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The Bald Archy Prize

The Bald Archy Prize

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

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

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

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

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

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

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

I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

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

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

Art Farm Birchs Bay Art Trail

Art Farm Birchs Bay

The Art Farm Birchs Bay Sculpture Trail offers $10,500 in prizes. Entries are now open.
 
Key Dates:
Entries Close – February 4th, 2018
Installation of work – 24-28 March, 2018
Official Opening Event and Prize Announcements 29th March, 2018
Open to Public 30th March, 2018 Closing Event & People’s Choice Award June 30th Removal of work: TBC
 
Over $10,000 in Prizes
$2,500 – Kingborough Council Acquisition
$2,500 – AFBB & Five Bob Acquisition
$4,000 – Major Sculpture Prize (for outdoor sculptures)
$1,000 – Small Sculpture Award
$500 – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Department of Premier and Cabinet.
 
The 13th trail will open on 30th March, 2018 and continue until June 30th 2018.The trail is open every day, 8:30am – 5:30pm
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition

NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are invited to submit artworks for the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition. The competition is a chance for talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 13 years and older to be recognised across Australia.
 
The winning artwork will be used to create the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster to promote NAIDOC Week 2018 across the country. The winning artwork will also collect a $10,000 cash prize.
 
Your artwork must reflect this year’s National NAIDOC theme: Because of her, we can!
 
For more information visit the NAIDOC Week website.
Read more

  • Closing: 5 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Contemporary Touring Initiative

Australia Council for the Arts

The Contemporary Touring Initiative, as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions.
 
The program is targeted to ambitious organisations with demonstrated contemporary visual arts exhibition development and touring expertise to develop and/or tour an exhibition between calendar years 2018-2021.
 
The program will support projects that best demonstrate:

  • cutting-edge practice and innovation in how contemporary visual arts and craft is exhibited and toured, including new ways to reach and engage audiences

  • exhibitions that include the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
  • strong partnerships, reach and impact in regional communities.

 
A national tour is defined as one that includes three or more States and Territories outside of the applicants home State or Territory.
 
Applicants awarded Contemporary Touring Initiative funding will be required to submit a progress report at the end of Year 1 of their grant in order to be paid in advance for subsequent touring years including:

  • itinerary and revised touring budget

  • presenter / venue confirmation forms for the tour. At least 40% of touring venues must be in regional areas.

 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 February 2018
  • Categories: Indigenous, Touring, Visual Arts

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
     
    THEME
    Brisbane to Byron
     
    MEDIUM
    Painting in (one or more) oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, mixed media
     
    GUEST JUDGE
    Damian Hackett
     
    ENTRY FEE
    $35 (inc gst)
     
    For more information visit the website. Read more

    • Closing: 9 February 2018
    • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
    • Open To: Individuals

DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

Pinnacles Gallery

Thanks to the sponsorship of DUO Magazine, the exhibition offers a major $10,000 acquisitive prize.
 
In 2018, DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the third time since its inaugural display at Pinnacles Gallery in 2014. This prize was started to coincide with the highly popular Percival Portrait Painting Prize at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and ensure a city-wide celebration of portraiture.
 
Thanks to the sponsorship of DUO Magazine, the exhibition offers a major $10,000 acquisitive prize. The exhibition’s second instalment in 2016 saw the exhibitions’ continued popularity attract 112 entries from around the country, of which 61 were selected and displayed in an outstanding display of finalists.
 
KEY DATES
Applications Close Monday 12 February 2018
Artists Advised of Selection Friday 2 March 2018
Drop off Date Monday 30 April 2018
Official Opening Friday 4 May 2018
Exhibition Dates 4 May – 15 July 2018
Collection of Artworks Tuesday 17 July 2018
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Bulgari Art Award

Art Gallery of NSW

The Bulgari Art Award is an annual award to support contemporary Australian painting.
 
Each year, the Gallery identifies a significant painting by a mid-career Australian artist to be acquired for the collection.
 
The award, sponsored by Bulgari, consists of $50,000 for acquisition of the painting and a residency for the artist in Italy valued at $30,000. The total award of $80,000 makes it one of the most valuable art awards in Australia.
 
The Bulgari Art Award is not an open competition, like the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. You cannot apply to enter.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Bayside City Council

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of exceptional artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP is judged by industry professionals who award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.
 
In 2018 the major prize of $15,000 will be awarded to a painting. There is also a Local Art Prize of $3,000 for an artwork or artist with a local connection and visitors to the exhibition can become involved by casting a vote in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
 
This year we welcome Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art and Annika Kristensen, Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art who will be joining Michael Brennan, Curator, The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre on the 2018 selection panel.
 
For more information visit the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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

Australian Artists' Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Australian Artists’ Grant was initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.
 
This grant provided 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

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Funding Available: Individual applicants are to apply for funding of $1000 + GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,500 + GST.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Ignition Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NAVA Ignition Prize for Professional Practice is awarded to a graduating student from university art and design schools that are ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools) members. One prize is offered to a student who achieved the highest marks in their professional practice unit or who academic staff feel would be most deserving of the benefits offered by the prize – a one year NAVA Premium Membership package. The Premium Membership includes access to resources which young artists embarking on their career will find invaluable: fact sheets, check lists and tutorials, guides, expert information and advice, opportunities and discounts for courses and events.
 
By offering the prize, NAVA supports graduates and alerts them to the benefits available via their professional association. Joining with their peers gives emerging artists a sense of continuing inclusion in the Australian visual arts community.
 
If you would like to offer the Ignition Prize to your students, please contact NAVA on nava@visualarts.net.au. Read more

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

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

One of the most prestigious international grants available to emerging figurative artists.
 
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and encourage the acquisition and development by students and artists of the necessary training, skills and competence in the traditional means of artistic expression. The Foundation provides financial assistance, by way of grants, to students and artists in the early or developmental stage of their career who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career.
 
The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for filing an application.
 
The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic designers and illustrators, photograpgers, cartoonists, animation artists, video artists, filmmakers and digital artists, craft makers, artists who work in the decorative arts. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.
 
The Foundation has no geographic or residency requirements, grants are available to eligible applicants from around the world.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Skopelos Foundation for the Arts Residency

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts offers residencies for two weeks to two months for ceramists, mixed media artists, painters, printmakers and sculptors from March through December.
 
The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts is looking for the adventurous artist that would want to immerse themselves and create from the Greek culture. We offer residencies in ceramics, painting, printmaking and sculpting.
 
Greece is a land filled with hundreds of enchanted islands, and Skopelos is one of its most inviting. Located in the Aegean northeast of Athens, Skopelos offers visitors a memorable experience. The view of Skopelos Town from the harbor is breathtaking. A broad promenade for leisurely strolling along the waterfront, whitewashed cottages festooned with brilliant crimson bougainvillea, nestled against lofty, green hills–this is the Greece tourists hope to visit on cruises and seldom find.
 
The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts adds an appealing accent to this beguiling island. Gloria Carr, a woman with a dream, established the Skopelos Foundation in the mid-90s. A graduate of George Mason University’s Fine Arts Program and the Pratt Institute in New York, Gloria traveled to Greece for a holiday. She landed on Skopelos, was enthralled by its beauty, and extended her holiday indefinitely.
 
And so the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts was launched. In a land where things move on Greek time, the American concept of deadlines hasn’t made much headway. Nevertheless, Gloria built a state-of-the-art studio and was ready to begin offering workshops in little more than a year. Her mission was “to give students, artists, and interested travelers an opportunity to experience Greek culture and art, both traditional and contemporary.”
 
The Greek culture is one of generosity, kindness, and togetherness. The Greeks are happiest when everyone is included. If you sit down to a meal with a group of people, you don’t leave until everybody is ready to leave. In this social climate, people go out together for coffee, dinner, or drinks. When you walk downtown to drink coffee, you might find a laborer, the mayor, a lawyer, and a carpenter all sitting at the same table, enjoying each other’s company. Their views matter, not their educational level, background, or income. We want to offer this same atmosphere in our residencies at the Foundation.
 
In Skopelos, people can leave their stress behind and be themselves. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the common phrase is ‘siga, siga’ –‘slowly, slowly.” Visitors who want to shape this mellow, people-centered culture to their own lifestyles may feel uncomfortable at Skopelos. Adaptability is the key. If you look at change as an opportunity and not as a problem, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts is the perfect place for you!
 
Please contact Jill Somer at info@skopart.org Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Calleen Art Award

Cowra Art Gallery

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize that encourages originality and artistic merit established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM.
 
The winner of the 2018 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generosity of the Calleen Trust. A painting is selected as a finalist by a selection panel of art professionals and the winning painting will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.
 
Entries close 2 March 2018 and the announcement of the 2018 Calleen Art Award winner will be made at the Official Opening of the finalist’s exhibition on Saturday 5 May 2018. The exhibition will continue to 10 June 2018.
 
People’s Choice Award
A People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) is awarded at the end of the exhibition. The winner will receive $500.
 
Key dates
Entries closed Friday 2 March 2018
Opening and Awards Presentation Saturday 5 May 2018
Exhibition dates Sunday 6 May–Sunday 10 June 2018
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • 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.
Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

Applications are now open for Shepparton Art Museum’s 2018 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. The exhibition will be presented at SAM from 25 August to 11 November 2018.
 
The Award will be judged by Stephen Gilchrist, Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney; Genevieve Grieves, freelance curator, educator and consultant; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director of SAM, and announced at the exhibition opening on Saturday 25 August 2018.
 
About the award
The 2018 ICA is the sixth in the series of this biennial Award, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from around Australia and within regional Victoria.
 
The ICA was established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Gloria Thanakupi Fletcher in 2007. As the Award is increasingly recognised as one of Australia’s significant Indigenous cultural opportunities, there has been increasing interest and participation in the Award from solo artists and collectives in both remote communities and urban centres since its first iteration.
 
Major Partners of the 2018 ICA include Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation and Mr Allan Myers AO QC.
 
Important Dates

  • Applications close – Monday 5 March 2018

  • Artists advised of selection – Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Due date for delivery of artworks to SAM – Monday 23 July 2018
  • Announcement and official opening – Saturday 25 August 2018
  • Exhibition dates – 25 August to 11 November 2018

 
All expressions of interest for the Award are to be submitted online, or via post, and received by 5 March 2018, 5pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
 
Application form available here.
 
For more information visit the Shepparton Art Museum website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • 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
  Read more

  • Closing: 7 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

HIDDEN: Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk 2018

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in Australia’s most historic and culturally significant cemetery. Read more

  • Closing: 12 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, 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: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

FUSE Glass Prize

FUSE Glass Prize

JamFactory presents a $20,000 biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists.
 
The FUSE Glass Prize presented by JamFactory is a non-acquisitive biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists. The winner will receive a cash prize of AU$20,000. In addition, the winner of the FUSE Emerging Artist Prize will receive AU$2,500 cash and a professional development opportunity at JamFactory valued at AU$2,500.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

The 2018 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.
 

  • Entries close Friday 23 March (5.00 pm)

  • Shortlisting Mid-April
  • Notification of selection From Monday 30 April
     

  • Selected entries to be delivered to the Gallery
    From Monday 21 to Friday 25 May
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)
     

  • Official opening Friday 8 June
  • Exhibition dates Saturday 9 June to Sunday 19 August
     

  • Collection of non-acquired works
    From Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 August
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)

 
For more information visit the Geelong Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, 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.
 
For more information visit the Veolia Mulwaree Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 28 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • 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

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • 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

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

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 .
 
In 2018 we are pleased to welcome back Judge Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.
 
An exhibition will feature the artworks of all finalists at Bendigo Art Gallery from 30 June – 9 September 2018.
 
For more information visit the Paul Guest Prize website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Invitation to Tender: The Great River Road Artwork Series

Murray Arts, Towong Shire

Towong Shire, in partnership with Murray Arts, extends an Invitation to Tender to a suitably qualified individual, business or organisation to design, produce and install a series of 5 large-scale works of public art.
 
The artwork series will become a significant offering of The Great River Road; an Upper Murray community initiative that will see the Murray River Road from Bellbridge to Khancoban upgraded to become one of Victoria’s iconic touring routes. Each piece of artwork will be installed at a key location on The Great River Road Touring Route, will be visually appropriate and relevant to the selected sites and will encourage interaction with visitors.
 
The fabrication and installation of the artwork series is expected to be delivered within a total budget of $130,000 – $150,000. For more detail regarding the project, download a detailed Invitation to Tender – Artist Brief from the Murray Arts website.
 
The Great River Road Strategic Plan is available to download from the Towong Shire Council website.
 
Responses to the Invitation to Tender must be received by 9am Monday 16 April 2018.
 
To discuss the opportunity/project in more detail, please feel free to contact:
 
Alyce Fisher
Executive Director
Murray Arts
P: 02 6021 5034
E: director@murrayarts.org.au
 
Kerissa Heritage
Economic Development Officer
Towong Shire Council
P: 0428 568 156
E: kerissa.heritage@towong.vic.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 16 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Land of Many Waters Exhibition EOI

River of Art

In 2018, the River of Art Festival presents an opportunity for artists to submit works for a new exhibition: Land of Many Waters. This theme pays tribute to the meaning of Eurobodalla, which is derived from an Aboriginal (Yuin nation) word.
 
Artists are invited to enter works developed in response to this theme. The exhibition is open to all artists living on the NSW South Coast, from Milton to the Victorian border.
 
River of Art has partnered with three Eurobodalla arts organisations, Montague Arts and Craft Society (MACS), Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc (CABBI), and the Arts Council of Eurobodalla (Art Central) to present the Land of Many Waters Exhibition.
 
The exhibition will be on display in River of Art hubs in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma during the festival in May 2018. Representatives from our three partner organisations will select those art works that will go on show.
 
Visitors to each festival hub will be invited to nominate their favourite work for a Peoples’ Choice Award. Winners will be announced at the hubs at 3pm on Sunday 20 May. Prizes donated by our sponsors in the region will be awarded for winning artworks.
 
For more information visit the River of Art website. Read more

  • Closing: 17 April 2018
  • Categories: 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
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2018
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

River of Art Prize

River of Art

The River of Art 2018 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.
 
A judging panel comprised of three well-known professional artists – Ken Taber, Rita Wagner and Pauline Balos – will view all actual artworks submitted to choose finalists and select the winning works. Awards will be presented on Thursday 17 May 2018 at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma.
 
Finalists’ works will be exhibited during the River of Art Festival in May at the SoART Gallery. Other artworks submitted will also be on show in a Salon de Refusés at the Narooma School of Arts’ Studios. Both exhibitions will run from 18 May to 2 June.
 
For more information visit the River of Art website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, 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.
 
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

  • Closing: 22 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

  • Closing: 30 April 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • 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

  • Closing: 7 May 2018
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

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: Ongoing
  • 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.

 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: 26 May 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, 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.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 27 May 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Public Art & Residency Opportunity

Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Council is entering an exciting new phase in its public art development and is seeking expressions of interest from professional artists to develop new permanent public artworks within the shire.
 
There are two distinct projects in this EOI round:
 
1. Hills Hub Project – the commission of an internal suspended artwork to the value of $65,500, to be located inside the brand new Hills Hub in Emerald.
 
2. Ranges Ward Project – the commission of two public artworks to the total value of $78,000, located along the walking tracks joining the towns of Emerald, Gembrook and Cockatoo. This second commission includes a residency/community engagement component in the concept development phase.
 
Please note each project requires a separate application.
 
For more information please refer to Cardinia Shire Council’s Public Notices webpage.
For any enquiries please contact council’s Cultural Development Officer Jadah Pleiter on 1300 787 624 or email: arts@cardinia.vic.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 28 May 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, 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.
 
The 2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize exhibition will be open 28 July – 23 September 2018, with entries closing 12am Monday 11 June 2018.
 
Judge: Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of NSW
 
For more information visit the Lismore Regional Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 June 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

Each year, the Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of NSW, invites applications for a major travelling art scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a talented 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.
 
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.
 
Further details available on the Brett Whiteley Studio pages. Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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.
 
Key Dates
Entries Open: 2nd April 2018
Entries Close: 15th June 2018
Finalist Notification: 22nd June
Artworks Delivered: – 25th June – 27th July 2018
Exhibition Opening: Friday 3rd August
Exhibition Dates: 3rd August 2018 – 23rd September
Collection of Artworks: from 24th September 2018
 
For more information visit the Broken Hill City Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • 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

  • Closing: 18 June 2018
  • Categories: Literature, 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.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • 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.
 
Entries open
Wednesday 30 May – 11 July 2018
 
Finalists announced
Friday 10 August 2018
 
Exhibition dates
29 September – 18 November 2018
 
Winner announcement
Thursday 11 October 2018
 
For more information visit www.mga.org.au Read more

  • Closing: 11 July 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • 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

  • Closing: 28 July 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, 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 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.

Read more

  • Closing: 28 July 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Australian Life Photography Prize

Art & About Sydney

Photographers of all experience levels are invited to enter their best single images for the annual Australian Life photography prize. Thought provoking, poignant or humorous, Art & About Sydney are looking for photos that capture the essence of Australian life. Your chance to win $10,000, nationwide exposure and your work showcased in an exhibition. Submit your photo by Sunday July 29 2018.
 
For more information visit the Art and About website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 July 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, 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

  • Closing: 30 July 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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

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

  • Closing: 4 August 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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. Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2018
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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

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

Carstairs Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

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

  • Closing: 1 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School

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

  • Submissions open: June 2018

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

 
For more information visit nas.edu.au Read more

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

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.
 
In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize

Gosford Galleries

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

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

The Basil Sellers Art Prize

Eurobodalla Shire Council

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

Key Dates

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

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

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

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

Mosman Art Prize

Mosman Council

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

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

Whitsunday Coast Airport Indigenous Art Competition

Whitsunday Coast Airport

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

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

SPLASH McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

McClelland Gallery

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

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

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

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

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

Evelyn Chapman Art Award

Perpetual

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

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

Megalo International Print Prize

Megalo Print Studio & Gallery

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

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

Fellowship for a Visual Artist

Copyright Agency

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

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

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

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

  • two life figure drawings, one of each sex

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

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

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

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

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

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

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

  • Closing: 2 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 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
Read more

  • Closing: 3 October 2018
  • 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

  • Closing: 5 October 2018
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

50th National Pottery Competition 2018

Port Hacking Potters Group

This competition is for all potters residing in Australia from any state.
 
There are 3 Major Prizes – the Port Hacking Potters Award for best in show, the award for an Indigenous ceramic artist, the Golden Anniversary Award plus sections for Wheel Thrown, Hand built or Sculpture, plus student sections.
 
For more information porthackingpotters.blogspot.com/p/50th-national-pottery-competition-2018.html Read more

  • Closing: 9 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Tom Malone Prize

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is pleased to announce the continuation of the Tom Malone Prize for Australian glass artists. The Tom Malone Prize was initiated in 2003 by Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Elizabeth Malone and celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017.
 
The Prize continues through the support of Foundation Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood, and has also been increased from $12,000 to $15,000. As an acquisitive prize, the winning work becomes part of the State Art Collection where it will join works by previous winners: Clare Belfrage, Gabriella Bisetto, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Brian Corr, Mel Douglas, Deirdre Feeney, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jessica Loughlin, Tom Moore, Nick Mount and Benjamin Sewell.
 
The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community and it has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by Australia’s most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists in this medium.
 
For more information visit www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/Awards.asp Read more

  • Closing: 19 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

Entries are now open for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, with the winner set to receive $52,000 in cash and prizes, including superb contributions from new sponsor, Canon Australia.
 
First prize now comprises $30,000 cash, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery; a Canon DSLR Camera valued at $9,499; a Canon lens valued at $2,649; and a Canon Colour Graphic Large Format Printer, including professional service and consumables, valued at $10,000.
 
Entries are open until 9.00am (AEDT) on 23 October 2018. Finalists will be announced in December and the winner will be revealed at the opening of the exhibition in February 2019.
 
For more information and to submit, visit nppp.portrait.gov.au
Read more

  • Closing: 23 October 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Sturt Craft Centre Artist in Residence

Sturt Craft Centre

Sturt Craft Centre invites applications from experienced craft practitioners to the Sturt Artist-in-Residence program.
 
Residencies occur in the craft disciplines of ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, textiles and woodwork. Four to six residencies occur at Sturt each year.
 
Sturt encourages small scale production and individually designed work which may be promoted through Sturt Gallery.
 
Each year professional residencies may be awarded specifically to develop a body of work which can be produced and made, at Sturt, during the Residency time.
 
Sturt sees the residency program as an important adjunct to its overall aim of providing support for Australian contemporary craft and design through a program of teaching, retail, exhibition and residencies. The emphasis of the residency program will be to support craftspeople and designer-makers who are sympathetic to this philosophy.
 
Three categories of residency are available:

  • Professional Residency

  • Self Directed Residency
  • Graduate Residency

 
For more information visit the Sturt Craft Centre website.

Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

What does the Gordon Darling Foundation support?
The Foundation provides funding for a range of visual arts projects Australia-wide.
 
Funding may be provided for:

  • catalogues and publications

  • that are scholarly
  • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection, artist or movement
  • the Foundation does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development excluding marketing or promotional costs
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development
  • research projects
  • symposia

 
The Foundation does not normally fund:

  • capital works

  • general or core activities
  • retrospective funding
  • recurrent funding of a project

 
Who is eligible?
The Foundation can only provide funding to Public Institutions in Australia.Individuals wishing to apply for funding for projects are required to partner with a Public Institution which then takes responsibility for the project.
 
The Trustees will normally award only one application per organisation in any given year.
 
Funding criteria

  • The Foundation encourages applications from all over Australia.

  • The Foundation is a funder of innovative projects.
  • The Foundation is a funder of projects providing increased access to the visual arts.
  • Projects will be expected to attract considerable public exposure.
  • Projects should demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.
  • The Foundation may be the sole grant provider or the lead donor or a participant in a collaborative funding with other private and/or public donors.
  • The Foundation will not normally support projects that have been almost fully funded from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to projects which will tour.

 
Application procedure
Read the guidelines.
 
Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form and detailed guidelines:
Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email: gdarling@bigpond.net.au
Administrators: Aileen Ellis/Sherrie Antonio
 
Applications must be submitted by mail in hard-copy on the current year’s form with any supporting material.
 
Submissions will be examined by the Trustees of the Foundation three times a year in March, June and October. The closing dates for applications are 7 January, 31 May and 30 September respectively. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Darling Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize aspires to be the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture. We are excited to invite all painters to start thinking about a subject in preparation to begin painting. Paintings must be completed on or after 1 September 2018.
 
For more information visit www.portrait.gov.au/content/darling-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals