Artist Opportunities

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


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

ArtScreen

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

CULTURE AT WORK®  ARTIST ART-SCIENCE RESIDENCY PROGRAM 2019

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