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!

ARIM – An Artist Residency in Motherhood
ARIM is a self-directed, open-source artist residency designed to empower and inspire artists who are also mothers. It is a cost-free and fully customisable program for any duration and offers a mentorship program as well. This is a unique international residency model designed to take place entirely inside your own home to fit in with everyday life. ARIM presents an opportunity to reframe parenthood as a valuable site for creative practice, rather than an obstruction to be overcome. Read more about how it began and how it works on ARAM’s website;

UMI Arts – The Summer Show
Expressions of interest are invited for ‘The Summer Show’ at UMI Arts in Far North Queensland, which will showcase artists who are experimenting with new techniques and adapting their artistic direction. For this exhibition, UMI Arts encourages works that can hang together in a series, such as small paper works, carving, fibre art, jewellery, and sculpture. Contact UMI Arts on (07) 4041-6152 or email for more information or to request membership and application form;

Carstairs Prize
Applications close October 17, 2021
In 2021, the Carstairs Prize has been increased from $3,000 to $10,000 and will be awarded to one recipient. The prize aims to support socially-engaged art projects, which embrace participatory and collaborative experiences and bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) to involve audiences beyond the art community. The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) in developing and presenting new work. With current public health orders in mind, proposals that consider the digital and virtual space as a valid and essential arena for collaborative artistic endeavour are encouraged. Go online to read the terms and conditions and to apply;

Arts NT Creative fellowship and arts residencies grants
Applications close October 18, 2021
The Arts NT Creative fellowship and arts residencies grants initiative supports career development. Individuals with at least ten years of professional arts practice in the Northern Territory can apply for a creative fellowship grant, and early and mid-career artists and arts workers can apply for an arts residencies grant (this category prioritises opportunities for Aboriginal and remote artists and art workers). Eligible applicants can apply for up to $40,000 for a creative fellowship to undertake research or works development. Up to $20,000 is available for arts residencies to receive mentoring from Arts NT sector professionals or to collaborate with other artists. It is important to read the Arts and Culture Grants Program guidelines available on the Arts NT website before applying. Applications are accepted online via the GrantsNT portal;

EGAG WRAP Small Artwork Prize
Entries close October 18, 2021
EGAG WRAP is an open entry small artwork exhibition for works no larger than 30 × 30cm with a $2,000 non-acquisitive first prize. Artists are invited to submit works on any subject and medium. All works entered are hung in the buy-off-the-wall exhibition, with 100% of every sale going directly to the creator. In addition to the first prize, there are five more categories: Environment Award $500, Elders Real Estate Award $500, Sculpture Award $500, Best work by a young artist (up to 30 years of age) $250, and People’s Choice Award $200. Eligibility, terms and conditions, fees and entry are available online;

Australian Pavilion Invigilation Program, Venice Biennale 2022
Applications close 9am (CET), October 19, 2021
The Australia Council for the Arts invites applications for invigilators at the Australian Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2022. The Australian Pavilion invigilation program is a professional development and employment opportunity open to Australian citizens who are based in Europe or the United Kingdom during these challenging times. Participants will have the chance to advance their skills in exhibition invigilation and arts administration; they will be exposed to different approaches to contemporary visual arts practice; and build networks to foster future collaborations and exchanges. Participants will work alongside the Venice project team to co-design additional professional development activities to expand upon the invigilation experience at the Australian Pavilion. Applications from all areas of the visual arts industry are encouraged for two types of positions: Attendant Manager and Pavilion Attendant. This program is open to, but not limited to, artists, cultural producers, arts administrators, and technical producers, as well as engagement and development coordinators and curators. Detailed information, including key dates, eligibility and how to apply, is available on the Australia Council for the Arts website;

Leg Up Grants
Applications close October 24, 2021 (or when funds are exhausted)
Leg Up Grants of up to $500 are quick response skill development funds for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW. The grants are open to museums and Aboriginal Cultural Centres (with artefact collections and displays) with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week), as well as museum networks such as Museums Australia Chapters and are for skill development projects including hosting or attending workshops, conferences, or seminars in NSW, in addition to networking activities. Funds can cover expenses such as travel, accommodation, and registrations. Visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website to contact Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator before submitting and to discuss any extenuating circumstances;

M16 Artspace Drawing Prize
Entries close 11.59pm, October 24, 2021
Entries are open for the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2021. The M16 Drawing Prize invites drawings in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend the understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. Main Prize $10,000, People’s Choice Award $1,000, Delta Cleaning Services Award $500, Local Artist Award receives a $500 Braddon Framing Store voucher plus $390 Megalo Class voucher. The exhibition of finalist works will be on display at M16 Artspace in Canberra ACT from November 25 to December 10. Visit the website for terms and conditions, fees, and entry portal;

Society of Illustrators Annual Competition
Entries close 11.59pm (EST), October 30, 2021
The Society of Illustrators Annual Competition showcases work by illustrators and animators worldwide. Work can be entered in one of six categories: Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional, Uncommissioned, and Surface/Product Design. Prizes include medals, work published in a full-colour catalogue and displayed in an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators’ gallery in New York City. Entry fees apply. Any illustration created or initially published between October 1, 2019, and November 1, 2020, that has not been entered or accepted in the competition previously, is eligible. Visit the website for more detailed information and how to enter;

Kaleidoscope Exhibition
Entries close midnight, October 31, 2021
‘Kaleidoscope’ is a celebration of LGBTQI+ pride and community. Everyone has their own ideas about what it means to be part of the diverse LGBTQI+ community. Belco Arts invites LGBTQI+ artists in Canberra and throughout Australia who are working at any level of artistic experience to create and share what being queer and part of the LGBTQI+ in 2021 means to them. Two and three-dimensional works using painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, drawing, or mixed media are welcomed. All works selected for exhibition will be eligible to be in the running for a $500 People’s Choice Award. The exhibition will be held in November, exact dates to be confirmed. Enter online;

Live Performance Support Program
Applications close October 31, 2021
The Live Performance Support Program aims to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. It invites Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues, responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period, to apply for a guarantee ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists. Applicants may submit one application only at a time, but it may cover multiple performances or events scheduled to occur between April and November 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted up to six months before an eligible activity and will take at least 25 business days to be assessed. There is a limited pool of funding available through this competitive program. Applications will be accepted until the funding pool has been pre-approved. Visit the website to read important information before applying.

Biblio Art Prize 2021
Entries close the end of October, 2021
The Biblio Art Prize is an art initiative hosted by Blarney Books & Art in Victoria. National and international artists from amateur to professional, young and old, are invited to enter. By submitting a one-off payment of $25, artists will be allocated with one book title. Each title is a pre-selected work of fiction by an Australian author. Participating artists will read their book for inspiration and respond with an artwork created in any medium. Book copies can be obtained from any source and do not need to be purchased from Blarney Books & Art. In 2021, the Biblio Art Prize is supporting Australian authors whose book sales have been impacted by COVID-19. Artworks will be selected in November for display in the Summer exhibition. There is a Grand Prize of $2,000, which will be awarded by independent judges to the winning work, as well as announcing a range of other prizes. Visit the website to find out how to enter and receive your book title;

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Quick Response Grants
Applications close 11.59pm, October 31, and November 30, 2021
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia with funds allocated across two grant categories: Project Grants (currently closed) and Quick Response Grants (open). RAF is managed by Regional Arts Australia and by RANT Arts in Tasmania. Quick Response Grants are designed to support professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers or small project opportunities. Applications are open from February to November each year closing on the last day of each month. Visit the website for more detailed information, eligibility criteria, important dates and to apply;

Australia Council for the Arts Creative Connections
Sessions run until November 1, 2021
The Australia Council for the Arts has developed a new online learning platform for the arts and creative sector titled Creative Connections. The webinar series is led by sector experts who share their knowledge and strategies to deal with concerns of ‘adaptation’ including digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Over 30 sessions are accessible across a range of topics delivered via the online platform, with recordings published after each session. Browse the full program and register via the website.

Coffs Coast Artists
Submissions close November 1, 2021
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (CHRG) is calling for expressions of interest from both individual artists and artist groups residing in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca regions to be considered for exhibition as part of the opening year of exhibitions in 2023. CHRG’s vision for the 63m2 space is to develop a holistic program of artists across all ages, experience, and ability, including children, to present works across a diverse range of mediums and artmaking approaches, including art, craft, and design. More detailed information and the application are available online;

The Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize
Delivery of completed works by 12pm, November 5, 2021
Set in Stone: The Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize is a competition and exhibition that celebrates traditional sculpture techniques and forms. It is open to established sculptors and novices alike. In keeping with the traditional stonemasons’ work of Ross in Tasmania, entries must be completed from the stone block supplied by the competition – using only hand tools. All entries submitted for the exhibition will be in the running for the Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize; however, places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis. The exhibition will be open to the public from November 6 to December 5 at the Tasmanian Wool Centre Museum in Ross. To read the terms and conditions and to enter, visit the website;

Blake Art Prize
Entries open August 9 and close November 15, 2021
The 67th Blake Art Prize is calling for entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the ‘Blake Art Prize’ exhibition, and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize. Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary artwork that addresses the religious or spiritual – faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief. The exhibition of finalists is on at Casula Powerhouse NSW, from March 12 to May 22, 2022. Go online for more information and to submit;

Tom Bass Prize 2022
Entries close November 19, 2021
Entries are open for the 2022 Tom Bass Prize for figurative sculpture. The Tom Bass Prize is the first national Australian prize for figurative sculpture, presented in celebration of the human form and its influence on today’s sculptors. Professional and non-professional artists aged 16+ years are invited to submit works that interpret the concept of ‘figurative’ broadly. However, the inspiration must come from the figure. Prizes are non-acquisitive with a total prize pool of $26,000. The exhibition of finalists will be open to the public from March 4 to 20, 2022. Visit the website for terms and conditions and to enter;

The North Sydney Art Prize
Entries close November 30, 2021
The North Sydney Art Prize is a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and established artists from across Australia. Artists are invited to enter interior and exterior works for exhibition across the renowned Coal Loader site at 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton from May 14 to 29, 2022. Works will be on display at the Caretakers Cottage, Artist Studio, Platform, Tunnels 1 & 2, Chambers and across the grounds of the Coal Loader and surrounding parklands. The prize pool includes: $20,000 Major Open Award, $12,000 Award for Sculpture, $5,000 Site Specific Award, $2,000 Emerging Artist Award, $1,000 Work on/with Paper Award and $1,000 Award for Drawing. Visit the website for details and online-only entry;

Summer Creative Residency Tasmania
Applications close December 3, 2021
Applications are invited from creative practitioners for two to four-week residencies at Dreamfarm in Tasmania. The private studios and facilities are suitable for artists working across a range of disciplines, including visual arts, music, writing, dance, movement, performing arts, photography, textile arts, woodworking, land art, design, research, and philosophy. There is a large, carpeted open plan room ideal for dance or movement sessions, rehearsals, and group activities, a garage workshop suitable for artisan crafts and practical projects, and a library. Dreamfarm is a low-tech creative environment with no mobile phone reception and limited internet access, offering the chance to unplug from the outside world and reconnect with your natural creative rhythms. From $250 per week. More information and application forms are available online;

Regional Events Acceleration Fund
Applications close 5pm (AEDT), December 17, 2021
The NSW Government Department of Regional NSW offers support for the social and economic recovery of NSW regions through the $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund. The fund is designed to assist organisations in attracting new major international and domestic events to regional areas and to support the growth of existing regional events. There are two funding streams: Stream One: Major Event Operations and Infrastructure for grants between $50,000 and $200,000. Stream Two: Major Event Attraction and Enhancement Grants for a minimum of $100,000. Detailed guidelines and application requirements are available online;

artsACT Arts Activities Funding
Round Two: opens annually on December 1 and closes February 28 with announcements made by May 30 for activities to commence from July 1
Arts Activities funding is available across two categories: up to $5,000 for smaller projects (open all year round) and $5,000-$50,000 for larger projects. Funding is available to ACT-based artists working at all stages of their careers and to organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts. The program supports artists, groups, and arts organisations across a broad range of activities, including artform-based projects, mentorships, residencies, professional or skills development and opportunities for the community to actively engage in the arts. Activities can relate to dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, and cross-arts activities. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will need to speak to artsACT staff prior to applying for a project involving interstate or international travel. Visit the website for details and to apply through the artsACT grants portal;

artsACT Arts Peer Register
Submissions close midnight, December 31, 2021
artsACT engages members of the community with specific artform interest, knowledge and experience as peers. Peers provide advice and assist in the assessment of applications across a range of funding categories. They are paid for their involvement, with the timing, workload and payment varying depending on the category being assessed. Artists and arts workers interested in being a peer assessor should read the Peer Assessment information on the artsACT website before registering.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand RISE Fund
Applications close December 31, 2021 (subject to allocation of funds)
The RISE Fund provides targeted funding to sector organisations who are looking to restart, re-imagine or create new projects, and is available for activities across all art forms. Projects geared towards Australian audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas are invited as well as programs involving tours, and those which use local regional pre-production and production services and support acts. Visit the GrantConnect website for more information, eligibility criteria and grant objectives.

Darling Portrait Prize
Entries close 11.55pm (AEDT), January 10, 2022
Entries are open for the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize, a national award, which celebrates Australian portrait painting, and honours the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. In 2022, the winner will receive $75,000 and be exhibited with the finalists at the National Portrait Gallery ACT, from June 24 to October 9, 2022. Paintings completed on or after July 1, 2019, are invited. Be sure to read the terms and conditions and eligibility criteria before applying;

Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2022
Entries close midnight, January 12, 2022
Adelaide Perry Gallery invites Australian artists to submit works for the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2022, which have been completed within a period of 12 months prior to January 12, 2022. The annual acquisitive Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is valued at $25,000. All finalists in the competition are eligible to be considered for the non-acquisitive People’s Choice Award valued at $2,000. Visit Adelaide Perry Gallery’s microsites for more information and how to submit your entry;

Glover Prize 2022
Entries close 6pm (AEST), January 28, 2022
The Glover Prize is an acquisitive annual award offered by The John Glover Society Inc. for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. The winning work is selected from approximately 40 entries and receives $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover designed by Peter Corlett and valued at $5,000. All finalist entries are eligible for the non-acquisitive People’s Choice Award of $3,000, the Children’s Choice Award of $500, and the Hanger’s Choice Award of $500. The exhibition will be held at the historic Falls Park Pavilion at Evandale in Tasmania from March 12 to 20, 2022;

Creative Koori Projects
Round two opens December 6, 2021, and closes January 31, 2022
Funding of up to $60,000 is available for arts and cultural activities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts and cultural workers through the Create NSW Creative Koori Projects. This fund aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in NSW by supporting the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity for NSW Aboriginal cultural development; contemporary practice, the sharing of NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way; and promoting NSW Aboriginal culture in the sector. More information, eligibility criteria and applications are available online;

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
The next round closes 3pm, March 1, 2022, for projects beginning after June 1, 2022
The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups program funds a range of activities with the aim of delivering benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. Please note: To apply, you must be registered in the application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date;

Mandorla Art Award
Entries close March 18, 2022
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize. Entries are open for works, which respond to the theme ‘Metamorphosis – a profound or radical change’. The biannual Mandorla Art Award is a $25,000 acquisitive prize with two highly commended non-acquisitive awards of $5,000 each, the Patricia Toohey Painting Award of $5,000 and $2,000 for the People’s Choice Award. ‘In our pandemic world people have been forced to change their behaviour, work habits, eating habits, socialising rituals, and many other aspects of life. In our contemporary world, environmental changes affect oceans, land and humankind.’ Go online to read theme commentaries, terms and conditions, eligibility and to enter;

Ceramic Break Triennial Sculpture Prize
Entries close July 31, 2022
Ceramic Break Sculpture Park, which opened in 2003 features over 30 sculptures on display across three bushwalks and three dedicated art galleries. Ceramic Break Sculpture Park offers guests an art experience with a difference in rural NSW. The goal of the $12,000 Triennial Sculpture Prize is to diversify the park’s collection. Sculptors are invited to submit up to three entries for selection as finalists for the prize. Sculptures must be made of durable materials to ensure they can withstand the elements as long term outdoor exhibits. Ceramic Break Sculpture Park is located at Warialda NSW 2402. Enter online;

Sony World Photography Awards
Various closing dates
Entries are open for the Sony World Photography Awards inviting photographers from around the world to be in the running to win prizes across four individual competitions, each with their own closing dates and categories. Youth entries close on various dates in 2021 (available online). Student entries close November 30, 2021. Open entries close January 7, 2022. Professional entries close January 14, 2022. The Sony World Photography Awards are run by the World Photography Organisation whose ‘purpose is to raise the level of conversation around photography worldwide, through a year-round programme of exhibitions, awards and competitions.’ Visit the website for more information about prizes, entry, eligibility requirements and fees;

American Australian Association Arts Fund, Indigenous Scholarships
Applications all year round
The American-Australian Arts Fund (AAAF) provides support of up to $20,000 (US) to emerging Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists to study or undertake artistic development in each other’s countries respectively. The American Australian Association awards more than 15 arts scholarships and grants per year to talented emerging artists. There are three scholarship categories: Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholarship (Both Directions), AAA Indigenous Arts Grant (AUS to USA only) and AAA Arts Fund (Both Directions). Full details are available by visiting the AAAF website.

Arts and culture professional development grant
Open all year round until all funding has been allocated
The Northern Territory Government’s Arts and culture professional development grant offers up to $2,000 per year for eligible artists and arts workers for participation in specialist arts workshops, arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Read more about eligibility and terms and conditions on the website. Applications can be submitted online via the GrantsNT portal.

Arts Worker Internships
Applications open all year
Arts workers looking for public art project experience, or to enhance their current skill set working in the arts in rural Australia, are invited to apply for the Arts Worker Internship roles at Broken Hill Arts Exchange. Six-month internship placements are offered for Project Team Administrators or Managers and during the placement period accommodation is provided at the Broken Hill Arts Exchange headquarters. Contact to introduce yourself and learn more.

Artback NT Touring Exhibition Program
The Artback NT Touring Exhibition Program focuses on touring quality visual arts exhibitions generated within the NT to audiences in remote, regional, and metropolitan locations nationally. Exhibitions may be fully resolved and ready to tour or may need development support to be tour ready. Proposals are invited from organisations, educational institutions, community groups, public galleries, independent curators, and artists. Expressions of Interest are accepted at any time and will be responded to within three weeks, at which time applicants may be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. Touring Exhibition Proposals are reviewed twice yearly in April and September. Please note this is not an application for funding. Successful proposals will be used to develop applications to seek funds to progress the touring project. Proposal guidelines are available on the website.

BlackCat Gallery Exhibition Proposals 2022
BlackCat Gallery is currently seeking proposals for its 2022 exhibition program. Artists, curators and collectives working in all mediums are invited to apply to exhibit solo and group shows. Visit the website to find out about exhibition duration and costs.

Broken Hill Art Exchange Urban Art Program
The Broken Hill Art Exchange provides mediation between people or organisations interested in undertaking public or private projects in urban environments through the Urban Art Program. Expressions of interest are invited for the Wall Space project from anyone who has permission for a mural to be created on an external wall that is viewable to the public. And on the flip side, local and visiting mural and graffiti artists can submit applications for consideration to have their work featured on available wall spaces. Register by downloading the form on the Broken Hill Art Exchange website or email for more information.

Call-out for guest bloggers
Each week, the Queensland State Library showcases one of the multitudinous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from across Queensland, and features related educational resources on their website. To continue this digital offering, the Queensland State Library is calling out for writers to contribute to their blog A-Z Language of the Week. Check out the website for the weekly blog posts and for contribution enquiries email

City of Adelaide Quick Response Grants
The City of Adelaide Arts and Cultural Grants Program provides funding to eligible groups, organisations, and individuals for the delivery of creative arts and cultural projects for Adelaide – contributing to a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences. Funding of up to $2,000 is available for projects including events, activities, performances, public artworks, and workshops. Visit the website for terms and conditions and to apply.

City of Ryde Artist Register
The City of Ryde invites individual artists, creative groups, and organisations from within the local community to join the Artist Register. The Artist Register is a resource composed and employed by Council to program local creatives in events and projects, share expressions of interest for artistic opportunities and facilitate sector networking, and is open to artists who live, work, study or play in the City of Ryde. Click the link above to go to the Art Register.

Collaborate: Outer Space ARI
Applications open year-round
Brisbane-based Outer Space ARI offers opportunities to freelance curators, arts organisations and creatives to use their space between programmed events and exhibitions, welcoming ideas and projects of all sizes. Applications that focus on diversity, experimentation and innovation are encouraged and all enquiries are subject to approval from the Outer Space programming committee. Outer Space is an equal opportunity organisation that hopes to contribute to the cultivation and incubation of a dynamic local art community. For further information, see the website.

Contemporary Arts Tasmania Proposals
Contemporary Arts Tasmania invite expressions of interest from professional contemporary artists and curators year-round. Submissions can be from individuals or groups, in any medium, and can be developmental in nature or involve a future body of work. Proposals for works to be presented in the gallery, off-site, online, around the building, or become part of the public program are welcome, alongside those, which are experimental in nature, contemporary in concept, and can demonstrate viability. Terms and conditions, eligibility, proposal requirements and contact details are available online.

Create NSW: Small Project Grants
Funding of between $500 to $5,000 is available to support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for New South Wales-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. Projects must be clearly defined arts and cultural activities and must not take place within three weeks following the date of your submission. See the website for more information, including application support resources.

Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program
The Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program provides $30,000 in funding for artists-in-residence projects that engage communities and are delivered in partnership with artists and either a local government authority, local school, not-for-profit community organisation or not-for-profit community services organisations. The funding round is open all year round, for projects that start at least 25 days after application submission. Visit the website for more information.

Creative Equity Toolkit
The Creative Equity Toolkit is an initiative of the British Council and Diversity Arts Australia which provides research and digital resources with the aim of increasing cultural diversity and racial equity in the creative sectors. The free toolkit features links to practical resources such as articles and videos, inspiring case studies and important research on increasing diversity. Various topics are covered such as stereotyping, cultural appropriation and unconscious bias. Check out the website for more information.

Creative Futures School Grants
Established to develop ‘design thinking’ skills and improve performance of both teachers and students across art and design studies, Creative Futures School Grants are accepting applications for the Curriculum Project and Materials Grant. The Grant supports the development of curriculum projects and/or classroom activities – such as the cost of materials and manufacturing to realise innovative projects that would advance teaching practice across school projects. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Creative Hobart Grants
Applications ongoing
Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation and attract cultural tourism through the Creative Hobart Grants scheme. Two grant categories provide funding for eligible organisations and groups to deliver one-off activities involving artists and communities in the creation, direction, and management of cultural projects within the Hobart municipal area. More information about eligibility can be found on the City of Hobart’s website Community pages.

Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register
Arts Tasmania is calling for expressions of interest from people who are working or engaged within the arts and screen sectors to apply to join the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register. Arts Tasmania seeks a broad range of candidates across artforms, ages, cultural background and career stages, including artists, practitioners, administrators, and other sector professionals, and are currently interested in applicants who have expertise in the areas of Cultural Arts and Community Development. Successful applicants may be invited to join a panel to assess applications in support of Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania programs, but are under no obligation to participate if invited. Assessors are paid in accordance with Tasmanian Government guidelines. Visit Arts Tasmania’s Grants and Funding pages online for more information and to register your interest, or contact the organisation by calling (03) 6165-6666 or via email

First Nations Curators Program
Applications open all year round
Firstdraft supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present an exhibition at Firstdraft through the First Nations Curators Program designed to provide early-career curators with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks. The Firstdraft board will work with the recipient to select a mentor of their choice. Recipients receive a $1,500 curatorial fee, $1,000 for artist fees, professional mentorship and the opportunity to develop a four-week exhibition and public program with access to Firstdraft’s resources.

Fremantle Arts Centre Residencies
Applications open all year
Home to 11 studios and a residential apartment, Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) can accommodate a variety of disciplines and project requirements, for local, national and international artists. Individual artists, groups of artists, curators, writers and organisations can apply for a residency for the creation of new works, research, and practice development. Proposals are considered in relation to FAC’s other programming and studio availability. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
Expressions of Interest are invited from artists and creatives for exhibition-based proposals for 2022, to be exhibited within the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM) suite of exhibition spaces which include Town Hall Gallery, Front Gallery, Museum Room and O’Connell Space, and there are exhibiting options at the POP-UP Window Space at 113 Goondoon Street, Gladstone QLD. Categories used to select project ideas include place, uniqueness, audience, medium, collaboration, diversity, time and community. Head to the website for details and to apply.

IGNITE: Gallery
Belco Arts, ACT welcomes local, regional, and interstate artists living with a disability to apply to exhibit at IGNITE: Gallery. IGNITE offers artists opportunity to create work for exhibitions, develop their arts practice through professional exhibition experiences, access affordable display options, and gain financial returns for their work. Visit the website to find out more and to submit a proposal.;

Kitchen Gallery Exhibition Opportunities
Applications open all year
The Kitchen Gallery located at the Broken Hill Art Exchange Residences invites exhibition proposals from artists to exhibit works in any medium in the gallery space. Gallery hire is by application, which requires full details of the exhibition, including dates, description, images, and artist biography. No commission is taken by Broken Hill Art Exchange on sales. See the website for the application form and more information.

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.

NAVA Artists’ Benevolent Fund
The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) have renewed their Artists’ Benevolent Fund, which provides one-off payments of $2,000 to Australian visual artists in a state of crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience. As applicants will be seeking access to the Fund at the most difficult of times, the application process presents minimal burden to artists. To read the Terms and Conditions and application process, visit the website.

Regional Arts Development Fund – Activate Small Grants
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), which is delivered by the City of Gold Coast in partnership with Arts Queensland offers funding to support a wide range of arts and cultural projects, artists and arts and cultural workers at all stages of their career. Active Small Grants offer up to $5,000 for individuals, organisations, and collectives seeking smaller levels of funding for arts and culture-based activities. More information is available on the City of Gold Coast website;

Playing Queensland Fund
Applications open all year round
The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand. The fund is designed to support touring arts and education activities, and artist in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland. A component of the fund delivers outcomes under the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA). Visit the Queensland Government website to read important information about available funds, eligibility and how to apply.

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, arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Support for attending awards, ceremonies, exhibitions, and competitions
is not priority.

Public Art – Library Sculpture Plinth in 2021
Artists producing small-scale 3D works are invited to apply to exhibit work in the Gallery Lane Cove & Creative Studios outdoor sculpture plinth, which is publicly located in Library Square on Longueville Road in Sydney’s lower north shore. The space offers a position of high exposure within Lane Cove’s central foot traffic precinct. Exhibition spaces are available in August, September, October, November and December 2021 for two to four weeks. Applications are available online.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program
Applications accepted at any time
The Queensland Arts Showcase provides financial support to individuals, organisations, and collectives to deliver accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The funding is administered across three streams; Arts Ignite – funding of up to $80,000 for new works; Arts Illuminate – funding of up to $120,000 for presenting or working with acclaimed artists; and Arts Impact – funding of up to $80,000 for diverse arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. For guidelines, application forms and to apply, visit the website.

Sculptors Queensland Residency
Applications are open year round
Sculptors Queensland (SQ) is a not-for-profit organisation, which seeks to promote sculpture as an important cultural and creative expression. SQ invites applications for the Artist in Residence program, which is designed to facilitate the development of new work and to introduce participants to broader networks within Brisbane’s community and surroundings. Resident artists have access to SQ’s facilities for a period of three months, where they will present a range of public programs such as a forum, workshop, or exhibition. Visit the website for more information and to apply;

Tactile Arts 2022 Exhibition Program
Tactile Arts is seeking expressions of interest from artists and craftspeople for their 2022 Exhibition Program. Tactile Art Gallery is located on the grounds of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and runs an extensive exhibition program featuring artists and craftspeople across a wide range of media, including group and solo shows. Proposals are sought from experienced artists working across all visual arts media and disciplines, including but not limited to ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, weaving, photography, glass, and jewellery. Visit the website for more information and to apply;

Tactile Arts Workshop Proposals
Experienced artists working across a range of art, craft, and design practices, are invited to submit expressions of interest to run workshops in ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, weaving, photography, glass, and jewellery at Tactile Arts Studios in the Northern Territory. Contact information, as well as a link to a budget template, and submission forms are available online;

Tanks Arts Centre Residency Program
The Tanks Arts Centre Artist in Residence program has been developed to appeal to a range of arts practitioners working across visual art, music, writing, performance, multi-media, and community cultural development. Opportunities are offered for short and long-term projects, especially those that have a connection to or presentation outcome at Tanks Arts Centre. Applications are welcome from all parties, with no set application deadlines. The program invites creative ideas from local, national and international artists and community groups. Visit the website to download guidelines and application form;

Taslaska – Youth open call
Taslaska is an initiative between Alaska’s Anchorage Museum, Australian Big hART, arts and social justice organisation, and Tasmania’s Burnie Art Gallery, inviting youth aged 12-19 years to submit contributions for a virtual zine. Taslaska’s collective vision is for young people from Alaska and Tasmania to connect and share their own experiences of place and people. Submissions can be videos, photos, audio interviews, portraits, illustrations, animations, poems, maps, favourite places, or other portrayals of place. *Note: participants who submit are also agreeing to have their entries shared on social media and in the virtual zine. Send entries for the zine to with your name, age, city, and any statement you want to include, or share your work on your own social media platforms at any time, and tag #Taslaska. Contact Burnie Art Gallery via email: for more information, visit the gallery’s social media platforms, or go to Anchorage Museum’s website;

West Tamar Small Project Grants
Applications open all year round
West Tamar Council’s Small Project Grants respond to requests for funding throughout the year and provide an opportunity for new applicants to form a relationship with Council and gain an understanding of the grant process. Small Project Grants are assessed monthly and allow groups, and organisations who meet the selection criteria to gain access to small amounts of grant funding, up to $1,500. All potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Development Officer to provide a brief overview of their project. Please read the guidelines on the website thoroughly prior to submitting your application. Contact the Community Development Officer on (03) 6323-9200, if required.

Woden Arts Register
The Woden Arts Register, a directive of Woden Arts in the ACT, invites artists working across all art forms including, but not limited to musicians, visual artists, writers, and performers based in the Woden local area to join. Information provided to the register is used to share opportunities with local artists through the Woden Arts Program, and to identify artists suited to perform at events, participate in exhibitions, deliver workshops, or be involved in other arts activities.