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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arebyte: Open Screen

Updated: 20 May 2021

Developed in partnership with Shape Arts, Open Screen seeks proposals for new works that respond to the theme of Realities, as part of arebyte on Screen, arebyte’s expanded and innovative online platform.

arebyte is inviting digital artists self-identifying as disabled to apply who work with technology to their advantage, or overcoming barriers, criticising matters of inclusivity within technology, and everything in between. Open Screen is actively aiming to address an area of underrepresentation in the art industry.

Eligibility: Open to 18+; no restriction regarding location; practitioner working in the digital realm who identifies as ‘disabled’ under the Social Model of Disability, regardless of impairment; work must be able to be exhibited online, and must be new.

What you get out of it: £850 towards production of the new online work, curatorial support from arebyte, exhibition, exposure and representation through arebyte on Screen.

Deadline 13 June 2021

arebyte, London, UK

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There can be no love without justice

Updated: 08 June 2021

For Pride 2021, Queercircle and BUILDHOLLYWOOD family of JACK, JACK ARTS and DIABOLICAL are teaming up to bring art and demands for social change to the streets of London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield. 50 years ago, the Gay Liberation Front marched through the streets of London to demand an equal age of consent. In subsequent years, this march came to be known as Pride. Throughout the years, the demands have changed, from decriminalisation to access to vital medication; to an end to Section 28 to same-sex marriage. This past year has highlighted the desperate need for protest: Black Lives Matter, the climate emergency and the occupation of Palestine and Columbia, to name just a few, have sparked demonstrations and raised public consciousness around the world. In response to bell hooks’ quote “There can be no love without justice,” LGBTQ+ artists are invited to submit work that raises public awareness and demands for radical change. Artists are encouraged to take an intersectional approach and submit work that highlights local, national and international issues. Submissions can but do not have to include text.

Eligibility: LGBTQ+ artists

What you get: The selected artists will be exhibited on billboards across the UK during July. Each of the selected works will be accompanied by a QR code linking to the Queercircle website including details about the selected artists and additional information about your chosen campaign, resources, demands and actions to take.

Deadline 16 June 2021


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Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition

Updated: 20 May 2021

Visual arts have always been an integral part of Glyndebourne, on and off the stage, and the annual tour art competition, which has been running since 2013, offers a platform for new artists to raise their profile. 2021's tour art competition challenges new artists to submit an artwork based on the theme of "forces of nature".

Eligibility: New artists, aged 16+ with less than five years' experience.

What you get out of it: The winning artist will see their artwork on the cover of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme, and their work will also be part of a digital exhibition with all shortlisted works, hosted by Glyndebourne this autumn. Works can be offered for sale during the exhibition with an upper price limit of £1,500. If Covid-19 restrictions allow, we may also hold a physical exhibition of the artworks in Glyndebourne's onsite Gallery 94. As part of the prize, the winner will receive four free tickets to a world-class opera production at Glyndebourne during the Tour 2021. All shortlisted entrants will win two free tickets.

Deadline 04 July 2021

Glyndebourne, UK

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Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2021

Updated: 07 June 2021

The RSMA seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short, anything that involves tidal water.

Eligibility: Any artist over 18 may submit. Subject matter must be essentially marine in nature, relating in some way to tidal waters of the world; topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed. Acceptable media: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.

What you get: Exhibition, along with the chance to win one of the many established prizes and awards - Baltic Exchange Award (£2,000 value); The Charles Pears Award (value £500); The Kenneth Denton Award: (value £500); The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award (First Prize £500, Second Prize £100); The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting (value £300); The RSMA New Generation Award (value £250); The Topbond Marine Award (value £250); The Winsor & Newton Oil Prize (value £250 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials for a notable oil painting); The Artist Magazine Award; The Classic Boat Award.

Submission fee: £20 per work / £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under. Maximum of six works submitted, maximum of four works selected.

Deadline 09 July 2021

Mall Galleries, London

Exhibition Opportunity

minus20degree Open Call

Updated: 01 June 2021

minus20degree (m20d) is looking for artists in sound art, videoart, performance, theater, installation, or dynamic land art.

We are especially interested in long range art forms, art that takes and needs space, art that is mobile or makes the audience move. We also look forward receiving proposals for dynamic sound- and videoart that embraces the snowy landscape as endless projection surface.

Eligibility: Application is open to individuals, pairs or groups at any stage of their career. Applicants must be over 18.

What you get: Selected artists will receive an artist fee of € 1,000, a production budget of up to € 1,600 travel budget of up to € 400. minus20degree wil provide up to 6 nights’ accommodation (arrangements for longer stays can be made), support from the team throughout m20d22. There will be technical support and professional documentation of the work.

Deadline 14 July 2021


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Exhibit your art at the Seafront Gallery in Worthing

Updated: 26 March 2021

To boost the local art industry as the country moves out of lockdown, Worthing Borough Council, with support from the team at the creative hub Colonnade House, is offering the exhibition space with no hire fee throughout 2021.

The outdoor gallery features five stone-filled gabion plinths and is situated a short walk west of Worthing Pier on the promenade - an area that attracts a high footfall throughout the year.

Proposals are now invited for future exhibitions at The Seafront Gallery, which has 20 display surfaces across the five plinths and is accessible via a beachside path as well as the promenade. Hire periods will be for four to six months.

Eligibility: UK based artists and practitioners

What you get out of it: You'll get a free exhibition space and the opportunity to exhibit your work, but you must cover your production costs

Deadline: 31 August 2021

Colonnade House
Twitter: @colonnadehse
Facebook: Colonnade House
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Deadline 31 August 2021

Exhibition Opportunity

Manchester Open Exhibition 2022

Updated: 20 May 2021

Applications for artists to be part of the 2022 Manchester Open Exhibition will open on Wednesday, 16 June.

The first Manchester Open, in 2020 – the most successful exhibition in HOME's history – saw over 33,000 visitors enjoying 543 artworks by 451 artists. It was the first region-wide exhibition of its type to welcome entries from people of any background and level of experience, including established professionals, new and emerging talent, enthusiastic amateurs and first-time artists.

Submissions will be made via an online web portal on the HOME website, and are open to all, including those who may already identify as artists and those who might not, working in any medium. It is free to submit work for consideration, although HOME encourages donations to support their outreach and engagement programme.

Eligibility: Anyone living or working in Greater Manchester who considers themselves to be an artist, regardless of experience

What you get out of it: Inclusion in one of Manchester's most popular exhibitions, plus the chance to win a £2,000 bespoke Manchester Open Award.

Deadline 17 September 2021

HOME, Manchester

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Updated: 20 May 2021

PULPO GALLERY is now accepting submissions for its 2022 OPEN CALL SOLO SHOW. Entries need to be submitted via Instagram and the winner will receive an all expenses paid solo show at PULPO GALLERY in 2022.

Entries can take any form of 2-dimensional (such as paintings) or 3-dimensional (such as sculptures) art and need to be submitted via Instagram.

Deadline 31 October 2021

Pulpo Gallery, Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany

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Virtual Reality Climate Change Memorial

Updated: 20 May 2021

The ‘Virtual Reality Climate Change Memorial’ is set in a post-2050 future where some of the worst climate predictions have come true. Species going extinct, constant “natural disasters”, extreme weather conditions, cities drowning, millions displaced or homeless, food scarcity, extreme air pollution making it hard to breathe, and more. The memorial is a virtual space to grieve all that has been lost, away from the physical world in turmoil. As well as this function, considering the contemporary audience, the space also hopes to inform about climate change using factual evidence and compelling stories based on truth with the intent to ‘move’ the audience emotionally and to action.

Going forward, I would like to open the space up to include creative responses to this idea from artists and creatives worldwide as this is a global issue of which disastrous effects can already be seen around the world. If you are interested in submitting some work for this space please read the details in the link provided and get in touch with any questions.

Eligibility: Anyone

What you get out of it: Exhibition and networking opportunities, collaboration.

Deadline 12 December 2021


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