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

Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Arts South Australia

Grants for Individuals, Groups, Organisations


Professional Development (October 2020 Round)
This grant supports the professional development of individual, independent artists and arts workers to undertake skills development and training that is relevant to their arts practice or professional practice.

Grant Amount: up to $15 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Market Development (August 2020 Round)
This grant supports artists and organisations to build a national and international profile through the development of relationships, networks and market opportunities. The category covers all art forms and the activity must benefit South Australian artists.

Grant Amount: up to $15 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Fellowship (October 2020 Round)
This grant supports individual artists, creatives and cultural leaders to undertake a sustained period of creative development that will strengthen and extend their professional practice and contribute to the arts and cultural ecology in South Australia.

Fellowships are designed to support creative, process-based activity rather than a project/ outcome, although this does not preclude exploration of a project concept or an outcome being delivered as part of the Fellowship activity.

Fellowships are available to emerging, mid-career and established South Australian artists and creatives, and to cultural leaders. Applicants with a strong track record of professional practice and recognised achievements are encouraged to apply.

Grant Amount: up to $50 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Gordon Darling Foundation Visual Art Grant

Applications are now open for The Gordon Darling Foundation Grants, which provide support Australia-wide to activities of importance in the visual arts. Applicants must be organisations with Deductible Gift Recipients status, or individuals partnering with such an organisation. The Grants aim to assist with the expenses associated with research, travel, publication and the dissemination of knowledge and the enjoyment of all aspects of the visual arts to the widest possible audience. For more information on eligible projects and to apply, visit the website.

Closes: 23 September

City of Adelaide: Christmas Incentive Scheme

This year has thrown significant challenges to the city community and now, more than ever, the City of Adelaide wants to attract visitors for joyful, unique and delightful Christmas experiences.

The City of Adelaide is introducing the Christmas Incentive Scheme a pilot program offering funding to businesses, creatives and community groups to deliver breathtaking window art displays, live music performances, inclusive and vibrant community events and boutique artisan markets.

Closes: 13 September

2022 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from Australian artists for the final biennial Ian Potter Moving Image Commission worth $100,000.

Established a decade ago, through a partnership between ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, this groundbreaking series is the country’s most significant commission for moving image art. The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to create a new work, which will premiere at ACMI in 2022 as part of the museum’s contemporary art exhibition program.


Closes: 28 September, 2020.

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AAAF: Indigenous Scholarships

The American-Australian Arts Fund (AAAF) provides support of up to US $20,000 to emerging Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists to study or undertake artistic development in each other’s countries respectively.

Artists’ Benevolent Fund

The renewed Artists’ Benevolent Fund offers artists a one-off payment of $2,000 to provide immediate assistance following a disaster or catastrophic event.

NAVA Grants:

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


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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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.

Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Arts South Australia

Grants for Individuals, Groups, Organisations

Projects – Independent Artists & Groups (October 2020 Round)
This grant supports the development, production and presentation of new works by independent artists and groups across all art forms.

Development of new work might involve periods in the studio or rehearsal room or working with other artists. Applicants may seek assistance towards various stages of the work’s development, with or without a public outcome. Research projects are eligible if the applicant has a track record of achievement.

Independent artists may apply to tour an established work or exhibition through this category.

Funded activity may include playwriting, dramaturgy, creative development, manuscript draft and development and making work in the studio.

Grant Amount: up to $40 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Projects – Community (October 2020 Round)
This grant supports collaboration between professional artists and communities to achieve inclusive artistic, cultural and social outcomes.

Project activity must be developed in consultation with the target community and designed to meet identified community needs, aspirations or intentions. Project proposals must incorporate and reference community and cultural development methodologies; engagement and creative process is the primary focus. A public outcome is not essential; the outcome may be building capacity within a community to engage further with arts and culture.

A ‘community’ may be defined by geographic location, cultural background, religious belief, gender, disability or any other common factor or shared experience.

Applications that explore social and cultural issues with regional South Australian communities, people with disability, young people, culturally-diverse communities, emerging communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities are encouraged.

Grant Amount: up to $40 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Projects – Public Art and Design (October 2020 Round)
This grant supports the concept development and commissioning of small-scale public art projects by professional practicing South Australian artists.

Projects in the public realm may be functional or non-functional, permanent or temporary. They may be undertaken through a collaborative approach between artists and other design professionals or may be realised with the involvement of community members, either through consultation or participation.

In this category, organisations can apply for two types of project activity:

  • concept development by artists
  • commissioning of new public art works for presentation in high-profile and accessible locations in South Australia.

For commissioning applications, the applicant must commit to funding a minimum of 50% (cash or in-kind) of the total project implementation budget. Industry best practice should be demonstrated in the selection of artists (for example, by open call). Where a limited call or direct selection process has been used, a clear rationale must be articulated in the application.

Grant Amount: up to $15 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Projects – Touring Support (October 2020 Round)
This grant supports the expansion of markets through regional, national and international touring and includes all art forms. Touring Support provides opportunities to extend audiences and the life of South Australian works.

Note: Due to the uncertainty around national and international touring due to COVID-19, applications submitted to this category in the 2020-21 financial year may be to rebuild or adapt touring opportunities to enable different outcomes.

Activity may include:

  • one-off presentations away from your home base (for example, if you are based in Adelaide, a presentation in a regional, interstate or international area is eligible but a one-off presentation in Adelaide is not)
  • tours to more than one venue in your home base and away from your home base (for example, one presentation in your home base of Adelaide does not constitute a tour, but seasons in multiple venues in your home base of Adelaide or elsewhere does)
  • developing and/or implementing virtual opportunities and avenues for the presentation of established work (which may or may not be monetised) as an alternative to physical presentation
  • developing and/or implementing new models of, and opportunities for, more sustainable presentation that reduces carbon emissions.

This category supports the touring of established work that has premiered, exhibited or been presented or the translation of this work through digital opportunities. Please note that you can also apply in the Market Development category for tour development activity to support the development of new touring activity.

Grant Amount: up to $50 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Fund your creative project with $20,000 from City of Melbourne

Are you a podcaster, musician, sculptor, writer, performance artist or creative of any kind? Get funding to take your 2021 project to the next level.

Applications open 1 September at 9am and close 28 September at 5pm.

Grants fall under three categories:

• Arts projects

• Aboriginal arts projects

• Arts residencies

Grants are open to projects of any art form and are encouraged from artists of all disciplines, backgrounds and abilities. Online presentation projects will also be considered.

You can apply from anywhere in Australia, or even overseas, providing the project results in a public outcome within the City of Melbourne boundaries or it demonstrates a connection to the City of Melbourne.

Closes: 28 September

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The LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Arts Grant Program

LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Partners Project Management Consultancy Group have partnered to deliver a joint art grants program, to support and celebrate the creative community, providing artists with funding and a platform to showcase their work. A total of six grants over a course of six months, from July to December, will award the winning artist of each month with $4,000. The successful artists will exhibit at LUMAS Gallery in early 2021. For further application details, visit the website.

Closes: 30 September

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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

Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Arts South Australia

Grants for Individuals, Groups, Organisations

Major Projects

Major Projects – Triennial Project (October 2020 Round)

This grant supports the creation and presentation of new work across all art forms by individual artists and groups through a staged funding commitment over three years. It recognises the benefits that an extended development process can offer some arts projects.

The grant will support all stages of development and presentation, including creative and project development, research, making of work and presentation through creative development and final showings, exhibitions or premieres.

The project should lead to a major presentation of the work in South Australia. Projects which incorporate or create potential for national and international exposure are encouraged. Touring regionally, nationally and internationally is supported.

Final outcomes can be independently produced or can occur within arts and non-arts festivals and organisations.

Grant Amount: $120 000 ($40 000 per year/3 years)
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Major Projects – Major Commission (October 2020 Round)
This grant provides a significant investment in a major new work by a leading South Australian independent artist, group or arts and cultural organisation. Projects must have a significant public outcome and be launched/ presented/ premiered/ exhibited first in South Australia in a high-profile setting.

Funding may be sought for project costs at every stage, including development, production and presentation.

Individual artists, artist groups and arts and cultural organisations (funded and un-funded) can apply. Applications must show how the commission will represent a scale of production and presentation that builds the applicant’s profile and extends their creative aspirations.

Applications must include a commissioning partner, such as a production house, independent producer, festival, publisher, gallery, arts organisation or high-profile venue. Partners must have a track record of producing projects of a similar scale and commit to securing at least 30% of the project’s budget (cash or in-kind) from sources other than Arts South Australia.

In the case of an arts organisation commissioning work by an independent artist or artists, the organisation would be required to meet the 30% co-investment benchmark.

Grant Amount: $100 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Major Projects – Public Art and Design Major Commission (August 2020 Round)
This grant supports the commissioning of significant new, high-quality works of art and design for public places by professional practicing South Australian artists. It recognises the role that outstanding public art projects play in enhancing South Australia’s reputation as a centre of arts excellence.

Projects in the public realm may be functional or non-functional, permanent or temporary. They may be undertaken through a collaborative approach between artists and other design professionals or may be realised with the involvement of community members, either through consultation or participation.

Funding can be sought for every stage of project development, including further concept and design development, implementation, fabrication, installation and documentation costs. Projects must be presented in high-profile, publicly accessible locations throughout South Australia.

It is a requirement of this funding that the applicant commits to contributing at least 50% (cash or in-kind) of the total project implementation budget.

Industry best practice should be demonstrated in the selection of artists (for example, by open call). Where a limited call or direct selection process has been used, a clear rationale must be articulated in the application.

Grant Amount: $100 000
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Major Projects – Collaboration (October 2020 Round)
This grant is a partnership opportunity, encouraging strategic and innovative collaborations across the arts sector, with a focus on risk-taking, knowledge and resource sharing and new employment opportunities.

Funding may be sought for creative development, art making and presentation across art forms, where the primary financial beneficiaries are independent artists and small-to-medium arts and cultural organisations.

Partnerships may involve independent artists and groups, funded arts and cultural organisations and Statutory Authorities. Applicants may also partner with organisations from outside the arts and culture sector.

Grant activity should promote courageous experimentation while contributing to the sustainability of the arts and culture sector by proposing new ways of working, new outcomes for audiences and employment outcomes for independent artists and production personnel.

Organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) formerly known as Major Performing Arts (MPA) Companies and Statutory Authorities who apply or are a partner in a Collaboration grant proposal are expected to make a contribution (cash or in-kind) to the project budget. Non-arts partners are also expected to make a contribution (cash or in-kind) to the project budget.

We encourage you to discuss your application with us before you apply.

Grant Amount: $100 000
Closes: 19 October, 2020
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Australia Council for the Arts: First Nations Emerging Career Development Award – $10,000

The First Nations Emerging Career Development Award 2020 is the result of Australia Council’s Workplace Giving scheme 2019-2020. Through the generous contributions from our staff and board, $20,000 has been raised to help further the career of two (2) emerging First Nations artists or arts workers.

Closes: 28 September

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Australia Council for the Arts: Cherish II – $5,000-$50,000

The Cherish II Fund is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish II Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and the sector discussions and consultations in which the themes have focused on the sector priorities and needs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Closes: 6 October

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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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Career Development

Sauerbier House: Call for Applicaitons, Artist in Residence Program

Sauerbier House is now calling for applications for the 2021-2020 Artist in residence program.

Expressions of interest are currently open for contemporary artists working across disciplines to undertake a site responsive studio residency at Sauerbier House, in Port Noarlunga, South Australia.

This is a funded opportunity provided by the City of Onkaparinga.

Residencies are programmed between July 2021 and June 2022.


Closes: 28 September, 2020.

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The Mill’s Exhibition Space Program 2021

The Mill is calling for Expressions of Interest for our gallery program for 2021.

The Exhibition Space program places emphasis on development, process and audience-focused creative direction. We invite artists, collectives and curators to apply to exhibit in 2021.

Applications are due on Friday, September 18, 5pm and can be sent via the form below. If you have any questions, please contact The Mill’s Visual Art Curator Adele Sliuzas


Closes: 18 September, 2020.

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Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Expressions of Interest for Artists

The Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail is a 1.4km Trail set on 4.45 hectares of bush land overlooking the stunning Hog Bay, Penneshaw. Designed as an iconic draw card for locals and visitors, it balances the richness of Kangaroo Island’s wildlife and natural environment with cultural appeal.

Visible from the main arrival and departure point for locals and visitors to the Island, the ferry terminal, it is managed by the Penneshaw Progress Association (PPA).

A key feature of this trail is the interpretation of nature and its features, focussing on a range of sculptured forms and landscapes, natural materials, found or reclaimed objects, or materials sympathetic to the site.


Closes: 31 October, 2020.

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Strand Ephemera: the North’s Sculptural Festival

North Queensland’s leading outdoor sculpture festival is calling for submissions for the biennial event, Strand Ephemera, which is celebrating 20 years in 2021. Organised by Townsville City Galleries, the 20 exhibited works will be on display from 17 to 25 July 2021, along Townsville’s picturesque 2km beachfront. Local, national and international artists, as well as school and community groups are invited to enter, with prize money ranging between $10,000 – $1,000 and a $5,000 artist fee for all successful entries. Visit the website for further details.


Closes: 13 November, 2020.

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Gallery Lane Cove Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Oportunity

Artists producing small scale three-dimensional works are invited to apply to exhibit at Gallery Lane Cove & Creative Studios’ Outdoor Sculpture Plinth – positioned with high exposure to foot traffic within Library Square, Lane Cove. Works can be exhibited for two to four week periods until December. For further information and to apply, visit the website or email info@gallerylanecove.com.au.


Closes: 31 December, 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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FUSE Glass Artist Residency

Awarded biennially in alternate years to the FUSE Glass Prize, JamFactory’s FUSE Glass Artist Residency aims to create significant opportunities for established, mid-career Australian and New Zealand artists working in glass. The residency will enable a selected artist to work with skilled assistants, take risks and experiment with the development of new work using or incorporating hot blown glass. The Residency will run for up to 4 weeks at JamFactory in Adelaide between March and August 2021.

A further outcome of the Residency will be a solo exhibition at Carrick Hill – the iconic South Australian heritage site, due to open impressive new purpose-built galleries in November 2020. The exhibition, launching in late 2021, will be a co-production between JamFactory and Carrick Hill and will feature work created during or as a result of the Residency.


Closes: 11 September, 2020.

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Pepper Street Arts Centre: Upcoming Artist Opportunities 2020/21

Little Treasures exhibition 2020 Call Out
Call for artists for this high-quality gift-oriented cash and carry show. All mediums are welcome that are priced no more than $150.

Closes: 16 September 2020

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS for Pepper Street Arts Centre in 2021

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 2021. 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.

Closes: 16 October 2020


Adelaide Fringe 2021

All mediums created around this theme are welcome. An exhibition of upcycled, recycled and re-used objects to create something new. Open to all artists for the Pepper Street Fringe exhibition 2021. Applications are now being accepted by the selection panel.

Closes: 16 October 2020

Gift Shop Artists Wanted

They are always seeking work from new artists for display and sale.

Submissions ongoing


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Call for entries:

Belco Arts are calling for Australian ceramic and glass artists to submit works for a ceramic survey exhibition, following the success of their 2019 exhibition ‘H O L D’. Focusing on the beauty found in functional ware, ‘L I Q U I D’ will showcase works that epitomise the essence of good design, aesthetics and functionality. All works must be under 5 kilograms and be able to be displayed upon a 30 x 30cm square wall plinth, and will be for sale. See the website for full conditions of entry.


Closes: 28 September, 2020.

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Tactile Arts 2021 Exhibition and AIR Program Call Out

Tactile Arts is currently seeking expressions of interest from artists and craftspeople for their 2021 exhibition program – which features group or solo shows across a range of media and disciplines. In addition, the Tactile Arts Artists in Residence program is calling for applications for three to six-month residencies. The program supports artists developing their practice by providing a dedicated studio, use of the gallery to mount an exhibition, plus a financial contribution towards exhibition costs. Further details are available on their website.


Closes: 30 September, 2020.

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Residency at Sydney Observatory

The inaugural Sydney Observatory Residency Program provides a supportive environment for researchers and creatives to undertake a project relating to the Observatory’s disciplines, collection and programs. Residencies are open to established and emerging academic researchers, artists, scientists and creative organisations, with interdisciplinary collaborations between art and science encouraged.


Closes: 30 September, 2020.

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Australians in the UK applications

Individuals and organisations in Australia are invited to submit project proposals for inclusion in the season which align with the season theme, ‘Who are we now?’ Projects should have established partners and funding in place.


Closes: 13 September, 2020.

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Brighton Jetty Sculptures Exhibition: Call for Entries

The Patritti Brighton Jetty Sculptures Exhibition will be held in January 2021.

The exhibition is located along the Esplanade; in the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, Brighton SA, and adjacent Bindarra Reserve. The competition is open to local and interstate sculptors, working in any medium. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.

Artists are invited to submit online entries for Outdoor and Indoor Sculptures by Saturday 31 October 2020 at www.brightonjettysculptures.com
Conditions of entry and fees can also be found on the website.


Closes: 31 October, 2020.

Enquiries: Colleen Slattery, slattery22@bigpond.com

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Australia Council for the Arts: The Dreaming Award – $20,000

The Dreaming Award was established in 2012 to support an inspirational young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. The mentor/partner will be another established professional artist or partner nominated by the artist who will guide and mentor the applicant to assist in the development of work. This award will be presented at the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards.


Closes: 7 December, 2020.

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Newmarch Gallery: Call for 2021 Exhibitions

As a gallery run by City of Prospect, Newmarch Gallery is a unique facility showcasing a diverse exhibition program, reflecting its role as a contemporary public gallery space with a longstanding community focus.

They are currently looking for artists for next year’s program. If you would like to apply for an exhibition or for further information please visit the latest news section of their website or click on one of the links below.

For more information, click here.
Ready to apply? click here.


Closes: 17 September, 2020.

Design Canberra: Car Wrap Competition

Artists and designers are invited to submit design entries for the 2020 DESIGN Canberra festival car wrap competition, to feature on four brand new BMW models. The competition includes four categories – university students, high school students, Craft ACT members and an open category – with the winners in each category receiving a prize pack valued at $1,000, in addition to seeing their designs wrapped around a brand new BMW, which will be exhibited throughout the DESIGN Canberra Festival from 9 to 29 November. See the website for more information.

Closes: 30 September, 2020.

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(In)Visible: Belonging
Call for Artists

In this open and online exhibition, we invite disabled, d/Deaf, HOH, chronically ill, neurodiverse artists or artists who have lived experience of mental health issues to respond to the theme of (In)Visible: Belonging.


Closes: 2 November, 2020.

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Powerhouse Research Fellowship Program

The Powerhouse Museum’s Visiting Research Fellowship Program provides a supportive environment for researchers to undertake research related to the Museum’s collection, education, conservation and museum practice.

Applications are now open for the 2021 program, for researchers who have a PhD, experience working in a research environment (for example, a university, a museum), and a scholarly and/or creative practice track record.

Next deadline: Monday 28 September 2020, 5pm (AEDT) for projects to occur between January-December 2021.

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Blacktown Art Research and Development Space – Free Hire

To support independent artists and organisations, in light of the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts and culture sector in Australia, Blacktown Arts is making their Performance Studio available for free hire – for the purpose of creative development, research, writing or developing new performance or film projects. In addition to the 10 x 7.5m studio, Blacktown Arts also have a small office suitable for researchers, writers, or producers in need of a dedicated workplace. The space is available to hire in two-week slots. Check out the website for application details.


Closes: 25 September, 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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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.

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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Art Prizes

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.

Heysen Prize for Landscape

2020 has had many challenges in Australia with bushfires and COVID-19 and artists have unreservedly supported the nation during these uncertain times. To celebrate and recognize Australian artists, Hahndorf Academy has raised the arts prize money from $15,000 to $20,000.

The Hahndorf Academy’s Heysen Prize for Landscape celebrates the Australian landscape and environment. It was established in 1997 to commemorate the life and work of the internationally renowned, artist, Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968).

The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2020 invites artists to express their deep connection with – or concern for – the Australian landscape and environment and to pay homage to Hans Heysen as an artist and environmentalist.


Closes: 2 October, 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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Adelaide Hills Landscape Arts Prize

The Adelaide Hills Landscape Arts Prize is a biennial non-acquisitive contemporary art prize, established in 2017 by the Hahndorf Academy. In 2019 the Prize is presented in partnership with Beyond Ink, architects, and in association with The PaintBox, Hahndorf.

South Australian artists are invited to present work that engages with and interprets the Adelaide Hills and the diversity of the landscape. We invite artists to interpret their experience of the Adelaide Hills in ways that highlights and captures their awareness of its dynamic and diverse environment and landscape – natural, rural or urban – and its ever-changing seasons.


Closes: 13 September, 2020

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2020 M16 Drawing Prize

The M16 Drawing Prize invites works from artists in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. Prizes include the $5,000 M16 Drawing Prize, the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, the $500 Delta Cleaning Services Prize and the $500 voucher Framing Store Braddon Prize. The judges for this year’s Prize are Curator, Deborah Clark and former Head of ANU School of Art and Design, Gordon Bull. See the website for further details.


Closes: 22 October, 2020

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Biblio Art Prize 2020

Australian artists are invited to apply for the Biblio Art Prize. Works of any medium can be submitted, responding to the book allocated upon submitting the required entry fee. This year the books will be pre-selected from Australian novels which have been published in the last 12-months. Various cash prizes are available, with the prize pool doubling last year’s. Prizes include the Grand Prize of $2,000, Local Artist Prize of $1,500, People’s Choice of $500 and Youth Award of $200, in addition to book vouchers, media coaching sessions and wine being awarded. Check out the website for more information and to apply.


Closes: 31 October, 2020

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The Glover Prize

Entries are now open for the 2021 Glover Prize. The annual acquisitive prize awards $50,000 for the best contemporary landscape painting (defined in its broadest sense) of Tasmania. Additional non-acquisitive prizes include People’s Choice Award of $3,000, the Children’s Choice Award of $500 and the Hanger’s Choice Award of $500. An exhibition of the selected finalists will be held in March 2021. Check out the website for further details.


Closes: 22 January, 2021

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Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

Australia’s only national Still Life Painting Award, EMSLA is celebrating its thirteenth consecutive year with a non-acquisitive First Prize of $20,000. Entries are invited from Australian painters over the age of eighteen.


Closes: 27 September, 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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Dobell Drawing Prize #22

The National Art School and the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation invites artists to submit entries in competition for the Dobell Drawing Prize #22. The $30,000 acquisitive prize will be awarded at the opening of the finalists’ exhibition at NAS Gallery on 25 March 2021. To be eligible for selection, artists must read the terms and conditions of entry and complete the steps in the online entry form


Closes: 5 October, 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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Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2020

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. Now in its 58th year, with a total of $36,000 in prize money to be won the Open section is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and is valued at $25,000.


Closes: 30 October, 2020.

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Tom Malone Prize 2020

AGWA’s Tom Malone Prize is a respected national annual prize for glass works. Each year, this acquisitive prize showcases key trends in glass art across Australia. Entries for the 2020 Tom Malone Prize are now open.


Closes: 1 November, 2020.

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Perspectives: Alison Kubler

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Tracing the Anthropocene: Susan Bruce and Tanya Voges

Image: Susan Bruce, Mythical Place (detail), 2018. Photograph courtesy the artist.Tracing the Anthropocene is a collaborative partnership between Guildhouse and the South Australian Museum as part of the project STEAM Incubator Series: A creative exploration of...

CSIRO Waite Campus Artist in Residence: Cedric Varcoe

Image: Cedric Varcoe with his Kuti Shack mural. Photograph courtesy the artist.CSIRO and Guildhouse have come together to present the CSIRO Waite Campus Artist in Residence program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists....