Artist Opportunities


A selection of international open calls and opportunities for contemporary art related competitions, prizes, exhibitions, awards, proposals, and grants for artists, writers and curators.

This is an edited listing. We update this feature once a week on Thursdays from a selection of submissions, newsletters, magazines and blogs. To recommend an opportunity for listing, please fill in the form in the sidebar. We email around 18,000 art practitioners weekly with selected opportunities.

Screening Opportunity

Brainard Carey's Live Free Webinar for Artists

Learn how to find a Gallery and get your Art Exhibited & also how to Write a better Artist Statement in this free webinar for Artists. 

The free live webinar presented by Brainard Carey is offered at multiple times on different days of the week, from anywhere in the world. Brainard Carey, who co-founded New York's Praxis Center For Aesthetics will explain how to reach out to galleries and how to follow-up with galleries to pursue exhibits. He will also explain how he proposed and got a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He will also discuss how to write a better Artist Statement and Bio. There will be a Q and A period where you can ask questions and he will answer them live. Every attendee gets a free booklet on "How I got into the Whitney Biennial."

Deadline: 23 March 2017

Brainard Carey & Praxis Center For Aesthetics
Tune in here

Artist in Residence

Chelsea Cabaret - Call for Performers and Artists

Robyn ‘the skinny sissy’, and Mag ‘the offensive tranny hag’, are looking for queer performers. The Chelsea Cabaret will take place on April 26th at Chelsea College of Arts, injecting juicy wodges of queer performance art into the dry hole of academia. First-timers and professional queers will rub bits together on a stage supporting experimentation and risk. Send a manageable email describing your up-to-ten-minutes act with any pics/vids to robyn@chelseacabaret.xyz

The Cabaret will not be filmed or photographed, the incident will be recorded through artists’ responses. These will form a publication and exhibition contextualised by a leading queer academic. Send a non-rambling email to margaret@chelseacabaret.xyz explaining why we should give you free booze. Deadline for both 26th March Chelsea Cabaret is supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.

Deadline: 26 March 2017

Chelsea Cabaret
@richleppard & @UAL 

Exhibition Opportunity

MATERIALKINK - A Call for Works Exploring Materiality and Alternative Sexualities

The Leather Archives & Museum, GAG Gallery is currently accepting entries for its first group exhibition scheduled to open in July 2017 and run through December 2017. There is no set theme guiding the content or subject matter of exhibited works; however, as the titleMATERIALKINK suggests, we are interested in artists that creatively engage materials within the context of alternative sexuality. The final shape and themes of MATERIALKINK will emerge from the selected works.

Leather. Rubber. Latex. Denim. Steel. Wax. Rope. Shoe Polish. Body Hair. Electrodes.  These are a sampling of the materials that structure and accompany the varied identities and practices that broadly comprise Leather sex, BDSM, kink, and fetishism. Almost always in direct relation to the body, these and many other materials are hyper-charged surfaces, objects, and substances invested with erotic significance and value, accumulations of personal history, fantasies, attachments, affects, and desires. These materialities are often modified, manipulated, and re/combined in response to shifting needs, ways of playing, or to expand and intensify their sensorial potentialities. The materiality of kinky sex matters a great deal. 

The Leather Archives & Museum, GAG Gallery is particularly interested in reviewing the submission of artworks produced within the last three years that: demonstrate creative uses of materials in relation to alternative sexality; are inspired by the varied materialities of Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetishism themselves; explore kink-identified approaches to art-making materials; creatively incorporate, process, or transform kinky materials in ways that ask questions or generate provocative dialogues between art making and the crafting of radical and deviant sexualities.

Deadline: 29 March 2017

Leather Archives, Chicago

Exhibition Opportunity

ebc sculpture open call

east bristol contemporary (ebc) are seeking proposals for sculptural work for their show ebc013 which will take place 5th - 7th May 2017.

They are particularly interested in hearing proposals from emerging artists in the first 10 years of their career. In general, the work should be pre-existing but a strong proposal to create new work could still be considered (providing sketches etc.) also bearing in mind the quick turn around of selection/show.

Selected works will be shown in the ebc013 exhibition, and artists will receive a modest artist fee (which, unfortunately, will not include travel or expenses), and negotiable support with logistics, and aid with accommodation.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

East Bristol Contemporary

Exhibition Opportunity

IN-SONORA 10: Sound and Interactive Art Exhibition

IN-SONORA is a platform aimed at supporting and showing experimental artistic proposals related to sound and interactive art from an open and multidisciplinary point of view. Since 2005, IN-SONORA has coordinated activities and participation for this international biennial event in Madrid. This event is open to installations in sound and interactive objects, live experimental events, sound pieces, video pieces, debates, public presentations and workshops.

The 10th exhibition of IN-SONORA Muestra de Arte Sonoro e Interactivo will be held in March of 2018. The dates will be specified once projects have been selected.

Deadline: 31 March 2017


Prizes and Awards

Young Masters Art Prize

Established in 2009, and now in its fourth edition, the Young Masters Art Prize celebrates contemporary artists who reimagine the art of the past for the future. Work by all shortlisted artists will be exhibited in June 2017 at Gallery 8 in Central London. 

Prizes include a winner's prize of £2,000, two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy the Artists' Collecting Society (ACS), a new Be Smart About Art Award of mentoring and professional development, worth £500 and much more. 

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Young Masters Art Prize & Cynthia Corbett Gallery
@corbettPROJECTS @corbettGALLERY 

Artist in Residence

ZK/U artist residency in Berlin

ZK/U currently welcomes new applications from artists, scholars and practitioners for its residency programme. Fellows meet and work on individual or collaborative projects and ideas in the production space of ZK/U’s residency.

In the context of its art and research residency programme, ZK/U offers a ‘living & work’ space for artists, scholars and practitioners that concern themselves with the phenomenon of ‘the city’.

The residency space consists of furnished studio-apartments (half of which have private bathrooms) and communal facilities like a large kitchen, a terrace, a library-in-progress and a surrounding public park. For individual fellows, depending on the type of studio-apartment and the length of stay (3-8 months), the residency costs are between €550 and €850 per month. The price covers all utility costs and space usage.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

ZK/U Berlin 

Prizes and Awards

Woon Foundation Prize 2017

Final year, undergraduate artists from across the UK can now apply for one of the UK’s most generous arts prizes. The Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize, jointly hosted by Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art offers an exceptional opportunity for Fine Art students.

The remarkable first prize is a £20,000 fellowship with a 12-month studio space in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle's city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship.

There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000.

The Prize is fee-free and applications can be made via woonprize.co.uk until Monday 3 April 2017.

The shortlisted artists will be selected by a panel of judges including Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator; Hilary Lloyd, artist and Turner Prize-nominee; Holly Hendry, artist and inaugural recipient of Woon Foundation Prize; and chaired by Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist and Professor, Northumbria University.

Ten artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition at BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 in summer 2017, with a solo exhibition concluding the Fellowship, at Northumbria University's Gallery North.

All shortlisted artists will receive a £300 fee. A further £200 is allocated to each shortlisted artist to cover travel and accommodation so they may attend the exhibition preview and award ceremony at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 29 June.

The first winning recipient of the Woon Foundation Prize was Holly Hendry who took up residence in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at BALTIC 39, Newcastle in 2013. Just four short years on and Hendry will show new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead from 18 February – 4 June in her first major UK institutional exhibition Wrot. Excitingly, Hendry will join the Woon Foundation Prize judging panel this year, alongside established artists and esteemed curators.

Northumbria and BALTIC jointly award and present the The Woon Foundation Prize for Painting and Sculpture as an important part of the successful strategic partnership between the two organisations. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2017. Works to be included in the exhibition must be in mediums of Painting or Sculpture.

Deadline: 3 April 2017

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art & Northumbria University
@balticmill / facebook.com/balticmill / vimeo.com/channels/baltic39/
To enter visit balticcentreforcontemporaryart.submittable.com/submit

Artist in Residence

Braunschweig PROJECTS scholarships for young artists

The state of Lower Saxony and the Braunschweig University of Art announce scholarships for the year 2017/18. They consist of 3 Braunschweig PROJECTS scholarships for artists of Sound Art and 5 Braunschweig PROJECTS scholarships for artists of Fine Arts. 

These scholarships are part of the promotion programme for artists of the Braunschweig University of Art and the State of Lower Saxony. The programme is aimed at young artists who are interested in working intensively on artistic projects in the close environment of an art university.

Awarded students will receive a monthly stipend over a period of six months, a subsidy for material and travel expenses, as well as an artist studio near the univeristy campus. 

Deadline: 12 April 2017

Braunschweig University of Art & Braunschweig PROJECTS


Public Realm Intervention: Oceansgate Plymouth

Plymouth City Council are seeking to commission a site-specific contemporary artwork for the exciting new Oceansgate development. Situated on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe, Oceansgate will bring businesses together to create a world-class hub for marine industries. The existing industrial buildings and docks will be transformed to create the first exclusively marine Enterprise Zone in the UK.

We are looking for an imaginative artist intervention in the public space at the gateway to the Oceansgate campus. The piece will have an important role in signalling the evolving contribution the former South Yard has made to Plymouth, and the continuum of working skills, on land, in support of maritime endeavour at sea. The fee for the commission is £18,000 inclusive of artist time materials, installation costs and expenses.

For the full artist brief visit and to express interest visit their website. 

Deadline: 17 April 2017, midnight

Plymouth Council 

Prizes and Awards

London, Asia Research Award

Asia Art Archive (AAA) and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC) are delighted to announce a new research award connected with the collaborative London, Asia project.

The second phase of London, Asia will explore the institutions and institutional histories that are key to shaping a more nuanced understanding of the cultural entanglements between London and Asia across the 20th and 21st centuries. Like exhibitions, institutions produce multi-layered and multi-temporal histories. They are nodes within a complex web of connections. In thinking about the role that institutions have played in forging these connections, we can cut across different time periods, bring together a range of people, objects, materials and approaches. To find out more about the London, Asia project please click here.

The award will be granted to one successful applicant to facilitate research on the ‘Institutions and Institutional Histories’ strand of the London, Asia project. The successful grant holder is expected to visit both AAA (Hong Kong) & the PMC (London) to engage with the staff and research communities at both institutions.

The award is an honorarium of $10,000 (USD) which will be made in two payments (one payment at the beginning of the award and one at the end). The project should be completed in 6 months from the time that the award is made. 

The successful award holder will research a specific institution or institutional history, or a particularly pertinent time period within an institution’s history, that is relevant to the London, Asia project.

The recipient will be required to submit a short interim report six weeks into the project and a c.10,000-word report at the end of the award outlining their findings, along with relevant images and resources. Primary materials and documents collected and research tools such as bibliographies and exhibition timelines compiled during the course of the research may be shared via the AAA and PMC websites. We would also expect the successful grant-holder to give a talk about their project at both AAA and the PMC.

Deadline: 18 April 2017

Asia Art Archive
 (AAA) and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC) 
@AsiaArtArchive & @PaulMellonCentr 

Screening Opportunity

STIFF - Student International Film Festival

STIFF - Student International Film Festival is calling on all student and debutant filmmakers to submit their films for the 4th STIFF which will take place from 19th to 22nd October 2017 in Rijeka, Croatia.

STIFF strives to educate the audiences about the quality of work of emerging filmmakers by connecting them with the best works from all around the world. All the festival screenings are entirely free of charge. 

This year STIFF puts a focus on Social Issues films of all genres. Submissions in this category are free of charge until the early bird deadline (20 February 2017). For the first time STIFF will accept first films in category of Debutant Film-independently made by filmmakers after finishing the film school.

Works entering a competition must be original, student created films or debutants films (First time independently produced films after finishing the film school). All the works need to be up to 60 min in length and completed after 1st of January 2015. In order to be considered for STIFF selection, the materials must be in English or presented with English subtitles. Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway, screeners must be password protected and not available for public online stream.

Deadline: 20 April 2017

STIFF - Student International Film Festival

Prizes and Awards

The John Ruskin Prize

The Big Draw announced the call for artists and makers open for The John Ruskin Prize 2017. The selection panel will select 20 prize finalists to be included in a high profile shortlist exhibition at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017. The three winners will be announced at the private view in June 2017. All prize finalists will also have the opportunity to be included in the online Ruskin Editions collection. Shortlist Exhibition: The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017. The Prizes: 1st Prize (£3000), 2nd Prize (£1000), Student Prize (£1000)

Deadline: 24 April 2017

The Big Draw

Artist in Residence

The Other MA (TOMA) alternative art education model open call

Essex’s first alternative art MA, TOMA, launched last September with ten artists on the course. After a successful first six months, the new alternative post-graduate education programme TOMA (The Other MA) has launched an open call in a bid to find its second cohort of artists. Based at Metal Art School in Chalkwell Park, the experimental course is the first of its kind to run in Essex and is a year-long programme that is shaped and directed by the TOMA artists. The programme is open now for applications from artists who already have at least five years strong practice and are interested in accessing alternative ways of learning.

Deadline: 28 April 2017

The Other MA - TOMA

Exhibition Opportunity

Artangel Everywhere – An International Open Call for New Ideas

Artangel Everywhere is an open call for ambitious projects that can be experienced anywhere in the world. For the first time, we invite people internationally to submit their most ambitious idea. Shifting our focus from physical location to networked space, we will commission and produce a major project that can be experienced anywhere in the world. 

The deadline for submissions is 30 April. We invite you to share your unstoppable idea for a worldwide experience, wherever you are.  

Deadline: 30 April 2017


Writer in Residence

The News Academy Summer School

The News Academy is shaking up its annual journalism summer school to incorporate budding designers and developers to work alongside journalists. 15 aspiring young digital journalists will be working alongside 10 budding developers and designers to produce a multimedia digital news product. 

Storytelling is evolving and technology has an important part to play. There has never been a greater need for journalism to make sense of a fast-changing world and to challenge fake information.

The all-expenses paid summer school will be held at the state-of-the-art London headquarters of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun between Sunday to Friday, August, 20-25.

Tech and journalism applications from 18-25 year old applicants are now being accepted before May 14 on the following pages: Developers and Designers and Journalists.

Deadline: 14 May 2017

The News Academy

Exhibition Opportunity

The Harley Open Exhibition

The popular biennial art competition returns for 2017. Artists of all ages and experience are invited to enter their work. The Harley Gallery are looking for your own, original wall-based artwork, which must have been made in the last 2 years. The first winner will be awarded £750 and a solo exhibition alongside the next Open Exhibition. Other prizes include £500 cash prize, Welbeck Farm Shop Prize, and a weekend course at the School of Artisan Prize.

Entries are judged by an expert panel, with around 140 works being selected for the exhibition. 

Deadline: 21 May 2017, 5pm 

The Harley Gallery - Nottinghamshire

Exhibition Opportunity

The Funka Fest Arts Festival in Ecuador

The second edition of the Funka Fest Arts Festival will be held in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, in October this year. The Funka Fest team is now seeking submissions. The Call for Visual Arts is intended to highlight the current trend towards the interdisciplinarity in the art field, articulating heterogeneous proposals around one thematic line.

The Call for Visual Arts hosts finished artworks, proposals in progress and projects from national and international creators. The axis of reflection and creation for the Funka Fest 2017 edition is Points of Convergence, therefore, all proposals must relate technically and/or conceptually to any of the meanings, interpretations or reflections on this thematic line. 

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Funka Fest Arts Festival, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Exhibition Opportunity

Project Anywhere call for proposals

Project Anywhere is a global exhibition model in which the role of curator is replaced with the type of peer review model typically endorsed by a refereed journal. Emphasizing art and artistic research undertaken outside traditional exhibition circuits, Project Anywhere is dedicated to the evaluation and dissemination of art at the outermost limits of location-specificity. Significantly, all proposals submitted to Project Anywhere are carefully reviewed by at least four specialized artist academics of international standing. Consequently, all applicants receive substantial feedback on their proposals. With only a handful of projects hosted online each year.

Deadline: 1 September 2017

Project Anywhere

Exhibition Opportunity

Open Call for Interfaces Monthly

Interfaces Monthly is a get-together for people working at the junction of art and technology, organised by the Barbican and The Trampery. A monthly platform for ideas and exchange, each event includes selected artworks, presentations and discussions in an informal social setting with a low-priced bar.

We can provide Venue, Promotion, Network, Introductions & connections to partners, some technical & logistical support

We accept proposals on any form of work engaging with both art and technology, ranging from performance to VR. If you’d like to present at an Interfaces Monthly, fill in your details below - we have a rolling deadline for future sessions and would love to hear from you.

Join our mailing list: http://bit.ly/1Vpm7uY

Deadline: Rolling

Barbican & The Trampery
@BarbicanCentre & @thetrampery
Submit your proposal

Writer in Residence

Glory Hole seeks submissions for online literature platform

Glory Hole is a new online literature platform and periodical based out of Leeds, UK. They publish short fiction from writers of any age and level of experience. Thye are currently accepting submissions of short fiction up to 5000 words; the only condition for acceptance is that the work fits within the Glory Hole universe. Read the previously published stories on their website to get an idea of what they’re looking.

They are are interested in weird, strange & sometimes unnerving stories set at the start of the end of the world. Your work can be of any genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Horror, Crime etc. as long as the work feels as if it belongs in the reality of the Glory Hole.

Deadline: Rolling

Glory Hole - Short Stories from the end of the world

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