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Assessment guidelines - Artsbridge

These guidelines are designed to:

  • help applicants understand the sorts of things assessors may consider when assessing applications
  • serve as prompts for assessors to consider in assessing submissions against the criteria of quality and reach.

The prompts are provided only as examples of the things that assessors may consider. Applicants are not required to address all the prompts one by one in their submissions, but if they are relevant, consider how they are reflected in their applications.

It is very important to note that not all of the prompts will apply to each application and the prompts may vary slightly or be weighted differently between the different programs.

Application assessment guidelines

Criteria Indicator The panel may consider
Quality 50%

Strength of artistic concept and artistic practice

  • How strong is the artistic concept?
  • Is the proposed project clear – what is it, who is involved, when and where?
  • How strong is the artistic practice?
  • What is the quality of work previously produced? How is the applicant recognised by their peers in the artform/sector?

Progression – fresh artistic approaches, experimentation and creative challenge

  • How does this proposal develop the applicant's artform/sector?
  • How does it develop the applicant's creative practice?
  • How does this proposal demonstrate artistic or career progression?
  • Is there evidence of artistic or professional challenge/risk that shows potential for further development?
  • What is the quality of this particular opportunity in extending/ augmenting the artist's practice, building skills, immersion in the artform/sector?

Currency – timeliness in career, relevance to career development, potential for growth in practice

  • What is the context of the project in the artist's career?
  • Why this, why now, why this project?
  • What is the significance of this particular opportunity and its standing relevant to the artform, artist and career stage?

Capacity – calibre of personnel, resource and financial management, planning

  • How viable is the project/program? Is there a project plan?
  • Are the timelines, planning, use of resources realistic and achievable? Has sufficient evidence of this been provided?
  • What is the calibre of the people involved? Why has the applicant chosen to work with them? What do they contribute to the project?
Reach 50% What are the outcomes of the project?
  • Does the project result in specific outcomes, e.g. professional development, audience/industry development, profile development?
    What is the impact of these outcomes?

Audience/market – numbers, marketing strategy, diversity and connection
  • Does the applicant have a marketing or promotional plan? Does it include a digital strategy appropriate to the project, audience, market?
  • Does the project or opportunity build new markets for the applicant's work? How successfully will it do this?
  • How does this particular opportunity build the applicant's career, exposure, and/or practice in new contexts with new connections?
  • Does the proposal show how the applicant will utilise what they have gained from this opportunity and apply it to future career development?

Engagement – participation, access, involvement of the public and/or specific audience or market sectors
  • Does the project increase or diversify opportunities for collaboration or practice development with other artists? How well?
  • Does the proposal show how the applicant will utilise what they have gained from this opportunity and apply it to future artform/sector development?
  • Does the proposal show how the applicant will utilise what they have gained from this opportunity and apply it to future sector/market/audience engagement?