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The First Hug, Annette Carmichael Projects. Photo Credit: Nic Duncan.

Grants and Residencies

The Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund is an annual grant and residency program for independent Western Australian artists to develop or create new work.

Established to support projects from artists in pursuit of sustainable careers, the fund recognises that a thriving creative workforce benefits community. Beyond enjoyable experiences, arts and culture have positive impacts on our health, education, economy, and the cohesion of society.

The fund’s grant and residency opportunities are for mid-career artists to devise, research, progress or complete ambitious projects in any art form.

In acknowledgement of some of the challenges faced by independent artists, the fund will provide additional support through:

  • Professional documentation of every project
  • Additional funding for primary carers to contribute to the costs of childcare
  • A two stage application process: EOI and full application
  • A small fee for the shortlisted applicants invited to progress to the second stage of the application process

The opportunities are open to individuals only, however the funding may be used to engage collaborators. Supported projects must start after 1 July 2021, and outcomes must be complete by 30 June 2022.

See below for more information about each opportunity and about your application.

Important dates

Expressions of Interest open:

Sunday 18 April 2021

Expressions of Interest close:

Sunday 9 May 2021 at 5pm AWST

Full applications close:

Sunday 6 June 2021 at 5pm AWST

Successful applicants notified:

Mid-June 2021

Grants

Each year, the Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund will distribute up to six $25,000 grants for the development or creation of new work in Western Australia.

This significant funding opportunity is for projects in any art form with bold scale, depth, or pace that will advance or strengthen an artist’s practice and career.

See About Your Application for more information.

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Olga Cironis, Echo 2021, still from single-channel digital video with sound, duration 3:55min, ed. 5. Courtesy the artist and Art Collective WA. Supported by the Minderoo Foundation.

Residencies

Each year, the Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund will distribute up to four residencies valued at $10,000 for the development or creation of new work.

The Artist Fund’s residency program in 2021-22 offers opportunities in two extraordinary locations: Minderoo Station in WA’s Pilbara and Forrest Hall overlooking the Swan River in Crawley.

While project work can be undertaken throughout the year, a significant portion or critical element must be completed during the residency.

Minderoo Station

Duration: 2 weeks

What’s provided:

  • Accommodation in a fully furnished, self-contained cottage
  • All meals on site
  • Travel as required including flights, vehicle transfers, and vehicle hire for the duration
  • A space for undertaking work (studio and work-station requirements to be finalised at offer)
  • $5,000 grant
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Minderoo Station. Photo Credit: Jessica Wyld Photography.
Forrest Hall

Duration: 4 weeks

What’s provided:

  • Accommodation in a fully furnished, self-contained studio apartment
  • Per diems for meals for the duration
  • Travel as required including flights, and vehicle transfers to and from Forrest Hall
  • A space for undertaking work (studio and work-station requirements to be finalised at offer)
  • $5,000 grant

Read our factsheet for detailed information about each residency.

See About Your Application for more information.

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Forrest Hall, Crawley.

About your application

Your application will be assessed in two stages:

Stage one: Expression of Interest (EOI)

An EOI starts the application process for both Grants and Residencies. The EOI requests preliminary information for our panel to get a sense of the proposed project and your practice.

Your EOI can be submitted via the Submit an EOI page on this website.

Sunday 18 April 2021

Expressions of Interest open

Sunday 9 May 2021 at 5pm AWST

Expressions of Interest close

Stage two: Full Application

A shortlist of EOI applicants will be invited to progress to stage two, to complete full applications. The full application will require detailed information about the project, a budget, and support materials.

Sunday 6 June 2021 at 5pm AWST

Full applications close

While each application will be assessed on its own merits, we will also consider the cohort as a whole. The fund aims to celebrate diversity, and to award annual groups with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and art forms.

Your EOI and application should consider and incorporate the following:

  • As defined in your own terms, demonstration of the pursuit of advancement for you and your practice.
  • Proposed projects should be able to demonstrate outcomes that will benefit the community. This does not mean that there must be a public-facing outcome, but the project should demonstrate or have an intention to provide future positive impact to individuals and groups beyond the artist.
  • At Minderoo Foundation, our values are at the heart of everything we do. Full applications will be encouraged to respond to a selection of our values.

Your application will be assessed by a panel of peers and advisors. The Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund Panel will be announced soon.

Please read through the FAQ below to ensure your project is suitable for the Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund.

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Roderick Sprigg, ‘Jaymarl’ from Dancing to the Sound of my Grandfather’s Bones 2021, still from single-channel video with sound, duration 10:00min.

FAQ

Can I apply for both a Grant and a Residency in one year?

Yes, however each application must be for a different project and only one opportunity will be awarded.

Can I apply if I have been supported by Minderoo Foundation before?

Yes, however the application must be for a different project and not linked to the previously supported work.

Can I work with other people in my project?

Yes. The grants and residencies are open to individuals who may want to employ or collaborate with others.

Can I apply on behalf of a group or organisation?

No, applications are open to individuals only.

Can I apply if I live outside Western Australia?

No, applications will only be accepted from artists who live at a residential address in WA.

Can I apply if the main project outcome will be outside Western Australia?

Yes, however the project should also include a local outcome.

What does any art form mean? What art forms do you support?

Any art form means that if you consider yourself an artist, we support that practice. A non-exhaustive list of art forms we support includes: visual arts, digital arts, writing, dance, theatre, puppetry, sculpture, photography, contemporary music, classical music, film, and multi-disciplinary forms.

How does the Fund define mid-career?

The fund is interested in how an artist defines their own career stage. The fund is looking to support artists who have an artistic practice of at least five years and are significantly invested in their long-term artistic career.

What is the value of the childcare contribution for primary carers?

Selected artists who are also a primary carer will be eligible for an additional $2,500. Please note, to access this contribution additional criteria will need to be satisfied.

What is the value of the documentation contribution?

Selected artists will have an additional $2,000 allocated to their project to go towards professional documentation.

What is the value of the small fee for writing and submitting an application?

Shortlisted artists who are invited to progress to stage two will be paid a $200 fee for their time.

Can my project include professional development?

We support learning through the delivery of the project, but the grants and residencies cannot be used for formal professional development or training.

Can I buy equipment with the funds?

No, grants and residency funding cannot be used to purchase assets.

Can I apply for the residencies if I live close to the residency locations?

Yes, Perth metro artists may apply for the Forrest Hall location and Pilbara artists may apply for the Minderoo Station location.

Can my family/partner join me on the residency?

No, residencies can only be attended by the individual undertaking the residency.

Who selects the Artist Fund artists?

Your application will be assessed by a panel of peers and advisors. The Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund Panel will be announced soon.

Will I receive feedback if I am not selected?

No, we are not able to provide feedback to applicants who are not selected.

Can I submit my EOI or application in another way or in another language?

We welcome alternative submissions for those who require alternative access. Please contact us if you have a request for submitting your EOI or application in another way.

Who can I speak to about my application?

You can contact our Project Manager, Caris Harper on email at charper@minderoo.org.