• The Ian Potter Cultural Trust

    The Cultural Trust offers grants to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.

    About Us
  • Fostering Artistic Excellence

    The 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.

    Beginnings
  • Exploring New Horizons

    Opportunities to learn on an international stage allow promising artists to showcase their talents and further develop their skills and professional networks.

    Grants and Commissions
  • Investing in Australia's Cultural Life

    Individual artists are the lifeblood of the Arts sector, contributing to a vibrant cultural life for all Australians.

    Read Our Stories
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Grants approved (2014-15)
$679k
Value of grants (2014-15)
$6.5m
Funds distributed since 1993

Closing Dates

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Current Round

Round 2 2016

Applications open Monday 29 March 2016

Applications

Open:
Tuesday 29 March 2016
Close:
Tuesday 24 May 2016

Grants Announced

For travel/project after 23 September 2016

How to apply
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Next Round

Round 3 2016

Applications open Monday 11 July 2016

Applications

Open:
Monday 11 July 2016
Close:
Tuesday 13 September 2016

Grants Announced

For travel/project after 16 December 2016

How to apply
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Upcoming

Round 1 2017

Applications open Monday 7 November 2016

Applications

Open:
Monday 7 November 2016
Close:
Tuesday 10 January 2017

Grants Announced

For travel/projects after 5 May 2017

How to apply

Feature case studies

  • Holly Piccoli

    Continue study towards Certificate in Performance with Professor Syoko Aki, Head of Strings at Yale School

    Dates: 
    January 2011 - May 2012
    Grant: 
    $7,000

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    ‘I am so very proud of Holly for her determination, ambition, intelligent judgement and sheer hard work to meet her challenge so successfully.’

    Professor Syoko Aki
    Yale University

  • Alexandra Collier

    Study for a Master of Fine Arts (Playwriting) at Brooklyn College, New York

    Dates: 
    January - December 2011
    Grant: 
    $7,000
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    Read more

    ‘The Cultural Trust grant not only made it possible for me to study in the US but also, it conferred credibility and encouraged me as a playwright to believe that what I am doing is legitimate. That kind of help is priceless.’

    Alexandra Collier

  • Shona Masarin

    Continue a mentorship with Howard Guttenplan, Executive Director of the Millennium Film Workshop

    Dates: 
    June 2011 - May 2012
    Grant: 
    $7,000
    www.shonamasarin.com

    Read more

    ‘Shona shared all information regarding her achievements overseas in such a matter of fact way that it is easy to overlook that she was extended some fantastic opportunities by an esteemed, long-established institution. She was obviously admired and respected and clearly is a very determined artist. This case study is a great example of how to surmount issues and make-good a project that could so easily have failed.’

    Claire Rimmer
    Ian Potter Cultural Trust Program Manager

  • Amy Kennedy

    Complete a ten-week residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Centre in Colorado and present at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

    Dates: 
    February - May 2012
    Grant: 
    $6,000

    Read more

    ‘Amy’s work is just beautiful, its delicacy belies the heavy material and almost brutal firing process that is used to create it. We also received a lovely letter of endorsement from the Artistic Director of Ceramics, Wood and Sculpture at Anderson Ranch Arts Centre.’

    Claire Rimmer
    Program Manager, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust

Blog

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Shelly Lauman

The Cultural Trust grant allowed me to complete a Masters of Fine...

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Nora Niasari

Nora Niasari has just received a Cultural Trust grant to undertak...

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May 03 2016

Tim Cole

Tim Cole, a recent Cultural Trust grantee, is an Australian Filmm...

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