April & May Opportunities

Regional Arts WA

April & May Opportunities

We’ve combined all the best funding, competitions and happenings for regional WA arts into one easy place. 🎨 ✍️ 💸 🏛️

News & Announcements

The Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival in Geraldton has unveiled its final program, featuring Perth poet John Kinsella, Stella Prize-winning novelist Charlotte Wood and longtime newspaper cartoonist Michael Leunig. The festival takes place May 25 – 27.

A little further south, the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival boasts an impressive program, including popular science communicator Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, Q & A host Tony Jones, writer, broadcaster and Women of Letters founder Marieke Hardy and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty. The festival runs over the WA Day long weekend, June 1 – 3.

The 2017/18 WAM Song of the Year nominees have been announced. They include Carla Geneve, Harry Jakamarra, Tanya Ransom, Short & Curly and John Bennett in the Oustanding Regional category. John Bennett’s also amongst the nominees for Outstanding Indigenous Artist, alongside Roeburne’s Jokeria and Wangkatjungka-based Rocky Ridge Band. The winners will be announced Wednesday 16 May.


Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Up to $6,000 available for community arts projects for young people age 12 – 26. Funding focuses on skills development, which can include music workshops, scriptwriting and production, illustration, mural projects, dance residencies, photography, new media and much more.
Open year-round, or until funding is allocated.

Quick Response Grant
Funding is available for last-minute arts opportunities ineligible for other funding cycles. Up to $2,000 is on offer for individuals or $4,000 for community groups. Funds can cover a range of expenses including artist fees, conference registrations, materials, travel and accommodation costs.
Open year-round, or until funding is allocated.

Screen Australia / ABC Art Bites
Documentary fund for emerging filmmakers with up to $60,000 available. A part of ABC Arts’ Arts Bites series centred around the channel’s vision statement “where life and culture collide,” with an emphasis on works designed for audiences 18-35 years.
Closes 20 April, 8pm.

Cultural Fund | Copyright Agency.
For writing, publishing, education and the visual arts sectors.
Closing 7 May.

Community Heritage Grants
Up to $15,000 for community organisations through the National Library of Australia for projects involving conservation, preservation, collection management and training workshops.
Closes 7 May.

Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Grant program offering up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists with professional development opportunities, primarily overseas.
Closes 22 May.

The Balnaves Foundation
Year-round funding program supporting organisations to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts.

Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World
Quarterly grant round offering funds for community projects.

Culture and the Arts (WA) – Aboriginal Arts Grants Program
Up to $15,000 available for programs and activities that support the sustainability of Aboriginal arts and culture in WA.
Applications open year round, due at least 25 business days before project/activity start date.

Department of Local Government & Communities’ Youth Engagement Program
Two-tier grant program available for local government and community service organisations to implement youth engagement projects (age 10-18 years old).
$5,000 available for one-off projects or activities with a duration of six months or less engaging one or more partners.
$10,000 available for longer term projects lasting beyond six months with a wide range of partners.
Applications close 30 June.

Creative Regions – Regional and Remote Touring Fund
Up to $200,000 available to support the cost of touring performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in WA.
Applications open year-round, due at least 60 business days before the project/activity start date.

Lotterywest Trails Grant
Funding available for the development of trails, including Aboriginal cultural trails and art trails.

Lotterywest Heritage & Conservation Grants
Funding available for conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage and community histories, including conservation material, building preservation, oral history, education programs, interpretation activities and Aboriginal language preservation.

Lotterywest Big Ideas Grants
Funding available for a broad range of projects that add value to WA, benefit many people over time and have a major community impact.

Lotterywest Community Events Grants
Funding available for events of various sizes that encourage community celebration, promote an important cause, celebrate an anniversary, as well as commemorative or cultural events.

Lotterywest Regional Performing Arts Grants
Funding for arts initiatives in regional and remote WA that promote greater involvement and community attendance, with a focus on underrepresented groups.

Competitions, Awards & Calls for Entries

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2018
Two-category art prize for Australian female artists: Professional Artist ($35,000) and Emerging Artist ($5,000) centred around the theme of resilience.
Entries close midday Tuesday 17 April.

Creative Partnerships Australia 2018 Awards
Annual award celebrating individuals and organisations making significant contribution to Australia’s cultural life by promoting private sector investment, encouraging increased giving, fostering engagement between business and arts, and encouraging philanthropy in the sector
Nominations open now in four categories: Arts Leadership, Business Leadership, Emerging Philanthropy Leadership and Philanthropy Leadership.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery’s Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
Visual art prize (any medium) for work showcasing the spirit and diversity of the Australian outback. Four award available with a total prize pool of $19,000.
Entries close 15 June.

Got a tip for a grant, a regional arts job, competition or news item?
Let us know at enews@countryartswa.asn.au.

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