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!

Congratulations to Nicole Monk, recipient of the Design Fringe: First Nations Commission, and Lucy Irvine, recipient of the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival designer-in-residence.


Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
Submissions close August 9, 2021
Artists aged 20-30 are invited to apply for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is offering five young artists $10,000 and a two-week residency, from November 1 to 15, at the Shark Island Institute in Kangaroo Valley, NSW. During the residency, the recipients will live and work together to develop new bodies of work, join a mentoring session with Archibald Prize winning artist and former Scholarship winner Ben Quilty, and meet with other prominent arts figures in the industry. The finalists and the recipients of the Scholarship will be announced on October 27, and their work will feature in an exhibition curated by Wendy Whiteley at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney.

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery 2022 Exhibition Proposals
Applications close August 16, 2021
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery (GCS) is calling for proposals from emerging and established artists and curators for group and solo shows as part of the 2022 exhibition program. The gallery’s vision is to deliver a quality, diverse and professional arts program, with a contemporary focus. GCS Gallery invites proposals exploring new ideas and thinking across a range of subjects and themes, which enable connections to learning. Visit the website for more information or call (02) 9473-7878.

Tasmanian Residencies
Applications open August 16 to October 11, 2021
This program supports Tasmanian artists to undertake a four-week residency at various locations across Tasmania, with one residency at each available site per round. The peers will compile a shortlist of artists for each location (if eligible and competitive applications are received). The shortlists will be given to the representatives of each residency location to ensure proposed activities are suitable for the sites before the recommendations are finalised. Go online for more information and sign up to Arts Tasmania’s newsletter to receive the latest news and announcements; arts.tas.gov.au.

Creative Koori Projects funding
Round 1 closes August 18, 2021
Round 2 is open December 6, 2021, to January 31, 2022
Creative Koori Projects funding is available to Aboriginal artists, arts and cultural workers, groups and organisations. The initiative aims to support a strong, resilient, and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW by embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, arts/cultural workers, organisations, and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity. Funding of up to $60,000 is available for activities including, but not limited to, cultural development projects, the creation of new work, the sharing of NSW Aboriginal culture through productions, exhibitions, performances, publishing, or recording, touring and festivals, and much more. Visit the Create NSW website for detailed guidelines and how to apply; create.nsw.gov.au.

Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST) – Public Art
Expressions of Interest close August 18, 2021
Expressions of interest are invited from emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artist groups for nine public artworks, which will be installed along the soon-to-be-built Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST), located at the end of the Fernleigh track at Belmont and Blacksmiths Beach, linking a 27km active transport route from Murrays Beach to Adamstown in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales. Visit the Lake Macquarie City website for more information; lakemac.com.au.

WAMA Art Prize
Entries close August 18, 2021
In its inaugural presentation, the WAMA Art Prize ‘Works on Paper’, supported by the WAMA Foundation, will award $25,000 for excellence in nature-inspired art created with or on paper, including drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. This new national biennial prize aims to celebrate connectivity with nature and raise awareness of the importance of conserving the precious Australian environment. It will culminate in an online exhibition of finalists from September 18. The major acquisitive award of $15,000 and Awards of Excellence will be announced on September 18. The public are invited to vote in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner announced on October 24. Visit the website for more information about WAMA and how to enter; wama.net.au.

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
Entries close 4pm, August 20, 2021
Bendigo Art Gallery is calling for entries for the $50,000 biannual Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The award provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting by established and emerging artists from across Australia. Applications are accepted online only, and entries will not be accepted after closing time and date. Finalists works will be on display in the ‘Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize’ exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery VIC from November 20, 2021, to February 13, 2022. Visit the website for terms and conditions, entry fees and to apply; bendigoregion.com.au.

Ellen José Art Award
Entries close August 27, 2021
Female artists aged 18-35 working in any medium are invited to enter the $15,000 non-acquisitive award. Ellen José (1951-2017) was a pioneer in Australia’s urban Indigenous art movement and a radical activist and social justice campaigner. The award is geared towards supporting young female artists in the early stages of their career. Six shortlisted artists will be invited to present a body of work at Bayside Gallery in mid-2022. The judges of this year’s award are Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and Professor Marcia Langton AM, Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne. For more information and to enter, visit Bayside Gallery’s website.

Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art Award
Submissions close August 29, 2021
The Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art Award is a $15,000 acquisitive award for work in two-dimensional media with $2,500 to be awarded to a Local Artist and an Early Career artist. The finalist exhibition will run from November 6 to December 4, and the winners will exhibit together in the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery in 2022. Visit the website for details and entry.

MADA Gallery Curator In-Residence program
Proposals close 5pm, August 30, 2021
Proposals are invited for the 2022 Curator In-Residence program at MADA Gallery VIC, a contemporary art space at Monash University in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA). The gallery hosts examination exhibitions by PhD candidates, alongside a program of exhibitions by creative practitioners, including artists, curators, designers, architects, and others. The successful applicant for the Curator In-Residence program will have the opportunity to deliver three curated programs over a 12-month period. Jump online for more information about MADA’s areas of interest and to submit; monash.edu/mada/galleries/mada-gallery.

Mosman Art Prize
Receipt of all entries 8am-7pm, August 30, 2021
Entries are open for the annual $50,000 acquisitive Mosman Art Prize, the longest running municipal art prize in Australia. Each year, sponsored by Mosman Council, the Mosman Art Prize accepts over 500 entries in one day at Mosman Art Gallery NSW. Finalist works will be on display in the gallery from September 15 to October 31. This year’s Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. The winners will be announced at the opening event on September 15, including the Major Award, Allan Gamble Award, Margaret Olley Commendation Award, Guy Warren Emerging Artists’ Award, and Viewers’ Choice Award; mosmanartgallery.org.au.

Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries close August 31, 2021
The Aesthetica Art Prize is calling for entries from creatives practising at any level, including student and graduate artists. Works of any genre and theme are invited. Submissions that reflect on our everchanging world are encouraged. Previous exhibitions have explored what it means to exist in a digitised, post-industrial landscape, as well as the effects of over-consumption, media stimulation, globalisation, and the climate crisis. ‘We are looking for pieces that challenge us – that redefine the parameters of contemporary art and compel audiences to connect with one another.’ The Prize attracts thousands of entries each year from across the globe, from countries including Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, the UK and the USA. Head to the Prize Entry page on the Aesthetica website for more information about the prize pool, fees and registration.

Portia Geach Memorial Award
Entries close midnight, August 31, 2021
Entries are open for the Portia Geach Memorial Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes showcasing portraiture by women artists at S.H. Ervin Gallery located on Sydney’s Observatory Hill. Established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach, the non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee, for a work deemed to exhibit 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 resident who was born in Australia or was British born or has become a naturalised Australian and whose place of domicile is Australia.’ Finalist works will be on display from October 14 to November 28. Full terms and conditions are available on the gallery website; shervingallery.com.au.

Regional Arts WA Quick Response Grants
August round opens midnight, August 1 and closes 11.59pm, August 31, 2021
September round opens September 1 and closes 11.59pm, September 30, 2021
The Regional Arts WA Quick Response Grants (QRG) assist regional artists, arts organisations, and communities to take up professional or skills development opportunities or respond to small project opportunities that arise at short notice. Grants of up to $3,000 for individuals, and up to $5,000 for organisations are available. Eligible projects must commence between 4 to 12 weeks after the date of application (providing the start date is not before the earliest notification date of the outcome from the round, which is five business days after the round closes). Applicants must clearly demonstrate the need for their activity to be delivered within this timeframe. Please refer to the QRG Deadlines document available on the Regional Arts WA website and to read the detailed application guidelines; regionalartswa.org.au.

Artback NT Touring Program
Expressions of Interest assessed in September, 2021
The Artback NT Visual Arts Program collaborates with artists, curators, organisations and communities throughout the Territory to co-create and co-present touring exhibition projects, which showcase the unique talents and perspectives of the region to remote, regional, and metropolitan galleries, which share quality visual arts experiences with diverse audiences across the country. If you have an idea for a touring exhibition that needs development support or an existing exhibition ready to tour, contact Artback NT. Information and guidelines are accessible on the website.

Dobell Exhibition Grant
Applications close 5pm, September 1, 2021
The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery each year. The program is designed to support high-quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across regional NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community. Visit the website to download guidelines and find out how to apply. Administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW; mgnsw.org.au.

Into the Light Art Prize and Exhibition
Entries close 6pm, September 1, 2021
Whitewall Art Projects Gallery in Berrima NSW is calling for entries for the Into the Light Art Prize and Exhibition, a $5,000 non-acquisitive prize, developed in support of promoting mental health awareness running in parallel with Mental Health Week October 9 to 16. The exhibition will open on October 8 through to October 25.

ROSL Photography Competition
Entries close 5pm (GMT), September 6, 2021
The Royal Over-Seas League is calling for entries for the UK-based ROSL Photography Competition. Works are asked to respond to the theme ‘International Friendship’. Photographs must have been taken in the past year since September 2020. With the aim of capturing contemporary culture in the Commonwealth, images must relate to the theme and have a connection to current countries of the Commonwealth (visit the website for a list of Countries). The competition is open to all photographers 18 and over and is free to enter. There are two categories: Camera and Mobile. Entrants may submit up to five images across both categories, which will be judged individually. Twenty images will be selected for exhibition, and there is a prize pool of £3,500 with additional incentives for the winner of the Camera prize. Go online for terms and conditions and how to submit; rosl.org.uk.

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
The next round closes 3pm, September 7, 2021, for projects beginning after December 1, 2021, and 3pm, March 1, 2022, for projects beginning after June 1, 2022
The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups program funds a range of activities with the aim of delivering benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. Please note: To apply, you must be registered in the application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date; australiacouncil.gov.au.

Australia Council Fellowships
Applications close 3pm (AEST), September 7 for activities starting after December 1, 2021
The $80,000 Australia Council Fellowships for individuals are designed to support the outstanding creative activity and professional development of established artists for a period of up to two years. The initiative considers activities including the creation of new work, research and development, experimentation, collaborations, skills development, professional development and training, residencies, and mentorships. Focus areas include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. More detailed information about eligibility, submission requirements, and the link to apply are available on the Australia Council for the Arts website; australiacouncil.gov.au.

National Arts and Disability Awards 2019-21
Nominations close 3pm (AEST), September 7, 2021
The Australia Council National Arts and Disability Awards 2019-21 shine a light on the work and achievements of both established and young artists, and the significant contribution that artists living with disability bring to the vibrancy of Australian arts. The awards consider all facets of creative practice, including music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts (EEA), visual arts, theatre and dance or a combination of any of these fields of practice. Award Categories: The National Arts and Disability Award (Established Artist) $50,000 and The National Arts and Disability Award (Young Artist) $20,000. Go online for more information to find out how to submit nominations; australiacouncil.gov.au.

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
Entries close 4pm, September 8, 2021
The annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, in its 59th year, is calling for entries. Artists are invited to submit works across a variety of artistic categories and mediums. There is a total of $38,000 in prize money to be won. The Open section is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and is valued at $25,000. Up to two artworks can be entered in the different categories. Primary and Secondary students may enter one artwork and will become automatic finalists in the exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre from October 30 to December 10. More online; c-a-c.com.au.

The Paddington Art Prize
Entries close 3pm, September 13, 2021
The Paddington Art Prize is a $30,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape, to be awarded by Marlene Antico OAM. The exhibition of national finalists will be presented at Defiance Gallery, Mary Place in Paddington from October 15 to 24. The announcement of the winners will be heard on Thursday October 14. Visit the website for more information and to enter.

BAM Art Prize
Entries close midnight, September 19, 2021
The BAM Art Prize is an initiative of Byron Arts Magazine (BAM). BAM is a publication for the arts and creative industries of Australia’s Byron Bay region and beyond, which features established and emerging artists. The non-acquisitive award is open to all artists across Australia working in any medium. The winner of the $5,000 BAM Art Prize will be featured on the cover of BAM’s Autumn 2022 edition, and shortlisted works will also be featured in the magazine and exhibited at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery at Ballina from October 20 to December 12.

Henry Jones Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, September 19, 2021
The historic Henry Jones Art Hotel invites artists across Tasmania to enter the $20,000 Henry Jones Art Prize and exhibition. The prize aims to showcase new work by Tasmanian contemporary artists and provides a platform for new artists to launch, exhibit and develop their artistic careers alongside some of Tasmania’s established artists. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to purchase artworks and vote for their favourite artwork in the people’s choice award, which will see a $1,000 voucher from Artery awarded to the most voted artist and their work. There is also a Packing Room Prize, chosen by the hanging team and awarding one artist with a $750 framing voucher from Just Frames. For more information visit the website.

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize
Entries close October 8, 2021
The Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize invites budding young artists from Kindergarten to Year 12 to respond to the theme ‘identity’, with a portrait created through painting, drawing, photography and print or a combination of some or all of these mediums. Three winners will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges, including National Portrait Gallery Director Karen Quinlan AM. Twelve winning artworks will be framed and on display in the National Portrait Gallery alongside the Darling Portrait Prize exhibition in 2022.

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2021
Entries close 5pm, October 8, 2021
Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios are calling for entries from emerging artists for the national Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. Established in 1981, these awards seek to promote and support talented young artists in Australia and were initiated by the Lane Cove community in honour of its long-term resident Dr Lloyd Rees. Applications are open to artists aged 18-29 Australia-wide in the mediums of painting, drawing and printmaking. Acquisitive First Prize $8,000. Entry fees apply. The finalist exhibition will be held in November at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios NSW.

Leg Up Grants
Applications close October 24, 2021 (or when funds are exhausted)
Leg Up Grants of up to $500 are quick response skill development funds for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW. The grants are open to museums and Aboriginal Cultural Centres (with artefact collections and displays) with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week), as well as museum networks such as Museums Australia Chapters and are for skill development projects including hosting or attending workshops, conferences, or seminars in NSW, in addition to networking activities. Funds can cover expenses such as travel, accommodation, and registrations. Visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website to contact Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator before submitting and to discuss any extenuating circumstances; mgnsw.org.au.

Live Performance Support Program
Applications close October 31, 2021
The Live Performance Support Program aims to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. It invites Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues, responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period, to apply for a guarantee ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists. Applicants may submit one application only at a time, but it may cover multiple performances or events scheduled to occur between April and November 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted up to six months before an eligible activity and will take at least 25 business days to be assessed. There is a limited pool of funding available through this competitive program. Applications will be accepted until the funding pool has been pre-approved. Visit the website to read important information before applying.

Australia Council for the Arts Creative Connections
Sessions run until November 1, 2021
The Australia Council for the Arts has developed a new online learning platform for the arts and creative sector titled Creative Connections. The webinar series is led by sector experts who share their knowledge and strategies to deal with concerns of ‘adaptation’ including digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Over 30 sessions are accessible across a range of topics delivered via the online platform, with recordings published after each session. Browse the full program and register via the website.

Blake Art Prize
Entries open August 9 and close November 15, 2021
The 67th Blake Art Prize is calling for entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the ‘Blake Art Prize’ exhibition, and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize. Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary artwork that addresses the religious or spiritual – faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief. The exhibition of finalists is on at Casula Powerhouse NSW, from March 12 to May 22, 2022. Go online for more information and to submit; casulapowerhouse.com.

artsACT Arts Activities Funding
Round Two: opens annually on December 1 and closes February 28 with announcements made by May 30 for activities to commence from July 1
Arts Activities funding is available across two categories: up to $5,000 for smaller projects (open all year round) and $5,000-$50,000 for larger projects. Funding is available to ACT-based artists working at all stages of their careers and to organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts. The program supports artists, groups, and arts organisations across a broad range of activities, including artform-based projects, mentorships, residencies, professional or skills development and opportunities for the community to actively engage in the arts. Activities can relate to dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, and cross-arts activities. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will need to speak to artsACT staff prior to applying for a project involving interstate or international travel. Visit the website for details and to apply through the artsACT grants portal.
arts.act.gov.au

artsACT Arts Peer Register
Submissions close midnight, December 31, 2021
artsACT engages members of the community with specific artform interest, knowledge and experience as peers. Peers provide advice and assist in the assessment of applications across a range of funding categories. They are paid for their involvement, with the timing, workload and payment varying depending on the category being assessed. Artists and arts workers interested in being a peer assessor should read the Peer Assessment information on the artsACT website before registering.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand RISE Fund
Applications close December 31, 2021 (subject to allocation of funds)
The RISE Fund provides targeted funding to sector organisations who are looking to restart, re-imagine or create new projects, and is available for activities across all art forms. Projects geared towards Australian audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas are invited as well as programs involving tours, and those which use local regional pre-production and production services and support acts. Visit the GrantConnect website for more information, eligibility criteria and grant objectives.

artsACT Arts Activities Funding
Arts Activities funding is available across two categories: up to $5,000 for smaller projects (open all year round), and $5,000-$50,000 for larger projects (two rounds per year: Round One opens annually on June 1 and closes July 31 with announcements made by October 31 for activities to commence from December 1. Round Two opens annually on December 1 and closes February 28 with announcements made by May 30 for activities to commence from July 1)
Funding is available to ACT-based artists working at all stages of their careers and to organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts. The program supports artists, groups, and arts organisations across a broad range of activities including artform-based projects, mentorships, residencies, professional or skills development and opportunities for the community to actively engage in the arts. Activities can relate to dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, and cross-arts activities. Please note that during the COVID-19, pandemic you will need to speak to artsACT staff prior to applying for a project involving interstate or international travel. Visit the website for details and to apply through the artsACT grants portal.

Darling Portrait Prize
Entries close 11.55pm (AEDT), January 10, 2022
Entries are open for the 2022 Darling Portrait Prize, a national award, which celebrates Australian portrait painting, and honours the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. In 2022, the winner will receive $75,000 and be exhibited with the finalists at the National Portrait Gallery ACT, from June 24 to October 9, 2022. Be sure to read the terms and conditions and eligibility criteria before applying. Paintings completed on or after July 1, 2019, are invited; portrait.gov.au.

American Australian Association Arts Fund, Indigenous Scholarships
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.

Arts and culture professional development grant
Open all year round until all funding has been allocated
The Northern Territory Government’s Arts and culture professional development grant offers up to $2,000 per year for eligible artists and arts workers for participation in specialist arts workshops, arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Read more about eligibility and terms and conditions on the website. Applications can be submitted online via the GrantsNT portal.

Arts Worker Internships
Applications open all year
Arts workers looking for public art project experience, or to enhance their current skill set working in the arts in rural Australia, are invited to apply for the Arts Worker Internship roles at Broken Hill Arts Exchange. Six-month internship placements are offered for Project Team Administrators or Managers and during the placement period accommodation is provided at the Broken Hill Arts Exchange headquarters. Contact info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au to introduce yourself and learn more.

Artback NT 
Touring Exhibition Program
Ongoing
The Artback NT Touring Exhibition Program focuses on touring quality visual arts exhibitions generated within the NT to audiences in remote, regional, and metropolitan locations nationally. Exhibitions may be fully resolved and ready to tour or may need development support to be tour ready. Proposals are invited from organisations, educational institutions, community groups, public galleries, independent curators, and artists. Expressions of Interest are accepted at any time and will be responded to within three weeks, at which time applicants may be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. Touring Exhibition Proposals are reviewed twice yearly in April and September. Please note this is not an application for funding. Successful proposals will be used to develop applications to seek funds to progress the touring project. Proposal guidelines are available on the website.

BlackCat Gallery Exhibition Proposals 2022
BlackCat Gallery is currently seeking proposals for its 2022 exhibition program. Artists, curators and collectives working in all mediums are invited to apply to exhibit solo and group shows. Visit the website to find out about exhibition duration and costs.

Call-out for guest bloggers
Ongoing
Each week, the Queensland State Library showcases one of the multitudinous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from across Queensland, and features related educational resources on their website. To continue this digital offering, the Queensland State Library is calling out for writers to contribute to their blog A-Z Language of the Week. Check out the website for the weekly blog posts and for contribution enquiries email rose.warsow@slq.qld.gov.au.

City of Adelaide Quick Response Grants
Ongoing
The City of Adelaide Arts and Cultural Grants Program provides funding to eligible groups, organisations, and individuals for the delivery of 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 including events, activities, performances, public artworks, and workshops. Visit the website for terms and conditions and to apply.

City of Ryde Artist Register
The City of Ryde invites individual artists, creative groups, and organisations from within the local community to join the Artist Register. The Artist Register is a resource composed and employed by Council to program local creatives in events and projects, share expressions of interest for artistic opportunities and facilitate sector networking, and is open to artists who live, work, study or play in the City of Ryde.
Click the link above to go to the Art Register.

Collaborate: Outer Space ARI
Applications open year-round
Brisbane-based Outer Space ARI offers 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 enquiries 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, see the website.

Contemporary Arts Tasmania Proposals
Ongoing
Contemporary Arts Tasmania invite expressions of interest from professional contemporary artists and curators year-round. Submissions can be from individuals or groups, in any medium, and can be developmental in nature or involve a future body of work. Proposals for works to be presented in the gallery, off-site, online, around the building, or become part of the public program are welcome, alongside those, which are experimental in nature, contemporary in concept, and can demonstrate viability. Terms and conditions, eligibility, proposal requirements and contact details are available online.

Create NSW: Small Project Grants
Ongoing
Funding of between $500 to $5,000 is available to support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for New South Wales-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. Projects must be clearly defined arts and cultural activities and must not take place within three weeks following the date of your submission. See the website for more information, including application support resources.

Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program
Ongoing
The Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program provides $30,000 in funding for artists-in-residence projects that engage communities and are delivered in partnership with artists and either a local government authority, local school, not-for-profit community organisation or not-for-profit community services organisations. The funding round is open all year round, for projects that start at least 25 days after application submission. Visit the website for more information.

Creative Equity Toolkit
Ongoing
The Creative Equity Toolkit is an initiative of the British Council and Diversity Arts Australia which provides research and digital resources with the aim of increasing cultural diversity and racial equity in the creative sectors. The free toolkit features links to practical resources such as articles and videos, inspiring case studies and important research on increasing diversity. Various topics are covered such as stereotyping, cultural appropriation and unconscious bias. Check out the website for more information.

Creative Futures School Grants
Ongoing
Established to develop ‘design thinking’ skills and improve performance of both teachers and students across art and design studies, Creative Futures School Grants are accepting applications for the Curriculum Project and Materials Grant. The Grant supports the development of curriculum projects and/or classroom activities – such as the cost of materials and manufacturing to realise innovative projects that would advance teaching practice across school projects. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Creative Hobart Grants
Applications ongoing
Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation and attract cultural tourism through the Creative Hobart Grants scheme. Two grant categories provide funding for eligible organisations and groups to deliver one-off activities involving artists and communities in the creation, direction, and management of cultural projects within the Hobart municipal area. More information about eligibility can be found on the City of Hobart’s website Community pages.

Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register
Arts Tasmania is calling for expressions of interest from people who are working or engaged within the arts and screen sectors to apply to join the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register. Arts Tasmania seeks a broad range of candidates across artforms, ages, cultural background and career stages, including artists, practitioners, administrators, and other sector professionals, and are currently interested in applicants who have expertise in the areas of Cultural Arts and Community Development. Successful applicants may be invited to join a panel to assess applications in support of Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania programs, but are under no obligation to participate if invited. Assessors are paid in accordance with Tasmanian Government guidelines. Visit Arts Tasmania’s Grants and Funding pages online for more information and to register your interest, or contact the organisation by calling (03) 6165-6666 or via email opsctd@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

First Nations Curators Program
Applications open all year round
Firstdraft supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present an exhibition at Firstdraft through the First Nations Curators Program designed to provide early-career curators with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks. The Firstdraft board will work with the recipient to select a mentor of their choice. Recipients receive a $1,500 curatorial fee, $1,000 for artist fees, professional mentorship and the opportunity to develop a four-week exhibition and public program with access to Firstdraft’s resources.

Fremantle Arts Centre Residencies
Applications open all year
Home to 11 studios and a residential apartment, Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) can accommodate a variety of disciplines and project requirements, for local, national and international artists. Individual artists, groups of artists, curators, writers and organisations can apply for a residency for the creation of new works, research, and practice development. Proposals are considered in relation to FAC’s other programming and studio availability. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
Expressions of Interest are invited from artists and creatives for exhibition-based proposals for 2022, to be exhibited within the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM) suite of exhibition spaces which include Town Hall Gallery, Front Gallery, Museum Room and O’Connell Space, and there are exhibiting options at the POP-UP Window Space at 113 Goondoon Street, Gladstone QLD. Categories used to select project ideas include place, uniqueness, audience, medium, collaboration, diversity, time and community. Head to the website for details and to apply.

IGNITE: Gallery
Belco Arts invites Expressions of Interest from local, regional, and interstate artists living with a disability to apply to exhibit through IGNITE: Gallery. Visit their website to find out more; belcoarts.com.au/ignite-gallery.

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

Museums & Galleries of NSW – Grants
Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) offer support to cultural institutions to develop their programs and the visitor experience. M&G NSW assists with professional development, small grant funding and Aboriginal cultural development projects for small to medium galleries, museums and Aboriginal cultural centres in NSW, to enable them to maximise their impact and help create strong and thriving local communities. There are several grants on offer including Gallery and Volunteer Museum Grants, Fellowship and Mentoring Programs and much more.

NAVA Artists’ Benevolent Fund
Ongoing
The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) have renewed their Artists’ Benevolent Fund, which provides one-off payments of $2,000 to Australian visual artists in a state of crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience. As applicants will be seeking access to the Fund at the most difficult of times, the application process presents minimal burden to artists. To read the Terms and Conditions and application process, visit the website.

Playing Queensland Fund
Applications open all year round
The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand. The fund is designed to support touring arts and education activities, and artist in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland. A component of the fund delivers outcomes under the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA). Visit the Queensland Government website to read important information about available funds, eligibility and how to apply.

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, arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events. Support for attending awards, ceremonies, exhibitions, and competitions
is not priority.

Public Art – Library Sculpture Plinth in 2021
Artists producing small-scale 3D works are invited to apply to exhibit work in the Gallery Lane Cove & Creative Studios outdoor sculpture plinth, which is publicly located in Library Square on Longueville Road in Sydney’s lower north shore. The space offers a position of high exposure within Lane Cove’s central foot traffic precinct. Exhibition spaces are available in August, September, October, November and December 2021 for two to four weeks. Applications are available online.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program
Applications accepted at any time
The Queensland Arts Showcase 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.

West Tamar Small Project Grants
Applications open all year round
West Tamar Council’s Small Project Grants respond to requests for funding throughout the year and provide an opportunity for new applicants to form a relationship with Council and gain an understanding of the grant process. Small Project Grants are assessed monthly and allow groups, and organisations who meet the selection criteria to gain access to small amounts of grant funding, up to $1,500. All potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Development Officer to provide a brief overview of their project. Please read the guidelines on the website thoroughly prior to submitting your application. Contact the Community Development Officer on (03) 6323-9200, if required.

Woden Arts Register
Ongoing
The Woden Arts Register, a directive of Woden Arts in the ACT, invites artists working across all art forms including, but not limited to musicians, visual artists, writers, and performers based in the Woden local area to join. Information provided to the register is used to share opportunities with local artists through the Woden Arts Program, and to identify artists suited to perform at events, participate in exhibitions, deliver workshops, or be involved in other arts activities.