• 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.

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

Funding Rounds

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Next Round

Round 1 2017

Applications open Monday 7 November 2016


Monday 7 November 2016
Tuesday 10 January 2017

Grants Announced

For travel/projects after 5 May 2017

How to apply
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Round 2 2017

Applications open Monday 27 March 2017


Monday 27 March 2017
Friday 19 May 2017

Grants Announced

For travel/projects after 22 September 2017

How to apply
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Round 3 2017

Applications open Monday 10 July 2017


Monday 10 July 2017
Tuesday 29 August 2017

Grants Announced

For travel/projects after 15 December 2017

How to apply

Feature case studies

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


Yang En Hume

June 16 2016

Yang-En Hume

Yang-En Hume is a Sydney-based artist who uses installation, foun...

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June 02 2016

Laura Carthew

The mentorship I undertook enabled an enormously powerful artist...

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May 24 2016

Coronet - Cultural Trust newsletter

We have just published our first e-newsletter for The Ian Potter ...

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May 23 2016

Recent grantees May 2016

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

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