Artist Opportunities

Are you an artist looking for your next big opportunity?

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

HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures – Call for entries

Major award $10,000 and finalist honorariums

Rookwood General Cemetery is offering a major non-acquisitive award of $10,000 for one artwork, which is highly resolved and responds to the context of Rookwood in some way, such as the cemetery’s contemporary relevance, diverse cultural practices, historical significance, celebration of life, personal stories, or evocative sense of place. And/or the HIDDEN themes: contemplation, history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, loss, mourning, spirituality, relationships, memory, community, cycles of life and the passage of time.

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Debra Porch Award: Visual Arts Residency

The Australia Council is supporting a program of reciprocal residencies between Australia and the Asia Pacific with the support of the Debra Porch Award.

Each Award has a total value of $15,000 AUD.

Artist Debra Porch’s practice focused on memory, mortality and the relationship between presence and absence. Working and teaching during art residencies she undertook in our neighborhood regions became vital in her art, work and life.

In honour of Debra Porch’s life’s work, this award will support two artists, an Australian artist and a Thai artist, to undertake a visual arts residency, stimulate strong connections and build long-term engagements.

For the third year, an Australian visual artist will be awarded a grant for a supported residency at SAC Gallery in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A Thai visual artist will also be awarded a reciprocal grant for a supported residency at West Space in Melbourne, Australia.

The residency host organisations will introduce the artist to the local sector and assist with research and network building with relevant communities. The artist will also have the option to share an artist talk or participate in a public program at the end of the residency period.

Application closes: Tuesday 11 April 2023

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Call for Entries STILL: National Still Life Award

STILL: National Still Life Award is coming again in 2023 and will be exhibited in Yarrila Arts and Museum (YAM).

STILL: National Still Life Award 2023 has a prize pool of $35,000. The Winner of the $30,000 award will be select by guest judge Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Now in its fourth iteration, STILL: National Still Life Award is a biennial, acquisitive award for still life artworks across all mediums.

STILL 2023 invites fresh and contemporary explorations of still life themes and highlights the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art, broadening the interpretation of this enduring genre.

The award is open to artists across Australia, at all stages of their careers. STILL 2023 will be the first National Still Life Award presented at Yarrila Arts and Museum (YAM).

How are artworks selected for STILL: National Still Life Award?

Finalists will be selected by a panel which includes:

  • Senior Curator Yarrila Arts and Museum
  • Ashleigh Frost, Curator Yarrila Arts and Museum
  • Rachel Piercy, Director Manning Regional Art Gallery
  • Lisa Paulsen, Art Collector

Key dates

  • 20 March- Applications open online
  • 04 June – Entries close
  • 10 July – Finalists notified by email
  • 07 August – Finalists announced to the public
  • 07 October – Exhibition opens and announcement of winner
  • 03 December – Exhibition closes

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Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize

The Australian Photographic Society’s Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize is a national $25,000 acquisitive prize that seeks to find Australia’s best conceptual photographic works. Finalists of the prize are exhibited annually at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre with the prize-winning work joining the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, and a collection of contemporary photographic works acquired through the Muswellbrook Photographic Award (1987 – 2014). Means of work presentation are unrestricted, inviting photographers to illustrate the intent of their works through a myriad of mediums.

Entries Open – March 2023
Entries Close – 19 May 2023

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Powerhouse Design Residency

The Powerhouse Museum and Create NSW invite early career NSW designers and makers to apply for the inaugural NSW Design (Early Career) Fellowship – Powerhouse Residency valued at $100,000.

Building on the museum’s vital work in fostering the careers of emerging Australian designers and makers, the program will nurture young talent by providing infrastructure to support studio practice with guidance from industry experts, including experienced practitioners.

Three designers will be supported to undertake a six-month residency and professional development at Powerhouse. Each resident will receive $25,000 in financial support; in-kind mentorship by an established designer relevant to their field; studio space at Powerhouse Ultimo – including access to the museum’s expansive workshop facilities and technicians; and practical connections within the sector to develop their networks and skills.

Applications close: 13 March 2023

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Digital Artist Callout

Accepting applications from all Australian-born or Australia-based digital artists in all stages of their careers.

Sugar Glider Digital is a digital art subscription platform for the avant-garde screen-owners looking to rent meaningful, high quality digital artwork for their company, art collection or brand.

As placemakers and specialists in the arts, we get that exposure doesn’t pay the bills. We constantly see artists who work multiple jobs and create commission after commission just to make ends meet.

Sugar Glider Digital’s subscription model generates a consistent income to our artists on a rotating monthly basis.

And most importantly, we want to fill more vast empty screens across private and public spaces with meaningful digital art.
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Artist Commissions – Street Hoarding Seeking expressions of interest

Newcastle Art Gallery is currently seeking expressions of interest from artists to develop new works of art for presentation on the construction hoarding along Laman and Darby Streets, around the site of our major Gallery expansion project.

This call out is open to all artists and collectives, local and national, established and emerging. Artists from all backgrounds and working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Proposals are encouraged to respond to broad themes of renewal, past/present/future, change and anticipation.

Newcastle Art Gallery will collaborate with the selected artists to develop and produce a new digital print on vinyl to be presented on the construction hoarding. Support is available to assist successful applicants in adapting their work of art to fit this format.

Newcastle Art Gallery is being reimagined. The purpose-built expansion of Newcastle Art Gallery is designed by Clare Design and Smith & Tzannes to incorporate expanded facilities for public engagement, large scale displays of the world-class permanent collection, and a dynamic new artistic program.

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2023 – Call for Entries

Artists are invited to be brave, bold and daring with their creative minds and apply to be a part of SWELL 2023, Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition taking place at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast.

SWELL is a ten-day manifestation of conceptions and visual commentary, and presents small, medium and large-scale sculpture, installations, and digital works as a FREE outdoor gallery at Currumbin Beach, 8 – 17 September 2023.

ARTISTS from across Australia and the world working in all mediums are invited to submit.

Highlights include a major $15,000 award with the award pool totalling $32,500, industry networking and profiling and opportunities to participate in artists talks, host workshops and the potential to sell works.

Submissions are welcome from professional, mid-career and emerging artists – submit online by 31 January 2023.

Apply online

Submissions Close: 12pm 5 December 2022
All applications must be emailed to by 12pm 5 December 2022

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.

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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:

Submissions Open: 8 November 2022
Submissions Close: 12pm 5 December 2022
All applications must be emailed to 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

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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 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.