Individual Artists

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential 'building blocks' of the sector, so the Trust's grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

Sissy Reyes, 'The Window', 2016

Encouraging and supporting the diversity and excellence of emerging Australian artists

International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world's best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is keen to receive applications from practitioners across a diverse range of art forms including:

  • Crafts
  • Metalwork
  • Sculpture
  • Design (e.g. graphic, fashion)
  • Jewellery making (e.g.silversmithing)
  • Literature, screen/script-writing, playwriting
  • Multimedia
  • Film
  • Performing arts (theatre, dance)
  • Music (e.g. composers, musicians).

Over the 22 years since the Cultural Trust began, our 1400 grantees have travelled to every continent and over 100 different countries, challenging themselves both personally and professionally. Clowns, painters, set designers, photographers, composers, musicians, painters, film-makers and curators... the list of artistic practices is almost as expansive as the projects undertaken.

A number of the artists supported by the Cultural Trust have gone on to become household names or gain renown in their field, contributing in myriad ways to the calibre and vivacity of Australia's cultural life.

To read more about the experiences of some Cultural Trust grantees, please read our case studies, grantee stories or take a look at our annual grants reports.

If you are an early career or emerging artist with an opportunity to further your professional development overseas, you may be eligible for a grant of up to $7,000. To find out what it takes, please see Apply for A Grant. See here for future Funding Rounds including open and close dates as well as project start dates.

Please note that due to an increased demand for grants in recent years, a high proportion of funds have already been committed for 2017. As a result, we will not be considering applications from artists who have completed and acquitted a Cultural Trust grant within the past two years. All applicants should be aware that competition for available funds is particularly high at this time. 

Funding Rounds

Next Round

Round 3, 2017

Applications open Monday 10 July 2017

Due to the current level of funding commitments we will not be considering applications from artists who have completed and acquitted a Cultural Trust grant within the past two years . Please refer to note above.

Applications in this round (Round 3, 2017) must be for travel that commences after 15 December 2017.


Open: Monday 10 July 2017
Close: Tuesday 12 September 2017

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

    Read more

    ‘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

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