Heidi Kenyon, From little things… (installation detail), 2018. Photograph Grant Hancock.

Guildhouse is all about connecting creatives with opportunities.

We share a variety of opportunities on offer through our partner organisations and the wider industry. In this section you can explore a variety of Art Prizes, Commissions, Proposals, Call-Outs, Residencies, Mentorships, Career Development, Grants and Funding opportunities.

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Grants & Funding

Independent Makers and Presenters Program

Open to professional practising South Australian independent artists, groups and organisations, the February round categories support professional development opportunities and the development of new work and its production or presentation.

Categories offered:

Individual Development

Building Pathways
Emerging Artist Development
Project Grants
Triennial Project Grant
South Australian Living Artist Publication

The February round will also offer the opportunity to again nominate for the Triennial Project Grant and the South Australian Living Artist Publication.

Information regarding the Independent Makers and Presenters Program and the application process can be found on the Arts South Australia website.

Closes: 24 February, 2020. 5PM

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FUNDING: PITCH – Country Arts SA

Do you have a project or a fabulous idea you would like to pitch, for support from Country Arts SA? Are you interested and think that we can help?

Key Points to include:

  • Who are you and what do you do
  • Explain your project / idea.
  • Why do you think it is a good project / idea?
  • Have you spoken to anyone else about your idea and are they supportive? i.e. artists/local government/community groups/family
  • Give an estimate of what you think the costs might be

Send a one page word document or a 10 slide power point or a video file outlining your pitch to: grant.admin@countryarts.org.au

GRANT: Carclew Project & Development Grants

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend Money Talks | Carclew Grants & Funding Information Session. The session will offer handy tips and tricks when applying for grants with Carclew. This one-hour information session will cover everything you need to know for individual Project and Development Grant applications.

Registration is essential HERE

Also now open is the June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship offered by Carclew in conjunction with the Independent Arts Foundation and the Italia-Australia Association. South Australian artists (aged 26 or under) working in any art form can further develop their practice through a professional development program (of choice) in Italy at the value of $4,000.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact Carclew’s Funding Program Coordinator for a one-on-one consult prior to submitting an application. Contact Rebecca Meston on 8230 1103 or on rmeston@carclew.org.au

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FUNDING: Arts South Australia – Building Pathways

Building Pathways assists South Australian artists to build their national and international profile. It supports the development of relationships with influential interstate and international galleries, agents, publishers, producers and presenters.

Funding is available for travel, accommodation and living expenses to bring key industry representatives to South Australia for meetings and presentations.

Funds are also available for South Australian artists to attend significant national and/or international industry events and presentations such as trade fairs, book fairs and performing arts markets. This may include the development of marketing materials for specific projects or activities to assist with the promotion of practising professional South Australian artists.

This category does not support touring of productions or exhibitions.

This category does not support day-to-day marketing costs such as website development.

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Grant Amounts: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: 5PM , 26 March 2018; 5PM , 6 August 2018; 05PM , 3 December 2018;
Notification Date: 1 May 2018; 1 October 2018; 1 February 2019;
Commencement Date: 1 June 2018; 15 October 2018; 18 February 2019

City of Mitcham: Public Art Grant Applications now open

SA Water, in partnership with the City of Mitcham, are seeking applications from artists to create artworks to be installed on the Belair Water Tower and Eden Hills Water Tank.

A budget of $25,000 is available for the two projects, to be awarded to two separate artists.

Artists are encouraged to provide concepts for both sites, but if successful will only be awarded one.

Artists applying to work on the Belair Water Tower must adhere to all Work Health Safety (WHS) requirements relating to working at heights and electricity and must manage all aspects of safety and equipment hire in partnership with SA Water.

The Belair Water Tower is on Sheoak Rd, Belair, and the Eden Hills Water Tank is on Sturt Road, Eden Hills.

Projects must be completed by 30 June 2020. Applications close 9am Monday 16 March 2020.

Please email applications to mitchamarts@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au.

Closes: 16 March, 2020. 9AM

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Ripple Effect Micro-Grants

The Team at Power Living believes in the power of community in a big way and we believe that the shift that is happening right here at the studio can have a major flow on effect. That is why they are starting Ripple Effect.

This new initiative aims to see and acknowledge the people that are doing great things in our community, and in their communities and so on. It aims to flash fund transformational projects that build and shape communities as well as boost projects focusing on positive change. Ripple Effect is a framework for change by administering a micro-grant of $1500 for a different project every month.

These micro-grants can be a catalyst for positive change that will ripple through the minds and hearts of Adelaide in a big way!

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GRANT: Quick Response Grant – Country Arts SA

Quick Response Grant applications can be submitted anytime between 2-8 weeks prior to your activity commencing.

Who is this grant for? Regional artists to access professional arts development and training opportunities, or organisations/communities with small project opportunities that arise at short notice.

Applicants can choose from two categories:

  • Individual – up to $1,500

Provides support for professional development opportunities for individual artists and arts workers in regional South Australia.

  • Community – up to $3,000

Provides support for small-scale arts development initiatives for community groups and organisations in regional South Australia.

Funding can cover any reasonable costs such as artists fees, travel and accommodation.


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FUNDING: Arts South Australia – Independent Makers & Presenters

The Independent Makers and Presenters (IMP) program supports skills and career development and the creation, development and presentation of new work by independent practising professional South Australian artists involved in literature, the performing arts or visual art, craft and design.

There are several categories in the IMP program:

Professional Development:

Individual Development

Individual Development supports the professional development of individual, independent artists through master classes, workshops, mentorships, attendance at conferences, attachments to arts organisations or participation in arts residencies.

Established artists wishing to undertake mentorships may apply through Individual Development.

Artists may also apply for funding to build their reputation through public appearances at festivals, exhibitions and events.

Up to $3000 within Australia – Up to $5000 for international opportunities

Building Pathways

Building Pathways helps South Australian artists increase their national and international profile and presentation opportunities by developing connections with influential interstate and international galleries, agents, publishers, producers and presenters. Funding is available for travel, accommodation and living expenses to bring key industry representatives to South Australia for meetings and presentations.

Funds are also available to develop marketing materials and opportunities that will directly assist with the promotion (interstate and overseas) of practising professional South Australian artists.
Up to $10,000

For more details:

Peter Grace, Manager, Artists’ Grants & Awards Program
Phone. 08 8463 5429
Email. peter.grace@sa.gov.au

Julia Moretti, Arts Development Officer, Artists’ Grants & Awards Program
Phone. 08 8463 5455
Email. julia.moretti@sa.gov.au

Copyright Agency, Cultural Fund Grants

Fellowship for a Visual Artist:

For an established visual artist to develop and create new work.

Closes: 29 June, 2020


Create Grants:

For the creation and development of new work for mid-career and established writers and visual artists

Closes: 14 September, 2020


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City of Adelaide Arts and cultural grants

Providing funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver creative arts and cultural projects for the city.

The City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan states that our culture infuses creativity and the arts in everything we do and commits to a multicultural city with a passion to create authentic and internationally renowned experiences.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program is intended to assist in the delivery of the Strategic Plan by providing funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver creative arts and cultural projects that contribute to a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences.

Explore the number of grants available through the City of Adelaide here

GRANT: CITY OF ADELAIDE: Arts & Cultural Grants

City of Adelaide’s Arts and Cultural Grants are now open with applications accepted until 22 April for projects taking place during the 19/20 financial year.

Categories include:
Artistic Development: Up to $20,000 over a three-year period, with up to $8,000 made available in any one year
Public Art: Up to $8,000
Community Programs & Events: Up to $8,000
Live Music Enterprise: Up to $5,000
Cultural Promotion Grants: Up to $2,000, apply anytime
Quick Response Grants: Up to $2,000, apply anytime

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GRANT: Country Arts SA Quick Response Grant – RAF


Quick Response grants are to assist applicants who are unable to apply for support from other funding sources because the opportunity occurs outside of a normal grant round. Please discuss with your regional Arts and Cultural Facilitator.

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Cash-flow your art quick smart with up to $4000 through our new Quick Response Arts Grants.

Grants are available to artists, creatives and small to medium arts organisation across all disciplines and to people from all backgrounds and abilities for unexpected opportunities that have arisen at short notice.

It’s easy to apply and you could know the outcome within a few weeks of submitting.

You can be located anywhere, but your funding must result in a public outcome activated within the City of Melbourne municipality.

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GRANT: ACC Arts and Cultural Grants

The Adelaide City Council offers Arts and Cultural Grants, intending to assist in the delivery of the Strategic Plan by providing funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals. This way we can have more creative arts and cultural projects that contribute to a welcoming and dynamic City full of rich and diverse experiences.

Quick Response Grants (Open year round)

Cultural Promotion Grants – (Open year round)

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GRANTS: City of Adelaide & Cultural Grants Program

The City of Adelaide Arts and Cultural Grants Program provides funding to eligible individuals, groups and organisations to deliver creative arts and cultural projects that contribute to a welcoming and dynamic City full of rich and diverse experiences.

Quick Response Grants (Open year round)

Up to $2,000

Funding across all of the above categories will be provided for applicants delivering projects which require a quick turn-around time and a small financial contribution. This could include events, activities, performances, public artworks and workshops.

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Career Development

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre
2021 Exhibition Program – submissions now open

Be part of Craft ACT’s respected artistic program in their 50th anniversary year, 2021. They are seeking proposals for engaging and unique exhibitions from craftspeople, designers, makers and curators, welcoming all levels of experience and all mediums of practice.

Closes: 15 March, 2020. 11:59 pm

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Wattle Range Council: Request for EOI’s for major public art piece

Design, Develop and Install feature artwork as an Entrance Statement in the Domain Precinct, Millicent.

Wattle Range Council (the Council) invites Expressions of Interest from artists and urban design architects to particpiate in a process to identify 3 concepts that can be presented to the community for consideration for further development and construction of an entrance statement work for the Domain Playground Precinct (the Services).


EOI for Stage 1 closes: 9 April, 2020. 4 pm

EOI’s must be lodged at: tenders@wattlerange.sa.gov.au

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Curate the City of Adelaide – Job Opportunity

Are you a curator looking for your next challenge? An exciting opportunity for a part time curator has become available in City of Adelaide’s Creative City team.
In the Curator, Creative City role you will develop and deliver exhibitions across City places and spaces that present and celebrate Council’s Archival and Civic Collections. You will engage with partners both internal and external to Council and facilitate public engagement programs associated with the exhibitions such as talks and tours. If this sounds like you apply online before 31 March. This is a 0.5FTE Part Time, 12 Month Fixed Term Contract.


Closes: 31 March, 2020.

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The Refinery creative incubator – applications now open

Following its hugely successful launch in 2019, The Refinery creative incubator will return to the Sunshine Coast in 2020.

Applications are now open for this free eight-week program that joins the dots between creativity and business and sees participants take part in an incubator program to refine, test and launch their creative ideas as a sustainable business.

Applications are welcome from individuals and groups from across the creative sector including visual art, screen, design, architecture, publishing, literature, advertising, media, podcasting, game development, fashion, performing arts, music, heritage and artisan craft.

Delivering access to mentors and a network of inspiring industry leaders, the program provides participants with the business skills, tools and connections to turn their idea into reality.

Closes: 2 March, 2020.

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2020 National Works on Paper

National Works on Paper (NWOP) supports and promotes contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper with up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards (including the $15,000 Mornington Peninsula Shire / Beleura – The Tallis Foundation major acquisitive award).

In 2020, as part of MPRG’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will hold the prestigious biennial NWOP exhibition. With a long and rich history, the NWOP attracts leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture.

Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include James Tylor & Laura Wills, Daniel O’Shane, Jess Johnson, Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.


Closes: 19 April, 2020

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Be part of the renowned George Street Creative Hub

Studio space is currently available and suitable for artists, designer makers and artisans working across furniture, sculpture and mixed medium.

They welcome expressions of interest from artists and makers at all career levels. Younger and emerging artists are encouraged and will be offered access to learn from experienced practitioners.

Established in Thebarton in 1999, George Street Studio thrives on its dynamic, creative and progressive work environment. The current studio members are all professionals and specialists in their chosen fields.

George Street Studio is a positive and supportive working environment where knowledge and expertise is happily shared amongst the group.

George Street Studio boasts excellent facilities including: bandsaw, thicknesses, buzzer ,metal saws, table saw ,compressor, mill, welders, blacksmith forge and power hammer , metal lathe ,overhead crane and more , plus onsite parking.

George Street Studios is part of the Thebarton creative and social neighbourhood encompassing The Wheatsheaf Hotel, The Deli and Mister Sunshine’s Cafe.


1. Floor space approx. 9.6 m x 9.7 m – 93m2 . Plus a small office .This space is part of the main warehouse.
Alternatively the space could be divided into two to three studio spaces. Ideal for a group with a shared or similar discipline.

PRICE RANGE . $1330 – $1450 plus GST

1. Floor space 4 m x 3.8 m .

Ideal for a Jeweler , Graphic Designer or Artisan .

PRICE IS NEGOTIABE – $90 to $120 plus GST per week – subject to the use and the number of practitioners.

For further details or to organise
a visit please contact

Tony Rosella M 0402 114 702

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CALL OUT: Pepper Street Arts Centre Artist of the month

Limited spaces are available. Places for Artist of the Month 2019 are generally suited to small ranges and ideal for 3D works.

Noncompliant: Submissions from artists and writers

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Landscape Stories Art Project

The Landscape Stories Art Project is part of the City of PAE’s Living Landscapes Initiative, which is a priority of the Living Environment Strategy 2017-2022.

The Living Landscapes Initiative was established to identify opportunities that promote the value and living history of the City’s built, cultural and natural heritage and to provide opportunities for residents and visitors to ‘experience’ and interpret this heritage. The initiative also aims to strengthen cross-cultural understanding of Kaurna’s cultural heritage as it relates to the City’s natural landscape.

The inaugural Landscape Stories Art Project ‘Landscape Stories – Mutton Cove’ took place in 2018 – there is a video of part of that project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBpuAswirq4

Expressions of Interest are being sought from artists/artist teams to respond to the City of PAE’s unique waterways and/or wetlands to explore connections between the landscape and community. The project will include a public outcome to coincide with World Environment Day – Friday 5 June 2020.

Closes: 26 June, 2020, 5pm

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Call for 2021 Hughes Gallery Exhibition Proposals

Established and emerging artists in all media are invited to submit applications for the 2021 Hughes Gallery exhibition program.
Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in exhibiting in our gallery.

Closes: 26 June, 2020, 5pm

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Jamboree Creative Escape

Jamboree Creative Escape is a weekend getaway wonderland for lovers of craft, art and nature. Just over an hour from Sydney, in the lush forest of Mt Keira. Workshops cover craft, cooking, plants, dance, storytelling, and music, weaving together a beautiful, powerful program.

“The First event of its kind in Australia” – Time Out Sydney

Barista coffee served each morning with sunrise yoga, delicious organic and seasonal meals, champagne on arrival and a lovely gift bag for each guest are just some of the special touches for this ultimate weekend away!

This year, we have Craftivist learnings from Bega Craft Queen Annie Werner, along with Second Life Sewing (our first sewing workshop at Jamboree!). We have printmaking with Catriona, the founder of Burning Palms Print Gallery, a social enterprise working with young people in remote indigenous communities. How amazing!

We will be joined by writer and author Helena Fox, whose superb writing workshops are perfect for anyone busting to hone their creative storytelling skills. We have, for the first time, Ceramics workshops with Peach! Make your own Sprouts and Salads Masterclass with foodie Mindy, and food forest workshops with permaculture designer Narelle Happ.

Limited tickets available. Book by 31st March 2020 to save $200 off the full-price ticket.

23 – 25 October, 2020

Website: https://www.jamboreesouthcoast.com.au/
Tickets: https://events.humanitix.com.au/jamboree-2020
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtOZyolIhrM&feature=emb_logo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamboreesouthcoast/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rumpus_jamboree/

Australian National Brooch Show 2020

Contemporary artists are invited to submit up to 5 brooches (small wearable artworks) for exhibition. This year’s exhibition will be on from 1 May – 9 August in Fitzroy, and then ‘tour” to Eltham, showing 14 August – 29 October. That is five and a half months on show! Feel free to pass on this email opportunity to other artists whom may be interested.

Closes: 17 April, 2020

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City of Tea Tree Gully: Besties (What is your relationship with the dog?) Call Out

Invitation to participate in exhibition.

Closes: 10 May, 2020

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Studies in Art History

The Art Gallery of South Australia offers a unique Program in Art History. Teaching in both programs is based around the collections and exhibition program of the Art Gallery of South Australia. This exciting teaching approach, drawing on the expertise of the Art Gallery and the University, is an Australian first.

In ‘hands-on’ sessions in the Art Gallery, students find out about works of art in the Art Gallery’s collection, how best to display them, why they were acquired and more.

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The Helpmann Academy provide professional development for emerging artists. Here are some new opportunities for artists:

Elevate Mentorships
The mentorship structure can vary considerably depending on the goals of the mentee and what the mentor can offer.

Visual Arts Industry Day
Purposefully selected curators and directors will share their varied knowledge, experience, and advice. Discuss your work and career development plans with industry leaders who you feel are most closely related to your practice.

For more information head to helpmannacademy.com.au

Articulate Exhibitions

Program 2020 Articulate is an artist-run space located in Leichhardt, Sydney and is calling for proposals for projects and exhibitions for the 2020 program for experimental contemporary art that has a focus on installation, performance and related spatial and temporal practice. Two spaces are available and are suited to different types of work; Articulate project space downstairs is 27 metres long and accommodates larger installation, performance and related work, and ArticulateUpstairs is a space suited to wall and smaller works.

Closes: 21 February, 2020

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Public Art Opportunity
City of Onkaparinga
Place of Courage

The City of Onkaparinga Place of Courage is a public art project which
seeks to commemorate the traumatic impact of family and domestic
violence on individuals, families and communities, raising awareness and
furthering the dialogue for understanding and change. The City of
Onkaparinga (CoO) has worked in collaboration with the Spirit of Woman
organisation to develop the brief. It is significant to the project that the
founder of this organisation, Helen Oxenham, was instrumental in helping
to establish the first women’s shelter in southern Adelaide in Christies
Beach, which opened in February 1977.


Closes: 24 March, 2020.

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ArtPlay New Ideas Lab EOI

ArtPlay are seeking proposals for new work to be created as part of the ongoing creative program for children aged 12 years and under.

All applications will be assessed based on merit, however artists are encouraged to consider putting forward proposals that target babies and children under 2 years.

Ideas from artists of all disciplines will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to explore new ideas where children and/or families will be the co-creators of the work and that respond to the provocation of ‘climate emergency’. A new idea means a brand new work.

Funding of up to $20,000 is available.


Closes: 27 March, 2020.

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Designer Showcase

Designer Showcase – Calling all professional or emerging fashion designers …

Ready to show your work in an international forum? And possibly win the $10,000 AUD “Designer of the Year” award?

We The Makers Design Festival – Designer Showcase will exhibit original creations by 20 top professional and emerging fashion designers from across Australia and around the world

“Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion”.

Each entrant is required to enter a “look” (head to toe outfit) that responds to the festival theme.

Entries will be judged on their ability to design and redefine sustainable and ethical textiles.

Closes: 2 March, 2020.

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2020 Yorke Peninsula Art Exhibition

It’s again time to get out your brushes, cameras and art materials as entries are now open for the 11th Yorke Peninsula (YP) Art Exhibition across three genres of fine-art/painting, photography and sculpture.

The Exhibition is open to the public over the Easter Long Weekend from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April 2020.

Due to its size, the YP Art Exhibition will be hosted across three wonderful regional venues in Ardrossan (fine art/painting), Edithburgh (sculpture) and Yorketown (photography).

Mayor Darren Braund said “After the recent challenges experienced with the bush fires, I am looking forward to seeing the community come together to showcase and celebrate local and South Australian creativity and spirit. Through the great variety of art that will be entered, artists will be competing for over $12,200 in prize money”.

The Verna Lock Acquisitive Memorial Award, presented to a local artist, returns in 2020 in commemoration of past Working Party Member, Councillor Verna Lock. A founding member and driving force behind the establishment of the YP Art Exhibition.

School Registrations are also now open, showcasing the best of our local school’s art and design students. Competing for over $1,100 in prize money, students will exhibiting alongside emerging and established artists for the first time for the main award prizes. Over Easter 2020, don’t miss the creative talents of our next generation of artists in fine-art/painting, photography and sculpture on display.

As always, this exhibition would not be possible without the assistance of our great local sponsors including our enduring Major Sponsors – Ardrossan, Yorketown and Edithburgh Progress Associations.

To Register just enter your details, upload your photos and pay your $15 registration fee (per work – to a maximum three) – it all happens online at https://www.yorkepeninsulaartexhibition.com.au

Open Entries close on Monday, 2 March 2020 and School Entries close Thursday, 5 March 2020.

This award winning Biennial Exhibition continues to grow. In 2018, it attracted over 2,500 people through the doors over the Easter Long Weekend. In addition, 362 works of art were displayed across three genres, with a total value of $137,070. This resulted in 50 artworks sold, totalling $17,320 for artists


Closes: 5 March, 2020

For further information:

Carolyn Ramsey I Project Officer YP 2020 Art Exhibition
Yorke Peninsula Council I Principal Office – Maitland
Ph: 08 – 8832 0037 I F: 08-8853 2494 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
E: admin@yorke.sa.gov.au I W: www.yorke.sa.gov.au

First Nations Curators’ Program

Applications are open year round The First Nations Curators’ Program offered by Firstdraft supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present a four-week exhibition at the gallery, a space for the presentation of emerging and experimental arts practice. Recipients receive a $1,500 curatorial fee, $1,000 for artist fees, help with exhibition development and a professional mentorship with an established First Nations curator. The Program is designed to provide early career curators with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks.

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Art Prizes

FUSE Glass Prize, 2020


The FUSE Glass Prize, established in 2016, is a biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand artists working in glass. With a major non-acquisitive cash prize of $20,000 the FUSE Glass Prize provides a platform for artists to push themselves and their work to new limits and focuses public attention on the importance of glass as a medium for contemporary artistic expression, the outstanding public collections in the region, and the globally connected art glass ecosystem.

CLOSES: 20 March 2020


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Short Film Prize 2020

Whether you’re an established, emerging or first-time filmmaker, here’s your chance to create a short film with a little inspiration from the State Library’s extraordinary collection.

Films (of no more than six minutes) can be about anything but must reference one or more items pre-selected from Library’s collection. All genres will be considered – fictional, documentary, animation or experimental (eg. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone), and can be produced on any device including mobile phones.

Our judges will select the 10 most engaging, imaginative and innovative entries to be showcased in the Shortstacks Short Film Festival at the Library in June. The winners will be announced on the night by Australian film industry royalty and Shortstacks Judge Margaret Pomeranz.

Before you get started, please read the Guidelines carefully.

Closes: 2 April, 2020.

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Chelsea International Photography Competition

Professional and amateur photographers at any stage of their career are invited to participate in the Chelsea International Photography Competition, which opens opportunity to be discovered and promoted in the heart of New York’s art district. Prizes to the value of $55,000 will be awarded with results to be announced on 26 May 2020. Visit the website for more information about entry fees and how to apply.

CLOSES: 28 April 2020


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Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

The Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the fourth installment since it first debuted in 2014.

The Percival Photographic Portrait Prize was started to coincide with the highly popular Percival Portrait Painting Prize and to ensure a city-wide celebration of portraiture.

Selected works will be on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from 22 May-19 July 2020 and will be eligible for the Percival Portrait Painting Prize of $10,000 (acquisitive) and the People’s Choice Award of $1,500.

CLOSES: 2 March 2020


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Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2020

The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition.

The Percival Photographic Portrait Prize was started to coincide with the highly popular Percival Portrait Painting Prize and to ensure a city-wide celebration of portraiture.

Selected works will be on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from 22 May-19 July 2020 and will be eligible for the Percival Portrait Painting Prize of $10,000 (acquisitive) and the People’s Choice Award of $1,500.

CLOSES: 2 March 2020


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The Churchie
emerging art prize

the churchie returns to the Institute of Modern Art once more in 2020, debuting a new look and new approach.

Since its inception at Anglican Church Grammar School in 1987, the prize has sought to identify and profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across the country. Today it is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists.

Thanks to generous supporters, the churchie offers a prize pool of $25,000, with the overall winner receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture.

The call for entries for the 2020 prize is now open! Emerging Australian artists working in any medium are encouraged to apply. Find out more here.


Closes: 1 March, 2020.

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Australian Life photography competition

The Australian Life photo contest is a perennial favourite in the Art & About program. We’ve been collecting and exhibiting epic and intimate images from around Australia for more than 15 years.

We want to see Australian life through your lens. We’re looking for engaging and intriguing photos that depict Australia beyond the icons.

You may capture any aspect of Australia – everyday occurrences, fleeting moments, unusual places, comical characters, celebrations or rituals, natural or artificial environments.


Closes: 16 June, 2020.

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2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

Grafton Regional Gallery is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 JADA to artists residing in Australia aged over 16 years. Artists are invited to enter up to two drawings with a Gallery appointed panel to shortlist a selection of finalists for exhibition from 2 October to 22 November 2020.

The winner of the acquisitive prize of $35,000 sponsored by the Friends of Grafton Gallery will be announced at the official opening on Friday 2 October 2020.

This biennial drawing prize seeks to encourage and promote innovation and excellence in Australian drawing practice

Closes: 30 June, 2020.

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Clarence Prize

The Clarence Prize is a biennial, acquisitive exhibition that has found its niche within Australia’s art community as a prize that celebrates accessible and innovative furniture art. It is open to furniture designers and craftspeople operating within Australia. Held in the historic Rosny Barn, the Prize contributes to Tasmania’s reputation as a leading cultural hub, brimming with vibrant arts experiences.

Closes: 22 May, 2020.

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Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

With a $45,000 prize pool, the Ravenswood art prize puts the careers of women artists first, and it’s calling for entries.
Since its inception in 2017, the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize has grown in entries by more than 200%, demonstrating the need for both opportunities and recognition of practicing artists who identify as women.

Closes: 18 March, 2020.

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Gallipoli Art Prize

The concept of conducting art prize competitions in both Australia and Turkey to commemorate the legacy of those heroes who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 was conceived in 2004 and developed during 2004-2005.

The first official announcement of this project was made on 15 April 2005 by the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable John Howard MP, of the intention to conduct the art prize competitions in Australia and Turkey.

The project has achieved over a decade of successful competition due to the wonderful support from:

Artists in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey; and Governments and Communities in Australia and Turkey.

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2020 Wearable Art Mandurah competition

Wearable Art Mandurah provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to create revolutionary works of art on the body. We’re calling on designers to enter the competition and become part of an amazing experience. Please read more in the media release attached.


CLOSES: 1 March 2020

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Kilgour Prize

In 1987, artist Jack Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at Newcastle Art Gallery.

Today, the KILGOUR PRIZE is one of Australia’s major art prizes and awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges, and $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award, as determined by votes from the public.

CLOSES: 3 May 2020

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Sunny Art Prize: Open Call for Artists

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition, based in the UK, is a global platform offering art opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world, including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest also gives the art prize-winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China.

The art competition welcomes submissions from all over the world. The diversity of the prize is also reflected by the variety of art practices it represents, from two-dimensional work such as paintings, drawings and photography to three-dimensional sculptures and ceramics, as well as contemporary installations, mixed media artworks, video and digital work.

CLOSES: 30 June 2020


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Australian Interior Design Awards 2020

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers.


Closes: 14 February, 2020

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Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020

Entries for the 2020 Stanthorpe Art Prize are now open.

$50,000 in prizes

CLOSES: 16 March 2020


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Queensland Memory Awards

Applications are now open for State Library of Queensland research fellowships and awards totaling $75,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Use State Library’s vast resources to uncover and share your stories. People from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Closes: 26 March, 2020

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Call Out Information Session

Image: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Photograph: Claudio Raschella Wednesday 11 March 2020, 1.30 pm Pricing: Free Location: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, 91 Hindley Street, Adelaide Presenter: Guildhouse and ASO staff Find out more about this opportunity at our call out...

Advice Bank: Mount Gambier

Image: Riddoch Art Gallery, Photograph: courtesy of the gallery.Monday 23 March 2020, 10 am – 12.15 pm Pricing: Free Location: Riddoch Art Gallery, 1 Bay Road, Main Corner Complex, Mount Gambier Presenter: Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor...

The Collections Project: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Call Out

Image: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Photograph: Claudio RaschellaGuildhouse is thrilled to partner with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) to present a new Collections Project for 2020 with the Adelaide Festival Centre and the City of Adelaide. This opportunity...