International Opportunities for Artists via Australia Council for the Arts

Posted 3 June 2021

Connect with peers through international development opportunities – now open

Dear colleagues,

Across artforms and continents we are continuing to develop partnerships and platforms to support you to connect beyond our shores.

See below some new opportunities we are pleased to support – contact with any questions.

Digital, Visual Arts, Emerging and Experimental

We have partnered with China Residencies to pilot Digital Diasporas.

This remote online residency hosted by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai) and Gendai (Toronto) is open to artists, collectives and curators who self-identify and find it useful to gather under a ‘Chinese and Chinese diaspora’ cohort. This is a time for research, exploration and learning.

The program is looking for collective, intercultural and cross-border development and research. Applications for this residency are being administered by our partner China Residencies.

Residency dates: mid-October – mid-December 2021
Applications close: 15 July 2021
Grant amount: $10,000

This initiative is jointly funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, administered by the Australian Embassy, Beijing.

Find out more and apply now

Performing arts

We are also pleased to support Global Connect, a new program led by IETM – international network for contemporary performing arts. Global Connect aims to foster deeper international connections and to develop the network to reflect its core values of diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

This opportunity is best suited to performing arts professionals committed to increasing global awareness, inclusion, diversity and accessibility.

Selection for the Global Connect program will support you to become an IETM member, develop new skills and share your perspectives with the international network and with your communities.

For any questions about IETM Global Connect, please contact IETM’s Project Coordinator Tatiana Papastoitsi at

Applications close 7 June (extended deadline).

Find out more and apply now

Registrations are now open for the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival, which brings together a collection of virtual and real-life happenings highlighting the works, ideas and ambitions of Australian and New Zealand artists and companies.

Digital Gathering: 10 – 19 August 2021
In Person Gathering: 14 – 17 August 2021

Register now


We invite you to join Australian and international industry experts to discuss the future of rights selling.

Hear findings from Macquarie University’s research project, Success Story: International Rights Sales and Exports of Australian Books 2008-2018.

Attend panel discussions with rights representatives from two of the biggest markets, the US and China.

Find out what we’ve learnt from the past decade of rights selling and share tips and tricks about how we can best position Australian books for international success while borders remain closed.

Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021
Time: 10am-1pm AEST
8am-11am AWST

Register now

While we remain committed to supporting Australian artists and organisations to connect internationally, our current advice is to consider digital and remote options for international engagement at least until 31 December 2021. Read more

Please stay up to date on the latest advice, initiatives and opportunities on our website.

Warm regards,
Thea-Mai Baumann
Senior Manager, International Development
Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council is committed to providing access for all to our programs and services. Please contact us and we will endeavour to assist in meeting your access needs. 
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