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Performers' Trust Foundation

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.
 

  • Two (including the Chairman) are appointed by the PPCA;

  • One is appointed by the Musicians’ Union of Australia;
  • One is appointed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Actors’ Equity)

 
All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

 
A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees;

  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol);
  • Accommodation;
  • Venue hire/ PA hire
  • A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

 
Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • Investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);

  • Concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • Tour support;
  • Artist management expenses; or
  • Equipment purchases

 
You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.
 
For more information visit the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Wyndham Art Prize

Artists are invited to submit an application for selection into the 2018 Wyndham Art Prize.
 
The Wyndham Art Prize is a national prize attracting artists from all over Australia with

  • a non-acquisitive award of $10,000,

  • a People’s Choice award of $2000 and
  • two Deakin University Bursaries, $4000 for a PHD candidate and $2000 for an honours or Masters candidate. *conditions apply

 
Selected artists will be exhibited at the Wyndham Art Gallery between 30 March and 9 June. The exhibition opens and the winning artist will be announced on Thursday 29 March, 6.30 to 8.30pm
 
How to Apply

 
Entries close 5pm Friday 9 February, 2018
For further information:
Contact Visual Art Curators: Megan Evans, Maree Clarke
email: wyndhamartgallery@wyndham.vic.gov.au
phone: 03 8734 6021
website: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wyndhamartprize Read more

  • Closing: 9 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • 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

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

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

Ramsay Art Prize

Art Gallery of South Australia

Entries for the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize are now open. Held every two years, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists under 40 working in any medium. Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel: Russell Storer, Deputy Director (Curatorial and Research), National Gallery of Singapore, Richard Lewer, contemporary artist, and Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.
 
Finalists works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 25 May to 25 August 2019. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced at the official opening on Friday 24 May 2019. Through the generosity of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the winning work is acquired into the Art Gallery’s collection.
 
Inaugural 2017 Ramsay Art Prize winner Sarah Contos says, ‘Winning the prize reasserted my position as an artist and it gave my practice a huge boost in confidence. All artists want their work and dedication to their craft to be acknowledged.’
 
The 2019 Ramsay Art Prize finalist exhibition will include a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsor Lipman Karas. The People’s Choice Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 chosen by a public vote.
 
For more information visit ramsay.artgallery.sa.gov.au Read more

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

John Fries Award

John Fries Award

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists.
 
Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the Award has established itself as a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists from across Australia and New Zealand
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 January 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Makers’ Studio

NORPA

The Indigenous Makers’ Studio is a new NORPA initiative supporting emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists originating from or residing in NSW, who have a strong desire to develop their performance practise. Read more

  • Closing: 15 January 2019
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Bald Archy Prize

The Bald Archy Prize

Artists are invited to submit paintings in competition for The Bald Archy Prize 2019.
 
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, 2019.
 
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 January 18 2019.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 January 2019
  • 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 Australia and overseas.
 
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.
 
This grant operates in quarterly rounds.
 
For more information visit visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/ Read more

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

I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2019 artists-in-residence program. Forty-four fully funded residencies are available between May and December, and range in duration from two to four weeks.
 
The residencies are open to artists and designers working in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design.
 
Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with a quiet, retreat-type setting, private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, fully equipped workshop and modest library—as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re working on and when.
 
For further information, contact info@i-park.org. Read more

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

Glover Prize

The John Glover Society Inc.

Celebrating the legacy of John Glover, The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) has become one of Australia’s most significant awards for landscape painting, open to artists from anywhere in the world.
 
It is awarded annually by The John Glover Society Inc. for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania.
Landscape painting is defined in its broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting and Tasmania.
 
The winner receives $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, designed by Peter Corlett and valued at $5000.
 
The Glover Prize is acquisitive, selected from around 40 works chosen by a panel of eminent judges. All other exhibitied entries are eligible for the (non-acquisitive) People’s Chouice Award of $3000, the Children’s Choice Award of $500 and the Hanger’s Choice Award of $500.
 
The exhibition of finalists’ paintings is held over the March long-weekend in the historic Falls Park pavilion in Evandale, a village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania. Read more

  • Closing: 25 January 2019
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Hilla Rebay International Fellowship

Guggenheim

The Hilla Rebay International Fellowship offers an opportunity for a graduate student to undertake in-depth professional training at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
 
Begun in 2001, this multisite 10-month fellowship offers an opportunity for one graduate student to undertake in-depth professional training at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. The fellow will spend a minimum of three months at each site and will gain exposure to museum operations through departments including Curatorial, Education, and Registration.
 
The Hilla Rebay International Fellowship offers an introduction to the unique operational structure of the multinational museum, as well as practical museum training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the curatorial field. Each fellow receives funding of USD $30,000 (subject to taxes). This fellowship is in honor of Baroness Hilla von Rebay, the Guggenheim Museum’s first director, and is made possible with generous support from The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.
 
John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.
 
John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)
 
A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.
 
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Alice Prize

Alice Springs Art Foundation

The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme.
 
Significant among regional art prizes, the Alice Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists from across its near 50 year history.
 
Coordinated by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Alice Prize is judged by an expert selection panel and judge of national standing, with national exposure for exhibiting artists and the opportunity to show in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the cultural heart of Australia.
 
For more information visit the Alice Springs Art Foundation website. Read more

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

NG Art Creative Residency

NG Art Creative

NG Art Creative invites national and international creatives of all career stages and art forms to Eygalières, Provence, Southern France.
 
NG Art Creative Residency is a sanctuary for creatives to create, paint, draw, sculpt, write, sing, rhyme, film, photograph, ponder life and collaborate, both in the studio and en plein air.
 
A home away from home, NG Art Creative Residency is an international multi-disciplinary creative residency that offers a place of respite, nourishment and enlightenment for creatives who seek to enrich their creative process.
 
The deadline for submission is the 31st January 2018.
 
Mas des Pelerins offers 3, 4 and 6 week residencies and caters for a maximum of 6 creative residents. Creatives can apply by submitting a 600-word proposal, a bio, CV and providing examples of work.
 
For more information please visit the official website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • 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.
 
Over $10,000 in Prizes
$2,500 – Kingborough Council Acquisition
$2,500 – AFBB & Five Bob Acquisition
$4,000 – Major Sculpture Prize
$1,000 – Small Sculpture Award
$500 – People’s Choice Award
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Festival

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories; Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student. Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards.
 
The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from classical to contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).
 
For more information visit www.headon.com.au/awards Read more

  • Closing: 3 February 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

National NAIDOC 2019 Poster Competition

NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are invited to submit artworks for the 2019 National NAIDOC Poster Competition. The winning artwork will collect a $10,000 cash prize and used as the 2019 National NAIDOC Poster. Have your artwork seen and celebrated Australia-wide as the centerpiece to NAIDOC Week 2019!
 
This competition is a chance for talented artists aged 13 years and older to be recognised across Australia in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements.
 
Your artwork must reflect this year’s National NAIDOC theme: Voice. Truth. Treaty. Let’s work together for a shared future.
 
The 2019 theme invites all Australians to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a movement of the nation for a better future.
 
This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
 
It also aims at highlighting our various First Nations’ desires for lasting and effective agreements such as Treaties- which cannot be achieved unless we have a shared, truthful understanding of the nature of the dispute, of the history, of how we got to where we stand.
 
Read more about the 2019 theme here.
 
To read the Terms and Conditions and enter visit www.naidoc.org.au
  Read more

  • Closing: 4 February 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Career Development Grants for Individuals

Australia Council for the Arts

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. You can find a case study of a recently-awarded career development grant here. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. You can find a case study of a recently-awarded Arts Project grant here. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
 
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring

Australia Council for the Arts

This program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia.
 
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
 
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Australia Council for the Arts

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.
 
Closing Dates
The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program.
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Kennedy Centre

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Disability, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Heritage Grants program

Environment & Heritage NSW

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed. The Heritage Grants Program is designed to help owners, managers and communities to know, value and care for their heritage.
 
Streams include:

  • Emergency Works Projects

  • Aboriginal Heritage Projects
    Community Heritage Projects

  • Community Heritage – Peak Organisations
  • Major Works
  • Heritage Reports
  • Local Government Heritage Planning Studies
  • Local Government Heritage Advisors
  • Local Heritage Places – Small Heritage Grants Program

 
For individual grant information visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website. Read more

  • Closing: 8 February 2019
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Morris Art Prize

The Morris Art Prize

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

  • First – $10,000

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

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

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

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

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

Lightbulb Moments

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

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

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

ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship

ABC Regional

ABC Regional is seeking to champion emerging voices in the disability community in rural and regional Australia. ABC Regional looks after the 44+ ABC offices outside of the capital cities, and content making team specialises in radio, news, rural, live, digital and video production in the non-fiction and entertainment areas from live and breaking news events and TV documentaries to opinion editorial articles.
 
This is an early career opportunity for two people with a lived experience of disability and an interest in telling factual stories that connect with Australians.
 
You will spend three months working in an ABC regional station, developing your ability to create high quality, compelling content for a variety of ABC platforms, based on your own content idea.
 
You will be supported with a bespoke mentoring experience, based on location, needs and goals.
 
 
About You
You are an emerging factual content maker and you live in a regional, rural or remote part of Australia, covered by the ABC’s regional broadcast footprint – anywhere outside of the capital cities.
 
You have a lived experience of disability and have a content project or idea that you would like to work on with the ABC.
 
 
How to Enter
Please attach a cover letter (2 pages max) that introduces yourself, explain the factual content idea you would like to work on with the ABC. Please also attach two examples of your work. If they are published online, you’re welcome to include links.
 
You could consider linking your project to any of the areas of the National Disability Strategy. These include:
1. Inclusive and accessible communities
2. Rights protection, justice and legislation
3. Economic security
4. Personal and community support
5. Learning and skills
6. Health and wellbeing
 
Applicants can email their applications to storytellerscholarship@abc.net.au or contribute offline by posting their applications to Regional Storyteller Scholarship applications, ABC Ultimo PO Box 9994 Sydney NSW 2001. For more information visit abc.net.au/careers
 
The ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship is supported by the Australian Government’s Employ their Ability campaign. To find out more, visit jobaccess.gov.au
 
For further information contact Bronwyn Purvis, Executive Producer, Content Partnerships on (02) 8333 2682 Read more

  • Closing: 14 February 2019
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • 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

MATCH Lab: Fine tune your fundraising potential

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

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

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

Hot Shots Plus

Screen Australia

Hot Shots Plus combines funding for the production of a short narrative proof of concept (POC) as well as development funds for a long-form project.
 
The aim of this initiative is to arm screen content makers with an impactful POC that connects to a long-form project (feature film, TV, online series or virtual reality narratives) in order to build skills, relationships and create the audience and marketplace attention needed for the next step in their career. For example, a short film that speaks to a feature film (i.e. Cate Shortland’s Joy, Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo) or a pilot/test scenes that speak to a television or online series (i.e. Skitbox, Event Zero, and Bondi Hipsters).
 
The long-form project does not have to be the same story or a long version of the POC but should be connected to the POC, for example, by creative voice, genre, tone or stylistic approach.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous | Songlines on Screen

Screen Australia

Due to the success of the first Songlines on Screen Initiative held in 2014, both Screen Australia and NITV are pleased to announce a second Songlines on Screen initiative opportunity.
 
This initiative aims to give place to some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songlines that are integral to the makeup of Indigenous Australia, incorporating the full spectrum of storytelling including dance, song, art, body painting, and sites of significance.
 
Screen Australia and NITV are requesting proposals from appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander production companies and media organisations to record a songline or songline segment (one per company/organisation) that has been identified as being the most important and relevant to record at this time.
 
Up to 10 projects will be funded through development and production stages. Each will result in a broadcast-quality program of at least 15 minutes in duration, communicating the ‘open story’ of the songline or songline segment, with additional footage able to be used for other purposes at the discretion of the custodians. The footage will also be archived under appropriate conditions at two separate locations to ensure preservation and ongoing access and control by the songline’s custodians.
 
In addition, the initiative aims to develop screen production skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through their participation in recording their own stories.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Internships

Screen Australia

Internships assist practitioners whose careers would benefit from an attachment to a person, production or organisation. This program is designed to assist the career development of talented filmmakers who can demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in the film industry. This is not an entry-level scheme.
 
An internship may take many forms and involve features, documentaries, animation, interactive digital media, TV drama or comedy series. For example:

  • a director might attach themselves to a more experienced director on a production

  • a producer might spend time in a TV production house to observe the script development and creative management process, or they may wish to work with a more senior producer developing a financing plan for a project of their own
  • an animation filmmaker may wish to enhance specific technical or creative skills
  • a filmmaker may want to hire a more experienced producer or director as a consultant on their own funded production.

 
Up to $10,000 may be requested (other than in exceptional circumstances), supported by a budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Travel Grants

Screen Australia

The Travel Grants program is designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers in travelling to key international and Australian events. Professional development is a key objective.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Funding is available to support travel costs associated with attending:

  • recognised film festivals and pitching forums where an applicant’s film has been selected or invited to attend

  • events where the applicant or their film has been nominated for an award
  • key international markets
  • conferences and workshops providing significant professional development opportunities.

 
Up to $6,000 may be requested for international travel, and up to $5,000 for travel within Australia (other than in exceptional circumstances), supported by a budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Advanced Development

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Advanced Development contributes towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.
 
We fund the development of:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • factual and documentary television or web programs and series
  • animation series
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

 
We do not fund the development of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine-style productions

  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

Screen Australia

The Regional Filming Fund offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW. Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT).
 
Applicants may request up to 35% of the budgeted NSW Regional Spend.
 
NSW Regional Spend is the total of the below the line shooting expenses directly associated with filming in regional NSW. Eligible NSW Regional Spend expenses are limited to:

  • location fees

  • travel (for cast and crew traveling from other parts of NSW)
  • accommodation
  • per diems
  • local suppliers & services (e.g. construction contractors, security, traffic control etc.)
  • catering
  • salaries for regionally based cast and crew

 
Regional spend does not include any above-the-line expenses (including development expenses), indirect costs, company overheads, contingency or post-production expenses.
 
Support is provided as a grant. The maximum grant per production is $100,000. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Time Critical Shooting

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Time Critical Shooting supports shoots for essential material that must be gathered before a project’s official production schedule.
 
Projects must be intended for production or post-production in NSW.
 
We fund factual and documentary television or web programs and series.
 
We do not fund:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • creative interactive screen entertainment
  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine- style productions
  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Festival Travel

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Festival Travel supports NSW Key Creatives whose projects have been officially invited to screen at significant international festivals outside Australia. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.
 
The program is open to any project within the range of activity that Create NSW supports which includes animation, documentary, features, shorts, television, children’s television and interactive.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Market Travel

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Market Travel supports NSW producers and Key Creatives for travel relevant to financing projects.
 

  • Requests for travel support should generally not exceed $5,000.

  • An individual or a team can submit up to three applications to this program in any financial year, but only one application at a time
  • Generally we will not consider development funding for a project that has a current application to another Screen NSW program

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Charlie's

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Are you heading to LA? Did you know that we have an amazing workspace avaliable for FREE for NSW screen practitioners? Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

SheDoc

Create NSW, Screen NSW

SheDoc is a Create NSW and Documentary Australia Foundation initiative to support documentary filmmakers who identify as female. The program will provide funding to successful recipients to craft and undertake a bespoke fellowship for her professional development.
 
By offering funding to facilitate opportunities that are self-directed and of benefit, our aim is to positively intervene in and support women’s filmmaking careers.
 
Applications are open to women who are residents of NSW and working in the documentary sector, at any stage of their career and in any key creative role.
 
Our aim is to award up to 3 grants to achieve the following:

  • to encourage new voices;

  • to enable skills to be consolidated or developed;
  • to assist projects to be kickstarted; and
  • to assist in building strategic audience engagement strategies.

 
SheDoc will support travel, research, mentoring, residencies, skills development, seeding new work and the development of impact strategies using documentary.
 
SheDoc is not for production funding.
 
For more information visit screen.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 17 February 2019
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Australian Cultural Fund

Australian Cultural Fund

The Australian Cultural Fund is a collective funding platform for Australian artists. The fund was established in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts, and is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia.
 
Since its inception the ACF has helped to raise millions of dollars for Australian artists, allowing them to share their stories, passion, and creativity around Australia and the world.
 
Creative Partnerships is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts, created to increase philanthropic, business and social investment in Australia’s cultural sectors. Creative Parnerhsips’ unique Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status allows the ACF to offer tax deductibility to donors.
 
Through the ACF, artists upload their project and invite art lovers and supporters to donate to the projects they care about the most. We work to ensure two very important things:
 
The artist always wins. Unlike other all-or-nothing crowdfunding platforms, ACF donors commit rather than pledge funds. While artists set a funding goal, if it is not met at the end of the campaign all donations are still taken into account (minus a 5% service charge).
 
The donor wins, too. Donations over $2 are tax deductible through the ACF. Plus, art lovers and supporters get the chance to make a real difference to the work of Australian artists.
 
For more information visit the Australian Cultural Fund website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Flying Start

Jetstar

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.
 
Tell us your project story and you could receive a $30,000 grant.
 
Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.
 
Grants will be awarded quarterly.
 
Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.
 
For more information visit the Jetstar website. Read more

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

Jardin Orange Residency

Jardin Orange Residency

Jardin Orange (“Orange Garden”) is a new artist residency in the north of Shenzhen, China. It has been host to and seeks to promote talented artists both from within China as well as to bring international artists to the burgeoning Chinese market. The overall mission of the project is to become an active participant in the region’s artistic growth as well as to become a “magnet” residency that attracts and supports young artists in their careers. Artists come here to be culturally flexible, push beyond their comfort zone, to work hard and to experiment with new forms of personal expression that they haven’t tried before.
 
Jardin Orange Artist Residency (JO) offers Artists-In-Residence (AIR) a unique environment to spend extended residencies within the burgeoning young metropolis of Shenzhen, in southern China.
 
This residency, in particular, is for artists to come explore their personal stylistic boundaries, to attempt things that they haven’t done before, to experiment with new techniques and to consider the advice of others. We strive to encourage, in every step of the creative process, the forward motion and evolution of each artist that pushes them ahead in their professional journey. Jardin Orange Artist Residency is designed as an opportunity for artists to intensively pursue creative work away from their home setting and to welcomely embrace the modern Chinese urban setting.
 
We are looking to host recognised international and regional artists so they can develop their creative visions to new limits and to work on a series of canvas pieces that can then be then displayed and sold in our gallery.
 
Eligible Applicants
JO offers 4 to 12-week duration residencies throughout the year. The goal is to host around 2-3 artists per month. This means, potentially, dozens of artists are provided the opportunity to live and work at Jardin Orange Artist Residency each year.
 
This residency is currently open (til end of 2017) to “local” (those residing in the SZ/HK/GZ area) the artistic genre of visual art of painting. Unfortunately, we are not equipped for the performing arts, music creation, installations, large sculptures and “old-school” photography processing.
 
Artists are expected to commit to this mission: Jardin Orange offers each artist the autonomy and space to engage in his or her personal stylistic exploration; the artist is thought to be flexible, willing to push beyond one’s comfort zone and experiments with new forms of artistic expression and techniques.
 
2018 Applications are submitted by e-mail to jardinorange@gmail.com. A complete application includes:

  • an updated CV and biography (including all exhibition events / websites / shows)

  • a high-resolution visual portfolio your art work of the past 3 years (.pdf)
  • online or digital price reference list for recently sold canvases or works (and average sale price of 1x1m canvas)
  • artist letter of intent: what projects you would like to work on during your stay, how many and why

 
Facilities
Each resident is provided access to an individual studio space (37 sq. meters) and shared kitchen space. Sometimes, studios may be shared depending on volume of artists. Studios are located inside the residency’s three-story building and are fully equipped. Have 300-sq. meter public gallery and several offices.
 
Program Fees

  • Paid by host: Private living accommodations, reasonable amounts of studio and art materials (if not already available), gallery set-up for exhibition

  • Paid by artist: Travel to/from residency, personal travel / excursions beyond residency-based activities, spouses or assistants, insurance, visa costs, daily living expenses

 
For more information visit the official website. Read more

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

Vermont Studio Center Residency

Vermont Studio Center

Each month, VSC welcomes over 50 artists and writers from across the country around the world to our historic campus in northern Vermont.
 
Welcome to the Vermont Studio Center’s online application.
 
We have 3 fellowship deadlines per year: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. For details on current awards, visit: vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships
 
Fellowship applications open 6 weeks prior to each respective deadline. All artists & writers living and working anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.
 
Fellowship applicants are juried together and can expect to hear back from us approximately 8-12 weeks after the deadline closes.
 
We accept general (non-fellowship) applicants on a rolling basis year-round.
 
For updated deadlines and residencies, visit the official website. Read more

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

Rimbun Dahan Artist in Residence

Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia runs a range of artists’ residencies to encourage visual artists, choreographers and other creative individuals to explore and develop their artistic work.
 
Rimbun Dahan welcomes international artists (from countries other than those in the ASEAN/South East Asian region), with or without partners and family. We provide accommodation (living space and work space) for a monthly fee of RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 4,000, for any length of residency. A 50% refundable deposit is required at least three months before the start of the residency, with the balance to be paid on arrival. The fee goes back into subsidizing the residencies of artists from ASEAN at Rimbun Dahan.
 
The choice of accommodation will depend on availability. The fee includes weekly room cleaning and linen change, and some logistical support like transport for weekly shopping trips for food, airport meet and transfer, free WiFi, inclusion in any events that might be happening at Rimbun Dahan from drinks by the pool to trips to openings or events in KL or the local area. The swimming pool and tennis court are available for use by resident artists at any time.
 
Please send expressions of interest, along with desired dates for residency, to:
 
Ms Syar S. Alia, Arts Manager
syar@rimbundahan.org
 
For more information visit the official website. Read more

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

Eramboo Artist Residency Program

Eramboo Artist Environment

Applications now open for an artist residency at Eramboo. A live in residency is ideal for regional, inter-state or international artists working in all media, writers, musicians, dance or performance artists. Available for one week or three months.
 
Eramboo Artist Environment is a contemporary creative art space on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, where artists flourish and grow connections between art, nature and the community.
 
Eramboo is located on the edge of Kuringgai National Park, 45 mins from Sydney CBD, close to the Terry Hills shopping village and cafes. Access to a car is recommended, public transport via Terry Hills (1.9km away), 5 minutes drive to Church Point, 15 minutes drive to Northern Beaches.
 
Inspirational bushland setting for developing a body of work or a site responsive project or to simply to grow creatively for solo artist or artist couple.
 
Simple studio accommodation includes kitchenette, access to larger kitchen, double bed, seperate toilets, washing machine, shower, wifi, parking, eco friendly, quiet, 24/7 access. Additional studio space and teaching rooms can be hired.
 
Opportunity to immerse yourself in a peaceful natural environment where you can truly focus on your work.
 
Eramboo is a not for profit arts organisation, a registered charity and in a cultural partnership with Northern Beaches Council. It is operated by a volunteer Directors board and is funded by studio hire fees, fees from classes &workshops, grants, donations and sponsorship.
 
It operates 7 creative studios, a live in residency program for International, Interstate and Regional artists, a gallery space and exhibition program, a Masterclass Program, art classes and creative events.
 
Eramboo arts programs include visual artists working in all media, writers, musician, public art, and performance.
 
Please visit our website for online application form or email info@eramboo.com for further information. Read more

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

Mandorla Art Award

Mandorla Art Award

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

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

BigCi Residency

BigCi

Artists undertake BigCi residency for an agreed period of time to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice.
 
They stay either at the Art Shed, the Barn, or the House, subject to availability and individual project requirements that will be discussed with each applicant.
 
The Art Shed, the Barn, the House, and the 8 acres of the property’s bush land are available for all kinds of initiatives. The extraordinary beauty of the surroundings provides a ground for creativity and professional development.
 
Proposals are welcome throughout the year – each season has its own creative possibilities. It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance.
 
Successful applicants are charged a subsidised residency fee, which is AUD$250 (plus $25 GST) per person per week for Australian artists and AUD$300 (plus $30 GST) for International artists. Please note that these subsidised fees are available only to self-funded artists. Our rates for organisations are AUD$500 (plus GST) for Australian artists and AUD$600 (plus GST) for International artists.
 
The residency fees include artist accommodation, work space, shared living facilities, bathroom, kitchen, internet, electricity, water. They also include artist support and assistance in facilitation of the projects.
 
Successful applicants will be responsible for all other costs including food, transport, travel costs, insurance, and art materials. There is no stipend or living allowance attached to the stay in BigCi. The artists should consider other ways to fund their visit.
 
At the time of booking, artists will be required to pay total residency fee and a refundable bond of AUD$500. The refundable bond covers any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning.
 
BigCi is located on the edge of Wollemi National Park, about one hour and a half away from Sydney. Due to the remote location of BigCi, a car is strongly recommended. Please note that BigCi does not provide transport and that the artists are responsible for making the necessary arrangements. In cases when the artist is unable to have a car, we will provide a pickup/drop off from Richmond train station on arrival/departure and once a week transport for food shopping.
 
There is a possibility of an exhibition, performance, workshop or other special event during or at the end of the residency, as well as a representation on the BigCi website and social media.
 
To secure the booking, the residency fee and the refundable bond are payable upon the approval of the application form. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

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

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

The Artist in Residence allows the Gallery to increase engagement of our local community with artists, deliver creative programs to the region and encourage new relationships and skills development.
 
The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery started its life as Customs House, and then became the Commonwealth Bank, followed by the Library and finally the Gallery.
 
During the time the building was occupied as a bank, the first floor served as accommodation and living and dining quarters for the Bank Manager.
 
The Gallery has retained the accommodation area, which is now used as the Artist in Residence apartment.
 
The residence is used by visiting artists and tutors, and consists of a bedroom, lounge room, adjoining balcony and bathroom facilities functioning as a self-contained unit. Laundry and cooking facilities are located on the first floor in a separate shared space.
 
Over the years the apartment has been a residence for international artists through to local artists sharing their skills and experience with our local community.
 
The Artist in Residence allows the Gallery to increase engagement of our local community with artists, deliver creative programs to the region and encourage new relationships and skills development.
 
If you would like to find out more about opportunities surrounding the residence please contact the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery on phone (07) 4130 4750 or via email at bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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: 18 February 2019
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Centre for Cultural Leadership program

Center for Curatorial Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

National Competitive Grants Program

Australian Government Australian Research Council

The ARC funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). As part of its commitment to nurturing the creative abilities and skills of Australia’s most promising researchers, the program includes Humanities and Creative Arts. In most cases, researchers prepare an application for funding that is submitted to the ARC through a university Research Office, or equivalent office in other organisations.
 
For more information and the full list of grants visit the Australian Research Council website. Read more

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

Synapse Residencies

ANAT

Synapse involves Australian science organisations hosting artists in residence, leading to profound artistic and professional development for the participants, as well as building a sustainable support base for interdisciplinary creative collaboration in Australia.
 
Synapse brings artists and scientists together in research partnerships that generate new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. A distinguishing feature of the residencies is their creative research focus, with applicants dissuaded from anticipating specific outcomes at the outset.
 
For more information visit the ANAT website. Read more

  • Closing: 19 February 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund

APRA AMCOS

In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund.

A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for  Australian and New Zealand composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.

The Art Music Fund exists to commission new work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. These works must have committed partners to ensure the work is presented multiple times with the intention to create a long artistic life for the work and by extension, its composer.

This fund supports a wide range of music styles including: notated compositionelectroacoustic musicimprovised music (including innovative, original jazz); sound artinstallation soundmultimediaweb and film sound and music; and theatricaloperatic and choreographed music.

All applicants will be asked to explain how their arts practice aligns with the qualities identified in the Art Music Fund (innovationcompositional craft, and excellence), regardless of style.

It is expected that composers will collaborate with ensembles, orchestras, producers, recording companies, broadcasters, festivals and other parties to propose the writing of a work that will be guaranteed multiple exposures by way of performances, recordings, broadcasts or digital dissemination.

Full details are available at apraamcos.com.au/artmusicfund

Please note: The Art Music Fund is not intended to support popular and rock music, especially of commercial importance, nor folk and traditional music. Read more

  • Closing: 20 February 2019
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

City of Wodonga Community Impact Grants

City of Wodonga

The Community Impact Grants program aims to empower community organisations and individuals to grow ideas in an innovative and creative way, as well as looking to improve the city.

An individual can apply for a grant for less than $500 by telling the council about your idea.

Community organisations, workplaces and individuals auspiced by a community organisation can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5000.

The grant program links to the outcomes and key priorities in the Council Plan. The program provides funding to support projects/events under the categories listed below:

All events, activities and projects must be held in the Wodonga municipality.

For more details click here. Read more

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

The Hills Prize

Art Oak Hill

The $7 000 acquisitive prize attracts entries from both established and emerging artists around Australia.
 
A panel of 3 industry professionals will be responsible for judging The Hills Prize.
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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Create NSW

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

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

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

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

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

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

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

Kestin Illustrator Award

Magabala Books

The Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award is a national biennial award that identifies new talent in the art of children’s picture book illustration.
 
Awarded to an Indigenous artist or emerging illustrator, the winner receives $10,000, a professional mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s picture book by a renowned Indigenous author.
 
The award is generously supported by the Kestin Family Foundation.
 
Magabala Books invites entries from artists and emerging illustrators who have a genuine love of children’s picture books and who are passionate about learning the craft of visual storytelling. The Kestin Award is open to all artists and illustrators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, who are unpublished or had illustrations published in no more than two publications. Entries will be judged on the merits of the illustrations submitted. Prior achievements or qualifications will not form part of the judging process.
 
For more information and to apply visit www.magabala.com/kestin-illustrator-award Read more

  • Closing: 28 February 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Millay Colony for the Arts Residency

The Millay Colony

The Millay Colony for the Arts (USA) offers one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between the months of April and November.
 
The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York offering one-month and two-week retreats to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between April and November. We also offer a select number of group residencies for collaborating artists and virtual residencies for those who can’t spend prolonged time away from home. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. Each residency includes a private bedroom and studio as well as ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere. We do not emphasize events or production goals. We believe we can offer artists nothing more precious than the chance to work, and we provide everything an artist needs to organize her time for maximum productivity.
 
Setting
Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers) and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing.
We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA (a lovely Berkshire town with all the trimmings).
 
Dining
Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies as well as vegetarian, vegan and other diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and get-togethers.
 
Facilities
The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with beautiful meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer which residents may use.
 
TO APPLY
Applications to our artists residency program must be submitted online or postmarked by one of our deadlines, either October 1 or March 1st. All residents are judged anonymously by a panel of artists in their field. We aim to make the jury process as transparent and “fair” as possible. You can read about past juries on our Juries page. Please visit out Application Page for more information.
 
Status of all applications are emailed out either late January for the October 1st deadline, or mid-May for the March 1st deadline.
 
For more information, please email or call the Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at residency@millaycolony.org or 518-392-3103
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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Bayside City Council

Established in 2015, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.
 
The annual prize is an important opportunity for Bayside City Council to add exceptional works of art to its collection and to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community. The three categories of the prize are judged by a panel of industry experts.
 
For more information visit the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize website. Read more

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

Unconformity Artist Residencies

Unconformity

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

  • $2,500 artist fee

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

 
For more information visit the Unconformity website.

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

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

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

Milburn Art Prize

Milburn Art Prize

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

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

City of Wodonga Young Achiever Scheme

City of Wodonga

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

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

Individuals or groups are eligible to apply.

There are six eligibility categories:

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

Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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 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.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 March 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

The Moran Arts Foundation

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

Publisher Fellowships

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Publisher Fellowships provide leadership, professional development, and career enhancing opportunities for people working in the Australian publishing industry.
 
Fellowships are intended to assist publishers by supporting:

  • Attendance at an international leadership program or conference.

  • Industry research into issues such as leadership in publishing, diversity, developing editorial/sales/marketing skills, copyright, etc.
  • Any large-scale research project which will have an impact on their career development opportunities.

 
The successful Fellow will be expected to write a 5,000 – 10,000 word report upon completion of the Fellowship and to present their research findings to the publishing industry.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
Two Fellowships will be awarded each round.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 8 March 2019
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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

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

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.
The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage;
  • strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Priority Areas

  • communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians,
  • asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia,
  • children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing,
  • small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project will be considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000.

The Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates.
 
For more information visit the Myer Foundation website. Read more

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

Community Led Grants

Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet invites applications for grant funding for activities that contribute to the achievement of any combination of outcomes identified in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy programme information provided in Annexure 1 of the IAS Grant Guidelines.
 
The types of activities that may be funded will address one or more of the Government’s priority areas:

  • Education – activities focused on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes that lead to employment. This includes activities that nurture and educate Indigenous children, youth and adults to improve pathways to prosperity and wellbeing. This includes improving family and parenting support; early childhood development, care and education; school education; youth engagement and transition; and higher education.
  • Employment and Economic Development – support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, including ensuring remote jobseekers participate in activities and gain experience that builds work-readiness and contributes to the broader community, foster Indigenous business and to assist Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits, including from natural and cultural assets and including the effective management of Indigenous-owned land and seas.
  • Community Safety – activities that make communities safer for Indigenous Australians, enabling them to enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing as those enjoyed by other Australians.

 
Applications close: Ongoing
Contact: 1800 079 098 or iasgrants@pmc.gov.au
More information and application details Read more

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

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

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

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

Your Big Idea

Arts Northern Rivers

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

  • be an ARTS PROJECT

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

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

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

Gallipoli Art Prize

Gallipoli Art Prize

Australian artists are invited to enter one piece of original work produced in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed medium in the Gallipoli Art Prize competition.
 
The Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of The Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed:
 
“…there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation of perpetual peace and universal freedom.”
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 13 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.
 
The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80 000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.
 
The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.
 
Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Telstra Bark Painting Award – $5000

  • Telstra General Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) – $5000
  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) – $5000
  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) – $5000
  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) – $5000
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award

 
A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.
 
All awards are non acquisitive.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Creative Achievement Awards

Department of Industry

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

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

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

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

Creative Koori - Aboriginal Strategic Program

Create NSW

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

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

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

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

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

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

CAAR is looking for projects that enhance Australia’s economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab region (comprising the 22 countries and territories of the Arab League). Applicants should carefully read the Guidelines for Funding Applicants before submitting their application.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 18 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Ravenswood School for Girls

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition conducted by Ravenswood School for Girls that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure.
 
There are two prize categories and in each category the artworks must align with the annual theme. The winner of the Professional Artist Price will receive $35,000, making it Australia’s richest professional art prize for women . The winner of the Emerging Artist Prize will receive $5,000.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

John Oxley Library Fellowship

State Library of Queensland

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

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

Letty Katts Award

State Library of Queensland

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

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

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

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

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

Residencies at "Imagine"

Art in Motion

Calling individual artists, creators, interested in 2 weeks to 1 month in the country at”Imagine” retreat. “Imagine” is located in rural NSW Australia, in the Great Lakes District, 3 hours North of Sydney.
 
Staying at “Imagine”.
Time and space in the country for 2 to 4 weeks of creative development and work.
This will be a time of creative space on farm land on the mid-north coast of Australia which is one of the holiday destinations for Sydney siders in the summer months. Facing the spectacular views of the lake this is a space to feel free enough to focus on whatever project you aspire to as an artist. Conducive to creativity, will provide working facilities, ready to be used by individual visiting artists to stay and create.
 
Creativity, Peace
The retreat exists to allow artists time to work without distractions. Located in a rural area, and there is no public interaction unless artists request working with the local community (rules prohibiting anyone from interrupting artists in the space unless they wish to work with the community).
 
​Regional Contacts
If artists wish to connect with the local or wider community contacts this can sometimes be facilitated and local schools are always interested in visiting tutors at different times of year.
 
Facilities
Farmhouse on 5 acres with one double room and one room with bunks. Outdoor under-cover space for art or movement also indoor studio space and outdoor stage (good in the early morning or late in the day in summer). Dancers have enjoyed the early morning in this space.
 
Travelling
Air, rail and bus travel to and from the residency is to be paid by the artists. Time frame 28 days for full development of project and a showing of work. Artists in residence at any one time 2 to 4 residents.
 
“Art For Arts and Artists Sake”
Artist-in-residence programs are an opportunity to allow visiting artists to stay and work ‘for art’s sake’. The environment being conducive to creativity and working facilities, ready to be used by individual artists. Your stay can be process based with or without outcome so that freedom with it’s responsibility be offered to the artists in residence. If you wish to do a project based work involving the community that can also be developed as long as it can be prepared in advance.
 
​Applications
Open to creator artists from all nations, artists are requested to send in documentation, a curriculum vitae what you would like to do either process based or project. The work does not need to have and outcome. email: imagineresidency@gmail.com Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. Residencies

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. residency provides facilities for artists and other industry sectors across various fields to research and practise artistic endeavours. There are three residency application categories:
 

  • Professional practice: for self-initiated projects and private studio time

  • Community development: to engage local communities and groups through workshop or projects
  • Industry development: for long-term residencies with a view to enhance Broken Hill’s reputation as a profitable artistic hub

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

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

Artist in Residency Program

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer two new Artist-In-Residence studios in the picturesque rural rural village of Collector, NSW. One is ideally set up as a ceramic studio, but may be used for any other media. The other is part of the Some Cafe with a self-contained 2 bedroom stone house and sunny north facing terrace + studio space, and would be a fantastic space for an artist working in any medium. The Galley is grateful to CreateNSW and a private regional donor who have contributed generously to enable both these residencies.
 
For more information visit goulburnregionalartgallery.com.au Read more

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

Artist Residency

Sunsiz Media

Sunsiz Media invites artists and writers to experience the NSW outback to create works of art and spend time in the black opal mining town of Lightning Ridge.
 
Dr Jillian Gates, artist, educator and director of Sunsiz Media discovered this retreat in 2008 while completing her Ph.D and found it was the perfect site to write and give her students a greater appreciation of en plein air painting.
 
From 2014 this Residency is open to mid career artists interested in contemporary art practice and writing. Artists working in installation and other spatial and temporal practices who want to exhibit their work in Sydney should contact Articulate project space in Leichhardt, NSW, with a proposal.
 
Please state briefly why you would like to stay at the Residency and tell us about your project and what you would like to achieve. Please include the dates you require.
 
Preference will be given to artists who are sensitive to “off the grid” living and the surrounding environment.
 
For more information visit sunsizmedia.com/applications/ Read more

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

Production Finance

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Production Finance program provides funding for projects produced or post-produced in NSW. Funding allocations are guided by ratios linking the Create NSW contribution to the amount spent in the State.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 March 2019
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Regional Pitchfest

Australia Post

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

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

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships

Veolia Mulwaree Trust

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

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

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council

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

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

Aurora Internship Program

The Aurora Project

Now in its 13th year of operation, the Aurora Internship Program has contributed to capacity building for Indigenous and Indigenous-sector organisations by placing over 2,000 talented and passionate interns. An agreement has been reached with the Commonwealth to extend the Program through to the end of February 2019.
 
The Program continues to place students and graduates with backgrounds in law (including some business), anthropology, some social sciences (including archaeology, community development, cultural heritage, environmental management, education, history, human geography, Indigenous studies, media/communications and sociology) as well as health science and social welfare (including social work and psychology) and at Indigenous sector organisations involved in native title, land rights, justice, policy and community development, health, social welfare and research, Australia wide.
 
We will be focusing more on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. The Commonwealth will provide financial support via scholarships for Indigenous interns under the Program. To date the Program has had only small numbers of Indigenous candidates due to us being unable to offer financial support.
 
The Program places Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students and graduates (including mature aged) in full-time unpaid 4 to 6 week internships, at over 140 organisations Australia-wide, all with an Indigenous focus, working in the area of:

  • Native title

  • Land rights
  • Policy development
  • Advocacy
  • Justice
  • Health and Social welfare
  • Human rights
  • Community development
  • Environmental policy.

 
The Program offers candidates an opportunity to gain professional work experience and improve career opportunities available at native title and other Indigenous sector organisations. It is aimed at candidates who are seeking work experience and have a keen interest in the sector. An internship is a great way to gain exposure into the professional work environment and develop workplace skills. Placements are available in all major cities and some remote/regional areas of Australia.
 
The Program not only provides much needed assistance to under-resourced Host organisations but also promotes career opportunities by raising awareness of the native title system and the broader Indigenous sector, attracting students and graduates to work in the sector. The quality of the interns is demonstrated by the eagerness of Aurora Hosts to retain alumni of the Program on a longer-term basis.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 March 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Internship
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia-India Council

The Australia-India Council

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

  • The Arts (including literature and film)

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

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

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

SITEWORKS Call for Proposals

Bundanon Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • a first draft showing of a new work

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

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

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

Creative Partnerships Awards

Creative Partnerships Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lending Rights

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Australian book publishers or creators—authors, compilers, editors, illustrators and translators—can be compensated for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries.
 
Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government programs that compensate Australian creators and publishers in recognition of income lost through free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries. These programs also support the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing.
 
A creator or a publisher must register and submit title claims within five years from the year of publication. Books are surveyed in a sample of either public lending libraries (PLR) or school, TAFE and university libraries (ELR).
 
Eligible creators are:

  • authors, editors, illustrators, translators and compilers

  • Australian citizens, wherever they reside
  • non-citizens who normally reside in Australia (eligibility ceases if residency in Australia ceases), and
  • those who receive on-going royalties from the sale of their book.

 
Eligible publishers are:

  • companies whose business consists wholly or substantially of the publication of books and who regularly publish in Australia—’regularly publish’ is defined as at least once in the
  • preceding three year period

  • non-profit organisations that publish to further their aims or objectives, and
  • self-publishing creators.

 
Payments are only made to eligible publishers if an eligible creator is receiving a payment.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website.
Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2019
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship aims to assist emerging artists to develop their practice through overseas travel or tuition. This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake formal study
  • undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist)
  • undertake informal study for a planned research project.

 
Funding Available
4 applicants will be awarded $5,000 plus GST each.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

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

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

Aboriginal History Prize

History Council of NSW

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

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

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

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of NSW

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

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

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings

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

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

JP Partnership

APRA AMCOS, JP Partnership

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

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

Artist Support Quick Response

Create NSW

Artist Support Quick Response funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice and/or develop markets.
 
Funding for projects that are solely focused on the creation, development and presentation of work should be submitted to Arts and Cultural Projects or another appropriate Arts and Cultural Development Program category.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Partnerships and groups.

 
Please note: priority will be give to applicants who have not received Artist Support funding in the last 12 months.
 
Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Aboriginal Quick Response

Create NSW

Funding supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts workers.
 
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.
The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.
Timeframe
Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.
 
Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups

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

  • Closing: 1 April 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Artists with Disability Funding

Australia Council for the Arts

The Artists with Disability funding program is currently under review. More information will be available soon.
 
Please contact the Australia Council grants team if you wish to discuss making an application to another grant category.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia Korea Foundation

Australia Korea Foundation

The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation are to:

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

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

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

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

Mentorship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

  • Art Gallery of NSW

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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Placements

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

  • Albury LibraryMuseum

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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

  • Dallas Museum of Art, USA

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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Heritage / Museums
  • 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: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Premier’s History Awards

State Library of NSW

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

  • Australian History Prize

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

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

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

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round One

Arts On Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

  • Closing: 8 April 2019
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation

The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal Communities and Individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.
 
The ABF only supports organisations or companies endorsed as “Deductible Gift Recipient” (a DGR). Evidence of this is a requirement for receiving ABF grants. For further information regarding DGRs, click here
 
Current grant priorities
Please note over the next two years, the ABF is committed to the significant support of several large projects. The progress will be reported on this website during 2018.
This means that the ABF does not encourage new grant applications in 2017-2018.
 
Guidelines
In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:
 
Seeding grants:to research the relevance and value of new projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists – preference is given to small and intermediate sized projects that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies.
to facilitate schemes or projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists which are of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.
 
One-off grants in support of:

  • health and well being of artists and their families

  • education through art projects which will benefit individual or community health and well being
  • individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs

Level of Grants Provided
 
For more information visit the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The LitLink Residential Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

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

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

River of Art Prize

River of Art

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

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

Churchill Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

A Churchill Fellowship can offer you (as an Australian citizen) the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about.
 
It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence.
 
The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society.
 
There is a high level of visibility and credibility associated with being a Churchill Fellow.
 
No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however, the Fellowship is NOT designed to enable applicants to complete tertiary qualifications.
 
The subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained with Australia is displayed.
 
For more information visit the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

State Library of NSW

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

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

The Nancy Keesing Fellowship

State Library of NSW

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

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

The Australian Religious History Fellowship

State Library of NSW

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

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

Early Development

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Early Development offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs.
 
We fund the development of:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • factual and documentary television or web programs and series
  • animation series
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

 
We do not fund the development of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine-style productions

  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Hadley's Art Prize

Hadley's Orient Hotel

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • 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: 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 2019
  • 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: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Varuna the National Writers House

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

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

Artist in Residence Program

Grafton Regional Gallery

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

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

Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio (AIR)

Tweed Regional Gallery

Visual artists are invited to apply to be part of the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, which is in two streams:
 
FEE PAYING RESIDENCY: Artists and arts professionals are invited to apply to rent the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. The program is subsidised making the rental fee just $330 per week (correct time of publication).
 
FUNDED RESIDENCY: Occurring twice a year, the funded residencies are supported through the generous benefaction of Mr Tim Fairfax AC and complemented by government grants and the Gallery’s support organisations.
 
Residents will be granted a living allowance, travel and free use of the AIR studio. Outcomes from the funded residencies will be included in the Gallery’s exhibition program. Funded residencies will also participate in the delivery of public programs supporting the Residency and the Gallery’s programs. Funded Residency applications are by INVITATION ONLY.
 
For more information visit the Tweed Regional Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 June 2019
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Scholarships for Regional Rockers

Girls Rock! Canberra

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • 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: TBA
  • 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.
 
For more information visit the Broken Hill City Council website. Read more

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

Access for Regional Writers Grants

Writing NSW

Access for Regional Writers grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in a professional development event at an approved not-for-profit organisation. Professional development events can include workshops or seminars designed to further their writing or career skills.
 
Previous grant recipients included writers from areas such as Lismore, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Dubbo.
 
They used their travel funds to attend professional development activities at Write Around the Murray Festival, Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, New England Writers’ Centre, Hunter Writers Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
 
Funding available: up to 5 travel grants of $300 each (plus GST) per round
 
For more information visit the NSW Writers’ Centre website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist in Residence

Bundanon Trust

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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: TBA
  • 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.
 

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

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

A new initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.
 
This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)

  • undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

 
Funding Available: One application will be awarded $8,000 + GST.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 June 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Dance, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

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

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

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

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing

National Library of Australia

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

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

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

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

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

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

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

  • Special access to research facilities and collections

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

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

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

MAAS Research Fellowship Program

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

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

  • Technologies

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

 
Resources
Fellows will be provided with access to:

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

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

 
For more information visit the MAAS website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

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.
 
For more information visit www.portrait.gov.au/content/darling-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: 8 July 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

A Month in the Country

HotHouse Theatre

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • 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.
 
For more information visit www.mga.org.au Read more

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

The Next Chapter

The Wheeler Centre

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

ANZ Staff Foundation - Round Two

ANZ Banking Group

Grants of around $5,000 support a variety of projects from disadvantaged youth to the environment. A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year.
 
For more information please visit www.anz.com Read more

  • Closing: 15 July 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Prelude Composer Residency Program

Bundanon Trust

Prelude offers four long-term residencies in composers’ houses in NSW, SA & WA. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel.
 
For more information visit bundanon.com.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Write Around the Murray

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

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

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

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

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: TBA
  • 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.
 
For more information visit the Art and About website. Read more

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

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

The Fleurieu Biennale

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

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

First Peoples Residencies

Bundanon Trust

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize

Sydney Living Museums

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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

Opportunity Development Grants

Music NSW

Performing at an industry showcase this year such as Electronic Music Conference? Been asked to be a support band on a big Australian tour? MusicNSW is here to help! Apply for the Opportunity Development Grant and MusicNSW could be covering costs for your flights, accommodation and more!
 
Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of up to $850 per member of the touring party, with a total limit of $5,500 per group.
 
The MusicNSW Opportunity Development Grants Program is funded by the NSW Government through CREATE NSW.
 
For more information visit the MusicNSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Arts Touring

Create NSW

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

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

Artform Fellowships

Create NSW

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • 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: TBA
  • 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. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.
 
For more information visit pleinair.com.au
Read more

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

Innovate/Situate Southern Cross University Design Prize

Southern Cross University

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

  • Use of sustainable materials

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

 
Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience

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

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

  • Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

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

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

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

Priority Fellowships

Create NSW

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

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

Who can apply?

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

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous
  • 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: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing, Writing NSW

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

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

IMAGinE Awards

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

  • Exhibitions Projects

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

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

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

Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants

Writing NSW

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

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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • 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

Aesthetica Art Prize

Aesthetica Magazine

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.
 
For more information visit the Aesthetica Magazine website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 August 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School

The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing, celebrating innovation, technical skills and diverse media. A leading Australian artist will be invited to select the finalists and award the prize of $30,000. The new Dobell Drawing Prize will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
 
All works selected for exhibition are eligible for the Prize money of $30,000. The Prize will be acquisitive to benefit public collections and the exhibition is planned to tour to Regional Galleries.
 
The National Art School will administer the Prize and creative programming to accompany the exhibition.
 
For more information visit nas.edu.au Read more

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

Writing NSW Writer & Scientist Grant

Writing NSW

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize

Gosford Galleries

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

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

The Basil Sellers Art Prize

Eurobodalla Shire Council

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

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

Arts and Cultural Projects

Create NSW

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

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups.

 

Funding range:

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

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

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

Doug Moran Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

For the past 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
 
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
 
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
 
Prize Money
Winner: $150,000
All Finalists: $1,000
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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 entry are online at www.shervingallery.com.au Read more

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

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

Arts On Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 September 2019
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indent Event Development Grants

Music NSW

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Author Fellowship

Copyright Agency

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

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

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

Copyright Agency

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

  • memoir

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

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

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

Fellowship for a Visual Artist

Copyright Agency

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

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

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery

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

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

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

  • two life figure drawings, one of each sex

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

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

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

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • 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: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

Gleneira City Council

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

National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

For more information and to submit, visit nppp.portrait.gov.au
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  • Closing: TBA
  • 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.

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  • Closing: 31 October 2019
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding

Creativity Australia

Seed Funding Overview
Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation, through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. The My Choir program is about building supportive networks, strengthening diverse communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.
 
Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time. With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors, rehearse weekly followed by supper and perform at community and corporate events.
 
To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of seed funding grants of $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the $10,000 seed grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir.
 
Success is determined by our unique “Health of Choirs” indicators that measure member engagement and participation through our personalised program App. During the first six months one of our program staff will mentor the organizing committee to interpret the indicators and use them to focus their efforts to lay a strong foundation for the choir to succeed, be socially inclusive and build community wellbeing and inspirational outcomes for participants.
 
In addition (and separate to the initial $10k seed grant) individual communities may also apply for an allowance of up to $2,500 to support their conductor travelling to Melbourne to participate in the conductor training workshops to be held in early 2018.
 
How the With One Voice program works
With One Voice programs are set up and ran by local volunteers using the resources and materials provided by Creativity Australia. By establishing a local community choir under the auspices of Creativity Australia (as a registered charity) you hold a licence that enables the choir to raise funds to support projects and initiatives at a local level. The choir is set up as an unincorporated association under the umbrella of Creativity Australia. This includes an independent bank account which is jointly managed by the local choir volunteers and Creativity Australia.
 
There are seven key components to the With One Voice program:

  • bringing together a diverse range of local community individuals and organisations to promote, commence and participate in the program

  • finding an extraordinary music leader (who is empathetic and inspiring)
  • finding a safe, nurturing space to sing (that is accessible and close to public transport or infrastructure)
  • seeking out diversity (all are welcome…all ages, backgrounds and cultures…no auditions)
  • showcasing your choir … share the love (perform locally, celebrate accomplishments)
  • nurturing social connections (rehearse weekly, share supper, share the “Wish List”)
  • building sustainability (develop community & business connections, recruit some helpers, start fundraising).

 
Priority
Funding is not prioritized for any particular group or type of organisation, however, there is a set of criteria that applicants must meet. Please see the information pack that can be downloaded from the website for more information
 
Limitations
The organising committees of With One Voice Choirs must represent the community and applications will be assessed based on their diversity and/or plan to achieve diversity. If you would like assistance on whether or not your group or organisation would be suitable to help establish a With One Voice choir, please contact Creativity Australia. Please note, local and state government are not eligible to apply.
 
Website: www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/
Guidelines: Click here
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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

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

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

Pitch Australiana - VICE and Screen Australia Pitching Competition

Screen Australia

VICE Australia and Screen Australia are partnering on a pitching competition offering Australian filmmakers a chance to win a commission for a short documentary project.
 
The winning project will be released online through leading global media company VICE as part of their digital series, Australiana.
 
WHO CAN APPLY
Applicant teams must consist of a director or producer, one of whom has at least one documentary screen credit in their respective role on a project that has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognised film festival or distributed on a significant curated online platform.
 
Go to our list of recognised festivals.
 
THE PRIZE
Screen Australia will commit $30,000 and VICE Australia will commit $20,000, meaning a total of $50,000 funding is available for the production of one documentary.
 
Go to the guidelines on Vice Website. Read more

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

Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

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

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

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

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

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

Police Point Artist in Residence Program

Mornington Peninsula Shire

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

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

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

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

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

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: 20 March 2020
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Stanthorpe Art Prize

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

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

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

 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Paul Guest Prize

Bendigo Art Gallery

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

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

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Lismore Regional Gallery

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

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

Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

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

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.
 
A selection of past recipients of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship include:
 
Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship – Isobelle Dashwood, James Lyttle, Vanessa Morelli, Cristiano Martino, Jessica Fyfe, Paul Knobloch
Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship – Andrew Goodwin, Luke Stoker, Morgan Pearse, Alexander Lewis, Derek Welton, David Hansen
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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