Investment and
Development

Angela Goh, Desert Body Creep, photo by Zan Wimberley.

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Digital Business Model Innovation Lab

Closing Date:

Tue September 21, 2021 3:00 pm (AEST)

The Digital Business Model Innovation Lab offers the opportunity for arts organisations to transform and digitally enable their core business model.

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re(situate) Biennale Delegates Program

Closing Date:

Tue September 21, 2021 3:00 pm (AEST)

The Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program is a professional development opportunity for individuals based in Australia. The 2022 theme is re(situate), an offer to refocus and reposition as we step into this next era in international engagement within the visual arts.

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Open

Sync Australia Online Leadership Program

Closing Date:

Mon October 11, 2021 12:00 am (AEST)

Sync Australia – Online is a new online leadership and coaching program exploring Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media.

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Open

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

Closing Date:

Tue October 12, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours

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The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement)

Closing Date:

Tue October 12, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The prestigious Red Ochre Award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

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The Dreaming Award

Closing Date:

Tue October 12, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Dreaming Award recognises an inspirational young artist aged 18-30 years and supports them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally.

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Open

First Nations Emerging Career Development Award

Closing Date:

Tue October 12, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The First Nations Emerging Career Development Award 2020 is the result of Australia Council’s Workplace Giving scheme 2019-2020. Through the generous contributions from our staff and board, $20,000 has been raised to help further the career of two (2) emerging First Nations artists or arts workers

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Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment

Closing Date:

Tue October 12, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours

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Closing soon

Digital Business Model Innovation Lab

The Digital Business Model Innovation Lab offers the opportunity for arts organisations to transform and digitally enable their core business model.
Closing soon

re(situate) Biennale Delegates Program

The Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program is a professional development opportunity for individuals based in Australia. The 2022 theme is re(situate), an offer to refocus and reposition as we step into this next era in international engagement within the visual arts.
Open

Sync Australia Online Leadership Program

Sync Australia – Online is a new online leadership and coaching program exploring Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media.
Open

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours
Open

The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement)

The prestigious Red Ochre Award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.
Open

The Dreaming Award

The Dreaming Award recognises an inspirational young artist aged 18-30 years and supports them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally.
Open

First Nations Emerging Career Development Award

The First Nations Emerging Career Development Award 2020 is the result of Australia Council’s Workplace Giving scheme 2019-2020. Through the generous contributions from our staff and board, $20,000 has been raised to help further the career of two (2) emerging First Nations artists or arts workers
Open

Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours

We invest in Australian arts through grants, initiatives, programmes and opportunities that foster and develop Australia’s arts sector and raise the profile of Australian art nationally and internationally.

  • investment in Australian artists at various stages of their careers through our grants programs, fellowships and awards. This investment supports the public’s engagement with arts and creativity 
  • our multi-year investment in organisations through Four Year Funding, multi-year investment in First Nations-led organisations, and the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework. This investment supports cultural organisations to achieve an array of artistic, social, cultural and economic outcomes to national acclaim 
  • management of government initiatives such as the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and  the national regional touring programs which provide greater access to enriching arts experiences for all Australians 
  • investing in diverse artists, creators and organisations to tell their stories and present this work to broad audiences 
  • ensuring inclusive decision-making and diverse peer assessment panels for our grants and other direct investment 
  • dedicated funding to First Nations people, groups and organisations through our grants program 
  • delivering co-investment that leverages our investment and expertise to support Australian arts and culture. 

  • sector development work underpinned by a significant national sector recovery consultation in 2020–21 
  • stakeholder engagement, partnerships and consultation guided by the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ 
  • strategic initiatives that encourage diverse representation, including capacity building programs and international development activity 
  • support for the arts and cultural sector to develop new practices and business models to increase audience access to transformative experiences 
  • support and capacity building for the digital and physical mobility of Australian arts and creativity 
  • research that provides a comprehensive picture of Australians’ evolving relationship with the arts in their daily lives, and the economic, social and cultural value of arts and creativity 
  • leveraging our investment and expertise through strategic partnerships  
  • brokering new opportunities for audiences to experience Australian arts 
  • capacity building programs that develop people, grow networks and broker opportunities for Australian arts and artists, contributing to the long term resilience of the Australian arts community 
  • our Digital Culture Strategy 2020–2024 that sets out our approach to support a digitally enabled and thriving arts and cultural sector  
  • strategic partnerships that create new opportunities 
  • pursuing new sources of co-investment to grow the funds available for the arts  
  • international opportunities that nurture meaningful and effective international engagement for the Australian arts and cultural sector. 

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and from artists with disability.

We accept applications in Languages Other Than English (LOTE). 

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You are encouraged to speak with your Australia Council contact about options that can provide flexible support during these difficult times. If you’re not sure who that is, please contact Artists Services we will direct you to the right person.