Student Opportunities

Here are current employment opportunities, exhibition call outs, scholarships, grants and bursaries and art prizes.

Down Under Space – Emerging artist and performance space
Down Under Room Info


Fremantle Arts Centre – Artist in Residence program 
Applications open year-round


Wimby – A website designed to support local artists and showcase your art exhibitions
More info


OurFutures – Cartoonist Opportunity

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at The University of Sydney is looking for a cartoon illustrator to work on a new module that will form part of our suite of evidence-based prevention education programs for secondary school students, called OurFutures.

Each module is structured as 4 to 6 lessons, with the main component of each lesson being interactive cartoon storyboards which follow characters around the same age as the target students, allowing us to deliver peer-led messages.

If you are interested please respond with a quote and sample artwork to [email protected]


Expressions of Interest – University of Sydney Library LGBTQIA+ artwork

The University of Sydney Libraries will be undertaking a project in 2022 to commission an artwork via a competitive expression of interest process.

If you’re an artist, we’re seeking an expression of interest from you to create a commissioned artwork to be displayed in our library spaces. The two-dimensional work will hang in Fisher Library and will embody themes relating to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

More info


The DEA Store: Creative Retail Positions Available!

The DEA Store are looking for casual retail staff who are passionate about design and ceramics to start work now and continue over the Christmas period with potential to say on longer. Our shops are an energetic fusion of retail and gallery space, with a strong focus on hand-made domestic and fine art objects. We stock emerging and established, local and international artists as well as a variety of homewares, and have regular exhibitions showcasing artists at our Bourke St location. Every day is different at DEA and we’d love for you to join us!

Contact: [email protected]


Art Van Go: Looking for Staff

Casual basis (three days a week). Get real experience working with galleries and established artists.

Please email [email protected] for more information.


Artisan Ornaments: Artistic Workers Wanted

A Christmas retail chain in need of enthusiastic artists for seasonal work. Prior skills with calligraphy, Typography or lettering help, but are not necessary.

Pay rate for ages 21 and over is:

  • $29.23 (Weekdays)
  • $35.07 (Saturdays)
  • $40.92 (Sundays)
  • Evening rates, overtime and superannuation included.

To apply visit


Sydney Visual Arts Academy: Looking for an Artist/Tutor

Sydney Visual Arts Academy are looking for an artist/tutor who can run drawing classes for primary age children. They are based at Ultimo and would like someone to work from 2.45 to 4.15 pm Monday to Friday (five days per week) during school term. Wages are negotiable depending on experience – between $40-60 per hour plus super.

More info


Batch Ceramics: Ceramists Wanted

A small ceramist production team located in Botany, is looking for 2 slip casters (Earthenware only) to start as soon as possible.

Please email [email protected] for more information.


Michelle Leslie Studio is currently hiring a Mid-Level Interior Designer

Michelle Leslie Studio is currently hiring a Mid-Level Interior Designer and is looking for a talented graduate to join our team!

If this is an opportunity that your students and alumnus may value, we would love to share the opportunity with them. The job description is attached below.

We are an award-winning interior design studio operating in multiple disciplines across Hawaii and Australia and are looking to hire a bright and talented professional at our studio in Sydney.

If this is an opportunity your students may find valuable, we’d love to hear from you.

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer at Cementa22
Cementa22 is a four-day and four-night artist-run contemporary art festival. Over 40 artists exhibit new work across the post-industrial town of Kandos, NSW. From 19 to 22 May 2022.

Volunteer at NAS Gallery
Applications open all year round

Volunteer at Articulate Project Space
Applications open all year round

Volunteer at Wellington St Projects
Applications open all year round

Volunteer at 541 Art Space – become a student ambassador
Applications open all year round

Volunteer at 107 Projects
Applications open all year round

Volunteer at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Applications open all year round

Volunteer at Oasis Youth Support Network, Surry Hills – Art Classes
Applications open all year round

Breathing Colours Gallery (Balmain, NSW)
Applications open all year round

Dungog Contemporary (Dungog, NSW)
Applications open all year round

Gaffa Gallery (Sydney, NSW)
Applications open all year round

Project Gallery 90 (Paddington, NSW)
Applications open all year round

Scratch Art Space (Marrickville, NSW)
Applications open all year round

Thienny Lee Gallery (Edgecliff, NSW)
Applications open all year round

Arnold Street Gallery (Bendigo, VIC)
Applications open all year round

Brunswick Street Gallery (Fitzroy, VIC)
Applications open all year round

MAS Gallery & Studio (Malvern, VIC)
Applications open all year round

The Art Vault (Mildura, VIC)
Applications open all year round

Pari (Parramatta, NSW)
Applications open until 15 May 2022

Saatchi Gallery | Art for Change Prize 2022

This year’s award invites emerging artists from around the world to creatively respond to the theme of ‘Equality’.Applications will be invited through an open call online and the prize is available to emerging artists based in the UK, Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa. A winner from each location will be decided by some of the best business and creative minds from M&C Saatchi Group globally and eminent guest judges.

A total prize fund of £20,000 (or around $35,200 AUD) will be split between six regional winners, five to receive £2,000 each and one overall winner to receive £10,000 ($17, 600 AUD). All artists will exhibit their winning works in a dedicated exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, a recognised authority in contemporary art, where the overall winner will be announced.

For more information and to enter visit


Visual Arts in the Valley 2022

One of the more valuable suites of art prizes in Australian contemporary art – painting in any medium, drawing, printmaking, photographic art, digital art, textile and fabric art, collage, multi-media, new media, video art, etc. Commissions and entry fees are low to return as much as possible to artists. In the past two biennials, over 30% of artworks sold ($100,000 in 2020).

$8,000 Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, $5,000 Tony White Memorial Prize for a young (30 & under) emerging artist, Highly Commended & Commended in each, plus Salon of Local Artists, People’s Choice and Packing Room Prizes. Total prize money $22,000.

For more information and to enter visit:

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

  • independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs
  • professional development and education
  • presenting work in new ways
  • exhibiting work such as framing, space rental, promotion, artists’ fees, freight, installation and documentation.

One individual or group is awarded up to $10,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEST Sunday 4 September 2022.

Apply here


Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

The Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, awards an annual travelling art scholarship to talented artists aged between 20 and 30 with an established body of work.

The 2022 scholarship will consist of one recipient receiving $40,000 and three-month residency at the Cité as well as five recipients each receiving $10,000 and a two-week residency at Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands, NSW. The Shark Island Kangaroo Valley residency will be administered by the Shark Island Institute, in consultation with the Brett Whiteley Studio and the Art Gallery of NSW.

Residencies will occur on the following dates:

  • Cité internationale des arts, Paris from July to September 2023 with a further three months in Europe – for one recipient only
  • Shark Island Kangaroo Valley from 7 to 21 November 2022 with a curriculum and various events and programs produced by the Brett Whiteley Studio – for five recipients simultaneously

To be considered for selection, an applicant must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

For more information please email: [email protected]


Camden Council Seed Grants Program

Cultural Activation Seed Grants program is now open to artists and organisations, with applications closing 4 April 2022. The grants will make funding available to successful eligible applicants including individual artists, arts and cultural groups or arts organisations (for profit or not for profit). For more information, please visit: Cultural Activation Seed Grant » Camden Council (

Available grants:

Creation of New Work

Up to $3,000 (excl. GST)

To support the professional development of individual artists, art and cultural groups or arts organisations (for profit or not for profit) within the Macarthur Region and assist in the creation and presentation of a new work that can be exhibited, published, presented, or performed locally, interstate or internationally. Applicants are required to demonstrate how this support will be recognized through marketing, such as the use of Camden Council’s logo or mention of support.

Creative Programming

Up to $3,000 (excl. GST)

To provide opportunities for local emerging or established artists, curators, or creatives to develop, establish and deliver new and innovative arts or cultural programs within the Camden LGA. Outcomes of this grant include further professional development of successful applicants, as well as increasing community engagement within the arts. *Please note that it is not a requirement to be an artist living within the Camden LGA for this particular grant. The preference is that the work will connect with Camden in terms of delivery, exhibition or engagement.

Rehome Support for Cultural Groups

Up to $2,000 (excl. GST)

Providing grants to assist not for profit cultural groups in securing new spaces for regular engagement, meetings or rehearsals, as a means to re-establish themselves post Covid-19.



The Bouddi Foundation for the Arts (BFA), chaired by renowned Shakespearean actor, John Bell, announces the opening of the 2022 Grant Year, with applications welcomed from any young (15-30 year old) artist (any genre) connected to the Central Coast.

Grants of up to $5000 will be made to outstanding young artists, based on the quality of their online application, their audition (later in the year), and their need.

Given the challenges artists in all genres have faced over the past two years, BFA is keen to encourage not only talented artists still at school but also those older artists who may be studying at, or have completed their studies at, tertiary institutions, academies, conservatoriums, etc.

Applications can be made on our website between now and 29 May 2022:



The Pool Collective are pleased to announce the call for entries for The Pool Grant 11 will open on Wednesday June 1. Open to Australian and New Zealand residents over 18 years of age who have not earned their primary income from photography for more than three years, The Pool Grant is an independent initiative which is fully funded by The Pool Collective. It provides a cash grant of $10,000, exhibition funding to the value of $5,000 and a year of mentorship from Pool’s artists and makers to conceptualise and produce a solo show in July 2023.

The Pool Grant 11
Call for entries: Wednesday June 1
Applications close: Sunday June 26, midnight
Grant 11 recipient announcement: Thursday July 7, 7pm
Application submission via:


William Fletcher Foundation:

Artist and Student grants
Applications: open now – close 31st August 2022

Support Grants $1000- $2000
For Students in an Art Courses in Australia

Development Grants $5000-$10000
For emerging and mid-career artists in Australia

Genre: Drawing and Painting

More information:

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