Elemental (opening event), 2021. Curated by Jenna Lee at Craft Victoria. Photographer: Henry Trumble

First Peoples Project / 2022 Exhibitions Program

Applications are now closed

Craft Victoria’s First Peoples Project supports creative practitioners of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to present a 7 – 8 week exhibition at Craft Victoria’s Watson Place premises.

We are seeking expressions of interest from Victorian-based curators, collectives and/or artists to present either a solo project or group exhibition from 1 July – 27 August 2022. The successful recipient will be provided with a curator's fee of $4000 and will be supported by the Curatorial and Programs Manager in the development of the exhibition. The exhibition will form part of Craft Victoria’s 2022 exhibitions program.

The exhibition includes a budget covering material costs and artists fees and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

The successful applicant will receive:

  • A 7 – 8 week public exhibition space at Craft Victoria coinciding with NAIDOC week
  • A curators fee of $4000
  • Curatorial and exhibition development support and advice
  • Assistance liaising and connecting with artists, craft practitioners and writers
  • Exhibition catalogue design and print
  • Onsite technical and installation assistance
  • An opening event (subject to COVID-19 government health guidelines)
  • Promotional support through an e-invitation to our database, social media; and promotion, listings in Art Almanac and Art Guide etc.

*Nb. The exhibition will be open alongside Craft Victoria’s normal opening hours following government health guidelines. The successful applicant is not required to invigilate the space.

Proposals must be submitted by Monday 22 November 2021, 5PM AEDT. Please send any questions about the application process to Craft Victoria’s Curatorial and Programs Manager, Eliza Tiernan,

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel comprising of Jenna Lee, Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri artist and curator of 2021 First Peoples Project, and the Craft Victoria curatorial team.

Applicants will be notified by 26 November 2021.

Application Process

To apply, applicants must have read the key information outlined on this page and submit a proposal via the online form linked below.

Applications now closed