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I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2019 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.
 
For further information, contact info@i-park.org. Read more

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

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

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  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Kennedy Centre

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!
 
All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
 
For more information visit the Kennedy Centre website. Read more

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  • Categories: Disability, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The Morris Art Prize

The Morris Art Prize

A Gold Coast centric celebration of the nature, culture, people and character of the region stretching from Brisbane in the North to Byron in the South and the hinterland in the West. Relevance to theme will factor in the judging criteria.
 
PRIZE PURSE

  • First – $10,000

  • Highly commended (1) – $3,500
  • Highly commended (2) – $3,500
     
    MEDIUM
    Painting in (one or more) oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, mixed media
     
    ENTRY FEE
    $35 (inc gst)
     
    For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Applications are currently being invited for ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ 2018 Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program.
 
The ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ AiR program provides a single artist time and space to expand on their artistic practice, researching and experimenting with ideas for new work or new ways of working. The AiR program provides a residential and separate studio space, professional development opportunities and facilitates access to local community, cultural and industry networks and feeds directly into the NRCG annual public and artistic programs. As a key requirement, AiR participants are required to engage with the wider community through the NRCG public or artistic program that can include lectures, artist talks, workshops, open studios, exhibition, performance or site-specific activations.
 
For more information visit the NRCG website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Lightbulb Moments

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

It’s often the ‘bright ideas’ local people have that create the greatest impact for local communities in regional Australia, and with 8.8 million regional Australians your ideas are just the beginning!
 
But sometimes, even the very best ideas and projects need a little helping hand to get going.
 
Have you got a fantastic project or bright idea that you are passionate about that will really make a difference to your community and economy? We want to hear about it!
 
The ‘top ten’ entries will WIN a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and a heap of publicity. One lucky National Winner will even get their own TV ad and Airtime Support Package thanks to PRIME7!
 
Additionally, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) will provide finalists with assistance to identify fundraising strategies that can support their project goals.
 
For prize details see Terms and Conditions.
 
With your passion and our help your idea could really take off.
 
So, what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW* and plant a seed for your community’s success. Entries close Sunday 11 February 2018.
 
For more information visit the Regional Australia Institute website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program helps fund the operations of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.
 
The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program supports a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry with strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Funding provides professional opportunities for over 8,000 artists and around 300 arts workers, most living in very remote Indigenous communities.
 
Some of Australia’s most dynamic visual art is produced in Indigenous art centres, which enable artists to create new art, earn income, develop professional skills and connect to the art market.
 
The IVAIS program also supports the Indigenous Art Code, an industry-led voluntary code of conduct that promotes fair and ethical trade between art dealers and Indigenous visual artists.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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  • Categories: Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

MATCH Lab: Fine tune your fundraising potential

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts, Creative Partnerships Australia

MATCH Lab is Creative Partnerships Australia’s matched funding program and professional development program for independent artists and small groups. The program aims to build artists’ skills in fundraising, increase their knowledge of philanthropy, develop their broader arts business and learn more about creating sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future.
 
How does it work?
If your application is successful, you’ll attend our two-day Raising Money for Your Art clinic, where you’ll connect with experts and your peers to develop a blueprint for supporting your arts practice and a strategic plan that supports your next artistic project. Armed with your strategic plans, your next step is to develop and implement your own tailored fundraising campaign.
 
Where does the ‘match’ part come in? Creative Partnerships will also give your project a boost by matching dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000) what you raise during your fundraising campaign, to help you leverage support for your new project!
 
Who’s it for?
MATCH Lab is for individual artists and small groups of artists looking to build their fundraising and arts business skills and run a fundraising campaign. Refer to the guidelines for full eligibility criteria.
 
What’s on offer?
We’ll offer up to 25 places nationally to participate in MATCH Lab.
 
Visit creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au for guidelines, expression of interest form, FAQs, resources and case studies.
 
MATCH Lab is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Grants are to support the ongoing delivery of services or one-off projects and activities to encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.
 
The purpose of the grants is to:

  • provide support and recognition for volunteers

  • maximise and promote volunteering participation, including opportunities to increase the diversity of volunteers and the ways in which people volunteer
  • maximise opportunities for volunteering to provide pathways to other forms of social and economic participation
  • support the development of a volunteering sector that is responsive to emerging trends and issues
  • encourage/maximise leadership, mentoring and volunteering activity
  • provide on-the-ground support and information for volunteers and volunteer-using organisations in locations where there is identified need
  • provide access to the resources and support volunteers and volunteer using organisations need to operate effectively and efficiently, and
  • build effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities.

 
For more information please visit www.dss.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Mandorla Art Award

Mandorla Art Award

Artists are invited to submit an entry to the Mandorla Art Award to be considered for $37,000 in prizemoney including the $25,000 acquisitive award.
 
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize and now ranks amongst major Australian art awards, in both artistic excellence and prize value.
 
The People’s choice award ($2,000) is sponsored by the Benedictine Community of New Norcia where the collection is housed.
 
A further two highly commended awards of $5,000 will also be awarded.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Centre for Cultural Leadership program

Center for Curatorial Leadership

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) offers a networking and training opportunities for senior arts museum curators beginning in January of each year. Founded in 2007, CCL has organized eight fellowship classes to date, training 84 curators who serve museums across the world. CCL is located in New York City and runs programs locally and in other cities, drawing upon the diverse resources of museums and academic institutions across the United States.
 
CCL accepts applications from full-time curators working in art museums in the United States and abroad. Each year CCL selects 10 to 12 fellows representing a wide range of geographic, institutional, and art-historical backgrounds. The CCL model encompasses mentorships with innovators and museum directors, rigorous coursework in strategic management provided by Columbia Business School, and professional networks for support and growth. The program extends from January to May and includes a two-week intensive program in January in New York, a five-day residency with a museum director, and a final training week in May.
 
Mentoring is a key element of the program and extends the learning outside of the classroom. In addition to providing fellows with mentors of their own, CCL charges its fellows to mentor young people from communities that are underrepresented within the current ranks of the curatorial profession.
 
CCL looks for inspired individuals with an established record of:

  • Curatorial achievement: Successful candidates are distinguished within their fields of expertise but are interested in developing new skill sets that would enable them to become valuable partners in institutional decision-making.

  • Leadership experience: CCL accepts applicants who look beyond their curatorial responsibilities. Having managed teams, mentored emerging professionals, and partnered with colleagues both within their museums and across the profession, candidates seek to better understand and contribute to the larger goals of their organizations and the field at large.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial thinking: CCL curators are innovative problem solvers and forward-looking agents of change. In the program, they learn skills to help them implement creative approaches to institutional change, problem solving, and strategic thinking.

 
Application guidelines
CCL applications and recommendations are submitted online. For more information about the program and full application guidelines, visit CCL’s website. The application requires three short essays, a biography, resume, and two professional recommendations. One recommendation should come from the applicant’s museum director or, if that is not possible, the most senior person you report to at your institution. The second recommendation should come from a professional colleague from outside your museum. This can be a trustee, a peer in the field, a former supervisor, etc.
 
Tuition and costs
The tuition is 2,500 USD per fellow to cover a portion of the program expenses. Tuition assistance will be available to all accepted candidates on an as-need basis; it is strongly encouraged, however, that museums support the professional development of their curators and underwrite the tuition fee. Please visit CCL’s website for more information.
 
For more information, visit CCL’s website or email info@curatorialleadership.org. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Create NSW

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.
 
Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.
 
What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

 
PWA Lab Dates:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants
 
Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

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  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Unconformity Artist Residencies

Unconformity

In 2018 The Unconformity will support multiple artist residencies in Queenstown, a small mining town in remote western Tasmania.
 
Residency info and ethos
The Unconformity Artist Residencies have been designed to support the development needs of artists, allowing time to research, develop relationships and focus on their work in the provocative Queenstown environment. Artists will be afforded the opportunity to focus upon development of their practice or project with flexibility around delivering a resolved outcome.
 
The residencies are assessed via application on a competitive basis and are open to local, Tasmanian, Australian and International artists from all artforms and stages of professional practice. Residencies will take place for a negotiated period during the 2018 calendar year. Artists will be supported with:

  • $2,500 artist fee

  • $500 materials budget
  • In-kind accommodation
  • Per diems
  • A contribution towards travel.

 
For more information visit the Unconformity website.

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

The competition is open to Australian artists at any career stage, and aims to celebrate and encourage the diverse modes of expression representative of contemporary art practice.
 
2018 Prizes
$20,000 First Prize (acquisitive)
$1,000 Artery Tasmanian Artist’s Prize (materials)
$1,000 Fullers Bookshop People’s Choice
$1,000 Hutchins Staff Choice
 
THE HUTCHINS AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY ART PRIZE IS AN ACCLAIMED BIENNIAL NATIONAL AWARD DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE.
 
There are no theme, genre, substrate or subject matter preconditions. The competition is open to many modes of creative art practice across traditional and contemporary genres. *Some conditions apply – see criteria for details.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.
 
Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on providing young people with the opportunity to develop a range of life skills, including healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.
 
For more information visit the NSW Family and Community Services website. Read more

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

Milburn Art Prize

Milburn Art Prize

The annual exhibition is open to all artists from SE Queensland and Northern NSW with a $5,000 prize awarded for a 2D work including painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.
 
This is an important community exhibition designed to encourage participation and competition between both professional and amateur artists.
 
The Milburn Art Prize will discover new and exciting artistic talent, whilst also showcasing outstanding works by established artists.
 
We hope that the Milburn Art Prize may be a springboard into the arts industry for many artists.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

City of Wodonga Young Achiever Scheme

City of Wodonga

Through the Young Achiever Scheme (YAS), the City of Wodonga recognises and supports young people (under 25) who display an outstanding commitment to and/or achievement in their chosen endeavour.

The scheme provides financial assistance to young people to participate, develop skills, compete, perform or represent Wodonga in their chosen endeavour at a state, national or international level. Funding ranges from $200 for individuals at a state level, to $800 for teams at an international level.

Individuals or groups are eligible to apply.

There are six eligibility categories:

  • Arts, performance, music and dance;
  • Sport and recreation;
  • Community leadership;
  • Education and training;
  • Cultural; and
  • Agricultural, environmental and sustainability.

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  • Open To: Individuals

2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

The Moran Arts Foundation

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has prize money of $100,000, including a $50,000 first prize. The Moran Arts Foundation invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’. We want to see photography taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflects the diversity, multiculturalism and uniqueness of day to day life…we want the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful and the everyday.
 
Winner – $50,000
Finalists – $1,000
 
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes – Students
$5,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 11-12)
$3,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 9-10)
$2,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 7-8)
A camera for each Primary School Student Finalist
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.
 
You can apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.
 
PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2015 PPCA distributed almost $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free.
 
The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council supports artists and arts organisations to create and present artistically adventurous work, and delivers national and international strategic activity which develops markets and audiences for Australian work.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding for international arts and cultural projects that promote Australia overseas.
 
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.
 
For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology.
 
Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.
 
Awarded annually, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Director of the Shepparton Art Museum Rebecca Coates; leading futurist, author and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator ACMI Sarah Tutton, co-chaired by Simon Mordant AM and ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick.
 
In addition to financial support, the recipient will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X. Ultimately, works will be presented to the public and an edition accessioned into ACMI’s collection.
 
For more information visit the ACMI website. Read more

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  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Your Big Idea

Arts Northern Rivers

Arts Northern Rivers want to hear Your Big Idea, and are calling for proposals for ambitious arts projects ready to be developed into a funding application. The successful project will be groundbreaking and have the ability to grab the attention of a local, national or international audience.
 
Applications will be assessed by a panel of highly regarded industry leaders. The concept must be original and at the cutting edge of visual arts, experimental, performance, theatre, live art, music, sound, dance or interdisciplinary contemporary arts practice.
 
The winning project will receive a tailored Project Development Package working closely with Arts Northern Rivers to hone their project ready for funding. This incubation phase which will leverage Arts Northern Rivers’ expertise and offer access to industry networks and expert knowhow across various sectors.
 
To be eligible you must be passionate about Your Big Idea and committed to delivering the project if successful for funding. Your Big Idea needs to have a public outcome at a site within the Northern Rivers and be led by a Northern Rivers based artist, team or company. Project partners are encouraged and can be sought locally, nationally and internationally.
 
Criteria

  • be an ARTS PROJECT

  • be led by a NORTHERN RIVERS BASED INDIVIDUAL or TEAM
  • have a PUBLIC OUTCOME
  • have PROJECT PARTNERS
  • must be eligible for ARTS FUNDING

 
For more information and to apply visit yourbigideanr.com. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

NSW Creative Achievement Awards

Department of Industry

The Creative Achievement Awards celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have helped raise the global profile of the creative industries in NSW.
 
This year there are three categories:

  • The prestigious NSW Creative Laureate. This award recognises an individual, team or organisation making a positive contribution to the global profile, growth and development of NSW creative industries.

  • The NSW Emerging Creative Talent award honours an individual, team or organisation emerging in the creative industries sector. The award recognises leadership, originality and innovation and offers support for future development with a prize of $15,000.
  • The NSW Young Creative Award. This new award recognises an individual, team or organisation aged 25 years* or under who has demonstrated leadership, originality and innovation and contributed to raising the profile of NSW creative industries The winner receives a structured mentoring program with a creative industry specialist from Creative Plus Business to the value of $3,000. Creative Plus Business operates in partnership with the NSW Government’s Business Connect program. (*Check terms and conditions for eligibility).

 
Nominations are open for six weeks until Friday March 16. The winners will be announced at the Creative Achievement Awards ceremony held in June at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney 2018.
 
For further information please contact creative.awards@industry.nsw.gov.au.
Information about the awards, including terms and conditions and the nomination form, can be found at www.nswciawards.com.au.
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

David Bryce Rural Art Award

David Bryce Rural Art Award

$5500 in Prize Money
 
Exhibition Dates: 12 April – 27 May 2018
 
All works need to depict a current rural scene, person, animal or activity. i.e. not retrospective of early Australian rural life or scenes from an earlier time.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes

Creative Koori - Aboriginal Strategic Program

Create NSW

Creative Koori Aboriginal Strategic Program funding is available for projects and employment that support a vibrant Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in NSW.
 
Individuals and organisations are invited to apply to deliver projects and employment that afford Aboriginal people greater opportunities to participate in, share and strengthen their culture through arts practice and develop careers and businesses in the arts and cultural sectors.
 
Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups
  • Priority will be given to Aboriginal people and Aboriginal-led organisations.

 
For more information visit create.nsw.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

John Oxley Library Fellowship

State Library of Queensland

As one of Queensland’s most prestigious research awards for over 10 years, the John Oxley Library Fellowship offers researchers, writers, historians and content creators the opportunity to discover Queensland’s rich history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland. The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $20,000.
 
For more information visit the State Library of Queensland website or email fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Letty Katts Award

State Library of Queensland

The Letty Katts Award supports the research and documenting of Queensland’s music history. It gives a musician, composer, scholar or researcher the opportunity to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history. The recipient will receive a stipend of $5,000
 
For more information visit the State Library of Queensland website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

The Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
 
For more information visit the Geelong Gallery website. Read more

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

Regional Pitchfest

Australia Post

Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is your opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win cash and prizes. We are looking for regional Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs and are excited to be not only providing them a platform to launch from, but also a spotlight on the great opportunities in regional areas across the country.
 
For more information visit the Regional Pitchfest website here. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships

Veolia Mulwaree Trust

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust Creative Arts Scholarships endeavour to support creative culture in the Southern Tablelands Arts region.
 
One arts practice scholarship will be available for a creative artist to further his or her art practice. This may include making and/or completing a body of work for exhibition, publication, or performance.
 
The other is an arts study scholarship which will be available for a creative artist to undertake a program of arts study in any format, for example, at a tertiary institution, or other educational program, through a mentorship program or study tour.
 
Each scholarship is valued at $3,000.
 
For more information visit the Veolia Mulwaree Trust website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council (ACC) is the Australian Government’s advisory and funding body dedicated to the strengthening of cultural, education, business, and more broadly, people-to-people relations between Australia and China.
 
Each year, we deliver around A$700,000 in grants for organisations and individuals across Australia. The Council’s funding is determined by the Government, and is subject to scope and availability of funding in each financial year.
 
For more information visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Australia-India Council

The Australia-India Council

Funding applications are welcome from individuals and organisations in Australia for projects which are likely to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India. AIC grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the mission and goals of the Council. The Council gives priority to projects in the following areas:

  • The Arts (including literature and film)

  • Education
  • Social initiatives (including public health and sport)
  • Science/Technology/Environment
  • Public Policy Activities (including media links)

 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Partnerships Awards

Creative Partnerships Australia

Who will you nominate as a champion of giving to the arts?
 
Great things happen when the arts, philanthropy and business work together. We invite you to nominate exemplary individuals from Australia’s philanthropy, business and arts sectors who show leadership in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts to be considered for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards.
 
Nominating someone is easy – just answer a few simple questions against the awards criteria and your nominee will be in the running.
 
Eligibility
The awards are open to individuals from all Australian states and territories showing leadership in private giving, philanthropy and partnerships across the fields of arts, philanthropy and business. Nominees must:

  • be actively involved in developing private giving to the arts, through philanthropy, partnerships or sponsorships

  • promote the value of supporting the arts to the broader community
  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to a strong, sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.

 
We encourage you to read the individual award eligibility and criteria before nominating.
 
Award Categories

  • Arts Leadership Award | for an individual working in the arts and cultural sector who through leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life; demonstrating vision, commercial acumen and strategic thinking in their engagement with donors and business, and encouraging increased giving to the arts.
     

  • Business Leadership Award | for an individual working in the business sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life by fostering increased investment and engagement between business and the arts.
     

  • Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual who is new to the philanthropic sector (within the last five years) and whose leadership and contribution to the arts is shaping the future of philanthropy and private giving in Australia’s cultural sector.
     

  • Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual, family, group, foundation or other entity that through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has contributed significantly to the arts and encouraged philanthropic giving to the arts.

 
Ready to nominate? Read the individual award eligibility and criteria, then head to the nomination form. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

SITEWORKS Call for Proposals

Bundanon Trust

SITEWORKS is Bundanon Trust’s annual spring event that brings together artists, scientists, scholars and community voices in a unique annual gathering to share knowledge and experiences arising from responses to our properties. It attracts up to 1000 people each year.
 
See here for more information on previous Siteworks.
 
Bundanon Trust is an engine room for contemporary art practice in Australia. Given to the Australian people in 1993 by artist Arthur Boyd, the Bundanon property is set in bush and park land overlooking the Shoalhaven River on the NSW south coast. At the heart of our work is our artist-in-residence program, which hosts 300 artists each year across all disciplines.
 
The Theme: Micro
Tired of big ideas? Let’s be small-minded for a change. In 2018 Siteworks will turn its attention to very small things, whether living, inert, conceptual or hardly there at all. Microbes, doll houses, neutrinos, crumbs, nanobots, tiny desires and minute acts of subversion are all possible fields of enquiry. Interpret it as you will.
 
We’re open to all art forms and practices, and the works can be performative, perambulatory, stationery, installed, interactive, durational, virtual, or something else entirely. The only conceptual constraints are that the works must have a relationship with our site and some connection to the theme. Ideas that include partnerships with scientists are particularly encouraged.
 
What Bundaon Can Offer

  • a modest fee – negotiable depending on our budget and your project

  • some production costs
  • technical support
  • accommodation on site from the Monday beforehand (24 Sept) – earlier site visits can be arranged
  • an extraordinary site, and a curious audience.

 
Things to Consider
Siteworks is a one-day event happening in the grounds, fields and forest around the Bundanon homestead. The event runs from midday until late night. Works can happen day or night.
 
Siteworks is a unique event and a great place to make work. But it has its challenges.

  • you need to be self-reliant with strong DIY skills and your own transport

  • works need to be technically feasible – any specialist equipment you will need to supply yourself
  • works need to be weather-tolerant

 
We welcome all ideas, though Siteworks is particularly suited to:

  • a first draft showing of a new work

  • a re-imagining of work you have already made in other contexts
  • works that already have a funding source, and are looking for a short development or presentation opportunity
  • We are happy to provide support letters for suitable projects that are seeking funding over the next few months.

 
For more information and to express interest visit the Bundanon Trust website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round One

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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  • Open To: Organisations

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.
 
The 2017 award attracted over 240 entries from around Australia, with Onyx B. Carmine named the winner for their manuscript, Permafrost, a collection of contemporary stories that impressed the judges with the calibre of its prose and moody, compelling storytelling. Carmine, as well as several other longlisted and shortlisted entrants, have since found representation with literary agents; longlisted entrant Joshua Pomare has also secured a publishing contract in Australia (Hachette) and in the US (Putnam).
 
The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.
 
The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).
 
For more information visit the Kill Your Darlings website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

JP Partnership

APRA AMCOS, JP Partnership

The JP Partnership grant allows an unsigned Australian artist under 35 years of age to receive $7500, mentoring and business planning advice.
 
For more information visit www.joshpyke.com. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal History Prize

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Aboriginal History Prize encourages students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from original sources. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
Generously funded by the De Bortoli family, the purpose of the award is to encourage historians writing Australian political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues. The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $5,000.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Max Kelly Medal plus a prize of $500, generously donated by Geoffrey Jones, is awarded annually to a ‘beginning’ historian for a work of excellence in any aspect of Australian history.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

The Council provides funding through a competitive grants program for projects across Latin America and Australia. Projects need to enhance and strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the priority areas of business, education, science, sustainability, tourism, cultural promotion and sport.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Small Grants - Round One

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

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  • Open To: Organisations

Volunteer Museum Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

M&G NSW is accepting applications for three grants from the Volunteer Museum Grant Program. These grants provide assistance to volunteer community museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places in NSW.

Funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and administrated by Museums & Galleries of NSW, the program is designed to provide access to funding, in addition to providing experience in the grant application process.
 
SMALL GRANTS
Up to $2,000 for short-term, collection-based projects.
There are no set categories for funding and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
Find out more
 
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Up to $4000 for the development and delivery of skill development training and networking events. The events are expected to involve more than one museum and usually bring in a professional consultant to run one or a series of workshops.
Find out more
 
LEG UP GRANTS
Matched funding of $50 – $500 for volunteers to attend or host development activities in NSW. The grants can cover the cost of attending a workshop, conference or course, bringing a presenter to your museum or the travel costs of a group of volunteers visiting another museum.
Find out more Read more

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  • Open To: Organisations

NAIDOC Week 2019 Funding

Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

The NAIDOC Week funding round provides funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous legal entities to support the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.
 
NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to gather and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. The grants enable communities to host their own events, for example cultural showcases, sporting events, family fun days and activities.
 
Details for the 2019 NAIDOC Grant funding, including the application kit, is available at NAIDOC Week Funding.
 
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  • Open To: Organisations

Australia Korea Foundation

Australia Korea Foundation

The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation are to:

  • Increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship

  • Develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • Increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

 
Generally, the AKF Secretariat will conduct one major grant round each financial year, advertised on the AKF website. Applications will be received February-April for projects in the following financial year. If further funding becomes available, then a subsequent ‘intersessional’ grant round may be held within the financial year, also advertised on the AKF website.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Volunteer Placements

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements provide volunteers from NSW volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cultural centres with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.
 
Up to $1,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Albury LibraryMuseum

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery
  • State Archives and Records of NSW
  • Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

 
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

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Mentorship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level NSW museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation.
 
Up to $3,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Art Gallery of NSW

  • Australian Museum
  • Sydney Living Museums
  • Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

 
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.
 
Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Dallas Museum of Art, USA

  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
  • Fellowship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

 
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

National Works on Paper

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions.
 
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Daniel O’Shane, Jess Johnson, Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Premier’s History Awards

State Library of NSW

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. They are held annually.
 
Past winners have included KS Inglis, Patricia Jalland, Inga Clendinnen, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Trevor Graham, Christopher Clark, Nadia Wheatley and Grace Karskens. The New South Wales Premier’s History Awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
 
Nominations are sought for the following prizes:

  • Australian History Prize

  • General History Prize
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
  • Young People’s History Prize
  • Multimedia History Prize.

 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

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  • Open To: Organisations

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program provides funding to offset the cost of insurance for eligible international exhibitions touring to Australia.
 
The Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance program offers funding to offset the cost of insurance for eligible exhibitions, increasing audience access to significant cultural material they would not otherwise be able to experience.
 
The cultural material in exhibitions must have a minimum value of AUD $50 million for fine art exhibitions or AUD $20 million for museological exhibitions. The proposal can be for either multiple or single venue exhibitions. Insurance cover may apply to multiple or single items within an exhibition that meets the minimum value threshold.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website.
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  • Categories: Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

The LitLink Residential Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

A LitLink Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators of fiction and narrative non-fiction living in regional NSW and Sydney Surrounds a two-week creative residency at Varuna the National Writers House in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW.
 
The Fellowship includes full board and accommodation at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and the opportunity to receive feedback on your work from a Varuna Consultant. Varuna awards five Litlink Fellowships to writers living in regional NSW each year.
 
To be eligible for a LitLink Residential Fellowship you will need to live in regional New South Wales or Sydney Surrounds* and have written a work of poetry, drama, fiction or narrative non-fiction. Your work should also be at an advanced stage.
 
Varuna considers all poetry, drama, literary, and genre-based work for the Fellowships. This includes young adult and junior fiction, travel writing, theatre and film scripts and family memoir. In making their selection the Selectors are looking for new work that is original, actively engages the reader/intended audience and that has a distinctive voice and a well-developed sense of direction.
 
For more information visit the Varuna National Writers House website. Read more

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MPA Collaborative Arts Projects

Australia Council for the Arts

Our Collaborative Arts Projects – Organisations program funds new collaborations and partnerships between major performing arts companies (MPA) and the broader sector and community groups.
 
The program is intended to support and encourage a range of activities that foster meaningful long term positive outcomes for collaborative partners and focus communities, with particular emphasis on the six priority areas set out in the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework. Successful applicants will be required to provide an evaluation from the collaborative partner on the project outcomes at the conclusion of the funded activity.
 
Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The funding for this program is from the annual allocation to MPA companies.
 
Technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing day.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 8 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website.
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  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Science Grants

Inspiring Australia

The NSW Science Grants Program supports high- profile community events delivered during National Science Week (11-19 August 2018) and at other times of the year. Applications are now invited from organisations wishing to present large public events as part of Sydney Science Festival. Up to $20,000 is available. We also welcome applications from NSW Regional Science Hubs for support of up to $10,000 towards public events.
 
Since 2013, NSW Science Grants have enabled Inspiring Australia to grow its statewide National Science Week offering while also allowing NSW Regional Science Hubs to deliver entertaining programing throughout the year.
 
Funded by the NSW Department of Industry and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the annual grants program largely aims to develop NSW Regional Science Hubs – local partnerships that present STEM engagement initiatives.
 
The program has recently expanded to include a small number of grants of up to $20,000 made to large scale presenters participating in Sydney Science Festival.
 
Sponsorship of up to $10,000 is also available to support events that have the potential to expose large numbers of people to science experiences.
 
Applications will be assessed by a selection committee according to guidelines set out at the beginning of each application form.
 
Four types of funding is now on offer.
 
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  • Open To: Organisations

Ignite Career Fund

Copyright Agency

The Ignite Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual art sectors to develop skills and progress their careers.
 
Overview
Individual grants of up to $5,000 are offered to successful applicants, with two rounds held each year. A total of $25,000 is available each round.
 
Opportunities typically supported include:

  • structured mentorships
  • residencies with structured mentorship or structured learning opportunities
  • participation in professional workshops, courses and conferences relevant to an applicant’s practice and career development
  • specific training in technical areas directly relevant to an applicant’s creative professional practice within publishing or visual art sectors.

 
Applications typically supported include those that demonstrate:

  • appropriate skills development for an applicant’s particular career stage and practice
  • activities that are not supported by government funding bodies
  • the applicant is making in-kind contributions to the opportunity
  • an appropriate level of benefit to the industry – e.g. sharing knowledge

 
Applications close: 16 March 2017.
 
Contact: 02 9394 7600 or careerfund@copyright.com.au
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

River of Art Prize

River of Art

The River of Art Prize invites entries for this exciting regional competition. The prize is open to all artists living on the NSW South Coast, from Milton to the Victorian border.
 
A first prize of $2000 will be awarded to the artist of the winning work, 2nd place will be awarded $250, and 3rd place $100.
 
 
For more information visit the River of Art website. Read more

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Georges Mora Fellowship

Georges Mora Fellowship

The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded with funds generously donated by arts supporters and with the support of State Library Victoria, Alliance Française de Melbourne, the National Association for the Visual Arts and other partners.
 
The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded each year to a contemporary artist who has demonstrated gravitas within their art. The Fellowship provides financial support, residency opportunities and access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support the artist to research, experiment and create. A public outcome is expected.
 
The Georges Mora Fellowship is open to any Australian citizen or permanent resident who has a demonstrated art practice. The successful Fellow will have shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art. Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. There is no age limit.
 
Applicants are shortlisted by the board of the Georges Mora Fellowship. An independent panel of recognised arts and cultural professionals then awards the Fellowship. In selecting the Fellow consideration is given both to the artist’s past work and if it has demonstrated gravitas and if the proposed Fellowship project will extend the boundaries of the artist’s practice in new and significant ways. The Georges Mora Fellowship seeks a Fellow who has shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art and who wishes to challenge their practice and the field of contemporary art further.
 
For more information visit the Georges Mora Fellowship website. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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  • Open To: Individuals

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round One

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.
 
Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.
 
We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.
 
From 2018, the Cultural Fund will enhance opportunities for industry partnerships and support for key national writers’ festivals.
 
The Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations can be for a single project or for up to three years. Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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  • Open To: Organisations

Hadley's Art Prize

Hadley's Orient Hotel

Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, the Hadley’s Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry.
 
The prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media. Artists at all career stages are invited to enter. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to enter.
 
$100,000 prize
Awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Industry Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their career.
 
Funding is provided for one-off or annual events including seminars, conferences, workshops and professional development activities.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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  • Open To: Organisations

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Varuna the National Writers House

Affirm Press and Varuna the National Writers’ House are pleased to announce that applications for the Affirm Press Mentorship Award are open online.
 
Now in its fourth year, this creative partnership offers up to three writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work with the Affirm Press publishing team while in residence at Varuna in the Blue Mountains of NSW.
 
The aim of the Affirm mentorship is to help writers get their manuscript to a publishable standard and, if the process is successful, for Affirm to publish the work. By its very nature a development program like this cannot guarantee publication, but Affirm Press will choose each of the manuscripts because they believe it has the potential to become a work of literary value.
 
A wonderful aspect of the program is the residency at Varuna, Australia’s pre-eminent institution for the professional development of Australian writers and literature.
 
For further details visit www.varuna.com.au or call (02) 4782 5674. Read more

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  • Categories: Artist Residency, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist in Residence Program

Grafton Regional Gallery

The Grafton Regional Gallery is offering artists the rare opportunity to be one of its artists in residence. The Gallery is calling for applications from artists for this program which will run from 8 October – 1 November 2018 during the lead up to the opening of the 2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) and the annual Jacaranda Festival.
 
For more information visit www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au Read more

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Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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Community Grants

Australian Ethical

At Australian Ethical, we believe it’s important to provide financial help to organisations making a positive difference in the world. That’s why we donate 10% of our yearly pre-tax profits to charitable organisations.
 
Grants recipients cover humanitarian, environmental, and animal welfare areas in Australia and abroad, aiming to bring dignity and aid to our global community.
 
For more information visit the Australian Ethical website.
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  • Open To: Organisations

Green Globe Awards

Environment & Heritage NSW

The 2018 Green Globe Award nominations are now open. The awards showcase people and projects making real progress toward sustainability across NSW.
 
It doesn’t matter if you are a big multinational, a tiny social enterprise or something in between. The Green Globe Award judges want to know about the work you’re doing and why it matters.
 
Nominate yourself or someone you think deserves recognition with a Green Globe Award.
 
Finalists will be will be announced at the end of August 2018 and winners will be announced at the gala event in October 2018.
 
For more information visit the Department of Environment and Heritage website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Scholarships for Regional Rockers

Girls Rock! Canberra

Live regionally but wanna ROCK?
 
Thanks to the collective generosity of the people behind Capital Giving, Girls Rock! Canberra is excited to offer three full scholarships for rural/regional participants to attend this year’s Girls Rock! Canberra camp. These scholarships cover the cost of fees to attend camp, seven nights accommodation in Canberra for the participant and an adult guardian, as well as a stipend to assist with travel costs.
 
The Girls Rock! Canberra rural and regional scholarship is available to girls, trans or non-binary young people living outside of the Canberra/Queanbeyan border. Indigenous, and culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are strongly encouraged.
 
More details about the program can be found here. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

The Grandparents Day event grants program, administered by the Department of Family and Community Services, funds community events that celebrate grandparents and provide opportunities for older people to participate in activities with their families and communities.
 
Who can apply?
All not-for-profit and community organisations, schools, childcare centres, and local government authorities based in NSW can apply. Workplaces or businesses that plan activities or projects that support the needs of older people can also apply.
 
For more information visit the Grandparents Day website. Read more

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  • Open To: Organisations

Community Building Partnership

NSW Family and Community Services

The program offers grants across the State at an individual State Electorate level for the enhancement of community facilities.  This current program round is closed for 2016 and will re- open in 2017.
 
Grants will be open to local councils and incorporated not-for-profit bodies such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups.
 
Successful projects will benefit their local community through the improvement of facilities that deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes. Applications should be for;

  • Construction of new capital works.
  • Refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities.
  • The purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500 and a life expectancy of 5+ years that enables the delivery of new or enhanced community services.

 
For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Building Partnership

NSW Government

NSW incorporated, community based not-for-profit organisations and local councils are invited to apply for the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program, which can fund: construction of new capital works, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities, and the purchase of capital equipment.
 
Applicants should demonstrate how their project will benefit their local community through the building or improvement of facilities to deliver positive social, recreational or environmental outcomes.
 
Applications from local councils require a commitment of matching cash funding by the council.
 
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  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Broken Hill City Council

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.
 
The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and a Peoples Choice Award with a total prize pool of $19,000. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
 
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.
 
For more information visit the Broken Hill City Council website. Read more

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

Artist in Residence

Bundanon Trust

The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups. We support new work, research and collaborations by Australian and international artists, and we host them in purpose-built studios on our Shoalhaven River properties on the south coast of New South Wales.
 
Most artists come to Bundanon through our annual open call. Each year we call for applications for the following calendar year. The applications are assessed by industry experts.
 
For more information visit the Bundanon Trust website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

CREATE Grant

Copyright Agency

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create.
 
These grants are not intended to support academics with scholarly or academic works.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Audience Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Audience Development Program supports public screenings, festivals or tours that provide opportunities for audiences to see and experience quality screen content and innovative practice, and one-off or annual events including those in single or multiple venues.
 
Funding applications to the Audience Development Program for the 2017/18 financial year have closed. Applications for the 2018/2019 will open in May 2018.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Further information on addressing Priority Areas can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Create NSW website www.arts.nsw.gov.au
 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Cultural Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Cultural Grants Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government. This Cultural Grants program assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects.
 
The Society would like to thank Create NSW for providing funding for 2016 – 2018 for the cultural grants program that supports local history and heritage projects facilitating an understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants each year.
 
For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

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  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues.
 
For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Domino's Give for Good

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Building vibrant, resilient and adaptive rural, regional and remote communities is a vision shared by FRRR and Domino’s. We believe this can be achieved by harnessing and investing in the economic, community leadership and social strengths that exist in communities.
 
Give for Good is an annual program offering rural, regional and remote Australian communities grants of up to $5,000, for community-led projects that respond to one of these three impact areas. A total of $150,000 will be available in 2016.

  1. Education and youth initiatives (17yrs and over): provide young people in rural communities with opportunities to develop skills, access quality vocational and traditional education, and receive support for issues that may affect or hinder their participation and inclusion in community life.
  2. Leadership and entrepreneurship: to harness, nurture, develop and leverage the creativity that exists within communities to respond to local opportunities and challenges e.g. employment, tourism, enterprise, and local service sustainability.
  3. Skills, knowledge, and networks needed to prepare and recover from natural disasters: ensure that communities impacted by natural disasters can access support for community-led recovery when they are ready, and for projects that will facilitate their recovery. Importantly, better prepared communities tend to recover better, and funds will also be available to support projects that help communities to work together around risks and being prepared.

 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Read more

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Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Rural, regional and remote areas have an ageing population, just like the rest of Australia. The difference however is that often there aren’t the extensive facilities necessary to care for aged residents in their local communities.
 
Fortunately this situation is changing over time, but greater investment is required to enhance, and in some cases create, these facilities.
 
Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) is a targeted grant program, designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities.
 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Read more

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Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Rural Education Australia Program, which is known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities.
 
It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit people up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants up to $10,000.
 
REAPing Rewards continues the essence of the former Rural Education Program (REP) and the Rural Early Childhood Education (REACH) program and incorporates new learning from the sector. This program is in high demand and we are currently seeking new funding partners to continue this valuable program.
 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal website. Read more

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Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is year two of a three year initiative. Applications will be assessed by an independent panel, facilitated by Ausdance NSW.
 
The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills , for example:
• Program of activity that develops your professional practice;
• Secondment with an organisation;
• Mentorship with an individual;
• Residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice.
 
Funds can be used to cover any costs associated with your activities , such as, artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences, documentation. Applicants may discuss their applications with Ausdance NSW staff.
 
Your proposal must engage with at least ONE of the following Create NSW, Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) priorities:
• People with a disability;
• Young people;
• Aboriginal people;
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
• People living and/or working in regional NSW;
• People living and/or working in Western Sydney.
 
For more information visit the Ausdance NSW website . Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Arts Fellowship

National Library of Australia

The Fellowship offers a grant to support creative practitioners and artists to undertake a sustained period of intensive work at the Library, using the rich and varied collections to develop a new art-work or body of work or an artistic concept for future elaboration. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging artists.
 
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the Library, funded by the Friends of the National Library. The Fellow may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive further funding. The 2018 Creative Arts Fellow should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2018, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the artwork within this period. The Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress or completion of their project within the calendar year.
 
Fellows receive during their residency:

  • $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses

  • Special access to collections and staff expertise
  • Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
  • Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
  • Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, a generous bequest made to the Library by Eva Kollsman in honour of her friend, the Australian playwright and poet Ray Mathew, to support and promote Australian writing. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging writers.
 
The Fellowship offers a grant to support Australian writers, working in any literary genre, to undertake an intensive period of creative development at the Library, using the rich and varied collections as inspiration or to incorporate or transform sources into new creative work.
 
The aim is to allow writers a period of time to immerse themselves in an aspect of the collections. This may be with the intention of developing ideas, narratives, settings or atmosphere, symbolism or imagery, creating social and historical context, or character development. Applicants will need to articulate their creative concept and artistic goals and demonstrate how they expect ideas derived from relevant collections to translate into their own creative writing.
 
The 2018 Creative Arts Fellow in Australian Writing should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2018, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the literary work within this period. However, the Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress of their creative project within the calendar year.
 
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the Library. The Fellow may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive further funding.
 
The Fellow will receive during the residency:

  • $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses

  • Special access to collections and staff expertise
  • Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
  • Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
  • Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

For folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector-performers.
 
The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their own artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will result in a performance at the 2018 National Folk Festival. Any recordings arising from the project will be acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.
 
Fellows receive:

  • Special access to research facilities and collections

  • Access to the Library’s professional sound recording studios
  • $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for a residency at the Library of four weeks, or equivalent
  • $4000 to present performances of, and a presentation on the collected material at the 2016 National Folk Festival and a subsequent presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

MAAS Research Fellowship Program

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The MAAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program provides a supportive environment for researchers to undertake research related to the Museum’s collection, education, conservation and museum practice. The fellowships enable researchers to access the Museum’s resources to support their research for a short period of time. The visit will initiate and develop collaborative research and facilitate interaction with, and training of, MAAS staff. Visiting fellows are expected to make a tangible contribution to the Museum during the period of their stay, for example, through presenting work-in-progress or research outcomes to MAAS staff or through the public programs offered by the Museum, professional development for MAAS staff, contributing to object statements, writing articles for publications, or by making a broad contribution to the Museum’s public programs.
 
The fellowships are targeted at established researchers such as university academics and independent scholars.
 
Applicants are required to have a PhD, experience working in a research environment (for example, a university, a museum), and a scholarly track record.
 
The Museum is seeking participants with proposals that address the Museum’s four strategic ambitions: curiosity, creativity, collaboration & sustainability, in addition to one of the eight key research areas:

  • Technologies

  • Health & medicine
  • Physical sciences
  • Engineering
  • Architecture & the built environment
  • Design & decorative arts
  • Fashion
  • Contemporary culture.

 
Resources
Fellows will be provided with access to:

  • The MAAS collection – via current exhibitions or through a supervised exploration of objects in the basement store

  • The research library
  • The Museum’s public spaces
  • Staff expertise – curatorial, conservation, education, programs, digital & media
  • A workspace
  • Internet access
  • Access to the EMU database (the Museum’s collection management system)

 
For more information visit the MAAS website. Read more

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A Month in the Country

HotHouse Theatre

Submissions are now being accepted for residency requests for the period July to December 2018 at HotHouse Theatre’s Month In The Country farmhouse in Albury.
 
Since 2004, in partnership with AlburyCity and Murray Arts, the Month In The Country program at the Splitters Creek farmhouse has hosted many talented playwrights, performers, directors, choreographers and composers. A Month In The Country is a rare resource in the national landscape, enabling artists from around Australia to develop work in the focused environment of our region’s Wonga Wetlands.
 
Selected artists have exclusive use of the five-bedroom farmhouse and attached rehearsal room – with sprung floor and reverse cycle air conditioning – for up to two weeks. A travel stipend and (if required) the use of a car is also provided.
 
For more information and guidelines visit www.hothousetheatre.com.au.
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  • Open To: Individuals

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

Monash Gallery of Art Foundation

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia’s most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country’s most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.
 
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Next Chapter

The Wheeler Centre

Great Australian stories don’t all look and sound the same. They don’t reflect a single set of experiences or come from just one place. The Next Chapter wants to find the Australian stories that aren’t being told; the voices we’re not hearing.
 
Presented by the Wheeler Centre, with support from the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter aims to support a new generation of writers’, from all sorts of backgrounds. The scheme gives writers’ the time, support and space they need to develop their work.
 
Each year, the Wheeler Centre will pick a diverse crop of ten outstanding new writers’ from around Australia and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. The Wheeler Centre will then match them with a mentor and work with them over 12 months and beyond to then connect them to publishers and readers.
 
Across the country – in our regions, in our suburbs, in our cities – we know there are aspiring writers’ with stories to tell. So let’s hear them.
 
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Prelude Composer Residency Program

Bundanon Trust

Prelude offers four long-term residencies in composers’ houses in NSW, SA & WA. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel.
 
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AlburyCity Short Story Award

Write Around the Murray

Competition Details
Theme: TBC
Word limit: 3,000
Entry fee: $10
First prize: $1,000
 
For more information visit writearoundthemurray.org.au Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
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Small Grants

Way Ahead - Mental Health Association NSW

Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.
 
There are five grants available:

  • General grants
    General grants are for projects focusing on any part of the community.
    There are 5 x $1000 grants and 20 x $500 grants available.
     

  • Youth grants
    For projects focusing specifically on the youth population aged 14- 24 years.
    There are 3 x $1,000 grants and 4 grants x $500 grants available.
     

  • CALD grants
    CALD grants are for projects focusing specifically on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
    There are 1 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available
     

  • Aboriginal Grants
    Aboriginal grants are for projects focusing specifically on Indigenous communities.
    There are 2 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available
     

  • LGBTI grants
    LGBTI grants are for projects focusing specifically on, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
    There are 4 x $1000 grants and 2 x $500 grants available

 
 
For more information visit the Way Ahead Mental Health Month website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
 
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
 
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:
 

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

Since 2007 Future2 has committed $823,000 in Grants to community not for profits. Through programs run by these organisations, we have helped to turn the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people from adversity to opportunity, from social exclusion to productive lives in the community.
 
The Grants program is a national program issuing Grants up to $10,000.
 
Every application must be supported by a licensed financial planner who is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
 
The application process must be completed online.
 
For more information visit the Future2 Foundation website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.
 
Applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
 
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Varuna Residential Fellowship for Writers & Illustrators

Varuna the National Writers House

Each year since 1991 Varuna has offered at least 25 Residential Fellowships for Writing Retreats. Over this time Varuna has developed a unique environment encouraging sustained work, conversation and community among writers. Varuna Fellowships for Writing Retreats offer writers a residency in an environment wholly dedicated to writing, with accommodation and full board provided, to develop an established writing or illustration project.
 
Residential Fellowships are available to be taken between January and May each year.
 
Varuna Residential Fellowships and Varuna Second Book Fellowships are both for two weeks.
 
The Henry Handel Richardson Flagship Fellowship is also for two weeks and includes a cash award of $1000 to cover travel costs and additional expenses. You can find out more about the Henry Handel Richardson Society here.
 
The Dark and the Hewett Flagship Fellowships are each for three weeks.
 
Flagship Fellowships and Second Book Fellowships are awarded by the Peer Selection panel as part of the assessment process and do not need a separate application.
 
For more information visit www.varuna.com.au Read more

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The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

The Fleurieu Biennale

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize is a non-acquisitive South Australian two and three dimensional art prize open to Australian visual artists, 18 years and over. The winning artwork will receive AU$25,000.
 
Artists are invited to respond to the theme A Sense of Place by submitting previously un-shown artworks, across multiple platforms and disciplines (with the exclusion of digital media or ephemeral matter), produced after 1st January 2017.
 
Shortlisted works will be chosen by a selection panel comprising of arts industry professionals.
 
A People’s Choice award of AU$3000 will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition to the artwork voted as people’s choice.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

First Peoples Residencies

Bundanon Trust

First Peoples Residencies are open to NSW-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from in all disciplines. This includes visual artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work.
 
For more information visit bundanon.com.au
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  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize

Sydney Living Museums

Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.
Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. Selected artworks will be displayed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there, and the rich collection of objects that are still contained within the house.
 
The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. It is open to a work in any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW. The entry fee for one artwork is $30. Artists can submit up to two works.
 
For more information visit sydneylivingmuseums.com.au Read more

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The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

Centrehouse Arts Centre

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards were established in 1981 by the Lane Cove community with the intention to promote, support and encourage our young and talented emerging artists throughout Australia. The Awards encourage young artists to learn and excel in their art practice by providing funds to assist them start their journey. The Awards are held every two years and the main award is an Aquisitive Prize of $5,000, which becomes part of the Lane Cove Council Collection and a solo exhibition the following year in Gallery Lane Cove. The Awards were named in honour of Dr. Lloyd Rees one of Australias’ most treasured artists of the 20th century. Dr. Rees was a very active and generous local of the Lane Cove Municipality and many of his most wonderful drawings, paintings and etchings come from the surrounding landscape.
 
Centrehouse Arts Centre manages the awards and is now able to host the exhibition in the modern facilities of Gallery Lane Cove. The Lane Cove Council are the major sponsor of the Awards, with the further support of the Lane Cove Art Society, providing a highly Commended Prize of $1,500, while Centrehouse Art Centre, provides a further $1,000 for the Commended prize.
 
The Awards are open to artists and residents of Australia, 18 – 30 years, with works in drawing, painting, and printmaking. The next Awards will be held in 2019.
 
For more information visit the Gallery Lane Cove website. Read more

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

Audience Development Fund

Museums and Galleries NSW

The Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community. The fund is designed to support galleries to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences that will increase immediate and future attendance, access and participation.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Artform Fellowships

Create NSW

This program supports NSW artists, practitioners, and arts/cultural workers to undertake self-directed professional development programs or significant opportunities to support their personal creative and career advancement.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Arts Touring

Create NSW

This program supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Funding is available for tours fo all artforms, including performing arts, music, visual arts, literature, history, museums and multi-arts.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Visual Arts Fellowship

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Visual Arts Fellowship is funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, and aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development.
 
Two $20,000 fellowships are open to individual mid-career artists and groups. Groups must have a demonstrated history of ongoing collaborative practice between applicants. Funding can be used toward a range of activities such as research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work and exhibition/ project costs.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Innovate/Situate Southern Cross University Design Prize

Southern Cross University

The Quadrangle is calling out for aspiring designers to design dynamic, sustainable, playful and innovative structures to be installed in the new open-air cultural precinct in the middle of Lismore. This project is sponsored by Southern Cross University who are funding the successful projects.
 
The Quad is a new multi-purpose outdoor space located between the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library.
 
The overriding purpose of this project is to test different ways that the precinct can be utilised by audiences, children, and the general public. The project is also interested in profiling sustainable materials and practices, creating micro venues and spaces to re-purpose the use of the site and provide shade during the hot summer months.
 
The longer term vision for this project it to experiment with what structures might be built permanently built by Lismore City Council in the site in the future. The successful submission will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.
 
Project Criteria:

  • Use of sustainable materials

  • Growing or living materials
  • Local recycled materials
  • Robust structure that can sustain climbing and interaction
  • Innovative and playful use of public space that encourages different uses of the site
  • Provides shade
  • Provide a welcoming space for people of all ages to relax and enjoy
  • Community participation to build the structure during install

 
Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience

  • Up to 5 images of your previous projects
  • A description of your proposed structure
  • A sketch or reference imagery of your proposed structure
  • How your structure meets the above criteria (desired but not essential)

 
Artist Fee:
$7,000 (ex gst). This is a flat fee to deliver the project in its entirety including artist fees and materials.
 
Selection Panel:

  • Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

  • Dominic Finlay-Jones: Founding Principle Dominic Finlay Jones Architects
  • Jane Fullerton: Director Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design
  • Dr Stephen Garett: Head of Art and Design Southern Cross University

 
For more information visit www.lismorequad.org.au Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

NSW Government

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.
 
For more information visit pleinair.com.au
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Priority Fellowships

Create NSW

The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.
 
Applicants from all artforms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, moving image, filmmaking (Priority fellowships), community arts, collections and cultural heritage, curatorial and the visual arts are invited to apply.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for each of the Fellowship and Scholarship categories.
 
Application opening and closing dates vary across the Fellowship and Scholarship categories. Please refer to the guidelines for specific deadlines.
 
Priority Fellowships

  • Artist with Disability Fellowship
  • Western Sydney Artist Fellowship
  • Regional Arts Fellowship
  • Aboriginal Arts Fellowship

Who can apply?

  • Professional NSW artists, practitioners, creative partnerships/groups or arts and cultural workers
  • All Fellowships are open to all arts and cultural practitioners at any stage of their career, unless otherwise specified.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Community Safety Fund

NSW Government

The NSW Government has established a $10 million Community Safety Fund to support local projects to improve community safety over the next four years.
The NSW Community Safety Fund 2017 will provide grants up to $250,000 to non-government or not-for-profit organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and businesses for community safety initiatives with a crime prevention focus including those that:

  • address local crime hot spots
  • address anti-social behaviour in communities
  • promote safer and inclusive use of public space; and
  • promote collaborative approaches to community safety, crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.

For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)

Grafton Regional Gallery

Thirty years ago in 1988 the Grafton Regional Gallery established a drawing prize. This competition for drawing is now the flagship art prize known as the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).
 
All artists living in Australia are eligible to enter the JADA, which accepts both traditional and contemporary interpretations of drawing.
 
The JADA is Australia’s richest regional drawing prize, with total prize money of $40,000 on offer. The major first prize is $30,000 and further acquisitions to the value of $10,000.
 
The JADA provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to explore the medium of drawing while allowing the gallery to collect a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawings.
 
In 2016, the JADA attracted its largest number of entries to date with artists from across Australia entering their drawings. The selection of finalists from the 2016 JADA has been on tour since January 2017, and will be due to arrive back in Grafton in August 2018.
 
Each year the JADA attracts entries from some of Australia’s leading artists who work in the medium of drawing, including Gosia Wlodarczak, Noel McKenna, David Fairbairn, and Todd Fuller.
 
The Grafton Regional Gallery would like to thank major sponsors, the Friends of the Grafton Gallery as well as The Daily Examiner, S & D Welch Removals, and Yulgilbar Foundation. Without the support of the community the JADA would not be possible.
 
This major cultural event in presented event two years by the Grafton Regional Gallery, a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council.
 
For more information visit www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au Read more

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

Building Improvement

Museums and Galleries NSW

How well does your museum or gallery building perform in terms of collection care, environmental sustainability and visitor access? M&G NSW has funding to provide for professional assessment of small to medium museum and gallery buildings in NSW.
 
You do not have to be in a heritage building! Any public museum or gallery with 15 or fewer staff can apply (see the Guidelines for eligibility details)
 
Building assessments will focus on the environmental performance of the building, reporting on:

  • The condition of the building fabric;

  • Energy efficiency of the building;
  • The stability of internal environmental conditions;
  • The need for, or impact of, air-conditioning and lighting systems on the building environment;
  • Relevant building regulations that need to be adhered to when considering modifications;
  • Compliance with the National Construction Code requirements for access and egress.

 
Previous recipients of a building assessment (or those already holding an equivalent report) may apply for:

  • Building modifications or repairs

 
Building Assessment Reports: Commissioned by M&G NSW.
 
For more information visit the Museums and Galleries of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing, Writing NSW

The mentorship is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.
 
The program will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer in the same genre for a structured year-long mentorship. The writer will receive 20 hours of mentorship over the following 12 months, including feedback on their work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a publishing career. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.
 
The program includes funding for the writer and mentor to attend Boundless – a festival of culturally diverse writers to be held in Sydney in 2019.
 
At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the selected manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer.
 
Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must have made substantial progress on a manuscript, which they intend to complete (refer to submission requirements). To be eligible, writers must not previously have had a full-length work professionally published.
 
Submissions must be either a work of fiction (including short story collections) or narrative non-fiction for adult, kids (middle grade), or young adult. Please note that poetry, plays, picture books, and practical non-fiction are ineligible.
 
Submissions will be judged by multi-award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, alongside representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW.
 
‘The opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once in a career moment.’ Tara June Winch
 
The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and proof of Indigenous status may be required.
 
The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is supported by the First Nations Australia Writers Network.
 
For enquiries, email competitions@writingnsw.org.au. For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

IMAGinE Awards

Museums and Galleries NSW

The IMAGinE awards recognise the people who work in museums and galleries across NSW and the contributions they make. IMAGinE celebrates all institutions and pays homage to those organisations run by volunteers, with limited budgets and minimal resources. These awards offer a unique opportunity for museums and galleries in NSW to advocate, promote their achievements and raise their profile within the sector and the broader community.
 
The 2018 award categories are:

  • Exhibitions Projects

  • Engagement Programs
  • Capacity Building, Capital & Sustainability Programs
  • Individual Achievement

 
M&G NSW are also excited to announce the inaugural ACHAA Award for Excellence by an Aboriginal Curator.
 
For more information about the IMAGinE awards please visit mgnsw.org.au or contact 02 9252 8300 or imagine@mgnsw.org.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grant

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2003, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.
 
The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.

  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

 
Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.
 
Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

  • Providing training opportunities to enable community members to build skills, increasing their capacity for employment or creating business opportunities.

  • Supporting programs that help develop micro-business or social enterprises that involve strong community engagement and help to create employment opportunities.

 
Strong projects include those that:

  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation

  • Benefit a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups
  • Encourage inclusion and participation of under-represented and marginalised groups
  • Will deliver ongoing and widespread economic benefits to the community and contribute to economic sustainability.

 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Sing Your Age

NSW Family and Community Services

The Australian National Choral Association has been engaged by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) to deliver Sing Your Age, a project part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 – 2020.
 
The Sing Your Age is a project, offering grants to support the creation of new singing groups for older people, or the inclusion of older people in existing singing groups throughout NSW.
 
The creative arts is a key contributor to healthy and active ageing. Participation in singing programs and choirs provide older people the opportunity to stay active and connect with their communities.
 
ANCA is inviting singing groups and community organisations to apply for funding, in one of the following categories:

  • Category 1 – $100 to $1,000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people

  • Category 2 – $1001 to $7,000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location
  • Category 3 – $7,000 to $15,000 for creating and/or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.

 
Please read the Sing Your Age Grant Guidelines for detailed information on eligibility, assessment criteria and terms and conditions.
 
Successful applicants will be required to submit a project plan, addressing key deliverables and performance milestones. ANCA will be available to offer support for grant recipients to fulfil their requirements throughout the duration of the project.
 
For more information visit the Australian National Choral Association website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Organisations

Emerging Writing Organisation Grant

Writing NSW

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.
 
Emerging organisations must have started operating no earlier than 1 January 2014 and successfully delivered at least one activity to support writers and writing culture. They must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more from State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to an organisation based in regional NSW or Western Sydney, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.
 
For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants

Writing NSW

Early Career Writer Grants are awarded by Writing NSW to assist early career creative writers in any genre who are resident in NSW. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.
 
Funding available: up to 4 grants of $5000 each (plus GST)
 
Applicants must be early career writers who have had no more than two full-length works professionally published or performed and must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more for their writing from either State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to a writer from regional NSW, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.
 
Activities to be funded by the grant may include:

  • Creation, production or publication of new work
  • Professional development or mentoring
  • Cultural exchanges or other travel that will assist in the production or presentation of new work
  • Audience development activities conducted by the writer (but not for payment of marketing professionals)

Access costs for regional writers or for writers with disability may be included in the proposal.
 
For more information visit the NSW Writers’ Centre website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Partnerships

Create NSW

Regional Partnerships funding supports significant strategic and long-term partnerships in regional NSW that will stimulate strong and diverse regional arts and cultural activity, and leave a legacy.
 
This funding supports strategic partnerships across and beyond the arts and cultural sectors, including those with local government authorities or other public, private or community organisations.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 
Who can apply?

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups based in regional NSW.
  • Recipients of previous Regional Partnerships funding are eligible to apply for support to take a funded project into its next phase.

 
Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Dyason Bequest

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards the Dyason Bequest to an Australian art student who has already won a travelling scholarship, to assist with the cost of overseas travel. This enables the recipient to better study art in countries other than Australia or New Zealand.
 
The grant is offered Australia-wide, and the funding is up to $5000. A condition of entry is that the applicant has already been awarded a competitive travelling scholarship.
 
The bequest is for an amount of up to $5000 to support the award of a separate scholarship to study in a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
 
Successful applicants must submit a two-page report detailing the outcomes of their study no later than one month after completion.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards an annual scholarship of $4000 to fine art students attending recognised universities or schools in New South Wales to assist with the cost of fees and general living expenses.
 
Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time study. The scholarship is not available to any student currently holding another scholarship.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Elioth Gruner Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales awards an annual prize of $1000 for excellence in the study of a landscape in oils. The applicant must be an art student who has lived in New South Wales for at least five years before entering the competition.
 
Applicants must submit two landscapes painted in oils, no larger than 100 × 150 cm, along with the completed application form and CV.
 
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 the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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

Grants for Organisations

Create NSW

This funding category supports NSW-based organisations towards the costs of delivering arts and cultural programs.
 
Grants for Organisations includes:

 
For more information visit create.nsw.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School

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.
 
For more information visit nas.edu.au Read more

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  • 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

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  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Writing NSW Writer & Scientist Grant

Writing NSW

The Writer & Scientist Grant is awarded by Writign NSW to foster connections between writing and the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The grant supports a NSW-based writer and scientist or technologist wishing to work together on a joint writing-related project that helps to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.
 
The writer and scientist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Scientists may work in any field of science or technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career.
 
For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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  • 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. Read more

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

Arts and Cultural Projects

Create NSW

Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 
Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups.

 

Funding range:

  • Up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months OR
  • Up to $75,000 for projects delivered over more than 12 months.

 
Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Doug Moran 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.
 
Prize Money
Winner: $150,000
All Finalists: $1,000
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
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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 entry are online at www.shervingallery.com.au Read more

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  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Indent Event Development Grants

Music NSW

MusicNSW is pleased to present our Indent Event Development Grants Program for events for 2018. With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug and alcohol-free music events. Indent event development grants are open to a group of at least five young people (aged 12-25) in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or local youth service.
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Level 1 Event Development Grants for grants up to $2500
If this is the first time you’re applying for an Indent grant, then this is the grant for you.
 
Level 2 Event Development Grants for grants up to $5000
If your Indent team has previously received an Indent Grant (Grassroots or Event Development) then this is the grant for you.
 
For more information visit the Music NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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  • Categories: 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

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

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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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

9×5 Landscape Prize 2018

Waverley Woollahra Art School

A spontaneous response to the landscape.
 
Following in the footsteps of impressionists Streeton, Roberts, Condor and McCubbin, in 2016 we launched our inaugural 9×5 Landscape Prize. Entry in the 9×5 Prize may be paintings in any medium, including oil, acrylic or watercolour. The theme is open.
 
For more information visit wwas.org.au/9-x-5-landscape-prize Read more

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

The National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

The National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists.
 
For more information visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous

A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

Gleneira City Council

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.
 
For more information visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Places-and-events/Arts-and-Culture/Galleries-and-Visual-Art/AME-Bale
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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round Two

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.
 
Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.
 
We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.
 
From 2018, the Cultural Fund will enhance opportunities for industry partnerships and support for key national writers’ festivals.
 
The Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations can be for a single project or for up to three years. Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

For more information and to submit, visit nppp.portrait.gov.au
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.
 
The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, will offer a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.
 
Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.
 
The Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship is open to established visual artists with a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Expressions of interest will need to outline your plan of activity whilst in Rome, and how the AAR will further your professional and artistic practice development.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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.
 
The winning project will be released online through leading global media company VICE as part of their digital series, Australiana.
 
WHO CAN APPLY
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.
 
THE PRIZE
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

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna’s Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers are open to all writers, published or unpublished, who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and are currently living in Australia.
 
Varuna will award four Copyright Agency Fellowships in 2018. Each fellowship includes:

  • A week’s residential fellowship including accommodation, private writing space, and full board.

  • A one-on-one mentoring consultations with Dr Peter Minter, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, as well as a writing consultation with a Varuna consultant.
  • Reimbursement of all travel expenses to and from Varuna (we are in the Blue Mountains of NSW, 100 kilometres west of Sydney).
  • A publishing appraisal from Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher, for any work that you complete as a result of this fellowship, available for up to 18 months following the period of your fellowship.

 
For more information visit the Varuna National Writers House website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Alice Prize

Alice Springs Art Foundation

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.

Important Dates

  • Applications will be accepted for the 41st Alice Prize in 2020 in the second half of 2019. The closing date for applications will be in early February 2020. Watch this space for more details.
  • Official opening & announcement of the winner of the 41st Prize will be on Friday 17 April 2020 at 6pm at the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • Exhibition Dates Saturday 18 April to Sunday 14 June 2020

For more information visit the Alice Springs Art Foundation website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Police Point Artist in Residence Program

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are invited to apply for a Police Point Artist in Residency.
 
Both supported and fee paying residencies are available, ranging from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six weeks.
 
In a supported residency the cottage is occupied without charge to the artist but there is a requirement to participate in agreed public programs that contribute to the cultural life of the Mornington Peninsula. Fee paying residencies are $300 per week (+GST).
 
The AiR is in the historic Gatekeeper’s Cottage (c.1888) at Police Point Shire Park, Portsea. The cottage was initially built for the quarantine boatmen. In 1901 it became accommodation for the Gatekeeper who oversaw movement in and out of the Quarantine Station that was opened in 1852 to control and prevent the spread of diseases from immigrants arriving by sea.
 
Minor changes have been made to the building over time and an extension now forms the studio space. The entire cottage was renovated to heritage standards in recent years.
 
The Gatekeepers Cottage is a two-bedroom residence with reading room, studio, kitchen and dining room, bathroom, vegetable boxes and back verandah with spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay.
 
Artists can be inspired by this nationally significant cultural heritage site located in the traditional lands of the Burin’yong-bulluk, one of at least six clans of the Bunurong who were part of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria.
 
The Police Point AiR program is coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts & Culture team who work closely with key stakeholders and the community.
 
For more information visit the residency website.

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

Applications are now open for Shepparton Art Museum’s Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA).
 
As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Indigenous Australian groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to be realised at SAM. Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each to produce new work from March to July.
 
For more information visit the Shepparton Art Museum website. Read more

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

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Total prize money of $40,000 will be awarded at the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020.
 
The following prizes will be awarded:

  • $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Festival 2020 Award – First Prize

  • $5000 Significant 2D Award
  • $5000 Significant 3D Award
  • $2000 Emerging Artist Award
  • $1000 Volunteers Choice Award
  • $1000 Local Artist Award
  • $500 Youth Award
  • $500 Public Choice Award

 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Paul Guest Prize

Bendigo Art Gallery

The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 which is held biannually, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia.
 
The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 which is held biannually, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.
 
‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career. I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential.’ The Honourable Paul M Guest, QC
 
Previous winners include Tom Nicholson; Heather B Swann; Peter Grziwotz and Belinda Fox .
 
For more information visit the Paul Guest Prize website. Read more

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

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Lismore Regional Gallery

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial prize. Now in its 6th year the prize started as The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, a painting and drawing prize open to artists Australia wide whose artwork depicted a person from the Northern Rivers. It has since expanded to include portraits of any subject in any medium (see terms and conditions). The prize is open to artists nationally.
 
For more information visit the Lismore Regional Gallery website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Small grants that respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and Abbotsleigh are pleased to announce the Grace Cossington Smith art award is now a biennial award.
 
Submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections.
 
The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.
 
There will be an exhibition of up to 40 finalists with three awards and a winner’s exhibition in the following year.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Ramsay Art Prize

Art Gallery of South Australia

Held every two years, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists under 40 working in any medium. Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel: Russell Storer, Deputy Director (Curatorial and Research), National Gallery of Singapore, Richard Lewer, contemporary artist, and Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Entries for the 2021 Ramsay Art Prize will open in September 2020.

For more information visit ramsay.artgallery.sa.gov.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual 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
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals