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Creative writing competition for young Australian writers

Focusing on the challenges and resilience of post-pandemic recovery, young writers are invited to submit a creative writing article showcasing authentic experiences and feelings and promoting positive mental well-being. The competition is open to all Australian students in grades 5 to 12.
Closing date for applications on September 15; learn more and apply.

Byron Arts Magazine Art Award (BAM)

This $ 5,000 award aims to promote awareness of the arts in the Northern Rivers area with an eight-week finalist exhibition. This no-purchase award is open to all artists across the country and all finalists will also be included in the Fall 2022 issue of BAM.
Closing date for applications on September 19; learn more and apply.

BAM Art Prize 2020 (installation view). Image: Courtesy of the artists and the NRCG.

National photography award

Now in its 38th year, this award, supported by the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) Art Foundation, offers a first acquisition prize of $ 30,000, a John and Margaret Baker scholarship of $ 5,000 for an emerging artist, and additional support to a number of artists through a series of targeted acquisitions. Artists from all fields of photography are encouraged to participate with a finalist exhibition to be presented in Melbourne and the Victoria region as part of the 2022 PHOTO International Photography Festival.
Applications close on September 26; learn more and apply.

Premier of New South Wales Literary Awards 2022

Australia’s richest and longest-running State Literary Awards are now open for nominations in all genres of writing. Entries entered must be first published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 (with the exception of the Indigenous Writers Award). There are 14 award categories to announce new winners, including play / screenplay, translation, book of the year, multicultural award, and children’s literature / YA.
Closing of registrations on October 5; learn more and apply.

Carstairs Award

The $ 10,000 Carstairs Prize organized by NAVA aims to support socially engaged projects. The award is intended to contribute to the production costs of works of art to help the successful candidate develop and present new works. In an age of physical distancing, proposals that take digital engagement into account are welcome.
Closing date for applications on October 17; learn more and apply.

M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

M16 doubled the price of its drawing award this year, and it’s now valued at $ 10,000. M16 is calling for applications for both traditional and non-traditional drawing works in contemporary practice. Each artist can enter a maximum of three works, with one exhibition taking place from November 25 to December 10, 2021.
Closing of registrations on October 24; find out more and enter.


MAV Duniya Behter

With a recent injection of $ 1 million in funding from the Victorian government, MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria) is calling on all young people of color in Bendigo and Shepparton to enroll in the Duniya Behter program with an interactive series of workshops on creation of digital content between September – December. Alongside the program, 16 commissions of $ 1,000 each will be used to create new works and be supervised by a digital producer.
Registrations are open now; Register now to receive more information.

Ability to create a 2022 exhibition

The City of Hobart is offering three artists with skills in sound design, digital content or sculptural installation / decoration / theater design the opportunity to work alongside this 2022 exhibition on exploring the senses. The exhibition was founded in 2013 by community member Freddy Lee-Mount who is committed to celebrating the talent of all talented artists in Hobart.
Closing of EOI on September 13; learn more and apply.


SIMA Emerging Composers Program

This year, four emerging and mid-career composers under the age of 40 will have the opportunity to join this four-month mentorship. It includes a paid commission, advice from Australia’s greatest jazz composer and a debut performance with the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).
Closing date for applications on September 15; learn more and apply.

Writers SA Commissions and Editorial Mentorship 2022

Writers SA collaborates with Liminal magazine to launch a new commissioning and mentoring program welcoming emerging and established Asian-Australian fiction and non-fiction writers in South Africa. selected works responding to the theme of Haunt will be published online and in by Liminal South Australia Series 2022., and two emerging candidates will get mentorship facilitated by Liminal editors to provide them with hands-on experience.
Closing of applications on October 1; learn more and apply.

Creative Bytes Technology Consulting

Launching a new pilot this year, Creative Bytes offers 20 Victorian arts organizations a series of hands-on webinars and future workshops on topics such as organizing online teams, creating podcasts, simplifying documentary collaboration. and the creation of attractive marketing materials. Pro bono advice will be offered on a first come, first served basis to help organizations of all sizes streamline their IT capabilities.
Closing of applications on October 1; book a free consultation [email protected] or visit Creative Bytes website.

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Poignant self-portrait of Julia Ciccarone, double finalist for the Archibald Prize The sea inside claimed the ANZ Audience Award 2021 proving to have a strong resonance with the public. Painted at home during the Melbourne lockdown in 2020, the artist is shown lying barefoot, snuggled up in a blanket while clinging to her brushes with cursed waves in the background. “When I painted this work, life was intense and overwhelming… But the ocean – which occupies an important place in my life and my art – is my place of healing,” said Ciccarone. Ciccarone will win $ 5,000 while one lucky voter this year receives a $ 2,000 cash prize from ANZ.

Age Book of the year 2021 was awarded to Tasmanian novelist Robbie Arnott for Rain heron, a work rooted in the fantastic natural world to reflect on tragedy, trauma and redemption. Arnott’s second novel was selected by ArtsHub publisher and poet Thuy On, alongside author Susan Wyndham and Age editor Jason Steiger for the prize of $ 10,000. “I hope to present the natural world in as fantastic a way as it really is,” said Arnott.

The Creative Engine Grant 2021 hosted by Geelong Arts Center is proud to announce nine new recipients through its Ignition, room to do and Jump start programs. Support is offered for the development of new works with a total of $ 86,000 in cash as well as access to the iconic building site on Ryrie Street. Successful applicants are celebrated across multiple artistic disciplines including dance, magic, theater, and docu-film, which showcase potential in the three selection criteria of Connection, Innovation and Reflection. For the full list of recipients and their projects, visit Geelong Arts Center website.

Eight organizations were announced by the Australian Council as participants in the first Digital strategist in residence assistance program for the development and implementation of a tailor-made integrated digital strategy. The first round recipients are: Australian Network for Art and Technology (SA), Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (NT), Cirkidz Inc. (SA), Institute of Modern Art Limited (QLD), Liquid Architecture Sound Inc. (VIC) , Studio A Limited (NSW), Terrapin Puppet Theater Ltd. (TAS) and Brisbane Writer’s Festival (QLD). Candidates for the second round are open until December 7th.


The Sydney Film Festival has unveiled 12 new Australian documentaries to compete for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary, and will be screened as part of its 68th program from November 3-14. “From the exposure of racism in the Australian criminal justice system to an evocative reflection on the misogyny endured by our first female Prime Minister, this year’s documentaries will resonate with audiences long after the final credits have stopped rolling. “said Jenny Neighbor, SFF program manager and documentary programmer. . The winning film will be revealed with a cash prize of $ 10,000. For the full list of finalists and trailers, visit SFF website.

The finalist of the SFF documentary A Fire Inside directed by Justin kroon and Luke Mazzaferro looks back on the sacrifices of our firefighting heroes during the devastating bushfires of 2019-2020.

To celebrate emerging Australian designers, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) announced 27 state winners for its flagship program Graduate of the year (GOTYA) 2021. With nearly two decades of commitment to mentoring students and supporting next generation designers, GOTYA has invited applications from educational institutions across Australia for outstanding work. The selected entrants will move on to another judgment, with the national winners announced at the end of October. To learn more about the state laureates and their projects visit IDA website.

NSW / ACT Textile Design Graduate of the Year, David Ward’s winning designs for GOTYA. Image: Courtesy of the artist and DIA.

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