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!

Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Something in the air, 2016; Brook Andrew, The weight of history, the mark of time (sphere), 2015; installation view, Sovereignty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.. Photograph: Andrew Curtis. Courtesy the artists and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Yalingwa Fellowship awarded to Destiny Deacon

‘I look forward to the freedom this wonderful opportunity gives me to create artworks and words. I wish my mother, who escaped to Melbourne in 1959 believing it to be the least racist place in Australia, was alive to share this honour.’ – Destiny Deacon

We congratulate Destiny Deacon, of the Ku Ku people of Cape York and Erub/Mer peoples of the Torres Strait Islands, as the recipient of the inaugural $60,000 Yalingwa Fellowship. Deacon is a photographer, broadcaster and teacher and she has played an influential role in contemporary Indigenous art, culture, language and identity during her 30-year career.

As part of a new partnership between Creative Victoria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and TarraWarra Museum of Art, the Yalingwa Fellowship is for mid-career and senior First Nations artists currently living and working in South East Australia, in recognition of their contribution to contemporary art practice and Indigenous cultural and creative expression. This six-year visual arts program includes three new curatorial positions and three exhibitions on show across ACCA and TarraWarra focusing on new commissions by contemporary Indigenous artists. Deacon was selected from an open-call for submissions by the Advisory Group, which includes members of the Aboriginal arts and wider community.

‘The decision to award the Yalingwa prize to Destiny Deacon recognises the vital role this important artist has played in changing the way the broader community understands and engages with Indigenous art,’ said the Group.

ACCA presents ‘A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness’, curated by the inaugural Yalingwa curator Hannah Presley, as the first of the three exhibitions, until 16 September.

Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program
Submissions close 11.59pm, Sunday 16 September 2018
Applications are open for the 2019 Studio Residency Program at Abbotsford Convent. The program offers a unique opportunity for artists to have the time, space and support to undertake site-specific or responsive research and investigation, build on professional networks and share their work with diverse audiences. The residency includes 24/7 studio access for six months, a $2,500 honorarium to be invested in project outcome, support and mentoring from Convent staff, and a marketing and communications package.
Residency 1: 7 January to 5 July 2019.
Residency 2: 8 July to 20 December 2019.

Art & About Sydney 2019-20
Expressions of Interest close Friday 7 September 2018
The City of Sydney seeks Expressions of Interest for the 2019/20 Art & About Sydney program. Ideas for works that temporarily transform public spaces in the City of Sydney are invited. Artistic concepts across all media are welcome. Find out more here

Anri Sala The Last Resort, Observatory Hill Rotunda, 2017, Kaldor Public Art Project 33
Presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects and Art and About Sydney. Courtesy the artist and Kaldor Public Art Projects, 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. Visit the website for dates in each state and an information pack.

Artsbridge – Grant Program
Round 3 open Monday 3 September to Monday 15 October 2018
Arts Tasmania’s Artsbridge program invites applications for amounts of between $1,000 and $10,000, to assist individuals and groups to undertake interstate or overseas opportunities that arise at short notice, or for individuals, groups and organisations to bring national and international arts professionals to Tasmania with the aim of conducting creative and/or professional development opportunities.

Arts Activities funding – Arts ACT
Round 2 is open Saturday 1 December 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019
The ACT Government has developed a new Arts Funding Plan for the arts in Canberra. Artists can now apply for up to $5,000, at any time of the year. Applications for up to $50,000, with two rounds open each year, are also available. ACT-based artists at all levels, and organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts are invited to apply.

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.

BAM Art Prize 2018
Entries close Saturday 13 October 2018
The inaugural BAM Art Prize, presented by Byron Arts Magazine, is a $5000 non-acquisitive award. The winner will be featured on the cover of BAM. Highly commended award winners will also be featured. Open to all artists nationwide. A finalist exhibition will be held in Byron Bay in November. For entry form and terms & conditions, visit the BAM website

Belconnen Arts Centre Artist in Residence Program
Residency opportunities are available to artists throughout the year at Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra for visual arts, live performance, theatre, dance and music. The centre invites artists to get in touch and discuss their ideas.

Blacktown City Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, Tuesday 9 October 2018
Artists are invited to submit works for the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize. Drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works will be considered. Open to local, regional and national artists, the prize offers a total $20,000 in cash prizes and acquisitive awards, as well as a studio residency for artists who want to engage with people or places in Blacktown.

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park Prize
Entries close Monday 1 July 2019
Artists are invited to submit works for the 2019 Ceramic Break Sculpture Park Prize, an acquisitive award of $12,000. The winning sculpture will form part of the permanent display at Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, Warialda NSW. Exhibition Sept 7, 2019 to Jan 31, 2020. Enter online.

City of Armadale Public Art
Expressions of interest due Saturday 1 September 2018
The City of Armadale invites Tenders from professional artists for the design and delivery of an iconic public artwork at the gateway intersection of Armadale Road, Albany Highway and South West Highway. This is a unique opportunity for an artist to create an iconic public artwork that defines Armadale as a place of contemporary, cultural and artistic vitality – demonstrating its unique identity, heritage and community life. This will be the largest contribution the City of Armadale has invested in public art, a strategically important piece, which will become central to the City’s extensive public art collection. Tender documents can be downloaded from here

Contemporary Art Tasmania Studio Residencies 2019
Applications close Monday 1 October 2018
Contemporary Art Tasmania’s studios located in Tasma Street, 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. Visual artists, curators and arts writers are invited to apply. By providing studios at minimal cost, Contemporary Art Tasmania addresses the needs of, and supports local artists and their practice.

Copyright Agency Fellowship for a Visual Artist
Applications close Monday 24 September 2018
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. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a contract to exhibit their work with a commercial or public gallery, or a letter of intention to exhibit from a commercial gallery.

Create NSW Metro Art
Expressions of Interest close Monday 27 August 2018
Seven new metro stations in the CBD will be home to new engaging and striking art that will improve the experience for people on public transport by enlivening spaces and making the journey more memorable. Create NSW is calling for artists to register their interest in developing new artworks for each of the seven new Sydney stations. Artists will be selected across two programs: the first on the creation of an integrated and/or sculptural artwork, the second on screen based artworks.

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 Koori Grants
Create NSW aims to support and further develop NSW Aboriginal arts and culture through its Creative Koori Grants program across four categories; the Aboriginal Artist Support (quick response) grant which closes April 1, 2019. The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund closing on September 24, and the Creative Koori Arts and Cultural Projects, and Creative Koori Employment both close October 24, 2018. Funding is offered for activities taking place between July 1 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Create NSW Fellowships
Extended deadline: Monday 20 August 2018
The new Creative Development Fellowships offer up to $30,000 per grantee, for early to mid-stage practitioners working across any artform, or cultural practice and who are seeking to build their leadership in their field. Applications must support one of the NSW Government’s priority areas including Aboriginal people, those living or working in Western Sydney or regional NSW, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background or people with disability. Additionally each ‘Artform Fellowship’ offers up to $30,000 in funding for emerging, mid-career and established artists and practitioners, and many offer partnership opportunities with other professional organisations.
Visit Create NSW website for more information, eligibility and list of Fellowships.

Defiance Gallery Prize | Paddington Art Prize
Entry submissions extended to 6pm, Sunday 19 August 2018
In support of the $30,000 ‘Paddington Art Prize’, Defiance Gallery and Nock Art Foundation, have initiated an additional non-acquisitive prize as part of the 2018 awards. This opportunity aims to highlight the work of artists not represented by a commercial gallery. Two artists will be selected from the Paddington Art Prize submissions and each will be offered a three-week residency at Nock Art Foundation’s ‘Giverny’ in Queenstown, New Zealand including accommodation, flights and access to studio facilities. Artists from Defiance Gallery and previous winners and finalists of the Paddington Art Prize; Tim Allen, Ann Thomson, Charmaine Pike and Dan Kyle will mentor the recipients. As part of the residency the artists will also receive studio visits from Defiance Gallery Directors Campbell Robertson-Swann and Lauren Harvey.

Evelyn Chapman Art Award
Entries close 5pm, Saturday 15 September 2018
S.H. Ervin Gallery is calling for entries for a new $50,000 scholarship, the Evelyn Chapman Art Award, to be presented to an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45 years. This scholarship is offered to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice internationally, or in Australia. Applicants are invited to submit up to three landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oil or tempera.

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.

Gasworks Arts Park: From Nature Organic Sculpture Exhibition
Applications close Sunday 23 September 2018
Gasworks Arts Park invites entries for the ‘From Nature Organic Sculpture Exhibition’ which will feature up to 40 outdoor sculptures installed throughout the park grounds from 3 to 11 November. Artists, students, creative individuals and groups working in the fields of sculpture, ceramics, landscape architecture, floral design, and transitory installation art are encouraged to apply. The exhibition includes a $4,000 People’s Choice Award, and a new $4,000 Curator’s Choice Award. A Materials Stipend of $350, subject to funding, is available to applicants who successfully apply for consideration by 16 September.

Henry Jones Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, Monday 1 October 2018
The new Henry Jones Art Prize for emerging artists offers $20,000 in prize money, and the winner of the People’s Choice prize will receive $1,000 in framing by Wagner Framemakers. Two-dimensional works; painting, drawing, printmaking and mixed media, created since June 2017 are invited. The prize is open to Tasmanian residents over the age of 18, who have not been previously exhibited in awards and competitions. An exhibition will be held in the Henry Jones Packing Room and Atrium at The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania, from 7 to 18 November.

Hill End Artists in Residence Program
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018
Visual artists, writers/curators, musicians, new media/film/video artists are invited to apply for the 2019 season of residencies at the Haefligers Cottage and Murrays Cottage at Hill End located in the Bathurst region in New South Wales between March 2019 and March 2020. Hill End’s distinctive blend of landscape, gold-mining history and vernacular architecture continue to attract generations of Australian artists.

Individuals Fund
Applications for Round 2 close 4pm, Friday 17 August 2018 (for activities starting after 5 November)
Individual artists and cultural workers both emerging and established are invited to apply for up to $10,000 under the Individuals Fund to enable them to participate in transformational professional and career development. An initiative supported by the Queensland Government.

JamFactory Associate Training Program
Applications close Friday 31 August 2018
The JamFactory Associate Training Program provides high-level skills and business training for artists, craftspeople and designers working in the areas of Ceramics, Glass, Furniture or Jewellery and Metal. Visit the website for detailed information sheets and contact.
Enquiries are encouraged in advance.

MCA and Create NSW Fellowship
Submissions close Wednesday 12 September 2018
The NSW Visual Arts Mid-Career/Established Fellowship applications are now open. One Fellowship will be awarded to a mid-career or established visual artist to undertake a self-directed professional development program, or other significant opportunity to support their personal creative and career advancement. In addition to this fellowship the selected artist will also work with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to develop a new project that is appropriate to their practice.

Megalo International Print Prize
Entries close Sunday 23 September 2018
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery announce the first Megalo International Print Prize with $18,500 on offer. First Prize $10,000, Second Prize $5,000, People’s Choice $1,000 and the Lerida Estate Acquisitive Prize $2,500. The finalist exhibition will be held 16 February to 6 April, 2019.

Moonah Arts Centre Exhibition Proposals 2019
EOI’s close midnight, Monday 27 August 2018
Expressions of Interest are invited for Moonah Arts Centre’s (MAC) 2019 exhibition program.
Proposals are open to artists, curators, groups and arts organisations.

As part of the 2019 program MAC will also be offering a supported opportunity for one early-career artist to hold a solo exhibition in the Project Space. This opportunity will be open to artists who have a strong connection to Glenorchy and have not previously had a solo exhibition.

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 Indigenous Arts Awards 2019
Expressions of Interest and nominations close Tuesday 2 October 2018
The National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists. The Australia Council invites nominations from arts and community organisations and individuals for The Red Ochre Award, which recognises two outstanding senior artists – one female and one male. While Expressions of Interest are invited for The Dreaming Award, which recognises an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years. This award supports the recipient with the opportunity to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally.

NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship
Applications close 11.59pm, Saturday 18 August 2018
The Visual Arts Fellowship aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. Two $20,000 fellowships are on offer and open to individual mid-career artists and groups. Groups must demonstrate a history of ongoing collaborative practice between applicants. Funding can be used for research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work and exhibition/ project costs. Funded by Copyright Agency and administered by Nava Association for the Visual Arts.

Penrith Regional Gallery Summer Studio Residency
Applications close Sunday September 2, 2018
This initiative offers one artist the opportunity to undertake a six-week studio residency in the Sonia Farley Studios at Penrith Regional Gallery’s, Emu Plains site with a $1000 stipend. The residency is available for early or mid-career artists, open to individuals and collectives and will commence Monday, 10 December 2018. Resident artists will have seven-day access to the site, during business hours. Public holidays are excluded.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
The ‘Harold and Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize’ is open and celebrates the fundamental skill of drawing. For more information check our website. Gallery hire bookings open for 2019. Competitive rates and great Brisbane city location.  (07) 3367-1977.

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
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.

Princeton Arts Fellowship 2019-21
Applications close 11.59pm, Tuesday 18 September 2018
The Princeton Arts Fellowships are awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognised as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applications are open to but not limited to; early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, 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.

Quick Response Scheme Arts Funding
Open all year round
The Quick Response Scheme is for grants of up to $1,000, offered as part of the NT Arts Grants Program for artists and arts workers to be able to access arts and cultural opportunities on short notice. For example – travel support for showcasing opportunities in the Northern Territory and interstate on short notice, or for activities and projects from first time applicants.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
Entries close Sunday 19 August 2018
Entries are open for pre-selection in the 15th annual Sculpture by the Sea to be held at Perth’s Cottesloe Beach
from 1 to 18 March 2019.
Artists are invited to submit works in all types, forms and sizes of sculpture, in all materials. Submissions are open to artists of all stages of their artistic practice.

Small! – Call for submissions
Submissions close Friday 26 October 2018
fortyfivedownstairs invites submissions from everyone for their first ever community-sourced, small works exhibition, which will feature works in both the small and large space within the gallery. Entries must be no larger than 20 x 20cm including framing, and able to be attached to the wall. This invitation is open to emerging and established artists and those who just want to give it a go. The exhibition will be on from 8 to 17 November.

Studio ARTES Volunteer Program
Studio ARTES offers creative programs with whole life outcomes for adults living with disability by providing tailor-made creative activities and life skills. They are calling for volunteers who would like to offer their support in the areas of craft, textiles, performing arts dance, music and living skills for their programs at the Hornsby and Inner West locations.

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.

Van Eyck Residency 2019
Applications close 11.59pm, Monday 1 October 2018
Artists, designers, curators, photographers, (landscape) architects, writers, and critics are invited to apply for a six to 12-month residency in 2019 at the Jan van Eyck Academie in The Netherlands – an international, multidisciplinary institute for talent development in a multiform working environment. The residency includes a studio and access to well-equipped labs for print, photography/new media, wood and metal, and a library/lab for nature research. It offers the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with civic partners and partners from science and the arts; a public programme of events, talks, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

West End Art Space Volunteer Program
West End Art Space is calling for interested individuals to become part of the gallery’s volunteer program, which aims to develop a team of dedicated individuals with a broad understanding in art gallery operations. Now in its second year, the gallery showcases Australian and international artists through the presentation of 12 exhibitions per year across one main gallery and three project spaces.

Young Art Journalism (YAJA) News Feed + Awards
YAJA is an innovative news feed giving journalism, media and art students a global platform to publish their articles. YAJA provides media opportunities, industry mentoring, work experience, networking opportunities, a large audience reach, as well as awards recognition. Articles from anywhere in the world are welcome. We love to experience your culture! Visit the website link to express your interest.