Opportunities

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

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: Quick Response Grants, Shows On The Road Grant. Visit the website to read the relevant information before applying.

Ongoing

Breaking Ground 2023

Country Arts SA’s highly successful Visual Arts Professional Development award Breaking Ground has opened applications for exhibition in 2023

Since its launch in 2012, the Breaking Ground award has helped to elevate and accelerate the careers of six SA regional artists Yvonne East, Aleksandra Antic, Morgan Allender, Cindy Durant, Chris de Rosa and Juanella McKenzie.

The winner in 2023 will receive $10,000 to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition to be held at a gallery in the Adelaide CBD during the 2023 SALA Festival. An additional $5,000 mentorship opportunity will be available as part of the award.

The 2023 award recipient will be announced at the SALA launch and awards night in July 2022. The winning artist’s works will be exhibited at a gallery in the Adelaide CBD during the 2023 SALA Festival.

Applications Close: 18 May

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Helpmann Academy Creative Boost Grants

Creative Boost Grants support creatives with grants of up to $500 and have been developed to provide emerging creatives with a quick boost of cash while dealing with the continuing impact of the pandemic on the arts industry.

Funds will enable eligible emerging creatives to purchase essential services and materials or pay immediate costs, develop small projects, build digital skills, develop their audience, and support them to continue their creative practice.

Applications close 22 May 2022

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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!

Ongoing

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City of Adelaide Arts and Cultural Grants

The City of Adelaide 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.

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Australian Council for the Arts

Grants for Individuals, Groups, Organisations

Australian Council for the Arts has an array of grants, mentorships, collaborations, residencies (national and international) and career development opportunities running year round. Programs and development initiatives are designed to be complementary, supporting artists throughout their careers, increasing access to arts and culture, and building the capacity and vibrancy of our national creative and cultural industries – vital contributors to Australia’s culture, identity, society and economy.

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Career Development

Adhocracy 2022 Proposals

Vitalstatistix is now seeking proposals from artists for this year’s Adhocracy. In 2022, three opportunities are offered for artists: Our call for Adhocracy proposals, local and Australian-wide welcome. A two-week residency at Hart’s Mill which will be offered to a South Australian-led creative team. Our Early Career Curator paid internship.

Applications close midnight Tuesday 31 May.

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Elevate Mentorship Program – Helpmann Academy

The Elevate Mentorship Program is a valuable way to build on an emerging career by providing knowledge and experience beyond study, at a point of transition and exploration. This can take the form of creative development or business/entrepreneurial acumen.

The mentorship structure can vary considerably depending on the goals of the mentee and what the mentor can offer. Applications should include a proposal outlining how the mentorship will be structured and what the expected outcomes will be.

Examples of how a mentorship can be structured include (but are not limited to):

  • Studio visits, allowing for the hands-on development of skills and observational learning
  • Development sessions for a dance, music or theatre work
  • Film script development and advice on editing a film
  • Advice on mounting an exhibition
  • Assistance with establishing the business and practical side of an arts practice (e.g. writing a business or marketing plan)

Applications Close:

Round two – 4 November 2022

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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.

Ongoing

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Exhibition Proposal Call Out – Hughes Gallery

Established and emerging artists in all media are invited to submit applications for the 2023 exhibition program.

The Hughes Gallery Exhibition Program provides opportunities for artists to promote their work and to enrich the visual art experience of the surrounding communities. Artists are welcome to contact the gallery to discuss their exhibition proposals. Applications can be made for solo or group exhibitions.

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Feltspace Exhibition Proposals

FELTspace welcomes solo or group exhibitions focusing on contemporary art practice and encourages submissions that are concerned with experimental engagement and the subversion of standard art forms. Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of acceptance. Please note FELTspace does not exhibit work by current undergraduate students. We will accept proposals from undergraduate students for exhibitions that will commence after their studies are complete.

Applications close 30 May 2022.

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AIRspace Oatlands Artist in Residence

AiRSpace is our new name for the Southern Midlands Artist in Residence program. Formerly located in the old Oatlands Gaoler’s Residence, our A-i-R program has a new home at 79 High Street Oatlands. Accommodation consists of a self[1]contained sandstone cottage and Victorian shopfront which makes an ideal workspace and exhibition space.

Applications 1 July 2022.

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Bundanon Artist in Residency Program 2023

Bundanon’s multi-disciplinary residency program is the largest in Australia, offering a unique location in which artists can conceive and develop new work and ideas. Each year, hundreds of artists travel to the Shoalhaven to participate in Bundanon’s annual Artist in Residence program.

Applications close 6 June 2022.

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Call for Exhibition Proposals – Pepper Street Arts Centre in 2023

If you are a group of artists and have a range of work being developed who are seeking an exhibition venue we are now accepting applications for 2023. We have limited spaces available, apply early to avoid disappointment. Applications can be submitted through the usual monthly selection panel process until October or until booked out.

Applications Close: 12 October

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Prospective Peer Assessors EOI – Arts South Australia

Panels of peer assessors convene regularly to assess grant applications submitted to Arts South Australia. Collectively, peer assessors make funding recommendations for approval by the Premier (or a delegate) and execution by Arts South Australia. Peer assessment allows the Government of South Australia to obtain arm’s length grant recommendations.

Peer assessors are co-opted to provide expertise on current and contemporary arts practice in Australia. They include arts practitioners in and across various art forms with current industry knowledge. Expertise may also be sought in arts-adjacent fields, including marketing and arts management.

Arts South Australia is committed to co-opting peer assessors of high calibre that represent the diversity of the South Australian community. Accordingly, Arts South Australia’s co-option of peer assessors also takes into consideration other factors that may enrich panels’ recommendations, including, but not limited to, age, cultural diversity, disability, gender, and the representation of peer assessors from a range of South Australian regions.

Submission of an expression of interest does not guarantee that you will be co-opted to assess applications submitted to the Arts and Culture Grants Program.

Applications Close: 4 July

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Carclew Fellowships 2023

Carclew’s Fellowship Program offers financial support to emerging artists and arts workers aged 26 years or under, to pitch a bespoke professional development proposal for: Arts career building, skills development, exploring new art form practice, methods and technique, or research towards creative development.

Applications close 2 July 2022.

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Samstag Scholarships

The annual Samstag Scholarships enable Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills through a dedicated period of practice-based learning in an international learning institution.

The scholarship provides each artist with institutional fees for one academic year of study and a $70,000 tax free allowance and covers travel expenses to a leading international art school of their choice. The competitive national scholarship program, established in 1991, is open to students, recent graduates–and, for the first time since its inception–to applicants who have been graduates of more than five years standing.

Applications Close: 30 June

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Judy Wheeler Commission

The Judy Wheeler Commission is a 10-year site-specific commissioning program from PICA in memory of the late Judy Wheeler. This opportunity is open to all Australian based visual artists 17+ at any stage of their career and whose mediums might include, but not be limited to, painting, sculpture, sound and video.

Applications close 29 May 2022.

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Breaking Ground 2023

Country Arts SA’s highly successful Visual Arts Professional Development award Breaking Ground has opened applications for exhibition in 2023

Since its launch in 2012, the Breaking Ground award has helped to elevate and accelerate the careers of six SA regional artists Yvonne East, Aleksandra Antic, Morgan Allender, Cindy Durant, Chris de Rosa and Juanella McKenzie.

The winner in 2023 will receive $10,000 to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition to be held at a gallery in the Adelaide CBD during the 2023 SALA Festival. An additional $5,000 mentorship opportunity will be available as part of the award.

The 2023 award recipient will be announced at the SALA launch and awards night in July 2022. The winning artist’s works will be exhibited at a gallery in the Adelaide CBD during the 2023 SALA Festival.

Applications Close: 18 May

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Thienny Lee Gallery (Edgecliff, NSW) EOI

Thienny Lee Gallery considers exhibition proposals from artists across the globe, emerging, established, solo or in groups.

Submissions are considered in light of space availability and the overall curatorial vision of the Gallery, which is to present engaging exhibitions by a range of artists from diverse backgrounds.

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Art Prizes

Gallery M Art Prize

We are very proud to announce that Gallery M will once again host the ‘Gallery M Contemporary Art Exhibition 2022’ from 5 – 28 August this year. This is the sixth year of this exhibition; it has been very well received critically, by artists and visitors to the gallery. Entries for the close on 31 May.

This exhibition is open to all artists over 18 years who live and work in South Australia. Two entries can be submitted, with a fee paid for each entry. Entries need to be accompanied by a hi resolution digital image of the artwork(s) being submitted for judging.

Finalists for the exhibition will be selected by an independent judging panel from the digital images provided.

Entries close: 31 May

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Gallery One Smallacombe Portrait Prize

Subject is self portrait: 2D work created in paiting techniques only. Including Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Tempera, Gouache and Oil Pastel. Excluding any form of mixed media.

Entries close: 30 June

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Boynes Emerging Artist Award

The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an international, independent artist run online award. We provide a platform for talented artists worldwide to showcase and get rewarded for their incredible works.

Emerging artists worldwide are welcome to submit all visual 2D & 3D mediums ie Painting, Drawing, Photography, Mixed Media and Sculpture. There is no set theme. For a detailed look at our Rules and definition of an “emerging artist”, please visit our website.

For the 6th Edition, Boynes Emerging Artist Award has partnered with NoceFresca to provide the 1st Place Winner with a fully funded 3-month artist residency in Italy.

Entries close: 25 May

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