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.

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Public Art Commission worth $1.3M in Perth, Australia

Updated: 30 August 2023

The Public Transport Authority and contractor Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance are seeking to commission AUD$1.3 million artwork for the new stations and public amenity zones along the METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project (LXR). This Expression of Interest calls for an artist team to design and install a connected line-wide graphic artwork across various locations for the LXR project.

Eligibility: Local, National and International Artist Teams.

What you get: There is a budget of AUD$1,300 000 allocated for this project. Shortlisted artists will receive AUD$8,000 on completion of Concept Proposal.

Deadline 29 September 2023

Artify Consulting, Perth, Western Australia


Digital Commission for South West England-Based Artists

Updated: 16 August 2023

Spike Island is pleased to invite applications from artists based in the South West of England to develop a new digital commission for our website and/or online channels. The commission can be on any theme and in any digital format (from sound and video to animation or performance). However, it must be created specifically to be experienced online, and will ideally explore innovative ways of using digital media to engage and connect with diverse audiences.

Eligibility: Please note that we are not able to accept applications from artists currently undertaking undergraduate courses. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, part of the Global Ethnic Majority, and/or come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

What you get: The chosen candidate will receive a £2,000 budget for the creation of a new digital commission, to be showcased on Spike Island’s website and/or online platforms. An artist's fee of £2,000 will also be provided. Promotion through Spike Island’s website and online channels will take place leading up to and during the commission's launch in the summer of 2024. In addition, the selected artist will be awarded an annual membership to the Spike Island Associates programme, affording them free access to regular talks, one-on-one sessions with artists, critics, and curators, along with other peer-to-peer learning opportunities and support. Throughout the process, Spike Island’s Programme team will offer assistance to the artist in developing and presenting the commission.

Deadline 01 October 2023

Spike Island Artspace, UK

Unlimited’s UK and International Open Awards will offer 14 awards to disabled artists in England, Scotland, and Wales. These awards will offer a total of £600,000 to commission artists on a national and international level. The UK and International Open Awards give disabled artists the chance to develop and present work across the country and/or internationally.

Eligibility: This call is open to all disabled artists based in the UK with projects at any stage of development across art forms to bring their ideas to life. The international Open Award must apply to work that will facilitate a meaningful collaboration with a disabled artist/collective based in one of our Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries.

What you get: Up to £80,000 in commissions

Deadline 02 October 2023

Unlimited, UK and International


Collections in Dialogue: Artist commission fee worth £8k

Updated: 21 September 2023

The British Library and Leeds Art Gallery seek to commission an artist or collective based in the North of England. They will be invited to engage with digitised and physical collections at both institutions as a catalyst to make new work that creates a dialogue between the British Library and Leeds Art Gallery’s collections. Working with specific areas of each organisation’s collections, the thematic focus will be on exploring ideas of identity, activism and social change.

Eligibility: Early to mid-career artists or collectives who are based in the north of England.

What you get: The project offers an artist fee of £8,000, a £6,500 budget for materials to bring the project to life, and supplementary resources to cover associated expenses.

Deadline 08 October 2023

Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds


Illuminate Crawley: £5k Mural Commissions Available

Updated: 21 September 2023

Creative Playground seeks talented visual artists or creative collectives spanning various visual art forms. Our mission is to commission vibrant public art murals throughout Crawley, illuminating its spaces, and celebrating the town and its residents. We aim to have the final three selected artists in position by November 2023, and all artworks gracefully adorning the town by March 2024. This initiative receives funding support from Arts Council England's Creative People and Places program, with additional backing from Crawley Borough Council for the town center mural.

Eligibility: We are open to artists at all career stages and interested in a range of approaches.

What you get: There are up to three £5k commissions, with a materials budget of up to £2,500 per mural.

Deadline 10 October 2023

Creative Playground Crawley, Crawley

This year, the Art Commission of the City of Düsseldorf is launching a new format that focuses on promoting contemporary art in public spaces. With stadt.raum.experimente, local as well as internationally active artists are called upon to develop experimental and temporary concepts for the urban space of Düsseldorf. Whether installation, performance or participation: stadt.raum.experimente is open to unusual forms and experimental ideas.

Eligibility: The jury’s decision on project funding considers artistic design, content-related aspects, topicality, creativity, and sustainability of the project's impact on the public space and target group(s). Additionally, the jury evaluates the cost-impact relationship and the proposed time schedule for project implementation to make informed funding decisions.

What you get: Up to €120,000 is available annually. Each project is funded with a maximum of €60,000. Additional funds from third parties are possible.

Deadline 15 October 2023

City of Düsseldorf and stadt.raum.experimente, Germany


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Design a Toy: Calling crafters, makers, and artists

Updated: 27 September 2023

The renowned Laura I. Art Gallery is seeking a talented individual, or perhaps more, to masterfully recreate our beloved mascot as a captivating toy using various materials and of different sizes. These unique toys will be sold as part of our highly acclaimed environmental project, Noah's Ark. Whether you excel in sculpting with resin, bronze, metal, plaster, Plasticine, or any other sculpture material, or if you have a passion for stitching, crocheting, and knitting, this opportunity is tailor-made for you.

Eligibility: This opportunity is perfect for artists and craft makers. Whether you are a professional artist or a stay-at-home mom/dad, this is a great fit for you.

What you get: If your toy is well-received, we offer the opportunity for you to train others to produce our Noah toy in bulk. Payment terms are flexible and can be negotiated based on your preference - you may receive incentives from sales or we can purchase a significant quantity of toys from you. Please note that we are unable to pay for your toy unless we select you as one of our artists. However, if your toy meets our quality standards, we may consider selling it through our online store and other initiatives and events. Aim to create the best Noah toy possible, and we will handle the sales for you.

Deadline 15 October 2023

Laura I. Art Gallery, London


Public Art Commission Worth £50k, in Milton Keynes, UK

Updated: 21 September 2023

Milton Keynes City Council and its partners are in search of an experienced artist, creative practitioner, or collaborative team with a strong record of delivering impactful public art. They are commissioning a new artwork in Bletchley as a tribute to Alan Turing and are inviting skilled individuals or groups to lead the Alan Turing Public Art Commission.

Eligibility: Experienced artists, creative practices, collaborative practices, makers, creative technologists, digital and new media artists.

What you get: Three-stage commissioning process. If shortlisted for stage two, applicants will receive £2,000 to further develop their proposal. Final fee circa £50k.

Deadline 16 October 2023

Milton Keynes City Council, UK


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Call for Proposals: Dunton Hills Commission worth £10K

Updated: 27 September 2023

Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Brentwood Borough Council invite proposals from creative practitioners for a commission that celebrates the new Dunton Hills Garden Village. The commission must be inspired by the three neighbourhoods of the new housing development: Dunton Fanns, Dunton Woods and Dunton Waters. Working alongside local primary school children, the project will capture the diversity of past, present and future communities, within and surrounding the new Garden Village.

Eligibility: We are seeking a project with strong environmental themes, that celebrates biodiversity, and encourages positive attitudes and behaviours around Climate Action and the environment.

What you get: £10,000 budget

Deadline 17 October 2023

Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Brentwood Borough Council, Essex

The Glendale Arts and Culture Commission calls for creatives to submit proposals for a unique installation to be displayed at the historic Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station (ASMPGS) in Glendale, CA. The ASMPGS is a 1936 Streamline Modern Gas Station building listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and features rotating art installations. The 12'x12'x12' cube-shaped gas station has acrylic windows, two doors, two electrical outlets, and a timer, offering ample space for hanging art installations. Sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission and the Community Services & Parks Department, this call for submissions offers a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work.

Eligibility: Open to everyone but preference will be given to local artists

What you get: Artists whose work is chosen for installation at the ASMPGS will receive a stipend of $1,000 in addition to a production budget of up to $1,500 for a total maximum stipend of $2,500.

Deadline 31 December 2023

Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, USA

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