• 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.

  • 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
Grants approved (2014-15)
Value of grants (2014-15)
Funds distributed since 1993

Closing Dates

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Round 2

Applications open Monday 29 March 2016


Tuesday 29 March 2016
Tuesday 24 May 2016

Grants Announced

For travel/project after 23 September 2016

How to apply
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Round 3

Applications open Monday 11 July 2016


Monday 11 July 2016
Tuesday 13 September 2016

Grants Announced

For travel/project after 16 December 2016

How to apply

Feature case studies

  • Holly Piccoli

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

    January 2011 - May 2012

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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

    January - December 2011

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    ‘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

    June 2011 - May 2012

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    ‘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

    February - May 2012

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    ‘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


3 Fun Run by All The Queen Men c ANTI Contemporary Art Festival 2015 Image by Pekka Makinen

December 21 2015

Recent grants December 2015

Congratulations to the latest group of Cultural Trust grantees. W...

Duo with Australian clarinettist Ashley Smith called Australia Felix Sprague Hall Yale Uni April 2012

November 09 2015

Applications now open for Cultural Trust grants

Applications are now open for the Ian Potter Cultural Trust trave...

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November 02 2015

Looking for Grantee stories

Got a story to tell us from your travels? If you're a past or cur...

Craig Connelly 2015

October 01 2015

New CEO from December 2015

Craig Connelly to replace Janet Hirst as CEO from December 2015.

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