2021 Fellowships program

The National Regional Arts Fellowship Program is a strategic project, supported by the Regional Arts Fund and managed by Regional Arts Australia.

The Fellowships Program is an investment in the development of artistic and creative practice. The program is contemporary, flexible and relevant to artists practicing, working and living in regional and remote Australia.

In 2021 six Fellowships are on offer:

Type of Fellowship

Amount available

Number available

Creative and Professional Development



First Nations Creative Development



First Timer – Creative or Professional Development




The Program objectives are to:

  • Elevate and build the practice of artists and arts workers across regional and remote Australia,
  • Raise the profile of artists and arts workers across a range of artforms, stages of career, duration and geographies,
  • Provide professional and industry development opportunities,
  • Build connection and generate exchange, and
  • Generate strategic, collaborative relationships for the benefit of arts and creative practice across the country.


Opening date: 9.00am (AEDT) Monday 1st February 2021

Closing date: 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday 8th March 2021

Applicants must be available to fulfil the fellowship between 1st June 2021 and 31st March 2022.

All acquittals must be completed by 31st May 2022.

Program Guidelines

It is essential that all applicants read and understand the Program Guidelines. This document contains information on eligibility and further details about the program please download the Guidelines document.

Information Sessions

Regional Arts Australia will run online information sessions for the National Regional Arts Fellowship and the Regional Assembly on the following dates/ times:

Thursday 11th February 11.30am AEDT - Please register here.

Tuesday 23rd February 5.30pm AEDT - Please register here.

Private appointments

Individuals can make an appointment to speak with the Regional Arts Fund Manager between 16th-18th February 2021, using an online booking system: https://regionalartsaustralia.youcanbook.me

Appointments will be limited to 30 minutes, over the phone.

Applicants seeking an appointment should ensure they have read the Program Guidelines before making an appointment.

How to apply

All applications are to be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system. Applicants who require support to access the online application process should contact the Regional Arts Fund Manager (contact details below).

Program Contact

Mary Jane Warfield, Regional Arts Fund Manager*
*part-time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.