Artist Opportunities and Awards
We have selected a few galleries and funding bodies calling for submissions for Art Awards, Artist Engagements, Grants, Public Art, Residency Programs, Exhibition Proposals and more. Enjoy and good luck!
2019 Samstag Scholars
The University of South Australia (UniSA) announced Elyas Alavi, from South Australia, and Georgia Saxelby, from New South Wales, as the recipients of the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships, introducing their socially engaged art to a global audience.
A cross-disciplinary artist, poet and former refugee Alavi’s practice is driven by ideas of social justice, memory, displacement and exile. ‘Exploring agency through personal narratives of identity, memory, displacement and cross cultural integration, Elyas Alavi merges the personal and the poetic with strong geopolitical contexts,’ says artist Nike Savvas, 2019 Scholarships selection committee member.
‘His works tantalise with suggestion in a transcultural dialogue that resists conventional boundaries of place and identity,’ adds Virginia Rigney, UniSA commissioned writer. Saxelby is an interdisciplinary artist living and working between Sydney and the United States. Her participatory practice engages with issues of public social space, collective ritual behaviour and notions of sacred space in both ancient and contemporary cultures. ‘Saxelby’s work is highly charged, informed, feminist, inclusive, and relational – inviting participation from women across different cultures, countries, social and political spheres,’ says Savvas. ‘Her work gives a loud, credible voice to the unrepresented and those without a voice.’ The Scholarships provide each artist with a twelvemonth living allowance of $48,000 (USD), as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees at a leading international art school of their choice. The 2018 scholars, Sasha Grbich and Julian Day, are commencing their study respectively at Maumau, Portugal and Columbia University School of Arts, New York.
Arte Laguna Prize
Entries close 27 November 2018
Entries are open to all artists for the Arte Laguna Prize. This international art contest has been promoting contemporary art for 13 years, collecting thousands of applications from artists from all over the world selected by a jury for the exhibition in March 2019 in the spaces of the Arsenale of Venice, Italy. Participants also have the chance to win several awards in collaboration with companies, foundations and galleries, including cash prizes. There are ten categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and short films, performance, virtual art, digital graphics, land art and this year’s new entry, urban art, design. Prizes include; six cash prizes of 7.000 each, an exhibition, publication of a bilingual catalogue, four collaborations with Made in Italy companies, participation in four Festivals and collective exhibitions, four exhibitions in international art Galleries, nine Art Residencies, two collaboration with Art platforms and Supporters. Also, ARS Prize for plastic: main theme ‘Art and Sustainability’, promoting a sensitisation of creativity, of design and in general of the visual and performing arts towards the Reuse Recycle Reduce strategies, dedicated this time to PLASTIC. www.artelagunaprize.com
ILFORD CCP Salon 2018
Entries close 6pm, 16 November 2018
Australia’s largest open-entry photomedia exhibition, the 2018 ILFORD CCP Salon and competition is celebrating its 26th year. The prize provides an opportunity for both emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in a high-profile context. In past years, digital, analogue, video, 3D works and self-published photobooks have filled the walls of CCP and will this year once again present a diverse snapshot of contemporary Australian photomedia practice. Industry professionals will judge the entries and over $20,000 worth of prizes across more than 25 categories will be awarded. ccp.org.au
Northern Territory Arts Grants Program
The Northern Territory Arts Grants Program offers artists, organisations and the community support for initiatives that explore, develop and profile NT arts and culture. There are several grant categories open for application including Quick Response, Community Arts Festivals, Project Round, Regional Museums Support, Live Alice Mparntwe Arts, Creative in Residence Program, Arts Fellowships, Strategic Arts Program and Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants. Submission open and closing dates vary, visit the website for details. nt.gov.au
South Australian Living Artist Publication 2020
Nominations close 5pm, 3 December 2018
The annual South Australian Living Artist (SALA) publication supports the production of a major, high-quality book profiling an established South Australian visual artist with a significant track record of achievement in their area of practice. Nominations are invited from individuals and organisations for practising professional visual artists working and living in South Australia. Self-nominations will also be accepted. The book is developed and published in conjunction with the Board of the South Australian Living Artists Festival and Wakefield Press. The SALA Publication has produced 20 monographs so far on artists including Gerry Wedd, Michelle Nikou, Aldo Iacobelli, Catherine Truman and this year
Clare Belfrage. In 2019 the monograph recipient is Louise Haselton. arts.sa.gov.au
Australian Tapestry Workshop Residency
Applications close 30 November 2018
The Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence program is open to contemporary artists at any stage in their career, working in any medium (not just tapestry or textile-based practice) to spend time working in the unique studio environment at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2019. The residency is flexible, and artists can be part of the program for between two to eight weeks, full-time or part-time. Visit the website to learn more about the program and how to apply. austapestry.com.au
Double Exposure Artist Residency
Applications close midnight, 18 November 2018 PhotoAccess invites applications for the 2019 Double Exposure Artist Residency. The program is offering one interstate or international photo-based artist a five-week opportunity to produce new work, using PhotoAccess’ Darkroom and facilities from 22 July to 2 September 2019. Priority will be given to artists who work experimentally using darkroom-based processes. Artists at all stages of their career are invited to apply. photoaccess.org.au
Post Office Gallery seeks 1980s Visual Arts alumni
Submissions close 25 November 2018
Federation Universities Post Office gallery would like to hear from Visual Arts alumni from the 1980s to exhibit in the upcoming exhibition ‘RELOAD: BACK TO THE 80s!’ If you are a Visual Arts graduate from the former School of Mines, Ballarat (SMB), Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) or Ballarat TAFE you are eligible to enter. The exhibition will take place from 15 December 2018 to 2 February 2019. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside your peers and celebrate! federation.edu.au/pogallery
Arc @ UNSW Art & Design and Kudos Gallery 2019 Program
Submissions close midnight, 18 November 2018 Applications are open to exhibit as part of the 2019 exhibition program. Submissions from any artist, designer and/or curators who identify as having an emerging or experimental practice are invited to apply. Kudos Gallery is run by UNSW Art & Design students and aims to create exhibition opportunities for emerging and experimental artists, designers and curators Australia-wide, and is an artist-run space funded by Arc @ UNSW Ltd. Kudos Gallery is situated close to the UNSW Art and Design campus in Paddington, Sydney. arc.unsw.edu.au
Sawtooth ARI Exhibition Program
Applications close 30 November 2018 Applications are open for the February to June 2019 Artistic Program at Sawtooth ARI! Sawtooth ARI is an Artist Run Initiative gallery based in Launceston, Tasmania who showcase contemporary and experimental art by local, interstate and international artists at various stages of their professional career. sawtoothari.com
Georgia Saxelby, Lullaby (detail), 2017, still from video performance, in collaboration with Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan Photograph: Kristin AdairCourtesy the artist and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Elyas Alavi, Naan/Bread, 2017, installation view, detail, video still, Middle-eastern bread, LED light, acrylic on wall Photograph: Grant HancockCourtesy the artist and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art