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!


Craft ACT: CO:LAB artists

This month we celebrate the skills and creativity of ceramic artist Cathy Franzi, silversmith Alison Jackson and designer/sculptor Dan Lorrimer, who have all been selected as the inaugural Craft ACT: CO:LAB designers.

Dan Lorrimer, Splinter Array 7, 2020, powder-coated mild steel. Photograph: Alison Jackson. Courtesy the artist and Craft ACT, Australian Capital Territory

The CO:LAB initiative is a professional development program for the creation of new and innovative lighting designs for the home interior. CO:LAB encourages collaboration across the fields of architecture, craft and design, and through this program the artists will be presented with a unique opportunity to learn about design collaboration, and the processes of residential architecture design through engagement with an architect and their client. CO:LAB includes an exhibition at Craft ACT’s DESIGN Canberra Festival in November 2021, as well as mentoring, sustainability advice, professional photography, an artist fee, and the artists will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the creative and financial possibilities in commercial markets.

‘The incredible opportunity this project offers, is to work with a team of architects, designers and clients to learn about the demands and possibilities of design collaboration. This will be a completely new prospect for me, enhancing my practice to extend into architectural design and, importantly, to receive professional mentoring to understand the design process,’ says Franzi.

Jackson and Lorrimer also explain, ‘As two arts practitioners dedicated to the continued sustainability of our work as our sole income, this financially and professionally supported project will allow us to dedicate ourselves to the growth of our practice into new commercial areas.’

CO:LAB’s vision is to become an annual event to support Canberra’s thriving craft and design community. Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation that supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. Read more about the inaugural CO:LAB artists and the 2021 project on CRAFT ACT’s website.
craftact.org.au


Australian National Brooch Show
Entries close April 23, 2021
Entries are open for the 14th Australian National Brooch Show. The Australian National Brooch Show is an exhibition of small wearable artworks presented by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. (CAS), which is open to both emerging and established artists from across Australia, offering the opportunity for contemporary artists to gain exposure for their art at low cost. In 2021, CAS have subsidised entries to enable free entry for up to five pieces per artist. There are two exhibition presentations: Fitzroy Library: May 8 to August 1, and Eltham Library: August 6 to October 28. All brooches exhibited will also be displayed online. Visit the website for more information; FAQs and entry or contact CAS via email mail@contemporaryartsociety.org.au or (03) 9428-0568, 0407-059-194.

The Fineman New Photography Award
Entries close April 23, 2021
Photographic artists working throughout the Asia-Pacific region are invited to apply for the 2021 Fineman New Photography Award. Applicants will have their submissions reviewed by an international panel of curators and gallery directors, who will award one cash prize of $10,000 and select six artists to receive an exhibition within the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. An additional prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the People’s Choice Award. For more information, visit the website.

Boynes Emerging Artist Award
Entries close April 30, 2021
Artists from around the world are invited to enter the Boynes Emerging Artist Award, established to support, promote, and connect emerging artists across the globe and to enhance the profile of young and undiscovered talent. The prize is an international independent artist-run competition with a total prize pool of $90,000+ (USD) on offer. All two-dimensional artworks, including drawing, etching, painting and photography, across all mediums, depicting any theme, are encouraged.

Artback NT Touring Program
Expressions of Interest assessed in April and 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.

Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
Entries close May 1, 2021
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is calling for entries for the 2021 exhibition and award for display from August 28 to October 24. Photographers and photo media artists are invited to submit photographic artworks that portray a living individual distinguished in art, letters, science, sports or politics. The acquisitive first prize of $15,000 will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.

The Jury Art Prize 2021
Submissions close May 4, 2021
Regional Western Australian artists who are working across all artistic mediums are invited to submit artworks for The Jury Art Prize in 2021 for exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery+Studio in Port Hedland, Western Australia from June 11 to July 30. There is no set theme; however artists may wish to respond to The Junction Co., and Courthouse Gallery’s 2021 program theme of ‘consumption and renewal’. Winners will be announced across four categories: The Judge’s Prize, Encouragement Award, Patron Award and Jury Prize, at the opening event on Friday June 11 followed by the People’s Choice award on Friday July 23. Terms and conditions, entry fees and requirements are available online.

Community Heritage Grants
Applications close May 10, 2021
The Community Heritage Grants program provides funds of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups and are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio-visual material. The projects supported include significance assessments of collections, preservation needs assessments of collections, conservation activities and collection management, and training workshops. More information and how to apply can be found on the National Library of Australia website.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, May 10, 2021
The 16th acquisitive Sunshine Coast Art Prize is calling for two-dimensional artworks in any medium from artists across the nation for entry in the Sunshine Coast’s flagship art event, which has a prize pool of more than $30,000 on offer, as well as promotional opportunities for the winner and the finalists through an exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 27 to October 10, and online. The selection of 40 finalists will be announced at 10am on Tues June 15, with the winners’ announcements on Thursday September 23. Prize categories: Major Prize $25,000, Highly Commended prize $5,000 and People’s Choice Prize of $2,500 as voted by exhibition visitors.

Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award
Entries close 11.59pm, May 14, 2021
National and international artists are invited to enter small-scale 2D artworks up to 61cm (24 inches) in height or width for the $20,000 Lethbridge Art Award. Works including but not limited to painting, drawing, works on paper and photography are invited. The judging panel will consider creativity, originality and skill. The prize pool is comprised of the major award of $20,000, the Highly Commended Prize of $1,000, and vouchers from Bienarté, Art Shed, Brisbane Digital Images and Centenary Framing. Lethbridge Gallery will host the exhibition from June 18 to 26. More information is available on the website.

Remagine Art Prize and Exhibition
Entries close May 17, 2021
Hornsby Shire Council, in partnership with Hornsby Art Society, invites artists to enter the annual Remagine Art Prize with works that respond to any elements in this year’s theme of ‘Fast fashion, fast food, fast running out of natural resources’. The $11,000 prize pool will be awarded across five categories: Mixed Media 3D/Mixed Media 2D; Digital Art – Stills; Painting, Drawing, Printmaking; Youth Award (16-18 years) and the People’s Choice Award. The exhibition will be staged at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in Hornsby. Visit the website for terms and conditions and entry.

Rick Amor Drawing Award
Entries close 11.59pm, May 28, 2021
McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery is calling for artist submissions for the 2021 Rick Amor Drawing Award. For the first time in its history the Rick Amor Drawing Award will take centre stage at McClelland Gallery from August 28 to November 7. The prize will this year be judged by artist John Wolseley with $20,000 awarded to one artist for an outstanding original drawing, to be acquired into the McClelland collection. McClelland is also calling for entries for the Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award and the Senini Award for Ceramics by tertiary students. Find out more by visiting the gallery website.

Sculpture@Shaw
Entries close midnight, May 28, 2021
The inaugural Sculpture@Shaw in 2021 launches an exciting new biennial outdoor sculpture prize. The award has a $25,000 prize pool and an additional $1,000 bursary will be provided to each of the finalists in the main Sculpture@Shaw prize. Artists are encouraged to challenge viewers with experiential works that can be small, large-scale, or site-specific for the beautiful grounds of Shaw Wines and the surrounding Murrumbateman countryside. The springtime exhibition of finalist works will run as a ticketed event from September 4 to 19. Visit the website for terms and conditions and to apply.
belcoarts.com.au/shaw

Senini Award for Ceramics
Entries close May 28, 2021
Victorian tertiary art students are invited to submit their sculpture work for the Mary & Lou Senini Award in Ceramics. The $3,000 award is for an artist who displays outstanding ability and promise. McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery will host an exhibition of finalists’ works in 2021, and the recipient of the award will be announced at the exhibition opening. Visit the website to download the application form and to apply.

Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award
Entries close May 28, 2021
Student, emerging and established artists are invited to apply for the McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award. Held at McClelland every three years, the Award which consists of three acquisitive awards of $10,000 for original works in watercolour, was established to showcase Australian artists who work in the medium of watercolour. The 2021 iteration will be judged by curator/writer Kirsty Grant, Buxton Contemporary curator Melissa Keys and Arts Project Australia curator and gallery manager Sim Luttin. Terms and Conditions and application details are available on the website.

Arts Sustainability Fund
Applications close May 31, 2021
The Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Arts Sustainability Fund provides ‘last resort’ assistance and support for the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities by providing necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID-19. Funding is aimed to support employment and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia. Applications are subject to eligibility and independent analysis of the organisation’s financial situation by an external financial assessor. Visit the Australian Government’s GrantConnect portal to read the guidelines and apply.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Open Program
Registrations close May 31, 2021; or earlier if all venues are allocated
The 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is Australia’s largest photographic biennale, which brings national and international audiences to Ballarat. Registrations are open for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Open Program. All photographers and photo media artists are invited to apply to be a part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale running August 28 to October 24. Exhibitors will be featured in the 2021 Biennale program, promoted through BIFB social media channels and will be in the running to win First Prize $2,000 and $500 in the People’s Choice Award. Visit the website for registration fees, terms and conditions and to see the list of currently available venues.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund
Applications close May 31, 2021
The Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications’ RISE Fund offers support to the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations who are seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing finance to assist the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events. Applicants can request funds between $75,000 and $2 million for a grant activity. Funding is available in the 2020-21 financial year only. It is important to read the RISE Fund guidelines, which include eligibility criteria and details about the application and funding process. Available on the Australian Government’s GrantConnect portal.

City of Charles Sturt – Creative Cities Program
Entries close June 1, 2021
The Creative Cities program aims to support projects led by local artists and arts organisations impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, to develop new initiatives, and projects and artwork that connects and engages local audiences. Funds of up to $5,000 +GST are available per project, negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Eligible applicants must have a principal place of business based within the City of Charles Sturt. For further eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the website.

#DFZ2021 Symposium of Lace in Art & Design Scholarship
Entries close June 4, 2021
In addition to being a forum about the future role of lace in art and design, Doily Free Zone (DFZ) aims to foster a new generation of creatives and makers interested in exploring the possibilities of handmade lace techniques. Coinciding with the 2021 Symposium from 12 to 13 June, DFZ will be sponsoring ten scholarships for students currently enrolled in tertiary courses of Art, Fashion, Textile and Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering and Mathematics. The scholarships include participation in the DFZ Symposium, access to workshops and a copy of the 2021 catalogue. For more information, visit the website or Instagram @doily_free_zone.

RAF Quick Response Grant Regional Arts WA
Applications close June 16, 2021
Regional Arts WA Quick Response Grants are offered to support regional artists, arts organisations, and communities to take up professional or skills development, or small project opportunities that arise at short notice. The program is designed to be responsive to projects that fall outside the scope of other funding opportunities. Applicants must clearly explain why there is no other suitable funding program for their project. Up to $2,000 can be requested by individuals and up to $4,000 for organisations. Read the guidelines and contact the WA Regional Arts Project officer by visiting the website for details.

Show Starter Loan Scheme
Applications close June 16, 2021
The Show Starter Loan Scheme is a $90 million loan initiative designed to help creative economy businesses finance new productions and events that stimulate job creation and economic activity and is part of the Australian Government’s $250 million COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package which is being delivered through the $40 billion Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme. It provides tailored support to arts and entertainment businesses who are adversely affected by the pandemic. Eligible Australian creative economy businesses can apply for loans of up to 50% of the total budget for an activity (or up to $5 million, whichever is the lesser amount) to support the delivery of new arts and entertainment productions or events. Visit the funding pages on the website for more detailed information, application criteria and how to apply.

Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship 2022
Applications close June 30, 2021
The annual Samstag Scholarships enable Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills through a dedicated period of practice-based learning in an international learning institution. Each scholarship covers institutional fees for one academic year and costs for 12 months overseas, including a $50,000 (USD) tax-free allowance, airfares, travel and medical insurance. This remarkable gift ranks as one of the very great bequests to visual arts education in Australia. Samstag Scholarships are administered by the University of South Australia through the Samstag Museum of Art, on behalf of Gordon Samstag’s United States trustee, the Bank of America. To date, 144 scholarships have been awarded. Please check the website for updated guidelines and application form.

Anthology Cover Art Award
Entries close June 30, 2021
Anthology is a magazine designed for the presentation of arts and culture, goods and services, travel, fine interiors, fashion and beauty. The publication is calling for entries from artists for the Anthology Cover Award 2021. Established to foster and support both established and emerging visual artists and provide a platform for publication, the competition is open across genres, including painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography and digital media. The winner will be awarded with a €500 cash prize, their artwork published on the cover of, and editorial coverage in, a future issue of Anthology, and a one-year subscription to Anthology. Entry fees do apply; visit the website to read more.

National Capital Art Prize
Entries close July 1, 2021
Launching in 2021, the inaugural annual National Capital Art Prize is an Australia-wide competition for paintings of any subject established to celebrate the skill and diversity of Australian artists. With a generous prize pool of more than $45,000, this new competition aims to ignite the passion and courage of artists across Australia, many of whom lost the opportunity to display and sell their work during the pandemic in 2020.

artsACT Arts Activities Funding
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
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.

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.

Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries close August 31, 2021
The Aesthetica Art Prize is calling for entries from creatives practicing at any level, including student and graduate artists. Works of any genre and theme are invited. Submissions that reflect on our ever-changing 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.

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.

ACP Online Workshops
The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) have launched custom-designed online workshops for established or emerging photographers to develop photographic skills from home. Courses include Digital Photography Basics, Lighting Design at Home, Camera Craft, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and Professional Practice/Creative Entrepreneurship for Photographers. Additionally, ACP are offering one-on-one mentorships courses, covering three topics related to the current state of being ‘in the time of COVID’. Visit the website for more information, or email workshop@acp.org.au or phone 0433-865-356 for enquiries.

American Australian Association Arts Fund
Applications all year round
The American-Australian Arts Fund (AAAF) provides support of up to $20,000 (US) to emerging Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists to study or undertake artistic development in each other’s countries respectively. The American Australian Association awards more than 15 arts scholarships and grants per year to talented emerging artists. There are three scholarship categories: Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholarship (Both Directions), AAA Indigenous Arts Grant (AUS to USA only) and AAA Arts Fund (Both Directions). Full details are available by visiting the AAAF website.

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 anytime and will be responded to within three weeks, at which time you 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.

Artists Essential Toolkit: How to get your art online
Ongoing
ArtsHub presents their Essential Toolkit video series, assisting artists manage the online – from blogs to websites and social media coverage. Designed for artists starting their digital presence, the workshops – which include the video series, transcript and additional resources – provide a user-friendly approach to easy and affordable ways to get your artwork online. All content is available for free on the website.

Articulate Exhibitions
Articulate is an artist-run space located in Leichardt, Sydney and is calling out for proposals for installation, performance, cross-disciplinary or other forms of experimental or spatial work for the 2020-21 program. Two spaces are available and are suited to different types of work; Articulate project space downstairs is 27 metres long and accommodates larger installation, performance and related work and ArticulateUpstairs is a space suited to wall and smaller works. Click here for more information. Additionally, Articulate has space available for rent. The space measures 3.3 x 5.4m and is priced at $500 per month. Visit the website for more information.

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.

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 to deliver creative arts and cultural projects for Adelaide – contributing to a welcoming and dynamic city, full of rich and diverse experiences. Funding of up to $2,000 is available for projects such as events, activities, performances, public artworks, and workshops. Visit the website for terms and conditions, and to apply.

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.

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.

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.

Guest Work Agency Art Law Express
Ongoing
An art law firm with a curatorial practice, Guest Work Agency provides innovative legal solutions for the art industry as well as initiating and collaborating on art projects and exhibitions. Guest Work Agency have developed a free video series available on the IGTV channel of their Instagram @guestworkagency. The Q&A sessions cover a range of art law topics and aim to provide generalised information on legal matters such as consignment arrangements, non-disclosure agreements, copyright and design protection. Head to Guest Work Agency’s Instagram for the library of videos and visit their website for more information.

IP for Creatives Online Tools
Ongoing
Studio Legal is a Melbourne-based law firm specialising in commercial and intellectual property law for the creative industries. Recognising the complexity and confusion that often face creatives when dealing with intellectual property, Studio Legal have introduced a monthly blog series – providing easily digestible information about copyright, design protection, trade marks and patents, and practical guidance and tips on how best to protect, enforce and commercialise your intellectual property assets. The free-service offers preliminary generalised guidance. Check out the blog posts available on the website.

Kitchen Gallery Exhibition Opportunities
Applications open all year
The Kitchen Gallery, located at the Broken Hill Art Exchange Residences, invites exhibition proposals to exhibit any mediums in the gallery space. The gallery hire is by application, which requires full details of the exhibition – including dates, description, images and artist biography. No commission is taken by Broken Hill Art Exchange on sales. See the website for the application form and more information.

Make at Home Video Series
Ongoing
‘Make at Home’ is a video series of art activities presented as part of PICA’s digital program PICA at HOME. For their first series, PICA has commissioned audio-visual artist collective Astro Morphs (Bianca Sharkey and James Doohan) to produce art activities inspired by the biological world. The series features 3 art-making videos where you and your family can learn about DNA compositions, understand different animal eye shapes and explore the light spectrum in a creative and playful way, merging science and artistic practice. Check out the website to access the video series.

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, in arts industry forums, national markets
and showcasing events. Support for attending awards, ceremonies, exhibitions and competitions are not a 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 July, August, September, October, November and December 2021 for two to four weeks. Applications are available online.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Applications accepted at any time
QASP provides financial support to individuals, organisations and collectives to deliver accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The funding is administered across three streams: Arts Ignite – funding of up to $80,000 for new works, Arts Illuminate – funding of up to $120,000 for presenting or working with acclaimed artists, and Arts Impact – funding of up to $80,000 for diverse arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. For guidelines, application forms and to apply, visit the website.