Funding is available for national collecting institutions to help them develop and tour their collections nationally and internationally. Funding recipients for 2018–19 are listed.

29 May 2018

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Art of Science: Baudin's voyagers 1800–1804

This collaborative exhibition, led by the Australian National Maritime Museum and National Museum of Australia, will present paintings and drawings created by French artists Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during Nicolas Baudin's expedition to Australia in 1800–1804.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Touring funding: $153,077

Bundanon Trust

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul (previously The Shoalhaven Years)

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul will concentrate on a little known part of the life of one of Australia's most famous artists, and the work inspired by the landscape of the Shoalhaven River surrounding Bundanon. The works included in this exhibition will convey the artist's relationship with the landscape that became his home and now a major legacy for the Australian people.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to inner regional venues in New South Wales and Queensland.

Touring funding: $57,000

Museum of Australian Democracy

Behind the Lines 2017

This annual exhibition showcases the best Australian political cartoons from the year, celebrating Australian's unique, vibrant and fearless tradition of political cartooning. Engaging, witty and always humorous, these images offer an astutely observed journey through twelve months in our political life.

Funding will support the touring of the 2017 exhibition to venues in New South Wales, and Victoria.

Touring funding: $32,000

Behind the Lines 2018

This annual exhibition showcases the best Australian political cartoons from the year, celebrating Australian's unique, vibrant and fearless tradition of political cartooning. Engaging, witty and always humorous, these images offer an astutely observed journey through twelve months in our political life.

Funding will support the development and touring of the 2018 exhibition to venues in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, and Victoria.

Development and Touring funding: $70,200

National Film and Sound Archive

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

This exhibition is a major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive that explores through portraiture the intriguing and compelling personal stories of individuals and groups working with the Australian feature film industry through its history.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Development funding: $132,913

National Gallery of Australia

The National Picture: The art of Tasmania's Black War

This collaborative exhibition with Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will focus on portrayals of Tasmanian Aboriginal people from the declaration of martial law in Tasmania in 1828 through until 1851. The work of Benjamin Duterrau, colonial Tasmanian artist is central to the exhibition, including his painting The Conciliation.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in Tasmania.

Touring funding: $95,634

Art Deco

This exhibition presents works from the National Gallery of Australia's collection. In the 1920s, Australian artists responded to the international movement towards modernism and Art Deco styles. Shaking off the austerity of World War I they created images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Funding will support touring the exhibition to venues in New South Wales and Queensland.

Touring funding: $39,981

The Ned Kelly Series

This project is a national tour of Sidney Nolan's 1946—47 paintings on the theme of 19th-century bushranger Ned Kelly. In 1977, Sunday Reed donated 25 of the 27 paintings in Nolan's first exhibited Kelly series to the NGA. These 26 paintings constitute one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century and Nolan's invention of an original and starkly simplified image for Ned Kelly—as a slotted black square atop a horse—has become a part of the shared iconography of Australia.

Funding will support touring the exhibition to venues in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Touring funding: $36,540

Defying Empire: 3rd Indigenous Art Triennial

Defying Empire: 3rd Indigenous Art Triennial brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight.

The exhibition will tour nationally with venues in Northern Territory, Queensland, regional New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

Touring funding: $26,415

National Library of Australia

George French Angas

This exhibition celebrates the work of George French Angas, a colonial artist and naturalist who made hundreds of watercolour drawings of the colonial frontiers of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa between 1844 and 1847.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which will be presented in South Australia.

Development and touring funding: $12,000

National Museum of Australia

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years!

This exhibition celebrates Play School as the longest running children's series on Australian television. Appealing to generations of Australians the exhibition will allow visitors to connect with the sets and props from this beloved show which holds a special place in Australia's cultural memory.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to regional venues in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Touring funding: $90,000

Midawarr—Harvest: wild food and art in an Arnhem Land flood plain.

This exhibition will display a select suite of works by Mulkun Wirrpanda, senior female artist of the Dhudi-Djapu clan of north-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, alongside a commissioned landscape by artist John Wolseley to produce a watercolour tableau of the Garrangari and Garrangali floodplain of Yolngu country to explore Yolngu ecology.

Funding will support the touring of the exhibition to Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Touring funding: $110,000

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

Express Yourself

This exhibition draws from the Gallery's contemporary collection and highlights portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth. The exhibition will premiere a newly-commissioned portrait of Rosie Batty by photographer Nikki Toole.

Funding will support the tour of this exhibition to regional galleries across Australia, including delivery of outreach education programs.

Touring funding: $29,612

Starstruck: On Location

This exhibition is a condensed version of the Starstruck: Portraits from the movies collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. Starstruck explores through portraiture, the intriguing and compelling personal stories of individuals and groups working within the Australian feature-film industry throughout history.

Funding will support the development and touring of the exhibition in small venues with limited environmental controls.

Development and touring funding: $34,500

National Photographic Portrait Prize (2018 and 2019)

This annual exhibition promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. It attracts entrants from all states and territories and reflects a national representation of contemporary Australian photographic portrait practice.

Funding will support the touring of the 2018 exhibition and development of the 2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, including delivery of outreach education programs. The 2017 exhibition will tour to small regional venues in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Development and touring funding: $67,698

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

This exhibition is a major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive that explores through portraiture the intriguing and compelling personal stories of individuals and groups working with the Australian feature film industry through its history.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition, including delivery of outreach education programs, which will tour to venues in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Development and touring funding: $12,430