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

ABC Fresh Start Funds

Enhanced Development & Production Fund

Supports Australian production companies that have worked with the ABC or gained some industry recognition, across two areas:

  • Existing productions: Supercharging development assistance to kickstart productions impacted by COVID-19 after the lifting of restrictions.
  • New concepts: Supporting new stories in any genre about Australian culture and communities, particularly in new formats.

Innovation Fund

Supports individual Australian creatives who may not have worked with the ABC previously. The Innovation Fund backs Australian talent with bold and innovative content ideas across multiple genres aimed at audiences under 55.

Arts Digital Fund

Supports Australian creatives and production companies with innovative ideas for new arts content, particularly documentary storytelling.

Children’s Content Fund

Supports excellence in children’s content across two areas:

  • Scripted/Factual: Supporting production companies with current animation or live-action development or productions.
  • Music: Commissioning new pieces of children’s music from talented and prolific Australian musicians for ABC Kids listen.

Australian Music

Support for independent Australian artists and musicians across all ABC music networks, including:

  • New music: Commissioning new works for ABC Classic and ABC Jazz.
  • Music scholarships: Supporting diverse emerging artists across multiple genres and themes, driven by triple j and triple j Unearthed.


Closes: 12 June, 2020

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Country Arts SA grants

Country Arts SA offers support for arts and cultural activities in regional South Australia that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities. Grants across the following programs are available: the Skills Development Grant, Step Out Grant, and Step Up Grant, all close 16 March. Quick Response Grants Regional Arts Fund closes 30 June. Visit the website to read the relevant information before applying.

NAVA Grants:

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Each year 4 x scholarships are awarded to young early career artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to: Undertake formal study, undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or undertake informal study for a planned research project.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of $8,000 + GST

Closes: 23 August, 2020



Carstairs Prize

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.

The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.

This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland in the 19th century.

Funding Available: One individual or group will be awarded $3,000 + GST

Closes: 6 September, 2020


National Library of Australia: 2021 Creative Arts Fellowships for new creative artworks and writing

Creative Arts Fellowships offer $10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks in the Library developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections.

Two Fellowships are available:

Creative Arts Fellowship – using our collections, artists can progress or complete an artwork/body of work. Artists may be working in any medium other than writing. This may include music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms. The Creative Arts Fellowship is supported by the Friends of the Library.

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing – using our collections, writers can progress or complete a new creative work. This may include working in any literary form or genre. The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.


Closes: 10 July 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

New Music Development Office Project Support Grants

The new Music Development Office Project Support Grants will provide financial contributions to support artists and music businesses, helping you to continue to develop new content and new ways of working, planning and connecting under the current COVID-19 conditions.  

With this in mind, we have removed the categories of touring, recording, marketing, events and festivals and skills development and replaced them with three distinct streams of funding Streams A, B and C.   

  • Stream A) Creative Development Support Grants – Up to $5,000 per grant to support artists, songwriters and producers in developing and/or releasing new original music composition or content. The grants will support projects/activities from 15 May 2020 – 30 September 2020.  
  • Stream B) Music Business Project Support Grants – Up to $20,000 per grant to support self-managed artists, artist managers, promoters, live music venues, and other music businesses/ organisations who facilitate the creation, production and performance of original music. The grants will be available to assist in developing and implementing strategies that aid the recovery of businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.   
  • Stream C) Music Industry Initiatives Support Grants – Up to $20,000 per grant to support individuals or organisations with a proposal for new innovative approaches, initiatives and activities that will support or stimulate the music sector during the restriction period imposed by the threat of COVID-19.  The grants will support initiatives/activities from 15 May 2020 – 30 September 2020. 

Recognising the industry’s urgent need for support, the MDO has reduced the usual grant round timings to ensure a quick turnaround of funds for all successful applicants. Please note the updated timing: 

  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Grant round opens  
  • Friday 17 April 2020 – Grant round closes  
  • Applicants will receive notification on whether they have been successful in receiving their grant by the end of April.  


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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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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants: Bushfire Renewal Round

The 2020 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP): Bushfire Renewal Round will focus on supporting the building, rebuilding and promotion of the creative industries in bushfire-affected areas of Australia.


Closes: 18 June 2020


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World Crafts Council Australia: Australian bushfire support

Thanks to generous support from the World Crafts Council – Asia Pacific community, WoCCA has some funds to offer short term assistance to those craftspersons struggling to recover from the devastating bushfires.

If you are a craftsperson whose workshop or home has been destroyed by this fire, you are invited to fill out this form in order to receive a minimum of $500 in assistance. This offer will remain open until funds are exhausted.

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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Career Development


The ANAT SAHMRI residency is an opportunity for an artist to engage with issues around the ownership and governance of DNA material. In particular, the residency will facilitate interdisciplinary knowledge generation focused on the myriad ethical, philosophical, legislative and other frameworks that inform the status of DNA material once it leaves its originating body.

The selected artist will work with Dr Jimmy Breen, leader of the SAHMRI Bioinformatics Platform. Dr Breen’s group develops computational tools to enable the analysis of large, complex genomics datasets. Dr Breen’s current research interests include developing methods for clinical cancer sequencing (in collaboration with the SAHMRI Leukaemia research group) and investigating epigenomic gene regulation in human reproductive tissues, such as the Placenta.

Dr Carolyn Johnston, Senior Research Fellow in law and biotechnology at Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX@Melbourne) at the University of Melbourne, will also contribute to the residency. Dr Johnston’s research into the legal issues arising from large-scale infrastructure such as biobanks and data-sharing networks will be of particular relevance and value to the residency.

ANAT will pay the successful artist a fee of $12,760, and will contribute towards documentation and project materials, and travel and accommodation expenses if required.


Closes: 29 June, 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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Craft ACT: Artist-in-residence 2021 proposals now open

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and ACT Parks & Conservation Service have presented this acclaimed artist-in-residence program since 2006. Artists have found, time and again, that their practice is profoundly altered by the experience of this residency which allows precious stillness and space for investigation, reflection and generation of new work.


Closes: 14 June, 2020

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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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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

Small Works Art Prize 2020

Brunswick Street Gallery is excited to announce that entries are now open for the Small Works Art Prize 2020, our annual open call art prize with all artworks measuring 35x35x35cm or less. All levels of experience are welcome with ALL ENTRIES EXHIBITED!


Closes: 21 June, 2020

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National Works on Paper

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is calling for entries from contemporary Australian artists working on, or with paper for the biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) exhibition, which will be on show (dates TBA) as part of the gallery’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. Up to $50,000 in acquisitions and awards will be presented including the $15,000 Mornington Peninsula Shire / Beleura – The Tallis Foundation major acquisitive award, and the $3,500 Ursula Hoff Institute Emerging Artist Award for Post Graduate excellence in Visual Arts and Music.


Closes: 19 July, 2020

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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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Noncompliant: Submissions from artists and writers

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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. 

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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Art Prizes

Creative Partnerships Awards 2020 Nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Creative Partnerships Awards are now open!

Great things happen when the arts, philanthropy and business work together. The Creative Partnerships Awards celebrates exemplary individuals from Australia’s philanthropy, business and arts sectors who show leadership in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts.

Nominate your champion of giving to the arts for the Art Leadership Award, Business Leaderships Award, Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award or the Philanthropy Leadership Award.


Closes: 4 June, 2020.

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Aesthetica Art Prize

Aesthetica’s mission has always been to support and empower artists and that mission has never been more important than now. The creative industries are currently facing uncertain times and our thoughts are with all who will be affected.

The Art Prize is an outlet for expression and just one way to keep connected with the world. Hosted by the international art and culture magazine Aesthetica, it has supported artists since 2006, with participants reaching new collectors, curators and gallerists from key institutions such as; Tate Modern, Sotheby’s, Creative Review, Magnum Photos and Getty Images, and gaining wider recognition through Aesthetica’s digital channels.


Awards include £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner, £1,000 for the Emerging Prize Winner, as well as publication within the Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists Anthology, and a chance to participate in the annual Art Prize Exhibition which will run for 12-weeks.

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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National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2020

The National Contemporary Jewellery Award is Griffith Regional Art Gallery’s flagship biennial acquisitive award and has been running since 1992.

It attracts Australia’s leading contemporary object artists, expanding the boundaries of the art of human adornment. The winning piece in each Award is acquired to develop the National Contemporary Jewellery Collection that was established in 1988.


Closes: 16 October, 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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HCP Digital Art Prize

Presented by the City of Melville and Heathcote Cultural Precinct, the Digital Art Prize is a new national award supporting virtual contemporary art – including video art, custom software, hypertext and artist-made games. A total of $15,000 will be award across multiple prize categories, with the winners selected by public vote from 17 July to 21 August, during which time the works will be displayed online. For further details, visit the website.


Closes: 5 July, 2020.

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Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize

The non-acquisitive Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting is calling for entries – open to all Australian artists over the age of 18. The triennial art prize aims to celebrate excellence and innovation in watercolour. Selected finalists will be exhibited in the Grey Street Gallery, located within Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art at South Bank, Brisbane. A $20,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner, in addition to two highly commended prizes of $5,000 each. In light of the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts industry, for this year’s Prize the prize money has been increased and the entry fee reduced – general entry is $40 or $20 for tertiary students. Visit the website for more information. 



Closes: 17 July, 2020.

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A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize 2020

Applications are open for the biennial national art prize, awarded to emerging Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional artistic styles. Three cash prizes are awarded: $50,000 for the major award for a travelling scholarship, $5,000 for the A.M.E Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics, and $5,000 for the A.M.E Bale Art Prize for works on paper. An exhibitions of finalist’s works will be exhibited at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne from 28 November to 13 December 2020. For more information, visit the website.



Closes: 2 October, 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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Paul Guest Prize

Entries are open for the biennial Paul Guest Prize. Australian artists are invited to submit recent drawings for the non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000. Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will judge the 2020 iteration and an exhibition of finalists’ works will be held from 29 August to 18 October at Bendigo Art Gallery.
UPDATE: Cut off for entries has been extended until 4pm 31 July and the finalist’ exhibition will be held from 17 October to 7 February 2021. 


Closes: 31 June, 2020.

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The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Now in its 7th year, the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is accepting portraits of any medium for the 2020 prize. Artist Abdul Abdullah will judge the biennial national portrait prize, with the winner receiving $10,000 for the acquisitive award. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be displayed at the Lismore Regional Gallery from 7 November to 31 January 2021.


Closes: 29 June, 2020.

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Paddington Art Prize

$30,000 Annual National Acquisitive Prize for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape.


Closes: 27 September, 2020.

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