New work across the applied arts and sciences is developed through support and investment by Powerhouse. We foster innovation through facilitating collaboration and connection between industry and community.​


We support and invest in a range of initiatives that sustain industry development and individual creative practice across the applied arts and sciences and creative industries.

Western Sydney Photography Commission

Developed in collaboration with Powerhouse as part of Powerhouse Photography, this collaborative project will focus on the relationship between people, built environment and public spaces of Western Sydney.

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Powerhouse Associate

Engaging practitioners of the applied arts and sciences to enrich their practice and professional standing through collaboration with Powerhouse curatorial, collections, digitisation, exhibitions and public program teams.

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Generations Fellowships

The Generations Fellowship connects artists with established industry experts and mentors to share intergenerational knowledge and create pathways in the music industry.

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Carl Nielsen Design Accelerator

The annual Carl Nielsen Design Accelerator, supported by a generous bequest from Carl and Judy Nielsen, recognises achievement by Australian industrial designers working in sustainable design. Applications for 2023 are now closed.

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Holdmark Innovation Award

The Holdmark Innovation Award, presented by Sydney Design Week Principal Partner Holdmark, recognises excellence and innovation in engineering, architecture and the built environment. Applications for 2023 are now closed.

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Powerhouse Photography

An ongoing series of programs, commissions, acquisitions, publications, learning and research activities dedicated to the promotion and development of photography in Australia.

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In the Room

Powerhouse has partnered with ground-breaking production company Co-Curious showcase and celebrate five stories of Western Sydney.

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NSW Design Residency

The NSW Design (Early-Career) Residency, connects emerging designers with experienced mentors at Powerhouse Ultimo.

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In Residence

Residencies are opportunities to engage with the Powerhouse Collection, partner with industry, collaborate with community and support creative practice.

Powerhouse Residency

Providing subsidised work space for NSW-based practitioners and organisations of the applied arts and sciences that reflect the diversity of the Powerhouse Collection.

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galang Residency

Powerhouse Parramatta and Cité internationale des arts (Paris) offer an opportunity for two Australia-based First Nations creative practitioners to travel to Paris for a fully supported 12-week residency.

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Research Residency

Powerhouse Museum operates annual programs to support research of the collection, museum practice, learning and public outcomes. The programs are targeted at established researchers such as university academics and independent scholars.

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Powerhouse research generates new knowledge across the applied arts and sciences to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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We collaborate with innovators across the applied arts and sciences, connecting communities with ideas that address the most important issues of our time.

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Since 1889 Powerhouse has been engaging with regional communities through object loans, knowledge sharing, public programming, co-productions and exhibition partnerships.

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Affiliated Societies

Powerhouse maintains relationships with affiliated societies whose members are longstanding passionate supporters of the Powerhouse CollectionExternal link icon and program. Members include creative practitioners, curators, academics, collectors and enthusiasts.

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The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

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