• 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 (2017-18)
$327,526
Value of grants (2017-18)
$8m
Funds distributed since 1993

Funding Rounds

Next Round | Round 2, 2019 | Monday 25 March 2019

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Applications

Open:
Monday 25 March 2019
Close:
Tuesday 21 May 2019

For Projects/Travel After

20 September 2019

Grants Announced

Mid September 2019

Upcoming | Round 3, 2019 | Monday 8 July 2019

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Applications

Open:
Monday 8 July 2019
Close:
Tuesday 10 September 2019

For Projects/Travel After

20 December 2019

Grants Announced

Mid December 2019

Future | Round 1, 2020 | Monday 4 November 2019

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Applications

Open:
Monday 4 November 2019
Close:
Tuesday 14 January 2020

For Projects/Travel After

Friday 8 May 2020

Grants Announced

Early May 2020

Feature case studies

  • William McRostie

    Undertake a study tour visiting Autonomous University of Barcelona, VocalEyes and Extant in London, New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, Elbow Room Theatre in Cardiff and Birds of Paradise in Glasgow

    Dates: 
    May - June 2018
    Grant: 
    $5,000
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    ‘William crafted a comprehensive professional development tour, and met with leading organisations and practitioners who are at the forefront of audio description, inclusive and accessible arts practices in Europe. The connections, skills and experience he acquired during his time overseas will be invaluable to his work advancing the professional audio description sector in Australia.’

    Louise Arkles
    Program Manager

  • 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 at the beginning of 2017 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

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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

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