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 Fridays from a selection of submissions, newsletters, magazines and blogs. Our editorial team of practicing artists only select opportunities they feel offer a clear benefit to the submitting artists. To recommend an opportunity for listing, please fill in the form in the sidebar. We email around 19,500 art practitioners weekly with selected opportunities.

Prizes and Awards

The VIA Arts Prize 2017

The Embassy of Brazil to the UK, in partnership with ACALASP (the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal), People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) and Itaú, is currently inviting entries for its VIA Arts Prize.

Following a pre-selection process conducted by the curatorial committee, up to 30 artworks will then go on display for three weeks at the Embassy of Brazil (14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL).

Cash prizes, generously provided by Itaú, are to be given to the jury’s first (£5,000) and second (£2,000) choices.

Deadline 16 October 2017

Via Arts Prize 

Exhibition Opportunity

Shape Open 2018

The Open is an annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme. Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces such as the Ecology Pavilion, Bow Arts' Nunnery Gallery, Portobello Gallery, Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects and Shape's own pop-up galleries, The Open provides a space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.
This year’s theme is “Collective Influence”: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration? Influence has the power to provoke change, it has the capacity to affect society.

Deadline 16 October 2017

Shape Arts


Plant Life: Botanical Illustration Competition

Jackson's Art Supplies are running a free, international and entirely digital Botanical Illustration Competition sponsored by Winsor & Newton and judged by the President of the Society of Botanical Artists, Sandra Wall Armitage. 

The Overall Winner (chosen from the shortlist by Sandra Wall Armitage) will receive Winsor & Newton Deluxe Wooden Chelsea Box Set. 2 People’s Choice Awards (chosen from the shortlist by public vote) will each receive Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Lightweight Metal Sketcher Box Set.

Deadline 18 October 2017

Jackson's Art Supplies

Curator in Residence

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

The Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) seeks a Chief Curator, theme and concept for its seventh edition to be held in Oslo, Norway, in autumn 2019. Individuals or collectives of any nationality and country of residence are openly invited to send their proposal in English.

The Curator will have primary artistic and academic responsibility for the core programme of OAT 2019, including the development of its conceptual and thematic framework and research. The Curator will work in close collaboration with the Triennale’s partner institutions to develop and produce the different parts of the core programme of OAT 2019.

Deadline 18 October 2017

Oslo Architecture Triennale

Screening Opportunity

Tse Tse Fly Middle East

Orginating from the UAE and now based in London, Tse Tse Fly Middle East is an experimental arts platform that highlights human rights/freedom of speech issues via live events and screenings.
They are seeking artists from the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent or who have a strong thread of human rights/freedom of speech in their work. Accepted short films will be shown at the Tse Tse Fly Middle Eastevent.

Deadline 19 October 2017

Tse Tse Fly Middle East

Artist in Residence

ISCP Summer Residencies for Art Faculty

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) welcomes applications from art faculty at colleges and universities from across the United States for summer residencies in Brooklyn, New York. Practicing artists who teach at the university-level are encouraged to apply.

Each residency includes 24-hour access to a private 300 sq. ft. studio space in Brooklyn, studio visits from visiting critics and an appointed advisor; field trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in artist talks. In addition, residents have the opportunity to work with a studio assistant, develop projects in the public realm with the support of ISCP staff, and are considered for ISCP's exhibition program.

Deadline 20 October 2017


Curator in Residence

FaB Festival 2018

Do you have an idea for an exhibition, performance, intervention or event? Fringe Arts Bath Festival is calling out to aspiring curators, offering the opportunity to devise and organise a show as part of FaB Festival, 25 May - 10 June 2018.
Anyone can apply, with any level of experience: students, graduates, artists, local, national or international. They invite fresh & challenging concepts.

Deadline 27 October 2017

Fringe Arts Bath

Exhibition Opportunity

Unique Beauty Exhibition 2017

Cupola are inviting submissions from artists and designer makers across disciplines to be exhibited within their Christmas show. The gallery champions unique voices from both emerging and more established artists. The title of the exhibition is to encourage the celebration and purchase of unique, artist made works. The exhibition runs: 25 November 2017 - 6 January 2018

Deadline 29 October 2017

Cupola Contemporary Art


Difference Goes Speed Dating

Difference Goes Speed Dating will be hosting a series of encounters between artists, students, academics and industry specialists engaged in lens-based media practices. Using speed dating as a format, sixteen lucky participants will be joined by four invited artists to form randomised pairs and explore difference within their practice.

The aim is to survey and to attempt to tackle the issues surrounding difference, which include (and are not limited to) visual and non-visual representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, language, power and desire. Apply to be a dater, whether student, academic, artist, or industry specialist.

Deadline 30 October 2017

Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme


Digital Public Artwork Commission

SPACE, working with the London Borough of Redbridge, is seeking to commission a temporary Digital Public Artwork which aims to change the perception of art and culture in Ilford.

A fee of £150 each will be available for three shortlisted artists to develop full proposals in response to the Service Specification. A project budget of £20,000 (including all costs and disbursements) has been identified for the design, construction and installation of the artwork.

Deadline 30 October 2017


Curator in Residence

Helsinki International Curatorial Programme 2018

Since 2013, Helsinki International Curatorial Programme has offered annually up to four one-month residencies in Helsinki for curators of contemporary art. The programme is co-organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

The HICP curators-in-residence will live and work at HIAP’s international residency centre on the island of Suomenlinna, a 15 minute ferry-trip away from the centre of Helsinki. 

HIAP offers the resident curators a combined workspace and accommodation. Frame provides them with a working grant (39 euros per residency day) and a travel allowance from and to the curator’s place of residence. Both organisations provide the curator fellows with individualised assistance and networking support tailored to their project or research. The HICP curators have access to the international residency community and programme of events at HIAP, while Frame provides contacts with extensive networks of Finnish artists and other art professionals.

Deadline 31 October 2017


Exhibition Opportunity

Apexart Exhibitions 2018-19

apexart will accept exhibition proposals from October 1 – 31, 2017. Three top rated proposals will become exhibitions presented at apexart in New York City as part of its 2018-2019 program season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, art world involvement, and location, are invited to submit ideas online. 

Deadline 31 October 2017



Sculpture Commission for Baking Town Centre

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham invite applications from artists based in the UK for the opportunity design a sculpture of Bobby Moore, to be located in Barking Town Centre. The commissioned work will be a 1.5 scale life-sized sculpture of Bobby Moore, to be cast in bronze. For full details on the fee of this commission, please reach out to Create Associates. We will be selecting three shortlisted applications for consideration, and offering £2,000 for the three shortlisted artists to develop their proposals further for the final stages of selection. For full information on commission brief and how to apply, visit the Create Associates website.

Deadline 1 November 2017

Create Associates


Photography Commissions for Major Brighton Hospital

Photoworks in partnership with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Willis Newson and the University of Brighton offer three photograph commissions. The commissions will deliver a permanent collection of photographic artworks sited across 36 public waiting rooms within the new 3Ts redevelopment of Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital to open from 2020 and form part of CONNECT, the public art programme for the hospital redevelopment. Themes: Brighton, Coast and South Downs. Open to all, but selectors particularly interested in photographers with a connection to Sussex.

Deadline 1 November 2017


Exhibition Opportunity

HBI Artist Program 2018

Solo Exhibition Opportunity. The 2018 HBI ARTIST PROGRAM provides an artist the opportunity to have a solo exhibition for twelve weeks at the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University starting March 2018. They invite proposals that relate to the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute’s mission of developing fresh ideas about Jews and gender.

Deadline 1 November 2017

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute / Kniznick Gallery


Contemporary Talents 2017 Competition

For its 7th edition, the François Schneider Foundation in Wattwiller (Alsace, France) launches the “Contemporary Talents 2017” Competition in order to support the contemporary creation on the theme of water. The competition chooses 7 laureates each year and it is open to candidates of all nationalities, all ages, and in all disciplines of the plastic and visual arts.

The support made available for the laureates:
• An endowment of 20 000 euros per laureate
• A collective exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center
• A bilingual publication presenting the works of the prize-winners
• The entry of the work in the Foundations collection

Deadline 1 November 2017

François Schneider Foundation

Exhibition Opportunity

Project Postcard 2017

All artists welcome and encouraged to be a part of Project Postcard 2017 by submitting original works of art, postcard-sized, to be included in the exhibit and presented for sale at the closing event in the NMSU University Art Gallery. Proceeds from Project: Postcard 2017 will benefit budding art students of New Mexico State when our 1932 retrofitted gymnasium, which is slated to break-ground in 2018, turns into a 21st century art facility. 

Deadline 3 November 2017

New Mexico State University Art Gallery
@NMSUArtGallery ‏

Exhibition Opportunity

Tomorrow's World Exhibition Opportunity 2018

Atom Gallery in North London is seeking submissions from artists, printmakers and illustrators for an exhibition on the theme of "Tomorrow's World" in December and January. 

Deadline 8 November 2017

Atom Gallery

Exhibition Opportunity

Poppositions Art fair 2018

POPPOSITIONS is currently inviting galleries, project spaces and artist initiatives to participate in its 7th edition via an open call.

POPPOSITIONS was established as a counterpoint to mainstream art fairs, and has grown as the leading fair offering an alternative market for contemporary art. In the past seven years, POPPOSITIONS has been dealing with questions of artistic agency, self-organisation, cynicism and criticality in order to shape its profile within the cultural and economic landscape. For the second edition in a row, Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (The Office for Curating, NL) is the artistic director.

Deadline 15 November 2017


Exhibition Opportunity

Whitechapel London Open 2018

Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial exhibition that showcases the most dynamic work being made across the capital today.

The London Open is a triennial exhibition open to all artists aged 26 or over living or working in London. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, moving image, photography, drawing, performances and installations.

Deadline 26 November 2017

Whitechapel Gallery

Artist in Residence

Zaratan AIR Artistic Residencies 2018

Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea is now accepting applications for Zaratan Artist In Residence 2018 programme provides a private workspace, a creative and thrilling artistic community, exhibition opportunities and professional development for international artists in Lisbon (Portugal). Besides receiving applications for the regular program of residencies they are now launching an open call for Zaratan's annual  4 week residency grant, which covers the studio and accommodation contributions for one artist/collective selected through the application process by the curatorial team.

Deadline 30 October 2017

Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea


Perspektive Fund 2017

Perspektive is a German-French fund for contemporary art and architecture that promotes artistic exchange between both countries. Initiated by the Bureau des arts plastiques, a call for project proposals by German and French initiatives is announced for the fourth time. Initiatives can apply for project funding starting October 1. The Perspektive funding program targets public and private institutions such as museums, art and architectural centers, art associations, galleries, architectural offices, and independent exhibition spaces working in the fields of contemporary art and architecture in Germany and France.

Deadline 1 December 2017

Bureau des arts plastiques

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

Artist in Residence

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) will award up to fifteen artists with one month residencies in St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada. Artists will be provided with an individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. Artists will live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. The residence is within walking distance of the down town, however artists should bring all materials needed for their creative process when they arrive, as supplies and provisions are limited in town. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements for each artist will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with the Kingsbrae Garden which is located steps away from the residence and studios.

Deadline 31 December 2017

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)

Artist in Residence

Arts Council England Crowdfunding

Up to £10,000 of extra funding for artists and arts organisations Supporting a dynamic and captivating English arts scene We want to discover England’s most exciting artists and arts organisations- who are bringing something to their local community or the people and communities around them. With the support of the Arts Council England, we have £125,000 of extra funding to put towards crowdfunding projects. Do you have an artistic project or an idea that will help you develop as an artist? If so, you could get up to £10,000 extra funding towards your crowdfunding project. There's extra funding of up to £10,000 (or 25% of funding target) available to artists and arts organisations raising between £4,000 and £40,000 on Crowdfunder. 

Deadline Rolling 


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.

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Deadline Rolling

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

Prizes and Awards

Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2018

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, Winter Pride in partnership with Emerald Life and The House of St Barnabas, is proud to launch its latest art competition Beyond the Binaries.
£1,000 Prize Money for overall winner of Art Awards. £500 Lady Petchey Art Award for highly commended runner-up. 6-month exhibition at The House of St Barnabas from January 2018.
Open to all artists regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Beyond the Binaries encourages artists to think of art as a tool for activism and the promotion of social equality.

Deadline 5 January 2018

Winter Pride

Screening Opportunity

WomenCinemakers Biennale 2018

WomenCinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors and producers for its biennial edition. They are looking for shorts, documentaries and features written, directed or produced by women.
There are four categories that can be entered: Independent Cinema, Documentary, Dance Video, Performance, Experimental cinema

Deadline 28 February 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

Room 6.3 / Dear London

hARTslane is taking proposals from artists and curators for group exhibitions and art events to take place between November 2017 and April 2018 in our gallery space in New Cross Gate, South London.
The current theme is "Dear London", where they celebrate the empty, forgotten buildings in London, and imagine a new use for them beyond capitalism. A new relation between people and space where humanity is at heart.

Deadline 20 April 2018


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