Copyright Agency Partnerships

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund is supporting an exciting opportunity for visual artists to create new work and exhibit with leading cultural organisations.


Copyright Agency Partnerships is a new, annual series to support major commissions for mid-career and established visual artists in partnership with leading cultural organisations around Australia.

From 2021 to 2024, the Copyright Agency will partner with the following cultural organisations to create and present significant new opportunities for visual artists:

About the grant

Each year one visual artist or collective will be selected from a competitive application process to develop and present a major new commission with the partner organisation, with an overall budget of $80,000 (plus GST).

Mid-career and established visual artists working in all media are eligible to apply.

The total value of this grant is $80,000, inclusive of a $20,000 artist fee and $60,000 production and project funds. Applicants will be required to submit an indicative budget that takes this breakdown into consideration.

While individual visual artists will apply directly to the Copyright Agency for the grant, we recommend you discuss a potential application with the partner organisation beforehand. If your application is successful, the grant and all monies will be managed by the partner organisation.

Over 2021-22 we will partner with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Who can apply

  • Visual artists should apply for this grant
  • Visual artists must identify as a mid-career or established artist
  • If applying as a group, all visual artists must identify as mid-career or established artists
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Artists must identify as Asian or of being from Asian ancestry
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Copyright Agency Cultural Fund grants

How to Apply

  • Over 2021-22 we will partner with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date online via SmartyGrants with a proposal outlining an innovative and ambitious new project or body of work to be exhibited at and curated by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in 2022
  • Applicants may submit only one application per round
  • Applicants are required to describe their project and must provide a budget outlining the costs involved in presenting an exhibition of work with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in 2022
  • The total value of the grant $80,000
  • We encourage you to discuss your application with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Please contact Amrit Gill, Artistic Director/CEO, on / 02 9212 0380
  • For further information, please refer to these FAQs
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered


Applications will be assessed by a panel comprised of representatives of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Institute of Modern Art; the Copyright Agency; and an independent peer.

Timeline for applications submitted in 2021

  • The successful visual artist/s will be announced in early August 2021
  • The research and development phase of the process will be undertaken from August 2021
  • The exhibition and public programs at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will span September 2022 to November 2022

Your application

You must provide a clear outline of your intended project. Your application must include a detailed project description, some indicative budget information and support material (see requirements below).

Applicants are required to address the following in the application:

  • describe your work and the form it is likely to take
  • provide an explanation of the subject, themes and ideas
  • include details of any artistic and technical collaborators
  • include a draft budget (see below)

Support Material

You must submit the following support material with your application as one PDF via the online SmartyGrants system:

  • Draft schedule for completion of a work within a twelve-month timeframe
  • One-page indicative budget outlining the estimated expenses for realising a major new project. The value of the commission is $80,000 (plus GST), inclusive of a $20,000 artist fee and $60,000 production and project funds.
  • One-page professional curriculum vitae outlining exhibition history and significant achievements
  • Examples and links to previous work (maximum of 10 images/links)

Copyright Notice

The Copyright Agency proudly supports creators of copyrighted content in Australia and New Zealand. If your work incorporates material (such as songs or music, still or moving images, logos or text) created by a 3rd party we encourage you to speak with us about your work. Works that include 3rd party material may not be eligible to apply.

If you would like clarification on whether your work meets these guidelines please contact Tristan Chant, Visual Artist Manager, on 02 9394 7614 or

More information and contact

We encourage you to discuss your application with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Please contact Amrit Gill, Artistic Director/CEO, on / 02 9212 0380.

To contact the Copyright Agency please email



Successful applicants must submit an acquittal report on their funded activities within eight weeks of the completion of the project via the SmartyGrants online system. This report should include a description of the funded activities and detail the success or otherwise of the activity.

Applicants who have not acquitted any outstanding completed grants cannot apply until they have successfully acquitted their previous grant.

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