Assistance for Individuals

Assistance for Individuals

The Individual Artists program invests in emerging and professional artists by assisting them to take their work to the next level. The program gives  promising and talented artists working in any artform, the opportunity to undertake projects that will enable them to further their careers and enrich their artistic practice.

These projects may involve creative development, exhibiting, recording or producing works, writing and researching creative projects and concepts, market and audience development, professional development and taking advantage of promotional opportunities. Support may also available for travel and living allowance.

Applicants may include actors, arts administrators, choreographers, composers, crafts people, dancers, designers, musicians, playwrights, poets, bands, visual artists and writers, working as individual artists or in partnership.


Emerging & Experimental Arts

Emerging & Experimental Arts

Emerging and Experimental Arts focuses on research and development, creative development and experimentation.

We support artists who are exploring new and emerging art practices through our experimental arts grant programs. We also manage special non-ongoing initiatives such as the Creative Australia New Art program which supports artists to create major new experimental  work. Emerging and Experimental Arts also partners with other boards of the Australia Council to deliver initiatives such as the Indigenous Experimental Art Fund; theHopscotch live art touring initiative; and the recent AlloSphere Artist Residency at the California NanoSystems Institute; virtual art laboratories with the Australian Centre for Virtual Arts (ACVA); We also are delivering one of the key Early Career Artist and Producer Program initiatives – SITUATE Art in Festivals.

Emerging and Experimental Arts arts also supports artists working with professionals from other disciplines, mainly through innovative art/science research collaborations as part of the Synapse initiative. Synapse provides Australia Council funding for successful applications to the Australian Research Council. The Synapse initiative allows artists to spend significant periods of time in scientific organisations and institutions to develop work in collaboration with scientists.

Artists working in this field are supported primarily through their own contacts and networks in their particular interest area. There is a strong connection between artists working in experimental contexts and practice-based research programs in universities, as well as strong international links.

A key event on the experimental arts calender this year is ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art) in Sydney in 2013. The Australia Council is a primary funder of the public program of this event.

Read more about Emerging and Experimental Arts and our Sector Plan.


Not Quite Art

Not Quite Art

not quite art

The art show that believes there is life outside the galleries.

An insightful and humourous journey through an increasingly fragmented cultural landscape – where the Internet and communications have given us a set of cultural choices and influences unimaginable even a decade ago.


SITUATE: Art in Festivals

SITUATE: Art in Festivals

SITUATE Art in Festivals is presenting an exciting opportunity for Early Career Artists  and creative practitioners to participate in an intensive interdisciplinary residency to push boundaries, take creative risks and develop ideas for artworks that respond to a variety of festival sites and audiences.

SITUATE Arts Lab will take place over 15 days from 21 June – 5 July 2013 at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart alongside the new Dark MOFO festival. It will also involve an intensive design studio held at the Far South Wilderness Lodge on Tasmania’s south-eastern tip.

Up to 15 Artists from across Australia will participate in the Lab, facilitated by up to 10 leading national and international artists and curators (provocateurs) supported by specialist production staff. The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art, performance and other creative pursuits.

The process is designed to support the development of a wide range of artworks that provide not just a “wow” factor but seek to connect with audiences across diverse festival environments. The emphasis is on innovation, risk taking, artistic integrity and the creation of new ideas.


Benchmarking Birchs Bay Sculpture Prize

Benchmarking Birchs Bay Sculpture Prize

2006 saw the inaugural Benchmarking Birchs Bay sculpture event which runs from Good Friday to the end of June – here at Five Bob we delight in the artist’s work and the opportunity of showcasing their creative flights of fancy to the increasing number of visitors who visit the trail annually.

We see BBB as a vehicle for removing art from its typical internal setting, juxtaposing it with nature, creating an interesting dialogue for the work and viewer.  The pieces are installed on a 1.5 kilometer long trail, that winds its way through farm and forest with spectacular mountain and channel views creating what we believe is a truly unique gallery experience.

To walk around the trail and see this year’s entrants and those that live permanently on the trail could take a whole day, or you might just power walk around in twenty minutes, do that and you will want to come back again before the trail closes at the end of June.  So grab some friends, maybe a picnic and the dog – if it is well behaved and on a leash and make a day of it.