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.

Artist in Residence

Raum Open Call: Makers In Residence 2018

RAUM is a public exhibition square in Utrecht of more than 40,000 m2: Berlijnplein. They use the power of art and design to involve people in the living, growing city. With makers and audiences they are building a program of installations and events that pique curiosity. Together they look for new insights for a multifaceted and multicolored city through cultural experiment. In their view, that’s indispensable for the soul of the city.

The maker-in-residency program gives you, as a maker, the space to represent your vision of that living city, in a grand work in a public space (after all, RAUM is a square!)

Deadline 18 February 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

Manchester Craft and Design Centre and 42nd Street

In partnership with 42nd Street, a Manchester based charity which supports young people 11-25 with their emotional wellbeing and mental health, Manchester Craft and Design Centre are staging an exhibition alongside 42nd Street's Creative Agents at the MCDC between 24th May and 1st September. They are encouraging work that is exciting, innovative and perhaps unconventional and we are currently accepting submissions from individuals, duos, groups and collectives.

Deadline 25 February 2018

Manchester Craft and Design Centre and 42nd Street

Writer in Residence

Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2018

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine. The judges of the 2018 Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize are Fiona Banner and Jenni Lomax. 

Deadline 26 February 2018

The Burlington Magazine


South West Artists Moving Image Commissions 2018

Each year Exeter Phoenix commissions new work from both filmmakers and visual artists. The 2018 Exeter Phoenix Artists Moving Image Commission aims to develop a new single screen moving image based artwork for screen, installation or online display. A single £1000 fee is provided, both as an artist’s fee and towards developing and realising the project. They are looking for original and engaging ideas, whether more traditional or experimental, conceptual, narrative or abstract in form and structure. This could either be a development of an existing moving image practice or a new direction for a contemporary visual artist currently working in another discipline.

Deadline 28 February 2018

Exeter Phoenix

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


Screening Opportunity

Bomb Factory Artist Film festival VI

Bomb Factory is now accepting submissions for their first Artist Film Festival of 2018. This opportunity is open to national and international artists. They welcome single-channel film and video works from within the fields of artists' moving image and media art, short narrative films, documentaries, experimental and essay films, animation and video collage. There are no restrictions on theme, date or premiere status. Videos under 6 minutes are preferred though films of up to 10 minutes will be considered.  The Bomb Factory Art Foundation champions works made by emerging and early career artists. Our festival programme is chosen exclusively via a democratic open call. 

Deadline 28 February 2018

The Bomb Factory Art Foundation

Exhibition Opportunity

Apexart International Open Call 2018-19

From February 1 - March 1, 2018 apexart is accepting proposals for its International Open Call for exhibitions. Three winning proposals will be presented as part of apexart’s 2018-19 exhibition season, and can take place anywhere in the world, except for New York City. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level or location, are invited to submit proposals online.

Deadline 1 March 2018



Inspired By....

Morley College and the V&A Museum present Inspired By... Entrants must create an original piece of art that has been inspired by items from one of the existing collections at the V&A South Kensington or the V&A Museum of Childhood. The competition is free to enter, and open to students over 18 who are enrolled on any adult education course in the UK, accredited up to Level 3 or unaccredited. 

Prizes include: 

  • The V&A prize of Membership of the V&A for one year
  • Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Prize £200
  • Linbury Trust prize for outstanding work – two prizes of £125
  • Prizes of £50 and tickets to 2018 V&A exhibitions

Deadline 2 March 2018

Morley College

Prizes and Awards

STARTS Prize 2018

On behalf of the European Commission, Ars Electronica in collaboration with BOZAR and Waag Society is issuing an open call for entries to a competition that will determine the third recipients of STARTS Prize, prestigious and—with two €20,000 prizes—highly endowed awards. Expressly encouraged are innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art. Two prizes, each with €20,000 prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts: one for artistic exploration, and thus projects with the potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and one for innovative collaboration between industry/technology and art/culture in ways that open up new paths for innovation.

Deadline 3 March 2018

Ars Electronica, BOZAR, Waag Society; Appointed by the European Commission

Prizes and Awards

The Axisweb Artist Award Round #04

Open to Axisweb members, the Award offers £1,000 cash, a personalised support package, an artist film produced by Axisweb plus editorial and promotion through our website and social media platforms. In addition to the Artist Award winner, two outstanding applications will receive non cash support. 

Deadline 5 March 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

Architecture of Skagen - Workshop and Exhibition

The workshop ’Architecture of Skagen – Before and Now’ is an international workshop with the aim of developing and executing an exhibition with one theme experienced through a variation of approaches. The worldfamous architect Jørn Utzon created a unique building in Skagen. The purpose was to house exhibitions about the distinctive landscape of the area. Now this building is transforming into a centre of nordic design and architecture. This is a hands-on workshop for the student or professional, that enjoy both the fast process of developing a concept as well as the creation and build itself. Accommodation, meals and materials are included. Interdisciplinary art/design/architecture groups as well as singular artists are encouraged to apply.

Deadline 9 March 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

International Sculpture Center Open Call for Panel Proposals

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 28th International Sculpture Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 25-28, 2018 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture. 

Deadline 12 March 2018

International Sculpture Center

Prizes and Awards

The Alpine Fellowship 2018 Visual Arts Prize

Awarded for the best visual arts response to ‘Childhood’ – the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium. Winner receives £2000 and a further £1000 towards shipping and installing the winning piece.  
Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All visual media permitted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, digital, and installation. Limited to one entry per person. Entries should include appropriate images or video and details of the work.

Deadline 15 March 2018

The Alpine Fellowship

Exhibition Opportunity

Funka Fest Arts Festival

The Funka Fest Arts Festival seeks to promote the professionalization of the artistic practice and broadens the cultural offer, by stimulating the circulation of contemporary art and the creation of new audiences. It is also intended to highlight the current trend towards the interdisciplinarity in the art field, articulating heterogeneous proposals around one main theme. The Call for Visual Arts hosts finished artworks and projects from national and foreign creators. The axis of reflection for the Funka Fest third edition is “memory”, therefore, all proposals must address to any of the meanings or interpretations on this main theme.

Deadline 16 March 2018

Funka Fest


2018 World of WearableArt Design Competition

World of WearableArt (WOW) Design Competition is a renowned international competition that attracts entries from all over the world. Using the human body as a blank canvas designers create works of wearable art to be exhibited in the annual WOW Awards Show.

For 30 years, World of WearableArt has bewitched and beguiled. Now, for this very special anniversary event, WOW is calling on designers, artists and creators everywhere to bring to life the worlds that live in your mind for the whole world to see in 2018.

The 2018 WOW Design Competition offers over $170,000 (NZD) in prize money including opportunities with Cirque du Soleil and Weta Workshop.

The WOW design competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 on 28 March 2018.

Deadline 28 March 2018

World of WearableArt

Prizes and Awards

PLATFORM Bursary Scheme

AIR Gallery are proud to announce the launch of a first bursary scheme Platform. 

​Platform is  a scheme designed for emerging and early career artists who have a project or body of work in mind but are unable to create it due to a lack of funds. This scheme is currently only open to visual artists living or working in the North West of England. 

Platform aim is to provide a £1000 bursary to select artist(s) and to also provide them with on site mentoring, use of space and facilities and a 4 week exhibition to showcase the work they have made. 

Deadline 1 April 2018


Prizes and Awards

Freelands Foundation 2018

A new visual arts funding initiative, which will support and enhance collaboration between emerging artists and arts organisations from across the UK. The Freelands Artist Programme will enable emerging artists to bolster their local networks and will support regional arts organisations to attract, develop and retain talent across the UK. This new programme was established following extensive research, conducted for the Freelands Foundation by Nicola Sim in 2016, to explore the current landscape of post-university support for emerging artists in the UK.

Deadline 28 February 2018


Freelands Foundation

Artist in Residence

Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize 2018

The Woon Foundation very generously funds an open call shortlist exhibition - including three major prizes - each year to the total value of £40,000. The 1st prize supports a Fellowship designed to offer a fine art graduate a structured opportunity to further develop their critical and conceptual understanding as well as their studio practice. 

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize is an important component of the partnership between Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Now in its sixth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2018.

The Art Prizes 

1st Prize the Woon Tai Jee Art Fellowship will include:

  • A year-long Woon Residency in the Woon Tai Jee Studio in Newcastle upon Tyne for the duration of the Fellowship from September 2018 until October 2019
  • A bursary of £20,000 to be used to pay for the Fellowship in the Woon Tai Jee Studio and to contribute towards materials and subsistence
  • The requirement to work towards a body of new work, which will be exhibited in a solo show in one of Northumbria University’s galleries in October 2019
  • A mentor to support the critical and professional development of the Fellow

2nd Prize the Lim Ai Fang Art Prize = £9,000

3rd Prize the Cheong Kam Hee Art = £6,000

Entry Criteria

The following criteria apply to entrants:

  • Applicants must be in the final year of an undergraduate Fine Art degree at a UK University
  • Entries are limited to painting and sculpture

Deadline 03 April 2018

Woon Foundation Prize / Baltic 

Artist in Residence

CAMP | Open Grants

Nestled in the french pyrenees at 750m altitude, 10km from the spanish border and surrounded by snowcapped peaks, waterfalls and forests, is the picturesque thermal town of aulus-les-bains. In the town, housed in a beautifully renovated 19th century hotel, is camp - the first of a new breed of arts residency. In 2018, camp will run a short series of five-day arts, music, writing and arts-activist sessions. Now open for applications for grants to study at CAMP.

Deadline 4 April 2018



The Drawing Year 2018/19

The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course at The Royal Drawing School offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space.

Deadline 9 April 2018

The Drawing Year 2018/19

Artist in Residence

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2019 ‘Going, Gone'

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are an annual open call opportunity, awarding two £20,000 moving-image commissions to artists within the first five years of their practice. Each year, the Awards have a curatorial premise to which they ask applicants to respond in bold, exciting, thought-provoking ways. Applications for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2019: Going, Gone are open from 14 February - 11 April 2018.

Deadline 11 April 2018


Jerwood FVU Awards

Artist in Residence

CTG(R): Zimbabwe 2018 Artist Residency

The CTG Collective announces its first open call for CTG(R): Zimbabwe, a month-long art residency program taking place in Harare, Zimbabwe during August 2018. The application is open to artists of all ages, working in any medium. A Selection Committee of international CTG Collective members will choose one International and one Zimbabwe-based artist to join the 2018 Residency. The two selected artist will work collaboratively for 4 weeks in Zimbabwe and, if necessary, will be responsible to finish their project in the months immediately following the residency. A two-artist exhibition will be presented at CTG Harare (Catinca Tabacaru gallery) during the 2018-2019 exhibition season.

Deadline 15 April 2018

The CTG Collective

Exhibition Opportunity

Altered States Exhibition Open Call

We are looking for artists' moving image for the exhibition ‘Altered States’ taking place in The Crypt of St John’s Church as part of the Waterloo Festival in June 2018. Exhibiting artists include members of the London Group, invited artists and those selected by this open call. Inspired by the 1980’s science fiction film, Altered States, the exhibition will explore altered states in a variety of contexts, from perceptual, psychological and philosophical to societal, technological and geographical. Altered States will be curated by The London Group members David Theobald and Genetic Moo. 

Deadline 16 April 2018

The London Group

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


Exhibition Opportunity

2018 TIVA-Offline Browser

Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition is a biennial event with the year 2018 being the 6th exhibition. Selected artists with works pertaining to this year’s exhibition “Offline Browser ” will be invited by the curators HSU Chia-Wei and HSU Fong-Ray to participate in the exhibition. In addition, an international open entry will be conducted to select works suitable for the exhibition.

Deadline 30 April 2018

Hong-Gah Museum

Exhibition Opportunity

Democratic Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2019

The Organization for the Democratization of the Visual Arts are currently looking for artists to apply for the Democratic Pavilion that will showcase at the Venice Biennale 2019. In order to create a democratic system, the project will provide an exhibition proposal for one of the pavilions of the Venice Biennale 2019. The Democratic Pavilion represents a protest again the monopolization and centralization of power and the need of real democratic political and economic systems in our society for the fair distribution of the money and power.

Deadline 30 March 2018

Organization for the Democratization of the Visual Arts

Prizes and Awards

2018 GAMMA Young Artist Competition

GAMMA Young Artist Competition 2018 seeks to promote artworks and research projects related to this year's theme - Global Landscape of Sustainable Art. 25 runners will be invited to a group exhibition in Seoul, South Korea and Included in the Exhibition Book by ACCESS which is an official magazine of ‘Center for Sustainable Culture and Service’ of Yonsei. 5 finalists will be granted one round trip to Tokyo, Japan and and opportunity to attend 2018 Global Marketing Conference. 

Deadline 6 May 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

31st Festival Les Instants Vidéo - Call For Participation

The Festival Les Instants Vidéo is an event dedicated to video art and electronic poetry with its multiple forms, monobands, installations, performances and multimedia. 2018 edition aims to comment on the events of May 1968 encouraging artists and writers to contribute with works on freedom, human rights, utopias and more. 

Deadline 1 June 2018


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