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!

NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship awarded to EO Gill
We congratulate EO Gill as the recipient of the $30,000 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship for 2018. This Fellowship, offered by Create NSW aims to support early career artists to undertake a self-directed program of professional development, and is Artspace’s key exhibition showcase, shaping emerging contemporary artistic practice in New South Wales.

EO Gill, Let it Wail if it Wants To (detail), 2018. 2018 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship recipient
Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Artspace, Sydney

Gill was selected from a finalist group of ten Sydney-based artists, whose work is on view until 16 December and includes Kieran Butler, Biljana Jancic, Shivanjani Lal, JD Reforma, Marikit Santiago, Georgia Saxelby, Shireen Taweel, Kai Wasikowski and Jodie Whalen.

Gill’s practice is based on the moving image to explore queer intimacy, gender dysmorphia and queer ways of looking in the Australian suburban context in which they grew up. Conceiving loose plots and working with non-performers, including friends and family, Gill toys with reality TV and documentary modes in their work. Gill’s site-specific installation Let it Wail if it Wants To (2018) features a selection of new and existing video and photographic works that speak to expanded notions of gender, sexuality, pornography and the body with relation to class.

The works are intimate, made with and for the artist’s community. Their intention was to explore different possibilities for care and touch, as the subjects depicted cut, probe, rub and spit on each other, as well as highlight the urgency and importance of kinship for queer communities.

A4 Art Australia
Entries close 28 February 2019
The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria is calling for submissions from established and emerging artists for A4 sized, two and three-dimensional artworks for the A4 Art Australia exhibition on show from 23 March to 22 April 2019. Part of Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.

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.

ANAT Synapse Residencies 2019
Applications close 5pm, 19 February 2019
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is calling for applications from artists and scientists for Synapse Residency program, which supports creative research collaborations between artists and scientists. Residencies are open to Australian artists working in any discipline and/or medium, with the residencies to take place over 16 weeks full-time (or part-time equivalent) during 2019. A joint application must be submitted by the artist and the host organisation. This is a highly competitive program and it is strongly recommended that you discuss your project proposal with ANAT prior to application.

Artbank Roadshow for Unrepresented Artists
Artbank Roadshow is a national initiative that seeks to provide opportunities for unrepresented artists to be seen and potentially acquired for the Artbank Collection. The Artbank team will travel to each state across Australia to meet with artists for 20-minute appointments, where artists will take their work and discuss their practice. Applicants will be assessed and recommendations made to the Artbank Director for acquisition. Country Arts S.A, Port Adelaide: 17 October, Art Gallery of Ballarat: 1 November, Lismore Regional Gallery: 21 March 2019, City of Joondalup, Western Australia: 8 May 2019, and Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT: 21 June 2019. Visit the website for details and an information pack.

Art Olympia International Open Art Competition
Entries close Friday 15 March, 2019
Art Olympia is an open art competition held as a biennial event with the goal of discovering talented artists from around the world and supporting their art activities. Approximately 160 artworks (80 from Japan and 80 worldwide) will be selected and undergo a final review in Tokyo by a panel of esteemed judges invited from around the world. The first place winner will receive $120,000 and 1,000 artists will be featured on the Art Olympia website as well as in art magazines. Visit the website for terms and conditions.

Arts Activities funding – Arts ACT
Round 2 closes Thursday 28 February 2019
Artists can now apply for up to $5,000, at any time of the year for small projects, and up to $50,000, with two rounds open each year for larger projects. ACT-based artists at all levels, and organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts are invited to apply. Artforms including dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and arts based festivals are eligible. All activities relating to screen or film should apply to Screen Canberra..

Art & About Sydney 2020
Expressions of Interest close Sunday 24 February 2019
The City of Sydney is seeking expressions of interest for the Art & About Sydney 2020 program which supports art on display in the public realm. Creatives working across all art forms are invited to submit their ideas including visual artists, theatre makers, curators, collectives, producers, architects, designers, choreographers and anyone with a big creative idea. Proposals should demonstrate artistic excellence and innovation, be accessible and have appeal for a broad audience. The City will offer support of between $40,000 and $85,000 to assist with project costs. The brief and submission guidelines are available on the website.

Arts NT Fellowships
Applications close 1 March 2019
Arts NT offers four Fellowship grants to support established artists and arts workers to undertake a self-directed program of professional development to benefit their arts practice. Fellowships offered; Top End artist, Central Australian artist, Aboriginal artist or arts worker, and Professional arts worker. Applicants can apply for up to $50,000 for activities including; skills development through residencies, short courses, mentorships or internships, residencies at, or collaborations with institutions or organisations, and research, development and the creation of new work including future presentation.

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.

Blacktown City Council – It’s Our Thing Part 3: Transforming Public Laneways commission
Expressions of Interest close Friday February 1, 2019
This year, Blacktown City Council is commissioning artists to coordinate and execute the design, fabrication and installation of artworks in two separate laneways in the Blacktown CBD. Artists can receive up to $40,000 per laneway.

This project aims to turn our public laneways into engaging, creative and imaginative spaces that improve the community’s interaction with the space while minimising the potential for vandalism.
Download artist brief here.

Career Development Grants
Round 1 closes 5 February 2019 for projects starting after 1 May 2019
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. Round 2 closes 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019, and 1 October for those starting after 1 January 2020.

Creative Development Program – HOTA Home of the Arts
Applications close 25 January 2019
HOTA Home of the Arts has announced a new Creative Development Program for local artists. In its first year there is $200,000 and in-kind resources available for projects that need a quick injection of cash, resources or space, or for more complex projects that need focused funding and specific support. To be eligible to apply you must be an individual artist or arts company where the project lead can demonstrate that they are either currently working or living on the Gold Coast or are developing a body of work here. Visit HOTA’s website for full details, and eligibility criteria.

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.

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.

Koorie Heritage Trust – Exhibition Program 2019
Applications close 5pm, 13 February 2019
The Koorie Heritage Trust invites emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists, or artist collective living in Victoria to apply to showcase their works and ideas in the Level Two Project Space in 2019. Successful applicants will receive a $1,000 artist payment along with $500 to cover the cost of materials. Applicants will also be assisted by the Koorie Heritage Trust exhibitions staff to realise their exhibition concept, including assistance on planning, curation and installation.
Download application form here, or contact the the Assistant Curator Kate ten Buuren before the application due date on (03) 8662-6314 or email at

Maitland City Council – EOI
Expression of Interests close 4pm, Friday 1 February 2019
Maitland City Council is inviting artists to submit an EOI for the creation of two contemporary installations in Maitland laneways, with each carrying a separate historical theme, ‘Poverty’ and ‘Prosperity’. These installations will present heritage in a way which is innovative and builds excitement and engagement with laneway spaces, encouraging locals and visitors to further explore the City.
For more information visit the website.

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.

Naracoorte National Art Prize
Entries close 12 July 2019
Naracoorte is located along the Limestone Coast region of South Australia and is home to the World Heritage listed Australian Megafauna Fossil Caves where Australian megafauna remains were first discovered 50 years ago. In celebration of the anniversary in 2019 the Naracoorte Gallery is now inviting artists to submit 2D works in any medium which respond to the theme of ‘Australian Megafauna, Fossils and Caves – An Artistic Exploration’ for the 2019 Naracoorte Art Prize. The opening of the exhibition and the announcement of the winners is planned for 21 September, 2019 in Blanche Cave, Naracoorte. The exhibition will continue until 27 October 2019 in the Naracoorte Regional Gallery.

New South Wales Artists’ Grant
Applications close 20 January 2019
The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Regional NSW and Western Sydney based artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Individual applicants can apply for $1,250 and group applications can apply for up to $2,500. Visit the website for more information.

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.

PITCH Grants
Apply now
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.

Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize
Entries close 20 February 2019
Arts Rutherglen invite artists to submit works for exhibition and sales – Paintings, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture. Total prize pool $7,000.
In 2019 a new Youth Award will be introduced for artists up to 20 years of age.

Swell Sculpture Festival
Entries close 31 January 2019
Local, national and international artists are invited to submit works in any medium for the annual Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition along the shores Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. The total prize pool for the 17th Swell Sculpture Exhibition is $26,500, and a $500 artist subsidy. The 2019 iteration will be held from 13 to 22 September and will include a program of artist talks and workshops. Visit the website for terms & conditions and entry.

Karl Meyer, FOCI, SWELL Sculpture Festival 2018
Photograph: Leximagery. Courtesy the artist and SWELL Sculpture Festival

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
Entries close 15 March 2019
The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) celebrates Indigenous art from around Australia. The 2019 call for entries is now open with $80,000 in prizes on offer across the Telstra Art Award $50,000, and each of the following $5,000 awards; Telstra Bark Painting Award, Telstra General Painting Award, Telstra Works on Paper Award, Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award, Telstra Multimedia Award, and Telstra Emerging Artist Award.

Touring Victoria
Applications are open 17 January to 5pm, 14 February 2019 
Touring Victoria supports Victorian arts and cultural organisations or professional creative practitioners who are touring a production, performance, exhibition or program to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria areas. Tours should demonstrate market demand and involve partnerships with presenting organisations, galleries or venues and take place after 1 July 2019. There is no upper limit to grants. Applicants applying for more than $25,000 will need to discuss their tours with program staff prior to the closing dates and should consult guidelines before submitting.

VicArts Grants 2019
Applications close 5pm, 7 February 2019
The VicArts Grants program supports creative endeavours and the professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to the state’s arts sector. Applications for amounts between $5,000 and $60,000 for activities commencing after 1 July 2019 are invited. Solo projects are eligible to apply for up to $20,000. A funding stream, which provides two years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants is also available. To discuss appropriate grant requests contact program staff.

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019
Entries close 5pm, 1 March 2019
The $10,000 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award is calling for entries. This biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrates the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile practice with submissions open to Entry is open to all Australian professional practising artists working in textile media. The winning work will become part of the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection. Entry fees apply, visit the website for details.