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 of the sector as a whole.
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is committed to reflecting the full spectrum of the arts in Australia through its emerging artists grants program. As such, the Trust supports artists working across all art forms and disciplines, including but not limited to: animation, ceramics, circus and physical theatre, craft, design, experimental and interdisciplinary art, fashion, jewellery, land art, literature, metalwork, multimedia, music, printmaking, sculpture, tapestry, performing arts, and visual arts.
Over the 25 years since the Cultural Trust began, our 1,500 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 supported 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.
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 $10,000. To find out what it takes, please see how to 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 the high level of demand for funding, applications from artists who have completed and acquitted a Cultural Trust grant within the past two years will not be considered.