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!

Telstra NATISAA 2020 Winners
We congratulate Wangkatjunga/Walmajarri elder Ngarralja Tommy May for being awarded the major $50,000 Telstra Art Award at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) for his piece Wirrkanja 2020 (2020).

The 2020 iteration of the Award saw 65 artists share their stories and histories and represent their individual nations through a range of artistic practices as part of NATSIAA – Australia’s longest-running Indigenous art awards. In a first for NATSIAA, the exhibition of finalists’ works will be displayed online, through a virtual gallery.

Ngarralja Tommy May, Wirrkanja, 2020, etching on metal and enamel paint, 120 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist, Mangkaja Arts, Western Australia and Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin

Mr May, who resides at Mindi Rardi Community in Fitzroy Crossing, was born in Yarrkurnja, in the Great Sandy Desert and was raised and taught traditionally. Depicting a clay pan and waterhole during heavy rains on his Country, Wirrkanja 2020 is an intricately crafted tin etching.

The other awardees include: Walpiri artist Adrian Jangala Robertson (general painting award), Yolŋu Matha artist Marrnyula Mununggurr (bark painting award), Larrakia artist Jenna Lee (Wandjuk Marika 3D award), Amata-based Pitjantjatjara painter, Iluwanti Ken (works on paper award), Cecilia Umbagai (emerging artist), and Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs (multimedia award).

Blacktown Arts Residency Program Announced
Our congratulations go out to James Eastwood, Casey Sessions, Imran Khalighi, Kelcie Bryant-Duguid, Kristone Capistrano, Luke Ciregna and Seth Ciregna, and Narjis Mirza, the recipients of the 2020 Blacktown Arts residencies. The artists-in-residence will develop their artistic practice, experiment with new forms and produce a range of new work, under the mentorship of the Blacktown Arts team.

Kristone Capistrano. Photograph: Jennifer Leahy. Courtesy Blacktown Arts, Sydney

As part of the program, Eastwood will work on his project Then and Now Blacktown Native Institute (Stolen Generation – GENERATIONS) and develop a series telling the stories and histories from the community and the Blacktown Native Institute. New paintings and form connections will be the focus of Session’s residency and Bryant-Duguid will research and produce new weavings. Collaborating with a number of artists, Khalighi will write and produce a feature film set in Western Sydney. Capistrano will build upon recent residencies and produce new work for upcoming national and international projects. Father-and-son Luke and Seth Ciregna will develop their practice together, while Narjis Mirza will produce a series of interactive light installations as part of her practice-led PhD research.

RAF: Quick Response Grants
Applications close midnight on the last Sunday of each applicable month
Applications are now open for the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Quick Response Grants. The grants are open nine times per year, with up to $1,500 available to Tasmanian artists, to respond to unique arts opportunities that present at short notice. Quick Response program funds are available for June, July, September, October and November. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Regional Arts WA: Recovery Grants
Applications close 22 October for projects commencing after 1 January 2021
Recovery grants of up to $30,000 are available for individuals, groups and incorporated not-for-profit organisations based in regional Western Australia, to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities in the area. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and must be completed by 30 June 2024. See the website for more information and materials.

2020 M16 Drawing Prize
Entries close 22 October
The M16 Drawing Prize invites works from artists in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. Prizes include the $5,000 M16 Drawing Prize, the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, the $500 Delta Cleaning Services Prize and the $500 voucher Framing Store Braddon Prize. The judges for this year’s Prize are Curator, Deborah Clark and former Head of ANU School of Art and Design, Gordon Bull. See the website for further details.

Ross Tin Can Sculpture Show
Entries close 23 October
Sculpture Tasmania Inc invites artists of any level of ability to apply for the Ross Tin Can Sculpture Show – a community art show of creative displays using the humble household tin can. An exhibition of the tin can sculptures will coincide with the Tasmanian Wool Centre’s exhibition, Set in Stone. More information and entry forms are available on the website.

Troc Talks Online Call-Out
Entries close 24 October
Have you missed out on an opportunity to exhibit your work, or have you been working on something new? Trocadero want to hear from you! Expanding their Troc Talks Online program, Trocadero are inviting artists to submit digital projects – such as an online artist talk or performance, a video series, an Instagram takeover, virtual exhibition or otherwise. Six successful projects will be features and paid a $100 artist fee. Head to the website for more information.

The Carstairs Prize
Entries close 25 October
The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, and facilitate an active dialogue between participants and the artist(s) to involve audiences beyond the art community. The $3,000 prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work. In light of limitations due to physical distancing, proposals are invited that consider digital and virtual spaces. Visit the website for Terms and Conditions and to apply.

2021 Artspace Studio Program
Entries close 26 October
Since 2015 Artspace has provided rent-free studios for a one-year period, to support artists develop new work and their practice, in an open and critically-engaged environment. A panel comprised of Artspace staff and board directors annually select seven artists to take residence for one year, as part of a 10-year vision to support 70 artists across generations – from emerging to established, and across all media – to embrace risk and experimentation in developing their practice. See the website for more information and to apply.

Entires close 29 October
Creative Partnerships Australia’s funding program for independent artists and groups, MATCH Lab, is calling for applications. MATCH Lab builds fundraising skills for artists and arts businesses and provides dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns, to create sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future. The 40 successful applicants will take part in a professional development clinic and be eligible for matched funding of up to $5,000 for their fundraising campaign. Visit the website for guidelines and to apply.

The LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Arts Grant Program
Varying closing dates, entries for November round close 31 October
LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Partners Project Management Consultancy Group have partnered to deliver a joint art grants program, to support and celebrate the creative community, providing artists with funding and a platform to showcase their work. A total of six grants over a course of six months, from July to December, will award the winning artist of each month with $4,000. The successful artists will exhibit at LUMAS Gallery in early 2021. For further application details, visit the website.

Biblio Art Prize 2020
Entries close 31 October
Australian artists are invited to apply for the Biblio Art Prize. Works of any medium can be submitted, responding to the book allocated upon submitting the required entry fee. This year the books will be pre-selected from Australian novels which have been published in the last 12-months. Various cash prizes are available, with the prize pool doubling last year’s. Prizes include the Grand Prize of $2,000, Local Artist Prize of $1,500, People’s Choice of $500 and Youth Award of $200, in addition to book vouchers, media coaching sessions and wine being awarded. Check out the website for more information and to apply.

Artist Call-Out: Home is where the heart is, but where is the heart?
Expressions of interest close 31 October
House Conspiracy invites artists to partake in their exhibition Home and are calling out for proposals, works in progress and finished projects which explore, talk about and feel the places that we call home. Home will centre on the conditions of the dispossessed, the migrant, the refugee, the displaced, the misplaced, the gold digger, the homeless and the homesick, capturing the differing experience of uprooting and rerooting. Artworks in any medium are welcome. Email and for more information and to submit your proposal.

Regional Arts Victoria: Recovery Grants
Applications close 1 November
Recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement and emergency operating procedure projects, led by regional Victorian-based individuals, groups or incorporated not-for-profit organisations, are eligible to apply for recovery grant funding of up to $30,000. The recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of Victorian artists, organisations and communities. See the website for more information and the application process.

ACE Open Porter Street Commission
Entries close 6 November
The newly established Porter Street Commission provides $20,000 to support a major new artwork commission by a South Australian artist at any stage of their career. The successful recipient will produce a new work to be presented in a nine-week solo exhibition, as part of ACE Open’s 2021 exhibition program. An artist fee will be provided by ACE Open in addition to the $20,000 award. The proposed new work must be an ambitious next step in the applicant’s career and exhibition trajectory. Head to the website for further details.

Strand Ephemera: the North’s Sculptural Festival
Entries close 13 November
North Queensland’s leading outdoor sculpture festival is calling for submissions for the biennial event, Strand Ephemera, which is celebrating 20 years in 2021. Organised by Townsville City Galleries, the 20 exhibited works will be on display from 17 to 25 July 2021, along Townsville’s picturesque 2km beachfront. Local, national and international artists, as well as school and community groups are invited to enter, with prize money ranging between $10,000 – $1,000 and a $5,000 artist fee for all successful entries. Visit the website for further details.

2021 Artist Studio Callout: Clothing Store, Carriageworks
Entries close 15 November
Carriageworks’ Clothing Store Artists Studios provide annual residencies for artists working across a range of disciplines, at the forefront of contemporary practice. Applications are welcome for the 9 subsidised artist studios which will available for a period of up to 12 months. Successful applicants will be provided with access to the Carriageworks Artistic Program which includes complimentary tickets to Carriageworks shows, access to visiting curators and Carriageworks educational and professional development programs. For further details visit the website.

Sheffield School Farm – Commission Opportunity
Entries close 16 November
Contemporary artists are invited to submit proposals for a freestanding artwork to be created for the entrance of the Sheffield School Farm, located in Tasmania. The School is calling out for an artwork that will visually indicate to visitors and students that that the property is a working farm which plays a vital education role for the students of Sheffield School and should appeal to a wide age group, ranging from students in Years 1 to 12. The artwork budget is $20,700 +GST. For brief details and more information, visit  the website.

Regional Arts WA: Resilience Grants
Applications close 26 November
Individuals, groups and incorporated not-for-profit organisations based in regional Western Australia are invited to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to sustain creative practice in the area. Projects may include creative development, community engagement and capacity-building activities (such as professional and business development) that abide with COVID-19 restrictions. Guidance materials and more information are available on the website.

Gallery Lane Cove Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Opportunity
Entries close 31 December
Artists producing small scale three-dimensional works are invited to apply to exhibit at Gallery Lane Cove & Creative Studios’ Outdoor Sculpture Plinth – positioned with high exposure to foot traffic within Library Square, Lane Cove. Works can be exhibited for two to four week periods until December. For further information and to apply, visit the website or email

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Artists Essential Toolkit: How to get your art online
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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

IP for Creatives Online Tools
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.

Make at Home Video Series
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.

City of Adelaide Quick Response Grants
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.