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Visual arts

The following resources may be useful for visual artists.

Tasmanian membership organisations and peak bodies

Contemporary Art Tasmania
A not-for-profit, membership-based organisation focused on the support and development of professional visual artists practising innovative and experimental art in Tasmania.

Salamanca Arts Centre
A non-profit, self-supporting arts centre with a mission to develop and promote the arts in Tasmania through leadership, inspiration, creativity and excellence in arts development, programs and facilities.

National membership organisations and peak bodies

Art Education Australia
A membership organisation for art educators, researchers, students and others working in the field of visual arts education.

Australia Council for the Arts
The Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It offers grants and initiatives in all major areas of arts practice.

The Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australia’s leading cultural organisation working at the intersection of art, science and technology, including networked and emergent art practices, experimental music and sound arts, and mobile and portable platforms.

National Association for the Visual Arts
Professional membership offers visual artists, craft or design practitioners insurance for public liability, products liability, professional indemnity extension, tenant’s liability and property in custody or control, all in one package.

National Exhibitions Touring Support
A national network of independent arts organisations committed to promoting and presenting contemporary art, craft and design through touring exhibitions.

Tasmanian awards and prizes

Burnie Print Prize
Open to artists living and working in Australia, it is an initiative of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. This prize is biennial and acquisitive. The 2011 Burnie Print Prize offered a cash prize of $12 000.

Glover Prize
The richest landscape prize in Tasmania, it is awarded each year for the best new painting depicting the Tasmanian landscape. The winner receives $35 000 and a maquette of John Glover valued at $5 000.

The Hutchins Art Prize
A biennial acquisitive award for works on paper.

Tidal - City of Devonport Art Award
A non-acquisitive biennial award, hosted by the Devonport Regional Gallery and funded by the Devonport City Council. The major award is valued at $15 000.

National awards and prizes

Beleura National Works on Paper
A biennial acquisitive award and exhibition valued at $15 000.

Blake Prize
A non-acquisitive prize of $20 000 for contemporary religious or spiritual art work. The Blake Prize also offers two non-acquisitive $5 000 awards.

Fleurieu Art Prize
Australia’s richest landscape painting prize, which offered a prize pool of $90 000 in 2011.

The Fremantle Print Award
The longest running and largest print prize in the country. It offers an acquisitive award of $12 000, $6 000 for acquisitions and a $5 000 non-acquisitive prize.

Head On Photography Award
A photographic portrait competition and exhibition, reflecting a vibrant and diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.

The McClelland Sculpture Survey and McClelland Award
One of the richest sculpture awards in Australia. The major prize is an acquisitive prize valued at $100 000.

The R and M McGivern Prize
Promotes artistic excellence in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting. The prize is awarded every three years with prize money totalling $20 000. The scholarship will next be offered in 2015.

Sculpture by the Sea
One of Australia’s largest annual, outdoor, free-to-the public art exhibitions, held along a coastal walk from Bondi, Sydney. The major prize is the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize valued at $60 000.

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
A significant award which aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country. The major prize is valued at $40 000 with a minor prize pool of $19 000.

Trade fairs

Biennale of Sydney
Held in Sydney’s leading museums and galleries, this is renowned for showcasing the freshest, most innovative contemporary art from Australia and the world.

Melbourne Art Fair
One of the largest biennial art fairs in the Asia Pacific region and one of Australia’s most significant exhibitions of contemporary visual art.


The largest buyer of contemporary Australian art in the country has over 10 000 contemporary artworks for rental.

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
The Queensland Art Gallery’s flagship international contemporary art event.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
Melbourne’s leading contemporary art gallery. ACCA exhibits work by living artists from around the world and is the only major public art gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Offers a program of exhibitions and artist talks throughout the year.

Tasmanian public art schemes
Arts Tasmania is responsible for the administration of the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme and Corporate Art Scheme, which provide commission opportunities for professional artists throughout the year.

Devonport Regional Art Gallery
Offers an annual program consisting of exhibitions, workshops and events.

Gordon Darling Foundation
Aims to support activities in the visual arts to the widest possible audience.

Hunter Island Press
A not-for-profit membership-based organisation with the primary objective of establishing and operating a professional public-access print studio in Hobart. The studio provides a place for artists to create work and pass on skills to the community.

Constance ARI
Constance is an artist-run initiative (ARI) based in Hobart, Tasmania. It aims to foster relationships between artists, audiences, critics, curators, dealers, writers and other ARIs.

Kickstart Arts
Produces community focused arts projects that link art and cultural issues with other sectors, such as industry, welfare, health, education and science. Kickstart has a number of projects spanning across artforms that offer opportunities for all areas of the theatre and performance sector.

Moonah Arts Centre
Offers a rich program of workshops, events and exhibitions throughout the year, with an annual program open to submissions of proposals from the public.

Next Wave
A biennial festival and development cycle dedicated to developing and presenting innovative work by young Australian artists. It spans all art forms and encourages interdisciplinary practice.

Plimsoll Gallery
Showcases innovative local, national and international contemporary art and design.

Punctum Arts Incubator
Provides artists and producers with presentation spaces and opportunities for the investigation, development and presentation of live arts in regional Victoria.

Sawtooth Artist Run Initiative
A Launceston-based contemporary art space that promotes emerging arts practice from the region, and presents exciting and dynamic arts projects to the north of the state.

The Atrium Gallery
Situated within the UTAS Cradle Coast campus, this gallery presents exhibitions with a particular focus on works by local and Tasmanian artists.

The Academy Gallery
Based in Launceston, its program includes international exhibitions and exhibitions by established and emerging Australian artists, craftspeople and designers.

The Rosny Barn and Schoolhouse Gallery
Supports local, national and international artists through its exhibition program, which is open for submissions in August each year.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation for Women’s Art and Craft
Conducts art training and workshops in traditional and contemporary art practice, involving artists from northern Tasmania, including King and Cape Barren Islands.

Tasmanian public art schemes
Arts Tasmania is responsible for the administration of the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme and Corporate Art Scheme, which provide commission opportunities for Tasmanian artists throughout the year.

Information and resources

Arts Tasmania's arts-e newsbyte
A fortnightly e-newsletter highlighting the latest Tasmanian, national and international arts opportunities as well as industry news.

A comprehensive guide to exhibitions and galleries in Australia.

A subscription-based online resource for Australian arts workers, including news, opportunities and job listings.

Australian Artist Opportunities
National art competitions, prizes, awards and residencies.

Australia Council for the Arts - indigenous protocols
The Australia Council has produced five guides that cover protocols for producing Indigenous Australian media arts, music, performing arts, visual arts and writing.

Australian Print Workshop
A not-for-profit organisation providing both established and emerging artists with access to a range of printmaking equipment and expertise in the context of a world-class printmaking workshop.

Creative Spaces
Helps artists to find suitable and affordable space in Victoria to develop, exhibit or perform their work. It lists spaces to hire, lease, share or occupy for a short period of time, and case studies on spaces that have been transformed from their normal function into locations for arts projects.