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!


ACE Open’s Porter Street Commission Recipient

ACE Open recently announced the recipient of the inaugural ‘Porter Street Commission’, South Australian artist Bridget Currie. Currie was awarded $20,000 from the Porter Street Fund to support the development and production of an ambitious new work as part of ACE Open’s 2021 exhibitions program.

Throughout her 15-year artistic practice Currie has been working across sculpture, photography, performance, filmmaking and installation as modes to ‘explore representation of abstract states of being, systems of thought and the vitality of life.’ Inspired by the way Modernist artists represent spiritual and religious ideas through abstraction Currie too seeks to bring notions of the intangible, such as beliefs, emotion and dreams, into the physical world through the creation of objects.

Bridget Currie in her studio, 2020. Photograph: Sam Roberts

Currie has exhibited in various South Australian galleries including Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide Experimental Art Foundation, Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery. She has also engaged in a range of learning, development and residency opportunities in Asia and Europe, including residencies at CCA Kitakyushu in Japan, Rupert in Vilnius in Lithuania, and postgraduate study at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, supported by the Anne & Gordon Samstag Visual Arts Scholarship (2011).

The judges: Patrice Sharkey, ACE Open’s Artistic Director, with Pablo León de la Barra Chief Curator, MAC Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, and Alexie Glass-Kantor Executive Director, Artspace Sydney congratulated Currie explaining the artist’s ‘interdisciplinary practice thoughtfully investigates the borders of aliveness and presence. Working at the intersection of early psychology theory, art history and ecology, Bridget is an artist with a strong track record of producing sensorially-charged work and is well positioned to create an ambitious and inspiring body of work as part of ACE Open’s 2021 exhibition program.’

Currie’s new work will be delivered at ACE Open over nine weeks in 2021.

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The Glover Prize
Entries close 22 January, 2021
Entries are now open for the 2021 Glover Prize. The annual acquisitive prize awards $50,000 for the best contemporary landscape painting (defined in its broadest sense) of Tasmania. Additional non-acquisitive prizes include People’s Choice Award of $3,000, the Children’s Choice Award of $500 and the Hanger’s Choice Award of $500. An exhibition of the selected finalists will be held in March 2021. Check out the website for further details.

Growing Up in Country Australia: Anthology
Submissions close 5pm, 22 January, 2021
Australian independent publisher Black Inc. is calling for submissions for ‘Growing Up in Country Australia’, a new anthology, edited by Rick Morton. Black Inc. invites non-fiction pieces that deal with aspects of growing up in rural Australia – in all its vast diversity. Submissions from First Nations writers, writers of colour, writers with a disability and writers with a migrant background are encouraged. Submissions can be in any manner, tone or style, but should not be academic or scholarly. They should be written as first-person honest accounts of lived experience – positive, negative or anything in between. Submissions are invited for stories between 1,000 and 4,000 words. Please email your submissions to GUICA@blackincbooks.com.

Muswellbrook Art Prize
Entries close 11.59pm, 31 January, 2021
The Muswellbrook Art Prize is an annual acquisitive art competition awarding prizes to works across four categories: Painting Acquisitive prize $50,000; for a two dimensional painting of any subject in any medium. Works on Paper Acquisitive prize $10,000: for a work on paper of any subject in any medium excluding photography. Ceramics, acquisitive prize $10,000: for a ceramic work of any subject. People’s Choice Non-Acquisitive prize $1,000. Voting takes place during the finalists’ exhibition at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and the winner is announced online.

SWELL Sculpture Festival
Entries close midnight, 31 January, 2021
Artists are invited to submit entries for the annual Swell Sculpture Festival, a celebration of people, art and place, on the shores of Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. SWELL Sculpture Festival is Queensland’s largest outdoor exhibition showcasing up to 50 sculptures by local, national and international artists. Up to $27,000 in prizes will be awarded. The exhibition is on from 10 to 19 September. Visit the website for details and to apply.

Footscray Art Prize
Entries close 12pm, 8 February, 2021
The biennial Footscray Art Prize is calling for entries nationally. A record $28,000 in prizes will be awarded over five categories – Footscray Art Prize ($10,000), Street Art Prize ($5,000), Young Artist Prizes ($500 for both primary and secondary students), and entrants may also nominate to enter in the two new sub-categories, the Emerging Artist Prize ($2,000 and Footscray Community Arts Centre Residency) and Local Artist Acquisition Prize ($10,000). See the website to find out more.

ANAT Synapse 2021
Entries close 5pm, 17 February, 2021
ANAT is calling for applications from artists and scientists for the 2021 Synapse Residency program, which enables research collaborations between artists and scientists. Residencies take place over 16 weeks full-time, the equivalent part-time, or, in discrete blocks over a longer duration during 2021. An artist fee of $4,400 per month (or part-time equivalent) is offered to cover project material costs, accommodation expenses and return travel to the destination of the residency if required. The host organisation will provide in-kind access to staff, equipment, space and resources, and will assist with disseminating outcomes at the conclusion of the residency. ANAT Synapse 2021 is open to Australian artists (Australian citizens or permanent residents) working in any discipline and/or medium.

Spencil Art Prize
Entries close 17 February, 2021
The Spencil Art Prize invites young artists to submit original artwork in any ‘flat’ medium for the chance to win the major prize in two categories – under 8 and 9-13 years old. The inaugural 2021 Spencil Art Prize was born from its predecessor the annual Spencil Book Cover Design Competition which attracted more than 700 entries in its last year. Prizes include a collaboration with Spencil’s in-house designers to create new products with their winning designs, giving them the opportunity to see their work come to life in new media and shared with even more kids to love. Every eligible entry is hung in The Spencil Art Prize Gallery.

Taslaska – Open Call
Entries close 20 February, 2021
Tasmanian and Alaskan locals aged between 12 and 19 are invited to partake in Taslaska, a virtual zine hosted by the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, Project O and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery in Tasmania. In a time of suspended living and physical distance, the zine initiative aims to connect people and place. Submissions are welcome in the form of videos, photos, audio interviews, portraits, illustrations, animations, poems, or otherwise, portraying a personal sense of place. Send entries to seed@anchoragemuseum.org with your name, city, and a statement about you or your submission, and visit the website for more information.

Firstdraft Program Callout
Applications close 11.59pm AEST, 22 February, 2021
Firstdraft is seeking proposals from artists, curators and writers for consideration in our May–December 2021 Program. Programs are developed across a variety of interfaces – exhibitions, publications, and live events – with recipients supported through a range of financial provisions, partnerships, travel support, and professional development initiatives.
If you’d like to discuss your application further, email info@firstdraft.org.au.

Organisation Funding: Arts and Cultural Funding Program
Round 2: open 1 February to 1 March, 2021
Create NSW’s Annual Organisation funding provides support to arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver arts and cultural activities that benefit NSW. Arts and cultural activities should increase access and engagement with diverse audiences and artists, improve the quality and excellence of arts and culture and ensure best practice and the sustainability of arts and cultural organisations. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program throughout a single calendar or financial year (excludes filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals). Visit the website for guidelines and to apply.

PCA Print Commission
Entries close 5pm, 1 March 2021
|The Print Council of Australia invites artists to apply to create a new original limited print edition for the 2021 PCA Print Commission. Each year commissioned prints are launched in the September issue of Imprint magazine and exhibited around Australia. Artists living and residing in Australia and New Zealand are eligible to apply. The PCA Print Commission is a significant initiative aimed at fostering new work in print media and promoting the development of Australian printmaking, while also raising funds for the organisation and supporting artists’ professional development.

Regional Arts Fund Project Grants
Round 1 is open 15 January to 1 March for projects commencing after 1 August 2021
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting cultural activity in regional and remote Australia administered by RANT Arts. Applications are open for the RAF Small Project Grants Program for projects up to the value of $5,000 and the RAF Major Project Grants Program of up to $10, 000 for both individuals and organisations for projects that generate partnerships between a range of arts organisations, community organisations, government entities and businesses. Regional Arts Fund supports individual and community access to and participation in cultural activities, which sustain the cultural, social and economic capacity of Australian regional, rural and remote communities. Please read the full program information page on the RANT Arts website before applying.

National Portrait Prize 2021
Entries close 2 March, 2021
In a first for the National Portrait Prize’s history photographers are invited to consider the concept of ‘Living Memory’ with a special focus on 2020. The 2021 edition of the Prize will offer the four usual prizes, including the Winning Prize, Highly Commended, Art Handlers’ and People’s Choice Awards. Additionally, the Gallery will be offering a professional development opportunity to an emerging photographer. More information is available online.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Entries close midday, 3 March, 2021
The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize, which was launched in 2017 with the vision to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. There are three prize categories – the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000. Artists are invited to enter work in any medium that best reflects their art practice, in any theme they choose.

Gallipoli Art Prize
Delivery of artworks 7 to 10 March, 2021
Artists are invited to submit one piece of work in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed medium for the Gallipoli Art Prize competition. The $20,000 prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed “…there exists and obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation of perpetual peace and universal freedom.” Terms and conditions are available on the website.

STILL: National Still Life Award
Entries open 18 January to 12 April, 2021
Entries are open for the biennial ‘STILL: National Still Life Award’. The STILL acquisitive award invites artists working at all stages of their careers to submit artworks in the genre of still life, in any medium and be in the running to win the $30,000 first prize. Still aims to showcase the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre. The exhibition of finalists will be held at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 14 August to 23 October.

The Fineman New Photography Award
Entries close 23 April, 2021
Photographic artists working throughout the Asia-Pacific region are invited to apply for the 2021 Fineman New Photography Award. Applicants will have their submissions reviewed by an international panel of curators and gallery directors, who will award one cash prize of $10,000 and select six artists to receive an exhibition within the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. An additional prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the People’s Choice Award. For more information, visit the website.

Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
Entries close 1 May, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, which is open to all photographers and photo media artists. The acquisitive Prize, sponsored by the Dara Foundation, awards $15,000 to the winning work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian. Check out the website for more details, including previous winners.

Senini Award for Ceramics
Entries close 28 May, 2021
Victorian tertiary art students are invited to submit their sculpture work for the Mary & Lou Senini Award in Ceramics. The $3,000 award is for an artist who displays outstanding ability and promise. McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery will host an exhibition of finalists’ works in 2021, and the recipient of the award will be announced at the exhibition opening. Visit the website to download the application form and to apply.

Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award
Entries close 28 May, 2021
Student, emerging and established artists are invited to apply for the McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award. Held at McClelland every three years, the Award which consists of three acquisitive awards of $10,000 for original works in watercolour, was established to showcase Australian artists who work in the medium of watercolour. The 2021 iteration will be judged by curator/writer Kirsty Grant, Buxton Contemporary curator Melissa Keys and Arts Project Australia curator and gallery manager Sim Luttin. Terms and Conditions and application details are available on the website.

Rick Amor Drawing Award
Entries close 28 May, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the $20,000 Rick Amor Drawing Award. A shortlisted exhibition of finalists will be held at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery from 28 August to 7 November, during which the $1,000 People’s Choice Award will be nominated. For more information and to access the application form, visit the website.

Arts Sustainability Fund
Entries close 31 May, 2021 or until all funds are expended
The Federal Government’s Arts Sustainability Fund provides funding to support the arts and entertainment sectors recovering from the effects of COVID-19. $35 million will be allocated throughout 2020-21 to Commonwealth-funded performing arts and cultural organisations, to ensure they remain solvent, are able to provide employment and deliver cultural and creative experiences for their audiences. Organisations that are currently party to, or due to enter into, a multi-year funding agreement through the Australia Council of the Office of the Arts are eligible to apply. See the website for more information.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund
Applications close 31 May 2021, subject to allocation of funds
By targeting funding towards Australian arts and entertainment organisations, who are seeking to restart, re-image or create new activities, the RISE Fund is providing support to reactive these sectors. The funding program is open to applications from arts and entertainment organisations that can demonstrate, in the absence of this funding, their activity would be substantially less likely to proceed due to a constrained availability of finance, as a consequence of COVID-19. Applicants may seek funding of between $75,000 and $2,000,000 for a grant activity. Visit the website for full details and to apply.

City of Charles Sturt – Creative Cities Program
Entries close 1 June, 2021
The Creative Cities program aims to support projects led by local artists and arts organisations, impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, to develop new initiatives, project and artwork that connects and engages local audiences. Funds of up to $5,000 +GST are available per project, negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Eligible applicants must have a principal place of business based within the City of Charles Sturt. For further eligibility requirements and to apply visit the website.

#DFZ2021 Symposium of Lace in Art & Design Scholarship Opportunity
Entries close 4 June, 2021
In addition to being a forum about the future role of lace in art and design, Doily Free Zone (DFZ) aims to foster a new generation of creatives and makers interested in exploring the possibilities of handmade lace techniques. Coinciding with the 2021 Symposium DFZ will be sponsoring 10 scholarships for students currently enrolled in tertiary courses of Art, Fashion, Textile and Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering and Mathematics. The scholarships will include participation in the DFZ 2021 Symposium, access to workshops, and a copy of the 2021 catalogue. For more information, visit the website or Instagram @doily_free_zone.

#ACPONLINE
Ongoing
The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) are giving away sets of Gobe lens filters to select entrants of their photography competition, conducted solely through Instagram. There is no theme for the competition and to apply, upload a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #acponline and be following ACP @acp.photo. A winner will be announced monthly. For more information, head to ACP’s Instagram and website.

ACP Online Workshops
The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) have launched custom-designed online workshops for established or emerging photographers to develop photographic skills from home. Courses include Digital Photography Basics, Lighting Design at Home, Camera Craft, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and Professional Practice/Creative Entrepreneurship for Photographers. Additionally, ACP are offering one-on-one mentorships courses, covering three topics related to the current state of being ‘in the time of COVID’. Visit the website for more information, or email workshop@acp.org.au or phone 0433-865-356 for enquiries.

American Australian Association Arts Fund
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.

Artback NT 
Touring Exhibition Program
Ongoing
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 anytime and will be responded to within three weeks, at which time you 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.

Artists Essential Toolkit: How to get your art online
Ongoing
ArtsHub presents their Essential Toolkit video series, assisting artists manage the online – from blogs to websites and social media coverage. Designed for artists starting their digital presence, the workshops – which include the video series, transcript and additional resources – provide a user-friendly approach to easy and affordable ways to get your artwork online. All content is available for free on the website.

Articulate Exhibitions
Articulate is an artist-run space located in Leichardt, Sydney and is calling out for proposals for installation, performance, cross-disciplinary or other forms of experimental or spatial work for the 2020-21 program. 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. Click here for more information. Additionally, Articulate has space available for rent. The space measures 3.3 x 5.4m and is priced at $500 per month. Visit the website for more information.

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 info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au to introduce yourself and learn more.

Call-out for guest bloggers
Ongoing
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 rose.warsow@slq.qld.gov.au.

City of Adelaide Quick Response Grants
Ongoing
The City of Adelaide Arts and Cultural Grants Program provides funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver 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 such as events, activities, performances, public artworks and workshops. Visit the website for Terms and Conditions and to apply.

Collaborate: Outer Space ARI
Applications open year-round
Brisbane-based Outer Space ARI offer 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 enquires 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, visit the website.

Create NSW: Small Project Grants
Ongoing
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
Ongoing
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
Ongoing
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
Ongoing
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.

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.

George Paton Gallery ISO Project
No deadline
In a reprisal of George Paton Gallery’s 1975 Ideas Show ‘Survival Kits’, Isabella Wadley and Cecilia Stewart have devised a new project inviting participants to be the artist, inventor and creator of their own survival kit; open to creative interpretation. Responses will be exhibited on the GPG online gallery and can take any form – drawing, painting, poem, playlist, video, text, or even a recipe. See the website for response requirements and how to submit.

Grafton Regional Gallery Online Drawing Workshops
Ongoing
2018 Grafton Regional Gallery Artist in Residence, Jody Graham, presents a series of web-workshops, where beginners and intermediate students can learn to draw expressive portraits. The video tuition series is designed to be followed at your own pace. See the website for instructions, suggested materials, tips and of course, the videos.

Guest Work Agency Art Law Express
Ongoing
An art law firm with a curatorial practice, Guest Work Agency provides innovative legal solutions for the art industry as well as initiating and collaborating on art projects and exhibitions. Guest Work Agency have developed a free video series available on the IGTV channel of their Instagram @guestworkagency. The Q&A sessions cover a range of art law topics and aim to provide generalised information on legal matters such as consignment arrangements, non-disclosure agreements, copyright and design protection. Head to Guest Work Agency’s Instagram for the library of videos and visit their website for more information.

IP for Creatives Online Tools
Ongoing
Studio Legal is a Melbourne-based law firm specialising in commercial and intellectual property law for the creative industries. Recognising the complexity and confusion that often face creatives when dealing with intellectual property, Studio Legal have introduced a monthly blog series – providing easily digestible information about copyright, design protection, trade marks and patents, and practical guidance and tips on how best to protect, enforce and commercialise your intellectual property assets. The free-service offers preliminary generalised guidance. Check out the blog posts available on the website.

Kitchen Gallery Exhibition Opportunities
Applications open all year
The Kitchen Gallery, located at the Broken Hill Art Exchange Residences, invites exhibition proposals to exhibit any mediums in the gallery space. The 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.

Make at Home Video Series
Ongoing
Make at Home is a video series of art activities presented as part of PICA’s digital program PICA at HOME. For their first series, PICA has commissioned audio-visual artist collective Astro Morphs (Bianca Sharkey and James Doohan) to produce art activities inspired by the biological world. The series features 3 art-making videos where you and your family can learn about DNA compositions, understand different animal eye shapes and explore the light spectrum in a creative and playful way, merging science and artistic practice. Check out the website to access the video series.

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
Ongoing
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.

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.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Applications accepted at any time
QASP 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.