• 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.

    Funding Rounds
  • 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.

    Grantee stories
  • 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.

    About us
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Grants approved (2016-17)
$343k
Value of grants (2016-17)
$7.49m
Funds distributed since 1993

Funding Rounds

Current Round | Round 1, 2018 | Applications open Monday 6 November 2017

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Applications

Open:
Monday 6 November 2017
Close:
Tuesday 16 January 2018

Grants Announced

late April, for travel/projects after 4 May 2018

Next Round | Round 2, 2018 | Applications open Monday 26 March 2018

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Applications

Open:
Monday 26 March 2018
Close:
Tuesday 22 May 2018

Grants Announced

mid September, for travel/projects after 21 September 2018

Upcoming | Round 3, 2018 | Applications open Monday 9 July 2018

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Applications

Open:
Monday 9 July 2018
Close:
Tuesday 11 September 2018

Grants Announced

early December, for travel/projects after 14 December 2018

Feature case studies

  • Aurelia Guo

    Undertake a mentorship with writer and artist Hannah Black, and complete a guest editorship of How To Sleep Faster 7 at Arcadia Missa, London

    Dates: 
    May - September 2016
    Grant: 
    $7,000
    www.afterhrsltd.com/Aurelia-Guo

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    ‘In February 2017, Aurelia commenced a 12 week position as freelance guest Poetry Editor at the Fanzine (US). Her poetry chapbook was launched earlier this year in London.’

  • Christina Lucia Giuffrida

    Pursue a six-month Artist in Residence Program at Sculpture Space, New York 

    Dates: 
    October 2015 - March 2016
    Grant: 
    $7,000
    www.christinaluciagiuffrida.com/

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    ‘It was a positive and strong turn out from both the studio and the public. I was able to engage with many viewers and hear their response to the work ... having to organise an opening in a foreign city was extremely challenging. Yet the end result was incredibly satisfying and certainly a career milestone; to have a solo presentation of work in New York City.’

    Christina Giuffrida
    Speaking about opening night of ‘Querencia’

  • 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

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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

    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

  • Alexandra Collier

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

    Dates: 
    January - December 2011
    Grant: 
    $7,000
    alexandracollier.com

    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

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