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!


Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Mordant family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship recipient Alex Seton.
Photograph: Charles Dennington. Courtesy Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney

Australian multi-disciplinary artist Alex Seton has been named as the third recipient of the Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2019. Previously awarded to artist Lynne Roberts Goodwin in 2017 and to Queensland-based artist Jenny Watson in 2018.

This artist is renowned for his sculptural works, which he creates using traditional marble and carving techniques. This fellowship will see him venture to the American Academy in Rome for a two-month residency where he will undertake study to investigate the use of the shroud in Roman marble statuary. Seton says, ‘I’m excited and honoured to receive the fellowship in Rome. I look forward to an intensive two months working beside researchers and scholars at the American Academy to develop this new body of work… Being in love with sculpture, I’m particularly looking forward to immersing myself in the atmosphere and taking in the incredible history of statuary in Rome. And of course, eating my weight in gelato,’ he continued.

The Mordant Family and the Australia Council for the Arts have also announced they will continue their partnership for a further five years. ‘The benefits of this experience to the artists and indeed the broader Australian arts community, are significant. We are very much enjoying partnering with the Australia Council on this initiative,’ said Simon Mordant AM.

Aboriginal Artist Support
Applications close 1 April 2019
The Aboriginal Artist Support Quick Response program supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts and cultural workers. Applications are open to individual professional artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships or groups, and NSW organisations working within the Aboriginal arts and cultural sector. Up to $5,000 is available for activities taking place between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Activities must be due to start at least four weeks after an application has been submitted.

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.

Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants
Applications are open 18 April to 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.

Australia Council for the Arts Leadership Program
The Australia Council Leadership Program responds to the evolving arts ecology, and the need to support the sector’s emerging and established leaders with the skills and capabilities to lead through change. The Leadership Program offers a suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. Participants share experiences, form dynamic connections, develop new skills and build confidence in their own capabilities. They will form networks and relationships, and share the benefits and outcomes of the program across their organisations and the wider arts community. Programs include; Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program, Governance Program, Mentoring Program and Partnerships and Scholarships.

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.

Bruny Island Residency
Submissions close midnight, 31 March 2019
Applications for the June/July Bruny Island Residency are now open.
Cape Bruny is located at the southern end of Bruny Island, around 2 hours from Hobart.
Visit the website to download application form, and for more details.

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.

CCA Fellowship Program 2019/20
Applications close 29 March 2019
The Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA) runs a fellowship program in Japan for young artists and researchers who are engaged in art, curatorial work, design and architecture. Recipients are invited to stay and work in Kitakyushu for a few months either consecutively or intermittently during the residency period.

Community, Arts & Culture Grants Program 2019-20
Applications close 3pm, 30 April 2019
The Northern Beaches Council, Community, Arts & Culture Grants Program 2019/20 provides funding of $2,000 and $10,000 to eligible organisations. The program aims to identify Social Inclusion as a community priority and refers to strategies from Goals 10-12 of Council’s Community Strategic Plan to be addressed in grant applications. Application criteria is on the Council’s website.

Contemporary Art Tasmania Curatorial Mentorship
Applications are due 14 April 2019
The Curatorial Mentorship Program developed by Contemporary Art Tasmania offers $3,000 towards professional development and exhibition research. It is designed to assist an emerging curator to gain knowledge and skills, and to increase professional curatorial and artistic activity in Tasmania. The recipient will gain experience in all aspects of developing a public art exhibition and catalogue and will sit on the CAT Program Committee for experience in the decision-making processes for the CAT exhibition program.

Corporate Art Scheme Commission
Applications close 7 April 2019
Visual artists, multimedia artists, designers and sculptors are invited to create an artwork/installation that engages and inspires travellers to stop and experience the landscape at Sentinel Range located at Gordon River Road, on the edge of the Southwest National Park in Tasmania. The form of the artwork is open but should be large enough to encourage interaction and photography with visitors. It is commissioned under the Western Wilds project to promote the powerful wilderness stories of western Tasmania. The budget for this project is $70,000 and is supported by the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme for the development of public works.

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.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
Entries close 22 March 2019
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition for sculpture is calling for entries. One outstanding work will be awarded $10,000 with the winning work to become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. An exhibition of short-listed works will be on show from 29 May to 12 July.

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.

Firstdraft Program Call-out
Applications close 24 March 2019
Firstdraft located in the Sydney suburb of Wolloomoolloo is calling on emerging and experimental artists to make submissions to be considered for their Exhibition, Curators’, Writers’ and Public Programs.

First Nations Curators Program
Applications close 24 March 2019
Firstdraft is launching its inaugural First Nations Curators Program to support an emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present an exhibition. The Program has been developed to provide early career curators with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks. The recipient will receive a $1,500 curatorial fee, $1,000 for artist fees, support with exhibition realisation and professional mentorship with an established First Nations curator. The Firstdraft board will work with the recipient to select a mentor of their choice.

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship
Applications close 31 March 2019
The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for emerging artists supports the development of artistic practice through overseas travel or tuition, with four scholarships of $5,000 awarded to a selection of artists each year. Funds are available to help cover the cost of overseas travel for formal study, a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist), or undertake informal study for a planned research project. Individual applicants are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 +GST. Full details and applications are available online.

Fremantle Arts Centre – Artist in Residence program
Applications open year round
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) invites local, national and international artists including individuals, groups, curators, writers and organisations to apply for a residency at one of the centre’s 11 studios and a residential apartment (located at the Moores Building, applications for this apartment will be accepted in September 2018 for residencies beginning after September 2019.) FAC accommodates a variety of disciplines and projects. Residencies can be for the creation of new works, research, and practice development.

Grafton Regional Gallery 2019 – Artist in Residence Program (AIR)
Applications close Friday 19 April 2019
The Grafton Regional Gallery invites applications for the 2019 AIR program, which is aimed at emerging and established artists who are developing a career in the arts. The residency fosters research, new work and collaborations. Accommodation, a stipend payment and studio space at the Grafton Regional Gallery are all provided as part of the residency.

Hadley’s Art Prize
Entries close 5 April 2019
Hadley’s Art Prize is a $100,000 award for a two-dimensional artwork which best portrays the Australian landscape. An exhibition of finalists will held at Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania from 20 July to 18 August with the announcement of the winner at the opening event on 19 July.

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.

Jervis Bay See Change Festival Art Prize
Main prize entries close 5pm, 18 April, other entries close 5pm, 6 May 2019
Artists are invited to submit works in the Jervis Bay See Change Festival Art Prize for visual art and sculpture.
A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Kate Derum Award and Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award
Entries are open 1 April to 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.

Len Fox Painting Award
Entries close 26 April 2019
Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) is calling entries for the 2019 Len Fox Painting Award. This is a biennial $50,000 acquisitive award to commemorate the life of Australian-born painter, Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) most noted for landscape, figurative and portrait paintings.
Works in any medium, style or genre are eligible.

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.

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.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
Petrie Terrace Gallery is calling for entries for the ‘Brisbane: Landscapes, Landmarks and Personalities’ exhibition, entries close Wednesday 20 March, and for ‘Abstraction’, entries close Tuesday 16 April.
Gallery hire bookings are open for 2019 with competitive rates at a great Brisbane city location.
Email for more information.

PITCH Grants
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Country Arts SA invites artists and creatives to present their art and project ideas for funding opportunities. If you have a unique idea visit the website for details about submission requirements for your proposal.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an American-based organisation provides grants to international and Australian visual artists for the creation of new work, to assist with the purchase of materials, studio costs and personal expenses in preparation for exhibitions and professional opportunities.

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.

The RCH150 Aboriginal Art Project
Submissions close 31 March 2019
Applications are open for the ‘RCH150 Aboriginal Art Project’, a $100,000 commission presented by the RCH Foundation for a major artwork to be permanently installed within The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Parkville campus. In 2020 The RCH will celebrate its 150th anniversary. In recognition of this major milestone, the RCH and RCH Foundation will present ‘RCH150’, a year-long program to celebrate the extraordinary impact 150 years of great care has had on the children of Australia, and to chart a path towards the future of paediatric healthcare. Australian First Nations artist and artist collectives are invited to apply. Download project brief here.

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.

SALA 2019 Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest close 6 May 2019
If you are a venue who would like to participate in SALA 2019 but do not have an artist OR if you are an artist looking for a venue, fill out an Expression of Interest form and your details will be added to the ‘Available Artists’ or ‘Available Venues’ lists which are open for artists and venues to browse. If you see a venue that would suit your work or an artist you would like to exhibit contact them directly to discuss partnering on a SALA exhibition together.
 These lists are not exhaustive and you are certainly welcome to source your own artist or venue not listed on the ‘Available Artists’ or ‘Available Venues’ pages. SALA Festival 2019 is on 1 to 31 August.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
Entries close 15 April 2019
Artist submissions for the 23rd annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi outdoor exhibition in 2019 are invited. For more information email or visit the website.

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.

SPARK NT Curator Program
Submissions close 5pm, 15 April 2019
Applications for the 2019 SPARK NT Curator Program are invited. This is an Artback NT initiative, which aims to support an independent or emerging curator in the Northern Territory to develop work over an eight-month period for a touring exhibition. The program is designed to foster art critical and curatorial practice in the NT and provide artists from the region with opportunities to showcase their work within curated touring exhibitions. Artback NT and Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund, support funding opportunities, which include a curatorial fee of $10,000 and a $10,000 budget for research and development. The SPARK NT Curator guidelines can be found by visiting the Artback NT website.

State Library of Victoria fellowships
Applications close 28 April 2019
Applications are open for State Library Victoria‚Äôs major annual fellowship program, which encourages creative Australians to draw on the Library’s extensive collection for new work. In 2019, 16 fellowships will be awarded, three of which are new – the Photography Fellowship, the Regional Fellowship and the Tate Adams Memorial Residency. The others are, the Amor Residency at Baldessin Press & Studio, Children’s Literature Fellowship, Digital Fellowship, Emerging Writer’s Fellowship, Georges Mora Fellowship, Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship, La Trobe Society Fellowship, Photography Fellowship, Redmond Barry Fellowship, Regional Fellowship, Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship and the Tate Adams Memorial Residency.

Strategic Arts Program Grants
Applications close 1 April 2019
Under the NT Arts Grant Program, not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants up to $100,000 as part of the Strategic Arts Program. Applications are now open for initiatives, which aim to develop the arts sector by creating employment opportunities, attracting private and philanthropic investment, and increasing access and audience development, commencing from 1 July 2019. Grants of $25,000 are also available as part of the Strategic Arts Program: Access for Artists with Disabilities for the support of strategic proposals from independent creative professions to develop, grow and sustain their practice or proposals that support access for artists with disabilities.

Wells Art Contemporary Awards
Entries close 5pm, 15 April 2019
The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards is an international open competition for the visual arts, which has an established presence in the London art world and now draws artists from Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States. Entries are open to artists working across painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video. The WAC Awards aims to stimulate debate, challenge and provoke, while pushing the boundaries of the visual arts scene both nationally and internationally. An exhibition of shortlisted artists will be on show at Wells Cathedral in England from 20 July to 11 August, 2019. Prizes include cash, exhibitions and professional development opportunities. Visit the website for terms and conditions. Applications are accepted online.

Western Roads Upgrade public art commission
Applications close 1 May 2019
McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, in conjunction with Major Road Projects Victoria and the Netflow consortium invites proposals for the Western Roads Upgrade public art commission at the Duncans Road and Princes Freeway interchange, under construction in Werribee, Victoria. The $425,000 (+GST) purse includes fabrication of the work, transportation to the site, installation and the artist’s fee. The commission first calls for high-level design proposals, of which up to five will be chosen to proceed to a paid second stage. A selection advisory panel will then form a shortlist. Shortlisted submissions will be further developed and refined before the final selection is announced in June for completion of the work by March 2020.

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.