Grants up to $10,000 still open for Victorian arts organisations

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NETS Victoria's Exhibition Development Fund has extended the deadline for 2018 applications, and they are encouraging regional galleries to apply.
Grants up to $10,000 still open for Victorian arts organisations
Angela Mesiti's Silent polyphony, 2015. Supplied.

National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria has extended the application deadline for the 2018 Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) to 5pm Friday 27 July.

Victorian organisations who want to develop a new exhibition of contemporary art, craft or design with the potential to tour Australia are encouraged to apply for the EDF. The fund provides up to $10,000 to support development costs such as research, curatorial or artists’ fees, publications or exhibition design, furniture and technology.


Recipients will also be supported by NETS Victoria by working in close dialogue throughout the development stages of their project.

Mardi Nowak, Director NETS Victoria, told ArtsHub: ‘Basically its seed funding for projects, particularly for regional galleries to get a new show or exhibition developed.

‘I don’t think that there is many of these funds out there that allows you $10,000 to develop a show a little further. In some cases galleries have used that money to commission new works by artists. They may have brought on a new curator, or a freelance curator to work with them – this money allows them to step outside of what they normally do and perhaps try some new ideas which will result in a new exhibition as the outcome,’ she explained.

The fund is open to all Victorian galleries and Nowak said that smaller galleries in regional areas could benefit considerably by applying. ‘This fund is a great opportunity for the smaller galleries to perhaps do something they have never done before,’ Nowak said.

‘We also support metropolitan galleries, and Artist Run Initiatives such as West Space and BLINDSIDE,’ she added.

Distributed annually, successful applicants will be notified in October 2018. There is no timeline set for the completion of a project. 'We aren’t going to say you need to have the project done and dusted by a certain time. We understand that some projects take longer than others,’ said Nowak.

When it comes to writing the application, Nowak also offered some timely advice. ‘We want to see who they're working with; the little seed idea of how this funding is going to help them. Also we want them to think about how they are going to engage artists and the audience from this project, and how it could potentially be toured.

‘We are here to support the recipients, the galleries, and the curators if they are needing any help along the way – we really stay in touch with the recipients and their projects.’

Past recipient of NETS 

Lucas Grogan, The Universe Quilt (detail) 2013. Cotton thread on laminated cotton cloth. Stitch: straight stitch, seed stitch, satin stitch. French knots 200cm x 175cm (variable). Purchased with the assistance of the Robert Salzer. Foundation and Ararat Rural City Council, 2013. Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection Photographer: Andrew Curtis. Via NETS Victoria.

Curated by independent curator and academic Dr Belinda von Mengerson, Slipstitch brought together 32 artworks by 12 Australian artists with approximately 42,000 visitors viewing the exhibition across seven venues.

Anthony Camm, Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director, said: 'NETS Victoria secured funding, developed marketing and educational materials and ensured a viable and well-supported tour. We couldn’t have realised such an ambitious tour without the extraordinary dedication of the NETS Victoria team.'

Applicants are encouraged to contact the NETS Victoria office to speak about their proposal prior to submitting. Visit to learn more.

Slipstitch Exhibition at Ararat Regional Art Gallery
Tour dates: March 2015 – June 2017

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Andrea Simpson is ArtsHub's Feature Writer and Reviews Editor. Andrea is a Filipino-Australian writer with a love for diverse Australian stories. She is curious about all forms of art, though she has an especially keen interest in the publishing sector.

Andrea has had short stories published in various anthologies, and is currently working on her first novel.  

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