$10,000 available through EDF grants

Monday 21 May, 2018

Victorian arts organisations who wish to develop a new exhibition of contemporary art, craft or design with the potential to tour Australia can apply for an Exhibition Development Fund grant of $10,000. These funds can support research, curatorial or artists’ fees, publications or exhibition design, furniture and technology.

Mardi Nowak, Director NETS Victoria says, “The EDF program allows Victorian galleries to develop ambitious ideas and exhibitions. It can provide funding for research, contracting a specialist curator or commissioning a new work. It really allows galleries to step outside what they normally do and support new ideas.”

Comments from previous EDF recipients:

Ararat Regional Art Gallery’s exhibition Slipstitch explored the uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists, and toured from March 2015 to June 2017 after receiving an EDF grant. Dr Belinda von Mengerson, an independent curator and academic, curated Slipstitch which brought together 32 artworks by 12 artists and was seen by some 42,000 visitors across seven venues.

Director, Anthony Camm said: “NETS Victoria secured funding, developed marketing and educational materials and ensured a viable and well-supported tour. We couldn’t have realized such an ambitious tour without the extraordinary dedication of the NETS Victoria team.”

Shepparton Art Museum is launching a new survey exhibition of artist Raquel Ormella in May 2018 which will tour until 2020 – in five venues across five states.

Rebecca Coates, SAM Director, commenting about the EDF said that: “we couldn’t have created such a major survey exhibition of Raquel’s work without it. NETS’ EDF enabled SAM to demonstrate to other stakeholders the importance of a major show and national tour for Raquel. Secondly, the EDF allowed us the great freedom of having unfettered funding at the development phase of the project, applying the funds to areas of research and development we felt warranted it.

As an organization in the greater scheme of things, NETS allows regional galleries such as ours to build in staff professional development. It enables staff to work with other colleagues to strengthen and develop skills, networks and knowledge – all vital for regional galleries such as ours that have small teams and limited resources.”

Deadline for 2018 applications is Friday 15 June.
More information on the EDF process (opens in new tab).