Grants and Awards
Each year the Ballarat Arts Foundation (BAF) offers grants to emerging artists through a suite of Named Awards and BAF Awards. These grants support artists who have lived, studied or worked in Ballarat to undertake a project of any genre as their next step towards a career in the arts.
All BAF grants are funded through the generosity of our donors and benefactors, which may be groups, organisations or individuals, to further the aims of the Foundation.
BAF offers one grant round per year. In exceptional circumstances, Out of Round Grant Applications may be considered.
You may not nominate for a specific Named Award; general applications are accepted from eligible artists, the allocation of which is decided by the Foundation.
Applications open on June 1 2017 and close on July 14 2017.
Interviews will then be offered to short-listed applicants, which will take place on August 19, 2017.
- Amy Young Award for Vocalists – singing career
- Ballarat Lyric Theatre Award – performing arts/music theatre
- Benjamin Northey Award – musicianship
- BLOC Music Theatre Award – performing arts/music theatre
- Coltman Award – photography or film
- Craig Revel Horwood Award – contemporary dance/choreography
- Jean Read Memorial Award for Pianist – musicianship
- Nicholson Award – contemporary performance
- Rotary Club of Ballarat South Award – visual or performing artists
- RU Advertising Award – graphic artists
- A.H Yung Award – contribution to the performing arts
- The Courier Written Word Award – writing across all mediums
- VJ Award – a project or further study overseas
- Federation University Australia Award – emerging artists dedicated to creating positive change in the cultural life of Ballarat.
- The Di Bresciani Award - painting or drawing
- The Norman Hofmaier Award - contemporary visual art
All the above Named Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Grants Panel and are awarded to exceptional applicants in the relevant arts category.
BAF Encouragement Awards
The BAF Encouragement Awards are offered to participants in the vocal and classical dance sections of the Royal South Street Society Competitions in July/August each year. This is a well-established cultural event that runs for 14 weeks annually, hosting 40,000 on-stage appearances. The competition showcases 14 theatrical disciplines including voice, music, and movement, and attracts young artists from across the state. For more information, visit www.royalsouthstreet.com.au/
The winner in each category is chosen from competitors who entered a prescribed number of sections, and who live within a 75 km radius of Ballarat CBD, and who are, in the opinion of the Adjudicator, worthy of encouragement.
- $100 to the competitor with the highest points across all divisions in section 360, 14 to under 16 year old classical solo (vocal and classical dance sections).
- $100 to the competitor with the highest points across all divisions in section 370, 16 year old and over classical solo.
Eureka Art Award
Now a biennial acquisitive award, the Eureka Art Award is a unique opportunity for Foundation Alumni to exhibit alongside their peers in the Post Office Gallery, Federation University Australia.
The $2,500 Eureka Art Award, and the $500 People’s Choice Award were both won in 2016 by local Ballarat visual artist, Kim Anderson, for her drawing Fighting Inertia. The work depicts the artist in an angst-ridden pose, her clothing stretched over the top of her head, contrasting with a random red wine splash, which heightens the intensity of the pose and the work. At the opening of the 2016 exhibition, guest speaker, Dr Lisa Anderson, Adjunct Professor at the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia, spoke of the significance of local artists in driving the cultural growth of Ballarat.
Ellinor Morcom Scholarships
Ellinor Morcom Scholarships are awarded to students from the Ballarat area, in any Faculty of the University of Melbourne, who are residing at Ormond College. This Scholarship honours the significant contribution Ellinor made to the arts community of Ballarat, especially in music, and her continued support through her estate and other local donors. The Ballarat Arts Foundation does not provide funds for these Scholarships, but promotes them to the wider community.Applications for the Ellinor Morcom Scholarship close in mid-February each year, and are announced at the Commencement Dinner at Ormond College Melbourne University shortly afterwards.