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SafARI 2012 National Call for Artist Submissions 

SafARI is calling for submissions from emerging and unrepresented artists working in diverse media across Australia to be considered for SafARI 2012.

Solo artists and/or groups of one or more artists will be considered.

SafARI is the unofficial fringe exhibition to the Biennale of Sydney that began in 2004.

SafARI exhibits the work of emerging and unrepresented Australian

artists across multiple sites in Sydney including Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and public spaces.

It is timed to coincide with the crucial first opening weeks of the Biennale of Sydney in June 2012.

Successful artists for SafARI 2012 will be invited to attend a workshop in Sydney in late October 2011 in preparation for the 2012 event.

The purpose of the workshop is to stretch individual artform practice and potentially seed new collaborations for SafARI 2012.

The Australia Council for the Arts has supported artist attendance at this workshop through a 2011 ARI grant.

Submissions should include: 

An artist statement (max 300 words)

Maximum of 7 images and/or footage

1 A4 page CV

Stamped SAE for return of material if required.

Format: disc

Posted to: 

Artist Submissions


PO Box A593

Sydney South NSW 1235

Emailed to (max 5MB):

Deadline: Friday 26 August 2011 


Calling all Designers! 

 SafARI Initiatives Inc. is seeking a talented graphic designer, or design team, to

take on the task of developing the SafARI 2012 identity and design requirements.

You could be a design student looking to expand your portfolio and expertise. Or

perhaps you are an established designer with a passion for supporting the arts and

want to get involved with this key event on the arts calendar.

Design elements include:

– SafARI 2012 identity

– Website*

– Zine / catalogue

– Flyer

*Depending on skill-base of applicants, a web developer will be sought to implement build of website if required.

SafARI Initiatives Inc. is run on a voluntary basis and is steered by a Board of

quick thinking, versatile, passionate and professional people. (Yes, we all do this outside of our day jobs!) 


 The role will require a voluntary commitment from October 2011 – June 2012

Submissions should include: 

A short statement (max 300 words) expressing your interest in SafARI


1 A4 page CV;

Examples of past work;

Stamped SAE for return of material if required.

Emailed to (max 5MB):

 Posted to: 

Designer Submissions


PO Box A593

Sydney South NSW 1235

 Deadline: Friday 9 September 2011 


Exhibition & Communications Manager needed for SafARI 2012! 

SafARI Initiatives Inc. is seeking an enthusiastic Exhibition and Communications

Manager for SafARI 2012. This position is responsible for building awareness and

support for the SafARI 2011 Workshop and SafARI 2012 Program, and will work

closely with the co-curators as part of the core SafARI 2012 team.

To be considered, you will be highly skilled in written and verbal

communications with an enthusiasm for emerging contemporary practice in

Australia, and able to communicate its issues and ideas simply to the widest

range of media and audience groups.

Elements of the position include:

– Media liaison, including draft and distribution of media releases

– Oversee design and development of SafARI collateral

– Manage SafARI volunteer program during 2012 exhibition

– In conjunction with the co-curators, maintain SafARI social networking


– Assist co-curators with the logistics and administration of the exhibition

SafARI Initiatives Inc. is run on a voluntary basis and is steered by a Board of

quick thinking, versatile, passionate and professional people. (Yes, we all do

this outside of our day jobs!)

 The role will require voluntary commitment from October 2011 – June 2012

Submissions should include: 

A short statement (300 words) expressing your interest in SafARI 2010;

1 A4 page CV;

And stamped SAE for return of material if required.

Emailed to (preferred): 

 Posted to: 

Exhibition and Communications Coordinator Submissions


PO Box A593

Sydney South NSW 1235

 Deadline: Friday 9 September 2011 



Blindside Artist Run Space is seeking expressions of interest for single-channel experimental film works for Poles Apart, a four-day film installation event in Melbourne in October 2011. Artists are invited to respond to the curatorial concept of equilibrium.

Blindside is interested in responses from artists from a diversity of backgrounds, local, national and international. Artists from non-English speaking backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For more information and technical requirements visit the Blindside website.

Completed works and submission form are due Friday 5 August 2011.


Seventh Gallery in Melbourne is looking for an Editor/Project Coordinator to oversee and manageThe Writing Project, an 8 month project funded by the Australia Council. Through this new project, young arts writers will be engaged to respond to exhibitions in the July-December 2011 exhibition program. The text produced will be published online and then in a publication at the conclusion of the project.

The position description and more details are available on the Seventh website.


Screen Space is currently accepting proposals for the 2012 exhibition program. Screen Space is a not-for-profit art space that opened in Guildford Lane, Melbourne in September 2010. The gallery has a curatorial focus on exhibitions that incorporate screen technology or which engage with screen culture, regardless of medium.

Proposals are due 28 July. For more information visit the Screen Space website.


ARTS SA seeking expressions of interest for funding commissions and exhibitions.

Arts SA just put out the expressions of interest call for funding through their new commissions and exhibitions program, which assists SA curators & visual art, craft and design practitioners develop exhibitions to premiere in a major SA gallery or institution, & supports SA artists, arts groups and arts companies, across all artforms, to partner with major SA festivals.

Info, guidelines & forms at Arts SA

CACSA Project Space call for proposals.

The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia is now calling for PROJECT SPACE Exhibition Program proposals for 2012.
The PROJECT SPACE is a flexible and low cost hire venue suited to a wide variety of exhibitions and events- including performances,
screenings, talks and forums. The PROJECT SPACE is an ideal exhibition space for emerging artists seeking national exposure, or
established artists looking for an alternative venue in which to experiment.

The CACSA will offer support and advice to successful applicants that choose to seek financial assistance from funding bodies for their

Preference will be given to applications that engage with the CACSA’s mission to promote, develop and support contemporary art practice and
critical thinking.

1 include a brief cover letter including full contact details of the applicant
2 succinctly outline the artist’s or curator’s rationale in 1 page maximum
3 be accompanied by visual material directly relating to the proposal such as
previous or proposed art work (moving image DVD 10 mins max or CD of jpeg images is preferred)
4 include a 1 page CV and brief biographical statement
5 specify suitable months for the project if timing is relevant
6 be delivered to the CACSA in hard copy no later than 5pm FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2011

for more information please see attached PDF or contact:
Monte Masi
T: 08 8272 2682

The Splendour In The Grass Splendid Arts Program will be holding an info session in Adelaide.

Splendid brings together knowledge and creative professionals from performance, public art, visual arts, architecture, design and digital technology to explore the ways that art can transform a public space and break open new possibilities for audience experience.

We are calling for creatives of all stripes to participate in the 2011 Splendid Arts Lab. You must be a young and emerging artist – a practitioner under 30, or in the first 5 years of your practice.

Attend a 3 week residential Arts Lab from Monday 25 July to Friday 12
August, 2011.
Participate in artist talks and festival symposium.
Free tickets to Splendour in the Grass 2011.
Submit a proposal for a new work to be commissioned for Splendour in
the Grass 2012.
Be given a fee to cover accommodation, travel and incidentals.

Adelaide Info Session: Thursday 14 April, 6 – 7.30pm @ Carclew, 11 Jeffcott Street North Adelaide
Applications due: 5pm Monday 2 May 2011
Arts Lab: Monday 25 July to Friday 12 August, 2011

The Splendid Arts Lab will take place in Lismore NSW and at Splendour in the Grass, Woodford QLD and will explore various sites, spaces and landscapes around the city and the region.

Applications and more info can be found on the Splendid website

Splendid is an Opportunities for Young and Emerging Artists Initiative assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory body.


Connect the dots.
Create and lead the conversation.
Develop a major curatorial project for the 2012 Next Wave Festival.

Next Wave and Gertrude Contemporaryare now calling for applications for their biennial Emerging Curators’ Program. Emerging curators and artists-as-curators are invited to apply to develop a major exhibition project for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, The space between us wants to sing.

The successful applicant will present their project in Gertrude Contemporary’s Main Gallery in May 2012 during the 2012 Next Wave Festival. Download the application pack for more details.

Before 5pm, Monday 15 May, 2011

Download the application pack (pdf, 1mb).

For more info about this program call or email Next Wave: 03 9329 9422 /

One Comment leave one →
  1. megan skelton permalink
    June 7, 2011 6:22 am

    I think this is a remarkable effort by a state that I have a strong affiliation with, not just as a love of its culture, however, its home grown talent in many areas, from athleticism to wines and produce, to the performing arts and so on. Its a shame about those that have been forced to leave their homeland whcih they are so passionate about, because they have to provide for a family and make a liveing, merely.

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