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Visual Arts Grants

Wildlife and Botanical Artist In Residence

Capital Woodland and Wetlands Trust

Wildlife and Botanical Artists (WABA) and Capital Woodland and Wetlands Trust are collaborating on a national Artist-in-Residence Program at the Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Reserves during 2015.

This Residency will promote collaboration between artists and scientists, and support greater community understanding of endangered and threatened species programs within these two unique endangered Australian landscapes.

WABA will award two Australian artists with grants of up to $3,500 each to use for innovative artistic proposals at the Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Reserves. The artists will spend four to six weeks working with ecologists, scientists, community volunteers and other artists responding to these unique environmental settings through visual art mediums.

There are 2 residencies available for selection of a 2-dimensional artist and a 3-dimensional artist.

  • • Artist in Residence One: 21 April – 31 May, with final artwork due 26 July 2015.
  •  Artist in Residence Two: 1 June – 12 July, with final artwork due 4 Sept 2015.

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  • Closing: 27 March 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

Provides funding for a range of Visual Arts projects Australia-wide. This may include catalogues and publications, exhibition development, professional education, purchase or commission of artworks, research projects and symposia. Funding can only be provided to Public Institutions in Australia with DGR status.  There are three rounds per year; 31 May, 30 September and 31 December. Read more

  • Closing: 31 May 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts

The Kate Challis RAKA Award

The Australian Centre

This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).

The approximately $20,000 award is offered in a five-year cycle with a different area of the arts – creative prose, drama, the visual arts, scriptwriting and poetry – being rewarded each year.  In 2015 the award will be offered to the best book of poems, already published and written in English. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2015
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

World Heritage Artist in Residence

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply. Read more

  • Closing: 24 July 2015
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Award

Centrehouse Arts Centre

This Biannual Art Award is supported by the Lane Cove Council and Centrehouse Community Art Centre& Gallery Lane Cove. It is open to emerging Australian artists 18 to 30 years, working in the mediums of painting, printmaking and drawing. Read more

  • Closing: 1 August 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Peace Foundation Grants

Graham F. Smith Peace Trust Inc

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Applications are invited from artists and community art organisations within Australia for art projects that support peace and justice through the arts. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

Provides funding for a range of Visual Arts projects Australia-wide. This may include catalogues and publications, exhibition development, professional education, purchase or commission of artworks, research projects and symposia. Funding can only be provided to Public Institutions in Australia with DGR status.  There are three rounds per year; 31 May, 30 September and 31 December. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Southern Highlands Foundation 2015 Reg Rowe Scholarship - $5,000

Southern Highlands Foundation

As a way of encouraging and supporting young people in visual arts and related fields to further their educative and professional endeavours, Southern Highlands artist, the late Reg Rowe, entrusted funds to The Southern Highlands Foundation to be awarded annually to support local young art professionals in their individual career aspirations.

Essentially, this scholarship seeks to be applicable to a broad cross-section of visual arts practitioners to enable further study or provide the means by which young artists may enrich their opportunities.

It is open to people aged 20-45 years living in, or with a connection to, Wingecarribee Shire (Southern Highlands)

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  • Closing: 30 September 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Visions of Australia I Regional Exhibition Touring Fund

Ministry for the Arts

Supports Australian cultural material to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to develop and tour exhibitions of cultural material that has historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. Read more

  • Closing: 9 October 2015
  • Categories: Touring, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Cultural Fund - Career Development

Copyright Agency

Creative Industries Career Fund – up to $5,000 support for individuals working in the publishing and visual arts sectors to develop skills and enhance their careers. There are four closing rounds in 2015: 13 February, 8 May, 14 August and 20 November. Read more

  • Closing: 20 November 2015
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

Provides funding for a range of Visual Arts projects Australia-wide. This may include catalogues and publications, exhibition development, professional education, purchase or commission of artworks, research projects and symposia. Funding can only be provided to Public Institutions in Australia with DGR status.  There are three rounds per year; 31 May, 30 September and 31 December. Read more

  • Closing: 31 December 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

Applications close Tuesday 1 March 2016. Read more

  • Closing: 1 March 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Museums Galleries Australia 2017 Bursary

Museum Galleries Australia

The 2017 Museums Galleries Australia National Conference will be held in Brisbane from 14-17 May. Members and colleagues are invited to apply for bursaries to assist in their travel and/or registration to attend.

General Information and Conditions
Please read all of these before applying for a bursary below.

It is important to note that bursary applications generally amount to over double the funds available. It is unlikely that applicants will be fully funded, and those applicants who make an effort to self-fund part of their conference costs are given some priority.


For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: 13 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Creative Industries, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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
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  • Closing: 9 March 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • 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

  • Closing: 14 March 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

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

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 22nd April 2017. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2017 only.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $250 gift card to one applicant in this round of the the NSW Artists’ Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.

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  • Closing: 22 April 2017
  • Categories: Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Studios in Paris Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

Studio Scholarship

The Art Gallery of NSW awards artists or scholars in the visual arts a two-month or three-month tenancy in either the Moya Dyring Studio or the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.  These scholarships can be awarded to up to 10 applicants per year, and covers the rent of the studio in Paris.

Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship is an award of $25,000. The winner will be chosen from one of the winners of the above Studios Scholarship, who is female and 35 years of age or under, at the time of application.

Applications now closed. Next round will open in 2017.

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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: 23 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to enable artists from regional NSW to be part of the professional art making community.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

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

• professional development and education

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

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $10,000 + GST.

Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 10th June 2017.

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  • Closing: 10 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia

MPavilion’s unique annual architecture commission and design event for Melbourne is partnering with Australia’s art magazine of record, Art Monthly Australasia, to present an innovative writing award to explore the flourishing field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

An annual scholarship awarded to a young artist/painter with an established body of work who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further their art education in Europe.

The scholarship consists of an amount of $30,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, administered by the Art Gallery of NSW.

The current application round closed 8 July 2016 and will reopen again in 2017. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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 open for applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships on April 13, 2017 and close July 28.

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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  • Closing: 28 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Dyason Bequest

Art Gallery of NSW

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017.

A grant offered to Australian art students who have already won a travelling scholarship, to assist with the cost of overseas travel. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017.

An annual scholarship of $4000 aimed at fine art students attending recognised universities or schools in New South Wales to assist with costs of fees and general living expenses. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Elioth Gruner Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017.

The Art Gallery of NSW 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. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 September 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: 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. Read more

  • Closing: 23 September 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

An annual prize of $2000, awarded to art students exhibiting skill and promise in the area of draughtsmanship.

This Grant is currently closed and will re- open in 2017. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2018 will open in July 2017.

The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.

Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.

The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

For more information view the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals