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

London based Artist Filmmaker Commission 2017

In partnership with the Barbican Centre in London we will be commissioning 1 London based artist filmmaker to join 6 other artists based between New York and London on a unique project. Each artist will create an original moving image work, between 10 - 20 minutes in length, in response to Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first major UK retrospective of work by legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Upon completion, their film will be paired with a composer/band/sound artist to create an accompanying live score to form one dynamic audio-visual work. The piece will be presented and live scored as part of the exhibition’s official closing event organised by Video Jam at the Barbican Hall on Sunday January 28th 2018.

Deadline 25 August 2017


Artist in Residence

People's Palace Projects | Artistic Residency in Brazil

British Council Brazil and People’s Palace Projects are offering a year’s programme of three residencies for UK based emerging artists in Brazil, produced by Casa Rio to take place between September 2017 and April 2018.

The offer to the artist will include: economy flight London/Rio/London; airport transfers; insurance; accommodation; per diems; artists fee based on UK industry guidelines for artistic residencies; a small budget for materials; a local producer/translator to support their project; a local team setting up and monitoring the residency with appropriate local partners if needed; local transport costs; incidental costs appropriate to the residency (e.g. vaccinations, etc).

Deadline 28 August 2017

People's Palace Projects

Artist in Residence

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art Design Residency & Exhibition

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art invites proposals from designers to develop a new body of work for exhibition through a residency at Plymouth College of Art, making use of our extensive workshop facilities. The selected designer will meet and work alongside our students, to offer an insight into their process and approach. Designers are invited to push, experiment with and utilise the workshop facilities to develop new ambitious ideas and directions for their practice and/or scale up or expand current ideas.

The selected designer will be awarded a fee of £3000 plus a materials budget of £1000. Additionally, there will be a separate budget for installing and producing the exhibition in The Gallery and artist travel and accommodation (up to £2000).

Deadline 28 August 2017

Plymouth College of Art

Artist in Residence

Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 (Sponsored)

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is Now Open for Entries. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world 

There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.

Prizes include: £5,000 Main Prize Winner, £1,000 Emerging Art Prize Winner, group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica, editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology for 100 artists, £250 art supplies vouchers, courtesy of Winsor & Newton and a selection of art publications from Prestel Books

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Deadline 31 August 2017


Artist in Residence

I C A F Lagos 2017

ICAF Lagos 2017 shall invite five artists (local and/or international) to participate in the first Artist-In-Residence (AIR) programme, which is a month’s residency in Iwaya community in November, to exhibit their work(s) during the Iwaya Community Art Festival in December (6th – 10th), 2017.

As the use of both alternative and abandoned spaces are central to their style of presentation, they are looking for works that could be immediately printed with the use of different techniques for public space and site-specific works/performances.

Deadline 31 August 2017

Iwaya Community Art Festival


Bridgeman Studio Award 2017

Enter the Bridgeman Studio Award 2017 and you could win a £1,000 commission to create the front cover art for award-winning author Beth Lewis’s next title, published by The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. Enter up to 5 existing or new works on the theme of Dark Summer.

Deadline 31 August 2017

Bridgeman Studio Awards


Opening the Floodgates 2017

The Ring, a new arts programme for the waterways of Worcestershire, in collaboration with Canal & River Trust launch Opening the Floodgates 2017.

Opening the Floodgates is a new commissioning opportunity open to all artists living or working in the West Midlands. Individual artists or artist collectives are invited to submit proposals to re-purpose and recycle flood waste that has been collected from canals and rivers in the Worcestershire area to make a public artwork.

The budget for the commission is £10,000 inclusive of artist fees and production/installation costs.

Deadline 31 August 2017

The Ring, Arts on the Waterways
Submission website


Settlers: Genetics, Geography and the Peopling of Britain

Oxford University Museum of Natural History would like to commission up to two pieces of contemporary art to coincide with their next Contemporary Science and Society exhibition.

From the arrival of the earliest modern humans over 40,000 years ago to the population of the present day, the history of the people of Britain is one of movement, migration and settlement. Tracing patterns revealed by genetics, archaeology and demography, Settlers tells the dynamic story of Britain’s ever-changing population. The artwork should be themed around genetics, DNA, migration, ancestry and settlement. All media welcomed. Up to £5,000 allocated to the successful artists to cover artist time, materials, transportation and installation.

Deadline 1 September 2017

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Exhibition Opportunity

Project Anywhere Call for Proposals

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

Deadline 1 September 2017

Project Anywhere

Artist in Residence

Bauhaus Residence 2018

Live and work in the Schlemmer House in Dessau.

Since February 2016 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is enabling young international artists to once again live and work in the Schlemmer house – even if the restrictions of the perseveration of cultural heritage attached to the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site are very strict. With the new format the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation would like to promote the current focus of attention on the Bauhaus heritage, revitalise the Masters’ Houses and in this context promote artistic and creative work of international significance which will then at the end of the residency period be displayed in the Gropius House until the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019.

Deadline 6 September 2017

Bauhaus Dessau


International Open Call for Muralism

The city council of Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona, Spain) is launching a public competition to paint a huge mural (400m2), with artistic residence.

This intervention is part of the full remodeling of the “Plaza de la Salut”, located in one of the neighbourhoods built during the development and speculation fever of the Sixties, and that has been restored to the neighbourhood after a long fight of the community, that culminated with the first democratic Council expropiating the land in 1979.

The selected artist will have an artistic residence in order to know the city and the context and will create the mural during spring 2018.The prize for the winner will be 7.000€ and the organization will cover all the expenses for equipment, accommodation, travels and meals.

Deadline 15 September 2017

Contorno Urbano


Large Objects Moving Air Conference 2018

Large Objects Moving Air 2018 is a one day conference exploring the presence, agency and materiality of air from the microscale to macroscale, through both literal and figurative interpretations. University of The Arts London would like to invite proposals for the commission of an artwork installation and/or performance for LOMA 2018 in response to one or more of the conference themes. They are particularly interested in proposals for works influenced by sonic encounters.

Deadline 15 September 2018

University of the Arts London


Artist in Residence

Japan Residency Program for Overseas Media Arts Creators 2018

Open call to media arts practitioners (media art, video, game, animation, manga etc.), aimed at aged 20-35 who have previously shown at international art festivals, film festivals, game shows, comic festivals, etc. to apply for the 2018 Overseas Media Arts Creators residency programme in Japan.

This residency program is part of the “Project to Support Nurturing of Media Arts Creators” organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho). Emerging artists in Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) around the world are invited to come and stay in Tokyo to create new works. Whether the works are media art, videos, games, animations, or manga, during their stay the artists will be able to experience Japanese Media Arts culture, with an additional opportunity to meet with Japanese creators to discuss their works. The aim of this program is not only to support the creation of significant works but also to stimulate cross-cultural dialogues through Media Arts.

Deadline 19 September 2017

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho)

Exhibition Opportunity

Antenna | Reading Room 220 2018

Open call for proposals for shows in the downstairs Reading Room at Antenna Gallery. Successful proposals for the Reading Room shows will connect to Antenna's mission of supporting both visual and literary arts. 

Submissions should include a proposal for the space, 4 walls (ceilings are 8 feet tall). Proposals could be, but are not limited to: A curated selection of artists books. A chapbook with a writer and artist in mind with samples of both of their works. A show developed out of a newly published book. Books are not limited to traditionally published media.

Shows would be up for 2 months and would have openings and closings coinciding with the second Saturday openings upstairs at Antenna. 

Deadline 20 September 2017



Buckley Memorial Public Art Commission 2017

Commission for the creation of a work of public art at The Buckley War Memorial site, North Wales. The commission is open internationally to both professional artists or groups of artists that have sufficient proven experience to manage the process of design, fabrication and installation of a work of public art.

An inclusive fee of £500 is available to each short-listed artist as payment for a fully worked-up proposal. A further inclusive fee of £35,000 is available to the selected artist.

Deadline 22 September 2017


Prizes and Awards

£20,000 Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2017 (Sponsored)

Mall Galleries are calling for submissions. A first prize of £20,000 and a solo exhibition is awarded for the best new work of figurative and representational art. Submit your work now to the tenth anniversary edition of the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Prize.

A further prize of £10,000 is awarded by visitors to the exhibition, which takes place at Mall Galleries in central London from 31 January to 17 February 2018.

You are encouraged to submit fresh and topical painting, drawing, print, sculpture, collage, 3D work, sculpture maquette, installation or relief. The competition is open to all artists aged 18 or over, living or practising in the UK or Continental Europe.

First or Single Entry Price: £15
Additional Entries: £15 per artwork up to 6 artworks.

Deadline 22 September 2017

Mall Galleries London


The FLAMIN Fellowship 2017

Delivered by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the scheme will offer new artists funding, mentoring and networks to help develop their career.

In its inaugural year, The FLAMIN Fellowship will support six artist filmmakers based in England, offering seed production finance of £2,500 for a specific project, along with a programme of targeted workshops, professional mentoring, online profile and access to curators and potential supporters. 

Deadline 25 September 2017

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)

Artist in Residence

Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency 2018

Stuart Hall Foundation and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) are pleased to announce the second Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency commencing in February 2018. The residency is a funded opportunity for an artist to be in residence at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library over a three-month period from February to April 2018. The selected artist will receive a total sum of £4,500 and given support to pursue their research in the library.

Professor Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) was actively engaged in the arts throughout his life, and in particular the visual arts. He chaired the board of Iniva for more than a decade and championed the establishment of Rivington Place. Professor Stuart Hall worked closely with artists, filmmakers and photographers, writing about the visual arts, informing critical thinking and influencing public policy on arts education.

Deadline 25 September 2017

Stuart Hall Foundation

Exhibition Opportunity

Young Contemporary Talent 2017 Purchase Prize Exhibition

The Ingram Collection Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize Exhibition is open to artists who have graduated from a UK art school within the last three years. The prize exists to celebrate and support the work of young artists at the outset of their careers. All applications will be reviewed by a panel including Chris Ingram, serial entrepreneur and founder of The Ingram Collection and Jo Baring, Director & Curator of The Ingram Collection. Successful finalists will have their works exhibited at The Cello Factory in London in December 2017 and up to three works in the exhibition will be bought to become part of the public collection. One of the Prize-winning artists will be invited to put on a solo show at the Art Fund Prize-winning gallery, The Lightbox (December 2018-January 2019).

Deadline 25 September 2017

The Ingram Collection, London

Artist in Residence

NARS International Residency Open Call

NARS is now accepting applications for the International Residency Program from international and US based artists. The NARS residency supports emerging and mid-career artists and curators working across all disciplines through three and six-month residencies, creating a space for artistic dialogue and international cultural exchange for an extended period of time. 

NARS offers 24/7 access to furnished, private or semi-private studio spaces (280-325 sq ft) in our diverse artist community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. As a studio based residency, the focus is on the artistic process and the experimentation that results from working alongside other artists, within New York's cultural and sociopolitical context. 

Public presentation opportunities include a curated exhibition in the NARS gallery, bi-annual Open Studios, and the Entree/Encore program, through which artists share research and work through artist talks, discussions, screenings, workshops, and performances. The NARS Gallery hosts exhibitions year-round.

Deadline 30 September 2017

NARS Foundation


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 October 2017

François Schneider Foundation

Artist in Residence

The Goethe-Institute London & SPACE Residency Programme 2017/18

(in)transit will explore the role of surveillance technologies within a globalised network; investigating how these technologies are adapting conventional visualisation methods, and their potential for revealing latent narratives embedded within sites.

Submissions are welcomed from practitioners based in Germany whose work engages with and responds to this provocation.

Selected artist receives:
- Three month residency term

- A fee of £2400

- A production allowance of £600

- A return flight
- Three month, double room accommodation

- Studio space

- Curatorial support and programming opportunities

- General support, advice and networking opportunities

Deadline 2 October 2017

Goethe-Institute London and SPACE Studios

Prizes and Awards

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award For Photographers

Applications for the 2017 Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award are now open.

£1,250 for the completion of a photography project documenting lesser-known peoples and communities: ‘human stories we seldom see’; project support from industry professionals; approx. £1,150-worth of printing; support from the Trust towards public and industry exposure of the work; membership of Shutter Hub.

Deadline 2 October 2017

Rebecca Vassie Trust

Prizes and Awards

21st Japan Media Arts Festival

For the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival in 2017 entries will be accepted from across the globe. Entries are sought in various disciplines of the Media Arts including interactive art, video, websites, games, animation and comics, from professional, amateur, independent and commercial sources.

Art Division

Interactive art, media installations, video works, video installations, graphic art (illustrations, photographs, computer graphics, etc.), internet art, media performances, etc.

Entertainment Division

Games (video games, online games, etc.), video / sound works (music videos, independent and advertising videos, etc.), multimedia productions (including special effects videos, performances, projections), gadgets, electronic devices, websites (including web promotions, open source projects), application software, etc.

Animation Division

Animated feature films, animated short films, animated series, etc.

Manga Division

Comics published in book form, comics published in a magazine (including works still being serialized), comics published online (for computer or mobile devices), self-published comics, etc.

Deadline 5 October 2017

Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee


Waltham Forest Outdoor Installation 2017

Waltham Forest residents have come together to nominate forgotten sites that they believe deserve an artistic transformation. From 23rd August, artists are invited to submit an idea for a creative sculptural installations worth up to £40,000 that will completely revamp the area into a stunning open-air exhibition. The judging panel include some of London’s creative elite from the Barbican, London Festival of Architecture and Soho Theatre.

Deadline 7 October 2017

Making Places

Exhibition Opportunity

Hereafter Open Call 2017

Bow Arts are looking for artists to take part in a group exhibition in our Project Space in Wapping this Winter.

This opportunity is open to those who have graduated with in the last 2 years. The exhibition will take place in the last 2 weeks of November 2017. The Project Space in Wapping is based within our Rum Factory studios site on Pennington Street, and can be accessed from the street. Bow Arts can offer 1 feedback/mentoring session per selected artist, including reviews of CV, website, portfolio and proposal, including suggestions for future tips on how to professionalise your practice. There will be basic installation assistance provided. All mediums will be considered.

Deadline 9 October 2017

Bow Arts Trust

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

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

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


Rose Valland Institute Open Call: Unlawful Ownership in Germany

Unlawful Ownership in Germany is an open call for the sharing of information with the Rose Valland Institute about objects, land, real estate, etcetera, that is or could be Nazi-looted in order to jointly clarify ownership and property rights.

The Rose Valland Institute will individually record the objects’ histories of origin. The sought and/or found objects will be displayed and documented in detail. In cooperation with provenance researchers, additional investigations will be commissioned and case studies will be published.

The following questions may be relevant for the research into provenance:

– Based on which memories, notes, narrations, communications, knowledge, and documents, such as photographs or letters or other written and oral testimonies, was the object identified as Nazi loot?
– What documents, papers, and other evidence support the suspicion or assumption?
– Who is in possession of such documents and certificates or where are they located?
– Are you prepared to publish your knowledge and information?
– Have you tried to find any claimants? Could you find legitimate owners or heirs? If you tried, how did you proceed?
– How would you describe your relationship to the object in question?
– Do you know the historical context and background that led to the object being in your possession today?
– Do you see the object/item as a witness to these relationships?
– Are you ready to allow the object to thus bear witness in a public discourse?

Located: If you know of objects in your possession or family property that can be assumed or proven to be illegally owned Jewish property, please contact the Rose Valland Institute.

Missing: If you are looking for items that can be presumed or proven to have been stolen from a Jewish family, please contact the Rose Valland Institute.

Rose Valland Institute: kontakt@rosevallandinstitut.org.

Communications are treated confidentially and will be anonymized upon request.

Deadline Rolling

Rose Valland Institute

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 


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

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
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