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.

Artist in Residence

Syllabus III programme open for applications from artists

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for Syllabus III; a peer-led alternative learning programme in its third year that will support ten artists across ten months. 

Starting in September 2017, Syllabus III will provide selected participants with a series of intensive sessions led by each of the partners. Syllabus III will be co-developed with the artists selected to participate who, with the support of staff and artists working with each of the partner organisations, will have the opportunity to bring forward ideas to the programme and actively contribute to its delivery.

Syllabus III aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK. As organisations that seek to support artists from all backgrounds, we would welcome applicants who identify as gender non-binary, or who come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify as disabled.

Please note: The Syllabus costs approx. £3,000 per artist to deliver. We have secured Arts Council England funding to cover much of these costs in 2017/18 so the cost to each artist will be £500 for the ten-month programme. The £500 can be paid in monthly instalments and payments are made to Wysing Arts Centre who are co-ordinating the programme on behalf of the partners. Additional costs to participants will include travel and some accommodation which is estimated at an additional £500 per person. Efforts will be made to ensure that low cost rail fares and accommodation can be booked well in advance. The partners are happy to write letters of support for participants who wish to make applications for professional development or travel grants.

Deadline: 23 April 2017

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire
@WysingArtsCentr@eprjcts@Iniva_arts@NewContemps@S1Artspace@_SpikeIsland & 

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

Artist in Residence

The Other MA (TOMA) alternative art education model open call

Essex’s first alternative art MA, TOMA, launched last September with ten artists on the course. After a successful first six months, the new alternative post-graduate education programme TOMA (The Other MA) has launched an open call in a bid to find its second cohort of artists. Based at Metal Art School in Chalkwell Park, the experimental course is the first of its kind to run in Essex and is a year-long programme that is shaped and directed by the TOMA artists. The programme is open now for applications from artists who already have at least five years strong practice and are interested in accessing alternative ways of learning.

Deadline: 28 April 2017

The Other MA - TOMA

Exhibition Opportunity

Artangel Everywhere – An International Open Call for New Ideas

Artangel Everywhere is an open call for ambitious projects that can be experienced anywhere in the world. For the first time, we invite people internationally to submit their most ambitious idea. Shifting our focus from physical location to networked space, we will commission and produce a major project that can be experienced anywhere in the world. 

The deadline for submissions is 30 April. We invite you to share your unstoppable idea for a worldwide experience, wherever you are. 

Lacking inspiration? The Artangel Everywhere bot helps potential applicants to think about the creative process and in doing so creates a shadow object.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

@Artangel / Facebook / Instagram


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

Curator in Residence

New Art Center Curatorial Opportunity Program

The Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) is an open-call curatorial platform that investigates contemporary culture through the visual arts. It makes possible diverse curatorial visions in a collaborative, non-profit and alternative exhibition space. Curators of selected group exhibitions receive a $1,000 stipend and administrative, promotional and technical support.

We host exhibitions involving two or more artists and incorporating at least one public presentation in our 2,500 square-foot gallery.

The New Art Center has a 35-year tradition of using its Main Gallery for group exhibitions curated by an independent curator. Since May 1991, we have continued this tradition through our Curatorial Opportunity Program’s public call for proposals.

Deadline: 3 June 2017

New Art Center, Newton

Writer in Residence

The Young Quill Open Call to young writers

Are you a fledgling playwright? Are you dying to see your work staged? Do you often wonder how to get your foot in the door?

The Young Quill theatre company is looking for *full-length plays*, to produce in collaboration with The Theatre Royal in Portsmouth in September/October 2017. 

The play will be performed by exciting new actors. We will also shortlist another 3-5 plays, which will have excerpts filmed and distributed to an exclusive network of industry members, and possibly earmarked for potential stagings.

They are accepting plays that meet the following requirements: Full-length (between 60-100 minutes); featuring a cast between 2-6 (no monologues); these can be of any topic. You can submit your plays to theyoungquill@gmail.com. Please subject of the email "Submission" with your name, contact number, and a short abstract of your play. 

Deadline: 5 June 2017

The Young Quill, London


Call for Site-Specific & Sculpture Installations

The Albany International Airport’s Art & Culture Program hosts temporary sculpture and site-specific projects in locations throughout the terminal as part of its mission to support and showcase the artists and cultural organizations that inhabit New York’s Capital Region.

Numerous sites throughout the interior of the airport terminal are occupied by site-specific projects. There are presently seven sites for which proposals may be submitted in 2017. The Albany International Airport’s exhibition spaces present artwork that adheres to established public art content standards. We do not exhibit work that includes nudity, overt political references, provocative language, violence and natural or human-made disaster imagery.

Approved site-specific projects are awarded a stipend of $3,500 - $5,000 depending upon the location, which is intended to fund all facets of design, development, fabrication and installation. An annual loan fee of $1000 is offered for existing sculptures that have been accepted for long-term loan. Artwork is fully insured while on the premises.

Deadline: 9 June 2017

Albany International Airport, Art & Culture Program

Exhibition Opportunity

The Funka Fest Arts Festival in Ecuador

The second edition of the Funka Fest Arts Festival will be held in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, in October this year. The Funka Fest team is now seeking submissions. The Call for Visual Arts is intended to highlight the current trend towards the interdisciplinarity in the art field, articulating heterogeneous proposals around one thematic line.

The Call for Visual Arts hosts finished artworks, proposals in progress and projects from national and international creators. The axis of reflection and creation for the Funka Fest 2017 edition is Points of Convergence, therefore, all proposals must relate technically and/or conceptually to any of the meanings, interpretations or reflections on this thematic line. 

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Funka Fest Arts Festival, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Artist in Residence

West Dean College Artist-in-Residence Programme

West Dean College announces the Open Call for its 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence programme, launching on 24th April 2017. Artists are invited to submit proposals outlining how they wish to spend their three-week residency at the uniquely immersive creative arts college in West Sussex. Three residencies are available, the first commencing in October 2017. The deadline for entries will be at midnight on Monday 3rd July, and residencies will be publicly announced on Monday 24th July.

Co-ordinated alongside the full-time Visual Arts programme, the residency is designed to support contemporary practitioners in developing research projects and studio-based practices. The residencies are informed by West Dean’s rich history of supporting skills-based making as well as the legacy of its surrealist founder, Edward James, celebrated for his support of individual artists and avant-garde collaborations across a variety of creative fields.

Deadline: 3 July 2017

West Dean College

Prizes and Awards

Griffin Art Prize: £10,000 art prize for British graduates

The Griffin Art Prize 2017 is an exhibition and studio award for emerging artists in painting and drawing supported by leading fine art brands; Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris.

New for 2017, the Griffin Art Prize will be offered to one outstanding UK based candidate at their location of choice. The winner will receive; a cash stipend of £5000, £2000 in studio rent, materials of choice from supporting brands Winsor & Newton and Liquitex to value £3000 and a showcase of new work to be held alongside the Griffin Art Prize 2018 shortlist exhibition in November at Griffin Gallery. The prize includes a professional support programme; three studio visits from the Griffin Gallery team and chief curator Becca Pelly-Fry, technical support from the Innovation and Development laboratory and a mentoring programme from an arts professional.

Deadline: 3 July 2017

Griffin Gallery

Writer in Residence

Frieze Writer's Prize

The Frieze Writer’s Prize, the annual international award to discover and promote new art critics, is open for entries. This year the prize will be judged by frieze associate editor Pablo Larios, artist and writer Ed Atkins, and novelist and co-editor of Semiotext(e) Chris Kraus. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze magazine and will be awarded £2,000.

Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length.

Deadline: 18 July 2017


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

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
Submit your proposal

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

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