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Grants Closing in September 2018

Carstairs Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.
 
The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.
 
This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland in the 19th century.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website.
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  • Closing: 1 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School

The National Art School will present the Dobell Drawing Prize in March 2019. The new biennial Prize will be presented at NAS Gallery, alongside a new drawing symposium that explores the importance of drawing in all its diversity.
 
The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing, celebrating innovation, technical skills and diverse media. A leading Australian artist will be invited to select the finalists and award the prize of $30,000. The new Dobell Drawing Prize will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
 
All works selected for exhibition are eligible for the Prize money of $30,000. The Prize will be acquisitive to benefit public collections and the exhibition is planned to tour to Regional Galleries.
 
The National Art School will administer the Prize and creative programming to accompany the exhibition.
 
Key dates:

  • Submissions open: June 2018

  • Winner announcement and opening: Wednesday 27 March 2019
  • Exhibition: 28 March – 25 May 2019

 
For more information visit nas.edu.au Read more

  • Closing: 3 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across 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.
 
In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 September 2018
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize

Gosford Galleries

The Gosford Art Prize is a hotly contested event with local and national artists engaged in friendly competition for over $24,000 in total prizes. The exhibition offers the artist an opportunity to let their work stand on its own, to be judged and appreciated on a level playing field, with each work vying for the viewer’s attention.
 
The recent addition of the Gosford Ceramics Prize supports and recognises the growing resurgence in contemporary ceramics throughout Australia
 
For more information visit the Gosford Galleries website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Basil Sellers Art Prize

Eurobodalla Shire Council

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is now calling for entries, with submissions closing Monday 10 September at 4pm.
 
Run by Eurobodalla Shire Council, the $20,000 acquisitive art prize and exhibition features 2D artworks (excluding photography and digital media) and is open to artists living in NSW and the ACT.
 
The winning work will be acquired by businessman and philanthropist, Basil Sellers AM and placed in his extensive private collection.
 
Artworks can be of any theme and must have been created in the last 12 months. Entry costs $45 or $35 for Friends.

Key Dates

  • Call for Entries Open: Monday 9 July 2018, 8am

  • Call for Entries Close: Monday 10 September 2018, 4pm
  • Exhibition: 21 February – 17 March 2019, open daily 8am – 4pm

 
For more information visit the Eurobodalla Shire Council website or contact Coordinator Creative Arts Development, Indira Carmichael on 02 4474 1061. Read more

  • Closing: 10 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Mosman Art Prize

Mosman Council

The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Council. The Prize is the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia. The winning works form an important collection of modern and contemporary art, reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the last half a century.
 
For more information visit mosmanartgallery.org.au/mosman-art-prize Read more

  • Closing: 10 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Whitsunday Coast Airport Indigenous Art Competition

Whitsunday Coast Airport

An exciting opportunity exists for Indigenous Australian artists to have their artwork displayed permanently on the Whitsunday Coast Airport’s new terminal building. The $15 million terminal expansion project is well underway and expected to be completed by December this year.
 
Whitsunday Regional Council is asking for entrants to provide a design idea for a wall mural on the outside of the terminal building. The artwork will become a distinguishing feature at the entrance to the building, which welcomes thousands of international and domestic tourists who visit the Whitsunday Islands and the mainland every year. Council is looking for an artwork which would encompass and capture the Whitsunday region, with a reef, water, sand and aquatic animal theme.
 
This will be a rare opportunity for an Indigenous Australian artist to receive international exposure. The winning artist will also be invited to the terminal expansion opening event in December, to reveal and showcase their completed artwork.
 
All entrants will be assessed by a committee of Council staff and in consultation with local Traditional Owners. The successful artist would receive $10,000 prize money, and the winner will be announced in mid-September. The successful artist will be asked to complete their artwork by December 2018, in time for the opening of the new terminal.
 
For more information visit www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/632/Whitsunday-Coast-Airport Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events and activities across the state during the annual NSW Seniors Festival.
 
We fund projects that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy, engaged and contributing to their local communities.
 
Applications to the 2019 Grants Program will open in mid 2018.
 
For more information visit the NSW Seniors Festival website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

SPLASH McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

McClelland Gallery

McClelland is delighted to announce a major new acquisitive award, Splash! $30,000 will be awarded to the most worthy original work in watercolour, and $10,000 awarded for a highly commended work. Entries close 11.59pm Wednesday 12 September 2018.
 
For more information visit www.mcclellandgallery.com Read more

  • Closing: 12 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

For the past 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
 
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
 
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: 14 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Evelyn Chapman Art Award

Perpetual

Perpetual, as Trustee, is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for Australian painters.
 
The Evelyn Chapman Art Award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’
 
Born in 1888 in Sydney, Evelyn Chapman was a painter who spent her working career in Australia and Europe. She exhibited in the Salon in France, before travelling to battlefronts of France following the First World War. She became the first female artist to depict the devastated fields, churches and towns of the western front. Chapman retired as painter following her marriage; however she espoused art education and practice, particularly in her daughter.
 
The Evelyn Chapman Trust established by the bequest Pamela Thalben-Ball, Chapman’s artist daughter, will award a scholarship of $50,000 to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice. The artist receiving the award will use the scholarship overseas or in Australia, at a recognised and well-established art school or work at an organisation on a program or project that enhances the artist’s artistic skills.
 
Applicants can submit one or more landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oils or tempera. A selection committee of three judges will agree on the applicant who displays the highest artistic merit.
 
Applications for the 2018 award close on 15 September with announcement of winner on Thursday 25 October, the 130th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
 
Applications for entry are online at www.shervingallery.com.au Read more

  • Closing: 15 September 2018
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

State Library of NSW

For the writing of Australian history from original sources, preferably making use of the resources of the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship was established in 1974 by the Library Council of New South Wales under the terms of the bequest of the late Dr Charles Herbert Currey, a well-known Australian historian who was conscious of the needs of research workers not supported by grants from institutions such as universities.
 
Applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly research and publication. These awards are for applicants who can demonstrate experience as historical and archival researchers. Applicants must accurately describe which Library collections they propose to use in their project. General descriptions such as ‘Mitchell Library pictorial collections’ are not acceptable.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Nancy Keesing Fellowship

State Library of NSW

For research into any aspect of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The Nancy Keesing Fellowship, honouring key Australian literary figure, author and poet Nancy Keesing (1923-1993), was established by her husband, Dr Mark Hertzberg AO, past President of the Library Council of New South Wales.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Australian Religious History Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The specific focus of the Australian History Religious Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. With the Australian Religious History Fellowship, it is understood that the successful fellow will more than likely need to consult archives and records outside the Library. However it is expected that the fellow will use the Library’s resources to a significant degree.
 
The Australian Religious History Fellowship was established in 2010 with a generous endowment from an anonymous benefactor.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Cultural Fund

Create NSW

The Regional Cultural Fund was established by the NSW Government to support the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW that enables bold, exciting and diverse arts and cultural activities.

Through the investment of $100 million, the Regional Cultural Fund aims to strengthen regional arts, screen, culture and heritage, and revitalise local communities through strategic investment.

Round Two of the Regional Cultural Fund is now open for applications.

The round will offer applicants a share in $47 million in funding, including up to $5 million specifically for regional public library infrastructure projects, and support for the creation and installation of artist-led public art.

The application process has also been streamlined to be easier to complete.

Round Two invites applications from two funding categories:
• Projects with an estimated total cost of up to $250,000
• Projects with an estimated total cost of more than $250,000.

Applications for Round Two close at 12pm on Friday 21 September 2018.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2018
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Megalo International Print Prize

Megalo Print Studio & Gallery

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery are pleased to announce the first Megalo International Print Prize with an impressive $18500 in prize money.
 
FIRST PRIZE – $10,000
SECOND PRIZE – $5000
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – $1000
LERIDA ESTATE ACQUISITIVE PRIZE – $2500
 
Artists may enter up to 2 works.
Entry fees are $40 for 1 work or $60 for 2 works.
 
For more information visit www.megalo.org/megaloprize Read more

  • Closing: 23 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Author Fellowship

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship will support an established Australian author to develop and create a new work, and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult writers, and journalists.
 
The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.
 
To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.
 
The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
One Fellowship will be awarded each year.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 September 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to develop and create a new work of creative non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.
 
The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their intended project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.
 
Applications will be accepted for the following genres:

  • memoir

  • biography
  • autobiography
  • history
  • criticism and review
  • arts/science writing
  • political analysis
  • writing on the environment; and
  • other genres which contribute to the national discussion/polemic.

 
The Fellowship is not intended to support the creation of work for an academic or scholarly purpose and readership.
 
To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract in place or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.
 
The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
One Fellowship will be awarded each year.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 September 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship for a Visual Artist

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for a Visual Artist will support an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium.
 
The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian artist to create an important work that connects with audiences. Applicants should submit a compelling project accompanied by support material to demonstrate their ability and artistic merit.
 
To be eligible to apply, the visual artist must have a contract with a commercial or public gallery to exhibit their work or a letter of intention to exhibit their work from a commercial gallery. This Fellowship will not replace any royalties and payments under the usual terms of a visual arts’ commission.
 
The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication or exhibition arising from the Fellowship.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
One Fellowship will be awarded each year.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 September 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.
 
The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions to non-professional venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.
 
Applicants can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more non-professional venues in regional NSW;

  • support a new tour to two or more non-professional venues in regional NSW.

 
Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:

  • between $500 and $4,000 per venue;

  • up to $12,000 for a consortium of three or more venues.

 
2018 Dates
The first round opens on Monday 12 March, 2018. The first round closes at 5pm Monday 9 April, 2018 for projects between 1 June 2018 and 31 December 2019. The second round opens on Monday 27 August, 2018 and will close Monday 24 September 2018, for projects between 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020. Applications must be submitted by 5pm (AEST) on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.
 
For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 September 2018
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery

One of Australia’s most loved and richest portrait awards, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates realistic portraiture in memory of our eponymous patron.
 
For more information visit gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 28 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Georges River Artist in Residence

Georges River Council

Applications closing soon for the Georges River Artist in Residence award. The award is open to a range of art forms and practices for up to 3 months, between November 2018 – December 2020.
 
For more information visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Art-and-Culture/Artist-in-Residence Read more

  • Closing: 28 September 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards an annual prize of $2000 to an art student exhibiting skill and promise in the area of draughtsmanship.
 
Applicants are required to submit:
 

  • two life figure drawings, one of each sex

  • one study of hands and feet
  • one or two studies of a head
  • one, or not more than two, sketchbooks or portfolios containing any subjects

 
Applicants are asked at first instance to send images of their entries in PowerPoint format. Shortlisted applicants will then be required to submit original works to the Gallery for final judging.
 
For more information visit visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2019 will open in July 2018.
 
The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.
 
Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information view the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the 2019 Summer Scholarship will re-open in July 2017.

 
The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research requiring special access to the Library’s collections. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.
 
Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing in the second week of January each year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information visit the website here. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Project Development Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Project Development Grants allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.
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Previous Project Development Grants have funded strategic and marketing plans, significance assessments, exhibition development, touring exhibitions and public programs.
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Project Development 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.
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For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

Small Grants - Round Two

Museums and Galleries NSW

Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
 
Previous Small Grants have funded the purchase of computer cataloguing software, exhibition mannequins and display cases, oral history recording equipment and archival storage items.
 
Small 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.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round Two

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation (ORAF) supports and benefits the Orange Regional Gallery, the Orange Civic Theatre, Central West Libraries, the Orange Regional Conservatorium, the Orange Regional Museum and any other cultural activity/project within the Orange Region.
 
The Orange Regional Arts Foundation has funds available on a yearly basis to support appropriate projects or activities that meet the objectives of ORAF. Proposals will be accepted twice each calendar year. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF.
 
For more information visit the website.

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  • Closing: 30 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations