Artist Opportunities

Are you an artist looking for your next big opportunity?

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

2023 Burwood Art Prize

Entries are now open for the 2023 Burwood Art Prize!

Council has made some exciting developments to help make next year’s Art Prize even more diverse and inclusive than ever. For 2023, the Art Prize has been opened up to a series of new categories, and will accept works in the following mediums:

  • Digital artworks (moving or still)
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing

Council is also thrilled to announce that for the first time, due to popular demand, the Burwood Art Prize will be open not just to Burwood residents but all Sydney based artists!

All finalists and winners will have the chance to see their works displayed in the Community Hub. The prize pool is also the biggest yet, totaling $14,000! Categories include:

  • Burwood Art Prize (open to all entrants)
    $10,000 acquisitive, selected by the judging panel
  • Burwood Local Prize (Burwood LGA residents only)
    $1,500 non-acquisitive, selected by the judging panel
  • Burwood Youth Prize (entrants aged 16-20 only)
    $1,500 non-acquisitive, selected by the judging panel
  • Burwood People’s Choice Prize (open to all entrants)
    $1,000 non-acquisitive, selected through community online voting through Participate Burwood

Entries close Friday 17 March 2023 at 5:00pm AEST.

To see further details and enter please head too: www.burwood.nsw.gov.au/burwoodartprize2023

Burwood Park Flags EOI

Burwood Council is seeking two Sydney based First Nations Artists to each digitally design 6 flags each which will be installed from February 2022 in Burwood Park. The artworks will be licenced to be displayed across the 12 flags poles located in Burwood Park for a period of up to three years. This project is funded by the NSW Government through the Parramatta Rd Urban Amenity Improvement Program (PRUAIP).

To find out further information and view the detailed EOI please see: www.burwood.nsw.gov.au/publicart

Submissions Open: 8 November 2022
Submissions Close: 12pm 5 December 2022
All applications must be emailed to arts@burwood.nsw.gov.au by 12pm 5 December 2022


Ironbark Gallery – call out

The Ironbark Gallery is a dedicated gallery, located in the Strathfield Library & Innovation hub; available for both emerging and established artists based in the following local government areas which includes; Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury Bankstown, Inner West Council and Strathfield.

Ironbark Gallery is managed by Strathfield Council and provides artists the opportunity to exhibit in a professionally supported gallery. There is no fee to exhibit in Ironbark Gallery. Strathfield Council supports this space and provides a Curator to oversee all aspects of the exhibition process. Artists are also given the opportunity to sell their works and facilitate a workshop in conjunction with their exhibition.

All applicants are evaluated by a selection committee and based on the written application and supporting material provided.

Applications close: Friday 16 December 2022

Visit the website

Questions or comments? Please email exhibitions@strathfield.nsw.gov.au


Artist Call Out : NSW-based LGBTQIA+ Identifying Artists for paid opportunity

Grafton Regional Gallery is seeking two NSW based LGBTQIA+ Identifying Artists to participate in paid on-site residencies responding to the gallery collection.

This project is an opportunity to critically reflect on the institutional practices that have shaped GRG; reframing how artists and members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been represented historically and culturally in the region and beyond.

Artists will be asked to produce work as queer retellings in response to the GRG collection.

Grafton Regional Gallery is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, or religious belief.

This is a paid opportunity and is supported by the NSW Government through CreateNSW

Please email gallery@clarence.nsw.gov.au with contact details, examples of your previous work social media links, 1 page cv and a short bio or artist statement by October 31st. This is a digital call out only.

https://graftongallery.nsw.gov.au


Calling for contemporary artists and curators

Apply now for affordable exhibition space at the versatile Curl Curl Creative Space, featuring moveable walls, gallery track lighting, adaptable hanging system and an outdoor deck for workshops.

Accepting applications for the period of July 2023 – June 2024.

Applications close Mon 21 Nov 2022, Midnight.

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Call for Submissions – BigCi Environmental Awards 2022

Australian and International 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 2022.

Two Winners of the Awards will each receive four free weeks of BigCi residency and $4,000 prize money.

The deadline for submissions is 4 November 2022.

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Generations Fellowship

Offered by the Powerhouse Museum and Create NSW in partnership with Astral People, Generations Fellowship connects artists with established industry experts and mentors, to pass on intergenerational knowledge and create pathways into the music industry. It provides support for three early career music artists to carry out six month of professional development, including $25,000 each in financial support, access to studio space, and industry mentoring and networking facilitated by Astral People. NSW-based contemporary musicians, producers, songwriters and composers are invited to apply.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 10 October 2022.

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EMERGING 2023 at Gosford Regional Gallery

Submissions are invited from NSW artists aged 18-30 years, working in any visual art medium for Gosford Regional Gallery’s EMERGING 2023.

EMERGING 2023 is a biennial art prize which provides selected emerging artists the opportunity to develop and exhibit a series of works or installation at Gosford Regional Gallery, in support of emerging practices within the artist’s career.

Each selected artist will receive an artist fee of $1,000 for the development of new work, with one selected artwork being awarded $5,000.

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2022 Helen Helen Dangar Memorial Art Bursary

Applications from visual artists across the New England Region* for the 2022 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 2022 application round will close on 16th October 2022.

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Applications for 2023 Eramboo Artist in Residence – now open

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.

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Create NSW and Sydney Metro are calling for artists to register their interest to develop nine new public art commissions for stations and public places on the new Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport line.

This is a significant opportunity to contribute to Sydney’s new metro railway, and growing communities, leaving a lasting impression on visitors and locals alike. Create NSW and Sydney Metro welcome experienced public artists, collaborations and team-based applications to realise impactful permanent public art that connects to place and culture and aligns with requirements for large scale public infrastructure projects.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are strongly encouraged to apply for all commissions, and specifically for the three commissions which have been identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, some of which are planned to have a Connect with Country focus.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) will close on 31 October 2022 at 5pm. Download a copy of EOI, here.
Participants can register for a webinar on 14 September 2022 at 1pm to find out more about the EOI and what makes a strong application.

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Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2022

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. Now in its 60th year, there is $72,000 in prize money to be won.

The Open Award is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and in 2022, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary; the award is valued at $60,000.

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. All Primary and Secondary students may enter one artwork and will be automatic finalists for exhibition.

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual  Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 4 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.

In the past 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, Philip Wolfhagen, Tina Havelock Stevens, Kuba Dorabialski and most recently, Robert Fielding.

All finalists’ works will be available for purchase.

Key Dates

Entries Open: Friday 15 July 2022
Entries Close: Friday 2 September 2022, 4pm

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Powerhouse Creative Industries Residency Program – Expressions of Interest now open

Located at Powerhouse Ultimo, this program provides subsidised work space for NSW-based creative industry practitioners and organisations that reflect the diversity of the Powerhouse collection. Residents will be provided with subsidised working spaces between 15 sqm to 25 sqm, along with communal facilities. Residents will also have access to Powerhouse staff regarding the Collection, and the Powerhouse Research Library and Archive. Spaces are available for terms of three months or more up to November 2023.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 2 September.

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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

https://mac.lakemac.com.au/Get-involved/Lake-Art-Prize-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.

https://boynesartistaward.com


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.

www.krg.nsw.gov.au/murals


WE ARE HERE STILL
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.

Visit the website for more information and to apply: https://oxfordandfoley.com.au/public-art.html


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: https://mrag.org.au/exhibitions/prizes/


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.

www.articulateprojectspace.org

Closing date Sunday 3rd May 2022

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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:
https://haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/lost-at-sea
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, Creative@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au