Opportunities and awards wrap

Call outs for The Phantom of the Opera, Blak Design, and Women’s Writing Award plus winners of the Brisbane Portrait Prize, Music Victoria Industry Awards, and Attagirl film grants, and more!


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2022 APRA Professional Development Awards

Ten emerging songwriters and composers have the chance to take home $10,000 cash and a prize courtesy of Australis Music through this professional development prize, with previous winners such as Eric Avery, Gotye, and Morgan Evans. A Music and Media Award will be presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander practitioner, supported by Smugglers of Light Foundation. 
Applications close 18 November; learn more and apply

Heroines Anthology and Women’s Writing Award 2022

Short fiction and poetry are welcomed for the Heroines Anthology, a collection of stories of women by women. Two works will be awarded from the selection, including a Short Fiction Prize and a Poetry Prize, both valued at $1,000. Works with a particular focus on telling lost women’s history, untold stories, and reimagined myths, fairy tales, folklore or legends, or speculative fiction, are particularly encouraged.
Submissions close 28 February 2022; learn more and apply


While the World Waits Exhibition, NSW

Arts OutWest is making a final callout for regional NSW visual artists to create works in response to one of the 15 original tracks by musicians from the NSW Central West on their new compilation album entitled While the World Waits. Selected artists will be paid $500 and will have three months to produce a work in response to their chosen song. All works will then be exhibited in February 2022 followed by a touring exhibition across the region. 
EOIs close Friday 15 October; learn more and apply

The Phantom of the Opera auditions, Digital/NSW

To be held on the iconic overwater stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2022, Opera Australia is calling for vocalists, actors, and dancers to join the landmark production. Theatrical directors Simon Phillips and Guy Simpson will lead the production, alongside choreographer Simone Sault.
Applications close Monday 18 October midnight; apply


Signal Box Hobart 2021/22, TAS

Artists or community groups are invited to paint 12 new traffic signal boxes across the city of Hobart as part of the Urban Smart Projects. Each artist/group will be paid a fee of $400 per box. 
EOIs close Monday 18 October 5pm; learn more and apply

MyState Bank Arena Commission, TAS

Arts Tasmania is seeking applications from Tasmanian artists to create an outdoor artwork for the MyState Bank Arena formerly known as the Derwent Entertainment Centre. The successful artist/s will work with a budget of $72,000 + GST to enhance visitor’s experience at the Arena. 
Applications close 1 November; learn more and apply


Regional Arts Touring Fund, NSW

Round 1 of this fund is now open to NSW artists, and two opportunities are available for tours of all art forms in 2021/22 financial year, including performing arts, music, visual arts, literature, history, museums and multi-arts. Applicants need to demonstrate strong audience development and engagement strategies.
Round 1 applications close 25 October; Round 2 applications open 14 March 2022 – 19 April 2022. Learn more and apply


Blak Design: KHT Jewellery Program, VIC

The Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) is calling for applications for the professional development program featuring a series of hands-on jewellery design and making workshops, as well as small business skills tutorials. 12 participants will gain access to a range of industry professionals, and create jewellery pieces to be showcased in an end of year exhibition.
Applications close 29 October; learn more and apply

Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence, VIC

Five places are available for Victorian artists (due to COVID restrictions) to join ATW at their vibrant studio, engaging with local communities and exchanging expertise. Craftspeople working in any medium and at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply.
Applications close 7 November; learn more and apply

POWERHOUSE Research Fellowship Program, NSW

Established PhD researchers are invited to access the Museum’s resources in a visiting fellowship. The program entails initiating and developing collaborative research and facilitating interaction with, and training of, Powerhouse staff, allowing fellows to make a tangible contribution to the museum. Powerhouse is especially interested in interdisciplinary projects which address intersections between art and science.
Applications close 12 November; learn more and apply.

Australia Council Digital Short Course

Digital Transformation for the Creative Industries is a six week online program delivered in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney to help artists and arts workers navigate a digitally-enabled world. Subsidised positions are available for eligible participants as part of the Digital Culture Program. 
Applications close 16 November; learn more and apply

CoLAB: Composer Accelerator Program 2022

Five talented young composers will be offered the opportunity to obtain direct industry experience in collaboration with the musicians of Omega Ensemble alongside leading professional composers through this nine-month program. Their involvement will be conclude with a performance at the Sydney Opera House. 
Applications close 1 February 2022; learn more and apply. 

Want more? Visit our Opportunities page for more open competitions, prizes, EOIs and call outs.



The 2021 Brisbane Portrait Prize announced its category winners and two highly commended works, including Beth Mitchell (Lord Mayor’s Prize); Russell Shakespeare (Digital Award); Amanda Penrose Hart (Performing Arts and Music Award); Trish Linehan (Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists); Birrunga Wiradyuri (Packer’s Prize); Grace Naveikata (Next Gen Prize); Hannah Brown and Martina Clarke (Emerging Artists Award). The Highly Commended Works are by Liam Nunan and Monica Rohan. Check out the winning works

‘I am beyond honoured to be the first female and digital recipient of the Brisbane Portrait Prize,’ said Beth Mitchell as she claimed the Lord Mayer’s Prize with self-portrait ‘No Land In Sight’.

The 2022 Adelaide Fringe Festival has announced the winning poster design by Arabana and Kokatha visual artist Mali Isabel. Isabel is the youngest ever winner and the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist to win. The emerging 22 year old artist presented a rainbow dot design titled A Whimsical World, inspired by landmarks of the Adelaide CBD such as the River Torrens and Botanical Gardens. She explained that the symbols and dots highlight the ‘many unique and fulfilling experiences’ available at Adelaide Fringe, while the colours, each representing a different quality of the Festival ‘celebrates the spirit of the Adelaide Fringe all it has to offer’.

First-time entrant Nathan Paddison has won Newcastle Art Gallery’s KILGOUR Prize People’s Choice award this year, with his colourful self-portrait Flour Sail. The Tinonee artist, who only started painting four years ago, garnered 19% of votes and was chosen from the among the 30 other award finalists. Paddison has won $5,000.

Another People’s Choice winner this week is Peggy Zephyr whose bold painting BOOM! took out the People’s Choice at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: National Still Life awards. Zephyr’s work plays on visual deception and Op-art with a canvas that ‘ignite, vibrate and fizz’. ‘I want to mess with the viewer’s eye,’ she expressed. To share her joy in winning the popular vote, Zephyr will be giving away a mini version of BOOM! to a lucky participant on her Instagram @peggy_zephyr. The $30,000 major acquisitive National Still Life prize was awarded to Blak Douglas for his provocative bronze sculpture Silent Cop. The 59 finalist works can be viewed at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery until 23 October or online through a 3D virtual tour

Peggy Zephyr with a signature bearded appearance next to her People’s Choice winning work BOOM! at Image supplied. 


Adelaide-based circus company Gravity and Other Myths have picked up three International Circus Awards in the awards’ inaugural year. Coordinated by the Contemporary Circus & Immersive Arts Center (CCIAC) in Troy, New York, a committee consisting of more than 30 circus industry leaders judged outstanding circus achievements from the last two years, with awards presented in a digital ceremony on Sunday 10 October. Gravity and Other Myths picked up three awards: Outstanding Achievement in Design (lighting and set design by Geoff Cobham and composer Ekrem Eli Pheonix), Outstanding Achievement in Circography and Outstanding Production, all for their acclaimed production The Pulse, which premiered at Adelaide Festival earlier this year.

Read: Circus and the art of community: The ArtsHubbub episode 16

OzAsia Festival and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAPA) have announced the 12 South Australian artists who will participate in their five day Artist Lab from 1 – 5 November. CAAP Artist Lab x South Australia will provide a fertile environment for experimentation, peer-to-peer learning and collaboration, and will be facilitated by this year’s program partners ActNow Theatre, Brink Productions, Nexus Arts, State Theatre Company South Australia, Vitalstatistix and the Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts at Flinders University. View the full list of participants

Music Victoria has revealed Charlotte Abrams as their Outstanding Woman In Music at their 2021 Industry Awards, with a prize of $3,500 courtesy of the City of Melbourne. Abrams is a leading figure in the industry, as an acclaimed artist manager and APRA/Songhubs board member, who also raised over $50K for Support Act through a Facebook fundraiser. Eilish Gillian won Music Victoria’s 2021 Best Producer award, with $20,000 cash, a Music Market co-work package and a $1,000 Yamaha voucher. Best Festival went to Isol-Aid, while Northcote Social Club and Melbourne Recital Centre – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall scored Metropolitan venue prizes. Other venue winners include Theatre Royal, Castlemaine and Vine Hotel, Wangaratta. 

Sounds Australia’s Export Stimulus (SAES) package has kicked off with an astounding first round of 31 recipients who have been awarded a total of more than $400K to make a comeback in the international music market, with funding from the package going to the increased expenses of international activity these artists face due to COVID. ‘We have been so heartened to discover the incredible amount of international activity slated for Australians as the world reopens,’ said Sounds Australia Executive Producer Millie Millgate, ‘it’s very clear that Australian artists and crew are still in high demand…’ View the full list of successful applicants


Winners of the 2021 Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers have been announced. Ruby Wiggins and Lara Vincent were the Prize’s first nonfiction winners, alongside Maya Crombie for Fiction and Jihad Yassine in Poetry. Extending her congratulations to these young wordsmiths, 2021 Mentor Danielle Binks said: ‘You have something; the intangible, important and crucial ingredient of voice and talent that all authors need, but not all can be taught.’ Winning pieces can be read on the Express Media website.


Australian advocacy organisation For Film’s Sake, which runs the female and non-binary focused film lab Attagirl in conjunction with the Sydney Film Festival, have announced the four global teams who have been awarded Production and Development grants. Seeing Scout (AUS) directed by Tanya Modini and White River (CAN) directed by Sam Coyle were named Production Prize recipients with $25,000. Bruja (UK/MEX) directed by Michelle Garza Cervera and In My Father’s House (US) directed by Abbesi Akhamie won the Peer Prize each with $5,000. View the projects on Attagirl

L-R: Directors Sam Coyle, Michelle Garza Cervera, Tanya Modini, Abbesi Akhamie.


The 2021 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award celebrates its fifth year with a record number of applications, recognising the leadership role teachers play in nurturing the next generation of musicians. The four nominees are Ashley Baxter from Pimlico State High School, Townsville QLD; Zoë Barry, Sacred Heart School, Melbourne VIC; Aaron Silver, Wodonga Primary School, Regional VIC; Daniel Wilson, Star Struck, Newcastle NSW. Vote for your favourite music teacher on ARIA website

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