NAVA Grants

NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners. To find out more, or to apply, please browse the links below.

Please note NAVA will continue to offer our 2016 grant program and provide services, investment and support for visual artists in 2017 and beyond.

Sainsbury Sculpture Grant

The Sainsbury Sculpture Grant was established in memory of Madeline Olive Taylor through her estate, to provide financial support for emerging Australian artists and groups working in sculpture and/or installation to further their professional skills. According to Madeline Olive Taylor's wishes, selected recipients are provided with funds to undertake further study, residencies or professional development workshops either locally or internationally.

Funding available: Individual applicants can apply for up to $2,000 + GST each. Groups/collectives can apply for up to $4,000 + GST. A total of $8,000 will be awarded.

Important dates: Application closing date has been extended to 23:59 AEST Wednesday 21st September 2016.

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Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship is funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, and aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development.

Two $20,000 fellowships are open to individual mid-career artists and groups. Groups must have a demonstrated history of ongoing collaborative practice between applicants. Funding can be used toward a range of activities such as research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work and exhibition/ project costs.

Funding Available: Individual applicants will be awarded of $20,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications open 10th August and close at 23:59 AEST Saturday 8th October 2016.

The Visual Arts Fellowship application process is run through the external SmartyGrants system. Your login for the SmartyGrants system is not connected to your NAVA Membership or login. If you do not have an existing SmartyGrants login you will need to register.

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New South Wales Artists’ Grant

The NSW Artists' Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas. Funds for the scheme have been made available by Arts NSW specifically to encourage the undertaking of creative and cost-effective initiatives. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply.

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work
  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for the next round close 23:59 AEST Saturday 22nd October 2016. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in January, February, March, April 2017 only.

Eckersley's Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $250 gift card to one applicant in this round of the the NSW Artists' Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.

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Australian Artists' Grant

The Australian Artists' Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work
  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $500 + GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,000 + GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding, but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for the next round close at 23:59 AEST Saturday 12 November 2016. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in January, February, March, April 2017 only.

Please note that due to loss of funding NAVA may not be able to offer the Australian Artists' Grant beyond this current round. We hope to offer this grant again in the future with alternative funding sources.

Eckersley's Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $250 gift card to one applicant in this round of the Australian Artists' Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.

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The Australian Artists' Grant is generously supported by Janet Holmes à Court and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

A new initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

• undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)

• undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project within 12 months.

Funding Available: One application will be awarded $8,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications opened in February and closed at 23:59 AEST Saturday 26th March 2016.

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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 enable artists from regional NSW to be part of the professional art making community.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

• exhibiting work such as framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists' fees, installation and documentation

• professional development and education

• independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $5000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications closed on 23:59 AEST Saturday 28th May 2016.

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MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award

MPavilion’s unique annual architecture commission and design event for Melbourne is partnering with Australia’s art magazine of record, Art Monthly Australasia, to present an innovative writing award to explore the flourishing field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design.

Australian writers are invited to submit a proposal for an essay exploring one or more aspects of the relationship between art and design today. The winning writer will receive $3,000 to develop their submission for an essay to be published in an issue of Art Monthly Australia. The winning writer will also be invited as a guest of MPavilion to present their essay as part of the official 2016/17 season of MPavilion in Melbourne.

Funding available: Successful applicant is awarded $3,000 + GST for submission of final essay for publication.

Important dates: Applications closed at 23:59 AEST Saturday 18th June 2016.

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Carstairs Residency Prize

The Carstairs Residency Prize offers assistance to a mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft or design practitioner to undertake a one-month residency with Bundanon Trust in the South Western Slopes of NSW.

Named after the Carstairs, this prize draws its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland, in the 19th Century. The residency takes place at the breathtaking Bundanon Trust, situated by the Shoalhaven River where Arthur and Yvonne Boyd once resided. When they gave their breathtaking land Bundanon to the trust, they hoped that fellow artists would breathe its intrepid air, journey curiously down untrodden avenues and delve deeper into the imagination.

This year’s successful recipient will stay in the Freedman Apartment for the duration of the residency period of 4th January – 1st February 2017.

The grant is intended to contribute to travel, living and artwork production costs during the residency.

Funding Available: One applicant or group will be awarded $2,800 + GST and a residential studio space at Bundanon Trust.

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEST Saturday 16th July 2016. The residency must be carried out for the period of 4th January – 1st February 2017.

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Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Each year 4 x $5,000 scholarships are awarded to emerging artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:

• undertake formal study or

• undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or

• undertake informal study for a planned research project.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $5000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications opened in May and closed at 23:59 AEST Saturday 30th July 2016.

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Ignition Prize

The NAVA Ignition Prize for Professional Practice is awarded to a graduating student from university art and design schools that are ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools) members. One prize is offered to a student who achieved the highest marks in their professional practice unit or who academic staff feel would be most deserving of the benefits offered by the prize - a one year NAVA Premium Membership package. The Premium Membership includes access to resources which young artists embarking on their career will find invaluable: fact sheets, check lists and tutorials, guides, expert information and advice, opportunities and discounts for courses and events.

By offering the prize, NAVA supports graduates and alerts them to the benefits available via their professional association. Joining with their peers gives emerging artists a sense of continuing inclusion in the Australian visual arts community.

If you would like to offer the Ignition Prize to your students, please contact NAVA on nava@visualarts.net.au.

Please use this form to submit your acquittal for any NAVA Grant. NAVA requires acquittals to be submitted within three months of project completion. You must return an acquittal form to be eligible for future grants.