Read through our updated list of opportunities for the latest information about new jobs, grants, commissions, collaborations and useful support and resources from the industry.

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Movement of the Human with Rodney Bell and Brydie Colquhoun, Image by Ray Cash.



Creative Opportunities, Residencies and Commissions


Creative Residency Program

A creative residency at Dreamfarm is a chance to spend focused time in Tasmania in an inspiring natural setting in order to develop meaningful creative projects. Each participant rents a private studio for a fee, as both a residence and a creative workspace, for stays of two or four weeks. This is offered to individuals and small groups through a selective entry application process.
Application closing dates vary.
Apply here


BigCi Artist Residency

Artists undertake BigCi residency for an agreed period of time to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. They stay either at the Art Shed, the Barn, or the House for a small fee, subject to availability and individual project requirements. Proposals are welcome throughout the year – each season has its own creative possibilities. It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance.
Application closing dates vary.
Apply here


Eramboo Artist in Residence Program

Eramboo is a contemporary creative place on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, where artists flourish and nurture connections between art, nature and the community. Eramboo Artist in Residence program provides artists with an inspirational bushland setting for developing a body of work for a site responsive project or to simply to grow creatively.  For various costs, Artists can immerse themselves in a peaceful natural environment where they can truly focus on their work in the surrounding native landscape.
Application closing dates vary.
Apply here



QL2 Dance offers every year an average of 15 to 20 residencies through its Curated Residency Program to independent artists in Canberra. The residencies are worth in kind between $2,500 and $10,000 depending on the length of the residency, the performance requirements (if any) and extra support needed. The residencies include access to dance specific rehearsal and performance spaces and may include mentorship, production, management and marketing support. They offer a safe and welcoming space to create, experiment and develop new work as well as perform work in progress or full performances.
Application times may vary.
More info


Nominate for the NT Performing Arts Awards

Each year the NT Performing Arts Awards celebrate excellence, spirit, community impact, and legacy in the Northern Territory performing arts sector.

In 2021, these peer-led awards will recognise individuals who have made an impact across the sector.
Nominations close on 18 October 2021, and are invited for dedicated, talented and inspiring artists and artworkers across Dance, Theatre, Comedy, Circus, Physical Theatre and Performance Art.

Award winners will be celebrated at the NT Performing Arts Awards Night to be held in late November.

Nominations close 18 October, 2021.
More info


Biennale of Sydney Artistic Director

As they approach their 50th anniversary in 2023, the Biennale of Sydney are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Artistic Director – or Artistic Director team – who can lead the vision of the Biennale in this key moment in their history; someone who embodies our core values of being boldly creative, agile, collaborative and respectful in all that we do, with a commitment to place and keeping people connected through contemporary art and ideas.
Expressions of Interest close 27 September, 2021.
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Online Visibility and Collection Project

Artists around Australia are warmly invited to participate in the Learning from Others for Others Online Visibility & Collection Project. The project aims to showcase and share the array and abundance of knowledge that informs and innovates contemporary arts and the community of practice throughout Australia.

Learning from Others for Others invites you to submit a pivotal learning with accompanying image, encouraging creatives and collaborators whose performing arts practices and works

  • embrace diversity and inclusion
  • integrate or embed the creativity and aesthetics of access

The collection will be accessibly showcased as part of the Learning from Others for Others free public webinar and online gallery resource that will be launched in March 2022.

First Peoples, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse; regional and remote artists are encouraged to submit.

All submitting artists, organisations and companies will receive a digital copy of the collection, an invitation to the webinar and future promotional support to host their own Learning from Others for Others networking event in their local or virtual neighbourhood.

Submissions close 31 December, 2021.
More info


ARTS HOUSE: Makeshift Publics 2022 – 2023

Acknowledging artists as leaders, Makeshift Publics asks committed practitioners to explore new methods of rebuilding fundamentally disrupted social ecologies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public space has mutated; the charged common grounds of theatres, galleries, museums and cinemas are empty; suburban footpaths and parks are negotiated in new ways and the online has taken on a new presence. Artists know a lot about how to gather people around ideas, images and stories, and this is one thing that has not changed. For this program, Arts House understands that public space can be social, historic, temporal, digital, economic, architectural, biological, chemical, inaccessible and contested; it includes civic spaces as well as outdoor and online environments. 

With a process driven by a cross-disciplinary team of arts leaders, this program is for committed arts practitioners who want to explore new contexts for contemporary art in a year-long program in which artists investigate this shift.

Expressions of Interest close 14 October, 2021.
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ARTS HOUSE: The Warehouse Residency

The Warehouse Residency centres and celebrates D/deaf, Disabled, neurodiverse and chronically ill artists, curators, collectives and their collaborating allies. Two opportunities are available each year for five years, so that creatives can grow their practices in self determined and sustainable ways. 

The Warehouse Residency has been co-devised by six D/deaf, Disabled and neurodiverse artists – Luke King, Hannah Morphy-Walsh, Pauline Vetuna, Jonathan Craig, Kath Duncan and Eva Sifis, alongside Arts Access Victoria and Arts House. The group collectively decided on the following guiding principles:

  • Respect the wisdom that lived experiences brings
  • Be artist-led and self-determined
  • Support multiple-marginalised disabled people
  • Embrace flexibility and choice, and be responsive to the individual
  • Create an environment of safety and care
  • Support risk-taking and experimentation

We want to support the diversity of lived experiences in the disability community and particularly encourage multiple-marginalised disabled people to apply. 

Participants receive a dedicated studio space at North Melbourne Town Hall for 3-months, fees, equipment, production expertise, consultation and mentor support, with presentation as part of Arts House’s program in 2022. 

Expressions of Interest close 14 October, 2021.
More info



CultureLAB is an arts development program that supports independent artists and small-medium companies, with a focus on the potential of performance and artists with an experimental practice. This program is the primary way Arts House supports the presentation of new Australian art.

The next CultureLAB EOI is for creative developments taking place from July 2022 – June 2023. We are looking for projects at any stage of development. We will support in person and digital concepts.

Arts House has a variety of spaces, suitable for a variety of purposes: research, rehearsal, technical experimentation and more.

Artists are supported with fees, space, equipment, expertise and an access consultation.

Applications close 14 October, 2021.
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Balnaves Fellowship 2021

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2021 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship at Belvoir.

The selected Fellow will be a resident artist at Belvoir in 2022 and receive $25,000 over a year-long period to create a new work. A playwright to write a new play. A director or writer/director will lead the creation of an Indigenous led stage work, whether that be a new play, an adaptation or through a devised process.

Along with the creation of a new work, the Fellowship model seeks to be deeply collaborative and to embed the Fellow in the experience of being in a company structure, provide the opportunity to work on a variety of creative process and includes the invitation to have a voice in Belvoir’s artistic decision-making processes.

Applications close 4 October, 2021.
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Applications for the 2022 Andrew Cameron Fellowship at Belvoir are now open.

The Andrew Cameron Fellow will work with the company’s Artistic and Programming team over a period of one year to support play development, auditions, rehearsals and season programming. The Fellowship is open to directors, actors, writers, dramaturgs or creatives interested in pursuing artistic leadership positions in the future.

This is the third Andrew Cameron Fellowship the company is awarding thanks to the generosity of, and in honour of, Belvoir’s former Chair, Andrew Cameron AM.

Belvoir is committed to supporting the development of artists who face structural barriers in accessing these opportunities. As part of the experience of working within Belvoir’s Artistic and Programming team, the Fellow will also be offered mentorship by Artistic Associates, S.Shakthidharan and Kodie Bedford, and Producer, Zainab Syed, to ensure they have appropriate structures of support.

Applicants from First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and/or underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Applications close 22 October, 2021.
More info

Funds and Grants


Quick Response Grants

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting cultural activity in regional and remote Australia, the program is administered in the state by RANT Arts.

The Quick Response Grant program is open 4 times each year during the following months: February, May, August and November. Applications submitted by midnight on the last Sunday of each applicable month are collated for assessment and announced within ten working days.

All artists and arts organisations in Tasmania, including Hobart based organisations and artists, are classified as regional and therefore meet the location eligibility criterion of the Regional Arts Fund. Individuals and organisations can apply for Regional Arts Fund Project Grants provided they are based in Tasmania and where the primary beneficiaries are Tasmanian residents. Young and emerging artists, artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, Indigenous artists and artists with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from remote and isolated communities, or communities experiencing significant disadvantage are strongly encouraged to apply.

Individuals can apply for up to $1,500 and are eligible to receive a total of $3,000 over an 18 month period. Organisations can apply for up to $3,000 and are eligible to receive a total of $6,000 over an 18 month period.

More information here: Guidance material 
Apply here


NSW Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Create NSW are offering Small Project Grants to support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. Artists can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards their project.
Applications for Small Project Grants are open on an ongoing basis. 
More info


Regional Arts NSW – Quick Response Grants

Quick Response Grants will fund professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers or small project opportunities. The program supports immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice.

The objectives of the Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.

Applicants must contact the Funding Manager prior to submitting their application to discuss their proposal and check there are funds available. Contact: Manager, Grants & Projects, Tel 02 9270 2502 Email funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au
Application closing times vary.
Apply here


Community Grants Program (City of Greater Dandenong)

The City of Greater Dandenong provides financial assistance in the form of grants and donations to community groups and individuals for activities that will benefit local residents.
Applications close 30 June 2022. 
More info


Live Performance Support Program

The Live Performance Support Program has been designed to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. This program sees the Tasmanian Government share some of the risk of potential lost ticket sales if performances are required to be cancelled or significantly modified due to changes to Public Health Directives relating to COVID-19.

Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000 through this $2 million program. To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists.

Applicants may only submit one application at a time but it may cover multiple performances or events scheduled to occur between April and 30 November 2021.
Applications close 31 October 2021
View all programs and key dates.
Apply here



This program supports individuals and groups based in Tasmania to take up intrastate (in Tasmania) or interstate (in Australia) activities and individuals, groups and Tasmanian organisations to bring arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.

Key dates:
October round closes: 11 October 2021
For activities commencing after 1 January 2022.

This program supports: Individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months, Arts organisations based in Tasmania, Cultural heritage organisations based in Tasmania.

Artsbridge provides funding for expenses associated with taking up intrastate or interstate activities and/or expenses associated with bringing arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.

Funding of up to $3000 per Artist or $10000 per group of four or more Artists is available.
View all programs and key dates.
Contact the grants team on 03 6165 6666 or grants@arts.tas.gov.au
All applicants must meet Arts Tasmania’s general eligibility requirements.
Artsbridge – application form


Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups – $10,000 – $50,000

This program from the Australia Council from the Arts funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Applications close 7 September,2021 for projects beginning after 1 December 2021, or Tuesday 1 March, 2022 for projects beginning after 1 June 2022.
More info

Image: Carrion by Justin Shoulder
Photo by Bryony Jackson

Image: Niki Sperou, 2020 ANAT Synapse resident,  Green plastics – Blue Ocean project.

Artists/Organisations looking for Collaborators

Equity Pride Survey for LGBTQIA+ Performers

Equity Pride, a subcommittee of the Equity and Diversity Committee within MEAA has put together a  survey which seeks to gather information from a wide array of LGBTQIA+ performers on what it is like being a performer in the industry. The survey takes 30 – 45min to complete and will help the committee focus its campaigns to effect positive change in the community.
Take the survey

Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Australia New Membership Category for Independent Artists

WA’s peak industry body for arts and culture, the Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Autsralia are looking increase the representation of independent Western Australian artists within their membershipMembership for Independent Artists costs $55 and affords members the opportunity to influence CACWA’s policies and campaigns with regards to the sector. Something to consider for all you Western Australian artists.
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Introduce Yourself

Arts House is a curated centre for contemporary performance and interactive artforms. Are you an artist interested in Arts House but don’t know where to start, or who to talk to? The Arts House creative team meets four times a year to look at these introductions and if there’s a connection to future Arts House programs a member of the team will get in touch. Complete form below to help introduce yourself, your ideas and your work.
Complete form here

Support and Resources

COVID Safe Plans by State

Theatre Network Australia (TNA) has compiled guides for COVID Safe Plans which vary across states – from industry-specific plans and approved templates, to exhaustive documents and simple checklists. Some states require plans to be approved, but most only require plans to be available for inspection on premises. View in the COVID Safe Plans by State tab on the TNA Resources page.
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Support Act: New Support Hotline for Managers

Support Act has a new helpline specifically tailored to support managers and leaders working in the Arts and Cultural sector who may need assistance when supporting performing arts workers. To speak to a senior counsellor, call 1800 818 728. 
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A New Approach: Working Paper

If you’re interested you can read the extract from the forthcoming report “Australia’s cultural and creative economy: A 21st century guide”. The report includes some key concepts and figures which may be useful in preparing submissions to the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the Creative and Cultural Industries. 
Read full extract here

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

The Australia Council provides this resource that examines key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of First Nations cultural material in the arts.
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Jobs / Work / Vacant Positions

General Manager, WA Youth Theatre Company (WA). Apply by 9 April
Production Manager, The Last Great Hunt (WA). Apply by 18 April
Philanthropy & Sponshorship Specialist, The Last Great Hunt (WA). Apply by 18 April




In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.