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Footscray Art prize

Footscray Art Prize

Applications close 15 March 2019

The Footscray Art Prize is a biennial non-acquisitive visual art prize for contemporary artworks across multiple platforms and disciplines. It is

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BLINDSIDE reduces gallery fees in 2019



Thanks to the generous support of Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne, as well as the artists, sponsors, and patrons who have supported BLINDSIDE through our fundraising initiative, B-SIDE, we are thrilled to announced that in 2019 BLINDSIDE will be reducing its gallery fees by 85%. As part of our continuous efforts to make BLINDSIDE a more accessible and supportive place for all artists, writers, and curators, we are proud to also announce that BLINDSIDE will become a FREE space to exhibit in 2020.

BLINDSIDE’s call for exhibition applications for the 2020 program will open in early 2019. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay posted on the call for applications!


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Signal Summer Registrations

Applications close 10 December 2018Signal Summer is an intensive creative arts program jam packed with workshops, events and performances. The program offers young people the chance to work alongside professional artists, develop skills across a wide range of art forms and present new work. Signal Summer is free and open to young people 13 to 25 yearsFind out more read more

City of Melbourne Test Sites

Image: Credit: Test Sites x Yirramboi Workshop, 2017, with Carly Sheppard, Baden Hitchcock and Ngioka Bunda-Heath. Photo: Bryony Jackson

Applications close 5 December 2018This is your chance to explore and experiment with creative ideas for temporary projects in the public realm. Test Sites is back, providing greater funding and more time to develop work.Funding of up to $10,000 is up for grabs and is open to local, interstate and international artists.

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Midsumma and Australia Post Prize

Applications close 23 November 2018With finalists selected from across the country, the non-acquisitive annual award is a survey of outstanding queer artists working across mediums reflecting their potent personal and political perspectives on the world.Find out more read more

Senseless Beauty

Opening on Thursday 15th November at 6 pm

Moreland Artists Serena Everill and James Healey’s new exhibition of prints and sculpture opens on 15th November at 43 Bedford St, Collingwood running until Sunday 18th November at 4pm. read more

Mid-week Walk and Talk – Louise Saxton: The Linen Project

Join us for a curator-led tour of The Linen Project. Hear directly from the artist and gain a deeper understanding of the artworks and the exhibition.

Free, but bookings are essential.

About the exhibition
Louise Saxton: The Linen Project is an immersive installation which pays homage to past lives and past labour and is built largely from the remnants of Louise Saxton’s practice of reclaiming everyday needlework.

The artist has been collecting domestic linens since 1988 and for more than a decade has extracted and reconstructed the embroidery and lace from those linens to build several major bodies of work.

From these discarded and disinherited materials, Saxton creates unique two and three-dimensional assemblages.

The Linen Project celebrates the materiality of linen and investigates its role in caring for family and community. The project is being undertaken with the support of an 18-month artist in residence program through St Vincent’s Hospital at Caritas Christi in Kew.

Featuring: Louise Saxton.

To book and for more information, visit https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/mid-week-walk-and-talk-linen-project read more

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market is back for 2018!

With over 250 stalls featuring the work of independent designers and makers from around Australia –

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Fifty Squared Art Prize

Applications Open: Fifty Squared Art Prize.

Brunswick Street Gallery is proud to announce Fifty Squared, a new art prize open to all artists working in 2D mediums. Entries are now open, and all entries will be exhibited. All works must be no larger than 50x50cm (including frames/display apparatus) and must be wall mounted.

Artwork will be on display from the 3 – 24 Janurary 2019 with an opening event and prize announcements on Friday 11 January, 6–9pm.

Prizes include:
$2500 cash prize sponsored by Brunswick Street Gallery.
Solo exhibition hosted by Brunswick Street Gallery.
Further prizes to be announced.

Entry fee: $50 per artwork (up to ten works accepted per entrant).

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Friday 16 November 2018.

For more information, visit our website, or apply now.

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Gertrude Contemporary Studio Residencies

Applications close 9 November 2018Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Gertrude Studio Program 2019-2020. Respected nationally and internationally, Gertrude’s unique studio-exhibition model supports outstanding artists at pivotal moments in their careers.Find out more read more

Lesley Hall Scholarship 2018

Applications close 31 October 2018The Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship is an annual scholarship offered by Arts Access Victoria (AAV) which recognises the power of the arts to influence social change. It honours the life and activism of the late Lesley Hall, a tireless advocate for the human rights of people with disability. Find out more read more

ACT City Grants

Applications close 23 October 2018Through City Grants eligible applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for projects that contribute to the vitality of Canberra’s city centre through place-making.Find out more read more

Venice Biennale Professional Development Program

Applications close 31 October 2018The Venice Biennale 2019 Professional Development Program leverages Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale to offer a suite of capacity building opportunities for the contemporary visual arts sector.The Program is designed to support emerging arts workers by giving them the chance to build their professional skills and expertise, develop new networks, and gain invaluable experience working on a large-scale international project.

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Boxit – Group Show

Box it – apply now – Group Show

BoxIt! reflects Melbourne’s famous ‘9” by 5” Exhibition of Impression’ that was held at Tom Roberts’s Studio in Melbourne, August 1889; many of the works were painted on recycled cigar boxes.

An open entry exhibition of miniature artworks on, in under or over recycled boxes – no larger than 20 cms width x 20 cms height x 20 depth

Application close date:  Saturday 1st December 2018.

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Asialink Creative Exchange 2019

Applications close 28 October 2018Global Project Space produces a suite of innovative projects that are reflective of the enduring relationships of Asialink Arts and their global arts Alumni. GPS projects reflect the globalised nature of contemporary creative practice, across art form and geographic boundaries, while promoting sustained cross-cultural dialogue.Find out more read more

Enter the Linden Postcard Show 2018-19

Calling all creatives: The Linden Postcard Show 2018-19 is now open for entries!

This popular open-entry prize show is back home in St Kilda, so everyone has the chance to have their work shown in Linden New Art’s freshly-renovated gallery.

There is no set theme and you can submit up to 4 artworks which must have been completed this year.

The only rule – and it is one that we stick to – is that 

your artwork must measure 8 x 10 inches exactly (20.32cm x 25.4cm), including

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The Big Design Trade applications open

The Big Design Trade
Meat Market, North Melbourne
1–3 August 2019

Apply to exhibit

The Big Design Trade, now in its second year, is an industry-only event where buyers can source new products from Australian and New Zealand

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Amanda Gray Debut exhibition

Opening: 2pm – 4pm Sunday 21th October 2018
Exhibition: Noon – 6pm 19th – 28th October 2018
Fernartz Studio 23a Lorensen Ave Merlynston Coburg North 3058

Amanda Gray a representational artist who cares deeply on the environment around her “the beauty, fragility and vulnerability…” (Gray 2018).  This is demonstrated in the detailed work of “McKenzie Falls” 2017 Oil on canvas 60x90cm. McKenzie Falls are located at the Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins VIC 3401. Gray works mainly in the mediums of oil, pastel and water colour.

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The Linden Art Prize


The Linden Art Prize is a non-acquisitive contemporary art award established for artists graduating from a visual arts Masters degree or PhD degree from a recognised Victorian University. Visual artists who graduated in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to enter the Linden Art Prize 2019.

> Linden Art Prize

$10,000 + mentoring
> Linden New Art Board Encouragement Award
$2000 + mentoring

PRIZE JUDGES> Mark Feary, Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary> Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator, Geelong Gallery

> Midnight, 29 October 2018

> $33 inc GST


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Story of Things

Once upon a time…

Three creative’s with a passion for the unique stories of Australian design and it’s creators established a go-to, thoughtfully curated and styled marketplace, streamed straight to your living room, office or beachside paradise, and unlike anything you have visited before.

Together they have crafted a covetable collection of unique goods, home wares and accessories created by Australian creators, and shared their stories. Ethically made. With a touch of sparkle.

Brought to life through considered curation and wonderfully created visual stories, our modern digital magazine at Story of Things will give you the chance to meet the creators, have a peak inside their world and buy a single, beautifully crafted piece, or take your cues for a family of treasures. It means they do all of the hard work for you, so you can sit back with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) while they guide you through their collection. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide when to stop adding to cart.

Here at Story of Things provenance is important. The story of the item is important. The story of the creator is important. The story of us is important.

If who you bought it from and where is as important as what you bought, Story of Things is a part of your story too.

They  believe that beauty is not only in the things we have, but most importantly in the Story of Things.

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Happy Art Hour: Paint and Sip

Looking for a night out with a creative twist? Paint and Sip is a fabulous painting session where you can explore your creative side while enjoying a drink…or two. With music infusing and corks popping, you’ll create an original still life painting with help from trained artist Julius Sackey. Sit back, enjoy a drink and have fun while creating your very own masterpiece!

Suitable for all levels. No painting experience necessary.

WHEN:    Wednesday 10 October & 14 November, 7 – 9pm

VENUE:    Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray

COST: $60 (includes two alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, nibbles and materials: canvas, paint, paint brushes).

BOOK NOW: https://bit.ly/2NTSK6D

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in.cube8r presents: Contour (Abstract)

in.cube8r gallery presents: Contour

For this show we have sourced artists who use form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process to present ideas and evoke emotions in a poetic, nonlinear fashion. Expect white space, simplicity & softness.

Featuring works from
Helen French
Faith Colwell-Beaver
Charlotte Moran
Sammy Gregory
Shannon Mary
Helene Savvy
Tanya Loe
And more to be announced

As we are a no commission space 100% of all art sales are paid directly to the artists.

Opening Thursday, 4 October 2018, 6pm-8pm
Continues to 17 October 2018

321 Smith Street Fitzroy


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Sculpture in Acheron submissions open

Submissions for Sculpture at Acheron close on 25th September.

Submissions for Sculpture at Acheron close on 25th September.

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Level Playing Field – Sheena Mathieson

Over the past 6 months Sheena Mathieson has been creating works on paper which are inspired by the energy and creativity of others, particularly those participating in the Level Playing Field 2018 project.

The exhibition shows her works as well as the work of the 109 Level Playing Field artists.

Sheena plans to be at the gallery on the following dates:

Wednesday 19 September 2-4pm

Saturday 29 September 2-4pm

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Level 8 Room 16 Nicholas Building 37 Swanston St Melbourne On the corner of Flinders Lane

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 11am-5pm
and by appointment 0407 317 323

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Window Shopping

Window Shopping at Melbourne Fringe Festival
Opens 22 September

Street festivities from 12-3

Talk by Office from 3-4
OFFICE will give a public lecture focusing on the street as a public space, questioning its role and value in our rapidly changing society. The street is integral to the democratic operation of our cities. It is the place of demonstrations and revolutions, of inclusion and exclusion, of cultural expression and of capital flow. The street is a deeply heterogeneous public space.

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Jessie Deane Sew Suburb-Banal

Imagined Touch is going to the UK in November

Squatters and Savages

Thursday August 16 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Blak Dot Gallery33 Saxon St, Brunswick

SQUATTERS AND SAVAGES is a joint exhibition with artist Peter Waples-Crowe and Megan Evans.

Peter is a Ngarigo man whose work reflects on the representation of Aboriginal people in popular culture.

Megan Evans is of Scottish, Irish Welsh heritage, born on Wurundjerri land. Her work examines the role of her ancestors in the brutal history of this country.

Peter was invited to produce a body of work in response to the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive ollection of colonial prints. Peter invited Artist Megan Evans to join him in this exhibition to provide a non-Aboriginal perspective.

The work produced takes a contemporary view of colonial occupation from either side of the frontier, influenced by the gross stereotyped images produced by the colonial mind that consist of the biggest collection of colonial prints in Australia.

Peter’s ancestors belonged to the land near where Megan’s Great Grandfather Patrick John Kelly first occupied land as a coloniser in 1872.

The concept of collapsed histories is the context that defines the work, enabling the artists to draw a direct lineage from the colonial era to contemporary times, to better understand the stereotypes created by the European gaze.

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Live N Local Festival

Melbourne’s southside music celebration, Live N Local Festival, has today revealed a preview of the 2018 program with the announcement of four special

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Creative Partnerships Australia Match Lab

Applications close 15 August 2018Through MATCH Lab Creative Partnerships Australia provide independent artists and artistic groups with:

  1. A place at their two-day Raising Money for Your Art professional development and fundraising clinic.
  2. Matched funding of up to $10,000

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Spring1883 – Artist Party

Friday 3 August 2018


The Grand Ballroom
The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring Street Melb

Cormicj & Haskings
DJ General Feelings

Light Refreshments & Pay Bar

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Deakin Downtown: The Torch CEO talk

We are pleased to invite you to a morning tea and exhibition talk presented by
The Torch CEO Kent Morris in the exhibition

No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch


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CALL FOR ENTRY: Deakin Small Sculpture Award

Entries close Friday 13 July 2018

To Enter
Visit: artsubmission.fairdigital.com.au/
Email: smallsculpture@deakin.edu.au

In its tenth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding work will be awarded $10,000 and become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. The winner will be announced at the opening of a five week exhibition of finalists’ works.

Exhibition dates: 4 September –

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Crap Craft Sundays are coming

Do you wake up on a Sunday feeling hungover and creative? Well come and join Noir Darkroom for an awesome Crafternoon.

Once a month Noir Darkroom will be introducing Sunday sessions of random craft to tickle those creative senses.

Coming up:
17.06.18 – Painting with Bob Ross
22.07.18 – Making Mini Monsters
19.08.18 – Little Lino Cuts

Sessions are limited so be quick.
All materials supplied.


Please see our website for more information on sessions and bookings.

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Personal at Arts House

After seven years in the making we are proud to present….

World Premiere at Arts House  24-29 April

It wasn’t until Jodee Mundy was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised the rest of her family was Deaf.  She didn’t see ‘disability’ – only the love and protection of those closest to her. 

In Personal, she conveys her experience as the only hearing person in a Deaf family, through a captivating blend of performance, storytelling, multimedia and animation. Created with a talented team of collaborators and presented in two languages via a virtual interpreter, Personal is a smart, touching and deeply personal work exploring dis/ability and how we perceive one another.

World Premiere
24th-29th April
Arts House,  North Melbourne
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image: video still, Soda_Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS (2018) Digital video, 55 minutes. Supplied by Soda_Jerk

Soda_Jerk’s latest work TERROR NULLIUS invites audiences to rethink how art is made and supported – as well as rethinking Australian history itself.

Art and risk is also the theme of the new relationship that NAVA and Arnold Bloch Leibler will be announcing on the night.

Please join us at Arnold Bloch Leibler for an evening’s discussion on how best to support artistic risk for a confident Australian culture.

  • Simon Abrahams, CEO Melbourne Fringe, a creative director whose practice is driven by a fascination with the intersection

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IMAGE | BLINDSIDE Gallery One | Photograph by Rebecca Ramage

2019 BLINDSIDE Exhibition Program


BLINDSIDE invites proposals for the 2019 Exhibition Program from emerging, mid-career and established artists, curators, collectives or collaborators to present solo or group exhibitions, as well as events, performances, screenings and ephemeral projects.

BLINDSIDE accepts proposals from local, interstate and international practitioners from any field of creative endeavour that span either one or both gallery spaces. BLINDSIDE is an inclusive space that supports a thriving arts community of emerging and established artists, writers and curators of any background, age and culture.

For more information about exhibiting in BLINDSIDE’s exhibition program and for gallery floorplans, click APPLY NOW below. If you wish to discuss your proposal before applying please contact Martina Copley, Gallery Coordinator at info@BLINDSIDE.org.au

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SYMPOSIUM – CHANGEMAKERS #1: Mapping Sustainability in the Visual Arts

Friday 20 April 2018, 10.15am-17.30pm

Federation Hall, VCA, Melbourne

This symposium is FREE and open to students and the public.

CHANGEMAKERS #1 will bring together key people in the field who are focused on fostering change and new models of arts and cultural practice, and even more importantly – those who are seeking a sustainable future where emerging artists, curators and arts professionals are placed at the forefront. Broken down into six distinct themes, six leaders in the arts will discuss their present circumstances and future vision. With an introduction by Dr. Rachel Marsden, Lecturer in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, speakers include:

  • Patricia Piccinini – Artist and Enterprise Professor,

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Arts & Culture Grants

Applications close 26 April 2018Open to Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Circus/Physical Theatre, Live Art, Cabaret, Inter-disciplinary, and Arts Festivals; the Arts & Culture Grants program supports creative, innovative, dynamic and contemporary projects that enhance the cultural, community and economic development to the City of Stonnington.Find out more read more

Signal Young Creatives Lab

Applications close 6 April 2018Kickstart your career with up to $5,000 project funding through Signal’s Young Creatives Lab. Artists and creatives aged 18 to 25 years are eligible to apply for project funding through Signal’s Young Creatives Lab. Submissions are welcome across all disciplines including traditional arts and new media technologies.Find out more read more