Artist Opportunities

Are you an artist looking for your next big opportunity?

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


Dobell Drawing Prize #22

The National Art School and the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation invites artists to submit entries in competition for the Dobell Drawing Prize #22. The $30,000 acquisitive prize will be awarded at the opening of the finalists’ exhibition at NAS Gallery on 25 March 2021. The National Art School and Sir William Dobell Art Foundation are delighted to announce NAS alumni and former finalist Lucy Culliton as the guest judge for the 2021 prize.

To find out more information and enter, head to the National Art School website. Entries close 5pm, Monday 5 October.

Lake Art Prize 2020Lake Art Prize 2020 – Entries Now Open

The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie is thrilled to announce the Lake Art Prize, a new biennial National Acquisitive Prize for Contemporary Australian Art – valued at $25,000.

Australian artists, aged 18 years and over, are invited to submit works which reflect on the theme ‘Where there is Water’.

There is a total acquisitive prize pool of $25,000 (ex GST), with the funding made available by the generosity and support of Lake Macquarie City Council.

Contending artworks will be across all media and can take any form, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photomedia, installation, sound, and a single piece or multi-piece artwork.

The prize culminates with selected artworks being displayed in a finalist exhibition at MAC. The inaugural Prize Exhibition will take place between 12 December 2020 – 7 February 2021.

The prize includes a People’s Choice Award – valued at $2,000 (ex GST) – a non-acquisitive award to the artwork with the highest number of audience votes over the period of the finalist exhibition.

Voters will also go into the draw to win MAC Packs and Sculpture park café vouchers.

Entries close (digital submission) at midnight Friday 23 October, 2020

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The Georges River Artist in Residence program

The Georges River Artist in Residence program

Applications are now open for The Georges River Artist in Residence program 2021-2022. The AIR program offers artists a unique location to explore, interpret and experiment with their artistic practice, while enhancing the cultural profile of the Georges River area. The program is designed to allow artists the space and time to explore new ideas, and to create new works. Artists will also have the opportunity to engage with the Georges River community through workshops and exhibitions.

The Carss Park Artist’s Cottage, in the former Ranger’s house, provides a studio and accommodation for one artist and is located in a picturesque bush park setting on the Georges River. Residencies of up to three months are available to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. This is a self-funded residency creating opportunities for artists’ professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council’s collection and cultural programs.

Applications close 23 August

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UTS Library – Call out for 2021 Creative in Residence applications

Are you a creative professional who enjoys new opportunities?
UTS Library is currently seeking applications for the 2021 Creative in Residence.  The residency offers a successful applicant the opportunity to develop and produce a project that uses UTS Library as a starting point for the research and realisation of a new creative work.

Since 2012, the Library has run the Creative in Residence program, an initiative that inspires playfulness, provokes curiosity, and encourages engagement with the Library and its community.

This is a wonderful opportunity for any designers, artisans, visual artists, entrepreneurs, creative industry practitioners, industry leaders, musicians, performers, writers, makers, persons studying or practicing law and/or social policy, thinkers/researchers, digital producers and any other creative people who wish to be involved. Explore our past Creative in Residencies here.

Applications open: 1st June – 28th August 2020.

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Kangaroo Valley Art Prize & Exhibition
Entries are now open: 3-28 August at
Exhibition: 2-5 October, Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley Art Prize $6,000
Tony White Memorial Art Prize $5,000
Salon of Local Artists Prize $1,500
Highly Commended, Commended, People’s Choice
Total prize money $17,000
Original contemporary artworks are invited by Australian artists, including painting in any medium, drawing, printmaking, digital, photographic and video art, textile and fabric art, collage, multi-media and new media.
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Tony White Memorial Art Prize, for a young emerging artist
Entries are now open: 3-28 August at
Exhibition: 2-5 October, Kangaroo Valley
Tony White Memorial Art Prize $5,000
All entries are also eligible for the Kangaroo Valley Art Prize $6,000, Highly Commended, Commended & People’s Choice
Total prize money $17,000
Original contemporary artworks are invited by young Australian artists 30 years of age or younger, including painting in any medium, drawing, printmaking, digital, photographic and video art, textile and fabric art, collage, multi-media and new media.
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Gallery Lane Cove Sculpture Plinth opportunity

An exciting opportunity for artists working in 3D mediums to exhibit their work. Located in Library Square on Longueville Road (Lane Cove, Sydney), the Sculpture Plinth offers a position of high exposure within Lane Cove’s central foot traffic precinct. Find out more



2020 Burwood Art Prize

Entries are now open for the 2020 Burwood Art Prize!

A total prize pool of $8,500 is on offer for artists, including $5,000 for Artwork of the Year, $2,500 for New and Emerging Artist and $1,000 for People’s Choice!

The Burwood Art Prize is aimed at highlighting the strong arts and culture in our area, through the medium of painting entrants are invited to showcase their artistic talents.

The competition is open to people aged 16 and over and either living, working, studying or have another demonstrated connection to Burwood, Ashfield, Canada Bay or Strathfield Local Government Areas (LGAs).

To enter and for further information please head to Burwood Council website. Entries close 5pm 30 September 2020.

The 2020 Burwood Art Prize and all associated activities during the COVID-19 pandemic will be conducted within the NSW Heath guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of all entrants and the community.

Evelyn Chapman Art Award 2020 – $50,000

The Evelyn Chapman Art Award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’

Applications for the 2020 award close on 21 September with announcement of winner in October.

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Multi Arts Place – External Wall Design map wall

Lake Macquarie City Council is offering artists, designers and creative teams the opportunity to design a unique concept commission for a north facing facade of the proposed Multi Arts Place (MAP) at Speers Point.

MAP is a $3.2M multi-use, contemporary arts hub located within Speers Point Park on the banks of Lake Macquarie. Purposefully designed as a completely flexible and intuitive multi-media creative hub, the building will be able to present a variety of creative presentations from theatre and live music to contemporary installations and immersive art experiences.

With an number of intuitive design features incorporated into the building, the north facing 10m high facade will be MAPs’ ‘outdoor canvas’. Council is seeking designs to include within the brickwork that complements and provides an additional layer of engagement with audiences.

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Exhibition Proposal Callout – Lismore Regional Gallery 

Lismore Regional Gallery is calling for proposals for exhibitions. The prominently located downstairs gallery will prioritise local early career artists in a program of about eight exhibitions per year. The gallery is approx 9.8m x 3.5m x 3.4m (h) and has gallery lighting and hanging tracks. Artists will receive a fee of $500 per show, and be expected to help with installation/de-installation. With a large floor to ceiling window, the gallery space will be highly visible to people passing by and those engaging in activities in the Lismore Quadrangle. Next deadline: 5 November 2021

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