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

2021 Regional Assembly Program

Regional Assembly is a new program with Regional Arts Australia. It is artist led, informed by practice, unique in process (co-designed) and relevant to the future creative sector. The assembly is designed to build artistic communities across geographic distances when living and working remotely is coupled with a desire to nurture and develop international connectionsIn addition to the three co-design artists, seven mid career artists who live in regional Australia, South Pacific and South Asia will be selected through an open EOI process.
Applications close Monday 8 March.
Apply Here.

Blue Room Theatre Applications

Applications are now open for the annual April – December Development Season at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth. 14 independent new works will be offered support from conception to presentation in one of two black box theatre spaces for a series of three week seasons diverse in form, content, genre, artists and practice.
Applications close Wednesday 24 March.
Apply Here.

2021 Exhibition Program – Long Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre

Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart, Tasmania is currently seeking applications for the remaining dates in the Long Gallery 2021 Calendar. Applicants may be solo artists, duos or groups. Artists working in any visual art medium (including performance art) are encouraged to apply.
Applications close Wednesday 31 March.
Apply Here.

New Ideas Lab with ArtPlay (City of Melbourne)

ArtPlay is seeking proposals for new work to be created as part of our ongoing creative program for children (babies to 12 year olds). Four projects of any discipline will be supported, including one project engaging families with children aged 1 to 5 from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The lab will support proposals between $10,000 and $20,000.
Applications close Friday 26 March.
Apply Here.

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

Funds and Grants

NSW Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Create NSW are offering Small Project Grantsto 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 

Revised Criteria: Crisis Cash Requests for Support

In response to JobKeeper reductions, Theatre Network Australia have updated their EOI criteria for their Crisis Cash grant program. Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have lost income, and are not receiving JobKeeper at the full-time rate, and belong to a one of the high-risk groups listed on their website, may apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000.
Applications for Crisis Cash payments are open on an ongoing basis. 
View the expanded criteria and EOI process

THRIVE creative grants

THRIVE Creative Grants is a brand-new grant that aims to assist and encourage Victorian Deaf and Disabled artists to develop professional skills and realise creative projects in the City of Port Philllip and increase the diversity of individuals accessing Council’s arts programs and processes.
Applications close 9 March 2021. 
More info

Kingston Arts Grants

Kingston’s Arts Grants program supports a diverse range of artists, arts practices and organisations. Arts projects must have a public outcome in Kingston.
Applications close 26 March 2021. 
More info

Covid-19 Arts Sustainability Fund

The COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund is investing $35 million in 2020–21 to organisations funded by the Australian Government, through the Office for the Arts and the Australia Council. Operational funding is provided to these organisations as they are key employers of Australian artists and art workers, and the training ground of Australia’s upcoming performing artists. They are also the leading presenters of high-quality work to audiences across Australia.
Applications close 31 May 2021. 
More info

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

This fund provides organisations in the arts and entertainment sector with funding to help them deliver activities across all art forms to audiences across Australia. Funding is available to support cultural and creative events or activities, that without this support would be unlikely to proceed (due to constrained availability of funding to the applicant as a consequence of COVID-19).
Applications close 31 May 2021. 
More info

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 2021. 
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


Perth Festival 2021

Perth Festival kicks off the new year in 2021 with a variety of exciting productions from 5 – 28 February 2021. Our Western Australian branch PLWA will be presenting four new works Galup  by Ian Wilkes and Poppy Van Oorde-Grainger, Black Brass  by Mararo Wangai, Children of the Sea  by Jay Emanuel and finally Slow Burn, Together by Emma Fishwick. We are incredibly proud to support these artists to reflect the diversity of stories that make up the fabric of our society.
Buy tickets 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

First Nations Producer, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply by 14 February.
Customer Services Manager, Bundanon Trust (NSW). Apply by 15 February.
Front of House Manager, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NSW). Apply by 16 February.
Marketing and Audience Development Manager, Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Apply by 21 February.
General Manager, St Martins Youth Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 26 February.
Partnerships Manager, Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA). Apply by 1 March.


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