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.

Exhibition Opportunity

Poppositions Art fair 2018

POPPOSITIONS is currently inviting galleries, project spaces and artist initiatives to participate in its 7th edition via an open call.

POPPOSITIONS was established as a counterpoint to mainstream art fairs, and has grown as the leading fair offering an alternative market for contemporary art. In the past seven years, POPPOSITIONS has been dealing with questions of artistic agency, self-organisation, cynicism and criticality in order to shape its profile within the cultural and economic landscape. For the second edition in a row, Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (The Office for Curating, NL) is the artistic director.

Deadline 11 December 2017



WMA Commission 2018

The WMA Commission invites entries for proposals from artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community, to create new research based photography work in Hong Kong, focusing on the theme of TRANSITION. Project proposals must contextually relate to both the theme TRANSITION and to HONG KONG. A five-member Selection Panel will choose the WMA Commission recipient, who will be awarded a HKD 250,000 grant which will contribute towards production of the successful proposal and a public event featuring the completed work which will be entered into the WMA Collection.

Deadline 15 December 2017

WMA Programme

Artist in Residence

Berwick Artists’ Moving Image Residency 2018

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival present an annual artist's residency providing an opportunity for a moving-image artist to create a new work in Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland that could benefit from either of the following:
• the possibility to spend six months in Berwick to produce new work at a crucial development point within their practice, with Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s support.
• the opportunity to develop current research or existing project ideas within the context of Berwick and the wider county of Northumberland
The residency is for a six-month period beginning in April 2018 with a bursary of £7500 and private accommodation and studio space in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Deadline 18 December 2017

Berwick Visual Arts


Live Screen @ The Herbert

Home For Waifs And Strays are working with DASH and The Herbert to produce an exciting new platform for artists. They will be commissioning four artists, who due to physical/mental impairment or disability find it difficult to leave their homes for periods of time, to each create a new piece of performance/live art. The commissioned pieces will be live streamed from the artists’ homes and projected onto a large screen at the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery in Coventry on March 16th 2018. Each artist will receive mentoring from a mentor of their choice, who has experience working in the arts, mentoring, and working with disabled artists, £1000, plus help towards accessibility costs and materials.

Deadline 20 December 2017

Home For Waifs And Strays

Exhibition Opportunity

International Video Art Festival Now&After'18

Video artists from all over the world are invited to submit their work for the eighth edition of International Video Art Festival Now&After that will be held at Moscow, Russia from 7 February to 16 February 2018.
Now&After’18 theme is AUTONOMOUS REALITY.
Submitted videos must have been completed after January 1, 2015. Running time is up to 20 min.
Each applicant may send maximum 3 submissions.
The authors of the best films will be awarded from the Festival’s Prize Fund. 

Deadline 20 December 2017

Media Art Centre Now&After

Prizes and Awards

Bullukian Prize 2017

This Bullukian Prize, launched every two years, rewards the work of a visual artist through the creation and support of an original exhibition project. With a total value of 25,000 €, it includes both a production grant, the organization and promotion of a personal exhibition of the winner at the Bullukian Foundation in Lyon (France) and the publication of a catalog. The Prize is open to artists of all ages and nationalities, working in all art forms.

Deadline 20 December 2017

Bullukian Foundation 


Urban Sonic Places Commission

To celebrate the release of Peter Cusack‘s new publication ‘Berlin Sonic Places: A brief guide‘, CRiSAP are hosting a symposium exploring interventions into the city soundscape, from both planning and artistic perspectives. The symposium will take place at London College of Communication (LCC) on Feb 2nd 2018.

They invite proposals for performative, mobile, workshop or intervention based sound art works to take place in the immediate environs of Elephant and Castle, as part of  this event. Proposals are welcomed for sound art works that explore today’s city soundscape and the sonic places it comprises of. Selected artists will be commissioned a fee of £150. 

Deadline 20 December 2017


Exhibition Opportunity

Friday Island - Freedom of The Body

Friday Island is looking for artists (from Luxembourg and abroad) working in any medium (performing arts, fine arts, video/film, literature, etc.) for its next event, taking place on February 23rd, 2018, at 'Unité Vivo', housing structure for youngsters in Luxembourg.
The theme should be approached in a critical way in relation to social/political/philosophical perspectives. The artistic contributions can take any form of expression as long as they question the theme and suggest a non-conform point of view. The artistic propositions have to relate to the theme in an incontestable way.

The artists will receive a remuneration of 600 euro per artistic contribution, travel refunds to Luxembourg City of up to 150 euro are also available upon request. Accommodation for three nights will be provided by the organisation.

Deadline 22 December 2017

Friday Island

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. Arts Council England want to discover England’s most exciting artists and arts organisations- those who are bringing something to their local community or the people and communities around them. With the support of the Arts Council England, they 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. They 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

The Universal Sea - Pure or Plastic?!

Creatives from all around the world get your work tools ready and set your imagination free: The Universal Sea’s Call for Artists is officially launched. They are seeking out for artworks and projects which deal with water in the Anthropocene’s context until 31st December 2017.

Deadline 31 December 2017

The Universal Se

Artist in Residence

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) will award up to fifteen artists with one month residencies in St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada. Artists will be provided with an individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. 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.

Deadline 31 December 2017

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)

Exhibition Opportunity

MyMuseum Gallery

Be inspired by the diversity of digital displays. MyMuseum Gallery is calling for digital artists who have works reflecting on the disappearing border between personal and public in social media. They encourage artists to use non-conventional ways of presentation and embrace the beauty of our digital frames as well as the cables attached to them, and integrate them into the artworks. The selected pieces will be exhibited in the gallery and online in April – May, 2018. 

Deadline 31 December 2017

MyMuseum Gallery

Exhibition Opportunity

Under The Bed Sale

Cupola's 'Under The Bed Sale' is back and we are looking for work. This is not an exhibition but a sale. Work is unselected. As long as the pieces sent to Cupola are original - not reproductions from unique works - then they will be part of the sale (excluding offensive or explicit material).
This is an opportunity to clear out older work to make way for new creativity and maybe a bit more space. Experiments, seconds, odd, mismatched, repaired if you can’t bare to throw it away yet can’t face exhibiting it this is the perfect opportunity to pass it to someone who will love it.

Deadline 2 January 2018

Cupola Contemporary Art LTD

Prizes and Awards

Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2018

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, Winter Pride in partnership with Emerald Life and The House of St Barnabas, is proud to launch its latest art competition Beyond the Binaries. £1,000 Prize Money for overall winner of Art Awards. £500 Lady Petchey Art Award for highly commended runner-up. Exhibition at The House of St Barnabas in Soho London from 26 January - 6 June 2018, and at Quay Arts in Newport, Isle of Wight from 9 June - 30 July 2018.
Open to all artists regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Beyond the Binaries encourages artists to think of art as a tool for activism and the promotion of social equality.

Deadline 5 January 2018

Winter Pride

Prizes and Awards

Rome Scholarship RBA

The Royal Society of British Artists is able to offer this major scholarship as a result of a generous bequest from the late Mr. G H Benn in memory of his late wife Marianne Von Werther, a former member of the RBA. The prize is presented with a view to offer an enriching learning experience for a young emerging artist as well as augmenting their professional profile.

Deadline 6 January 2018

Royal Society of British Artists


Beam Camp 2018 Proposals for Spectacular Projects

Beam Camp is a collaborative building and design summer camp in Strafford, NH that works with kids aged 10-17 to make the seemingly impossible possible.  

Project Designers receive a stipend of $3,000 with a budget of $12,500 for Project materials and expenses, including those related to prototyping and design.

Beam Camp is looking for the following:

*Fantastical proposals from creative individuals and teams, including but not limited to Artists, Designers, Filmmakers, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Musicians, Fabricators & Technologists.

*Visionary ideas that culminate with a unique, ambitious, and spectacular product.

*Proposals that communicate a clear vision (sketches, diagrams, and other visuals are always helpful) and represent your/your team’s expertise.

Project Designers receive a stipend of $3,000 with a budget of $12,500 for Project materials and expenses, including those related to prototyping and design.

Deadline 7 January 2018

Beam Camp

Artist in Residence

Urban Oxford - Digital Artist in Residence

Museum of Oxford and Digital Artist Residency are jointly hosting an opportunity for an artist working in digital media to respond to the theme of Urban Oxford. Digital Artist Residency will host an online digital residency from 3rd Feb, culminating in a physical exhibition at the Oxford Town Hall on 5th April 2018. Urban Oxford is a Museum of Oxford exhibition celebrating the vibrant cultural contributions made to life in Oxford by those outside of institutions and cultural output in residential areas.

Deadline 7 January 2018

Digital Artist Residency & Museum of Oxford

Prizes and Awards

DARE Art Prize

Part of the DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North, the £15,000 DARE Art Prize is aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process. Individual, independent artists working in all disciplines are invited to apply by submitting a CV and a 500-word proposition that summarises the area of scientific interest - from astrophysics to climate change, microbiology to nutrition; an ambition to create something new and the germ of an idea of what this might be; and a genuine wish to engage with academic researchers, expertise and resources at the University of Leeds.

Deadline 12 January 2018

Opera North/University of Leeds

Artist in Residence

La Bande Video Programme Proposals 2018

La Bande Vidéo is inviting artists working in media arts (or artists seeking to experiment with the videographic medium) to submit proposals for :
• exhibitions
• production residencies or exhibitions residencies
These programs are available to artists working in Canada and abroad.
Located in coopérative Méduse in Quebec City, La Bande Vidéo is a media arts center devoted to creation and research. It takes part in the development of a contemporary video culture, offers artists production and dissemination tools, and encourages them to build a reflection on their work. The center produces and exhibits mostly, video installations, experimental single-channel, and animated videos. Its exhibition space is the only gallery exclusively devoted to media arts in Quebec City.

Deadline 15 January 2018

La Bande Video

Artist in Residence

STEAM Project Residency

Pratt Institute’s new STEAMplant initiative is calling for applications for funding for professionals seeking to work on a STEAM project in residency at Pratt, grants up to $7,500 are available. The initiative’s mission is is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and “art” as defined by the diverse disciplines pursued at Pratt. 

Deadline 15 January 2018

Pratt Institute

Curator in Residence

De Appel Curatorial Programme 2018-19

De Appel invites emerging international curators to apply for its renewed ten-month long, full-time educational platform in Amsterdam.

Six emerging curators with various academic and/or experiential backgrounds will be selected to develop projects within the programme’s core theme: de-universalization.

This curatorial prompt offers a conscious rejection of the increasing standardisation of curatorial thinking and explores alternative ways of conceptualizing, developing and implementing exhibitions, performances, public programmes and screenings. Rather than viewing these formats as static notions, the Curatorial Programme approaches them as multifaceted concepts with dynamic definitions that should be constantly extended and adapted.

Parallel to a conversation-based, immersive learning trajectory, the programme expands to an innovative seminar and workshop model resulting in individually developed research and writing assignments, as well as a collective curatorial project hosted at De Appel. The emphasis is on developing critical and experimental curatorial attitudes, and on fostering a self-reflexive and future-oriented ecology of curating.

Deadline 15 January 2018

De Appel Curatorial Programme 

Artist in Residence

European Media Artists in Residence Exchange

The new European Media Art Platform offers residencies for Media Artists in the fields of digital media including Internet and computer-based artists, filmmakers, and those working in media based performance, sound or video as well as robotics or bio-art.

EMARE includes a grant of 3.000,- Euros, project budget of 4.000,- Euros, free accommodation, travel expenses up to 500,- Euros, free access to the technical facilities and media labs within the host institution, consulting by production and market experts and a professional presentation as well as the option to participate in exhibition tours at our members' festivals in 2018-2021.

Deadline 20 January 2018

European Media Art Platform


New Geographies Public Art Commission

New Geographies are seeking Expressions of Interest from artists in the UK and internationally with experience of working with communities and/or in the public realm in response to places or sites. They envisage that each commission will be different but that all will in some way respond to the map, locations and stories; either individual locations, themes or other unexpected connections. Up to £25,000 (inclusive of VAT) per commission. This includes an artist fee and production. 

Deadling 28 January 2018


Prizes and Awards

The John Byrne Award 2017

The John Byrne Award is Scotland's premier art competition open to young adults aged 16 - 25. This year they are looking for creative pieces of work that are thought-provoking and show a consideration of values. You can submit, Visual art, Music, Video and Writing.

Throughout the year you can enter creative work to be considered for the main prize of £1000 and sub category prizes of £500. These will be drawn in February 2018. Each month they also award £100 to the ‘Highlight of the Month’ - an entry in any medium that the JBA team thinks has the most potential to encourage others to consider their values.

Deadline 31 January 2018

The John Byrne Award


State Machines

State Machines is a programme of activities devoted to the investigation of new relationships between states, citizens and the stateless made possible by emerging technologies. Focussing on how such technologies impact identity and citizenship, digital labour and finance, the project joins five experienced partners Aksioma(Slovenia), Drugo more (Croatia), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (Netherlands) and NeMe (Cyprus) together with a range of artists, curators, theorists and audiences.

How might the digital subjects of today become active, engaged, and effective digital citizens of tomorrow.

State Machines will support the production of the selected proposal with 5.000 € towards fees and production costs, will assist in all phases of production process and the final project will be exhibited in at least two offline and one online exhibition during 2018/19

Deadline 31 January 2018

State Machines

Exhibition Opportunity

Syn Festival Edinburgh 2018

Syn Festival Edinburgh invites artists to participate in the new ‘Odysseys’ Exhibition, that will take place at Upper Church at Summerhall from 9 – 22 March 2018. Open to visual artists at any stage of their career working in any media, including painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing, video, mixed and digital media. Open to artists living anywhere in Scotland.

Deadline 2 February 2018

Syn Festival Edinburgh

Artist in Residence

Lucy Art Residency 2018

The program offers the opportunity for an artist based in Europe and the Mediterranean whose main practice is photography focused to spend two weeks in June 2018 in Kavala, Greece. It is free to apply and the selected artist will have the opportunity to live and work in the coastal city in the north of Greece. The selected artist will be offered free accommodation in the five star Lucy Hotel in Kavala. The artist´s return trip from their country of residence is covered, as well as three meals a day at the hotel premises. Furthermore, a per diem and an artist fee for the production of one artwork will be provided. Opportunities to meet with local art organisations will be encouraged.

Deadline 7 February 2018

Lucy Art Residency


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

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



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


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

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


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

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