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Dinosaur Festival is the Australian Museum’s (AM) signature family event that takes place every year over two weeks during the NSW spring school holidays. Dinosaur Festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors to the AM with its world-class Dinosaurs exhibition and its delivery of a broad and engaging science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematical (STEAM) program of activities such as coding workshops, stop-motion animation, virtual reality experiences, as well as music, dance, artmaking, book readings, theatre workshops and performances.

The AM is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for programs aimed at intergenerational audiences, specifically designed and curated for early childhood (2-5 years) and / or primary school-aged children (5-12 years).

Dinosaur Festival 2018
Photos of families engaging with various activities at Dinosaur Festival 2018, held annually in the September school holidays. Image: Sarah Wilson
© Australian Museum

Key Dates:

31 March 2020: Applications close

6 April 2020: Applications assessed

24 April 2020: Successful applicants notified

26 Sept – 11 Oct 2020: Dinosaur Festival

Key Criteria:

  1. Creative STEAM concepts or topics
    1. The program may be predominantly arts based, it must link, or have relevance to, dinosaurs, palaeontology or relevant scientific areas.
    2. The science concepts or content within the program must have credible sources.
  2. Interactive / immersive programming
    1. The program should be innovative, original and offer age appropriate and/or intergenerational experiences. Experience working with children is essential.
  3. Feasibility
    1. Applicants must complete the EOI Response Form and include all requested information.
    2. Your application must demonstrate consideration of all aspects of pre-production and presentation of your program.
    3. Program should consider access requirements and sustainable practices or resources, in line with our Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan 2018 – 2021 and Sustainability Action Plan.


  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) for all on-site staff
  • ABN
  • Public Liability Certificate

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The Program Selection Panel reserves the right to reject any application for any reason.

To request the EOI Response Form please contact event producer, Cordelia Hough: 02 93206364, email Cordelia Hough.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more EOI information please review the FAQs below.

  • Hallstrom Theatre [seating: 120pax., AV supported]
  • Education classroom [approx. 7x10m2, AV supported with wet-area sink]
  • Grand Hall / Atrium [approx. 20x20m2]
  • Gallery or exhibition floor space

  • Workshops for ages 2 to 5 years
    Capacity: 15-20 children + adults per session
  • Workshops for ages 6 to 12 years
    Capacity: 20-30 children per session
  • Theatre performance or screening
    Capacity: 120 pax per session
  • Roving performance, gallery activation or drop-in activity
  • Capacity: General Admission to the museum during Dinosaur Festival averages about 2500 people per day
  • Other
    Contact event producer to discuss.

  • Birds – The Dinosaurs that Didn’t Die
  • Ancient worlds, climate change and extinction
  • “Australian” and Gondwanan Dinosaurs
  • Palaeontology – fieldwork, new research and technology
  • Palaeoart
  • Living fossils e.g. Wollemi Pine, lungfish

Artists, emerging, and established, performers (solo and groups), artisan makers and crafters, musicians, filmmakers, authors, STEAM service providers or research organisations etc. are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible you must have:

  • An Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company number (ACN)
  • Public Liability Certificate (insured for min. $20 million)

The Program Selection Group will be comprised of representatives from:

  • Public Programs | Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection
  • Education | Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection
  • Exhibitions | Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection
  • Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI)

Dinosaur Festival supports proposals between $2,000 and $20,000, covering artists’ fee, consumable materials and specialist equipment and staffing.

There are three fee request options: (You may choose to propose multiple options)

  • Option 1: Fee per workshop/performance/event
    (This is your total presentation fee and is inclusive of specialist equipment and staff costs)
  • Option 2: Fee per day
  • Option 3: Fee for all days
    (If you present numerous times over the festival period, this option is your total fee for all days you are available)

Other fees (please specify e.g. travel, accommodation and living expenses if you are not a local artist)

For performing arts projects, you may use the Live Performance Award as a guide. For visual arts projects, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) has its own guide to fees and wages.

No. The museum provides support for Marketing/PR. We welcome any in-kind promotion through providers own networks.

If you have any further questions in relation to the EOI, please email Cordelia Hough, Creative Producer Children’s Programs at the Australian Museum or phone 02 9320 6364.