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First Nations Curators' Program

Applications to Firstdraft’s First Nations Curators’ Program are open year round and assessed periodically. The program supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present an exhibition at Firstdraft.

The Program is designed to provide early career curatorial practitioners with new skills, professional development and access to key industry networks. The Firstdraft board will work with the recipient to select a mentor of their choice.

For more information about Firstdrafts gallery space and access click here.

If you have any questions when preparing your application please email or call 02 8970 2999

Successful applicants receive

> $1000 for artist fees per exhibition

> $1500 curators fee per exhibition

> Professional mentorship with an established First Nations curator

> A fully subsidised four-week exhibition across two gallery spaces

> The opportunity to develop a public program

> Access to Firsdraft’s equipment and resources

> Promotion through Firstdraft’s digital channels

> Opening night event

> Curator and artist talk evening

> Gallery minding

Submissions must include

> A 100-500 word statement about you and your practice

Further program details

> Collaborative applications from multiple curators/curatorial collectives are welcome, however this program cannot accommodate additional financial allowances.

> Applicants based in regional NSW or interstate are also eligible for the NSW Regional Artist Fund (supported by Create NSW) and the National Travel Fund (supported by the Australia Council for the Arts). These initiatives provide additional support for travel, accommodation and artwork freight, allowing artist to participate in a national dialogue and present work outside of their immediate communities.

The maximum amounts applicants are eligible for are below:
Regional NSW $1000
ACT $800
NT and Far North Queensland $1050
Queensland $800
South Australia $850
Tasmania $850
Victoria $800
Western Australia $1150

As capped funds, the Regional NSW and National Travel Fund may not reach to support all eligible projects, and available funding depends on the number of applicants supported each round.

Firstdraft adheres to the definition of regional artists as indicated by Regional Arts NSW


Alair Pambeghan, Walkaln-aw, 2017, (installation view) Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Nicole Foreshew, UNCEREMONIOUS, 2016, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Thea Perkins, History House, 2018, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley