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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.

Mikala Dwyer – A shape of thought, 2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship recipient, Mikala Dwyer – A shape of thought (install view), 2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Photo by Jessica Maurer. Image courtesy of the artist.

The NAVA office will be closed from Saturday 11 August to Sunday 19 August for Future/Forward 2018, we will be unable to regularly answer queries during this time.

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 $20,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications close at 23:59 AEST Sunday 19 August 2018.

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.

Carstairs Prize

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.

The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.

This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew 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.

Funding Available: One individual or group will be awarded $3,000 + GST

Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 1st September 2018.

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 NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.

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 this round close 23:59 AEST Saturday 20 October 2018. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in January, February, March and April 2019 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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This grant is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

An 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.

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

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEDT Saturday 31 March 2018.

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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 support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work.

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 $10,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEST Saturday 26 May 2018.

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The 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 closed 23:59 AEST Saturday 30 June 2018.

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Australian Artists' Grant

The Australian Artists' Grant was 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 provided 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

Important Dates: Funding is being sought to continue offering the Australian Artists' Grant. At this stage there are no rounds for 2018.

The Australian Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative made possible through a generous donation from Penelope Seidler AM.

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

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.

Become a Grant Donor

NAVA invites your tax exempt donation either toward one of our existing grants or to set up an entirely new program shaped to your ideas and for which we can offer naming rights.

Providing this kind of philanthropic support can be a source of great satisfaction in making a valuable contribution to supporting living Australian artists.

For more information or to discuss your ideas, please contact NAVA's General Manager, Penelope Benton via nava[at]visualarts.net.au.