Gallery Grants – now open

Museums & Galleries of NSW gallery grants are now open to NSW public galleries. Funding is available for newly developed exhibitions through the Dobell Exhibition Grant and support for audience engagement activities is offered through the Audience Development Fund.

Sri Lankan Vesak (Festival of Lights) Lantern workshop with local community leader Nivanka deSilva, Murray Art Museum Albury – Culture Connect

Audience Development Fund (ADF)

The Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community. The fund is designed to support galleries to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences that will increase immediate and future attendance, access and participation.

Funds can be used for costs that support the development and implementation of public or educational programs, provide seed funding to trial new models for public engagement and/or build new partnerships for audience development. Examples of past programs supported include 1000 Words – Arts and Literacy program for schools at Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Argo Pacifico Kids Club at The Lock-up, Newcastle; and Art Walks, a guided video tour of public art developed by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Amount available: up to $10,000 for each grant (no minimum)

Closing date: 29 July 2020, 5pm

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The Audience Development Fund is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) on behalf of the NSW Government.



Performance as part of Sodeisha: Connected to Australia at Newcastle Art Gallery. Kristina Chan, 2018. Photography: Alison Laird & Ashley de Prazer

Dobell Exhibition Grant (DEG)

The Dobell Exhibition Grant (DEG), supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. 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. Exhibitions supported previously include Lismore Regional Gallery, From Here to There: Australian art and walking and Newcastle Art Gallery for their exhibition SODEISHA: Connected to Australia.

Amount available: $40,000

Closing date: 2 September 2020, 5pm

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The Dobell Exhibition Grant is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.