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!


Alice Couttoupes at work, 2018 recipient of the Eva Breuer Travelling Scholarship. Photograph: Tim Darin. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Alice Couttoupes awarded the 2018 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship
The ‘Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship’ is an annual award to support a young Australian female to study and further their arts practice in Paris. Developed by The Breuer Foundation, in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in memory of Eva Breuer and the contribution she made to Australian Art.

The AGNSW have announced Alice Couttoupes as the 2018 recipient. The Sydney artist has been awarded a three-month residency and $25,000 towards living and travel expenses associated with the overseas placement. Couttoupes predominantly works with clay in its vitrified and raw state, with a focus on exploring sociocultural and political ideas that inform our interaction with nature. She explains, ‘In Paris I plan to examine the trope of ‚’mastery over nature’ by looking at French formal garden design – such as Versailles – as a socially and culturally symbolic space. Control and surveillance of nature was a prominent feature of French formal gardens, and that is what I intend to explore and respond to in my new work.’ ‘To date, the majority of my work has explored these ideas within the Australian context, so the opportunity to stay in Paris and expand the scope of my research will be hugely beneficial and rewarding,’ she continues.

The AGNSW also awarded Studio Scholarships at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, to artists Tracey Clement, Sarah Contos, Gregory Hodge, Valerie Kirk, Giselle Stanborough, Alexandra Standen, and Esther Stewart.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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.
Country Arts S.A, Port Adelaide: 17 October, Art Gallery of Ballarat: 1 November, Lismore Regional Gallery: 21 March 2019, City of Joondalup, Western Australia: 8 May 2019, and Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT: 21 June 2019.
Visit the website for details 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.

Artspace Rent-free Studios
Applications close midnight, 22 October 2018
Each year since 2015, Artspace has been offering year-long, rent-free studios to assist artists with the development of new work and methodologies in an open and critically-engaged environment, and is a part of a ten-year vision to support 70 artists across generations – from emerging to established, across all media – to embrace risk and experimentation in their practice. A panel of Artspace staff and Board will select seven artists to take up residence in 2019.

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.

Arts Tasmania Roving Curator Program
Submissions close 15 October 2018
The Roving Curator program gives museums, galleries and collections access to Arts Tasmania’s museum professionals for up to 25 days. Eligibility: the applicant organisation must be Tasmanian-based and legally constituted, responsible for managing a publicly owned collection of movable cultural heritage. The collection must be publicly accessible, and the organisation must have regular opening hours or
be working towards Them. Before submitting your application, it is recommended that you  contact an Arts Tasmania Roving Curator to discuss the planned activity.

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.

Chelsea International Photography Competition
Entries close Tuesday 9 October 2018
The Chelsea International Photography Competition is marking its second year of celebrating photographers from around the globe on the renowned NYC art stage. Sponsored by Agora Gallery, the competition provides exposure for the work of all types of photography. With a distinguished panel of jurors and prizes valued at more than $55,000, the competition is an opportunity for photographers seeking national and international acclaim. Finalists will participate in a collective exhibition from February 20 to 28, 2019 at Agora Gallery in New York City, and receive valuable PR opportunities. Visit the website for details and instructions on how to enter.

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.

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 Funding Opportunities
The latest rounds of Create NSW’s ‘Creative Koori Arts and Cultural Projects’ and ‘Creative Koori Employment’ funds are now open for applications, aimed at supporting and expanding opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, cultural workers and arts organisations across the State. ‘Creative Koori Arts and Cultural Projects’ funding supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities through funding of up to $60,000 (for projects delivered within 12 months) or up to $75,000 (for projects delivered over a longer timeframe). The ‘Creative Koori Employment’ funding aims to increase Aboriginal employment opportunities, build capacity and increase the number of professional and skills development opportunities on offer to Aboriginal artists, arts and cultural workers. Funding of $15,000 up to $75,000 per project is available through the program. Individual NSW-based artists, cultural workers or NSW organisations working with Aboriginal arts and cultural sectors can apply but all applications must include Aboriginal practitioners and/or arts & cultural workers in key creative roles. Also, The ‘Aboriginal Artist Support’ (quick response) grants close April 1, 2019.

Double Exposure Artist Residency 2019
Applications close midnight, 18 November 2018
PhotoAccess invites applications for the Double Exposure Artist Residency. The program is offering one interstate or international photo-based artist a five-week opportunity to produce new work, using PhotoAccess’ Darkroom and facilities from 22 July to 2 September 2019. Priority will be given to artists who work experimentally using darkroom-based processes. Artists at all stages of their career are invited to apply.
Visit the website for details and submission.

FedUni’s Post Office Gallery seeks 1980s Visual Arts alumni
Submissions close Sunday 25 November 2018
FedUni’s Post Office gallery would like to hear from Visual Arts alumni from the 1980s to exhibit in its upcoming exhibition ‘RELOAD: BACK TO THE 80s!’ If you are a Visual Arts graduate from the former School of Mines, Ballarat (SMB), Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) or Ballarat TAFE you are eligible to enter. The exhibition will take place from 15 December 2018 to 2 February 2019. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside your peers and celebrate!
Click here for details and how to enter.

Submissions close 30 September, 2018
Applications are open for Victoria’s creative business program Foundry658, designed by the State Library Victoria and Australian Centre for the Moving Image, backed by the Victorian Government. This initiative will enable entrepreneurial artists and creative teams to transform business ideas into thriving enterprises by providing cash and in-kind investment, mentorship, coaching and practical expertise. Two bootcamps will take place in November 2018 and February 2019, for up to 25 individuals and teams, with ten high potential businesses selected to transition to a three-month accelerator program, which will offer $20,000 for financial investment to each business selected, as well as coaching and access to co-working communities within State Library Victoria and ACMI X.

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.

Jhess Knight & Jess Davie, Big Dog, 2017
Photograph: Vicki Jones. Courtesy the artist and Gasworks Arts Park

Glover Prize
Entries close 6pm, 25 January 2019
The John Glover Art Prize is an acquisitive award for the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania and offers the winning artist $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, designed by Peter Corlett and valued at $5,000. All other exhibited entries are eligible for the (non-acquisitive) People’s Choice Award $3,000, the Children’s Choice Award $500 and the Hanger’s Choice Award $500. An exhibition of 40 finalists paintings will be held over the March 2019 long-weekend in the historic Falls Park pavilion in Evandale, a village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania.

Global Project Space Creative Exchange
Applications open 24 September 2018
The Asialink Arts Global Project Space Creative Exchange invites artists and arts professionals to apply for 2019 opportunities which consist of Exchanges and project-based Targeted Exchanges co-curated by Asialink Arts and the Asian-based global collaborators who partner with the Exchange and Projects Program. Participating bodies include tertiary art schools and academies to public and private galleries and philanthropic institutions throughout the Asian region. Arts Management, Multi-Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Writing are supported through this program across 13 countries. Visit the Asialink website for profiles on collaborators and the practices they will be supporting.

Documentation, ‘A Reverse View’ with Tsuda Michiko and Kamimura Megumi, ‘MAM Project 023: Agatha Gothe-Snape,’ Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017. Photograph: Mikuriya Shinichiro Court. Courtesy the artists and Asialink the University of Melbourne

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.

Ideas Platform 2019
Applications close midnight, 22 October 2018
Artspace invites proposals for the 2019 Ideas Platform – the exhibition space situated at the front entrance to the Gunnery building. Applications are open to artists, collectives and curators, this program offers an opportunity for recipients to work with Artspace’s curatorial, technical and communications team to develop their project. There will be three exhibitions available for successful applications in the 2019 program.

The Kate Challis (RAKA) Award
Entries close Monday 24 September 2018
This $20,000 annual award is offered to encourage Indigenous creative artists to undertake literary works, paintings, sculptures, craftwork, plays and musical compositions and to assist in advancing the recognition of Aboriginal achievements in these areas. It is awarded in a five-year cycle with a different area of the arts – creative prose, drama, the visual arts, scriptwriting and poetry – being rewarded each year. The 2018 award is for the best painting, sculpture or craft-work in any medium, or style by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist who has exhibited between January 2013 and January 2018.

Koorie Art Show
Applications close 8 October 2018
The ‘Koorie Art Show’ presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust is one of the most important annual exhibitions, which showcases the talent of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. This show is an open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition. Submissions are open to Koorie and Victorian-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from emerging to senior for works in all visual art mediums including painting, drawing, photography, etching, sculpture and installation. All entries will be eligible for numerous prizes including the Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media $10,000; the Metro Tunnel Creative Program Award $5,000; and the Koorie Heritage Trust People’s Choice Award $500. The exhibition opens at the Koorie Heritage Trust on Saturday 8 December and continues until Sunday 24 February 2019.
Click here for further information and application forms.

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.

Montalto Sculpture Prize 2019
Entries close 31 October 2018
This annual acquisitive prize for sculpture is offering $40,000 from 2019, and is open to artists working in any medium. The judging panel will select a shortlist of finalists in early November 2018 for exhibition in the grounds of Montalto from 24 February to 25 August 2019. An additional non-acquisitive prize of $1,000 for The Mitchell Family Award will also be awarded.

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.

Northern Tasmania Arts Organisations Initiative
Applications close 15 October 2018
This program supports arts organisations based in Northern Tasmania to deliver high quality arts activities that strengthen the regions arts sector, engage and inspire audiences and the wider community, and benefit Northern Tasmania’s professional artists and arts workers. This initiative is for programs commencing after 1 January 2019 and can be for a duration up to 18 months.

PITCH Grants
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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.

SEA Foundation – AiR Tilburg Residency program 2019/2020
Applications close 15 October 2018
Applications are invited from visual artists, curators and art theorists/writers for the SEA Foundation’s AiR Tilburg residencies in The Netherlands for 2019-2020. The SEA Foundation’s program offers up to eight residencies per year, with two of these offered as fully funded fellowships which include access to all facilities, mentoring, a weekly stipend and a production budget as part of the 2019-2020 program. Open to applicants aged 25+ who have a professional practice (not available to students).

Sculpture at Scenic World
Submissions close 12 November 2018
Scenic World invites submissions for the eighth annual Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition, which transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor art gallery from April 5 to May 5, 2019. The four-week exhibition features a prize pool of $30,000, including the $20,000 Scenic World Major Award. Selected artists will go in the running for a number of other awards; $5,000 Artist Peer Award, $3,000 Environmental Award, $2,000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award, and $1,000 Carrington Hotel People’s Choice Prize. Shortlisted artists will also receive a $1,000 grant for exhibiting in 2019.

Nick Warfield, Calling upon the Owl. Photograph: Keith Maxwell. Courtesy the artist and Scenic World

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.

Young Art Journalism (YAJA) News Feed + Awards
Entries close 31 October 2018
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.