want to paint an elephant?

sourced from Melbourne Zoo

Fifty elephant calves migrate to Melbourne

The streets of Melbourne will host a herd of 50 fibreglass sculptures custom-made in the shape of Melbourne Zoo’s famous Asian Elephant calf, Mali, as a major community event on Melbourne Zoo’s 150th birthday celebration calendar.

In August and September 2012, the life-sized sculptures will transform the city’s streets, parks, and public spaces into an open-air  visual extravaganza of colourful stories, art, and creativity.

Melbourne Zoo Director Kevin Tanner said the Zoo was calling on Melbourne’s business community to be part of the Mali in the City event by sponsoring a Mali sculpture.

“Come August, we will be locating 50 Malis throughout the City in celebration of our 150th year and to spread the word about why it is so important that we save animals from extinction,” Mr Tanner said.

The custom-designed herd of Malis will be on display throughout the City for 6 weeks. At the end of the year, the Malis will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the Zoo’s conservation work to fight the extinction of animals in Australia and overseas.

From April 2012, sponsors will be able to select from the submitted designs, or they can even choose to commission their preferred artist. Sponsorships are $5,000 for a designed Mali or $4,500 for sponsors who wish to arrange their own artists.

Mr Tanner has also called on artists to be part of the project by putting forward their designs for the Malis.

“Each fibreglass elephant is a blank 3D canvas, and we want artists to create innovative, inspiring and environmentally conscious designs to grace our herd of Malis.”

The Zoo is delighted to announce that renowned Australian artist David Bromley will paint two sculptures and also serve as the Mali in the City Art Patron.

From now until the 16 April 2012 artists can submit designs, with successful submissions being commissioned in May 2012.

To sponsor a Mali or to put forward an artist’s Expression of Interest visit http://www.zoo.org.au/50-Life-size-Malis-to-descend-on-Melbournes-CBD




$4000 in prizes from ART-Town

by http://www.chapelstreet.com.au

The Chapel Street Precinct and ‘ART- Town’ sponsors are offering $4000 worth of Visual Arts Awards to Artists who participate in the 2012 ART-Town Competition.

ART-Town invites artists and the wider community to take advantage of the largest art gallery and studio in the world; the street.

Over two weekends the Chapel Street precinct welcomes 30 artists as they create artworks live on the street in four highly-visible locations; Grattan Gardens, the Colonnade, Yarra Lane and Windsor Shoe Repairs. ART-Town visitors and passers-by are treated to a rare glimpse into the artists’ creative process as they are inspired by their surroundings.

Challenging the notion that public art has to be permanent, the works created during Art Town’s live art weekends will then move to a temporary exhibition space at Chapel off Chapel.

Art-Town encourages online expressions of interest in this project from all artists, whether student, amateur or professional, and all forms of art will be considered for inclusion. The 30 artists selected to participate will be eligible for the ART-Town Artists Awards – as judged by preeminent art and community identities – which includes a $2000 first prize and a public-voted People’s Choice award.

Key Dates

  • Live Art Weekends – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 February and Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2012
  • Four locations; Grattan Gardens, the Colonnade, Yarra Lane and Windsor Shoe Repairs
  • Judging – Monday 5 March 2012

Exhibition opening night and Artists Awards ceremony

  • Wednesday 7 March 2012, 6pm at Chapel Off Chapel
  • Exhibition, Wednesday 7 to Monday 26 March 2012 at Chapel Off Chapel

The deadline for registration is Monday 20th February 2012.

Click here to download Expression of Interest Form

Contact: Project Co-Ordinator Margaret Kernich 0414 742 957

The Art Town public art project and exhibition is presented by Streets Ahead Promotions and supported by the City of Stonnington.


new art awards 2011

Temporary Gallery is presenting the “New Art Awards 2011” in cooperation with Mark Bergin (Melbourne Design Awards and design100) and SKYS (St. Kilda Youth Service).

The Awards are a great marketing tool to increase awareness and to showcase your artwork, project or business.

ENTER NOW – Discount Art Warehouse is sponsoring one FREE entry per artist, project or business! Entries from all over the globe are welcome!



you can help create the new market face

by ArtsHub

The South Melbourne Market is seeking submissions from street artists for their ‘Off the Wall’ competition. Successful applicants will be commissioned to paint one of the roller doors at the Coventry and Cecil Street area of the Market.

Melbourne has long been known for its interesting street art which are living, breathing galleries that interchangeably decorate the grimy walls of some of the city’s now notable laneways. Places that used to be littered with junk are now littered with tourists trying to get a peek at the latest works by up-and-coming street art practitioners.

Through the ‘Off the Wall’ competition, the South Melbourne Market is now getting in on the action. Street artists, graffitists, neo-expressionists and industrial designers have been commissioned to create works that highlight the Market’s character as well as its longstanding relationship to the South Melbourne community.

The works are aimed to help strengthen the Market as a centre for the arts, community and education while at the same time looking to attract a younger, artistic and creative group of people who live and work in the local area.

The art also serves as an excellent way of hiding some of the less favourable features of the market, such as electrical cupboards.

The spaces that the winning artists will be invited to re-decorate are on a major thoroughfare to and from the light rail and the high density of foot traffic will offer valuable exposure.

‘Off the Wall’ are asking for submissions that draw on the theme Melbourne’s Markets vs the Major Supermarkets Duopoly and artists can work with brush, aerosol or stencil painting – so longs as they employ a media that is weather and wash resistant.

The commissions will offer a generous cash prize and will be judged by a panel of judges that includes local curators Claire Green (Greenwood gallery) and Tracey McIrvine (Gasworks Park Art).

The works will be produced during the South Melbourne Night Market in October-November.

‘Off the Wall’ application form and details of how to apply are available here.

Applications close 31 August 2011.

new art awards 2011

Temporary Gallery is presenting the “New Art Awards 2011” in cooperation with Mark Bergin (Melbourne Design Awards) and SKYS (St. Kilda Youth Service).

The aim is to recognise and to promote visual and performing artists.

Why enter:

The Awards are a great marketing tool to increase awareness and to showcase your artwork, project or business.

Not only will you have the chance to win one of the prizes but more importantly are the advertising effects and the exposure you get.

You will reach new target audiences by being published in all Temporary Gallery media channels. (Website, Google, iPhone App, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter, Media Releases, Advertising Material, etc)

Entries from all over the globe are welcome.

Please click here for further information.

the substation contemporary art prize 2011


A National $5,000 non-acquisitive cash prize for contemporary visual art. Formerly known as the Williamstown Festival Art Prize, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize is open to all mediums across the visual arts including, painting, drawing, photography, print, sculpture, installation, digital and video performance and aims to encourage innovation in contemporary art practice.

Finalists of the prize will participate in a public exhibition that will inhabit the industrial exhibition spaces of The Substation, Newport. This prize has a National reach and is open to artists from around Australia and elsewhere.


  • 3 September – 25 September 2011
  • Winner announced at opening reception Friday 2 September 2011


  • $5,000 Winner
  • $1,000 People’s choice
  • $1,000 ‘The Westie’ Hobsons Bay City Council award for local artist


  • Alex Baker, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, NGV
  • Karen Quinlan, Director, Bendigo Art Gallery


  • Jessica Bridgfoot

Entry Fee

  • $25 non refundable
  • up to two separate entries per artist

Application Dates

  • Applications close 5pm Friday August 5  2011
  • Finalists notified Friday 12 August 2011
  • Works to be received by Friday 26 August


  • Please direct all inquiries to the curator, Jessica Bridgfoot: Jessica.bridgfoot@thesubstation.org.au
  • P +61 3 9391 1110

History of the Prize

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize showcases excellence in contemporary art across all mediums. The Prize has evolved from the Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize which was held at The Substation from 2002 – 2010. The Substation would like to acknowledge the work of the Williamstown Summer Festival and its Committee of Management who oversaw the development and successful delivery of the Art Prize throughout its long history.



realise your dream > arts frontier


Over the past nine years, the British Council Realise Your Dream programme has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s leading creative industry prizes.

Renowned for recognising Australia’s most promising emerging talent, Realise Your Dream nurtures Australian creatives through targeted career development in the UK creative industries. By tapping into a wide network of the UK’s finest practitioners, the British Council helps open doors to the experiences winners most need to develop professionally and creatively while making lasting UK connections that will inform their work for years to come.

So far, 40 awardees have travelled to the UK with Realise Your Dream, many of whom attribute their continued successes in the creative industries to the learning and connections made whilst in the UK.

The Prize

There are five Realise Your Dream awards up for grabs in 2011. Winners will receive:

  • $8000 cash as a NAB Cash Passport to assist with expenses in the UK
  • A return Virgin Atlantic economy flight to London
  • A tailored professional development programme, devised in consultation with the British Council

Who can enter?

Realise Your Dream is open to citizens and permanent residents of Australia in their emerging years of professional creative practice. This means that you should be working within the first 10 years of your career – or since you finished your undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.

They’re looking for applicants who show innovation and leadership in their field, can demonstrate their creative potential, and have a clear vision for their practice and for how it will benefit from a professional development trip to the UK.

Applicants must be holders of, or eligible for, a passport and any necessary visas for the UK.

Any place. Any thing. Any age.

The British Council believes that dreams can be as unique and diverse as our applicants are. Realise Your Dream doesn’t try to put creativity in boxes or limit its definition. They’re open to applications from emerging practitioners working or studying across the spectrum of creative fields including visual arts, design, architecture, music, digital media and performing arts. Applicants are encouraged from all corners of Australia and people of any age can apply.

Applications close 6pm Monday 4 July 2011.  For more information, please see http://artsfrontier.britishcouncil.org.au/

projections 2011 – call for entries

Showcasing the very best emerging photographic talent in Australia.

Projections provides emerging photographers with the opportunity to gain career-building exposure within the photographic industry and wider creative community.

The competition is designed to encourage excellence across a series of images rather than a single image and to highlight the very best emerging photographers in Australia who are recognised as the future of the Photographic industry.

The competition is open to all Australian based photography students, photographic assistants and photographers and photo artists that have been established for 3 years or less.

Emerging photographers are invited to submit a series or body of work shot in the last 12 months in the categories of Commercial, Documentary or Art.

Six judges from within the photographic and wider creative industries will select 15 finalists from across the three categories. Winners of each category and an overall winner are also selected from the finalists.

Each Projections finalist…

  • Has their work featured in a DVD production shown at a cinema screeningin Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and Canberra
  • Receives an assortment of prizes from our sponsors including Momento Pro Books, Crumpler Bags and vouchers from Kayell. Category winners also receive Sony Cameras and equipment and studio hire from The Front.
  • Are invited to participate in a Master Class run by advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
  • Will be a part of the people’s choice award with the winner and voter receiving prizes from Momento Pro.

The finalists’ work is put together in an audio-visual screening shown in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Canberra theatres. Screening the finalists’ work in full High Definition quality with contemporary music and design, the event showcases the latest photographers to keep an eye on and creates a night that is inspirational and entertaining.

Entries close midnight 30 June 2011 – http://www.theprojections.com/