The Ian Potter Cultural Trust was established in 1993 by The Ian Potter Foundation to encourage and support the diversity and excellence of emerging and early career Australian artists. Since the Trust was established, more than 1,600 artists have been supported by grants totaling over $8 million.
The Trust has three funding rounds per year offering grants of up to $10,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world's best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.
The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the spectrum of the arts spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums, including visual arts, performing arts, music, literature, design and multimedia.
In addition to professional development grants for individual artists, the Trust currently runs the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) which offers a biennial award of $100k to a mid-career moving image artist to create a new work which has its premier exhbition at ACMI.