Bus Proj–


Due midnight Monday 30th September.

Information Resources:

Apply now via the online form.

Bus Projects is excited to call for proposals for our 2020-21 program! This is our inaugural open call for our new venue at the Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP) and covers the June 2020 - July 2021 period. This move will allow us to drastically improve the way we support artists and engage with communities by removing rental fees paid by exhibiting artists.

Bus Projects is a dynamic platform for encounters with new art and discourse. We support Australian artists to make and show work on their own terms. As an Artist-Run Initiative (ARI), Bus Projects plays a crucial role within the Australian visual arts ecology by enabling an artist-organised infrastructure, resulting in a professional, artist- centred environment in which practitioners can create, collaborate, and engage with community. Our integrated program streams enable us to invest in artists to create ambitious new work and encourage an active discourse with art through artist talks, symposia, guest lectures and publishing.

Bus Projects welcomes applications from a broad constituency of cultural producers including artists, collectives, collaborators, writers and curators at all career levels. Within our new site at CAP, we are particularly interested in challenging approaches around how we use and take up space. Proposals can be for exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, screenings, as well as publishing and ephemeral projects of various duration. We favour applications involving the creation of new works that are experimental and/or interdisciplinary in nature. People of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply.

Bus Projects’ new venue is a large open-plan space near the Johnston Street entry to the CAP campus. The overall floor plan is 12 x 7.4 metres with 4.4 metre high ceilings. This space will be flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of the program and the specifics of each project. The space can be divided to accommodate projects of varying scales. There are also a number of communal spaces throughout the campus which may form part of your proposal. This includes: a reading room and public program space, meeting rooms, and an outdoor amphitheatre and courtyard.

If you are considering a project that may span the entire gallery space or requires major construction we recommend contacting Gallery Curator, Kathryne Genevieve Honey: kathryne@busprojects.org.au

For proposals that may not necessarily have a physical exhibition outcome contact Curator of Public Programs, Nina Mulhall: nina@busprojects.org.au.



From 2020 we have eliminated the fee-to-exhibit model. Art and artists play an essential role in developing communities and imagining alternative social/cultural/political futures. As such, we have committed to not adding to their financial precarity, instead, in our new venue at CAP we will provide a greater level of support to contribute positively to viable, long-term careers in the arts.

Complete the online application form which involves:

  • A concise 300 word Project outline.
  • Estimate how much space you will need and approximately which month you would like to present your project.
  • Upload support material:
    ++ One A4 page Curriculum Vitae for each participating artist.
    ++ 8–10 images in jpeg format (max 1mb each)
    ++ Weblinks to audio-visual material (Youtube, Vimeo, SoundCloud etc)
    ++ up to 2 pages of written work if relevant
    ++ 100 word description of support material (media, title and year of production)

Applications due midnight, Monday 30th September 2019.

If you require further information or wish to discuss your application before you apply (including any issues regarding support material or electronic submission), please contact Kathryne Genevieve Honey, Gallery Curator: kathryne@busprojects.org.au

For questions about public programs and events such as talks, screenings, book launches or other proposals that may not have a physical exhibition outcome contact Curator of Public Programs, Nina Mulhall: nina@busprojects.org.au.

Please note that due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are not always able to provide specific feedback for unsuccessful applications.