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The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of professional practitioners. Their range of grants include:


Artists' Benevolent Fund

The renewed Artists’ Benevolent Fund hopes to provide modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience.


Carstairs Prize

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.


Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

  • independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs
  • professional development and education
  • presenting work in new ways
  • exhibiting work such as framing, space rental, promotion, artists' fees, freight, installation and documentation.

The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

An initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)
  • undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Each year 4 x scholarships are awarded to young early career artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake formal study or
  • undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or
  • undertake informal study for a planned research project

For more details visit the NAVA website: https://visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/

Image credit: NSW Artists' Grant recipient, Owen Leong, ‘Original Nature’ (install view) at Artereal Gallery from 4-28 July 2018. Photo by Zan Wimberley.

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