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!

Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
We congratulate artists Marlee McMahon (VIC) and Kate Power (SA) who were recently announced as the recipients of the 2020 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. McMahon and Power will each receive a $50,000 stipend to cover institutional fees for one academic year of study at an international art school of their choice.

Marlee McMahon, Cavity, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 70 x 61cm
Courtesy the artist and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, South Australia

Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2017, McMahon, whose painting practice explores the intersection between graphic design and abstraction, has exhibited in solo and group shows in Victoria, interstate and overseas. And Power, a 2015 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) graduate from the South Australian School of Art whose practice explores craft, video, sculpture and performance, has participated in several overseas residencies and exhibited widely in South Australia and interstate.
The selection committee included Simon Biggs, Professor of Art, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Christian Lock, Samstag Scholar and Lecturer: Painting, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, and Nike Savvas, Sydney-based artist and fellow Samstag Scholar.

Kate Power, Things Between You and Me (detail), 2016, timber, foam, fabric, 300 x 40 x 40cm
Photograph: Grant Hancock.Courtesy the artist and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, South Australia

‘Kate Power impressed us with her clear commitment in continually developing a practice that critically challenges stereotypes. Marlee McMahon blew us away with the quality, originality and the maturity she displayed in her portfolio. We are really excited to see how their work develops as they immerse themselves in new cultures and in a stimulating learning environment,’ said Biggs.

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.

Artists in the Park Artist in Residence program
Submissions close 30 November 2019
Applications are open for the next round of the Territory Wildlife Park’s Artists in the Park (AiP) residency program. AiP gives artists exclusive access to the Park’s fascinating collection of flora and fauna, which they use as inspiration for their work. The program is open to artists 18 years and over who work in a range of mediums, including painting and drawing, sculpture, textiles and fibres, photography, dance, theatre, writing, and new and mixed media. Information session: 12pm, Sat 16 November at Tactile Arts Gallery, Fannie Bay, Darwin NT.

Chelsea International Photography Competition
Entries close 28 April 2020
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.

Clean Up our Backyard
Expressions of Interest close 10 November 2019
MARS Gallery are calling for Expressions of Interest from Australian and international artists for four major urban art commissions for the improvement of the local environment of Windsor, Melbourne. Skyline Education Foundation Australia is a charity facilitating education for young people. Proposals are invited that reflect the vision of the Foundation by tackling the challenges facing young people today. Four artists will be selected to each receive $10,000. Artists are invited to explore digital interaction and audience engagement in their submission.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership scholarships
Applications close 22 November 2019
Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership (CCEL) is offering six scholarships for its flagship programs in 2020 to outstanding leaders working in the not-for-profit, start-up, arts and culture, and community sectors. While successful applicants will be chosen from a broad range of industry sectors and backgrounds, two of the six scholarship places have a specific focus. The ‘Jim and Di Carlton Scholarship’ will be awarded to an applicant from a refugee background, who has achieved a position of leadership within Australia, or an individual who is demonstrating leadership in their work with refugees. An additional scholarship for the ‘Executive Colloquium’ will be awarded to a female up to the age of 40, who is working to improve outcomes for socially disadvantaged and marginalised women and children in her community. Click here to download the CCEL Scholarship information and CCEL Scholarship application form.

Create NSW – Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations Funding
EOI’s close 5pm (AEST) 25 November 2019
Independent arts and cultural organisations across NSW are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a 2+2 year period commencing 2020/21.
Click here for the more information and to access the new guidelines.

Creative Industries Fellowships
Applications close 29 November 2019
If you are an established Northern Territory artist or arts worker seeking to develop your professional arts career, and the development of arts, culture and the creative industries in the NT you can apply for a Creative Fellowship to develop a program to undertake research, strengthen your arts practice and grow your skills, knowledge and networks. Funds up to $25,000 are available for activities ready to start from 1 March 2020. Visit the website to to read the Arts Grants Program guidelines before applying.

Karen Mills, No. 8 Bore, Elliott, screen print, 56 x 76 cm, 2019
Karen Mills received an Arts Fellowship in 2018
Courtesy the artist and Arts NT

Creative Sparks Grant Program
Applications close 9 December 2019
The Creative Sparks grant program is for the of support practitioners and producers to develop products, partnerships and new work that grow Brisbane’s reputation as a creative city, to ensure residents and visitors to the city have access to a diverse range of creative and cultural activities and provide cultural, social and economic outcomes that benefit and add value to Brisbane. Up to $10,000 is available per application. Applicants must demonstrate excellence and articulate the artistic, cultural, social and/or economic impact of the proposed outcomes. For more information on eligibility and to read the Terms & Conditions visit Brisbane City Councils website here.

Fivex Art Prize – Digital billboard art
Entries close 20 January 2020
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.

Firstdraft – Free Studio Spaces in Rozelle
Applications close 1 November 2019
Firstdraft is offering free short-term studio spaces. The studios will be available from mid November 2019 to March 2020 (with a possibility for extension). The studios are located on the ground floor of 731-735 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW 2039. Successful applicants will receive a free studio space, 24-hour access, onsite parking (subject to availability), electricity and other outgoings covered, and the opportunity to participate in public programs such as open studios and artist talks.

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.

Jeremy Hynes Award
Applications close 3 November 2019
The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) launch the open-call for the sixth biennial Jeremy Hynes Award. The IMA has the honour of presenting the $10,000 award to a, risk-taking Queensland artist in the early stages of their career, made possible through a bequest made by the family of Jeremy Hynes in his name. Artists are invited to submit applications, which demonstrate ambition in ideas and artistic risk-taking to be in the running for the $10,000 award and mentorship to produce a solo exhibition at the IMA.

John Villiers Outback Art Prize
Entries close 3 January 2020
The John Villiers Outback Art Prize is an annual art competition open to all Australian artists presented by the Outback Regional Gallery and Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton, Queensland and is calling for entries for the 2020 prize. The finalists’ exhibition will be held at the gallery from 6 March to 8 May 2020.

Koorie Art Show 2019 – Call for entries
Applications close 5pm, 11 November 2019
The Koorie Heritage Trust’s annual ‘Koorie Art Show’ is one of the most important exhibitions to showcase the diverse talent of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. This open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition is calling for submissions from emerging to senior Koorie and Victorian-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for works across all visual arts mediums. Prizes: Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media $10,000; Viva Energy Australia, 3D Award $5000; Metro Tunnel Creative Program Award $5,000; RMIT University Emerging Artist Award $5,000; Koorie Heritage Trust Encouragement Awards ($500 x 2); and the Koorie Heritage Trust People’s Choice Award $1,000. The exhibition will be on view from 7 December, 2019 to Sunday 23 February 2020 and the winners announcements will be made at the closing of the exhibition.

Koorie Heritage Trust 2020 Project Space Exhibition Program
Applications close 6 December 2019
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emerging artists and art collectives residing in Victoria are invited to apply for the 2020 Project Space Exhibition Program. The Project Space showcases emerging artists working in a variety of media and disciplines. Applicants are required to propose a theme or concept for the exhibition, this can be either a solo presentation of new or existing works, a group show exploring a specific topic, or an installation. Three exhibitions with a minimum of eight weeks per project are scheduled for March to November 2020. Unsuccessful applicants from the 2019 call out are encouraged to re-apply. Click here for more information and application download.

Maddi Moser, installation view, Land Currents, Project Space, Koorie Heritage Trust, 27 July to 22 September 2019
Photograph: Christian Capurro. Courtesy the artist and Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
Entries close midnight (AEST) 10 November 2019
Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios currently taking applications for the biennial Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award. The biennial Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award is a national prize established in 1981 to promote and support talented young emerging artists in Australia. Initiated by the Lane Cove community in honour of its long term resident Dr Lloyd Rees, the award has a total prize pool of $7,500, the main award being an acquisitive prize of $5,000 and a curated solo exhibition in the following year at Gallery Lane Cove. Applications are open to 18-30 year old artists Australia-wide in the mediums of painting, drawing and printmaking. Apply here

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Applications close 5pm, 11 November 2019
Submissions are invited from publishers, artists and designers whose practices focus on arts, architecture and design, to apply to be featured in the Melbourne Art Book Fair, which will be held at National Gallery of Victoria from 13 to 15 March 2020. Submissions are assessed for suitability; not all applications will be selected. Visit the website to read information regarding Stand fees and the Terms & Conditions.

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.

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.

NT Arts Grants Program 2019-20
The NT Arts Grants Program invites applications for funding across the following initiatives for the 2019/2020 program: ‘Professional Development Fund’ up to $2,000 – open (until expended). ‘Creative Industries Program Creative Fellowships’ up to $25,000 per applicant – closes 29 November 2019. ‘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.

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.

SAM Local Spotlight solo exhibition
Applications close 5pm (AEDT) 25 November 2019
SAM Local Spotlight is an open call for a solo artist to exhibit a body of work at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) from 13 March to 3 May 2020. The aim of this exhibition is to encourage, stimulate and promote local and regional cultural activities as part of SAM’s annual program. SAM’s curatorial team will work closely with the artist, enabling them to gain professional experience working in a museum context. Artists from North Central and North East regional Victoria are invited to apply. SAM welcomes applications from artists who are either regionally based, or those who originated from these areas and maintain strong connections to these locations. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

SEA Foundation – AiR Tilburg
Applications close 12pm (AEST), 11 November 2019
SEA Foundation – AiR Tilburg is calling for applications from visual artists, curators and writers, whose work and life demands both a rigorous engagement as well as an urgency to propel progress in their practice, for the 2020/2021 residency program. Up to eight three-month residencies per year are offered. Artists working across visual art, fibre art, drawing and painting, sculpture, media art, design, curating, art critique, art theory, artistic research, architecture, sound and performance are encouraged to apply.

Sawtooth ARI 2020 program
Applications close 24 November
Sawtooth ARI in Tasmania will be accepting applications for the 2020 exhibition program. Sawtooth preferences submissions from First Nations Artists and Curators, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Artists and Curators, Artists and Curators with Disability, Old Aged Artists and Curators, Artists and Curators from Gender and Sexual Minorities and Early-Career curated/group exhibitions. For an interview with Liam James, Director of Sawtooth ARI; or for image request, please contact via email at
Event info
Applications here.

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
Winner Sculpture at Scenic World 2019 Major Award
Courtesy the artist and Sculpture at Scenic World

Sculpture by the Bay
Submissions close 25 November 2019
Expressions of Interest for the 2020 Sculpture by the Bay foreshore works and the Small Sculpture Prize for small indoor works are open. Online entry forms can be accessed on the event website, with more information on Facebook

SEA Foundation – AiR Tilburg
Applications close 12pm (AEST) 11 November 2019
SEA Foundation – AiR Tilburg is calling for applications for the 2020/2021 residency program from visual artists, curators and writers whose work and life demands both a rigorous engagement as well as an urgency to propel progress in their practice. Up to eight three-month residencies per year are offered by the Sea Foundation. Artists working across visual art, fiber art, drawing and painting, sculpture, media art, design, curating, art critique, art theory, artistic research, architecture, sound artists, performance artists are encouraged to apply. More information and how to apply can be found on the SEA Foundation website.

SMALL! 2019
Entries close 2 November 2019
fortyfivedownstairs is calling for submissions for their community-sourced small works exhibition for display at the gallery in November. The submission criteria requests artworks at 20 x 20 x 20cm (8″ x 8″ x 8″) or under, including framing and are able to be fixed to the wall. All works will be priced at $150, no matter the artist or medium, and artworks will be exhibited anonymously. Entries are $20 for one artwork, or $30 for two with a limit of two artworks per person. All submitted artworks will be accepted (terms and conditions apply). Entry is via the online form on the gallery website.

Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture
Entries close 22 November 2019
The Tom Bass Prize celebrates the human form and its influence on today’s sculptors and is an acknowledgement of Tom Bass as one of Australia’s pre-eminent public sculptors. Entries are open to professional and non-professional artists aged 16 years and over for figurative sculpture works. Further information and entry via website.

VicArts Grants
Round 2: open 2 to 31 January 2020
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.

Yulgilbar Travelling Fellowships
Applications close 18 November 2019
The Grafton Regional Gallery is offering an opportunity to individual artists and artist groups from the Clarence Valley working across all mediums and subjects to apply for 2019 Yulgilbar Travelling Fellowships, which include an Australian Travelling Fellowship of $5,000 and an International Travelling Fellowship of $8,000. The Fellowships are to be completed by 30 June 2020 of which each Fellow will be required to submit an artistic report on their experience and present a talk or slide night at the Grafton Regional Gallery, to share stories from their experience.