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 Thursdays from a selection of submissions, newsletters, magazines and blogs. To recommend an opportunity for listing, please fill in the form in the sidebar. We email around 18,000 art practitioners weekly with selected opportunities.

Prizes and Awards

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2017

Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our commitment to the study of contemporary art by encouraging aspiring young writers to critically engage with its forms and concepts. The Prize also promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language. The winner of the Prize will be announced in May 2017 & will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in the Magazine. Each contender will be offered a digital subscription to the Magazine at a specially reduced price, providing unlimited access to the Magazine’s archive as well as all the latest articles and reviews.

Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age and have published no more than 6 exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international). More details below. 

Deadline: 27 February 2017

Burlington Magazine


Exeter Phoenix Artists Moving Image Commission 2017

The 2017 Exeter Phoenix Artists Moving Image Commission aims to develop a new moving image based artwork for screen, installation or online display. 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, and access to support, equipment and training is available if required. The work may originate in any format including video, digital media, animation or film, but we would normally expect the resulting work to be primarily accessible in a digital presentation format.

Exeter Phoenix will provide a single £1000 fee both as an artist’s fee and towards production costs for developing and realising the project.

They can also offer a set amount of ‘in-kind’ support in the form of free/reduced equipment hire, access to facilities such as edit suites and studios, access to training courses as well as technical and creative advice and mentoring.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Exeter Phoenix 


The CCA Kitakyushu Fellowship Program

The CCA Kitakyushu Fellowship Program is aimed at young artists in Japan and abroad, curators, architects and designers. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be required to showcase their results in the form of exhibitions, reports, etc. under the advice of the CCA Director / Program Director.

Fellows will be able to stay and work in CCA Kitakyushu for a total of 2-3 months out of seven months from September to the end of March of the following year. One round trip transportation fee to Kitakyushu is paid according to CCA regulations. The cost of living (200,000 Yen) will be paid by the CCA Scholarship Committee as living expenses (including accommodation expenses).

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Contemporary Art Center CCA Kitakyushu

Curator in Residence

apexart’s Franchise Exhibition Program

apexart announces its 10th annual Franchise Exhibition Program Open Call: an opportunity to propose and produce an exhibition that takes place anywhere in the world except New York City. No prior curatorial experience is necessary and anyone can apply. apexart provides an exhibition budget of up to $6,000 for travel, shipping, artist honorariums, installation expenses, and the opening reception. Further to this, apexart provides an honorarium of $2,000 for organizing the exhibition and writing an accompanying essay. The organizer can apply for up to $2,000 in additional funds for venue rental and staffing. apexart covers costs for insurance, advertising, publicity, and the design, printing, and mailing of the exhibition brochure.

Deadline: 28 February 2017


Prizes and Awards

Visual Art Open Competition [sponsored]

The Visual Art Open competition is open to both amateur and professional artists, working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art and sculpture. The aim is to give UK and International Visual artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. The awards permit artists to build sustained and strategic partnerships with art galleries and creative practitioners. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling and showcasing their work to art critics and art buyers alike. Please note that there is a submission fee of £15.00 per piece of work entered. 

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Visual Art Open

Writer in Residence

The Matador Review seeks submissions for Spring 2017 publication

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in English (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. They are now accepting submissions for their Spring 2017 publication. 

Their aim is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. They want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; they want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. They believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the "alternative", The Matador Review is a home.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Matador Review

Exhibition Opportunity

56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Applications for the 56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition are open. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada's largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition was established to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary art to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 320 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 100,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Prizes and Awards

STARTS Prize 2017 - Grand prizehonoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts

On behalf of the European CommissionArs Electronica in collaboration with BOZAR and Waag Society issues an open call for entries to a competition that determines the second recipients of STARTS, prestigious and—with two €20,000 prizes—highly endowed awards. Expressly encouraged are innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art.

Deadline: 3 March 2017

Ars Electronica
BOZAR and Waag Society 
@ArsElectronica@BOZARbrussels and @waag

Exhibition Opportunity

Belfast Photo Festival Open submission call

The Belfast Photo Festival is a not for profit organisation that presents one of the leading International Festivals of photography in the United Kingdom and the Visual Arts Festival of Northern Ireland.

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artists and photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field of photography, with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazine Abridged. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £1,000.

Deadline: 6 March 2017

Belfast Photo Festival

Artist in Residence

Call for proposals for one-day symposium Language Game[s]

Call for proposals for Language Game[s], a one-day symposium that will look at the association between language and human consciousness, and how developments in technology might affect this relationship. At present, artificial language systems such as Siri and Amazon Echo mimic forms of human speech, but cannot replicate the cognitive processes which lie behind language. As technology develops and artificial language systems become ever more autonomous, how will this affect us? What is language, when it is no longer made by humans, but by a machine?  Language Game[s] is inviting proposals from artists, designers, philosophers, artificial intelligence (AI) experts, programmers of artificial language (AL) systems, linguists and scientists. The event takes place at Chelsea College of Arts on Friday 5 May 2017. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration.

Deadline: 6 March 2017

Chelsea College of Arts


COLLIDE International Award

Established in 2011, Arts at CERN, the official arts programme of the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, engages with art at the cutting edge of scientific research. They have announce the sixth edition of COLLIDE International Award.

COLLIDE International Award welcomes proposals from artists from any country who are inspired by the ground-breaking research environment at CERN. From all the applications received one artist will be selected to receive a prize of CHF 15,000 and a two-month residency at the lab during 2017. Moreover, the prize comprises a following one-month residency at FACT, the UK's leading media arts centre, to further develop the awarded proposal and to move into a funded production.

COLLIDE is a unique opportunity for artists to spend dedicated time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, where crucial questions about nature are addressed. Ultimately, COLLIDE proposes to transform the way art and science encounters are understood, to encourage a deep and critical understanding of art and science collaborations, and to challenge new modes of dialogue and enquiry across disciplines.

The competition is open to artists of any nationality or age. Their proposal should reflect upon encounters between art and science, and offer challenging methods of collaboration and enquiry between artists and scientists at CERN. The scope of this proposal should also consider a second developmental phase at FACT, where the artists will have the opportunity to expand their research and test its applications through FACTLab’s facilities and engagement with a wide range of communities. The ultimate goal for the residency will be the research and development of new concepts in laboratory contexts. Visit their website for more details. 

Deadline: 10 March 2017

Arts at Cern & FACT


Apply to be an alt.barbican artist

The Barbican and The Trampery are looking for innovative artists working at the intersection of art, technology and entrepreneurship to take part in a major new project. Taking inspiration from start-up accelerator models, alt.barbican is a response to the blurring of boundaries between individual art forms and a generation of emergent artists drawing upon multiple disciplines and new technologies to create projects with new expressive possibilities.

The six-month programme for up to five artists, includes an all expenses trip to Montreal and will provide a range of showcase, mentoring, training within an environment in which research and discussion about this emergent field can take place and be shared.

Deadline: 19 March 2017 

The Barbican & The Trampery
@BarbicanCentre & @thetrampery

Screening Opportunity

Brainard Carey's Live Free Webinar for Artists

Learn how to find a Gallery and get your Art Exhibited & also how to Write a better Artist Statement in this free webinar for Artists. 

The free live webinar presented by Brainard Carey is offered at multiple times on different days of the week, from anywhere in the world. Brainard Carey, who co-founded New York's Praxis Center For Aesthetics will explain how to reach out to galleries and how to follow-up with galleries to pursue exhibits. He will also explain how he proposed and got a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He will also discuss how to write a better Artist Statement and Bio. There will be a Q and A period where you can ask questions and he will answer them live. Every attendee gets a free booklet on "How I got into the Whitney Biennial."

Deadline: 23 March 2017

Brainard Carey & Praxis Center For Aesthetics
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Exhibition Opportunity

MATERIALKINK - A Call for Works Exploring Materiality and Alternative Sexualities

The Leather Archives & Museum, GAG Gallery is currently accepting entries for its first group exhibition scheduled to open in July 2017 and run through December 2017. There is no set theme guiding the content or subject matter of exhibited works; however, as the titleMATERIALKINK suggests, we are interested in artists that creatively engage materials within the context of alternative sexuality. The final shape and themes of MATERIALKINK will emerge from the selected works.

Leather. Rubber. Latex. Denim. Steel. Wax. Rope. Shoe Polish. Body Hair. Electrodes.  These are a sampling of the materials that structure and accompany the varied identities and practices that broadly comprise Leather sex, BDSM, kink, and fetishism. Almost always in direct relation to the body, these and many other materials are hyper-charged surfaces, objects, and substances invested with erotic significance and value, accumulations of personal history, fantasies, attachments, affects, and desires. These materialities are often modified, manipulated, and re/combined in response to shifting needs, ways of playing, or to expand and intensify their sensorial potentialities. The materiality of kinky sex matters a great deal. 

The Leather Archives & Museum, GAG Gallery is particularly interested in reviewing the submission of artworks produced within the last three years that: demonstrate creative uses of materials in relation to alternative sexality; are inspired by the varied materialities of Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetishism themselves; explore kink-identified approaches to art-making materials; creatively incorporate, process, or transform kinky materials in ways that ask questions or generate provocative dialogues between art making and the crafting of radical and deviant sexualities.

Deadline: 29 March 2017

Leather Archives, Chicago

Artist in Residence

ZK/U artist residency in Berlin

ZK/U currently welcomes new applications from artists, scholars and practitioners for its residency programme. Fellows meet and work on individual or collaborative projects and ideas in the production space of ZK/U’s residency.

In the context of its art and research residency programme, ZK/U offers a ‘living & work’ space for artists, scholars and practitioners that concern themselves with the phenomenon of ‘the city’.

The residency space consists of furnished studio-apartments (half of which have private bathrooms) and communal facilities like a large kitchen, a terrace, a library-in-progress and a surrounding public park. For individual fellows, depending on the type of studio-apartment and the length of stay (3-8 months), the residency costs are between €550 and €850 per month. The price covers all utility costs and space usage.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

ZK/U Berlin 

Prizes and Awards

Woon Foundation Prize 2017

Final year, undergraduate artists from across the UK can now apply for one of the UK’s most generous arts prizes. The Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize, jointly hosted by Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art offers an exceptional opportunity for Fine Art students.

The remarkable first prize is a £20,000 fellowship with a 12-month studio space in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle's city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship.

There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000.

The Prize is fee-free and applications can be made via woonprize.co.uk until Monday 3 April 2017.

The shortlisted artists will be selected by a panel of judges including Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator; Hilary Lloyd, artist and Turner Prize-nominee; Holly Hendry, artist and inaugural recipient of Woon Foundation Prize; and chaired by Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist and Professor, Northumbria University.

Ten artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition at BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 in summer 2017, with a solo exhibition concluding the Fellowship, at Northumbria University's Gallery North.

All shortlisted artists will receive a £300 fee. A further £200 is allocated to each shortlisted artist to cover travel and accommodation so they may attend the exhibition preview and award ceremony at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 29 June.

The first winning recipient of the Woon Foundation Prize was Holly Hendry who took up residence in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at BALTIC 39, Newcastle in 2013. Just four short years on and Hendry will show new work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead from 18 February – 4 June in her first major UK institutional exhibition Wrot. Excitingly, Hendry will join the Woon Foundation Prize judging panel this year, alongside established artists and esteemed curators.

Northumbria and BALTIC jointly award and present the The Woon Foundation Prize for Painting and Sculpture as an important part of the successful strategic partnership between the two organisations. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2017. Works to be included in the exhibition must be in mediums of Painting or Sculpture.

Deadline: 3 April 2017

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art & Northumbria University
@balticmill / facebook.com/balticmill / vimeo.com/channels/baltic39/
To enter visit balticcentreforcontemporaryart.submittable.com/submit

Screening Opportunity

STIFF - Student International Film Festival

STIFF - Student International Film Festival is calling on all student and debutant filmmakers to submit their films for the 4th STIFF which will take place from 19th to 22nd October 2017 in Rijeka, Croatia.

STIFF strives to educate the audiences about the quality of work of emerging filmmakers by connecting them with the best works from all around the world. All the festival screenings are entirely free of charge. 

This year STIFF puts a focus on Social Issues films of all genres. Submissions in this category are free of charge until the early bird deadline (20 February 2017). For the first time STIFF will accept first films in category of Debutant Film-independently made by filmmakers after finishing the film school.

Works entering a competition must be original, student created films or debutants films (First time independently produced films after finishing the film school). All the works need to be up to 60 min in length and completed after 1st of January 2015. In order to be considered for STIFF selection, the materials must be in English or presented with English subtitles. Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway, screeners must be password protected and not available for public online stream.

Deadline: 20 April 2017

STIFF - Student International Film Festival

Prizes and Awards

The John Ruskin Prize

The Big Draw announced the call for artists and makers open for The John Ruskin Prize 2017. The selection panel will select 20 prize finalists to be included in a high profile shortlist exhibition at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017. The three winners will be announced at the private view in June 2017. All prize finalists will also have the opportunity to be included in the online Ruskin Editions collection. Shortlist Exhibition: The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017. The Prizes: 1st Prize (£3000), 2nd Prize (£1000), Student Prize (£1000)

Deadline: 24 April 2017

The Big Draw

Writer in Residence

The News Academy Summer School

The News Academy is shaking up its annual journalism summer school to incorporate budding designers and developers to work alongside journalists. 15 aspiring young digital journalists will be working alongside 10 budding developers and designers to produce a multimedia digital news product. 

Storytelling is evolving and technology has an important part to play. There has never been a greater need for journalism to make sense of a fast-changing world and to challenge fake information.

The all-expenses paid summer school will be held at the state-of-the-art London headquarters of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun between Sunday to Friday, August, 20-25.

Tech and journalism applications from 18-25 year old applicants are now being accepted before May 14 on the following pages: Developers and Designers and Journalists.

Deadline: 14 May 2017

The News Academy

Exhibition Opportunity

The Harley Open Exhibition

The popular biennial art competition returns for 2017. Artists of all ages and experience are invited to enter their work. The Harley Gallery are looking for your own, original wall-based artwork, which must have been made in the last 2 years. The first winner will be awarded £750 and a solo exhibition alongside the next Open Exhibition. Other prizes include £500 cash prize, Welbeck Farm Shop Prize, and a weekend course at the School of Artisan Prize.

Entries are judged by an expert panel, with around 140 works being selected for the exhibition. 

Deadline: 21 May 2017, 5pm 

The Harley Gallery - Nottinghamshire

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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