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Visual Arts Fellowship 2018

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 19 August 2018 (AEST).


Visual Arts Fellowship 2018

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

2018 Guidelines, Terms & Conditions

The Visual Arts Fellowship is funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA. This program 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 Available

Two fellowships will be awarded $20,000 plus GST (if registered) and can be used toward a range of activities in 2019 which may include but is not limited to:

  • research
  • travel
  • skills development
  • residencies
  • mentorships
  • professional development and training
  • the creation of new work and exhibition/project costs


Closing date

23:59 AEST 19th August 2018.

This round is for projects taking place in 2019.


Criteria for Evaluation

  • demonstration of high quality work to date
  • comprehensive exhibition history which can include commercial galleries, public galleries, state institutions and biennales and festivals. 
  • practicing for more than 5 years
  • published articles and reviews about the artist’s practice
  • potential for the artist to develop new directions and ideas in their practice
  • demonstration of the benefit of the fellowship to the applicant’s professional practice and development of work
  • demonstration of the applicant’s capacity to undertake their proposed Fellowship Program.



Applicants must:

  • be the practitioner/s who will be the recipient/s of the Fellowship
  • identify as a mid-career artist defined as having practiced as a professional artist for at least 5-10 years
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • not have any outstanding unacquitted grants from NAVA

Collaborative group applications (groups are at least two people) must be submitted with the details of all group members involved in the project. The grant will be awarded to the applicants nominated on the form.

Grants are not retrospective. Funds will only be provided for projects taking place between January to December 2019

Late or incomplete applications will not be assessed (except for artists living in remote areas, see conditions below)

All other considerations being equal, NAVA members will be given priority.


Professional status

Applicants must be practising professional visual or media arts, craft or design practitioner/s. Under NAVA’s definition, a professional practitioner will have some of the following professional characteristics:

  • has regular public exhibitions of artwork
  • offers work for sale, or is selling work
  • is eligible for or has been awarded a government grant
  • is selected for public exhibition, awards, prizes
  • has secured work or consultancies on the basis of professional expertise
  • has had work acquired for public and/or private collections
  • has their work critically reviewed or written about
  • has given talks or workshops based on their practice
  • is a member of a professional association on the basis of his/her status as a professional practitioner/s


Supporting Material

Applicants will need to provide the following documentation with the grant application form:


File Type     

Max. file size

Current CV(s)

PDF 1 x A4 pg max. (.pdf)


Up to 10 images or published articles supporting your practice, combined as a slide presentation. One item per page including image description, title, creation year, materials and dimensions. Please note: sound and video installations should be either embedded into the presentation, or provided as a list of direct links to short excerpts (up to 5 mins each work).

Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) or (.pptx) or multipage PDF (.pdf)


Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport ID page

PDF (.pdf)


Confirmation letter from host (for residency, exhibition or mentorship only) confirming the details and dates 


PDF (.pdf)


Optional: provide URL




Successful Applicant Requirements


Successful applicants must sign and return a letter of acceptance before payment is made. NAVA will contact successful applicants and request a Tax Invoice.


Successful applicants must include the following acknowledgment on all promotional or published material including project documentation, in hard copy or online:

The Visual Arts Fellowship is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and funded through the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.


Successful applicants may be asked to make themselves available to the media by phone, email or in person following the announcement of the fellowship recipients or in the lead up to the launch of your project. 


Successful applicants must submit a completed acquittal form (available on the NAVA website), including three examples of published documentation for your project (e.g. invitation, advertisement, review, images) within four weeks of completion of the project.

To submit an acquittal please visit

Fellowships must be expended in the way outlined in the application unless prior written permission to make alteration has been given by NAVA.

Reproduction of work

If your application is successful NAVA may request a limited non-exclusive copyright license to reproduce images from your project for promotion, acquittal and annual reporting purposes in the 12 months following the completion of your project.


Navigating the Application Form

On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


Saving your draft application

If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.


Submitting your application

You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.