NETS Victoria announces 2019 Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) with program grants of up to $10,000

Deadline for 2019 applications – Monday 13th May

NETS (National Exhibition Touring Scheme) Victoria has announced the 2019 Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) program with grants of up to $10,000 to Victorian arts organisations who wish to develop new exhibitions and contemporary art, craft or design with the potential to tour Australia nationally.

NETS Victoria’s EDF grants can support development costs such as research, curatorial or artists fees, publications or exhibition design, furniture and technology. Recipients are encouraged to work in close dialogue with NETS Victoria throughout the development stages of their project.

The EDF is devolved annually. The NETS Victoria Board of Management reviews all applications and the successful proposals will be announced and funds distributed within three months.

Arts Project Australia promotes artists with an intellectual disability to showcase their work in various ways including solo and group exhibitions and an online store with the overall aim of inclusion in contemporary art practice and dialogue.

According to Arts Project Australia’s curator and gallery manager Sim Luttin, being a NETS EDF recipient has enabled Arts Project Australia to develop, present and possibly tour their upcoming exhibition, Fem-Affinity, that supports and celebrates the creative endeavours by Australian women.

Luttin says, “Many of Arts Project’s female artists are underrepresented in the broader art sector so this project will play an important role in increasing the visibility of the work of marginalised artists. The process of working with NETS has been an incredible journey so far: they are professional, supportive and very easy to work with. They are able to step up and support us in ways we would be stretched to do ourselves.”

NETS Victoria delivers high quality contemporary art, craft and design to regional Victoria and beyond. NETS work closely with curators and galleries to develop ambitious and stimulating exhibitions that foster the exchange of ideas and promote new works by a diverse range of leading and emerging Australian artists.

Recent and up-coming NETS projects include:

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)
Tour dates: November 2019 – October 2020

In Her Words
Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Tour dates: March 2019 – September 2020

Fem-Affinity
Arts Project Australia
Exhibition dates: 15 June – 20 July 2020

Applications should be made using the supplied form via netsvictoria.org.au/services/exhibition-development-fund/. Applicants should make sure they have carefully read the Exhibition Development Fund 2019 Guidelines and eligibility criteria.

Image caption: Deborah Kelly, LYING WOMEN (still) 2016 digital video, 16:9 ratio, colour, stereo, 3:56 minutes © the artist, courtesy the artist