Entries now open for The Pool Grant 12; deadline Thursday, June 22

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Entries now open for The Pool Grant 12; deadline Thursday, June 22

The Pool Collective has announced that the call for entries for The Pool Grant 12 are open today Wednesday, May 3.


Open to Australian and New Zealand residents over 18 years of age who have yet to earn their primary income from photography for more than three years, The Pool Grant is an independent initiative fully funded by The Pool Collective. It provides a cash grant of $10,000, exhibition funding to the value of $10,000 and a year of mentorship from Pool’s artists and makers to conceptualise and produce a solo show in July 2024.

Launched in 2010, the grant was created to support the development of emerging talent in the region. Since then, it has funded 10 individual artists and the first joint project in 2018/19. Throughout each project, Pool’s artists have acted as mentors to each year’s recipient, assisting with their process and guiding them through the rigours of creating a solo body of work fit for a gallery space.

The brief is open, and encourages submissions from every genre, from portraiture to still-life, conceptual to documentary, through to multimedia projects. The recipient will have full access to Pool’s team of makers to assist with project management, planning, promotion, marketing and access to the necessary sponsorship arrangements, which facilitate the exhibition of their work to a broad audience in a gallery setting.

The Grant 12 entry kit contains further details and is available to download from the website. Applicants will have until midnight Thursday, June 22, to prepare and submit their applications.

As is tradition, the announcement of the 12th recipient will coincide with the opening of The Pool Grant 11 exhibition by Nicholas Hubicki. For the second year running, The Pool Grant will be exhibiting this year’s completed project at Hillvale Gallery in Brunswick in the first week of July. Check Pool socials for further announcements throughout June.

Key Dates:

The Pool Grant 12
Call for entries: 10:00am AEST, Wednesday, May 3
Applications close: 23:59pm AEST, Thursday, June 22
Grant 12 recipient announcement: Thursday, July 6, 7pm
Application submission via: thepoolcollective.com/grant12

Photographs © Saskia Wilson

Entries now open for The Pool Grant 12; deadline Thursday, June 22