In light of the significant disruptions to exhibition touring scheduling over the past two years, NETS Victoria has decided to pause its Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) program in 2022. We had a very successful and strong round in 2021 (including one project being rolled into 2022) and now have numerous projects in the pipelines. In 2022 the Artistic Program Advisory Committee will review the current and upcoming projects and determine if there are any particular areas to increase in our Artistic Program in the future. This review could result in some key areas of interest for the 2023 round of the EDF. We look forward to welcoming back EOIs to the program in 2023 and encourage curators to reach out about their ideas for the 2023 round.
For information about the 2021 round, please see below.
Grants Supporting Regional Artistic Programming: Exhibition Development Fund 2021
Applications closed on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 5pm
NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) provides seed funding to research and develop new, curated exhibitions of contemporary visual arts, craft and design.
The program supports innovative exhibitions of high-quality work and accompanying public programs that engage, inspire and develop artists, curators, arts organisations, public galleries and audiences across Victoria (and beyond).
Projects may be entirely research and development and/or include a public outcome (such as staging the exhibition in a single venue or online, or producing an exhibition catalogue).
Past recipients include the TarraWarra Museum of Art for Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, Shepparton Art Museum for Craftivism: Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms, and Arts Project Australia for FEM-aFFINITY.
Applications must be submitted using the Application Form, available below. The Exhibition Development Fund Guidelines provide eligibility criteria which must be met by all applicants.
The program also aims to increase representation of First Nations artists and curators, showcase new and diverse voices, build capacity of artists, curators, applicants and audiences, and create new touring models that contribute to environmental sustainability.
All projects must be developed with the intention to tour the exhibition in partnership with NETS Victoria. A NETS Victoria tour will help build your profile and professional network in galleries and communities across Australia, reach a wider audience, and capitalise on your investment in the project.
Applications between $5,000 and $30,000 will be considered (from a total funding pool of $30,000). Average grants to previous applicants have been around $10,000.
The NETS Victoria Artistic Program Advisory Committee reviews all applications and the successful proposals will be announced and funds distributed within three months.
How to Apply (2021)
Applicants must read the EDF Guidelines and EDF Frequently Asked Questions before submission.
Applications must include:
Completed EDF Application and Budget Form.
Support material in one single PDF.
Applications must be emailed as a single combined PDF document to email@example.com by no later than 5pm, Thursday 22 July 2021.
NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund is devolved on behalf of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
If you have a question that isn’t answered in the EDF Frequently Asked Questions, please contact
Claire Watson, Director
03 8620 2007