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.


Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award

Who can apply: An early-to-mid-career photographer in or from the UK The award: £2,000 to undertake a narrative photography project with a social or political context; approx. £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging; support from the Trust towards public and industry exposure of the work; membership of Shutter Hub. Judges include: Matthew Tucker (BBC News); Melanie Hough (Getty Images); Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly).

Deadline 19 October 2018

Rebecca Vassie Trust
Facebook: @RebeccaVassieTrust
Twitter: @vassietrust

Prizes and Awards

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award: Photography Bursary

The Rebecca Vassie Trust announces the third annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers ‒ with the cash bursary increasing this year from £1,250 to £2,000.

In addition to the cash, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, the winner receives more than £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging plus support towards industry and public exposure.

Applicants must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a narrative photography project with a social or political context.

Deadline 19 October 2018

Rebecca Vassie Trust
Facebook: @RebeccaVassieTrust
Twitter: @vassietrust


Christmas Mural Commission

Theatre Deli is a charity committed to creating opportunities for people to make and experience art. We're looking to commission an artist to create a festive mural for our Broadgate, London location. We're after something a little bit different (not your average Santa's Grotto), but beyond that, we'd love to leave the opportunity open to let your soar like Father Christmas' sleigh. The space we need to fill is 8 x 2.5 and we're ideally looking for someone who has experience in large scale work.

Deadline 20 October 2018

Theatre Deli
Facebook: @theatredeli
Twitter: @theatredeli

Writer in Residence

Writing Residency at Leeds Arts University

Corridor8, in partnership with Leeds Arts University, invites proposals from an early career writer to respond to a forthcoming solo exhibition by Nicola Dale titled ‘Figurehead.’ This residency is designed for an early career writer to develop their work in a supportive organisational setting, in conversation with artists, curators and editors. In Autumn 2018, Dale will visit Rome to study historical representations of Saint Jerome, patron saint of libraries, as the basis for an exhibition in the newly built, dedicated arts library at Leeds Arts University. A writer is invited to respond critically or creatively (or both) to the project as it unfolds.

Deadline 21 October 2018

Corridor8/Leeds Arts University
Facebook: @corridor8/@LeedsArtsUni
witter: @Corridor8/@LeedsArtsUni

Prizes and Awards

VIA Arts Prize 2018

The VIA Arts Prize is London’s bespoke visual Ibero-American themed arts competition. It is organised by the Embassies of Latin America, Spain and Portugal and is hosted annually at the Embassy of Brazil in London, in its impressive Sala Brasil gallery. The 1st and 2nd prize winners receive £5,000 and £2,000 respectively, and the winner will have the chance to put on a solo show. The Prize is judged every year by an impressive Jury, comprising 6 high-profile personalities from the Arts world, who combine expertise from the areas of curating and practicing art, as well as academia and cultural journalism. Theme: Dialogues with Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures.

Deadline 22 October 2018 

VIA Arts Prize organised by the Embassy of Brazil, ACALASP and People's Palace Projects
Facebook: @viaartsprize
Twitter: @ViaArtsPrize

Exhibition Opportunity

Open call for artists from Asia and Arab countries

In connection with Asia Peace Film Festival, which brings us the concept of ‘Peace' and ‘Harmony', this exhibition will include artwork in photography and video installations. Specifications of Open Call.Photographs must be in a high-resolution and printable version with title and name of the artist. Video installation should be maximum 5 minutes or less. Practicing artists from Asian and Arab countries. Theme: Peace building, culture or heritage Medium: Video installations and Photography Eligibility: Artists from Asian and Arab countries only Send your work with images and your intro at mehreen.curator@gmail.com latest by 31st October 2018. This exhibition will take place in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi along with Asia Peace Film Festival 2018-19.

Deadline 31 October 2018

Mehreen Hashmi
Facebook: @MehreenHashmi.Curator.Artist
Twitter: @mehreenhashmi


apexart NYC Open Call 2019-20

Three winning proposals will be presented at apexart's NYC space as part of its 2019-20 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level or location, are invited to submit a proposal online.

apexart covers costs for approved insurance, advertising, publicity, documentation, the design, printing, and mailing of the brochure, and the local opening reception. apexart oversees and handles most of the exhibition logistics, including loan agreements and shipping. The apexart team works closely with guest organizers to turn their ideas into apexart exhibitions.

Deadline 31 October 2018

Facebook: @apexartnyc
Twitter: @apexart

Artist in Residence

OPEN CALL | Residency Program 2019

Driven by the desire to intensify and exchange knowledge with artists through creative and productive practices, in 2015 Zaratan announced the promotion of an international art residency. Our goal is to mix experienced with emerging artists and give them the possibility to bring their work in an international context through exchange and collaboration within the local network. The artists-in-residence at Zaratan are given the opportunity to develop a project over a fixed period of time, and to reflect and consolidate their artistic practice.

Once a year Zaratan offers a 4 weeks residency grant, which cover the studio and accommodation fees for one artist selected through the applications process. THE OPEN CALL IS NOW OPEN FROM OCTOBER 1 TO NOVEMBER 1, 2018. THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON NOVEMBER 30, 2018.

Deadline 1 November 2018

Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea
Facebook: @zaratan.ac
Twitter: @ZaratanGaleria

Exhibition Opportunity

Call for Sculptural Works: PLAY

We are seeking sculptural work that explores the theme of Play. We are particularly interested in work(s) that have one of the following: Encourage new thinking about sculpture or sculpture history Raising public awareness and/or appreciation of sculpture Has an element of interactivity Has an element of public engagement. Is a unique approach to sculpture and/or pushes the boundaries of sculpture today. Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. Artists can also enter new works or concepts for works as long as they have a track record of completing projects and can provide a detailed description of what they are proposing to do. Unfortunately at this time we can only accept entries from UK Artists Only. This is free to enter and will be for an exhibition in Late 2019.

Deadline 1 November 2018

AIR Gallery
Facebook: @AIRExhibitions
Twitter: @AIRArtGallery


Scopio International Photography Contest 2018

The third Edition of SCOPIO International Photography Contest has as theme Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries, which is the main theme of the current cycle of scopio Magazine and focuses on diverse countries and on how architecture is transformed, how it reflects different hybrid cultural identities in many countries and how all of this interacts with and affects our cities and the landscape, always bearing in mind the mentioned categories: Architecture, City and Territory.

Deadline 4 November 2018

Scopio Editions
Facebook: @scopioeditions
Twitter: @scopiomagazine

Prizes and Awards

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

The third national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards seek proposals from outstanding artists using new approaches to photography. Presented every two years, the Awards are open to arts practitioners using photography who are within ten years of establishing their practice. There is no age limitation and no requirement for formal education or qualifications.
Two Awardees will each receive:
*£10,000 to support the making of new work *Access to an additional production fund of £5,000 *High-profile mentoring support from an international panel of experts for at least 12 months
*A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space (from January 2020)
*A subsequent UK joint exhibition tour

Deadline 5 November 2018

Photoworks and Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Twitter: @photoworks_uk
Facebook: @photoworksuk

Artist in Residence

Bauhaus Artist in Residence open call

The Residency will investigate how Bauhaus ideology and the role of the contemporary artist/designer can address the challenges and changes brought about by rapid urbanization and climate change in the 21st Century. The Residency will be split between Walthamstow Wetlands (roughly 2 days per week) and William Morris Gallery (roughly 1 day per week) from June 2019 – November 2020.

Deadline 12 November 2018

Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture
Facebook: @WFculture19
Twitter: @wfculture19

Exhibition Opportunity

Light festival 'WISH'

OPEN CALL for the third edition of the light exhibition 'WISH' at the underground Museum Romeinse Katakomben the Netherlands. The event will take place in the mystical underground corridors and crypts of the museum. 

Deadline 12 November 2018

Museum Romeinse Katakomben
Facebook: @katakomben.nl

Exhibition Opportunity

Bodies in Movement: Open Call

Take part in the Group Exhibition in Rome, Italy. February 2019.

Accepted media: Photography, Digital Graphic, Digital Visual.

The works that will take part in this exhibition will represent a continuum of that dialogue between the visual arts and the arts of movement, dance and performing arts, made manifest since their first developments and in which the art history has found an essential bond. From the plastic arts of Canova, to the pictorial ones of Matisse, Degas and Impressionists, to the performative experiences of the neo-avant-gardes documented through photographs and videos during the 60s / 70s, as no less are the testimonies expressed by the dance world starting from Martha Grahm and Merce Cunningham.
Even the gestural component in general finds in this call an important channel of expression, where the body language is subjected to new analyzes that investigate the behavior and lifestyles of man in the modern age.

FREE ENTRY Artists are invited to submit 1 to 3 artworks addressing the theme.

Deadline 15 November 2018

Twitter: @LoosenArt
Facebook: @loosenart

Exhibition Opportunity

Sculpture in the City - Call for Submissions

The call for submissions for the ninth edition of Sculpture in the City is now open for preexisting works that can be exhibited outdoors from May 2019 to May 2020.
Sculpture in the City is an award winning urban sculpture park which launches every summer. A cultural initiative delivered by the City of London in partnership with 13 local businesses, located in the heart of the insurance district (EC3), around the iconic architecture including the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, Lloyd’s building and Leadenhall Market.

Deadline 16 November 2018

Sculpture in the City
Twitter: @sculpturecity
Facebook: @visitthecity


International Competition for Intermedia Artwork

The International Competition for Intermedia Work of Art is being organised for the first time in 2018. The competition is intended for intermedia artists. The purpose of this competition is to identify works that open a discussion into comparison and evaluation criteria for intermedia works of art, the presentation forms of such works and the role of artistic work in communication.
The main assumption of the project is comparing works of art that are intended for the same or similar forms of presentation. Therefore, the first edition of the competition will consist of two separately evaluated parts: a competition for Intermedia Artwork and a competition for Intermedia Artwork Concept. The works may be submitted for one or both parts of the competition.

Deadline 23 November 2018

Faculty of Intermedia at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and the Foundation for the Development of Intermedia Art
Facebook: @InternationalCompetitionForIntermediaArtwork


Grantham Art Prize 2018

The Grantham Art Prize is open to arts students from all other universities who want to deploy their creativity to motivate change and create meaningful conversations about tackling climate change and the transformations needed in all areas of society from energy to agriculture, from business to everyday life.
Six concepts will be selected to develop. Those chosen will be informed in December 2018, and awarded £700 to produce their artwork.

Deadline 23 November 2018

Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment/ Royal College of Art (RCA)
Facebook: @GranthamIC/@RCA.London
Twitter: @Grantham_IC/@RCA


Make it Happen: London Borough of Culture 2019 Fellowship Funding

Waltham Forest has opened applications for the London Borough of Culture Fellowship Funding scheme, which will offer grants to support ambitious cultural activity and projects to be delivered across the borough during 2019. The Fellowship Funding scheme will invest over £500,000 in artists and organisations, and will be just one of the ways that local organisations can get involved and be part of the programme. There will be two rounds of funding to apply for. The first, which opens at on the afternoon of Monday 10 September, invites applications for ‘Make it Happen’ cultural activity grants and ‘Make it Work’ space improvement grants.

Deadline 26 November 2018

Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019
Facebook: @WFculture19
Twitter: @wfculture19

Exhibition Opportunity

FILE Festival 2019 Open Call

Since year 2000, FILE is a non-profit cultural organization that has been promoting exhibitions, workshops and gatherings that seek to investigate the appropriations of the technologic media in artistic accomplishments. With annual exhibitions in Sao Paulo, in addition to participations in national and international events, FILE is the biggest electronic art event in Latin America.
For 2019, artists and researchers can submit their works in the main categories: Interactive Art, Digital Language, Electronic Sonority and FILE Led Show.
FILE Led Show consists of a public art show in the large Led panel located on the Fiesp building’s facade, at Paulista Avenue, 1313. FILE Led Show gets interactive and non-interactive proposals to be presented at the Digital Art Gallery. 

Deadline 30 November 2018

FILE Festival
Facebook: @fileelectroniclanguageinternationalfestival
Twitter: @filefestival

Writer in Residence

Call for Stories: Near-Future Fictions 2019

Virtual Futures’ Near-Future Fictions series returns in 2019 to continue its mission to reassert the significance of science fiction as a tool for criticising, interrogating, and navigating possible tomorrows.

Our aim is to promote stories that think critically about the sorts of technological developments that are just over horizon, and provide a unique perspective on contemporary concerns related to the perceived trajectory of scientific innovation. 

We ask authors to consider how technological developments may influence the reproductive process, behaviour related to it, or the products of it. Authors may approach topics of courtship, contraceptives, conception, childbirth, or anything in between.

Deadline 2 December 2018

Virtual Futures
Facebook: @VirtualFutures
Twitter: @VirtualFutures

Exhibition Opportunity

Perceptions │Call for exhibition

Through this call, photographers are invited to present works that highlight the aspects of the perceptual, physical and emotional sphere, which determine our experience and our understanding of the world, both interior and exterior.

Deadline 7 December 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

OPEN CALL: Remember Me. Digital residency & exhibition opportunity

Ideas of ‘memory’ in the post-digital age complexify with notions of digital storage and biological memory being intertwined. The fragility and power of all these (non)biological ecologies bring a variety of curious features which comprise our digital selves. Remember Me aims to explore issues of memory, loss and digital materiality.
DAR is looking for participating artist for a 2-month digital residency in February and March 2019 followed by an exhibition of the works produced in March 2019 at Gallery 8, Oxford.
We are interested in projects that deal with interactions between digital, online spaces and/or their physical materiality. Artists would need to communicate clearly how these works would be appropriate for DAR’s online context AND form part of a physical group show.

Deadline 9 December 2018

Digital Artist Residency
Twitter: @digitalartres
Facebook: @digitalartistresidency

Exhibition Opportunity

London Bridge Hotel Open Call

London Bridge Hotel with Team London Bridge, announce an Open Call to artists from Southwark. This is an opportunity to show a piece of work for 6 months at the prestigious London Bridge Hotel. www.londonbridgehotel.com We are looking for contemporary works to be displayed on walls, windows sills and hallways in this historic building with contemporary decor.
Please submit:
1. Digital photograph of work (2MB or less - if larger - email for Dropbox link)
2. Dimensions of work and notes regarding its display
3. 1 page CV incl. address, current projects and exhibition history
4. Max. of 2 pieces of work per artist
Send to londonbridgehotelopen@gmail.com Selection: Dec 2018 Installation late Jan 2019 Opening: late Jan/Feb 2019

Deadine 14 December 2018

Team London Bridge
Twitter: @atlondonbridge
Facebook: @teamlondonbridge

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 weekly during Open Studio Days.  During this time the artist will be expected to share their weekly progress and present to the visiting public a final Artist Experience the last week of residency.

Deadline 15 December 2018

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)
more info: kira@kingsbraegarden.com 
Facebook: @kirainternational
Twitter: @Kingsbraegarden


Competition for an illustrated children's book project CLAIRVOYANTS

Polish publishing house Dwie Siostry invite you to participate international competition for an illustrated children's book project CLAIRVOYANTS 2018 – a contest aimed at authors, illustrators, graphic designers and all the book lovers! The main prizes are 2500 euro and book publication.

Deadline 15 December 2018

Dwie Siostry Publishing House
Facebook: @DwieSiostry
Twitter: @Dwie_Siostry

Exhibition Opportunity

Open Call for Print Artists - The Haugesund International Festival of Artistic Relief Printing

Open Call for print artists // Norway’s first international festival of relief printing.

Haugesund International Relief Print Festival (the HIT festival) will be launched in May 2019. It aims at celebrating tradition and innovation within relief print, woodcut and linocut. The HIT festival will be a juried exhibition, open for all print artists. Each artist may contribute with one work of art.

Deadline 31 December 2018

Haugesund Billedgalleri
Facebook: @grafikkfestival2019
Twitter: @Hgsd_kunst

Artist in Residence

European Media Art Platform / European Media Artists in Residence Exchange 2019

The new European Media Art Platform offers residencies for media artists in the fields of digital media including Internet and computer-based artists, filmmakers, and those working in media based performance, sound or video as well as robotics or bio-art.
Artists with an EU passport can apply for a two-months residency within April and August 2019 (exact timing has to be negotiated with the host) at one of the following institutions.
EMARE includes a grant of 3.000,- Euros, project budget of 4.000,- Euros, free accommodation, travel expenses up to 500,- Euros, free access to the technical facilities and media labs within the host institution, consulting by production and market experts and a professional presentation as well as the option to participate in exhibition tours at our members’ festivals in 2019-2021. All selected artists will be invited for a networking kick-off conference 1st to 3rd of March in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Deadline 3 December 2019

European Media Art Platform

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