Cobra Grants for Early-Career Artists; ‘Venture Capital’ Support


We invite early career artists from anywhere in Tasmania, to apply for this opportunity to present art in 2020. We strongly encourage artists who have not previously had opportunities through Contemporary Art Tasmania to apply.

Cobra will culminate in six projects, each supported with a $3000 fee. Presentations may occur for an evening, day or a week, in a gallery, temporary art space, on the street, online, anywhere in Tasmania. Where artists have not secured a presentation or performance space, CAT will work with them to do so.

Cobra is open to individuals or groups residing in Tasmania, within the first 5 years of professional practice, and who are not currently enrolled in a course of study.

Presentations should occur in October, November or December 2020.  It is important that these artistic outcomes can be realised within this timeframe and are achievable within available resources.

Applications due: Midnight Monday 31 August 2020

For application information please head to our website:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their submission with CAT before applying: Kylie Johnson –

OPEN CALL: Venture Capital

Venture Capital is an investment in speculative processes undertaken by independent Tasmanian artists or curators working on the development of creative projects for CAT’s future programs.  Artists and curators will be supported to undertake exploratory activity that may use conjecture, provocation, wonderment and reflection – or which simply engage with risk and chance – to develop provisional ideas. Venture Capital supports the testing and refinement of new artistic project ideas up to the point of submitting a major grant application or project proposal.

Contemporary Art Tasmania invites mid-career and established artists to submit outlines of their areas of interests and proposed studio-based (small ‘r’) research activity.

The project will provide professional independent Tasmanian artists with $5,000 financial assistance to:

  • undertake speculative concept development
  • test of new artistic ideas, processes and project frameworks
  • develop innovative project proposals for future CAT artistic programs, or
  • support the enhancement of creative and/or technical skills related to the above

Applications due: Midnight Monday 31 August 2020

Preference will be given to applicants who have not had a major opportunity with CAT previously.

For application information please head to our website:
Enquiries: Michael Edwards –

Image Credit: Alex Davern, DEEP FRY, 2019
HD video projection (looped, colour, stereo sound), wood, acrylic and used frying oil dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Source: Tasmanian Times

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