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Opportunities for Artists

Community Grants

For more information about Community Grants available, please visit our Community Grants page.

Current Arts Opportunities

Creative Victoria

Creative Victoria has a range of funding and grants opportunities available.

They have also launched The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative which seeks to support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click here to find out more about all Creative Victoria opportunities.

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council for the Arts has a range of funding and grants opportunities available.

The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to find out more.

St Kilda Film Festival - Your Place Film Competition

If you live in regional Victoria, your stories won't look or sound like city stories. The St Kilda Film Festival's 'Your Place' competition asks regional Victorians to get creative while they're staying safe at home.

Whether you've got access to high-quality camera equipment or simply a TikTok account, St Kilda Film Festival invites inspired Victorians to tell us their story through film for the chance to share in a prize pool worth over $5,000, with first place taking home $3,500 cash and a DaVinci Resolve Studio from Blackmagic Design valued at $595.

Shortlisted films will also be seen by nationwide audiences as part of the St Kilda Film Festival program.

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Monash University Museum of Art - Art You Can Wear

With the current closure of galleries, museums and public art spaces, this is the time to get art out, about, and onto the site we take with us everywhere—our own bodies. Putting art front and centre, Art You Can Wear invites submissions from artists and non-artists worldwide for designs that will be printed on a limited edition run of T‑shirts.

Printed locally on Fair Wear accredited 100% organic cotton, a donation from each T‑shirt sold will be made to NAVA's Artists' Benevolent Fund and the ten selected submissions will receive a fee of AUD $1,500.

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City of Melbourne - Public Art Test Sites

Test Sites Online 2020 is open to artists and creatives working across all disciplines and at any stage of their career who want to develop their ideas for the public realm.

We encourage applications from artists working across a diverse range of art forms including film and sound works, performance, sculpture, collaborative and interactive work, installation, architecture and other hybrid forms or emerging practices.

The program also supports artists with a studio based practice wanting to work in the public realm. Applications will be assessed by a panel as part of a broader selection process with funding of up to $5000.

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Bendigo Art Gallery - Paul Guest Prize

The Paul Guest Prize is an award and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia.

The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honourable Paul Guest OAM QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.

The Prize is a non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000.

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Heathcote Cultural Precinct - HCP Digital Art Prize

Presented by the City of Melville and Heathcote Cultural Precinct, $15,000 total will be awarded across multiple categories.

It recognises contemporary visual art made for the screen, including video art, custom software, hypertext and artist made games.

These works are displayed online and the winner is selected by public vote from Friday, 17 July to Friday, 21 August. The Digital Art Prize is open to professional artists who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

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York Botanic - Art Prize 2020

Botanical art in Australia has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in the last 10 years; however, unlike other botanical art prizes, we’re not looking for scientific illustrations nor necessarily representative work – the only limitation being that work must directly relate to the theme of Western Australian flora and make reference to specific WA species.

Prizes: Winner: $7500 (acquisitive) and People’s Choice: $500 (non-acquisitive)

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Casula Powerhouse - The 66th Blake Prize

Submissions exploring the wider experience of spirituality, religion and/or belief are invited.

The Blake Art Prize attracts entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the exhibition and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize.

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Incinerator Art Award - Art For Social Change

The Incinerator Art Award call for entries open on 13 April - 18 May 2020 The Incinerator Art Award is the Incinerator Gallery’s annual contemporary art prize inspired by the theme of art for social change.

In light of the profound impact of the COVID-19 virus and the affect that current global events are having on Australian visual artists, we have adjusted Incinerator Art Award 2020. This year it is easier to apply (and free!) and we are providing significant opportunities for future display of artworks at the gallery.

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