Gallery Grants Explained

2015 ACR grant recipient Deborah Kelly.

Image: Deborah Kelly & collaborators; Ramesh Mario Nitiyendran from _No Human Being Is Illegal (In All Our Glory)_ (detail), 2014. Courtesy the artist. Portrait Photographer: Sebastian Kriete. Recipient of a 2015 Artist or Curator Residency grant with Murray Art Museum Albury.


Here at Museums & Galleries of NSW we administer over $130,000 in devolved funding per year to regional public galleries across NSW and Australia.

To do this we have proudly partnered with a wide range of organisations who have the same keen interest as ourselves in supporting contemporary arts, and developing regional arts audiences. These include the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, Artspace, Regional and Public Galleries of NSW, and Arts NSW.

Each of the funded programs offers financial assistance in different ways with a focus on creative development for regional galleries and their communities. This could include:

  • engaging an artist or curator to undertake a residency to research and develop new work, host community workshops and lead public programs;
  • hosting an external curator with a specific background or expertise to work with your gallery or collection;
  • funding towards that large scale, ambitious exhibition that has been on hold;
  • providing an opportunity for your curator to expand their curatorial skills and networks through a coordinated curatorial exchange program with Artspace curators.

With deadlines fast approaching don’t let these opportunities pass you by. Take a look at what’s available right now:


The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery annually. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.

Amount available: $40,000
Closing date: Friday 4 September 2015, 5.00pm



The ACR program offers regional public galleries across Australia, the opportunity to engage established artists or curators to undertake a residency within their community. The program is designed to provide artists or curators space and time to research, create and develop new work and consequently support innovative and adventurous contemporary art in regional Australia.

Amount available: 4 residencies of $11,250 each

Closing date: Friday 4 September 2015, 5.00pm


Artspace, Museums & Galleries of NSW and Regional and Public Galleries of NSW are pleased to offer the inaugural Regional Curatorial Exchange Program in 2016. This new professional curatorial development program offers mentorship and exchange between Artspace curators and their regional peers in NSW.

The program supports curatorial practice by providing time for curators to research and develop ideas that will be of benefit to themselves and their organisations. By building shared awareness and knowledge exchange, it is hoped that the program will lead to future collaborative projects, increased capacity for curators, and create opportunities for artists state-wide.

The program is open to curators employed by publicly funded art galleries, auspiced or incorporated artist-run spaces, and Aboriginal cultural centres in NSW. Applicant organisations must be current financial members of RPGNSW.

Amount available: $1,500 to cover travel costs for the regional curator, accommodation for the Artspace curator and staffing costs to cover the applicant’s workload at their home venue. Artspace will cover travel costs and per diems for their curator.

Closing date: Friday 18 September 2015, 5.00pm


The Curatorial Support Initiative grants scheme offers NSW regional public galleries assistance towards engaging a professional curator (emerging or established) to research and develop a new exhibition of contemporary visual arts, craft and design.

The program is designed to encourage the involvement of external curators in the development of exhibitions that enhance an organisation’s artistic program, extend public engagement with contemporary artistic practice and expand the professional skills of the curators and other professionals involved.

Applications that create new or extend existing partnerships within regions are encouraged.

Amount available: $50,000 in devolved funding from the NSW Government through Arts NSW. Applications for $2,000 minimum are accepted.

Closing date: TBC



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