Gallery Grants now open

  • L to R: Richard Serra, Prop, 1968 and Amy Joy Watson, Floating Sequence, 2012.


    Dobell Exhibition Grant

    The inaugural 2016 Dobell Exhibition Grant supported Gravity [and Wonder] at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, September 2016. Amy Joy Watson, Floating Sequence, 2012.

  • Audience participating in artwork making workshop


    Audience Development Fund

    Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, In-Habit: Project Another Country, 2012, installation and audience workshop at Tweed Regional Gallery, 2014.

$40,000 for a new exhibition and up to $10,000 for public programs is now available to regional galleries in NSW through Museums & Galleries of NSW’s Gallery Grants!


Dobell Exhibition Grant
The Dobell Exhibition Grant (DEG), supported by the the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.

Amount available: $40,000, Closing date: Wednesday 6 September 2017, 5.00pm 


Lee-Anne Hall, Director, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest discusses how the Dobell Exhibition grant assisted in realising their exhibition, Gravity (and Wonder).


Audience Development Fund
The Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community. The fund is designed to support galleries to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences that will increase immediate and future attendance, access and participation.

Funds can be used for costs that support the development and implementation of public or educational programs, provide seed funding to trial new models for public engagement and/or build new partnerships for audience development.

Applications that create new or extend existing partnerships within regions are strongly encouraged.

Amount available: Up to $10,000 for each grant (no minimum), Closing date: Wednesday 2 August 2017, 5.00pm

Applicants should contact M&G NSW to discuss their project prior to submitting an application. M&G NSW staff are on hand to provide advice on developing projects, writing grant applications, and budgeting.

Please contact M&G NSW on 02 9252 8300.


The Audience Development Fund is an Arts NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) on behalf of the NSW Government.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW 

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The Museums & Galleries of NSW supports and promotes volunteer, artist run and professionally staffed public museums and galleries, and Aboriginal cultural centres, throughout NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Museums & Galleries of NSW
(M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

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