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!

Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship Recipients
We congratulate the three recipients of the ‘Suspended Moment: Katthy Cavaliere Fellowships’ announced last month by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Carriageworks and Museum of New and Old Art (Mona).

Left to right: Sally Rees, Giselle Stanborough and Frances Barrett. Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship recipients 2019. Photograph: Daniel Boud.

Artists Giselle Stanborough and Frances Barrett from New South Wales and Tasmanian-based Sally Rees have each been awarded $100,000 for the development of a new body of work to be presented across individual exhibitions in 2020. The artists were selected from a call out in October 2018, which invited female-identifying artists to submit proposals for an ambitious new project with a focus on installation and performance art practice.

The first exhibition ‘Cinopticon’ by Stanborough contemporises Foucault’s theory of the ‘panopticon’, this will be an immersive performance installation where visitors will experience their reflections in new and unpredictable ways, on at Carriageworks from 6 March to 8 June. Next, Barrett will transform ACCA into a space of audition, with a sound and light installation for ‘The future echoes’ from 4 April to 8 June, here the role of the audience as listener is shown to be an urgent mode of political agency. Then on to Mona from 8 April to 10 August for ‘Crone’, a series of works by Rees comprised of animations, prints and actions. Rees creates a Crone identity as an antidote to the invisibility of ageing women in contemporary society, redefining the female elder as a powerful and transgressive figure.

These fellowships were established in memory of artist Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012).

Entries close 5pm, 27 June 2019
Camberwell Grammar School invites entries for AGENDO 2019 from young emerging artists to be in the running for the $10,000 non-acquisitive award. Artists under the age of 35 eligible to submit works across media including painting, works on paper, sculpture/object based and new technologies. The finalists will be on display from 8 to 14 August at Camberwell Grammar School in Victoria. All entries must be available for sale. Visit the website for the full list of terms and conditions.

Art Vault Exhibitions and Residency
Applications are open for exhibitions and residencies in 2019.
Join Art Vault’s growing list of over 200 artists who have enjoyed a residency/exhibition at the space. Art Vault offers a comfortable Mediterranean climate, dramatic landscapes providing endless inspiration, state of the art private residences, climate controlled studio spaces on site, two professional gallery spaces and full printmaking facilities suitable for etching and lithography. Contact for more information.

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
Applications close 7 June 2019
The biennial Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize attracts some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. Works by shortlisted artists will be on display at Bendigo Art Gallery from 14 September to 15 December.

Artstate Tamworth – call for papers
Applications open midday, 23 May and close 5pm, 25 June 2019
Regional Arts NSW is soon to call for papers for the speakers program, as part of Artstate Tamworth. Work which responds to the theme ‘On Country – In Country’ or ‘Arts in the Age of Uncertainty’ are invited and can be presented in the form of a panel, a presentation or hands-on workshop. Sessions will run for one and quarter hours and will be delivered on Friday 1 or Saturday 2 November in Tamworth. Presenter Proposal Forms and Terms & Conditions will be available online from 12pm, 23 May once the Artstate Tamworth website goes live.

Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants
Applications close 17 June 2019
To assist Northern Territory arts and cultural infrastructure development through new or enhanced venues and services; prioritising regional and remote art centres, art galleries, museums, libraries and keeping places, the Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants program offers small grants up to $10,000 to improve access, enhance existing facilities, improvements or promotion of existing infrastructure. And large grants up to $100,000 are available for infrastructure projects that are strategic. This round is aimed at activities starting 1 September. Applications are open to not-for-profit arts and culture organisations and regional councils.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Applications close 1 May for the New Photography Award
Applications close 31 May for the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) Awards are calling for entries across two categories: the newly created New Photography Award, which focuses on photographic artists working in the Asia Pacific region, and the 2019 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, which is open to all photographers and photo media artists. Entrants are invited to submit works that respond to the 2019 Festival theme ‘Hello World’ to reflect on the major challenges facing a globalising world. BIFB will take place from 23 August 23 to 23 October at the new National Centre for Photography in Ballarat.

Banyule Award for Works on Paper
Entries close 30 June 2019
The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is an acquisitive art prize, awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper. Artists are invited to submit artworks, which respond to the 2019 theme ‘Threshold’ that express, explore, advocate, or address current social, cultural, political or environmental issues. There is $13,000 in prizes, and the award is open to all artists for artworks in any medium, whereby the final piece is made on, or with paper. The finalists‚Äô exhibition is at Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe from 29 August to 19 October.

Career Development Grants
Round 2 closes 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019, and 1 October for those starting after 1 January 2020
The Australia Council for the Arts offers three grant rounds each year under the Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups scheme. Applications are open to artists, arts workers and groups for funds of $5,000 to $25,000. Funding provides support for further development of skills, and to improve capacity to build an enduring career.

the churchie national emerging art prize
Entries close 14 July 2019
The churchie national emerging art prize is a highly regarded non-acquisitive art award that aims to support, encourage and profile the work of emerging visual artists and is open to all Australian artists over the age of 18. Artists can submit up to three artworks. Prizes include a $15,000 cash prize for the overall winner and a People’s Choice Award. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane from 10 to 21 September.

City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award
Entries close 22 May 2019
The City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award is for contemporary curators to foster and support curatorial practice within the City of Onkaparinga. The award is open to emerging or established curators. The Prize: consists of $1,000 plus a supported opportunity to curate the [GRAFTd] exhibition at Sauerbier House during SALA 2020. To enter submit a 500-word exhibition rationale for your 2019 SALA exhibition/s to the City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award form. The finalists will be judged on the exhibitions registered in 2019 SALA and the winner will be announced at a ceremony at the end of the Festival. For further information about this award please visit the City of Onkaparinga website.

Craft ACT Artist-in-Residence
Submissions close 5pm, 2 June 2019
Craft ACT invites applications for the 2020 artists in residence program, which includes a research period at the National Museum of Australia to explore the National History Collection, a residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, an artist in residence Open Day with artist talks and artist run workshops, as well as a group exhibition of craft and design work created during the residency. The focus is on the cultural and emotional aspects of the Anthropocene. Submissions are open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice.

Creative Hobart Grants
Applications ongoing
Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation and attract cultural tourism. Three grant categories provide funding for eligible organisations and groups to deliver one-off activities, which involve artists and communities in the creation, direction and management of cultural projects. Funding round dates and criteria can be accessed on City of Hobart’s website.

Crown Sydney Artist Initiative
Entries close 31 May 2019
The Crown Sydney Artist Initiative aims to unearth and commission some of Australia’s finest artistic talent by inviting early career and emerging photographers to submit original works in five categories via the online database and to be in the running to share in the $57,500 prize pool. The categories are: Mobile, Black & White, People of Barangaroo, Australian Icons and Sydney’s Secrets. This initiative has been developed by Crown Resorts Limited as an innovative approach to sourcing art for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort,  Sydney’s first 6 star hotel with the aim of also showcasing photography by Australia’s most promising emerging creative talents. Lodge your submission online.

Emerging Artist Award: ADFAS (Ku-ring-gai) Artist Residency and Solo Exhibition at Eramboo
Applications close 6 August 2019
A new partnership between Eramboo and the Ku-ring-gai branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) sees the opportunity for an emerging artist under the age of 35 years, to undertake a one-month residency and present an exhibition at Eramboo. Artists working across all media, performance and site responsive projects that respond to Eramboo’s location on the edge of Ku-ring-gai National Park are welcome to apply. The award includes $300 for materials, studio rental for four weeks, gallery hire and administration and mentoring by Eramboo, as well as a solo exhibition. ADFAS Societies aim to encourage interest in the decorative and fine arts, cultivate their application and study and encourage the preservation of our cultural and artistic heritage.

fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Artist Award
Entries close 20 May 2019
Emerging Australian visual artists are invited to submit works that exemplify innovation and originality across a range of media, from cutting-edge artistic practices to new takes on traditional styles for the 2019 Emerging Artist Award at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, which will be on show from 18 June to 29 June. This award examines developing trends in the contemporary art scene while allowing emerging artists to gain exposure in a professional setting and kick-start their careers. There is $3,000 in prize money for the two submissions that best align with the award criteria.

Fremantle Arts Centre – Artist in Residence program
Applications open year round
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) invites local, national and international artists including individuals, groups, curators, writers and organisations to apply for a residency at one of the centre’s 11 studios and a residential apartment located at the Moores Building. FAC accommodates a variety of disciplines and projects. Residencies can be for the creation of new works, research, and practice development.

Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
Entries close 1 July 2019
The Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is a biennial showcase of outstanding art created with, on or about paper with no size restrictions. Prizes total $26,000 with the winner of the major prize awarded $15, 000, the recipient of the Young and Early Career Artist Award will take home $5,000, while the Friend’s of Hazelhurst Local Artist Award offers $5,000 and $1,000 for the People’s Choice Award. The exhibition of finalists will present a diverse range of paper works or techniques, including drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, paper cuts and video from 21 September to 17 November at Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Sydney.

The Hopper Prize – Grants for Artists
Entries close 21 May 2019
The Hopper Prize is offering five individual unrestricted artist grants of $1,000 (USD) each through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators. In addition 30 artists will have their work archived at on the Hopper Prize website, and early applications will be reviewed for possible Instagram artist features. Open to all artists over the age of 18 working in any media.

Innovate Grant for Artists and Photographers
Applications close 18 June 2019
Submissions are open for the Spring 2019 Innovate Grant opportunity. This is a new initiative to support artists and photographers through two quarterly grants of $550, to be awarded to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving one of these awards, the recipients will be featured on the Innovate Grant website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older from around the world are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted, and applicants retain rights to the work they submit.

Kate Derum Award and Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award
Entries close 31 May 2019
The Australian Tapestry Workshop is calling for entries for this biennial international award, which showcases creativity and excellence in international and Australian contemporary small tapestry. The Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries is a $5,000 non-acquisitive award open to professional Australian and international tapestry artists. While the $1,000 Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award for Small Tapestries is a non-acquisitive award for early career weavers in the first five years of their tapestry practice.

The Lester Prize
Adult prize closes 5pm, 19 July, and the Youth Award closes 26 July 2019
The Black Swan Prize has been renamed The Lester Prize in of honour leading patron, Richard Lester, whose support has seen the prize become one of Australia’s richest awards for portraiture. The national call for entries for The Lester Prize in its inaugural year are now open. Artists are invited to submit works across two categories: the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, and the Youth Award for a portrait of a well-known Australian, an Australian they admire, or a self-portrait. The finalists will be on show at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 9 November to 9 December.

Manly Arts Festival – Call Out
Submissions close Sunday 2 June 2019
Expressions of interest are open for the 2019 Manly Arts Festival on from 6 to 29 September. Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community are invited to participate in the Festival by running their own events to help showcase and celebrate the creative activity on the Northern Beaches. Apply here.

Melbourne Art Trams
Applications close 4 June 2019
Expressions of Interest are open for the 2019 Melbourne Art Trams initiative, which will see eight Melbourne trams transformed by Victorian artists into dynamic public artworks as part of this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival’s visual arts program. Open to Victorian professional and emerging artists. One tram will be designated the Community Tram, and artists and community groups are invited to present a design which reflects their understanding of community. Artworks will be generated as digital images that are outputted onto adhesive vinyl and applied to the trams. Selected artists will be announced in July. For more information including Expression of Interest details visit the website

MPavilion ­– Youth Expressions of Interest
EOIs close 7 June 2019
MPavilion is calling for expressions of interest for youth programming from individuals, groups and organisations, teachers and education institutions for the 2019 MPavilion. MPavilion aims to host a number of events by and for young people aged 15–25 years who are interested in design, culture and society, arts, sciences, technology and more. For submission guidelines and forms visit the website. MPavilion will open free to the public in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne 14 November 2019 to 22 March 2020.

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.

Naked & Nude Art Prize
Entries close 30 June 2019
The Naked & Nude Art Prize, presented by the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, is calling artists to submit original works that have been completed within two years prior to the commencement of the exhibition and not shown in any other competition or regional gallery within a 200km radius of Taree. There is a $30,000 Major Acquisitive Prize and $1,000 People’s Choice Prize. The exhibition of finalists is on at the Manning Regional Art Gallery from 7 September to 13 October. Entries are accepted online. The winning work will be acquired by the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, and donated to the Manning Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Napier Waller Art Prize
Entries close 10 June 2019
The Australian War Memorial’s annual Napier Waller Art Prize is calling for entries from current and former Australian Defence Force personnel. This award aims to promote artistic excellence and the healing potential of art, while raising a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual. The prize includes $10,000 cash, a two-week research residency in the Art Section of the Memorial, a day of mentoring with eX de Medici, former official war artist, the winning work exhibited at the Memorial and acquired into the National Collection. A $5,000 People’s Choice Award is also offered.

Naracoorte National Art Prize
Entries close 12 July 2019
Naracoorte along the Limestone Coast of South Australia is home to the World Heritage listed Australian Megafauna Fossil Caves where remains of Australian megafauna were first discovered 50 years ago. In celebration of the 2019 anniversary year, Naracoorte Gallery invites two-dimensional works in any medium for entry in the 2019 Naracoorte National Art Prize. Submissions should respond to the theme ‘Australian Megafauna, Fossils and Caves – An Artistic Exploration’. The exhibition opening and announcement of the winners is on 21 September in Blanche Cave, Naracoorte continuing at the Naracoorte Regional Gallery until 27 October.

Northern Territory Arts Grants Program
Closing dates vary
The Northern Territory Arts Grants Program offers artists, organisations and the community support for initiatives that explore, develop and profile NT arts and culture. There are several grant categories open for application including Quick Response, Community Arts Festivals, Project Round, Regional Museums Support, Live Alice Mparntwe Arts, Creative in Residence Program, Arts Fellowships, Strategic Arts Program and Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants. Visit website for details.

PHOTO 2020
Entries close 31 May 2019
PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography is seeking expressions of interest from Australian and international artists and photographers to exhibit as part of the festival’s outdoor program in Melbourne from 23 April to 10 May 2020. The theme will explore how photography is both implicit in, and critical of, shifting notions of truth in the digital age.
For more information visit the website.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award
Entries close 28 June 2019
The Portia Geach Memorial Award valued at $30,000 is Australia’s most prestigious award for portraiture by women artists. Entries are open for the non-acquisitive prize, which is awarded by the Trustee for the work, which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’ The prize celebrates the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and plays a major role in developing the profile of the nation’s women artists.

Professional Development Fund Grant
Open all year round
The Northern Territory Arts Grant Program supported by ARTS NT offers support for professional artists and arts workers in the Northern Territory to access development opportunities through the Professional Development Fund Grants. Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 per financial year. Supported activities include; participation in specialist workshops and training, in arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Support for attending awards, ceremonies, exhibitions and competitions are not a priority.

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

R & M McGivern Prize
Entries close 28 June 2019
The R & M McGivern Prize is presented every three years with a new theme. In 2019 artists are invited to submit entries, which contemplate the impact of human habitation on the environment – ‘Anthropocene’. This $25,000 acquisitive prize for painting is open to artists across Australia, and includes a $1,000 People’s Choice Prize. The winning artwork will be acquired as part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection, contributing to Council’s aim of building a high-quality art collection for the Maroondah region.

Samstag Scholarships
Applications close 30 June 2019
The 2020 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are now open. From 2020 scholarships cover reasonable costs for 12 months overseas, institutional fees for one academic year of study (where applicable), a tax-exempt stipend of US $50,000, return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance. Offered by The University of South Australia on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag.

Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog
EOI’s close Monday 20 May 2019
Expressions of interest are open for the Sculpture on the Farm prize and exhibition at ‘Fosterton’ in Dungog on the October long weekend Oct 4 to 7. Seeking monumental works suitable for the paddocks, as well as smaller garden works and indoor artworks for display in the Main House Gallery and Tractor Shed. Terms and conditions and entry forms available on website.

SEVENTH Gallery Exhibition Proposals
Applications close midnight 16 June 2019
Proposals are invited for exhibitions and events from July-December 2019 at SEVENTH Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne who will continue to offer a free exhibition space, and pay artists throughout 2019. 

Exhibitions run for four weeks. Successful applicants will receive support from SEVENTH Exhibition Liaison and Curatorial Mentors in the conceptual and logistical development of their shows.
Apply here.

Ursula Hoff Essay for Imprint 2019
Submissions close 5pm, 1 July 2019
The Print Council of Australia in partnership with the Ursula Hoff Institute are calling for submissions from emerging and established art historians, curators and writers, to write an original research essay that considers an aspect of Australian print culture over the past 50 years. The written piece can include the work of individual artists, printmaking groups and collectives, studios and workshops, or particular trends within Australian printmaking, thus a broad interpretation of ‘Australian print culture’ is encouraged.

Ursula Hoff Fellowship 2019
Applications close 3 June
Dr Ursula Hoff bequeathed funds to the University of Melbourne to establish a Fellowship for the study and promotion of prints held in the print collections of the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. In recognition of Dr Hoff’s scholarly and professional achievements, the $30,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to a candidate displaying a commitment to research into prints, the history of print collecting and the scholarly activities of museums and universities. The duration of the Fellowship is four months. The Fellow will be offered research access to collections relevant to their research at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. More information and an application form here.

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists
Applications close 26 May 2019
The Windmill Trust Scholarship supports regional NSW professional artists across the fields of painting, printing, sculpture and drawing. A grant of up to $10,000 (+GST) will be awarded to one individual or group to develop and or present their work.