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

ARCUS Project 2018 Artist in Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence Program of ARCUS Project which aims to support the artistic activities of emerging artists was launched in 1994. In its 24 years history, ARCUS Project has invited 100 artists including pairs from 33 countries/regions, and supported their artistic projects and researches during the residence. A number of previous resident artists are now known as cutting-edge artists in the international art scene. ARCUS Project Artist-in-Residence Program has focused on the “process” of activities. Therefore, ARCUS are looking for a project which does not regard final presentation as a goal, but tries to conduct a site-specific research/project within a certain period of time. It is also expected that the research/project is open to public for sharing the process and collaboration.

Deadline 27 April 2018

ARCUS Project, Moriya, Japan

Exhibition Opportunity

Thresholds: Open Call

Artists of any nationality and at any stage in their career are invited to submit work which responds to, reflects, or is inspired in any way by, the term ‘thresholds’. The Open Exhibition will be held from 9 – 23 June (preview 8 June) at Siggrou 24, Thessalonki. One artist from the exhibition will be selected by a jury for the prize of a two-week solo exhibition. Gonzo Unit will work with the prize-winning artist to develop the solo exhibition to be held in an art space in Thessaloniki in late 2018.

Deadline 27 April 2018

Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki, Greece

Artist in Residence

Call for Residency Submissions: FAC, Cumbria

Florence Arts Centre is now accepting submissions and proposals from artists who wish to hold residencies from Autumn 2018 and into 2019.

We are looking for an individual or a group of artists for each of four discrete strands, under the umbrella of ‘Arts and Science’. The strands are: Visual Arts, Digital, Music and Creative Writing. This is a great opportunity for artists who need space to devise new work which is site-specific to our unique location on Cumbria’s Energy Coast, between the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Irish Sea.

Deadline 29 April 2018

Florence Arts Centre, Cumbria, UK

Exhibition Opportunity

DongGang International Photography Festival OpenCall

17th DongGang International Photo Festival 2018 invites photographers for International Opening Call. We are waiting for photography works to be introduced in Korea. Submitting your works, each or team participant can send 8 – 12 images, 4000pixel on the long-side under this year’s them, 'When We Express Love'. The final selected projects will be presented to DongGang International Photo Festival in main exhibition space, screening or outdoor space. The artist of year (1 artist or 1 team) will be invited to the opening on 22nd of June of DongGang International photo festival.

Deadline 30 April 2018

Photography Works, South Korea

Artist in Residence

ArtRabbit Degree Show Feature

Calling all UK based art and design students: Having a degree show? List it on ArtRabbit today to be featured on our website and app. We'll also be publishing each event in our annual Degree Show Feature and include it in our downloadable/printable map, to be available in May.

Deadline 30 April 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

2018 TIVA-Offline Browser

Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition is a biennial event with the year 2018 being the 6th exhibition. Selected artists with works pertaining to this year’s exhibition “Offline Browser ” will be invited by the curators HSU Chia-Wei and HSU Fong-Ray to participate in the exhibition. In addition, an international open entry will be conducted to select works suitable for the exhibition.

Deadline 30 April 2018

Hong-Gah Museum

Exhibition Opportunity

Open Call "Through the eyes of a refugee in Scotland"

Colours is a social awareness project aimed at representing refugee resettlement stories through art. Our objective is to create a space to reflect on the global causes and impacts of the refugee crisis and the particular experience of relocation and integration of refugees in Scotland. We are planning on curating 20 to 40 artworks in Edinburgh to explore the stories, views, emotions and ambitions of refugees living in Scotland. Artists may choose to work with our primary research findings, based on face-to-face interviews with refugees resettling in Edinburgh. Any media is accepted, including video and performance art. The sellable artworks will be auctioned through a silent auction and any money collected will be handed over to local charities dedicated to help Refugees.

Deadline 30 April 2018

Colours of Edinburgh

Exhibition Opportunity

Democratic Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2019

The Organization for the Democratization of the Visual Arts are currently looking for artists to apply for the Democratic Pavilion that will showcase at the Venice Biennale 2019. In order to create a democratic system, the project will provide an exhibition proposal for one of the pavilions of the Venice Biennale 2019. The Democratic Pavilion represents a protest again the monopolization and centralization of power and the need of real democratic political and economic systems in our society for the fair distribution of the money and power.

Deadline 30 April 2018

Organization for the Democratization of the Visual Arts

Exhibition Opportunity

Art in Odd Places: BODY

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2018: BODY curated by Katya Grokhovsky invites proposals for its fourteenth annual public art and performance festival taking place along 14th Street in Manhattan, NY — from Avenue C to the Hudson River — and coinciding group exhibition at Westbeth Gallery. BODY will present visual and performance art projects by women, female-identifying, and non-binary artists. AiOP welcomes innovative, interdisciplinary, and hybrid projects including installation, sculpture, performance, video, sound, and others, which will be presented simultaneously in the gallery and the public realm. We encourage projects that explore the locations’ history and heterogeneity, and that actively engage the public, both inside and on the street.

Deadline 1 May 2018

Art in Odd Places, New York

Exhibition Opportunity

Modern Panic: Call for Artists

Over the last 9 years Guerilla Zoo have exhibited works from established artists such as Roger Ballen, H.R. Giger, Ralph Steadman, Charles Bronson, Franko B, Iris Schieferstein, Lucy Sparrow, Jimmy Cauty (KLF), Carrie Reichardt, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roland Topor, Paul Toupet, Dan Hillier, Dave McKean, and supported 100s of up and coming talents. They are now accepting submissions for artists to feature in our next exhibition. Applications will be accepted from all styles and forms of art (including live art) from artists working in any medium, from any location in the world. Modern Panic follows in the footsteps of the Panic Movement and aims to exhibit the new wave of provocateur artists.

Deadline 1 May 2018

Guerilla Zoo, London

Artist in Residence

Suoja / Shelter Festival-laboratory

3-day international annual festival-laboratory, which will be held for the first time on June 1-3, at the Free Art Space /Vapaan Taiteen Tila. We invite artists, musicians, performers to comprehend the "shelter" in all its hypostases, forms and manifestations. Imagine that all of us urgently needed to hide in it.

Deadline 1 May 2018

Убежище/Suoja/Shelter Festival-laboratory, Helsinki

Exhibition Opportunity

"Poly Voices" Open call for submissions to Lungs issue No.3

The open call is aimed at a wide range of contemporary artists and writers of colour internationally. In our third issue, we wish to explore the social and political implications of identity. The theme for our third issue is Poly Voices. The specifics of the theme require works which critically reflect on, comment and interpret our social reality today. Our goal is to interrogate this reality, and its multi-layered intersections such as gender, sex, origins, class, political orientation, and religion. We want to look at how contemporary artists of colour thematise the issues surrounding social identity. It is essential that you concisely present yourself and ideas so we can get a broader picture of your practice. We are open to various forms of creative practices from visual arts to illustration, from filmmaking to fiction.

Deadline 1 May 2018

Lungs Project


Artist wanted for Lux Lung's JASPAR MARR books and film

Lux Lung is an English writer and innovator of the written word. Her work is about Cities, with story lines set to a backdrop of beautiful architecture, peppered with poetry and laced with music and fashion. Lux is currently looking for innovative young artists, to have their work featured in her books and film that are being made into a short film, kicking off with an event at BAFTA London later this year. All work used in the books and film will be credited to the artist and this is paid work. Everyone welcome to apply.

Deadline 5 May 2018

Lux Lung


Open Call for Telephone Art'18

Szczecin European Film Festival'18 is seeking submissions for the TELEFON ART section. TELEFON ART is an international competition for short film impressions made with mobile phone, tablets, or other non-professional cinematographic devices. The only limitation is the running time, which cannot exceed 5 minutes. Anyone can submit their film, regardless of age or location. From among the submitted works, our selection team will choose the ones to be screened during Szczecin European Film Festival'18. Submission for this section is FREE. Event date: 13-17/06/2018

Deadline 6 May 2018

the OFFicyna Association

Prizes and Awards

2018 GAMMA Young Artist Competition

GAMMA Young Artist Competition 2018 seeks to promote artworks and research projects related to this year's theme - Global Landscape of Sustainable Art. 25 runners will be invited to a group exhibition in Seoul, South Korea and Included in the Exhibition Book by ACCESS which is an official magazine of ‘Center for Sustainable Culture and Service’ of Yonsei. 5 finalists will be granted one round trip to Tokyo, Japan and and opportunity to attend 2018 Global Marketing Conference. 

Deadline 6 May 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

INTIMACY at Science Gallery Dublin

Science Gallery Dublin is seeking proposals for up to twenty works for INTIMACY, a free exhibition that asks what human connection is made of. INTIMACY will examine the science and art of connection between humans, bringing together neuroscience, art, behaviour, belief and trust. We’ll find closeness in surprising places and probe how INTIMACY can emerge between friends or opponents, across time and cultures, or amongst networks and groups. With electronic communication ever more pervasive, INTIMACY will examine how all this interconnectedness may disrupt traditional notions of togetherness, opening new avenues for connection, or killing off intimacy altogether.

We are looking for works that explore the themes on intimacy in surprising and unusual ways. Provisional exhibition dates are October 2018 to February 2019.

Deadline 9 May 2018

Science Gallery Dublin


Tse Tse Fly Middle East at Fringe Arts Bath 2018

London-based experimental arts collective Tse Tse Fly Middle East are putting together a very special live event for Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2018. Mirroring the events that they produce in the UK and abroad, the night will feature curated short films from artists based in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent followed by three live experimental music performances. However, rather than showcasing performances from the Tse Tse Fly collective, for this unique event the live performers will be drawn from Bath and the surrounding areas.

Deadline 10 May 2018

Tse Tse Fly Middle East

Artist in Residence

Sound Art Residency and Installation - Ideas of Noise Festival

Ideas of Noise is an exciting new festival of experimental sound taking place August 3rd-5th in Digbeth, Birmingham with a focus on connecting experimental audiences and performers of different genres across the West Midlands and creating opportunities for emerging and established local artists.

We are looking to commission a new sound based installation to run throughout the festival, responding to “Ideas of Noise” and offer a studio residency. Applications from artists working in all mediums and disciplines that incorporate sound are welcome . Artists should be based in or from the West Midlands.

The artist will have access to 6 weeks’ studio and workshop space at The Lombard Method and a £400 fee inclusive of materials.

Deadline 11 May 2018

Ideas of Noise

Curator in Residence

Curatorial Micro-Residency at Creekside Artists

The micro-residency is designed to provide time and space for a curator to work on new, open-ended research by offering a free work space at Creekside Artists (Bermondsey) and peer support for two months, from 1st June - 31st July 2018. The residency will culminate in a public talk by the curator about their research. 350 word statement outlining your area of research 150 word statement describing why this opportunity would benefit your practice and how you would use the studio space CV (no more than two sides of A4) including the details of one reference Link to website or PDF with up to 10 images of previous work/ projects (no more than 5mb total) Deadline: 11 May by 6pm Please email your application with subject heading 'Micro-Residency application' to: info@creeksideartists.co.uk

Deadline 11 May 2018

Creekside Artists

Exhibition Opportunity

Science Gallery London Open Call on Dark Matter

Can we know something exists when it has never been observed? Is this a problem when it makes up most of the mass in the universe? Science Gallery London invites submissions to their Open Call that will interrogate these questions, whether it be through existing and new artworks; proposals for workshops, music and performance nights, film screenings; or discussions that critically and experimentally engage with some of the season’s key themes. The season will explore the mind-bending concept of dark matter, which although unseen makes up for over a quarter of the matter in the universe, and will feature a curated exhibition in Science Gallery London’s brand-new gallery space, alongside a dynamic event programme taking place in the Gallery theatre, outdoor courtyard and studio spaces.

Deadline 13 May 2018

Science Gallery London

Exhibition Opportunity

Open Call - White Line Projects

White Line Projects would like to invite Latin American artists or British artists with Latin American heritage, based in the UK to be considered for our next group exhibition. The exhibition will open in February 2019 at the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion for 12 weeks. We are looking for work that explores the (re)presentation and (re)construction of identity of the Latin American diaspora within the UK, framing the body as a point of departure. This exhibition aims to convey the diversity of the Latin American experiences and identities within the UK through various cultural and artistic expressions and create a dialogue around different issues. Budget pending, we would also consider commissioning new work based on these themes.

Deadline 14 May 2018

White Line Projects


HAU. Traditional Basque Objects Design Contest

The aim of this call is to update the design of a traditional object present in the Basque culture. In this way, we contribute on the one hand, to research and the eventual recovery of traditional customs and on the other hand, to an adaptation, renewal and reinterpretation from the point of view of contemporary design. The piece to be reviewed in this call is the kutxa, a chest used on farms in the Basque Country. This call is opened to any person or legal entity of any age (students, professionals or collectives) in the design field (industrial and product design, architecture, engineering, fine arts, etc.) from any country. Participation in the competition is free.

Deadline 14 May 2018

Bitamine Faktoria

Artist in Residence

Land404 Open Call

Land404 is excited to announce the open call for 2018 residency program.This year we will host a small group of international artists at our farm to build an outdoor exhibition by the sea. We work with the landscape and community surrounding the farm as our starting point. Thematically investigating the relationship between modern people and nature as well as rural spaces in the context of western civilisation. The participating artists are encouraged to work freely with the themes. No discipline is preferred, but we are extra interested in experimental approaches, interdisciplinary work and social practice. This year we are collaborating with Blekinges Dansresidens, a residency program for dancers running parallel to ours which might open up for interesting possibilities.

Deadline 15 May 2018


Curator in Residence

Open call for a curatorial team for the Malta Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019

Following the success of the Malta Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2017, Arts Council Malta is issuing an open call for a curatorial team to submit a project proposal for the Malta Pavilion.
The call is open to curatorial teams with a strong international curatorial track record; multi-national curatorial teams that include Maltese individuals in the team as well as Maltese artists will be favourably considered.
The Malta Pavilion is approximately 285 square metres with exposed brick walls. It is located at the Artiglierie in the Arsenale Area, which is the same location which hosted the Malta Pavilion during the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2017. In 2015, during the 56th International Art Exhibition, this location hosted the Tuvalu Pavilion. This is a very central location in the Arsenale which sees hundreds of visitors every day.

In 2017, the Malta Pavilion garnered a host of high profile media accolades and acknowledgements, including coverage in prestigious titles such as The Observer, which listed it as one of the five best pavilions and The Culture Trip which also listed it as one of “The 10 National Pavilions You Can’t Miss at the Venice Biennale”.
The winning project will be selected by an independent jury of art professionals appointed by Arts Council Malta.

Deadline 16 May 2018

Arts Council Malta

Artist in Residence

Practice Makes Practice - Residency

Bursary: £1200 (accommodation & travel provided) Duration: 4 week period (Nov 18, Feb 19 or March 19, time can be split across multiple months) We invite artists to apply for Practice makes Practice - Residency at The NewBridge Project. This one-month residency will provide artists with time & space to reflect on their practice within an active & engaged community of artists. This residency forms part of our artist development programme Practice makes Practice. During the residency, we invite the selected artist to input into the PMP programme through instigating events, workshops or talks informed by their practice & feeding into their professional development.

Deadline 21 May 2018

The NewBridge Project

Artist in Residence

Silence Awareness Existence - Residency Program in Finland

Silence Awareness Existence Thematic residency program by Arteles
 for artists & creative minds working around the theme
 at Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland
 in Dec 2018 - Mar 2019 Silence Awareness Existence is a thematic residency program for artists and deep minds attuned to the theme. The program brings together selected international artists, writers and creative professionals, widely from different mediums and backgrounds.

Deadline 30 May 2018

Arteles Creative Center

Prizes and Awards

Call for applications - Stuart Croft Foundation Awards

The Stuart Croft Foundation Awards enable filmmakers, curators, writers, researchers and students working between and beyond the gallery and cinema to create small-scale projects, where other funding may be difficult to obtain.

There will be three distinct awards this year: the Moving Image Award, the Research Award and the Education Award. The new Research Award encourages applications that respond to the rich and as yet unexplored archive of Stuart Croft archive. Awards will be announced in July 2018.

Deadline 31 May 2018

 The Stuart Croft Foundation


NNN.FREEPORT.GLOBAL - Open Call for Works

NNN invites proposals for the support of new creative work or the expansion of existing research into artistic outputs, to be presented on nnn.freeport.global between September 2018 - April 2019. NNN will support the production of 2-4 works with a budget between €1000 - €4000 towards fees and production costs for each project. This opportunity is open to individuals or groups working across any artforms in Europe.

Deadline 31 May 2018

The New Networked Normal

Exhibition Opportunity

Matador Review 9th Issue Open Call

Marador Review is now looking for submissions for the 9th Issue of the quarterly magazine, the Summer 2018 publication. We invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed; however, please let us know if the work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also welcomed, though we ask that you submit only once per genre per issue. The genres are as follows: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Art. 

Deadline 31 May 2018

Matador Review

Exhibition Opportunity

31st Festival Les Instants Vidéo - Call For Participation

The Festival Les Instants Vidéo is an event dedicated to video art and electronic poetry with its multiple forms, monobands, installations, performances and multimedia. 2018 edition aims to comment on the events of May 1968 encouraging artists and writers to contribute with works on freedom, human rights, utopias and more. 

Deadline 1 June 2018



European ArtEast Foundation/Delfina Foundation - Open Call

European ArtEast Foundation, in collaboration with Delfina Foundation, is inviting proposaIs for grants for research focused on Eastern European artists working in the region from around 1948-1968. The Foundation will award by 16 July 2018 up to three research grants of £3,000-£6,000. The purpose of these grants is to give art historians and curators the opportunity to carry out ambitious research projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of art history in Eastern Europe. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate a nuanced understanding of the history and legacy of modernism in Eastern Europe and to bring attention to overlooked artists who were important in their time but had no international exposure due to the specific political context.

Deadline 4 June 2018

European ArtEast Foundation and Delfina Foundation

Artist in Residence

Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition now accepting entries

The latest Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition invites emerging artists of all ages (16+) to submit an artwork based on the theme of "Love and Money".

Love and Money are frequently at the heart of the action in opera, including the two works being staged for Glyndebourne Tour 2018. Verdi’s La traviata sees Violetta sell all her possessions in order to live with her true love Alfredo, while Massenet’s Cendrillon is based on the rags to riches love story of the poor Cinderella, swept off her feet by the dashing (and rich) Prince.

The winning artwork will feature on the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and appear in an exhibition at Glyndebourne this autumn. Artists are invited to submit paintings, drawings, original prints, mixed media, photography and digital pieces (no video or sculpture). Submissions must work both as printed artwork for the programme cover and as an exhibition piece. All shortlisted entrants will also win two free tickets.

Deadline 6 July 2018

The Glyndebourne Tour: 12 October – 1 December 2018

Artist in Residence

La Wayaka Current Residency

La Wayaka Current, artist-led initiative will offer a fully funded place on one of our our upcoming expeditions into one of the richest biomes on our planet located in Central America. This is an opportunity for an artist to research + develop a new site-responsive project through our program at Tropic 08 º N, an isolated base immersed in nature alongside rainforest + coastal marine ecology in collaboration with local communities, exploring environmental and socio-political themes.

Deadline 15 July 2018

La Wayaka Current

Exhibition Opportunity

The Essential - Open Call for Artists

Photographers and Visual and Digital artists are invited to submit their work responding to the theme of this year's exhibition - The Essential. The selected works will constitute the international collective exhibition The Essential that will take place in November 2018 in Rome.
Submitted works should offer an original view on the theme, and restrain from conventional approach to the subject including references to lifestyles based on consumerist logics. The artists are encouraged to reflect on the most significant values of existence, whether individual and/or universal.

Deadline 15 July 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

OGA VideoArt Exhibitions 2018/2019

Born in 2013, the space of the OGA (Ospizio Giovani Artisti / Young Artists Hospice) organizes from four to six group exhibitions every year, with contemporary and modern art works that come exclusively from the Collection of the OGA. The selected video works will be screened in the upcoming group exhibitions of the season 2018/2019 of the OGA. The videos will be projected sequentially on one or more monitors. The Open Call accepts only VideoArt works. Please don't send narrative or documentary works.

Deadline 31 July 2018

Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Rome, Italy

Prizes and Awards

Open Call for COAL Prize 2018

The COAL Prize is open to artists throughout the world who dare to imagine and experiment, to transform territories, lifestyles, organisations, and production methods. Together, they are building a new collective narrative, a new vision, developing our future heritage, and in doing so creating the necessary optimistic framework for everyone to find the means and the motivation to implement the changes needed for a more sustainable and just world.
The winner of the COAL 2018 Prize will receive an award of 5,000 euros and a residency with additional financial support for artistic production at the Belval estate (Ardennes), property of the François Sommer Foundation.

Deadline 31 July 2018


Exhibition Opportunity

International Open Call: Polluted Postcards

This exhibition will be showcasing ‘Polluted Postcards’ that highlight the current/future reality of pollution.  The aim of the exhibition is to help raise the profile of the impact of pollution upon the environment, people and animals.
You are invited to submit up to 5 designs, which must be about pollution (such as water/land /thermal pollution), whether its showing pollution in a natural or urban environment, the effects/impacts of pollution or prevention:  Whatever your creative mind thinks up.
There is no wrong or right way of how your ‘Polluted Postcard’ design should look, as long as they are good quality prints. All mediums are welcome.

Deadline 20 August 2018

Polluted Postcards, Plymouth


The CGTrader Digital Art Competition 2018

CGTrader has just launched the Digital Art Competition with prizes worth more than $60,000, and it’s open to all CG artists (both 2D and 3D). It’s very easy to participate: you can submit your works of art to six very broad categories, like Character Illustration or Environment Concept, there are no strict requirements, and artworks do not have to be created exclusively for the competition, so you can enter your best and favorite works.
In addition to the prizes, the competition offers massive exposure to artists in CGtrader’s 1.2M+ user community, and the entry which gets the most votes will win the Public Award.

Deadline 30 September 2018

CG Trader, Vilnius

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