Emerging Arts Professionals Program, Venice Biennale 2019

Applications have now closed.

Applications open:
3 October 2018

Applications close: 5pm AEST 31 October 2018

Program dates: 4-14 May 2019; 26 September - 5 October 2019

Notification: November 2018

About the opportunity

The Emerging Arts Professionals Program provides opportunities for individuals working across the visual arts sector to gain experience of the Venice Biennale and the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale 2019 project.

Each Emerging Arts Professional will travel to Venice, where they will participate in a tailored professional development program coinciding with either the Australia Council’s Vernissage program in May 2019, or events program in September/October 2019.

Participants’ programs will include a number of core events attended by all Emerging Arts Professionals as well as a series of activities and tasks tailored to their skills and areas of expertise.

Emerging Arts Professionals will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary art practice and given access to a network of Australian and international art influencers. Additionally, they will gain important experience of working on a large-scale international project and the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge that will benefit the broader Australian visual arts sector.


The Australia Council will provide the following support for participants:

·  $2,500 for a return economy class airfare from your capital city to Venice. Please indicate in your application if you are travelling from regional/remote areas as additional travel and accommodation costs may be covered

·  A daily per diem of AUD $100 to cover expenses and some local transport costs

·  Accommodation in a shared apartment (private room)

You will need to arrange and pay for:

·  Travel insurance (you will need to provide proof of cover)

·  Any additional costs in excess of the daily per diem provided

There are 14 positions available for residents of the following states and territories:

·  4 x New South Wales, funded by Create NSW*

·  2 x South Australia, funded by Arts South Australia

·  2 x Victoria, funded by Creative Victoria

·  2 x Western Australia, funded by Culture and the Arts (WA), Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

·  2 x NT, supported by Arts NT, Department of Tourism and Culture

·  1 x Tasmania, funded by Arts Tasmania

·  1 x Qld, Arts Qld

Additional support for participants who work in a freelance capacity or in independent practice may be available upon application thanks to the generosity of Anthony and Clare Cross.

* Please note that a minimum of two NSW positions will go to applicants who represent Create NSW priority areas (regional NSW, Western Sydney, Young People) and one NSW position is reserved for an Aboriginal person.

We are encouraging applicants from (but not limited to) the following areas:

·  Curation

·  Cultural programming

·  Arts journalism

·  Arts marketing and communications

·  Arts education

·  Arts philanthropy

·  Arts events management

·  Gallery/museum administration

Click here  to download a full Position Description for the Emerging Arts Professionals Program. 

How to apply

Submit your application via our online form

In your application you will be asked to:

·  Describe your experience that is relevant to this opportunity

·  Outline your experience of working with contemporary visual art in your field

·  Explain how this role would impact your career and how you would use this opportunity

·  Tell us how you would share this experience with your peers/sector upon your return to Australia

·  Please outline additional support required, including access needs. (For participants from remote and regional Australia, those working in freelance/independent practice, and any other support required).

You will also be asked to provide:

·  A cover letter

·  A current resume (two-page maximum)

·  Up to two written references

·  A support letter from your employer (if relevant)

·  Up to two examples of your recent writing/critical reviews (if relevant)


You must:

·  Be available to travel to Venice and participate in the program from either 4-14 May 2019 or 26 September - 5 October 2019

·  Be in the first 10 years of continuous practice or employment in your chosen field

·  Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia

·  Adhere to the general Australia Council eligibility requirements

The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, diverse cultural and regional communities and people with a disability. Please contact the project team for further information.


To discuss your application, please contact Amber McCulloch Project and Communications Officer on (02) 9215 9336 or a.mcculloch@australiacouncil.gov.au

Create NSW 

Arts South Australia

Creative Victoria

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

 Arts NT, Department of Tourism and Culture 

Arts Tasmania

 Arts Qld

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