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Great Funding Opportunities for Regional Artists

Fellowships and funding for regional artists throughout New South Wales and Australia appear to be on the rise – and artists are responding in increasing numbers to the opportunities.

Regional Arts Australia has received more than 60 applications for the five new Regional Arts Development Fellowships on offer with a substantial number coming from NSW. Regional Arts Fund Manager, Paul Jenkins, said there was strong interest from around the country in all five categories.

Both artists and arts workers have expressed interest in applying for one of the Fellowships.  There are some great ideas under development,’ Mr Jenkins said.

The fellowships provide the opportunity for an artist or art worker to create new works, develop partnerships and collaborations with other arts professionals and cultural organisations.

Mr Jenkins said in the interests of offering opportunities for creative individuals from all art forms and regions the guidelines were very broad.

The five categories of fellowship offered were the International creative development fellowship ($30,000); Indigenous creative development fellowship ($20,000); Young artist creative development fellowship( $15,000) and the Institutional fellowship and Indigenous institutional fellowship ($30,000 each).

Arts NSW

Arts NSW recently released its funding guidelines for the Arts and Cultural Development Program. Applications for programs including the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships and NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) have opened. Full details are available here.

National Library of Australia

Applications have opened for three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections. These are the Creative Arts Fellowship, Creative Arts Fellowship for Writing and the National Folk Fellowship. Details here.

Australia Council for the Arts

A new model of funding was introduced this year that the Australia Council believes will make it easier and simpler for artists and artists organisations to apply. Some grants have rolling closing dates while others close on 30 June. The grants include fellowships, development grants for individuals and groups, arts projects – organisations and six year funding – organisations. Details here.


Applications for residencies for 2016 have opened. Bundanon, located on the Shoalhaven River near Nowra, was one of the properties owned by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd.   Bundanon Trust was established in 1993 to support arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs. Applications close midnight, 6 July 2015. Details here.

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

• exhibiting work such as framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists’ fees, installation and documentation

• completing of a visual arts degree

• independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs.

Last year as well as the main scholarship, Grafton based artist Rochelle Summerfield received an encouragement award. Details here

The Grants page on the RANSW website is also updated regularly and grants can be searched via their closing dates.