Artist Opportunities

We have compiled a list of artist opportunities currently seeking applications.

PACT Centre for Emerging Artists are seeking two new people to join their team!

The Senior Producer and Marketing & Engagement Manger are two new positions that will help grow PACT as they enter an exciting year ahead. PACT are looking for experienced and creative team members who lead with values, have a passion for contemporary performance and a desire to play a role in supporting the development of artists and their local community.

Over the next year PACT will deliver a full calendar of artist residencies, mentorships and labs to support the development of new work, performance seasons in our iconic warehouse theatre, community engagement projects, sound work commissions, a street festival of live performance in unusual spaces, and will start getting ready to celebrate our 60th anniversary! Applications close 9am Wednesday 17 August.

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Windale Hub: Creative Inclusions

Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking proposals for a series of creative treatments to be included as part of the construction of the Windale Hub, Bilyabayi.

The project seeks to acknowledge, strengthen and celebrate the Windale community’s relationship with the site as their civic lounge room; a place to gather, learn, connect and celebrate.

The commissions, whilst artist-led, should be community focused and engage community members in the making of the work.

Council is offering three commissions for the design, fabrication and installation of a creative treatment:

a) Suspended sculpture for main open public space – $50,000 plus GST

b) Outdoor artwork – $20,000 plus GST

c) Children’s area creative treatment $4,000 plus GST

These three commissions will support a series of community and creative projects, coordinated by Council, that will also be incorporated within the building.

Expressions of interest open on 11 July with applications closing on Thursday 18 August 2022.

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Sugar Valley Library Museum: Creative Heritage Outdoor Sculpture

Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking design proposals for a permanent outdoor sculpture out the front of the Sugar Valley Library Museum, Kirantakamyari at Cameron Park.

Council is offering one commission with a total budget of $25,000 (plus GST) to combine existing heritage metal objects that have been reclassified to be made available for a creative sculptural form.

Expressions of interest open on 11 July with applications closing on Thursday 25 August 2022.

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Art for Change Prize – M&C Saatchi Group & Saatchi Gallery

As part of a shared mission in making art, culture, and creativity accessible to everyone, this free-to-enter prize is a celebration of emerging artistic talent. It will highlight and stimulate dialogue around visual arts as a medium for positive global and social change and give exposure to emerging artists worldwide.

With the concept of Art for Change in mind, this year’s prize invites emerging artists from around the world to creatively respond to the theme of ‘Equality’.

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Lake Art Prize 2022

Applications are now open for the Lake Art Prize 2022. The theme for the prize is ‘The Vessel: contained within and moving between’.

In working with the theme, we invite artists to explore literal or lateral translations of the vessel, exploring the notions of, but not limited to the power to hold, containment, passage, memory as well as the vessel in relation to life, water and place.

The Lake Art Prize 2022 has a $25,000 acquisitive prize pool to acquire works for the MAC yapang collection. Finalist’s works will be on view at MAC yapang in the Lake Art Prize 2022 finalist exhibition from 24 September – 11 December 2022.

MAC yapang sits upon the Awabakal Country in which Awaba, the Lake, is contained. As water is an integral part of our direct landscape it is also an ongoing theme in the exhibition programming and collection strategy.

Applications close 22 August 2022

Boynes Emerging Artist Award 7th Edition

The Boynes Emerging Artist Award has partnered with the Rural Residency for Contemporary Art, which will provide 3 winners with the opportunity to participate in a 1 month residency in the Italian Alps along with exhibition opportunities in both Italy and the USA. Submissions to this open call open on the 1st August and close 30th October and welcome emerging artists worldwide. Visit our website for details and to submit your artwork.

Arts and Creativity Grants  – Northern Beaches Council

The Arts and Creativity grants support a range of projects and initiatives to enhance the Northern Beaches creative sector.
Grants are available to individual artists, creative practitioners and arts and cultural organisations.

Keen to know more or apply? Jump onto our website to lodge your application or reach out to our Arts & Culture team to see if you are eligible.

Applications close 8 August 2022

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Urban Mural artists wanted

Ku-ring-gai Council is looking to work with mural artists in the Greater Sydney area to commission two local works featuring our native plants and animals. The murals will be located within our Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and St Ives Showground. More details about the sites, budget and how to apply are below.

Applications close 14 July.

Expressions of Interest close 12 noon on 15 July

The WE ARE HERE mural at Oxford & Foley in Sydney’s Darlinghurst was commissioned by the City of Sydney in 2013. The work extends along the façade of Foley Street and celebrates the rich and complex history of the area.

Joint-venture partners TOGA and AsheMorgan are developers of Oxford & Foley and are seeking expressions of interest from artists, curators and organisations to create a second iteration of the WE ARE HERE (2013) artwork on the northern Foley Street façade at 90 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

The upcoming WE ARE HERE STILL artwork will be influenced by the themes of the original, which celebrated the Gadigal people and their land, along with the Oxford Street and LGBTQIA+ community, the Mardi Gras march and its many colourful identities.

Artists are invited to interpret the history and distinct local characters of the area, connecting with the location and contemporary audiences in innovative and creative ways.

Work from a range of mediums, such as sculptural installation, light art, photography, paint and mixed media are welcome.

The call for Expressions of Interest is now open.

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Meroogal Women’s Art Price 2022
Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2022 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.

Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond to the historic house of Meroogal, its former occupants, and its meaning within broader historical and contemporary contexts. Selected artworks will be displayed and photographed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there, and the rich collection of objects that are still contained within the house.

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. It is open to a work in any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW. This year, Sydney Living Museums is waiving the artist entry fee.

Entries close at 4pm on Tuesday 2 August 2022. 

Artworks selected for display in the exhibition will be on display to the public from Saturday 17 September 2022 to Saturday 22 April 2023.

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Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Scholarship

Applications for the Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2022 Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Scholarship are open now!

This year, Maitland Regional Art Gallery has raised the age and broadened the outcomes for your application. If you’re an artist aged 35 years and under living in the Lower Hunter and looking to further your practice, apply now.

What’s on offer:

  • $5000 for the Winner
  • $3000 for the Runner Up
  • All finalists participate in a group exhibition at MRAG

Applications close Friday 27 May 2022.

For more information and to apply, visit:

2022 Live in Art Prize

2022 Live in Art Prize: The prize money of AUD 3,000 is to be awarded to the artist of the single winning entry selected by all judges. The work will be collected by Live in Art Sydney as a return to the prize.
2022 Live in Art Creative Prize: The prize money of AUD 500 is to be awarded to the most creative artist selected by all judges.
2022 Live in Art People’s Choice: The prize money of AUD 500 is to be awarded to the most popular artists selected by all audiences.
Live in Art Solo Exhibition Opportunity: First prize owner will be offered a solo exhibition in 2023 (time to be advised).
Opportunities to all finalist artists to display in our main window for two weeks.
All finalists will be published on our partner INDULGENCE MAGAZINE

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Enfield Murals Project

Burwood Council is seeking three separate artists or collectives for the Enfield Murals project. This exciting opportunity is for three separate selected artists or collectives to create murals throughout the Enfield Village and help shape a local community centre through public art. This project is in conjunction with a series of upgrades to the Enfield Village and will be a key part of the Enfield Revitalisation Project, connecting community to place.

Applications close 5pm 20 May 2022

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Articulate Project Space Call-0ut for July 2022 – July 2023

Articulate supports practices which engage with space, across physical, metaphorical and temporal spaces. We encourage work across communities, knowledge bases and disciplinary areas. We seek to facilitate collaborative relationships between established and emerging artists.

Closing date Sunday 3rd May 2022

Apply online

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Altitude Program

Evolving from the Cultural Centre’s long-standing Exposé Exhibition Program, the Altitude Program is dedicated to exhibiting creative practitioners from the Blue Mountains & Western Sydney.

Successful applicants will exhibit their work in the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and take advantage of the resources, marketing and programming of one of New South Wales’ premier public exhibition spaces.

Exhibiting at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is a chance to extend artistic and curatorial practice by exploring exhibition concepts, utilising professional museum and gallery display techniques and working with our experienced exhibition, marketing and public programming teams.

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the churchie emerging art prize

Now in its 35th year, the churchie emerging art prize is recognised as an important leg-up, identifying and profiling emerging artists on a national stage.

Entries are now open to early-career Australian artists working in any visual art medium. Finalists will be selected based on the strength of their practice and have their work presented in a curated exhibition at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art, 30 July–1 October 2022.

‘the churchie’ offers a $25,000 prize pool, with the Major Prize winner will taking home $15,000 thanks to long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture.

Entries close Monday 11 April, 5pm AEST.

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Boynes Emerging Artist Award

Win A 3 month Fully-Funded Artist Residency in Italy || 6th Edition

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

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Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) – Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre Public Art Commissions

The City of Parramatta invites artists residing in Australia to submit an EOI application for Public Art for the new Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre. There are two (2) locations proposed for sculptural Public Artworks that may be considered as two separate commissions, or one commission containing two artworks, in dialogue with each other.

Applications close: Sunday 6 February 2022 (11:59pm AEST – end of day)

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Lost at Sea – a Place to Connect and Remember

The Lost at Sea Project will serve to acknowledge the tragic loss of life at sea of our region’s community members and visitors.
The project will provide a permanent, safe and welcoming, interactive and functional sculptural space where family members and friends can go to reflect, to grieve and to connect with someone they have lost at sea in our region.
The intention is to commission a contemporary landmark installation that has been designed specifically for the project site, project context and ‘sits comfortable’ in the landscape of the project site.
Port Macquarie Hastings Council acknowledges that nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one. The commissioning of this installation will give family members and friends a place to visit for personal reflection, and will serve as a permanent mark of respect for those who are tragically lost at sea.

For more information on the project, the Artwork Brief and the Expression of Interest (EOI) documents, please visit:
EOI close on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Creative spaces available – Northern Beaches Council

Need affordable creative space in 2022?
We have four spaces ready for your creative projects! Hold an exhibition, deliver a workshop or open a pop-up shop at either Avalon Creative Space, Curl Curl Creative Space or Mona Vale Creative Pop Up.

Applications close 6 Feb 2022

Contact: Arts and Culture,

Regional Futures projects

The Regional Futures project is currently seeking applications from regionally based creatives for three projects:

1. First Nations Curator – EOI (closes 15 Dec)
2. Brand Identity – Request for Proposals (closes 13 Dec)
3. Website Development – Request for Proposals (closes 13 Dec)

This project is funded by Create NSW and delivered by the NSW Regional Arts Network.

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Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) – 5 Paramatta Square (PHive) Public Art Commissions

The City of Parramatta invites artists residing in Australia to submit an EOI application for one of three 5 Parramatta Square (PHive) Public Art commissions.

EOI ONE: Sculptural
This opportunity is for one permanent (min lifespan 20 years) Public Artwork to be placed within the new City of Parramatta Civic and Community Centre – PHive.

This standalone ‘primary’ sculptural artwork will span the ground floor double height void.

EOI TWO: Moving Image
This opportunity is for two moving image commissions with a maximum display lifespan of three (3) years).

Project Context
Parramatta Square is the new civic and commercial heart of the City of Parramatta. It will become an important gathering place, destination and transit area for the many people who move through Parramatta on a daily basis.

Central to Parramatta Square will be 5 Parramatta Square (PHive), a new form of social space for the community to gather, learn and play as well as enhance the community’s wellbeing. Due to open in 2022, 5PS will be a six level Council owned and operated cultural and civic building, housing Council’s central library, Council chambers (seat of government), meeting rooms, a Dharug Keeping Place and flexible programmable spaces.


EOI ONE: Sculptural
One sculptural commission budget $400,000 (ex GST, all inclusive)

EOI TWO: Moving Image
Two moving image screen-based commissions of budget $50,000 each (ex GST, all inclusive)

Applications open: 10am, Monday 15 November 2021

Applications close: 4pm, Tuesday 30 November 2021

How to apply
For more information and details on how to apply please visit the relevant link below:

Expressions of Interest for 5 Parramatta Square Public Art Project Sculptural

Expressions of Interest for 5 Parramatta Square Public Art Project Moving Image

National Call Out for Artists to Create a Signature Public Artwork – Coffs Harbour City Council

Artists are invited to submit proposals to create a signature public artwork for the new Yarrila Place building in Coffs Harbour.

The formal process invites experienced public artists from across Australia to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in accordance with the Artist Brief.

The EOI is now open and closes Monday 1 November 2021. Artists’ submissions will be evaluated in early November 2021 with a view to notifying a shortlist of three artists shortly afterwards. Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee to develop concept designs for a final artist selection in January 2022.

Entries close 1 November 2021.

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The National Herbarium of New South Wales Call for First Nations Australian Artists

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is excited to announce this opportunity for a new public artwork for the National Herbarium of New South Wales.

They are seeking expressions of interest from Sydney-based artists or artist groups who have strong connections to Dharawal Country and/or the Dharawal community. The selected artist will develop their concept in close collaboration with the local community and with the Trust’s science, horticulture and education teams. The finished artwork design will be sandblasted into the concrete flooring surface of the Herbarium’s eastern terrace in late 2022. The artist will be paid a fee of $25,000.

Entries close 15 October 2021.

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Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary

Applications from visual artists across the New England Region* for the 2021 Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary are now open.

The bursary will be awarded to support a professional or creative development opportunity that will assist the successful artist to improve their skills, learn new techniques or broaden their artistic horizons.

The 2021 application round will close on 13th October 2021.

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Eramboo Artist in Residence – Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council and Eramboo Artist Environment have partnered together to provide a six-month artist residency, in an inspirational bushland environment, for an artist to develop a new body of work or a site responsive creative project.

The Eramboo Artist in Residence program offers free non-residential studio space at Eramboo Artist Environment in Terrey Hills, adjacent to the Ku-ring-gai National Park, a $3000 allowance for materials and mentoring and support towards an exhibition or public outcome.

Eramboo’s unique location gives artists an opportunity to disconnect from fast-paced urban environments, experiment creatively and develop their professional practice in a collaborative studio environment.

Find more details about the program in the Eramboo Residency Guidelines(Opens in a new window).

Applications close on, Thursday 17 September 2021.

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Blacktown International Sportspark public art commission

Blacktown City Council invites artists to propose significant, large-scale artworks for the International Centre for Training Excellence, a transformational project to renew the Blacktown International Sportspark, a facility originally designed for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

This is an opportunity for artists to create fun, interactive or participatory new artworks that inspire people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, to move in and around buildings and other sites within the Sportspark and or through the surrounding landscape.

The design, development and delivery of any integrated artworks will involve collaboration with the architects, ARM, and or landscape architect, Scott Carver.

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Artist Grants & Arts Projects Grants – Inner West Council

The Arts grants stream funds a range of activities for practicing individual artists, groups of artists or arts organisations for projects that deliver the production and presentation of new creative work, professional arts and skills development, opportunities for audiences to engage with arts and cultural participation, strengthened capacity and sustainability for Inner West’s creative industries, and those that benefit the local community by contributing to local identity, belonging and pride.

Closes 3 September 2021

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Expression of Interest – Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is calling for expressions of interest from Coffs Coast artists to take part in the opening year of exhibitions in the new Cultural and Civic Space.

Artists are invited to submit their expressions of interest through an online process.

Submissions close Monday 1 November 2021.

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BAM Art Prize 2021

Entry to the Byron Arts Magazine 2021 Art Prize are now open! The BAM Art Prize is designed to promote awareness of the arts in the Northern Rivers by presenting a national art prize within the region.

In addition to the $5000 prize, the winning artist will be featured on the cover of the Autumn 2022 issue of Byron Arts Magazine. All shortlisted artworks are also featured in the magazine, followed by an 8-week finalist exhibition.

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Domestic and Family Violence memorial garden public art commission

This is a unique opportunity for artists to collaborate with Blacktown City Council’s landscape architect on the landscape design, including a stone pathway and seating, and/or create independent artwork(s) for this intimate memorial garden set amongst a grove of trees inside Blacktown Showground. The design, development and delivery of this commission will also involve consultation with family members of victims of domestic and family violence and the project working group, which includes representatives of family members of victims of domestic and family violence, the WASH House, Blacktown Arts and Blacktown City Council staff.

This is a timely invitation for artists to create meaningful new work(s) for an accessible public place of healing and reflection, while raising awareness of this important issue.

EOI application deadline: 6 August 2021, 5 pm

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UTS Library Creative in Residence 2022

Now in its 10th year, the program is an opportunity for creatives to inspire playfulness, provoke curiosity and encourage engagement with the UTS Library through the research and realisation of a creative work.

How does the residency work?
The successful creative will develop and produce a new creative project that uses the UTS Library’s collection, community, services and spaces as its foundation.

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Expression of Interest – Barrington Coast Art Trail – The Tanks

MidCoast Council (MCC) invites artists or Artist groups to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development of artworks for the Barrington Coast Art Trail – The Tanks, as per the criteria set out in this brief.

MCC values our unique, diverse and culturally rich community, and supports a thriving and growing economy to provide a vibrant, creative and sustainable art and culture sector.

With funding received through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery (RTBR) Grants, MCC has created a unique opportunity for artists to contribute to the foundation of The Barrington Coast Art Trail- The Tanks.
Mid-Coast Council has identified several water reservoirs in the region which are considered potential sites for this project. The RTBR grant will enable funding for the construction of artwork on the first 2 of the selected tanks sites at

Site 1: Barrington Water Reservoir

Site 2: Tea Gardens Reservoirs

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Northern Beaches Council  – Arts & Creativity Grants 2021

Develop new creative initiatives that build on your practice and
professional development with an Arts & Creativity Grant.
Open to professionals from across the creative sector.

Offering grants are across three categories:

• Individual Creative Projects: up to $5,000
• Creative Community Projects: up to $10,000
• Creative Industry Innovation Projects: up to $10,000

Applications open: 28 June to 2 August

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Joyce Spencer Textiles Fellowship

The Cad Factory, Western Riverina Arts and the Spencer Family are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Joyce Spencer Textiles
Fellowship worth $4,000. Regional NSW based artists or artist-led groups who are seeking financial support for textile-based projects with a public outcome in 2022 and 2023 are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open from now until midnight on Sunday 18 July 2021.

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – Nabiac Showground Art Project

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being sought from artists to help develop an art concept in collaboration with the community. This project will culminate in the installation of a substantial public art statement at the Nabiac Showground.

All submissions must be received on or before Friday, 16 July 2021 (AEST).

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Sydney Craft Week – applications open

The Australian Design Centre is calling for entries from makers, galleries, shops, guilds, libraries, councils and other organisations for exhibitions, workshops and events during and around the festival period Friday 8 – Sunday 17 October 2021. ‘Craft Values’ is the theme for Sydney Craft Week 2021! 

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Calleen Art Award

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive painting prize in any subject and style. The award was founded in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM and is made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust.

The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 will receive $25,000 and the winning artwork will join the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. An entered artwork must be an original and unaided painting by the artist in any painting medium including oil paint, acrylic or watercolour and produced in the last two (2) years prior to the closing date.

Applications close July 19, 2021

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Gallery Lane Cove Library Sculpture plinth

Artists producing small scale 3D work are invited to apply to exhibit in Gallery Lane Cove & Creative Studios outdoor sculpture plinth. Located in Library Square on Longueville Road, the Sculpture Plinth offers a position of high exposure within Lane Cove’s central foot traffic precinct.

​Exhibition spaces are available throughout most months of 2021 for between 2 – 4 weeks.

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Past opportunities

yapang Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Placements 2021

Burwood Chinatown Precinct Project – Expression of Interest (EOI)

Environmental Art & Design Prize

Head On Photo Awards

Addi Road NAIDOC Week Artspace Award

Australian Life photography prize

Bundanon Artist in Residence 2022

Sculpture Exhibition – call for entries

Feros Care Online Art Exhibition and Virtual Art Exhibition

Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture

Cumberland City Council Public Art Opportunity 

Inner West Council | GreenWay Missing Links Public Art Program – Stage One EOI

Public Art EOI – Lost Lanes 2021

Addi Road NAIDOC Week Artspace Award

2021 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Applications Open

Kinetic Artwork Competition

BigCi Environmental Awards 2021

Exhibition Proposal Callout – Lismore Regional Gallery 

Multi Arts Place – External Wall Design

Inaugural UTS Artist in Residence 

Waverley Cultural Advisory Committee

NSW Creative Industries Residency Program

EOI for public artwork at Regatta Park, Penrith

STILL National Still Life Award

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Artist in Residence Program

Dobell Drawing Prize #22

Evelyn Chapman Art Award 2020 – $50,000

Tony White Memorial Art Prize, for a young emerging artist

Kangaroo Valley Art Prize & Exhibition

UTS Library – Call out for 2021 Creative in Residence applications

The Georges River Artist in Residence program

Lake Art Prize 2020

Apply to exhibit at Ironbark Gallery

2020 Burwood Art Prize

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize – Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

Inner West Council Arts Grants open 1 April 2020

The Good Initiative – Goulburn Regional Art Gallery 

Calleen Art Award 2020

NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship in partnership with Artspace

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2020 – Call for submissions

The Goulburn Art Award

Burwood Council: Hornsey Lane Murals EOI

Blacktown City Creative Arts Fund

Blacktown Arts Residency Program

Bayside Arts Festival 2020

Call outs: Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios Public Sculpture Plinth + Terrace Exhibition Space

Parramatta Artists’ Studios Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

2020 – 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Parramatta Artists’ Studios


2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)

HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture exhibition

Sculptures @ Bayside Competition – $50,000 Acquisition Prize

Artspace One Year Studio Program

John Fries Award 2020

Apply for a 2020 studio tenancy at Parramatta Artists’ Studios

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2019

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Still: National Still Life Award


UTS Library – Call out for 2019 Creative-in-Residence applications