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Grants Closing in January 2018

Pitch Australiana - VICE and Screen Australia Pitching Competition

Screen Australia

VICE Australia and Screen Australia are partnering on a pitching competition offering Australian filmmakers a chance to win a commission for a short documentary project.
Finalists will pitch at The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in March 2018. The winning project will be released online through leading global media company VICE as part of their digital series, Australiana.
Applicant teams must consist of a director or producer, one of whom has at least one documentary screen credit in their respective role on a project that has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognised film festival or distributed on a significant curated online platform.
Go to our list of recognised festivals.
Screen Australia will commit $30,000 and VICE Australia will commit $20,000, meaning a total of $50,000 funding is available for the production of one documentary.
Go to the guidelines on Vice Website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 January 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

The Bald Archy Prize

The Bald Archy Prize

Artists are invited to submit paintings in competition for The Bald Archy Prize 2018.
The prize will be awarded to the best comic or satiric portrait, preferably of an Australian distinguished in Art, Science, Letters, Politics, Sport or the Media painted by an artist during the 12 months preceding January 31, 2018.
The Bald Archy Prize finalists will be previewed at the Watson Arts Centre from February 8 to March 12, 2018. The winner will be announced in Sydney on a date yet to be announced.
Each competitor may enter up to three (3) works, which must be available for sale. Medium – oil, acrylic and mixed media.
Please read the Conditions of Entry for the Bald Archy Prize.
A $35 handling fee for each work entered is to be paid by Friday Jan. 19 2018.
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 19 January 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA 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. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.
This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work
  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.
Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Visit the NAVA website to find out the closing dates for the latest round.
Eckersley’s Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $250 gift card to one applicant in this round of the the NSW Artists’ Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2018 artists-in-residence program. Forty-four fully funded residencies are available between May and December, and range in duration from two to four weeks.
The residencies are open to artists and designers working in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design.
Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with a quiet, retreat-type setting, private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, fully equipped workshop and modest library—as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re working on and when.
Details and application forms are available at Applications are due January 22, 2018, and carry a $35 fee to help defray the cost of the selection panels. This year, I-Park will also be offering $500 travel grants to eight international residents. For further information, contact Read more

  • Closing: 22 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Literature, Music, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

New York Publishing Delegation Program 2018

Australia Council for the Arts

North America is the largest rights market in the world for Australian publishers and rights sellers, with New York at the heart of its publishing industry. It is also the hub for one of the world’s largest communities of literary agents and scouts.
Expressions of Interest are now open for participants in an Australian literature delegation to travel to New York from 4-8 June 2018.
The delegation will undertake a five day program of industry meetings, market briefings and networking opportunities. The program will provide Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers with the opportunity to gain experience in the North American market, extend their networks and pitch titles to North American editors.
Successful participants may wish to travel earlier in order to attend the New York Rights Fair which takes place from 30 May – 1 June. More information can be found at
The Australia Council’s International Development Consultant, North America, and Arts Practice Director, Literature, will work with each delegate to develop a tailored program of meetings.
The Australia Council will support six delegates with $2,000 towards the cost of a return flight from Australia to New York, and will arrange and pay for accommodation during the program.
Delegates will be responsible for covering the cost of meals and ground transport in New York, as well as visas and travel insurance. Any additional travel, accommodation, living away from home or other incidental costs are the responsibility of individual delegates. Cost of attendance at the New York Rights Fair will be the responsibility of the participants.
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 January 2018
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

IETM Spring Plenary Porto 2018

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for support to attend the IETM Spring Plenaryin Porto, Portugal from 26- 29 April 2018.
Australia Council has worked in partnership with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Network (IETM) since 2009 to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists. This project has now evolved into a broader engagement with European networks and partners.
The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at the 2018 IETM Spring Plenaryin Porto, Portugal. The Council’s International Development Manager – Europe will work with the delegation in Porto.
The theme for the Spring Plenary is ‘other centres – the periphery’. Council will support delegates who best illustrate how they incorporate this theme in their practice. Artists, producers and organisations working in this area are encouraged to submit an expression of interest.
The Council will provide six delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of attending. Supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and registration.
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Performing Arts

Half Hour Drama Development Initiative

Create NSW, Screen NSW

ABC TV and Create NSW are looking to develop half-hour character-driven dramas with heart and humour; bold, purposeful ideas that are a reflection of or commentary on the world we live in. These should be projects that can ignite and provoke a conversation that cuts through the noise of social media and real life.
Projects will be returnable and suitable for prime time viewing on ABC TV. Diversity, both on- and off-screen, is a priority, as is a focus on younger audiences (under 50). Projects should be six-eight half hour episode TV series to be considered for jointly funded development by Create NSW and the ABC.
We’re targeting ideas that are strong and unique enough to compete against the likes of some of the most successful international series of recent years including: Girls, Catastrophe, Search Party, Atlanta, Enlightened, Insecure, High Maintenance, Looking, Fleabag, You’re The Worst.
Stage 1
Create NSW and ABC TV Drama are initially seeking one-two-page pitch documents for six-eight half hour episode TV series to be considered for jointly funded development.
ABC TV and Create NSW will shortlist up to 10 projects to participate in a masterclass in half-hour drama, featuring presentations and panels by key creators and show runners of successful TV programs both locally and internationally.
The event will be in Sydney and is scheduled for early 2018, and all invited participants must be available to attend and be able to self-fund their travel.
ABC will have a 60 day exclusive option to engage the Participant to develop and/or produce a program based on the Participant’s developed drama concepts and workshop materials.
Stage 2
After the masterclass event, we will ask creative teams to submit a more refined outline document of 2-5 pages. Then Create NSW and ABC TV will select up to four projects for further development. Further development materials to be produced include a series bible and treatment document.
ABC will have a 12-month exclusive option to commission the projects for further development or production.
Potential applicants are advised to read the below eligibility guidelines and then apply here.
An individual can submit or be attached to multiple applications; however we’d advise you to put your most competitive projects forward.
The closing date for submissions for stage 1 is Sunday 28 January 2018.
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 28 January 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France

Terra Summer Residency

Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France. Read more

  • Closing: 29 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

The Bluethumb Art Prize

The Bluethumb Art Pzie

2017 was the inaugural year and surpassed all expectations, with more entries than the Archibald and a finalist exhibition in Melbourne worthy of any major institution. Building on this overwhelming success, the Bluethumb Art Prize have doubled the prize money pool and introduced category awards to give more artists the opportunity to step into the spotlight in 2018.
Prizes of $2,000 will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Works on Canvas Award

  • Works on Paper Award
  • Photography Award
  • Other Media Award
  • People’s Choice Award (voted for by the public)

The overall Bluethumb Art Prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the work considered by the judges to be the most outstanding across all categories.
Australian artists are invited to enter an original signature piece that represents their unique artistic practice. The subject matter and style of the piece is left entirely to the artist’s discretion.
This is an exceptional opportunity for artists to showcase their work and join a supportive community of diverse Australian artists, whilst enabling collectors nationwide to discover exciting emerging talent.
For more information visit the Bluethumb Art Prize website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Performers' Trust Foundation

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.

  • Two (including the Chairman) are appointed by the PPCA;

  • One is appointed by the Musicians’ Union of Australia;
  • One is appointed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Actors’ Equity)

All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees;

  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol);
  • Accommodation;
  • Venue hire/ PA hire
  • A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • Investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);

  • Concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • Tour support;
  • Artist management expenses; or
  • Equipment purchases

You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.
For more information visit the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.
John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.
John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)
A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.
A selection of past recipients of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship include:
Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship – Isobelle Dashwood, James Lyttle, Vanessa Morelli, Cristiano Martino, Jessica Fyfe, Paul Knobloch
Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship – Andrew Goodwin, Luke Stoker, Morgan Pearse, Alexander Lewis, Derek Welton, David Hansen
One round is offered every two years for these scholarships. In 2018, the grant round will close on:
Monday 31 January 2018 (or earlier if proposal submission limit is met) for projects starting after 1 July 2018.
Please note: Perpetual will only accept a limited number of scholarship proposals annually. Once this limit is met, no further proposals can be submitted.
Notification of scholarship proposal outcomes is in late April 2018.
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Alice Prize

Alice Springs Art Foundation

In 2018, the Alice Prize will celebrate it’s 40th incarnation with an increased award for the winning artwork, of $40,000.
The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme.
Significant among regional art prizes, the Alice Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists from across its near 50 year history.
Coordinated by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Alice Prize is judged by an expert selection panel and judge of national standing, with national exposure for exhibiting artists and the opportunity to show in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the cultural heart of Australia.
Exhibition Dates Saturday 28 April – Monday 17 June 2018
For more information visit the Alice Springs Art Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

NG Art Creative Residency

NG Art Creative

NG Art Creative invites national and international creatives of all career stages and art forms to Eygalières, Provence, Southern France.
NG Art Creative Residency is a sanctuary for creatives to create, paint, draw, sculpt, write, sing, rhyme, film, photograph, ponder life and collaborate, both in the studio and en plein air.
A home away from home, NG Art Creative Residency is an international multi-disciplinary creative residency that offers a place of respite, nourishment and enlightenment for creatives who seek to enrich their creative process.
The deadline for submission is the 31st January 2018.
Mas des Pelerins offers 3, 4 and 6 week residencies and caters for a maximum of 6 creative residents. Creatives can apply by submitting a 600-word proposal, a bio, CV and providing examples of work.
For more information please visit the official website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals