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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

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. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, 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.

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  • 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

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.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications open: 27 January 2017
Applications close: 23 April 2017
 

PURPOSE

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.

 

BENEFITS

PRINCIPAL BENEFIT

For the financial year of 2017-18 the Georges Mora Fellow will receive a cash grant of $10,000.
 
ADDITIONAL BENEFIT

The Fellow will receive one year’s premium membership to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

 

OPTIONAL BENEFITS

State Library Victoria

The Georges Mora Fellow can choose to annex their Fellowship with a three-month full time or up to twelve-month part time secure desk at the State Library of Victoria. This option provides the Fellow with uninterrupted time to work with the rich resources of the Library to explore new thinking and research new ideas. This benefit includes access to a private study within the Library, which can be used outside normal opening hours.

Self-Identified Local Residency

If the successful Georges Mora Fellow is based outside of Victoria, the Georges Mora Fellowship is open to working with the Fellow to arrange an alternative residency, akin to the State Library of Victoria offer, within the applicant’s state.

Self-Identified International Residency

The Georges Mora Fellowship can also assist the Fellow in applying for an international residency, should they choose to travel overseas for their project. Costs associated with this residency are the responsibility of the Fellow.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

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.
 

CONDITIONS

Applicants must be available to fulfill the Fellowship between July 2017 and June 2018.

Fellows must present a public outcome that results from their Fellowship with acknowledgement of the Georges Mora Fellowship’s support wherever possible.

 

APPLYING TO THE GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP

Application form – Word (.docx)
Application form – PDF
 
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  • Closing: 23 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, 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

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.

Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.

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.

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email: lachlan.herd@arts.nsw.gov.au

To make a National Relay Service call: 

  • TTY users phone 133677 then ask for (02) 9995 0646
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0646.

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Studios in Paris Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris is a non-profit international art centre which provides studio accommodation for artists and scholars from around the world.

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.

The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will be awarded to one of the winners of these residency scholarships.

Studio Scholarship

Moya Dyring Memorial Studio – two-month tenancy

Moya Dyring was an Australian artist and great supporter of young Australian painters and students visiting Paris. She lived at Quai d’Anjou on the Ile St Louis, almost opposite the Cité Internationale des Arts. After her death in 1967, her friends and family purchased a studio in her memory at the Cité for the continued support of visiting artists.

Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio – three-month tenancy

Dr Denise Hickey was an art educator and former Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. This studio was named by the Gallery to honour Dr Hickey’s life-long dedication to the support and education of Australian artists.

Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

In memory of Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers who made a signification contribution to Australian art in the 1980s and 90s, The Breuer Foundation has established an annual scholarship to be awarded to a young Australian female artist for the purpose of travel and study in Paris.

The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship is an award of $25,000. The winner will be chosen from one of the winners of either a two-month tenancy at the Moya Dyring Memorial Studio or three-month tenancy at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio.

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

Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship

University of South Australia

Applications for the 2018 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are now open.

The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships were established in 1991 through the generous bequest of the late Gordon Samstag and provide fantastic opportunities for Australian artists to develop their practice and advance their careers.

Each scholarship is intended to cover the reasonable costs for a period of twelve months overseas, and includes a tax-exempt stipend of US $48,000 plus return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance and institutional fees for one academic year, where these apply.

The following are eligible:

  • All applicants must be either Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia, and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students currently enrolled in a visual arts program having successfully completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree or a graduate, of not more than five years standing by the date when applications close, of a practice-led visual art undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification at an Australian institution of higher education.

The University of South Australia offers the scholarships on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, late of Naples, Florida USA.

Samstag guidelines and application forms are available to applicants as downloadson the View or Download Forms page.

Applications close Friday 30th June 2017.

View 2018 Application Form and Guidelines

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  • Closing: 30 June 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, awards an annual travelling art scholarship to a talented artist aged 20-30 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.

Mrs Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunity to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.

The scholarship consists of $40,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, which is administered by the Gallery.

The $40,000 must be used by the successful applicant to further their art education in Europe for at least six months (including the three-month Cité residency) at the specified time.

To be considered for selection, an applicant must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

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  • Closing: 7 July 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Arts About Town

As part of a new grant program, Maitland City Council is seeking artists interested in engaging with audiences at ground level and challenging the boundaries of their work by using local streets as their canvas.
 
The Arts About Town grant program invites artists to create temporary and semi-permanent works for public spaces, streets and laneways across the city identified as being in need of transforming and revitalising. We are looking for projects that engage audiences and create unique experiences that respond to the space they are in.’
 
The grant program will fund projects ranging between $500 and $10,000 and is open to both emerging and established artists.
 
Expressions of Interest open on Friday 23 June and applicants will have until close of business on Wednesday 26 July to submit their proposal.
 
To apply for the Arts About Town grant program and for more information go to maitland.nsw.gov.au/creative-streets
 
The Arts About Town grant program is part of Council’s wider Creative Streets initiative, which aims to fund creative projects that bring vibrancy to the city and activate Maitland’s streetscape.
 
We encourage artists to discuss their ideas prior to submitting, RSVP to the workshop and direct any questions to Council’s Place Activation Officer (project manager) on (02) 4931 2858 or at amber.herrmann@maitland.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: 26 July 2017
  • 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

Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney invites applications for the above-named fellowship. The successful applicant would spend her/his time at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana during the period January-May 2018. The fellowship will be an award of US$10,000. In addition, the fellow will receive support from Indiana University in the form of housing and an office. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts

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 2017
  • Categories: 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

Reg Rowe Scholarship

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: 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

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: 9 October 2017
  • 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 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations