Exhibition Development Fund –

Reopening in 2023 with more funds

NETS Victoria paused its Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) program in 2022 due to impacts to galleries and touring during the past couple of years. During this time, NETS Victoria’s Artistic Program Advisory Committee reviewed the EDF program and we are pleased to announce it will now be offered every two years, with a larger pool of funding available of $40,000. We look forward to welcoming back EOIs to the program in 2023 and encourage curators to reach out about their ideas.

Grants Supporting Regional Artistic Programming: Exhibition Development Fund 2023

Applications to be opened in 2023

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, which will be available below once applications are open. 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.

Above: Installation view, ‘Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce’, TarraWarra Museum of Art. Photo. Andrew-Curtis. 2020 EDF Recipient.

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.

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 (2023)

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 info@netsvictoria.org by no later than 5pm on the date provided here once the call-out has open (TBC).

NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund is devolved on behalf of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

If you have a question (once the call-out has opened) that isn’t answered in the EDF Frequently Asked Questions, please contact

Claire Watson, Director
03 8620 2007

With the support of the NETS Victoria Exhibition Development Fund, a kernel of an idea was brought to fruition, taking the form of a series of new artistic commissions and recent works contextualised by new curatorial research and writing.

Anna Briers, Co-curator: Craftivism – Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms. Previous EDF recipient: Shepparton Art Museum

Hiromi Tango Amygdala (Fireworks) 2016
neon and mixed media
120 x 140 x 40 cm
Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney/Singapore © the artist
Installation view: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Presented in Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms, a Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, toured nationally by NETS Victoria 2019 – 2021.