Council Opportunities

Council has a range of opportunities for artists and creative practitioners that arise throughout the year, from public art projects (including murals) to performance callouts to professional development opportunities.

Lake Illawarra Art Trail Public Art Commission

Council are seeking to commission a new artwork to extend the Lake Illawarra Art Trail. Beginning in 2014, the Art Trail currently consists of a series of eight artworks installed along the Lake foreshore area which responds to the lake, its history and its people.

This Expression of Interest is an Aboriginal Identified opportunity. Ideally the artist has a connection to Country and our City; and has an understanding for the history, people and environment of Lake Illawarra and Gun man gan, as sites of cultural significance.

The artwork must be sculptural or installation-based and may be a single piece or series of works that connect a wide theme or story. The artwork/s must be contemporary in style and have conceptual links to the surrounding area.

More about this exciting opportunity can be viewed here.

Applications close Sunday 17 October.

City Gateway Project

Council is seeking to acquire two new permanent public artworks, each serving as a “statement piece”, to enhance the north and south gateways into Shellharbour.

With the imminent completion of the Albion Park Rail Bypass, new statement gateway signage is to be installed as motorists enter the LGA from both the north and the south along the motorway.  The intent of the “signage” is to welcome motorists to the Shellharbour Local Government Area.

The Expression of Interest calls for artists interested in creating a sculptural, or other, public artwork and should be unique in design and contemporary in style; have conceptual links to the surrounding area; and should reflect the local context, its people, and the unique place of each site.

Artists from local areas, and who identify as First Nations, are strongly encouraged to apply.

You can read more about the design brief and EOI here.

Applications Sunday 10 October.

Art on bus shelters

Art on Bus Shelters- calling for local artists and designers!

Our vision for a dynamic and vibrant City continues as we provide opportunities for art in the most unexpected of places. New and standardised bus shelters have been rolling out across the city. Four of these bus shelters will be used to exhibit and display local works of art and will change approximately each quarter with a new series of work. This project is an exciting opportunity to enliven a space with the work of local artists and provides an innovative way to showcase visual artwork. It will also be a continuation of our ‘art in unexpected places’ curatorial program.  

The EOI is an open-call out, inviting artists and designers to submit an application. Read the design brief here.

Applications close midnight Sunday 19 September 2021.

Government Opportunities

To support independent artists and small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19, Create NSW has introduced a number of measures. This includes new support for creatives to engage with online platforms, and a suite of initiatives that provide employment and development opportunities, and audience engagement and skill-sharing for arts, screen and cultural organisations and individuals across NSW.

Key elements of the COVID-19 measures announced include:

Creative Koori Digital Initiative

Supporting NSW First Nation’s arts and cultural organisations to create, develop, and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means. 

NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural organisations can apply for between $500 and $10,000 for projects resulting in digital programming outcomes and digital and online skills development.

Read more about the Creative Koori Digital Initiative Grant Guidelines

Digitise Initiative

Supporting NSW arts and cultural organisations to create, develop and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means. 

Organisations can apply for between $500 and $10,000 towards a project resulting in digital programming outcomes and digital and online skills development.

Read more about the Digitise Initiative Grant Guidelines

Health and Wellbeing Initiative

Supporting NSW arts and cultural organisations to work with communities and artists to create, develop and present programming that deliver mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

Individuals and Organisations can apply for between $500 and $10,000 for projects and programs.

Read more about the Health and Wellbeing Initiative Grant Guidelines

Regenerate Regional Event Initiative

Supporting organisations to commission the development of arts and cultural events featuring local artists with a particular focus on music and performance. It is only open to arts and cultural organisations based in regional NSW. Regional organisations in areas affected by the recent bushfires are encouraged to apply.

Regional organisations can apply for up to $10,000 to support an event for the community to take place after public health orders relating to social distancing and travel restrictions have been lifted.

Read more about the Regenerate Regional Event Initiative Guidelines

Small Project Grants

This quick response grant mechanism offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects. Create NSW’s Small Project Grants have been redefined to address the current situation of social distancing and the cancellation of non-essential travel.

Read more about the Small Project Grants Guidelines

Screen NSW Slate Development Fund

NSW production companies and producers can apply for a maximum of $100,000 to develop a slate of three or more projects for TV Drama, Factual, Features and Online.

Read more about the Screen Slate Development Fund

Create Connects – webinar series

Create NSW is producing a range of webinars designed to demystify digital platforms for performances, exhibitions and event presentations, explain digital meeting and information platforms, and help organisations with options to diversify your business and develop new tools to grow during in this challenging new environment.




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Last updated : Fri 10 Sep 2021