Artist Call outs and events

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The MCA have got an action-packed month for all you artist’s with kids!  Don’t miss their very last Sunday Family Fun Day of the year, join them in the search for cool colours on an Art Safari through the gallery, explore Primavera 2015 with your bub during Art Baby and pop in for ARTplay!









A new gallery and shop space in Forest Lodge providing opportunities for local artists, designers and makers; A new venue that fosters exhibiting, learning
 and acquiring;
An alternative to the traditional gallery model; A new model for connecting with a wider audience.

HOURS: WED – FRI 11-4 | SAT 11-6 | SUN 11-4

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Year three of the Creative Live Work Spaces Program

In cooperation with the City of Sydney, Gaffa facilitates six tenancy opportunities for individuals working in the creative industries. For the third year running, six one bedroom creative live work apartments in an apartment block in Darlinghurst, will provide working studios and residential accommodation for creative practitioners. Tenancies will begin from June 2016.

Artists/creatives are invited to apply for one of six residencies on 12 month leases. Applications will be assessed considering experience, creative practice and approach to collaboration. A residential lease agreement will be established between the successful applicant and the City of Sydney. Rent will be charged at $250.00 per week for the duration of the lease and a bond of one month’s rent will be required. In addition, an agreement with the successful applicant and Gaffa will be entered into, outlining expectations and responsibilities of tenants for the duration of the lease.

INFORMATION SESSION An information session will be held on Monday November 23, 6-8pm at The Australian Centre for Design, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst. *The information session will also include a viewing of one of the apartments. RSVP is essential. Please RSVP to with ‘RSVP MONDAY 23’ as the subject line.

Applicants should download and read the William Street Creative Live Work Spaces Info-Kit prior to applying.

PLEASE NOTE: Application material should be prepared prior to beginning the online process as it is not possible to save and return to an application. We recommend working from a draft in a WORD DOC from which you can cut and paste.
Applications will be open from Monday November 9, 2015 until midnight Friday December 11, 2015.

CURRENT 2015 TENANTS Find out who the current tenants are.
RELATED LINKS Creative City Sydney City of Sydney Cultural Policy Action Plan


Project [504] is currently accepting exhibition proposals. If you’re an artist or a group of artists please feel free to contact them. Email them now to find out there new costs:

They have approximately 250 sqm of exhibition area for only $1500 for two weeks with a large street frontage ground floor window facing busy Pacific Hwy in St Leonards, only 2 min walk from St Leonards station, offering incredible exposure to the busy main street traffic.

The exhibition space features include:

  • 24 hour exposure to busy Pacific Hwy,
  • Large amount of passing foot and car traffic,
  • Over 250sqm floor space with concrete floors, nearly 4m high ceilings with warehouse style modern interior,
  • Spot lights,
  • State of the art Artrack hanging system

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The National Portrait Gallery offers a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.






The Other Art Fair is launching for the first time in Sydney this September. Currently the UK’s largest artist-led fair, Sydney-siders will now have the chance to purchase work direct from 85 unrepresented artists. Each artist has been carefully chosen to exhibit their work by our esteemed selection committee including Paris Nielsen; Dick Quan; Mikala Dwyer; Virginia Wilson and Megan Robson.

Visit The Other Art Fair to discover the next big thing!

Friends of Sydney Galleries can claim a Complimentary Ticket (valued at $15 each) to the fair over 11th-13th September.

Simply enter this code:   TOAFSYDGALL762289



In Gallery with Project [504]


1) Where did the idea of starting a gallery come from?

The idea was initially conceived by Lane Cove Council. They have an extensive arts program, in negotiations with developers and property companies and are always pushing the idea of community use of underused office/retail space. It’s a win-win scenario where everyone benefits, tenants and the local community get access to the arts and culture, whereas artists get an arts space that is outside the commercial gallery scene. Enabling them to showcase more experimental and non-commercial but at the same time they can have a traditional show.  The space is available for themed group shows, solo exhibitions that we see as different and interesting.
Proposals are always welcome! Email us here.

2) What kind of artists do you want showing in your gallery? Is there a general skill level or style that you look for?

Our vision is to showcase awe-inspiring work, that will leave the viewer touched and inspired, whether it be master pieces by established well-known artists, Archibald portraits by top end Australian artists,  intriguing installations, or skilfully crafted works by emerging, promising new talents. The works we would like to show should be exceptional, have an edge, cause discussion, provoke, make you think, exhibiting technical excellence in their craft and have contemporary relevance.

3) What is the best way to approach your gallery?

We encourage applications via our website
You can view the gallery during opening hours Mo-Fri 11-5pm.

Project 504 Floor Plan

4) What is your galleries philosophy?

Fostering excellence in art.


5) What is different about project[504]?

Our biggest point of difference is that we combine the best of a non-for-profit ARI with features and services of a commercial gallery. A lot of ARI’s are hidden away warehouses in back streets of suburbia that rely solely on word of mouth traffic. Project [504] is a spacious 450 square-metre New York loft style showroom, with 4 metre high ceilings and large shop front windows facing busy Pacific Highway, surrounded by interior design and furniture stores, servicing the busy St Leonards business district.
We have all the freedoms of a non-profit organisation to put on impactful, edgy, non-commercial events and exhibitions, while at the same time providing emerging and established artists with a highly professional service, very similar to what they would expect on the commercial gallery scene. You can be sure that when you walk into either of the Project 504 galleries, you will be seeing a carefully chosen and expertly curated exhibition.

We are also a living, breathing gallery with onsite studio spaces where art happens in real time. The studios bring together a group of talented, passionate people that use their networks to promote the project and share their knowledge fostering new talent. The space is run by some well established artists who already are represented by other commercial galleries, so there is a lot of knowledge and expertise available from us. All resident artists engage in the Australian artistic community as career artists.

6) It is a hard market out there, how are you finding it?

Considering we’ve only been around for a short while, we received an avalanche of exhibition proposals. We’ve had lots of positive feedback both from local businesses as well as the arts community, with many artists popping in to say hello, welcoming us to the area. We’ve also had some fabulous turnouts at exhibition openings, with several hundreds of people attending the launch and we have growing numbers at sketch clubs and events. It may be a difficult market but as a brand new gallery, we feel confident of making a strong impact in non-commercial ways, using our innovation, expertise and networks to make our exhibitions a financial success for our artists.

7) Tell us about your gallery team?

The founder: Kathrin Longhurst, she ran an artist collective on the Northern Beaches, operated an art gallery near Manly for 3 years, later becoming the Vice President for Portrait Artists Australia and is now represented by Art Equity in Sydney, where she had several sell out solo shows.

Our Gallery Director: Vanessa Callum, runs a successful PR business and operates out of our North Sydney Gallery on Berry Street. She oversees contracts, events, PR, printing, advertising, bookkeeping and the day-to-day running of Project[504].

Gallery Manager: Lucy West-Sooby, oil painter extraordinaire and 2014 winner of the prestigious Brett Whiteley scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School. She manages the operation of the St. Leonard’s gallery, handling inquiries and getting exhibitions off the ground. She is the friendly first point of contact for artists interested in hiring the space for exhibitions, events and workshops, or simply wanting to know more about Project [504].

Our front-of-House: Krista Brennan, Illustrator and art teacher is with us on a part-time basis as front of house.

PR/Marketing: Mark Rowden, National Art School graduate and established artist/print-maker Mark brings a wealth of knowledge in PR and marketing through his widespread network of artists and art enthusiasts.

Gallery Curator: Marcus Callum, three times Archibald finalist is heading our curatorial team working closely with exhibiting artists and selecting the most exciting works for shows at our gallery space.

8) Have you any advice when choosing a gallery to show in?

Finding the right match is not always easy. Sometimes trial and error is the way to go. Artist run spaces are a great way to test the market with a new body of work or if you have no contractual ties to a commercial gallery. It also allows you to showcase your work and invite commercial galleries to see it in a professional setting if your long term goal is to find permanent gallery representation.

9) There are plenty of ARI (Artist run initiatives) out there, What are your thoughts on these spaces within the market?

ARIs are a really important part of the art world, they lie somewhere between commercial galleries and public/regional galleries. The often give collectors access to new talents early in their careers, they allow the artists to learn new skills and get familiar with the exhibition process and different aspects of marketing and selling their work in a communal environment. The instant feedback on work can also make a difference to an artist’s development.

10) Melbourne vs Sydney how do you see the arts and the major differences?

A lot of people tell us that Sydney is a better market for selling art. The Melbourne art market tends to be more conservative and take longer to adopt a new artist. We’ve had several exhibition proposals from Melbourne artists to exhibit here, so it looks like people are quite excited about being shown in Sydney.


11) Social media is everywhere, do you use it and does it help the gallery?

Yes, we use social media to keep our fans informed about upcoming shows, workshops, events and what’s new in the gallery. We like to showcase new works that arrived and which artworks we particular find interesting.

12) What art do you have on your wall at home and your office?

Being an artist, the best way to build my own collection is to trade work with other artists I like. So most of the pieces that are hanging on my wall are works by my artist friends and a few smaller pieces I have purchased at exhibitions.

13) Where can we find out more about your gallery?

Online at, through a visit to one of our galleries at 65 Berry St North Sydney or 504 Pacific Hwy St Leonards or call the gallery on 0450 468 387

To Book a show or get some more information email here.


14) What shows are coming up over the next couple of months?

Next up at the gallery is a show by acclaimed photographer David Charles Collin of his Black and white photographs called “Silver Narcissus”. Then we have a 3 man show of paintings, drawings and sculpture called “Quick Shot” by Leonie Robison, Paul Hattaway and Adrienne Watson and after that a two man show with paintings and sculpture called “Nebulae and Elementals” by Archibald finalist Guy Morgan and sculptor Lee Blattman. For more information visit our website.


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ARTIST CALL OUTS: Jobs, exhibitions and prizes



CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2015 MOSMAN ART PRIZE – Exhibition 25 July – 30 August

Registration is now open for the 2015 Mosman Art Prize.
Artists across Australia are invited to submit works for the 68th Mosman Art Prize exhibition – the longest running municipal art prize in Australia. Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is a national painting award with a major prize of $30,000.

Along with fostering the practice of established and emerging artists, Mosman Art Prize is an acquisitive award that forms the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and important survey of Australian painting. The inaugural Mosman Art Prize (1947) was judged by artist Lloyd Rees prize and awarded to a very young Margaret Olley.

Subsequent prize winners have included: Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Francis Lymburner, Nancy Borlase, Guy Warren, John Caldwell, Frank Hinder, Elwyn Lynn, Margo Lewers, Peter Laverty, Earle Backen, Ken Reinhard, Jenny Sages, Noel McKenna, Adam Cullen, Tom Carment, Fan Dongwang, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei, Nicholas Harding, Cressida Campbell, Peter Godwin, Jasper Knight, James Powditch, Lucy Culliton, Kerrie Lester, Craig Waddell, David Fairbairn and Rachel Ellis.

The 2014 Mosman Art Prize was won by Michael Muir for his oil work, Past the Stacks.
2015 Judge: This year’s Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Michael Rolfe, Chief Executive Officer, Museums and Galleries NSW.
Mosman Art Prize is a free public exhibition on show Saturday 25 July to Sunday 30 August.

Announcement of Winners – Tuesday 28 July at 6.30pm for the Official Opening.
Finalists are selected from a pool of established and emerging artists who work in oils, acrylics or watercolours. A Public Program of Artist Talks accompanies the prize show offering professional and personal insights to contemporary painting practice.

REGISTER NOW – Further details and online entry form at:

Important Dates: MOSMAN ART PRIZE – 68 years in 2015

Wed 27 May:  Registrations now open – online entries only
Mon 13 July:   Receiving day for artworks – (8.00am – 7.00pm)
Sat 18 July:     Finalists announced online
25 July to 30 August:  Public viewing finalist’s exhibition
Tues 28 July:  Announcement of Winners / Official Opening event 6:30pm

Parkers Sydney Fine Art Supplies are looking for a passionate Retail Sales Assistant to join our customer service team at either our historic Rocks store, the National Art School store or our Redfern Factory workshop.

Things to check your CV for:

– Available 4-5 days a week. MondayFriday and possible Saturday shifts.
– Available for an immediate start
– A commitment to a long term position.
– Retail Experience
– Background education in the Visual Arts and good general experience in Fine Arts.
– Experience stretching canvas and wood-working is HIGHLY DESIRABLE.
– Strong knowledge of Art Materials.
Please send us a cover letter introducing yourself and CV to and ATTENTION it to either Derek Parker or Katrina Hill.


EXHIBITION OFFER: 50% off Gallery Fees @ PROJECT [504]

PROJECT[504] has had Giles Alexander, Abdul Abdullah, Martine Emdur, Sophia Hewson, Luke Cornish, Will Coles, Kathrin Longhurst, Mertim Gokalp, Louis Pratt, Angus MacDonald, Marcus Callum, John McRae, Evert Ploeg and Nick Stathopoulos.

They’ve had artist dinners, sketch clubs and arts events, this space is huge and waiting for the next big show, you could be next!

PROJECT[504] in St Leonards is offering the following offer.
If you book a show or event at 504 for the month June or July the ‘gallery fees’ are 50% off.

BOOK NOW. 50% OFF for June and July only” enter code “504discount” in email to

Now accepting proposals from contemporary artists and curators for the 2016 program of the Bondi Pavilion Gallery
“There’s more to Bondi Beach than babes and waves…the beachside burb brings it on the cultural Artists and curators are invited to apply for the Bondi Pavilion Galleries 2016 exhibition program.

The iconic Bondi Pavilion Gallery has over thirty years history of exhibiting emerging, mid-career and professional artists to local and international audience at world renowned Bondi Beach. Applications for the Bondi Pavilion Gallery can be made to by 5pm on Friday 24 For more information, terms and conditions head to
The Waverley Library Galleries are inviting applications from artists and curators for its 2016

Now accepting proposals from contemporary artists and curators for the 2016 program of the Waverley Library Galleries.

The Galleries offer two public spaces with approximately 44,000 visitors per month. The
Galleries exhibit all forms of contemporary practice and encourage public programs associated with  exhibitions. The closing date for the 2015 program is Friday 21 August 2015. Applications can be made to Waverley Library Reception or
For more information head to

Welcome to the Black Swan Prize

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
$50,000 first prize.
Entries closing Fri July 17.
Visit website for details or call 0432-275-690.

EXHIBITION OFFER: 50% off Gallery Fees @ PROJECT [504]

So far PROJECT[504] has had Giles Alexander, Abdul Abdullah, Martine Emdur, Sophia Hewson, Luke Cornish, Will Coles, Kathrin Longhurst, Mertim Gokalp, Louis Pratt, Angus MacDonald, Marcus Callum, John McRae, Evert Ploeg and Nick Stathopoulos.

They’ve had artist dinners, sketch clubs and arts events, this space is huge and waiting for the next big show, you could be next!

We’ve got a great offer for you!

We’ve been talking to PROJECT[504] in St Leonards and organised the following offer.
If you book a show or event at 504 for the month June or July the ‘gallery fees’ are 50% off

50% OFF for June and July only” enter code “504discount” in email to

Project 504 Floor Plan




Artist call outs, Sydney art shows, Sydney art exhibitions & art events MAY 2015

Hey there, so a quick update!
We are trying new ways of posting events, all you have to do is invite ‘Sydney Galleries‘ to the Facebook event you want listed.
(Events are usually live within 24 hours the details will be then listed here on our site)
To see more art openings click here to see the weekly listing
What’s happening in the arts that you should see?
Luke Sciberras ‘Human condition’ and Noah Taylor ‘Alone together’
Wednesday 13 May 2015 6-8pm
OLSEN IRWIN – 63 Jersey Road Woollahra
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Introducing Leichhardt’s newest art gallery LikeART, in the heart of Leichhardt on Norton Street.
Check out their grand opening on the 16th May 2-4pm
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Return to Nature Photography Exhibition ​(as part of HeadOn Festival) May 1 ­ May 30
LikeART Mix Exhibition ​Painting, drawing, sculpture and more. May 16th ­ 17th only
Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals for July to Dec 2015 – all mediums. Entries closing Sat May 30.
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BLINDSIDE is calling for proposals from artists and curators—emerging and established—local, interstate and international—solo or collaborative. We welcome proposals by practitioners working in all fields of creative endeavour, from painting to sound to somewhere in between.

BLINDSIDE welcomes proposals from artists, collectives and curators for solo and group exhibitions and performances across one or both gallery spaces. Alternatively, we welcome artists and curators to contact us to discuss exhibition ideas that are still in the planning stages. BLINDSIDE will assist artists and curators to seek funding and sponsorship and we help provide advice and letters of support.

BLINDSIDE doesn’t wish to discriminate against anybody. Artists who have difficulties with written English or access to computers etc are welcome to contact the gallery and make an appointment to discuss their proposal in person.

EXHIBITION PROPOSALS | BLINDSIDE 2016 | Proposals NOW due 31 May 2015

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The Basil Sellers Art Prize invites artists to tackle an Australian obsession—sport. It offers artists an opportunity to be part of a major exhibition at the Potter and a chance to win the $100,000 acquisitive prize, the $5,000 People’s Choice award and the Basil Sellers Creative Fellowship at the National Sports Museum. All entrants participating in the finalists’ exhibition will receive a participation fee of $3,000. There are no restrictions on medium or approach. Sport is an integral part of Australian society and this prize encourages artists to embrace this national tradition. The fifth Basil Sellers Art Prize will be awarded in July 2016, in conjunction with a nationally promoted exhibition of finalists’ work at the Potter.

Closing date for submission of entries: Friday 26 June 2015
Announcement of shortlisted artists: September 2015
Artworks completed for exhibition: June 2016
Exhibition at the Potter: July to November 2016

Download conditions of entry and the entry form here.

Make your payment for the Basil Sellers Art Prize administration fee by credit card via our e-cart here. Credit card payments must be made on or before the closing date for entries on 26 June 2015. A receipt will be issued to you via email. Please read the Conditions of Entry before making you payment, as refunds will not be issue for ineligible entries.

ARTIST CALL OUT: Temporary urban design projects

Waverley Council is carrying out a series of temporary urban design projects to activate and improve the quality of the public domain in the Bondi Junction Centre.
Waverley Council is inviting quotations from artists and design groups to design and install a public artwork on the temporary hoarding around the Boot Factory building in Norman Lee Place. The project offers an opportunity to create an inviting urban artwork that improves the visual character of the space and adds much needed detail, fun and interest at human scale. The final artwork must have a strong concept which creates atmosphere, is generous, uplifting and inviting. Artists are to submit quotations (up to $15,000) and concepts by 5pm on 16 April 2015

It is envisaged that the artwork will:

· have a vibrancy that is immersing, fluid and playful at human scale;

· allow pedestrians to re-think how they engage in the everyday within their urban

· be informed by the site and history of the area; and

· appeal to a wide audience and be uplifting to the spirit.

For application packs and details on how to apply please see the tenders online website;