Artbank + ACMI Commission

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About the commission

A joint initiative of Artbank and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image

We're excited to announce a new partnership with Artbank: the Artbank + ACMI Commission. This is the first commission of its kind in Australia and will support artists and filmmakers working at the nexus of film and art.

Over three years, the Artbank + ACMI Commission will provide support for Australian artists and filmmakers to make a new, ambitious and experimental screen-based work, and to explore new forms and methodologies in their practice. Each year one artist or filmmaker will be awarded $70,000 and an ACMI X industry membership.

Applicants are encouraged to consider longer format work, and collaborations between creative disciplines are welcomed. Targeting the nexus between film and art, the commission is designed to engage with cinema, experimental film, artists' film and the avant-garde to create ambitious, experimental works which can find a home on the cinema screen or in the gallery space. 

Works commissioned through the Artbank + ACMI Commission will enter into the Artbank and ACMI collections.

About Artbank

Established in 1980, Artbank’s two core objectives are to support Australian contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work and to promote the value of Australian contemporary art to the broader public. The Artbank collection is comprised of approximately 10,000 works by over 3500 artists, across media, and includes some of the best examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia art produced over the last four decades. Artbank makes this work accessible through an art leasing program which is accessed by corporate, private and government clients nationally and internationally.


The Artbank +ACMI Commission supports:

  • Australian artists and filmmakers from a range of backgrounds working at the nexus of art and film;
  • the production of new, ambitious and experimental screen-based work;
  • projects that are ready to enter development and production in October 2017 and will be ready for mid- 2018.

To be classified as an Australian artist, the artist must be either:

  • born in Australia, or
  • an Australian citizen, or
  • in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or a permanent resident of Australia.

The artist may be living in Australia or overseas as long as at least one of the above stated criteria are demonstrable.

Where the artwork is produced by an artist collective or collaboration, no less than fifty percent of the contributors must meet the above criteria.

First nations artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

The commissioned artwork must be appropriate for potential rental through Artbank’s art leasing scheme, including:

  • being appropriate for display in public spaces;
  • being in intrinsically sound condition and reasonably resistant to deterioration in the routine operations of Artbank including display, packing and transportation.

Artists need to be able to commit to the production period and it must be possible for the commissioning partners to maintain regular contact throughout the production process.

We are not able to fund projects retrospectively.


Applicants should complete the application form below and submit this along with a one-page proposal outlining the project, which includes the form the work is likely to take, an explanation of the subject, themes and ideas, as well as details of artistic and technical collaborators.

In addition applicants should supply:

  • a one-page production schedule
  • a one-page budget
  • a one-page curriculum vitae/resume (not a biography) outlining exhibition and production history
  • up to three examples of previous work (of no more than five minutes duration).

Applicants are required to submit seven (7) copies of their application. All support material provided on a secure digital platform such as Vimeo, or via a file transfer service like We Transfer.

Applicants must also meet the Artbank acquisition criteria to be eligible for consideration; please read the guidelines above carefully.

Applications close 5pm Friday 15 September 2017

Send your application to:
The Artbank + ACMI Commission
4/2 Kavanagh St
Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

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The successful applicant will be announced in October 2017.

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