Metro Arts is thrilled to offer ‘MAVA Pathfinders’, a rare and well-supported opportunity for artists to explore new ways forward in their career.

Ensuring a strong local independent sector of artists, MAVA Pathfinders will support three Queensland, mid-career visual artists to explore new opportunities, and to purposefully harness their potential to build more sustainable careers.

Included in the Program:

A 12-month artist residency (May 2022 – May 2023) at the MAVA Substation which includes:

  • 24/7 access to the secured MAVA Pathfinder studio;
  • Access to the new and fully equipped workshop;
  • Salary $50,700 per annum pro rata (0.6 FTE) + statutory super;
  • Material budget of $5,000 (per artist);
  • Support from the Metro Arts team and broader network that might include but not be limited to:
    • Curatorial
    • Marketing
    • Financial
    • Business development
    • Technical; and
    • Access to Metro Arts’ local, national, and international networks.

MAVA Pathfinders FAQ’s:


QUESTION: The Call for Proposal document outlines that the MAVA Pathfinder artists are required to be in the MAVA Pathfinder studio a minimum of 3 days/wk (22.5hrs) for the duration of the program.

What happens if I can’t do all the 22.5 hours every week or have to travel for work or holidays? Is this requirement flexible?

ANSWER: Yes, there is flexibility. Each artists’ schedule will be negotiated between Metro Arts and the artist prior to signing off on the contract.

QUESTION: Do the 3 days/wk (22.5hrs) in the studio need to all fall within weekday business hours?

ANSWER: No, but a minimum of 10 hrs/wk must.

QUESTION: Is the Pathfinder shared studio space secure?

ANSWER: Yes. The studio is NOT for public access. Only the 3 MAVA Pathfinder artists and key Metro Arts staff will have security access to the studio. There will also be individual lockable storage for each artist in the studio.

QUESTION: Does being ‘employed’ by Metro Arts mean I’m an employee and therefore entitled to sick leave, holidays, etc..      


QUESTION: What does Metro Arts define as a ‘mid-career artist’?           

ANSWER: Metro Arts define ‘mid-career’ as an artist who has been practicing professionally for 5 – 10 years. If you’re not sure whether you’re mid-career, contact the program facilitator, Jenna Green – jenna@metroarts.com.au – to discuss further.


Applications open:
Friday 17 December 2021, 9:00am AEST

Applications close:
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 11:59pm AEST


Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: 
The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide. You can preview the online application form here


Jenna Green (Producer – Special Initiatives) will be available for 15 minute individual consultations to discuss applications:

To book an individual call, email jenna@metroarts.com.au and specify your preferred date / time option.


Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.


Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) Substation is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.