Artist Opportunities

Are you an artist looking for your next big opportunity?

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

Airspace Projects – Program Call Out

Airspace iscurrently seeking expressions of interest from creatives for our Mid 2024/Late 25 Exhibition Program.

We are open to alternative and unique ways to propose your ideas that suit you.

Applications close midnight Sunday 9 June, 2024

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M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery invite emerging artists to create visions of a better future for global Art for Change Prize

Open to emerging artists around the world in the first five years of active practice.

This year’s prize asks artists to creatively respond to the theme ‘Tomorrow’ing: Visions of a better future’.

A total prize fund of £20,000 will be split between six winners, five to receive £2,000 and one overall winner to receive £10,000. Winning artists will exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London.

The free-to-enter Art for Change Prize aims to make art, culture, and creativity accessible to everyone. It celebrates emerging artistic talent and serves to highlight and stimulate dialogue around visual arts as a medium for positive global and social change.

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Verge – Exhibition Opportunities, 2024-2026

Verge is currently seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to participate in our 2025/26 Artistic Program.

The callout for EOIs is for applicants who wish to participate in our exhibition program and/or public programs at Verge. Verge warmly accepts applications from all artists, curators, writers and creative producers.

We encourage applicants to consider the space as a landscape, an immersive environment that platforms current cultural, social, scientific and/or artistic discourse.

Expressions of interest due Sunday 30 June 2024, 11:59 PM

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Expressions of interest: Bankstown Arts Centre is seeking Western Sydney artists interested in gut health, women’s health, invisible illness, food and digestion.

Bankstown Arts Centre (BAC) is searching for a contemporary Western Sydney based visual artist who is interested in gut health, women’s health, invisible illness, food and digestion. Working with curator Vanessa Bartlett, the aim is to commission for a project starting mid 2025.

Process

Interested artists are invited to submit a short expression of interest (EOI) detailing how your work relates to the exhibition themes of guts, digestion, food and health. We will select up to six artists to participate in a paid two-day workshop at BAC. During this session, artists will be mentored to refine a project or artwork idea related to the key themes of our exhibition. At the end of this process, we will select one artist to make a new work.

Timeline

EOI close: Tuesday 4 June, 5pm.

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Who can apply

We strongly encourage female, gender diverse, d/Deaf and disabled, First Nations and CALD artists to submit an EOI. We support collaborative works and artist collectives, although we may not be able to accommodate all members of large collectives at the two-day workshop.

To apply, you must be available to attend the workshop on 28 and 29 June, and to contribute to the exhibition in July 2025. This opportunity is open to artists living and working in Western Sydney.

Payment

Artists selected to attend the workshop will be paid $200 per day for attendance, in line with NAVA recommended rates for research and development.

Further information  

For further information please contact exhibition curator Vanessa Bartlett info@vanessabartlett.com 

Background

Bankstown Arts Centre (BAC) is a vibrant contemporary multi-arts organisation that advocates for diverse and accessible art with a strong focus on Canterbury-Bankstown, Western Sydney, First Nations and CALD artists.

More information about the research and development behind this project can be found here.


2025-26 Tin Sheds Open Call

Tin Sheds Gallery invites curators, artists, architects, researchers and designers to submit thought-provoking proposals for our 2025-26 exhibition program!

Application close Monday, July 1st 2024.

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Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is an international award for original, freestanding or wall-mounted sculptures of up to 80cm in any dimension.

Over its 23-year history, the prize has featured some of the world’s most exciting contemporary sculptures, and continues to promote and celebrate artistic excellence.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
An acquisitive award of $25,000

The Special Commendation Award
A non-acquisitive award of $2,000

The Mayor’s Award
A non-acquisitive award of $1,000

The Viewers’ Choice
A non-acquisitive award of $1,000

Entries close: 30 June 2024

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This Here Then Now – Calls For Expression of Interest

Arts Upper Hunter is calling upon artists from diverse backgrounds and skill sets to apply for this unique opportunity. Successful applicants will collaborate closely with small local museums and their dedicated staff and volunteers.

Artist Fee is $4,000.

Applications close 6th May 2024.

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2024 Wollumbin Art Award

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s coveted biennial Wollumbin Art Award (WAA) has officially opened.

The award, named after the sacred mountain which the Gallery overlooks, is open to artists living across the Northern Rivers in Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore and Kyogle shires as well as from the Scenic Rim and City of Gold Coast. For the first time, artists from the Richmond Valley will also be eligible.

Artists can submit up to two entries of any subject matter and medium. Award categories include a First Prize of $15,000 and a two-week residency in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio; a $10,000 WAA Bundjalung Award for First Nations artists and a solo exhibition in the Gallery.

There is also a $5,000 Emerging Artist Award.

Entries open on 25 March and close 3 June 2024.

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14th Greenway Art Prize

The Greenway Art Prize is an opportunity for artists to celebrate the qualities of a precious 5.8km urban environmental and sustainable transport corridor in Sydney’s Inner West. The Greenway links Parramatta River at Iron Cove to the Cooks River at Canterbury. It features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, urban bush care sites and a variety of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

This is a national prize, open to all artists submitting work within the terms of the prize.

The prize encourages emerging, mid-career, and established artists to interpret the themes of the Greenway through visual art and to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and its community spirit. Themes include landmarks, natural habitats, biodiversity, and community activities.
Finalists will be exhibited at the White Bay Power Station in September.
Closes 28 August 2024.
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PHIVE – 2024 Digital Art Wall Commissions

The City of Parramatta invites Artists, Illustrators and Animators residing in Australia to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) application for a new screen-based artwork for PHIVE’s Digital Art Wall. This opportunity is for up to two (2) screen-based commissions; the budget for each of the two (2) commissions is $50,000 (ex GST) inclusive of all costs.

Project Context
Parramatta is home to a rich First Nations history, a rapidly growing population, and a diverse mosaic of residents. PHIVE is Parramatta’s new community, cultural and civic hub and is a central part of the vibrant Parramatta Square precinct with cafes, restaurants, shopping, and public art. It’s a space to learn, be inspired, explore something new, to connect, find local services, do business, and immerse yourself in cultural experiences. PHIVE is for locals and visitors to enjoy with a space for everyone, designed with sustainability, accessibility, and inclusiveness at its core.

Applications open: Monday 25 March 2024
Applications close: Sunday 14 April 2024

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Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize

The Environmental Art & Design Prize presents an opportunity annually for the Australian community to engage with the unique insights that artists and designers bring to our understanding of the natural world and the environmental challenges we face.

The Northern Beaches has a strong relationship with the natural environment and sustainable living, as well as a long history of excellence in art and design. In bringing these themes together over the past three years, local creatives and diverse participants from across Australia have been inspired to contribute to an exciting and relevant exhibition that connects audiences with new ideas, innovative practices and critical reflection. The exhibition of finalists’ works engages audiences with contemporary arts practice, reaffirming the Northern Beaches as a vibrant hub of contemporary arts and culture.

Opens 20 March – Closes 19 May 2024.

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Navigating the Future – Maritime Art Prize

The Newcastle Mission to Seafarers (MTS) Maritime Art Prize has six 6 categories, supporting the 8 awards and 10 prizes. The Best in Show prize of $5,000 is acquisitive, and the winning Artwork will become the property of the Port of Newcastle. The remaining prizes are not acquisitive.

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Signal Jammers

Midwest Nice Art
We have announced our next call for art, due March 20, 2024. Signal Jammers is our upcoming online exhibition juried by Anthony Naimo. We seek artworks that embody the duality of coded language: superimposed messages delivered simultaneously through double-entendre, symbolism, and the inscription of encrypted data. A cursory glance at the work provides one narrative– while a sensitive dissection of the composition reveals a more profound significance. Artists and audiences are invited to consider how meaning is constructed; the complexity of simultaneous, often contradicting understandings captured in a symbol’s multitudes. This exhibition explores countercultural community building and the challenge to power dynamics intrinsic to coded language.

The exhibition will examine these ideas through a variety of mediums in art. Any mediums are welcome, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, collage, photography, digital art, video art, installation, ceramics, performance art…anything you can think of! You may submit up to 3 artworks for a $5 fee, due March 20, 2024. Artists will receive a notification a week after the deadline. Students may submit for free – please email us with your student email for the code. The exhibition will go live on April 1, 2024.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at midwestniceart@gmail.com.

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Entries for the 2024 Burwood Art Prize are now open!

The Burwood Art Prize invites artists across Sydney to engage, consider and reflect upon one or more of the following themes: Visibility, Ritual, Legacy. Each theme can be examined and negotiated in a literal, abstract, formal and informal sense.

Artists are encouraged to see these themes as lenses through which their art can be perceived by different people in different ways. A portal and invitation for our audiences to explore broader ideas around identity, community, culture and personal experience. Artists are also invited to consider how each of these themes may connect or disconnect with their personal practice, experience, surroundings or environment.

Open to all Sydney based artists, the Burwood Art Prize features a prize pool of $14,000 and accepts the following mediums of artwork:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Still digital artworks
  • Moving digital artworks (with a maximum duration of 10mins)

Entries close 5PM Friday 8 March 2024

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Creative Commissions – EOI Open for 3 Transformative Arts/Health Projects – Health Infrastructure

We welcome artists and/or creative teams to help shape key patient areas in our new hospital buildings.

As part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network redevelopment projects at Randwick and Westmead, a series of new creative commissions will integrate arts, play and discovery experiences into the new hospital facilities, helping to create a welcoming and healing environment for patients and their families.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open to creatives to help transform hospital spaces through the delivery of three multi-disciplinary arts commissions, specifically to support young patients receiving acute hospital treatment.

Closing Sunday 21 January 2024

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Artist in Residence – Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

The Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf Artist in Residence Program is an opportunity for artists to research and develop new work within a vibrant, harbourside cultural space. Ideally, this residency will support artists who want to engage with the community and have access to mentoring and curatorial support.

The program provides a non-residential, furnished studio space for artists to work in over a 16-week period. Sessions will run in three key blocks across the year:
• 1 July – 20 October 2024
• 28 October 2024 – 16 February 2025
• 24 February – 15 June 2025

As it enters its third year at the Gallery, the Artist in Residence Program is building its capacity by opening a second studio, enabling the presence of two residents per session. In return for rent-free use of the studio space, promotional and curatorial support and a $1,600 stipend, Artists in Residence will facilitate opportunities for the community to engage with their practice by way of:
• Staging an Open Studio event;
• Completing a community engagement project e.g. workshops, demonstrations, or artist talks; and
• Contributing an exhibition, digital project, performance, or socially engaged project to the Gallery program, in consultation with the Gallery Director.

For more information, email gallery@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

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Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) – Three Bridges of Homebush Bay Integrated Public Art Commissions

The Three Bridges of Homebush Bay project has identified the need for Integrated Public Art on each of three (3) new bridges in the Homebush Bay area. Each integrated design will form part of the engineering and construction of the bridge, and have a lifespan of 100 years.

In response to the curatorial theme of Passages, each bridge design will consider place, bridge design, functional and performance requirements, urban design, and the amenity and enjoyment of the community. This approach ensures that the design for each bridge has a site-specific response, aligns with the curatorial vision and bridge design, and supports the City’s long term cultural goals.

Passages, invites artists to explore ideas of regeneration and reinvention as people’s lived experience evolves over time. Bridges create opportunities for connection. Physically they connect people, goods, and services between otherwise impassable waters. Socially, they can mediate the communication of different ideas and points of view. Artists are invited to explore what it means to inhabit this point of connection.
Each of the ‘through truss’ bridge designs are unique in their functional design and performance specification. Each Integrated Public Art commission will be developed in consultation with cultural, architectural, engineering, landscape and fabrication teams to successfully realise each artwork.

This Artist’s Brief includes benchmark projects that demonstrate comparable themes, materiality, budget, and fabrication methodologies. The project overview will include the scope of works, materiality, design life, safety in design, maintenance, and the artist commissioning process. It is imperative that the design be considered within the concept and design development stages of the bridge construction project and involve coordination with Council, the bridge designers BECA, engineers, and Principal Construction Contractor.

The budget for each bridge commission is inclusive of all artist fees, design development, detailed design, fabrication and installation advisory, and operational and maintenance instruction. Council will contract the artist for the design only with the Principal Construction Contractor responsible for delivery.

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Cement Fondu – Project Space Call Out

Cement Fondu is proud to nurture artistic experimentation, risk-taking and innovation, and we invite you, our community, to play an active role.

We are delighted to invite you to submit EOIs to create and present new installations in our Project Space alongside three exhibitions in our 2024 program.

The Project Space is curated through a selection process that seeks propositions to complement Cement Fondu’s main exhibitions. We are looking for EOIs that respond imaginatively to the space through immersive, experimental, social or evolving installations. The opportunity is for artists at all stages of their careers who want to expand their practice while creating high-quality outcomes. A commission fee and production budget is provided.

Applications close 4 December, 2023

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UTS Library 2024 Creative in Residence

UTS Library is searching for their 2024 Creative in Residence soulmate. The program is now running for its 13th year, and we are calling all creatives to come play with us!
Take part in a 6-month residency with a $10,000 stipend, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore, inspire and engage with the Library, its spaces and its community.

Application close Monday 6 November, 2023.

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Call for Submissions – BigCi Environmental Awards 2023

International and Australian artists from various fields – visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, curating – are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2023.
Two Winners of the Awards will each receive (4) free weeks of BigCi residency and $4,000 prize money.
The winning artists will have an opportunity to explore the Wollemi, the Blue Mountains and the Gardens of Stone National Parks on guided walks and will be given research assistance relevant to their projects. At the end of their residencies, they will present their work at a BigCi Open Day event.
The Awards will be judged by an independent panel, to be announced shortly.
The deadline for submissions is 2 October 2023.
Winners will be announced on 1 November 2023.
There is an entry fee of $35, which must be paid at the time of sending the submission. Entry fees are not refundable.

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switch 2023: open call

Inviting artists working with film / moving image / lens based Media, to consider an application for switch 2023 responding to the theme of Play.

switch began in 2008 showing eight works by eight artists in eight locations in Nenagh town centre. For the 15th edition of this event we are making again an open call to all artists working with film, lens based media and moving image to submit one work.

switch 2023 is eight works, eight locations, eight artists.

An artist fee of Euro 225 will be paid to each artist for the showing of the work. 

Closing Friday 29th September 2023.

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Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2023 | Entries Open until 4pm, 1 September 2023

Campbelltown Arts Centre invites you to enter in the annual art award and exhibition, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2023. Artists are encouraged to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. Now in its 61st year, across the categories there is over $60,000 in prize money to be won.

In 2023, the celebrated Open Award, which is acquisitive to Campbelltown City Council Art Collection, is valued at $50,000.

Up to two artworks can be entered in the different categories with exhibition finalists selected by a panel and judged by three industry professionals who will collectively choose the winners for each category and award.

Over the years, the Open Award has been awarded to some of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella, Tina Havelock Stevens, Kuba Dorabialski, Robert Fielding and most recently, Michael Cook.

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Arte Laguna Prize

The brainchild of Cultural Association MoCA, Arte Laguna Prize is an international art competition dedicated to the visual arts, in particular painting, sculpture, photography, video art and performance, virtual and digital art. It was created to give the opportunity to art talents, more or less young, to emerge, to be noticed by the general public and by the jury composed of important names in the contemporary art scene, as well as to allow a democratic comparison between international artists.

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Veteran Artist in Residence

The Anzac Memorial Veteran Artist in Residence program offers contemporary veterans with established creative practices the opportunity to engage with the Memorial and the broader community through an artwork or project.

The guest veteran artist (or group) will have a unique chance to explore the Memorial’s architecture, history and artefacts as part of a creative project that reflects on and interprets Australian military experience, the Anzac Memorial and/or memorialisation.

There is a small grant of $5,000 attached to the Residency to assist a guest veteran artist (or group) to develop their work.

Applications close on 17 September 2023.

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Windmill Trust Scholarship applications open for Regional NSW Artists

The Windmill Trust, together with the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), is pleased to announce that the 2023 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists has opened for applications.

Established by Primrose Moss in 1997 in memory of her sister artist Penny Meagher, the Windmill Trust Scholarship was born out of a desire to offer support to Australian visual artists living outside metropolitan areas to advance their careers. This will be the 26th year of this unique opportunity for artists in regional areas throughout New South Wales.

Applications for the 2023 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists are now open and close 23:59 AEST Sunday 3 September 2023. 1 x $10,000 scholarship will be awarded.

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Art for Change Prize

Applications are now open for the second edition of the free-to-enter Art for Change Prize. In collaboration with Saatchi Gallery London, the prize is aimed at emerging artists working in the first five years of their careers.

This year’s prize asks artists to creatively respond to the theme of Regeneration.
A prize fund of £20,000 will be split between six winners, five to receive £2,000 and one overall winner to receive £10,000. Winning artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London from 22 November 2023 – 12 January 2024.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31 JULY 2023!

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Head On Photo Awards

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories:

Portrait | Landscape | Environmental (new) | Student*

The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Environmental Awards are open INTERNATIONALLY to photographers of all levels.

Entries close Sunday 16 July, 2023.

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