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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Dogs Trust, in partnership with Wild in Art and the world-famous Snoopy, is inviting people to explore the city of Cardiff through an exciting new art trail in Spring 2022. It will be formed of over 60 giant Snoopy sculptures which, at the end, will be auctioned to raise money for Dogs Trust.

Each of our Snoopy sculptures needs to be transformed into a work of art. Designs are welcome from both emerging and established artists in any medium; traditional to new media, fine art, graffiti, illustration or mosaic. Designs will be shortlisted before being presented to our sponsors. Those that are successfully chosen will then be commissioned and upon completion, each artist will receive a £900 commission fee, as well as the opportunity to showcase their work as part of this event.

Opportuinity for amateur or professional artists, aged 18 or over and living in the UK.

Deadline 01 July 2021

Dogs Trust, Cardiff

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Emerging Concepts Edition

Updated: 21 May 2021

With this call, we want to invite projects that explore how art can involve people and communities in dialogue and rethinking the social and political reality that concerns them. Therefore, we encourage projects that have art-based and/or theoretical-practical methodology in researching issues of relevance for different communities. Special emphasis is put on the research process which should be driven by direct observation of the concerns and challenges those communities face. By mobilizing the capacities and potentials of art and culture in addressing socially relevant topics including, but not limited to human rights, environmental issues, migration and refugees, the new normal, digitalization, and creative industries, the project should strive to achieve broad social impact.

Eligibility: Curators, art historians, artists

What you get: Publication, mentorship, 10% of the retail price.

Deadline 05 July 2021


The competition – run by the V&A, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace – is open to young people between 13 and 25 from all over the United Kingdom. Aspiring artists and designers will have the opportunity to submit an original design for an emblem to signify Her Majesty’s historic, seventy-year reign, and capture the spirit of the national festivities.

Symbolising the very first Platinum Jubilee, the emblem will feature prominently in the lead up to and throughout the celebrations in June 2022, which will include televised national events, street parties and community gatherings. The design will also be used for all official merchandise commemorating the Jubilee, and widely across digital and social media.

The entries will be judged by a panel of graphic designers, visual artists and design professionals, including Margaret Calvert OBE RDI, Lubna Chowdary, Kerry Curtis, Yinka Ilori MBE, Gabriella Marcella and Paul Thompson, chaired by V&A Director Tristram Hunt. They will be joined by experts from the V&A, Royal College of Art and the Design Museum, as well as a representative from the Royal Household.

Eligibility: Open to young people between 13 and 25 from all over the United Kingdom

What you get: The winning emblem will be announced in Summer 2021. The winner will be invited to take part in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace, including receiving an invitation to the ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’, the BBC concert that will celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The other nine top ten entrants will also be invited to participate in the celebrations, and their designs – along with the winner’s – will be displayed at the V&A in June 2022.

Deadline 16 July 2021

The V&A, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace


Immerse Cambridge & Oxford Summer School Essay

Updated: 20 May 2021

Are you a highly ambitious student interested in attending the Immerse Summer School in Oxford or Cambridge? We offer a variety of summer programmes, from Architecture to Physics, and if you’re looking to showcase your academic skills, then this is the essay competition for you. The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers applicants the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse summer programme.

Eligibility: UK students aged 13-15 or 16-18

What you get out of it: Opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse summer programme.

Deadline 01 September 2021

Immerse Education

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Zebrastraat: New Technological Art Award 2022

Updated: 20 May 2021

During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) is organised, a contest which tries to fill in a gap in the mainstream art world, by paying attention to the technological developments that drive our global culture. NTAA selects and presents creations in which the culture-forming role of technology occupies a central place. Low or high tech, intuitive or experimental, the creations always draw our attention to actual innovative trends. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant temporal and resilient use of technology in the artistic sector.

There is no artist fee. The organisation will reimburse costs regarding transport, accommodation and installation. The 20 projects selected by the jury will be rendered public on the website in October 2021.

Eligibility: Open to all age groups and nationalities.

What you get out of it: Cash award of 5,000 euro will be allocated to a work and to its creator.

Deadline 01 September 2021

Zebrastraat Ghent, Belgium

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