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!

Taiwan – Australia Indigenous Artist in Residence
A unique cultural exchange is set to take place between two First Nations arts practitioners as part of a new collaboration between Artback NT, Alice Springs and the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Centre, Taiwan. Janet Kalidjan Marawarr and Aulu Tjibulangan are the recipients of the 2019 Taiwan – Australia Indigenous Artist in Residence program. The artists will cross borders to undertake a six-week residency in the other’s country to further develop their artistic practices, they will draw upon new knowledge and ideas gained through interaction with the art forms and cultural customs practiced in these destinations and will each create a new body of work.

Marawarr from Maningrida in the Northern Territory is a textile design artist and bark painter who also performs cultural song and dance. She uses the methods of linocut and screen printing to weave together narratives of cultural, spiritual and environmental significance. Marawarr will be in Rinari, Taiwan from October.

Janet Kalidjan Marawarr, Rock Country story, 2019, lino print.
Courtesy the artists and ArtbackNT, Northern Territory

Tjibulangan is a Paiwan dancer and choreographer interested in learning about the Sun, Earth and bird-life that is imbued within Aboriginal Lore. During his residency Tjibulangan will aim to bring traditional and modern ideas together through dance, movement and environmental theatre, and will be in Darwin, Northern Territory from August.

Dancer and choreographer Aulu Tjibulangan performing
Courtesy the artists and ArtbackNT, Northern Territory

‘The exchange aims to promote Indigenous cultures and histories within Australia and Taiwan and provide audiences with contemporary representations of First Nations perspectives through the arts,’ says Louise Partos, Artback NT Executive Officer.

Entries close 1 August 2019
The ArtGeminiPrize is a global contemporary art award calling for works in painting, photography and sculpture by emerging and established artists from across the world to be in the running for $30,000 (US) in cash prizes which include First Prize $15,000, Second Prize $7,000 and the Young Artist Prize (up to 30 years) $3,000 and an exhibition at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore in November 2019. Entrants must be over the age of 18 years.

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

Arts Activities Funding
Applications close 31 July for activities starting after 1 December 2019
Arts ACT offers funding for the Arts Activities initiative, which is available to ACT-based artists 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 to undertake 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. Funding is available across two categories: up to $5,000 for smaller projects: open all year round, and $5,000 to $50,000 for larger projects: offering two rounds per year. Activities can relate to dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and cross-arts activities.

Blacktown City Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, 8 October 2019
Artists from all over Australia are invited to enter the Blacktown City Art Prize, now in its 24th year with a prize pool of cash prizes and acquisitive awards for entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The winner will receive $15,000 with three supporting prizes to also be awarded: Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000), Local Artist Prize ($2,000), People’s Choice Prize ($1,000). This year, the winners of the Local Artist Prize and Aboriginal Artist Prize will also have the opportunity to undertake a two-month residency in one of Blacktown Arts’ Main Street studios.

Bundanon Artist-in-Residence program 2020
Applications close 29 July 2019
The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to arts professionals; individuals, groups or companies from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines, including artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies are for research and development, or for the creation of new work. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply. Visit the website to read full Terms & Conditions and how to apply

Career Development Grants
Round 3 closes 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020
The Australia Council for the Arts offers three grant rounds each year under the Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups scheme. Applications are open to artists, arts workers and groups for funds of $5,000 to $25,000. Funding provides support for further development of skills, and to improve capacity to build an enduring career.

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

Create Grants
Applications close 1pm, 19 August 2019
The Copyright Agency’s CREATE Grants program is offered to assist mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists in the creation and development of new work for publication or exhibition. Application can be made for $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 for projects starting after 7 October 2019. CREATE Grants do not support academics with scholarly or academic works. More information and applicant criteria can be found by visiting Copyright Agency’s website.

Create NSW and Artspace – 2019 Visual Art Fellowship
Submissions close 5pm, 15 July 2019
Applications are open for the Create NSW and Artspace, 2019 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) aimed at providing early-career artists with an opportunity to participate in a program of professional development supporting personal and career advancement. As part of the assessment process, a shortlist of up to 12 artists will be selected by an independent panel of experts, managed by Create NSW, to participate in an exhibition at Artspace, Sydney. Visit the Create NSW website for more information and to access applications.

Creative Arts Fellowships
Applications close 5pm, 19 July 2019
The Creative Arts fellowship offered by the National Library of Australia is a $10,000 grant for the support of writers and artists to undertake a four-week residency at the Library to develop an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections. Open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form.

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.

Darling Portrait Prize
Entries close 1 October 2019
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is calling all portrait painters to enter works in the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize valued at $75,000. Prize entry is open to Australian citizens or residents who are over the age of 18 years. Portraits can be of any Australian citizen or resident and/or a person or persons who have a strong association with Australia, or who has made a significant contribution to Australian life. The Darling Portrait Prize exhibition will run alongside the finalists in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and the Digital Portraiture Award in March 2020 at NPG in Canberra.

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Entries close 2 September 2019
The Moran Arts Foundation is calling for entries for the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Australia’s richest art prize. The prize invites entries of original works from Australian artists, which capture Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience. Works must be painted at least partly from life with the sitter known to the artist and aware of the artist’s intention to enter the Prize. There is a total prize pool of $180,000 with the first prize winner to be awarded with $150,000. The finalists exhibition will be on view from 1 October to 1 December at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney.

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

First Nations Curators’ Program
Applications are open year round The First Nations Curators’ Program offered by Firstdraft supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present a four-week exhibition at the gallery, a space for the presentation of emerging and experimental arts practice. Recipients receive a $1,500 curatorial fee, $1,000 for artist fees, help with exhibition development and a professional mentorship with an established First Nations curator. The Program is designed to provide early career curators with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks.

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
Entries close 4 September 2019
This annual art prize invites artists to submit works across a variety of mediums and categories. With a total of $38,000 in prize money on offer, the Open section is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and is valued at $25,000. Other categories are: Contemporary, Traditional, Sculpture, Photography, Primary Students and Secondary Students. The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, which celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost –  Frederick Fisher. The exhibition of finalists will be on view from 26 October until 5 December at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

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

IMA Belltower –
 Call for Proposals
Applications close 31 July 2019
Early-career Queensland artists are invited to submit proposals for IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Applicants are invited to apply for either one or both of the two available opportunities, which are an Exhibition as part of IMA Belltower and an Artwork projection on the façade of the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Artists who currently reside in Queensland are able to apply. The Exhibition/artwork projection period is from November 2019 to January 2020. Visit the website for more info.

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

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

Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship
Applications all year round
The Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship is a $20,000 grant awarded to emerging Indigenous Australian and Native American artists to support their professional development in Australia and the United States. The scholarships are offered to practitioners who show talent in the creative fields of theatre, fashion, dance, film & television, music, literary arts, visual arts, crafts and design.

Northern Beaches Coast Walk – Public Art – Artist Panel
Applications close on 2pm, 25 July 2019
Northern Beaches Council has a once in a lifetime opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced artists (and arts project teams) to join the new Northern Beaches Public Art – Artist Panel. Panel artists will have the opportunity to develop integrated artworks for sites along the Northern Beaches Coast Walk and other potential public art projects within the Northern Beaches.
Aboriginal artists and artists from the Northern Beaches are encouraged to apply.
Register via Northern Beaches Councils E-Tendering portal – NTHBEA-867397

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.

New South Wales Artists’ Grant
Applications close 21 July 2019
The NSW Artists’ Grant initiated by NAVA aims to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Applications are open to artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney. Grants of up to $1,250 (+GST) for individuals and $2,500 (+GST) for groups/collectives are available to provide assistance with the cost of creating a new work, the presentation of work in a venue, residencies involving the production of and presentation of new work, the production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio, setting up a website, or preparing a publicity campaign.

Paddington Art Prize
Entries close 6pm, 15 September 2019
Artists are invited to enter the Paddington Art Prize, a $30,000 acquisitive prize awarded for a painting inspired by the landscape, now in its 16th year. Prizes include the UNSW Art & Design opportunity for one artist to create a limited edition print and a $3,000 prize¬†for the Honourable Mention. Two artists will be selected for an exhibition at Defiance Gallery, Sydney in 2019 along with a three-week residency at the Nock Art Foundation ‘Giverny’ in New Zealand¬†in 2020.¬†As well as the $1,000 Highly Commended prize, a one-week retreat at Sofala Cottage for one artist and the People’s Choice prize of a $1,000 gift certificate sponsored by Fine Art Imaging.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
Petrie Terrace Gallery hire bookings are open for 2020.
The gallery offers competitive rates at a great Brisbane city location.

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

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

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

Sculptures in the Garden
Entries close 23 August 2019
Artists are invited to submit works for the 2019 Sculptures in the Garden exhibition, which will be held on 12 and 13 October at Rosby Vineyard in Mudgee, New South Wales. This outdoor exhibition provides artists with an opportunity to exhibit their works alongside local, regional, metropolitan and interstate artists. There is a total prize pool of $40,000 to be awarded with the winning works acquired to become public art pieces. This not-for-profit event will see proceeds go towards the joint venture with Mid-Western Regional Council, with the funds used for the purchase of public art for installation in Lawson Park in Mudgee.

Sculptures in the Garden. Photograph: Amber Hooper

St Heliers Street Gallery
Submissions close 2 September 2019
Expressions of interest are open from emerging and established artists, designers and curators for solo or group exhibitions. Practitioners working across visual and audio visual arts, sound, design, multi and new media, craft, live art and performance are invited to apply to be part of the 2020 exhibition program at St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent.

Sydney Rides Photo Competition
Entries close 11.59pm (AEST) 2 August 2019
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter images inspired by the bike for the ‘Sydney Rides Gallery’ exhibition. The photograph must show a reference to a bike, bike rider or other feature (for example bike lane or symbol). References can be subtle or in a more obvious manner. Thirty entries will be selected to exhibit in the Sydney Rides Gallery at Paddington Reservoir Gardens in October, as part of Sydney Rides 2019. The featured photographers will each receive $150 and the overall winner will receive $750 to spend at a local bike shop of their choice. Click here for terms and conditions.

The Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists
Applications close 21 July, 2019
The Windmill Scholarship is calling for applications from rural and regional artists. This $10,000 award offers opportunity for regional artists who would like to further their professional development, research and exhibition opportunities.

Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival
Entries close 14 August 2019
Entries are invited for big and small sculptures for the 2019 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival, which is to be held from 26 September to 10 November in the Hunter Valley region. Prizes include 1st Prize: large outdoor – $10,000, Acquisition $6,000, Small Sculpture (tba), 2325 Resident – $1,000, Children’s Choice Award $1,000, People’s Choice Award – (tba), Artist in Residence Prize – 5 nights accommodation at Undercliff Winery and the Cessnock Regional Gallery Prize for an exhibition at the gallery in 2020.

Andrew Whitehead, Freedom Run. Courtesy the artist and Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival