Visual Arts Commissioning Program

SAFE AND SOUND Digital music performance program by Glo, Mohi and the Dieyoungs. Video premiered on Facebook May 27 2020. Photo: Christo Heriot. Commissioned by Cement Fondu.

Applications for the Visual Arts Commissioning Program are closed.

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The Visual Arts Commissioning Program supports bold and ambitious new work by professional NSW artists and groups. In 2021/22 a commitment of $1 million is being offered to support commissions of up to $100,000.

The objectives of the Visual Arts Commissioning Program are to:

  • support new work and the employment and development of professional NSW visual artists and groups
  • recognise the impact COVID-19 has had on the visual arts sector including loss of income and exhibition opportunities
  • invest in the long-term careers of professional NSW artists and groups
  • support the reopening of the State after a period of lockdowns and the COVID-19 recovery period
  • increase confidence for the philanthropic sector and galleries who have experienced multiple cancellations and delays of exhibitions
  • support taking risks and invest in new work
  • deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW
  • contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector.

When can I apply for funding? 

Applications open: Monday 28 February 2022.

Applications close: Wednesday 6 April 2022.


The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.

Go to the 21/22 Visual Arts Commissioning Program Guidelines (accessible pdf).

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To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, Smartygrants.

What support is available to me? 

We have a range of resources to assist you with your funding application. After reviewing these, you may contact a staff member if you need advice regarding these guidelines between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.