Applications now open for 2022 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

ACMI-Angelica-Mesiti-The-Calling-(production-still)-2013ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from practicing Australian artists for the final biennial Ian Potter Moving Image Commission worth $100,000.

Established a decade ago, through a partnership between ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, this groundbreaking series is the country’s most significant commission for moving image art.  The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to create a new work, which will premiere at ACMI in 2022 as part of the museum’s contemporary art exhibition program.

The work will be accessioned to the ACMI Collection, alongside a growing collection of Australian moving image art. The artist will receive extensive professional support from ACMI throughout the making of the work including highly specialised curatorial, technical production and presentation expertise.

“The final installment of the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission will provide an artist working in moving image the resources to create a game changing work,” said Katrina Sedgwick OAM, ACMI Director and CEO.

“It is a rare and important opportunity for artists working in the field of the moving image and we are delighted to have been part of this vital partnership with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust for so many years.”

The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission supports artists to create a work that will further their practice. Expressions of Interest are open to individual artists or artist collaborations for new moving image projects. The artwork must be designed for exhibition in a gallery context. There are no restrictions on the duration of the work or the number of channels used.

Previous recipients of the an Potter Moving Image Commission include Angelica Mesiti (The Calling, 2012); Daniel Crooks (Phantom Ride, 2014); and Gabriella Hirst (Darling, Darling, 2020). Hirst’s work will go on display at ACMI when the museum reopens, following its transformational $40m redevelopment.

“The Commission was an extraordinary opportunity to focus on one project and work as a full-time artist,” said Inaugural winner Angelica Mesiti. “The creative and personal development I experienced over the 12-month period was incredibly rewarding.”

Chaired by ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick, the judging panel includes experts drawn from across the Australian arts sector, including creative producer, programmer and the Creative Director of Asia TOPA Stephen Armstrong; award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe; Director of the Samstag Museum of Art Erica Green; NGV Curator, Indigenous Art Hannah Presley; artist Daniel von Sturmer and CEO of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The Ian Potter Foundation Craig Connelly.

“IPMIC 2022 marks the final chapter in this ten-year moving image commission series which aims to support Australian mid-career artists evolve their practice,” said Craig Connelly, CEO of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. “We are proud to have partnered with ACMI as co-investors in the development of local artistic practice.”

“We particularly thank ACMI for bringing a wealth of curatorial and exhibition expertise to the Commission providing a platform for international recognition of IPMIC artists,” said Mr Connelly.

Applications for the 2022 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission are now open and close midnight Monday 28 September 2020. For more information, including entry guidelines, visit: for details.

Image: Angelica Mesiti, The Calling (production still), 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Produced by Felix Media.