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.

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Professional Development

East Bristol Contemporary: EBC DAY SCHOOL

Updated: 01 June 2021

East Bristol Contemporary are pleased to announce the establishment of the EBC Day School. A brand new and unique alternative arts education strand for Bristol.

Eligibility: We are inviting an initial cohort of 12 participants to take part in a year-long programme. The Day School might have particular relevance for the following:

  • artists/makers/designers/architects/musicians/creatives and those engaged in a broad spectrum of arts practice
  • those who have been practicing for some time and are looking for fresh ideas or opportunities for community/collaboration
  • those new to the South West/Bristol and looking to meet other artists and work within a close-knit peer network
  • those looking to move to Bristol and get connected into the city as a practitioner
  • those who have been excluded from mainstream or postgraduate education because of rising costs or accessibility issues
  • those recently graduated and looking to continue with a lighter touch education programme

What you get: Studio space, workshops and professional developement, annual exhibition opportunity and much more.

Deadline 18 June 2021

east bristol contemporary


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Commission for National Railway Museum's New Wonderlab Gallery

Updated: 15 June 2021

The National Railway Museum is seeking an artist or an artistic practice to develop a new interactive installation to feature in the £5m Wonderlab gallery opening in Spring 2023 as part of the museum’s Vision 2025 redevelopment. This is a paid opportunity. Please see our website for further information and details on how to apply.

Eligibility: We are open to submissions from artists / artistic practises with experience of developing similar commissions - please refer to the Brief on our website

What you get: Paid opportunity £1000 honorarium at concept stage and approximatly £70k full commission budget.

Deadline 18 June 2021

National Railway Museum


Call for neurodiverse actor or opera singer

Updated: 08 June 2021

We are looking for performers with lived experience of schizophrenia or non-neurotypical conditions to work with us in the creation of a new piece 'Mirrored to the core (Schizophrenic love)'; a collaboration between artist James Paddock, composer Jerome Van Den Berghe and opera director Rosalind Parker. 'Mirrored to the core (Schizophrenic love)' is supported by public funding through the National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council England.

Eligibility: Experience preferred but not necessary.

What you get: Paid opportunity

How to apply: For more details send your CV, biography and showreel to project manager Kye Wilson on studio (at) kyewilson (dot) co (dot) uk with the email heading ‘"MTTC Casting Call".

Deadline 18 June 2021

James Paddock (artist)


Visual Arts Commission for 3 Premium Wine Labels

Updated: 08 June 2021

For our first in a series of visual arts projects we will be commissioning an emerging or established artist to design the labels for our three new exclusive, limited release wines.

The original artwork will form part of a wider collection of contemporary visual art on display to the public that will be curated at Artelium by its visual arts curators.

There will also be many future opportunities for artists including performances, exhibitions and further commissions at our two sites in Sussex.

Eligibility: The commission is open to emerging or established contemporary visual artists with a critically engaged practice, who are based in the United Kingdom

What you get: £5000 fee and the potential of opportunities including performances, exhibitions and further commissions at our two sites in Sussex.

Deadline 24 June 2021

Artelium Wine Estate


Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowship Award 2021-22

Updated: 20 May 2021

The Elan Valley has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Arts Council of Wales. Applications from creative practitioners working in any art form are invited to apply for the Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowship in the Elan Valley, Mid Wales. The one-year long fellowship is available from September 2021 - August 2022.

The Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowships offer established creative practitioners based in Wales a chance to experiment and develop their practice while giving them time away from usual commitments in a beautiful, inspiring setting. The fellowship includes six months’ accommodation within one year and a £9,000 bursary.

Eligibility: Established creative practitioners based in Wales

What you get out of it: One-year long fellowship and a £9,000 bursary

Deadline 25 June 2021

Elan Valley, Wales

Prizes and Awards

The RSA Morton Award

Updated: 20 May 2021

Entries for this year's Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award are now open! The monetary award is open to artists working in lens-based media in Scotland. This funded opportunity provides research, development and production time for a new body of work in a lens-based medium.

Eligibility: Artists must have been born in Scotland or have studied at a Scottish art school or have been resident in Scotland for at least three years

What you get out of it: £5,000 to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium. Exhibition of completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022 and acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

Deadline 27 June 2021

Royal Scottish Academy

Prizes and Awards

RSA William Littlejohn Award

Updated: 20 May 2021

Submissions for this year's Royal Scottish Academy William Littlejohn Award are now open! This monetary award provides an opportunity to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to exhibit a selected completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022. No

Eligibility: Entrants must be born or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years.

What you get out of it: £2,000 to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium. Exhibition of completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022 and acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

Deadline 27 June 2021

Royal Scottish Academy

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Middlesbrough Art Weekender: North East Open Call

Updated: 15 June 2021

From 30th September – 3rd October 2021, Middlesbrough Art Weekender (MAW) returns with work by artists around the theme of Infra-structure – visible and invisible, above and below, hard and soft.

Middlesbrough Art Weekender (MAW) and MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, are seeking applications for work by artists based in the North East or who have a connection to the area for an exhibition that forms part of MAW21. The selected artists will display their work in a group show or in appropriate interventions across Middlesbrough. The selection will be made by curators from MAW and MIMA and previously selected artists Penelope Payne and David Reynolds.

Eligibility: Artists based in the North East or who have a connection to the area.

What you get: A group exhibition that forms part of MAW’s core programme, artist fee of £500, and professional deevelopment through virtual studio visit and group crit.

Deadline 28 June 2021

The Auxiliary Project Space

Artist in Residence

Artist Lock In 2021

Updated: 08 June 2021

Calling artists and makers from all disciplines for an unforgettable experience in the Island of Jersey.

The Artist Lock-In is the flagship interdisciplinary residency project produced by ArtHouse Jersey. We are seeking artists, and individuals working in the arts, from all backgrounds and practices to apply for this inspiring experience.

Facilitated by Sue Hill (Wildworks, Eden Project), artists will be led through a fast-paced programme of activities and exercises, working together to learn from each other’s practice and to respond to the natural environment. Away from the distractions of everyday life, the Artist Lock In encourages an atmosphere in which to explore new approaches and different styles of making.

This is a supported opportunity to fill your lungs with fresh sea air, step out of your comfort zone and collaborate with artists from across the globe without the pressure of a deadline or expectation of a fully finished outcome.

Eligibility: We welcome artists of all disciplines and backgrounds. You must be over the age of 18, professionally committed to your craft and regularly present work to an audience either through performance, exhibition, showcase or targeted community outreach. Due to travel restrictions artists must have been in the UK 14 days prior to the Lock In.

What you get: As the name suggests the Artist Lock In is fully residential and so full-board accommodation will be provided with all meals catered for. Participants will stay in Greve De Lecq Barracks for the entirety of the project.

To apply: Email francesca (at) arts (dot) je for information pack and application form

Deadline 28 June 2021

ArtHouse Jersey

Artist in Residence

Open Call: The 3am Project

Updated: 01 June 2021

We are seeking words or artworks that respond to the ideas of sleepless nights and nocturnal offerings.

Taking inspiration from Frank Baker’s restless and conflicted letter, penned at 3am to his love Isabel in 1939 after an ambiguous encounter, we are calling for works that explore the things that keep us up or come to us in the middle of the night. What swims in our psyche after dark that must be expressed? What are you called to say or create with urgency at 3am? What stirs us from slumber or reaches us in hazy moonlit interludes?

Eligibility: We welcome submissions from writers and artists across a broad spectrum of disciplines and experience. Young artists/writers, students, early career artists/writers and those with a more established practice are all encouraged to enter. We are seeking high quality, engaging work that clearly responds to the brief. Entry is free of charge. We also have a specific open call for Young Creatives (under 25’s) that can be found on the home page of our website.

What you get: The winner of each category will receive: £750, An exhibition opportunity (details to be confirmed) An exclusive invite to a vast and incredible archive of wonder! The open call will result in a public exhibition and events therefore visibility opportunities will be offered for creators of a range of selected works. Additional prizes will be offered to runners up.

Deadline 28 June 2021

It's Not Your Birthday But...

The Windrush Community Fund is open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups to bid for financial assistance to help ensure that organisations and groups can raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme. The Home Office fund has been designed with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and will be administered by Voice4Change England (V4CE).

Eligibility: UK-based open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups

What you get out of it: Grants up to £25,000

Deadline 30 June 2021

Voice4Change England

The Mayor of London is offering new funding towards Research & Development projects by London based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations. £70,000 of grant funding available is for projects ranging from £3,000 to £10,000. Successful applicants will be invited to share their project’s work-in-progress as part of Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture opening event in January 2022.

Proposals are invited for engaging and thought-provoking projects suitable for outdoor, indoor or digital presentation. All art forms are welcome, including music, visual art, comedy, poetry, street theatre and dance, digital art, participatory installations, workshops and other events.

Eligibility: UK-based D/deaf and disabled artists

What you get out of it: £70,000 of grant funding available for projects ranging from £3,000 to £10,000

Deadline 30 June 2021

The Mayor of London


Making Futures 2021 - Call for Contributions

Updated: 01 June 2021

The ninth Making Futures biennial, Plymouth College of Art's international research platform, is set to take place online on 16 September 2021. We are now calling for contributions that address the conference themes of 'Re-crafting the Local-Global Maker Relationship', 'Life Cycles of Material Worlds', and 'Resilience Through Leadership and Organisational Form'.

Eligibility: Open to anyone currently exploring the conference themes in their work

What you get: Selected applicants will present their contributions live at our international event.

Deadline 30 June 2021

Plymouth College of Art

Prizes and Awards

ACS Studio Prize 2021

Updated: 20 May 2021

The Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) offers one student or recent graduate £4,500 to contribute to an artist's studio's cost in a UK city of your choice. Simply submit your PDF portfolio and a short statement at before 30 June 2021 to be in with a chance of winning. ACS established the Studio Prize in 2017 to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers. The Prize is open to all final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Fine Art and other creative courses. Artists who have graduated from such a course within the past four years are also invited to apply.

Eligibility: UK-based art student or recent graduate

What you get out of it: £4,500 contribution to your studio space rent

Deadline 30 June 2021

Artists' Collecting Society (ACS)

Artist in Residence

SchUM artist in residence

Updated: 20 May 2021

Open call for three project fellowships to realise an artistic project that addresses the history of the SchUM communities and their religious, cultural and architectural legacy. SchUM stands for an association of the three German cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, that was unique for the whole of Ashkenaz, the impact of which is still evident today.

The call for applications is open to professional artists from around the world working in the following areas: visual and media art, architecture, design, music and literature. The residency will last for 4 to 6 weeks and is scheduled between October 2021 and February 2022 (start date is in 2021). Fellows will work and live in one of the three ShUM cities (Worms, Speyer or Mainz).

Eligibility: Professional artists in the areas of visual and media art, architecture, design, music and literature.

What you get out of it: A rent-free, furnished apartment, a studio/work room, travel expenses up to € 1,000, allowance of € 250 per residency week and a contribution to other expenses (materials or services) of up to € 1,000.

Deadline 01 July 2021

Cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, Germany

Dogs Trust, in partnership with Wild in Art and the world-famous Snoopy, is inviting people to explore the city of Cardiff through an exciting new art trail in Spring 2022. It will be formed of over 60 giant Snoopy sculptures which, at the end, will be auctioned to raise money for Dogs Trust.

Each of our Snoopy sculptures needs to be transformed into a work of art. Designs are welcome from both emerging and established artists in any medium; traditional to new media, fine art, graffiti, illustration or mosaic. Designs will be shortlisted before being presented to our sponsors. Those that are successfully chosen will then be commissioned and upon completion, each artist will receive a £900 commission fee, as well as the opportunity to showcase their work as part of this event.

Opportuinity for amateur or professional artists, aged 18 or over and living in the UK.

Deadline 01 July 2021

Dogs Trust, Cardiff

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Exhibition Opportunity | Promoted

Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition

Updated: 20 May 2021

Visual arts have always been an integral part of Glyndebourne, on and off the stage, and the annual tour art competition, which has been running since 2013, offers a platform for new artists to raise their profile. 2021's tour art competition challenges new artists to submit an artwork based on the theme of "forces of nature".

Eligibility: New artists, aged 16+ with less than five years' experience.

What you get out of it: The winning artist will see their artwork on the cover of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme, and their work will also be part of a digital exhibition with all shortlisted works, hosted by Glyndebourne this autumn. Works can be offered for sale during the exhibition with an upper price limit of £1,500. If Covid-19 restrictions allow, we may also hold a physical exhibition of the artworks in Glyndebourne's onsite Gallery 94. As part of the prize, the winner will receive four free tickets to a world-class opera production at Glyndebourne during the Tour 2021. All shortlisted entrants will win two free tickets.

Deadline 04 July 2021

Glyndebourne, UK


Emerging Concepts Edition

Updated: 21 May 2021

With this call, we want to invite projects that explore how art can involve people and communities in dialogue and rethinking the social and political reality that concerns them. Therefore, we encourage projects that have art-based and/or theoretical-practical methodology in researching issues of relevance for different communities. Special emphasis is put on the research process which should be driven by direct observation of the concerns and challenges those communities face. By mobilizing the capacities and potentials of art and culture in addressing socially relevant topics including, but not limited to human rights, environmental issues, migration and refugees, the new normal, digitalization, and creative industries, the project should strive to achieve broad social impact.

Eligibility: Curators, art historians, artists

What you get: Publication, mentorship, 10% of the retail price.

Deadline 05 July 2021


Prizes and Awards

ELEVATE OPEN CALL for underrepresented artists

Updated: 01 June 2021

We are inviting artists from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who live in any of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs to submit a creative idea for a visual artwork that responds to the theme of PATTERNS.

Two artists will be selected by our panel and awarded £200 each to create their artwork, the artwork will be featured in an exhibition alongside the new work created by prolific public artist, Venessa Scott. The exhibition will take place at Streford Public Hall in Stretford, Trafford.

Eligibility: We are inviting artists from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who live in any of the 10 Greater Manchester

What you get: £200 and work featured in an exhibition

Deadline 06 July 2021

Stretford Public Hall


Digital R&D Commissions by The Space

Updated: 02 June 2021

Arts and cultural organisations based in England, including museums, libraries, community organisations and local councils with a cultural project, can apply for a digital R&D commission of up to £9,000 (excluding VAT).

Commissions are for you to develop and deliver a creative digital project for online audiences. This might be a video or audio project, or an interactive or immersive experience.

As the cultural sector begins to rebuild following the Covid-19 pandemic, we want applicants to reflect on their experiences and learning from 2020-21 and consider what digital elements you wish to develop for the medium and long-term.

Eligibility: Arts and cultural organisations based in England, including museums, libraries, community organisations and local councils with a cultural project.

What you get: Digital R&D commission of up to £9,000 (excluding VAT)

Deadline 08 July 2021

The Space, Birmingham

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Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2021

Updated: 07 June 2021

The RSMA seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short, anything that involves tidal water.

Eligibility: Any artist over 18 may submit. Subject matter must be essentially marine in nature, relating in some way to tidal waters of the world; topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed. Acceptable media: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.

What you get: Exhibition, along with the chance to win one of the many established prizes and awards - Baltic Exchange Award (£2,000 value); The Charles Pears Award (value £500); The Kenneth Denton Award: (value £500); The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award (First Prize £500, Second Prize £100); The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting (value £300); The RSMA New Generation Award (value £250); The Topbond Marine Award (value £250); The Winsor & Newton Oil Prize (value £250 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials for a notable oil painting); The Artist Magazine Award; The Classic Boat Award.

Submission fee: £20 per work / £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under. Maximum of six works submitted, maximum of four works selected.

Deadline 09 July 2021

Mall Galleries, London

Writing / Publishing Opportunity

Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2021

Updated: 01 June 2021

The Burlington Magazine is delighted to announce that the 2021 Contemporary Art Writing Prize is now open for entries.

Eligibility: Contenders – who must have published no more than six exhibition reviews in print or online – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition from the last twelve months, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. This year, due to museum and gallery closures caused by the pandemic, we will accept reviews of online exhibitions. There is no age limit for applicants.

What you get: The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented writers on contemporary art. The winner will receive £1,000, their review will be published on the Burlington Contemporary platform and they will also have the opportunity to publish a review of a future contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Deadline 12 July 2021

The Burlington Magazine

Exhibition Opportunity

minus20degree Open Call

Updated: 01 June 2021

minus20degree (m20d) is looking for artists in sound art, videoart, performance, theater, installation, or dynamic land art.

We are especially interested in long range art forms, art that takes and needs space, art that is mobile or makes the audience move. We also look forward receiving proposals for dynamic sound- and videoart that embraces the snowy landscape as endless projection surface.

Eligibility: Application is open to individuals, pairs or groups at any stage of their career. Applicants must be over 18.

What you get: Selected artists will receive an artist fee of € 1,000, a production budget of up to € 1,600 travel budget of up to € 400. minus20degree wil provide up to 6 nights’ accommodation (arrangements for longer stays can be made), support from the team throughout m20d22. There will be technical support and professional documentation of the work.

Deadline 14 July 2021


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Projection/Projektion: Call for Video Artists

Updated: 15 June 2021

Projektion Darmstadt call for artist entries is aimed exclusively at artists who work with the camera. Open to all artists everywhere born after January 1, 1981, applicants are invited to submit one video work of no more than 10 minutes in length. Multi-channel projections can only be considered if there is a screening version for one channel. A selection of up to 12 works will be presented during a two-week open-air screening in Darmstadt in the beginning of September 2021. From this selection, a jury will choose the winner. The winner of "das projektion" will receive 5000€. The winning work will also be shown alongside a selection of video works by members of the Darmstädter Sezession at screenings in San Antonio. For its 2021 prize for young artists, the Darmstädter Sezession of Darmstadt, Germany is partnering with Blue Star Contemporary of San Antonio, Texas.

Eligibility: Every video artist born after 1.1.1981

What you get: A shortlist of up to 12 video artists will have their work screened as part of an open-air cinema in Darmstadt. The winner will receive 5000€ and will be included in a presentation of video art by members of Darmstädter Sezession in San Antonio, Texas.

Deadline 16 July 2021

Darmstädter Sezession

Artist in Residence

Unlocking the Collections by Artquest and the Museum of the Home

Updated: 02 June 2021

Artquest are partnering with the Museum of the Home who are funding a new research residency. The Unlocking the Collections artist research residency award is an opportunity for an artist to develop their practice responding to material in the new Collections Library at the Museum of the Home. The selected artist will explore the Museum’s collection with support from its curators at a pivotal point in the Museum’s development and its reopening to the public in 2021.

Eligibility: Open to early career London-based artists, working in any medium

What you get: One selected artist will receive an award of £3,000 to develop their practice in response to the Museum of the Home’s collections. A further £850 to deliver a public-facing event that showcases their thinking and research undertaken over the residency period and special access to Museum collections and curatorial staff.

Deadline 19 July 2021

Artquest and The Museum of the Home

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2022 HBI Artist Program

Updated: 15 June 2021

The 2022 HBI Artist Program provides an artist the opportunity to have a solo exhibition for twelve weeks at the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University. The selected artist is awarded a $2500 exhibition stipend and a $500 honorarium to produce two programs during the exhibition. In addition to the physical exhibition in the gallery, the HBI Artist exhibition will be viewable online and have an accompanying printed exhibition catalogue.

Proposals must relate to HBI’s mission of developing fresh ideas about Jews and gender, and we invite submissions that emphasize the experiences of Jews of color.

The online exhibition and public programs will run from March–June 2022.

Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in a degree program.

What you get: Physical solo exhibition for twelve weeks at the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis Universit, $2,500 exhibition stipend, $500 honorarium to produce two programs, printed exhibition catalogue

Deadline 30 July 2021

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Waltham, MA

Prizes and Awards

Spectrum Art Award 2022

Updated: 20 May 2021

The Spectrum Art Award is a national competition created to celebrate the creative excellence of artists on the autistic spectrum. It is open to all UK adults over 18 who identify as being on the autistic spectrum and for work in any medium. Submission is free.

The Award is now open for submissions until 31st July 2021. The Award will recognise the achievements of 5 selected finalists equally; each finalist will win £5,000 and an opportunity to have their work exhibited and advanced in its most suitable form. All five will also receive invaluable professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support.

Critically acclaimed artists and photographers Larry Achiampong, Alison Wilding and John Hooper will be joining the judging panel along with Spectrum Art Award finalist 2020, Janice Hughes.

Eligibility: All UK adults over the age of 18 who identify as being on the autistic spectrum.

What you get out of it: The Award will recognise the achievements of 5 selected finalists equally; each finalist will win £5,000 and an opportunity to have their work exhibited and advanced in its most suitable form. All five will also receive invaluable professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support.

Deadline 31 July 2021

Spectrum Art Award

Prizes and Awards

2021 ISC Innovator Award: Call to Artists and Art

Updated: 20 May 2021

Organizations Submissions are now open for the 2021 ISC Innovator Award. This award recognizes the creative innovation of individuals, organizations, or collectives who develop new ideas and work to improve and/or expand the field of contemporary sculpture while demonstrating a commitment to their community and effect social change through their work. Award benefits include: $1,000 Cash prize, one year Professional (individual) or Associate (organization) level ISC Membership, recognition on and in Sculpture Magazine and a virtual event to present work/project to the ISC Sculpture Community.

Eligibility: Applicants may apply as individuals or groups (such as but not limited to artists, cultural organizers, curators, nonprofit, organization, collaborative, etc.); Available for both domestic and international entities; Applicants may not be a current graduate or undergraduate student; Open to sculptors/groups working in any material or medium

What you get out of this: $1,000 (USD) Cash prize; One year Professional (individual) or Associate (organization) level ISC Membership; Recognition on and in Sculpture Magazine; Virtual event to present work/project to the ISC Sculpture Community.

Deadline 12 August 2021

ISC Innovator Award

Exhibition Opportunity

Exhibit your art at the Seafront Gallery in Worthing

Updated: 26 March 2021

To boost the local art industry as the country moves out of lockdown, Worthing Borough Council, with support from the team at the creative hub Colonnade House, is offering the exhibition space with no hire fee throughout 2021.

The outdoor gallery features five stone-filled gabion plinths and is situated a short walk west of Worthing Pier on the promenade - an area that attracts a high footfall throughout the year.

Proposals are now invited for future exhibitions at The Seafront Gallery, which has 20 display surfaces across the five plinths and is accessible via a beachside path as well as the promenade. Hire periods will be for four to six months.

Eligibility: UK based artists and practitioners

What you get out of it: You'll get a free exhibition space and the opportunity to exhibit your work, but you must cover your production costs

Deadline: 31 August 2021

Colonnade House
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Deadline 31 August 2021

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BxNU Master of Fine Art

Updated: 20 May 2021

Would you like to explore the world-making capacities of creative research? Today, artists are innovators not simply as individual producers but also as institution-builders, project managers, technical inventors, curators, educators, community workers and equality activists.

The BxNU Master of Fine Art, offered in partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University, Newcastle focuses upon fine art as an exploratory form of research activity driving the creation of new forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness. It looks toward the future of cultural work as diverse, networked and socially transformative.

The programme offers expert guidance on the development of your art practice in a research-rich environment with an internationally renowned faculty of artists, curators and writers. There is a focus on critical reflection and materials-led practice, learning both singly and through experiences of co-production and group performance and supported by access to leading resources through collective studios, public-facing project spaces and outstanding technical facilities. Students participate in a dynamic research exchange with BALTIC curatorial and educational staff, behind-the-scenes talks with visiting artists and in exhibition presentations providing invaluable experience of open forms of cultural exchange characteristic of the city and region.

Eligibility: A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered, as well as those without a degree or a degree in an unrelated subject.

What you get out of it: 2 years full-time studies, Postgrad

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry:
Full UK Fee: £14,700; full EU Fee: £25,400; full International Fee: £25,400

Scholarship info:
2021/22 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: £2,750 Fee Discount Scholarship for 50 Masters Students.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship closes at 16:00 on 14 July 2021. Applications and info here.

Deadline 01 September 2021

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University, Newcastle


Zebrastraat: New Technological Art Award 2022

Updated: 20 May 2021

During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) is organised, a contest which tries to fill in a gap in the mainstream art world, by paying attention to the technological developments that drive our global culture. NTAA selects and presents creations in which the culture-forming role of technology occupies a central place. Low or high tech, intuitive or experimental, the creations always draw our attention to actual innovative trends. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant temporal and resilient use of technology in the artistic sector.

There is no artist fee. The organisation will reimburse costs regarding transport, accommodation and installation. The 20 projects selected by the jury will be rendered public on the website in October 2021.

Eligibility: Open to all age groups and nationalities.

What you get out of it: Cash award of 5,000 euro will be allocated to a work and to its creator.

Deadline 01 September 2021

Zebrastraat Ghent, Belgium


Immerse Cambridge & Oxford Summer School Essay

Updated: 20 May 2021

Are you a highly ambitious student interested in attending the Immerse Summer School in Oxford or Cambridge? We offer a variety of summer programmes, from Architecture to Physics, and if you’re looking to showcase your academic skills, then this is the essay competition for you. The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers applicants the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse summer programme.

Eligibility: UK students aged 13-15 or 16-18

What you get out of it: Opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse summer programme.

Deadline 01 September 2021

Immerse Education

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Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2021

Updated: 15 June 2021

Designregio Kortrijk is looking for 3 highly motivated and recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join in a regional residency program in Kortrijk, Belgium.

The Designers in Residence Kortrijk program is a 3-month full time working residency from October 2021 to January 2022. This year's theme is "The future of Urban Nature".

Eligibility: The profile of the designers must correspond to the following criteria: 1. recently graduated (minimum level: master or equal by experience) 2. team player 3. manual skills (conceptual, handy, production, fabrication) 4. an international outlook

What you get: Designregio Kortrijk provides for the selected Designers in Residence Kortrijk: - accommodation - monthly fee (400€/month) - usage of Budalab Open Makerspace - experts in several domains and support of Designregio Kortrijk - one-time travel expenses

Deadline 03 September 2021

Designregio Kortrijk

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The BBA Photography Prize

Updated: 14 June 2021

The BBA Photography Prize awards international photographers irrespective of their background with several Prizes, including a solo show, cash prizes & more. The competition includes an exhibition at Kühlhaus Berlin in October. A jury of experts ensures an unbiased evaluation and high-quality standard. Photographers can enter between 1-15 images. BBA gallery will feature the best applications through their social media profiles and website.

Eligibility: Anyone. This is an international open call to all photographers of all ages above 18, all genders and nationalities. There are no restrictions on social, ethnic or educational backgrounds or the creative theme. There is, however, one ‘restriction’: The artwork needs to be in the realm of photography. Who would have thought?

What you get out of it: An Artsy profile, up to €2000 and a solo show 2022 at BBA Gallery.

Entry fee: Between €15.00 and €65.00, depending on package.

Deadline 12 September 2021

BBA Gallery, Berlin

Exhibition Opportunity

Manchester Open Exhibition 2022

Updated: 20 May 2021

Applications for artists to be part of the 2022 Manchester Open Exhibition will open on Wednesday, 16 June.

The first Manchester Open, in 2020 – the most successful exhibition in HOME's history – saw over 33,000 visitors enjoying 543 artworks by 451 artists. It was the first region-wide exhibition of its type to welcome entries from people of any background and level of experience, including established professionals, new and emerging talent, enthusiastic amateurs and first-time artists.

Submissions will be made via an online web portal on the HOME website, and are open to all, including those who may already identify as artists and those who might not, working in any medium. It is free to submit work for consideration, although HOME encourages donations to support their outreach and engagement programme.

Eligibility: Anyone living or working in Greater Manchester who considers themselves to be an artist, regardless of experience

What you get out of it: Inclusion in one of Manchester's most popular exhibitions, plus the chance to win a £2,000 bespoke Manchester Open Award.

Deadline 17 September 2021

HOME, Manchester

Prizes and Awards | Promoted

2021 Foundwork Artist Prize

Updated: 08 June 2021

The Foundwork Artist Prize is an annual juried award started in 2019 to recognize outstanding practices by contemporary artists working in any media. The deadline to register for the 2021 prize is October 10.

This year, two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of the distinguished jurors. The honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be interviewed in the Foundwork Dialogues program to further public engagement with their practices.

The jury for the 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize includes leading international curators, gallerists, educators, and artists:

  • Vanessa Carlos, Founder, Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery, London; Founder, CONDO international gallery collaborative
  • Qu Chang, Independent Curator and Art Historian, Hong Kong and Shenzhen; former Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong
  • Bridget Donahue, Owner and Director, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York
  • Cédric Fauq, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Incoming Chief Curator, CAPC Musée, Bordeaux
  • Thomas Lawson, Artist; Dean of the School of Art, CalArts, Valencia; Editor-in-Chief, East of Borneo
  • Thiago de Paula Souza, Independent Curator, São Paulo; Co-Curator, 2021 Frestas Triennial of Arts, Sorocaba, Brazil; curatorial team, 10th Berlin Biennale

Foundwork membership costs $4 per month and can be canceled at any time. To be eligible for the 2021 prize, artists will need to have a profile on the Foundwork website, with at least 6 artworks published on their profile page, throughout the selection period: 5:00 pm PT, October 10, 2021 through 5:00 pm PT, November 30, 2021. Visit to register.

Eligibility: The Foundwork Artist Prize is open to artists residing in any location worldwide with limited exceptions. Artists should see the FAQ and Prize Rules on Foundwork for instructions, terms and conditions. If you have further questions, please email

What you get out of it: Two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of the distinguished jurors. The honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be interviewed in the Foundwork Dialogues program to further public engagement with their practices.

Deadline 10 October 2021


Foundwork is a platform for artists to introduce their work to people across the contemporary art community. Our purpose is to support access and discourse between artists, curators, gallerists, and collaborators, wherever they are based.

Exhibition Opportunity | Promoted


Updated: 20 May 2021

PULPO GALLERY is now accepting submissions for its 2022 OPEN CALL SOLO SHOW. Entries need to be submitted via Instagram and the winner will receive an all expenses paid solo show at PULPO GALLERY in 2022.

Entries can take any form of 2-dimensional (such as paintings) or 3-dimensional (such as sculptures) art and need to be submitted via Instagram.

Deadline 31 October 2021

Pulpo Gallery, Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany


Inspiring London through Culture Commission

Updated: 02 June 2021

The City Corporation is one of the UK’s major funders of culture and heritage and directly supports a range of institutions and activities in these fields. It also recognises and welcomes the wide range of organisations, large and small, who further enrich the Square Mile’s cultural offer and who may benefit from additional support or sponsorship to help initiatives to develop.

This programme is now open for applications. The deadline is on 5 November 2021 for the applications to be considered in January 2022.

Eligibility: Registered charity • Registered Community Interest Company • Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation • Charitable company (incorporated as a not-for-profit) • Exempt or excepted charity • Registered charitable industrial and provident society or charitable cooperative (Bencom) • Constituted voluntary organisation

What you get: This funding theme has a modest amount of funding and so large projects are beyond its scope. It is anticipated that individual grants will not exceed £10,000.

Deadline 05 November 2021

The City of London Corporation (CoLC)

Exhibition Opportunity

Virtual Reality Climate Change Memorial

Updated: 20 May 2021

The ‘Virtual Reality Climate Change Memorial’ is set in a post-2050 future where some of the worst climate predictions have come true. Species going extinct, constant “natural disasters”, extreme weather conditions, cities drowning, millions displaced or homeless, food scarcity, extreme air pollution making it hard to breathe, and more. The memorial is a virtual space to grieve all that has been lost, away from the physical world in turmoil. As well as this function, considering the contemporary audience, the space also hopes to inform about climate change using factual evidence and compelling stories based on truth with the intent to ‘move’ the audience emotionally and to action.

Going forward, I would like to open the space up to include creative responses to this idea from artists and creatives worldwide as this is a global issue of which disastrous effects can already be seen around the world. If you are interested in submitting some work for this space please read the details in the link provided and get in touch with any questions.

Eligibility: Anyone

What you get out of it: Exhibition and networking opportunities, collaboration.

Deadline 12 December 2021


Prizes and Awards | Promoted

£60 free driving credit for ArtRabbit readers with Zipcar for Business

Updated: 20 May 2021

If you’re having to adapt to new ways of working, playing, or visiting museums, our friends at Zipcar for Business are here to help. Members can use their 3000 vehicles to get across town on their own terms, when they need to, all via their app. Claim your year’s free business membership (worth £99), up to 29% off driving rates and £60 credit today. They’ll help you get your business moving. More information for ArtRabbit users here.

Deadline 31 December 2021

Zipcar for Business, United Kingdom

Studio Space | Promoted

Residencies at Old Jet

Updated: 20 May 2021

Residencies at Old Jet are an excellent opportunity for artists to work on a piece or project in a new inspiring environment, giving them a break from their familiar creative surroundings. Anyone working in any creative field is welcome. A one-week booking is entirely free and includes the use of a cosy sofa bed and our kitchen, toilets and shower.

First-come, first-serve basis. Please apply via info at

Eligibility: UK-based artists

What you get out of it: Free studio space for one week. Enquire for more info.

Deadline 31 December 2021

Old Jet, Suffolk

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