural environment of Bruny Island, situated off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania.

Dr Caroline Rannersberger, Creative Director of BRUNY20 and a director of the Foundation, notes Bruny Island provides the ideal location for artists to respond to the brief, ‘We are delighted to offer artists the space and means to work in a dedicated and supportive environment over a period of six months, and in doing so, to help them develop and deliver a new body of work in response to their month of fieldwork and research,’ she said.

Entries for BRUNY20 are open now and applications close on Thursday 31 October. At least one of the three artists selected will be Tasmanian-based.

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 Tasmania Roving Curator program
Applications close 14 October 2019
The Roving Curator program gives museums, galleries and collections access to Arts Tasmania’s museum professionals for up to 25 days for activities commencing after 1 March 2020 and is open to individual practicing artists or arts workers who have been a resident of Tasmania for six of the past 12 months, groups must have at least one Tasmanian member, and organisations registered under, or created by law. Eligibility criteria is available on the Arts Tasmania website.

Art-Science Scholarships
Applications close 30 September 2019
QUT’s Creative Research Lab in Brisbane is calling for applications for five candidates to develop an Art/Science PhD starting in early 2020. Candidates can choose between residencies in the following affiliate laboratories: Robotics and Computer Vision, Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation Regenerative Medicine, and Samford Ecological Research Facility (Institute for Future Environments). High-level supervision will be provided for each project from both the Arts and the Sciences. Diverse practitioners are encouraged to apply, including media arts, robotics, creative writing, data driven arts, environmental arts, photo media, sonic arts and other forms.

Australia Council Awards 2020
Nominations close 11.59pm (AEST), Tuesday 1 October 2019
Nominations are open for The Australia Council Awards for 2020. The awards acknowledge the contribution that Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation, and recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts (EEA), visual arts, theatre, and dance, and are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. To submit your nomination follow this link to the Australia Council’s website and information page.

Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist-in-Residence
Applications close 5pm, 7 October 2019
The Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist-in-Residence program invites artists working in any medium – not just the visual arts or textile-based practice – at any stage of their career to apply for a residency. The program provides artists with the opportunity to share studio space with master weavers and create new work. It encourages the exchange of knowledge and skills between contemporary artists and ATW staff; provides artists with a platform for professional development and public engagement and fosters creative exchange and collaboration. There is no expected artistic output for the residency; it can be used as an experimental/research period. Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit at ATW the following year as part of the annual AIR exhibition. Interstate and international artists are welcome to apply, and are encouraged to apply for the AIR Scholarship to support their residency.

Blacktown City Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, 8 October 2019
Artists from all over Australia are invited to enter the Blacktown City Art Prize, now in its 24th year with a prize pool of cash prizes and acquisitive awards for entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The winner will receive $15,000 with three supporting prizes to also be awarded: Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000), Local Artist Prize ($2,000), People’s Choice Prize ($1,000). This year, the winners of the Local Artist Prize and Aboriginal Artist Prize will also have the opportunity to undertake a two-month residency in one of Blacktown Arts’ Main Street studios.

Bus Projects – June 2020 to July 2021 Program
Due midnight 30 September 2019
Bus Projects is calling for proposals for the 2020-21exhibition program. This is Bus Projects inaugural open call for the new venue at the Collingwood Arts Precinct. This move will assist Bus Projects to drastically improve the way they support artists and engage with communities by removing rental fees paid by exhibiting artists. Apply online.

Career Development Grants
Round 3 closes 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020
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.

code :: art
Submissions close 30 September 2019
Submissions are open for the first issue of ‘code :: art’, a new art journal that publishes code, exploring the relationship between code and art. Any kind of art where code is the medium is invited, the artistic qualities can be aesthetic, technical, emotional, or whatever else you can come up with. Any programming language may be used, even esoteric languages or ones, which don’t exist yet. You may also mix languages within a piece – the code does
not need to compile or run. It might not even be text, images can be submitted also. It is recommended to read the guidelines before submitting work for consideration.

Contemporary Art Tasmania Studios in 2020
Applications close 1 October 2019
Four non-residential studio spaces above the offices of Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT) in North Hobart are available by application to visual arts practitioners committed to a career in contemporary art. The studios are awarded annually for a fixed period of 12 months with recipients being selected by an expert panel of peers. To date, 44 artists and arts practitioners have accepted these studio residencies. By providing studios at minimal cost, Contemporary Art Tasmania is addressing this need and supporting local arts practice. Four studio placements are awarded each year to visual artists, curators and arts writers. Applicants should visit the CAT website for details and to download the application form.

Copyright Agency Fellowship for a Visual Artist
Applications close 1pm, 23 September 2019
The Copyright Agency’s fellowship program awards one $80,000 Fellowship each year to an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium for exhibition or public presentation. To be eligible to apply applicants must have a contract to exhibit their work with a commercial or public gallery, or a letter of intention to exhibit. The Fellowship is for projects starting after 1 January 2020. All relevant information and criteria can be found on the Copyright Agency website.

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.

Creative Trails – Call to Artists
Applications close 30 September 2019
Inner West Council invites application from art spaces to register to participate in the Creative Trails initiative taking place across four precincts – 100 art spaces – Damun Djarrawunang (Ashfield / Stanmore Ward) precinct and Baludarri (Balmain Ward). The Damun Djarrawunang Creative Trails weekend will be held on 9  and 10 November 2019, and The Baldurri Creative Trails are scheduled for 22 and 23 November 2019. Studios, ARIs and creatives in the Damun + Djarrwunang and Baldurri wards are invited to apply. Visit the website for more information and to submit application.

Darling Portrait Prize
Entries close 1 October 2019
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is calling all portrait painters to enter works in the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize valued at $75,000. Prize entry is open to Australian citizens or residents who are over the age of 18 years. Portraits can be of any Australian citizen or resident and/or a person or persons who have a strong association with Australia, or who has made a significant contribution to Australian life. The Darling Portrait Prize exhibition will run alongside the finalists in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and the Digital Portraiture Award in March 2020 at NPG in Canberra.

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. 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 24 January 2020
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.

Guildhouse Collections Project 2020 with Flinders University Art Museum
Applications close 23 September 2019
Guildhouse and the Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM) provide artists with the opportunity to respond to Flinders University’s extensive collection of art and develop new work for exhibition at its Bedford Park campus through this collaborative project. FUAM’s collection holds more than 8,000 works, and is one of the largest University art collections in Australia. It has four major collection areas including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art; European prints from the Renaissance through to Modernism; Conceptual art from the 1970s; and Australian political posters. The Collections Project 2020 is open to artists or artist teams who are Guildhouse Accredited, Allied or Associate Members. Visit the website for more information about Guildhouse Accredited or Associate membership.

Hill End Artist in Residence 2020
Applications close 5pm, 31 October 2019
Visual artists, writers, curators, musicians, new media and film and video artists are invited to apply for the 2020 season of four-week residencies at Haefligers Cottage and Murrays Cottage at Hill End, located in the Bathurst region in New South Wales. Hill End’s distinctive blend of landscape, gold-mining history and architecture continues to be an attraction for generations of Australian artists.

John Fries Award 2020
Entries close 30 September 2019
The annual $10,000 non-acquisitive John Fries Award is calling for artists to enter the 2020 prize. The award recognises the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. Artists working in any medium or style are encouraged to enter including painting, performance, installation, photography, web-based works and film.

Museums & Galleries of NSW – Grants
Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) offer support to cultural institutions to develop their programs and the visitor experience. M&G NSW assists with professional development, small grant funding and Aboriginal cultural development projects for small to medium galleries, museums and Aboriginal cultural centres in NSW, to enable them to maximise their impact and help create strong and thriving local communities. There are several grants on offer including Gallery and Volunteer Museum Grants, Fellowship and Mentoring Programs and much more.

National Photographic Portrait Prize
Entries close midnight, 21 October 2019
The annual National Photographic Portrait Prize entries are now open for the 2020 iteration, with over $50,000 in prize money to be awarded for categories including Highly Commended, the Art Handlers Award and the ever-popular People’s Choice Award.  Winners will be announced in March 2020. For further details and to upload entries go to

Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship
Applications all year round
The Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship is a $20,000 grant awarded to emerging Indigenous Australian and Native American artists to support their professional development in Australia and the United States. The scholarships are offered to practitioners who show talent in the creative fields of theatre, fashion, dance, film & television, music, literary arts, visual arts, crafts and design.

Northern Territory Arts Grants Program
Closing dates vary
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. Visit website for details.

Paddington Art Prize
Entries close 6pm, 15 September 2019
Artists are invited to enter the Paddington Art Prize, a $30,000 acquisitive prize awarded for a painting inspired by the landscape, now in its 16th year. Prizes include the UNSW Art & Design opportunity for one artist to create a limited edition print and a $3,000 prize for the Honourable Mention. Two artists will be selected for an exhibition at Defiance Gallery, Sydney in 2019 along with a three-week residency at the Nock Art Foundation ‘Giverny’ in New Zealand in 2020. As well as the $1,000 Highly Commended prize, a one-week retreat at Sofala Cottage for one artist and the People’s Choice prize of a $1,000 gift certificate sponsored by Fine Art Imaging.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
Entries close 3 September 2019
Call for entries for ‘En Plein Air’ – leave the confines of your studio behind to experience painting and drawing in the open air. Exhibition 18 September to 13 October. Gallery hire bookings open for 2020. Competitive rates, in a great Brisbane city location. For more information and to enter email

Police Point Artist in Residence
Applications close 13 September 2019
Emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are encouraged to apply for a 2020 residency at the historic Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Police Point Shire Park, Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula. Visit website for details and Expression of Interest form.

Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award
Entries close 15 October 2019
The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award and exhibition celebrates the significant contributions senior Territorians make to our community and recognises outstanding Territory artists. Entries are open for the 2019 award offering a total prize pool of $10,500; first prize $7,000 Acquisition Award (acquired for the Araluen Art Centre Collection), second prize $2,000, third prize $500 and the People’s Choice Prize of $1,000. The prize invites artists to submit an original painting completed no more than two years prior to the exhibition and is open to artists aged 17 years and over who are residents of the Northern Territory. The finalists exhibition will take place 9 November to 15 December.

Princeton Arts Fellowship
Applications close 5pm, 17 September 2019
The Princeton Arts Fellowships are awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognised as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of any artistic practice or teaching. Applications are open, but not limited to; early career composers, conductors, musicians, chorographers, visual artists, film makers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant community at Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. Applicants can only apply for the Princeton Arts Fellowship twice in a lifetime.

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.

Rainbow Arts and Culture Foundation Emerging Artist Grants
Submissions close midnight 13 October 2019
The annual artist development grants program supported by Rainbow Arts and Culture Foundation provides emerging artists with an opportunity to construct manage and present new work to a large audience in a natural, outdoor environment at the Rainbow Serpent Festival in Lexton, Victoria. This program is open to emerging and up and coming individual artists and collectives for artworks that can withstand extreme weather conditions. All installations must be well lit at night in order to be viewed throughout the entire event. A grant pool of $27,000 is available. Visit the website to read details about eligibility, grants categories, dates and other important information.

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.

Sculpture at Scenic World 2020
Entries close 4 November, 2019
Entries are invited for the ninth annual outdoor sculpture exhibition in the ancient Blue Mountains rainforest in 2020. Award opportunities for artists include the Major prize of $20,000, the $5,000 Environment Art Award, $3,000 Artist Peer Award, $2,000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award and the $1,000 Carrington Hotel People’s Choice Prize for works centred around the theme of environment and sustainability. The ‘Sculpture at Scenic World’ exhibition is on from 9 April to 10 may, 2020. Visit website for details and entry form.

Wendy Teakel, Cycle

Watch this Space: Exhibitions + Residency
Applications close midnight, 7 October 2019
Watch this Space located in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory is calling for proposals for the March to June 2020 exhibition program, as well as the Travelling Artist Residency – February to June 2020, which aims to support artists living ‘out of town’ – interstate, overseas or outside the Northern Territory’s Central Desert region. Applications are now open for both programs. More information is available online.

Waverley Artist Studios – Applications are now open for 2020
Artist Studios are for emerging, mid-career and professional artists interested in working within Bondi and the greater Eastern Suburbs area. Waverley Studio Artists receive a fully subsidised studio space for twelve months in Bondi to develop new work as well as paid professional development opportunities including workshops, artist’s talks and exhibition opportunities. Submit your application before Friday 4 October 2019 for February 2020 – January 2021 through

Yalingwa Fellowship
Submissions close 30 September 2019
The 2019 Yalingwa Fellowship is calling for expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists who live and work in Victoria. Yalingwa is a major First Peoples visual arts initiative, developed in partnership between Creative Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and TarraWarra Museum of Art. It aims to support the development of outstanding contemporary First Peoples art and curatorial practice, with a primary focus on South East Australian First Peoples artists, within a national context. The program provides both a platform for professional First Peoples artists and curators to develop their work at a senior level within a leading public gallery and museum context and offers significant artist fellowships. There are three elements to the program: Curatorial positions – Major exhibitions focussing on artist commissions, and Artist fellowships. The Yalingwa Fellowship is a one-year visual artist fellowship, which supports significant career development for First Peoples artists. Artists are required to contact the First Peoples curator to discuss their applications before submitting. Visit the website for terms and conditions and how to apply.