The POOL GRANT is an initiative that provides $10,000 to an emerging artist for the fulfilment of a single photographic series for exhibition.

The 2016 Pool Grant recipient will have a year to make their project a reality, at the end of which they will be given the opportunity to produce their own solo exhibition showcasing the completed photographic series.

Founded in 2009, the Pool Grant was created as a means to give back to the wider photographic community. The Pool Collective artists saw a need to support the development of fresh talent in the industry and have spent the past seven years sharing their expertise and acting as mentors to each year’s Pool Grant recipient throughout the creative process.

It’s an open brief. We are looking for interesting ideas and creativity, as well as your photographic skills. The terms and conditions are quite straight forward, you just need to be either an Australian or New Zealand resident over 18 years of age, with less than 3 years commercial experience in photography. Tell us your idea for a photographic series and how you plan to complete this project in a year. Inspire us.


Lyndal Irons was awarded the 2015 Pool Grant for her project, “On Parramatta Road”. Join us at her exhibition – Friday May 13 at Articulate Project space, Parramatta rd, Leichardt.


What does less than 3 years commercial experience mean?
The Pool Grant is about discovering new talent. As such, you will not be eligible to receive the Pool Grant if you have earned your primary income from photography for more than 3 years. The amount and type of exhibition experience will also be considered in determining your eligibility. The guidelines are open to assessment, but ultimately in place to ensure that all applicants are emerging talent, rather than established photographers.
I’m mature in age, am I still eligible?
YES // We welcome people of all ages, so long as they are over 18. The focus is on discovering new talent rather than young talent.
Do I need to have extensive photography experience?
NO // You are not required to have extensive photography experience; however, you will need sufficient technical skill to back up your idea and complete the project successfully.

How many ideas can I submit?

ONE // You may only include one idea in your proposal, so put your best foot forward and choose wisely.
Does my proposal have to be an existing project that I’ve shot?
NO // You may submit a proposal for a series without having completed any of it prior. Since this is primarily a mentorship experience with Australia’s leading photographers, we encourage applicants to submit proposals that allow for further development and realization of full potential throughout the year.
 Does the Grant money have to be used for production costs?
NO // You may use the money in whatever way is most beneficial to you during the year. Once the money is yours you may use it at as you wish, be that babysitters, food, rent, a car, a new camera, plane tickets, or anything else that would help you to complete this project successfully. In addition, The POOL COLLECTIVE sources and covers venue expenses for your exhibition.

Image Credit: Ingvar Kenne