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.

Exhibition Opportunity

ANTI Festival Call for Projects 2017

The 16th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is looking to create a programme of projects that respond to the theme of water. They invite proposals from artists working in any medium, with works that have an integral relationship with the place in which they are presented.

Kuopio, located in Northern Savonia, is surrounded by ‘lake country’ and stands on the shore of Lake Kallavesi. The region with its abundance of lakes enjoys a much celebrated and much embodied relationship to natural sources of water. In response to this, and to other, perhaps more complicated contexts, they invite proposals that engage water. 

They also invite proposals of talks, presentations or papers on preexisting projects. 

Deadline: 22 January 2017

ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival 

Artist in Residence

Art+Text @ 44AD artspace

The relationship between art and text is rich and varied – from Rene Magritte to Jasper Johns, Jenny Holzer to Martin Creed – the decision to use text in art is a powerful and often provocative choice. There are endless possibilities between a visual art practice and writing, text and words!

44AD artspace accepts submissions of art works to be exhibited in February 2017. All media encouraged including video, performance, installation, prints, painting, books, new media and sculpture. There is no fee to submit work but there will be a gallery hanging fee for each work accepted into the show (first work £15, each additional work £5 each).

Deadline: 23 January 2017

44AD artspace 


Art by Translation - research opportunity for artists and curators

Art by Translation is open to young artists and curators seeking to further their research through a postgraduate program dedicated to a specific theme. The first 3 year theme is: Translation in the arts. Applications are now accepted for the period March 2017–March 2018 (extensible depending on projects). 4 selected candidates will benefit from travel and production budget. A contract will be signed with the institution. Housing will be covered when possible but not in all locations.

The selected candidates will participate in the program’s work sessions (one to two weeks each), and exhibitions, produce works and present their work in various contexts. All workshops, guest lectures and costs related to other curricular activities are covered by Art by Translation. There are no tuition fees. The applicants must have an MA degree from a university and/or art school (5 years or equivalent). All candidates should speak English and French is a plus.

Deadline: 29 January 2017

Art by Translation

Artist in Residence

Call For Artists in Residence: Kira 2017 [sponsored]

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 for up to six hours a week. These engagements for each artist will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with the Kingsbrae Garden which is located steps away from the residence and studios. 

Kira support artists by providing space for creative inquiry and time to take their creative practice to the next level. They invite artists to explore their ideas and practice within the context of the region including Kingsbrae Garden, a 27-acre horticultural masterpiece located in the historic seaside town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. They create a community of artists, thinkers, and practitioners and introduce and thoughtfully engage artists with the community.

The one month residency periods are in June, July, and August 2017. Artists are awarded a stipend of $ 1,500. 

Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their career who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are invited to apply. Artists from New Brunswick are encouraged to apply. Please note there is a fee for application for this opportunity of $10 (Can). 

Deadline: 30 January 2017

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts

Prizes and Awards

Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award 2017

The Friends of the Glynn Vivian have launched the 2017 Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award. This Award enables a young artist aged between 21 and 35 years, educated in Wales, the opportunity to stage his/her first professional exhibition in the New Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea. Glynn Vivian Gallery. For more information on how to apply please click through to their website. 

Deadline: 31 January 2017

Friends of the Glynn Vivian Gallery
@FriendsGlynnViv & @SwanseaCouncil

Writer in Residence

Trainee writers for 'Zombies, Run!' wanted!

You’ve heard of Zombies, Run! right? It’s probably the most successful – and certainly the most creative – smartphone health and fitness app in the world and has topped the charts regularly since its launch in 2012. It’s been downloaded over 3 million times and its lead writer and co-creator, Naomi Alderman, has been responsible for the production of five seasons of this amazing game. Now she’s looking for two or three trainee writers to join her and see if they have what it takes to join the writing team for the next season. Story lining, editing, dialogue and ideas – you’ll have the chance to look at all of these skills as part of this traineeship, and if you excel, well, you’ll get an additional fee and a foot in the door of writing for games and the online world.

Deadline: 31 January 2017

Zombies Run Game

Exhibition Opportunity

Art Cologne’s Satellite Fair KÖLNER LISTE 2017 Open Call [sponsored]

International artists and galleries are invited to apply now for exhibition. Emerging talents and gallery programmes with exciting perspectives and moderate prices are particularly encouraged to apply.

Parallel to ART COLOGNE, the KÖLNER LISTE will be held from April 28th to 30th, 2017 at the XPOST venue. In it’s fourth year, this fair of discovery will showcase a wide range of contemporary art at reasonable prices. The curated exhibition aims to attract young collectors and art lovers, inviting them to engage with international artists and hunt down original artwork for their own homes.

The KÖLNER LISTE gives young artists the opportunity to present their work to one of Europe’s most important art markets – and take advantage of the prosperous capital and collector density in the Rhineland and neighbouring Benelux countries. Exhibitors in previous years have found the fair not only to be a place to sell their work, but a springboard to entering leading international fairs and galleries.

The location for the KÖLNER LISTE 2017 will be the XPOST in central Cologne. This former packet distribution centre was constructed in 1895 and is now a historic listed building. As well as the excellent city location and good transport links, the XPOST offers the ideal space for exhibiting modern art across 4000 sqm.

With 84 galleries and artists from 15 countries, the number of exhibitors almost doubled this year. Attracting over 7000 art lovers, collectors and influences, the KÖLNER LISTE has firmly established itself as a new, unmissable art fair format in Cologne springtime.

Deadline: 31st January 2017


Exhibition Opportunity

Flour Magazine open call

Flour Magazine have announced an open call for artist proposal for their first issue on the topic of “Moneypulation”. International emerging artists are welcome to submit works - painting, drawing, sculpture, video, digital, photography, installation, performance and mixed media are all eligible. 

Deadline: 31 January 2017

Flour Magazine, Milan

Prizes and Awards

The Frieze Artist Award 2017

The Frieze Artist Award, an international, open call for an artist 25–40 years of age, is open forapplications. The award offers an artist the chance to realize a major site-specific work at Frieze London 2017; as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme.

Deadline: 20 February 2017



Two-year Summer Academy hosted by the Berne University of the Arts (HKB) and the Zentrum Paul Klee

The new Summer Academy Paul Klee, under newly appointed artistic director Tirdad Zolghadr, is a fully funded program offering artists a departure from business as usual, without becoming an exhausting interruption in its own right. It caters to practitioners working at a postgraduate level, whether or not they have an official certificate saying so. Professional experience and intellectual appetite are the main requirements.

Over two summer sessions—August 2017 and August 2018—eight fellows are granted access to the university’s outstanding infrastructure and technical support, and will proceed to collectively author a public event scheduled for April 2019. Although based on the idea of an academy, the aim is to transcend the blueprint of seminars and tutorials, and to focus on group research and cross-professional coalition building.

Deadline: 18 February 2017

Berne University of the Arts (HKB) & the Zentrum Paul Klee


Chronotopia: Haga and Korsvägen

An exceptional opportunity for artists to engage in shaping the underground spaces of Gothenburg. The Public Art Agency Sweden and the Swedish Transport Administration invite artists to participate in the second international competition for one of Gothenburg's largest construction projects ever: the new subterranean railroad with three new stations in the area of the West Link. 

Eight artists will be shortlisted to participate in the second phase. The eight selected artists will receive a document with guidelines (Competition Programme) and a fee of SEK 120,000 excluding VAT (approximately EUR 12,000) to develop a draft project proposal. Among the draft project proposals, two artists will be selected to participate in the third phase (Design and planning). This will signal the end of the competition. Here, the winning artists will have the opportunity to further develop their proposals in close dialogue with architects and engineers. The budget for the artistic design of each of the two sites is SEK 7 million (approximately EUR 700,000). The proposals will be implemented during the fourth phase of the project (Implementation).

Deadline: 21 February 2017

Statens konstråd (Public Art Agency Sweden)

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


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

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
Tune in here


STEP Beyond Travel Grant

Through this grants scheme, we fund emerging artists and cultural workers to explore and to exchange views, skills and inspiration. We have been supporting all kinds of cross-border creativity - including music, visual art, theatre, dance, film, documentary, multimedia, design, photography, fashion and cultural capacity building. 
STEP Beyond Travel Grants are designed for up-and-coming artists and cultural workers to travel between EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association), and countries bordering the EU. Priority is given to individuals who are under 35 years old and/or who are in the first 10 years of their career. The STEP Beyond funding scheme emerged from previous mobility grant programmes such as Erasmus and APEXchanges.
You can check eligibility and submit your application on ECF Labs, in the Lab dedicated to Step Beyond. When you apply, you become part of the ECF Labs community, which is a chance to connect with other artists and cultural workers from across Europe and beyond.

Deadline: Rolling 

European Cultural Foundation

Writer in Residence

Call for Writers by Young Artists in Conversation

YAC, Young Artists in Conversation, is a web platform that hosts interviews with the most exciting young artists from around the UK. YAC has been running for over a year and hosts interviews with artists in a variety of disciplines including sculpture, performance, painting, new media and text. In order to develop the content of the website we are asking for contributions from writers across the UK to conduct interviews to be published on the website and advertised through various social media channels. We are looking for passionate individuals to carry out interviews independently but to stay in constant communication with the team at YAC. This is a great opportunity for someone who is in the process of establishing himself or herself as a writer or for an individual who already has experience of writing around contemporary art.

Deadline: Ongoing

YAC | Young Artists in Conversation


British Council: Shorts Support Scheme Travel Grant Fund

Have you recently made a short film? Has it been accepted to any of the festivals on the British Council's ‘Key Festivals‘ list? If so, as a filmmaker the Shorts Support Scheme Travel Grant Fund is the best way for you to help exhibit your work overseas. You will also qualify to join our Shorts Support Scheme for an 18 month period giving you access to a variety of different benefits: from promotion of your film to festival programmers around the world to invitation to our bi-monthly networking nights designed to connect new talent to industry.
Check out our ‘Key Festivals’ list to discover all the film festivals where we can help you promote your work. If you are awarded a travel grant, you will receive a financial contribution towards your travel and accommodation costs. Grants usually range between £200 – £1000 depending on the location of the festival.
Eligibility criteria are listed in our ‘British Council Travel Grant Fund Guidelines’. If you are eligible for a Travel Grant you will also qualify for the Shorts Support Scheme.

Deadline: Rolling 

British Council Travel Grant Fund

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