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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The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2022

Updated: 14 June 2022

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented writers on contemporary art. Designed to encourage aspiring writers, the Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language. This year the competition will be judged by Griselda Pollock and Legacy Russell.

Eligibility: Entrants must have published no more than six pieces of writing in print or online prior to their submission. This does not include personal blogs and websites.

What you get: The winner of the Prize receives £1,000, their review is published on Burlington Contemporary and they have the opportunity to publish a review of a future contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Deadline 15 July 2022

Burlington Contemporary

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Hyundai Motor Group: 5th VH AWARD

Updated: 07 June 2022

The VH AWARD supports emerging Asian media artists to share their artistic experiments and amplify their voices on diverse issues.

Eligibility: Asian artists engaged with the context of Asia and its futures (not limited to those who live in Asia).

What you get: $25,000 (USD) to five finalists and additional 25,000 (USD) to Grand Prix winner, 10 sessions of EYEBEAM online residency including professional development workshop and regular mentorship session, Exhibition opportunity through global online/offline art platforms.

Deadline 28 July 2022

Hyundai Motor Group

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Faena Prize for the Arts

Updated: 24 May 2022

Founded in 2012, the Faena Prize serves as a platform for a continued reflection on the present moment and its irreversible and heterogeneous changing nature. This new edition of the Faena Prize for the Arts will take place for the first time in Miami, a city that has been home to Faena Art’s programming for the past five years. We invite artists across genres, disciplines, and technologies to imagine temporary and site-specific projects to be installed at the Faena Beach. The selected proposal will be presented during Miami Art Week 2022.

Eligibility: International artists across disciplines.

What you get: The winning proposal will receive a US $100,000 prize – US $25,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded directly to the artist, and the remaining US $75,000 will be allocated towards the production of the new commission to be installed temporarily at the Faena Beach during Miami Art Week 2022.

Deadline 01 August 2022

Faena Art

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BBA Photography Prize 2022 & Berlin Photo Week

Updated: 20 June 2022

The BBA Photography Prize awards international photographers irrespective of their background with several Prizes incl. a solo show, cash prizes & more. The competition includes two exhibitions - one at Berlin Photo Week in September and one at Kühlhaus Berlin in October. Berlin Photo Week is a prestigious community event and industry fair. Kühlhaus Berlin is one of the city’s most favoured venues for cultural events.

A jury of experts debates the entries and ensures an unbiased evaluation and high quality standard. Photographers can enter between 1-15 images and compete for 5 Prizes. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize, the One Shot and the People’s Choice Award are awarding photographers for their visual excellence, storytelling, conceptual thinking, technical craftsmanship and subject depth over a series of works. BBA Gallery will feature the best applications through their social media profiles and website.

Eligibility: Anyone working within Photography.

What you get: Online Promotion, 2 Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition in 2023, Arty Profiles, Cash Prize.

Fee: €39.

Deadline 02 August 2022

BBA Gallery

Earlybird stage until 6th June 2022
General stage until 2nd August 2022

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OD Photo Prize 2022

Updated: 28 June 2022

After the success of last year, the OD Photo Prize returns for its second edition. This prize is an exciting open call for emerging artists working within the first ten years of their practice, founded by Open Doors Gallery. For many years, OD has discovered and showcased artists working across all genres of contemporary photography. This prize is an extension of that philosophy, which looks to nurture long-term relationships with artists globally.

Eligibility: OD Photo Prize 2022 is an open theme. Artists who apply can be of any age, but must be working within the first ten years of their practice. There are no geographical or residential restrictions. We greatly encourage submission from artists working across all forms of photographic art: this includes, but is not limited to, storytelling, narrative, social documentary, construction, archival, conceptual or theoretical practices. Submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can incorporate other art forms (i.e. performance, collage, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc), and may result in unique artworks.

What you get:

  • All artists selected for the OD Photo Prize 2022 will participate in a group exhibition hosted by Open Doors Gallery in London, November, 2022. They will exhibit alongside established artists from the Open Doors Gallery roster, and gain exposure to a substantial number of visual arts professionals and the media.
  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive £500 cash prize supported by Open Doors Gallery, £500 print credit supported by Metro Imaging, £500 credit supported by MPB and mentorship through Open Doors Gallery.
  • 2 x Runners-Up will receive mentorship through Open Doors Gallery.
  • A selected finalist will receive the Metro Imaging Mentorship Award. This is a tailored mentorship programme designed to support the awarded artist through any aspect of their career development with ongoing 1:1 consultations with Professor Steven Macleod, Creative Director at Metro Imaging.
  • Juror's Choice Awards will be awarded individually by our judges: Tim Clark (Director of 1000 Words Magazine, editor & curator), Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi (Publisher, Chose Commune), Professor Steven Macleod (Creative Director, Metro Imaging), Efrem Zeloney Mindell (Publisher, curator, podcaster), Bill Shapiro (ex-Editor-in-Chief at LIFE Magazine, writer), Bindi Vora (Curator at Autograph Gallery, artist, lecturer). Artists selected will receive a dedicated text by their respective Juror published on our website.

Fee: £12 / entry.

Deadline 11 August 2022

Open Doors Gallery

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Math Cartoon Prize 2022

Updated: 05 April 2022

International cartoon competition on the subject of mathematics in cartoons - and the German Mathematical Society (DMV / Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung) are looking for the 3 most humorous and sophisticated math cartoons.

All submitted cartoons will be evaluated by a jury (representatives of mathematics, media and arts) to honor three outstanding artworks with the DMV Math Cartoon Prize 2022. The award ceremony will take place in September 2022 during the DMV annual meeting in Berlin.

Eligibility: Any artist.

What you get: The 3 most humorous and sophisticated math cartoons will be awarded with €1,000 - €500 - €250. Up to 100 of the best entries will be collected for a virtual exhibition to be displayed globally and in local presentations throughout the year 2022.

Deadline 31 August 2022


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Art Explora – Academie des beaux-arts European Award 2022

Updated: 26 April 2022

The leading European award championing new dialogues between the arts and audiences.

Open to all non-profit European cultural organisations, the European Award encourages new forms of audience engagement and participation in arts and culture, supporting innovative projects, across all art forms, that can be shared, replicated and scaled across Europe.

Eligibility: All non-profit European cultural organisations, across all art forms and sectors, with a venue open to the public.

What you get: 3 prizes of €50,000 each and 1 Audience Choice Award of €10,000 to support and stimulate best practices in audience engagement, participation and access to arts and culture in Europe; An annual publication and website to offer a platform for sharing and disseminating best practices; An annual colloquium to encourage international dialogue on audience engagement and participation among international arts professionals.

Deadline 31 August 2022

Art Explora

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East London Art Prize

Updated: 08 June 2022

The East London Art Prize is an all-media prize open to professional artists living or working in East London. First prize - £15,000 and a solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in 2024. 2nd prize -12-month studio residency at Bow Arts. Applications open from 5th May - 31st August 2022. Shortlist and winners will be selected by an expert panel including art critic, Louisa Buck, artist, Larry Achiampong, gallery director, Ellie Pennick and Megan Piper from the Line. Shortlist will be announced in September 2022 and will be showcased in a shortlist exhibition at The Nunnery in 2023.

Eligibility: Professional artists living or working in East London with degree level qualification or higher.

What you get: 1st Prize - £15,000, solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery. 2nd Prize - year long studio residency. Shortlisted artists - group exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery.

Fee: £10 or £7 for concessions.

Deadline 31 August 2022

Bow Arts

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8th International Awards for Art Criticism

Updated: 28 June 2022

The Eighth Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC 8) 2022, is now open. Candidates will be invited to write a review of 1,500 words or 2,500 Chinese characters on any exhibition of contemporary art.

The Organising Committee of the International Awards for Art Criticism aims to support independent critical coverage of contemporary art, away from the immediate pressures of the market, media and private patronage. The Awards are to stimulate good writing, critical thinking and dialogue and research in China, the UK and wider afield.

The objectivity of the selection process is underpinned, both by the recognised professionalism of the Chinese and English-speaking jury members and by the strict anonymity of the judging process.

Eligibility: Candidates from anywhere in the world writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held anywhere in the world or online.

What you get: The First Prize will consist of a cash award of 10,000 Euros or the RMB equivalent of this amount (currently, around 80,000 RMB). Each of the three Second Prizes will be awarded a cash prize of 3,500 Euros or the RMB equivalent of this amount (currently, around 30,000 RMB). The level of the Awards is pegged to a fixed amount in Euro, but international Award winners may choose to be paid either in Euro or in RMB at the official exchange rate on the day that the payment is affected.

Deadline 31 August 2022

Royal College of Art

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BADA Art Prize 2022

Updated: 21 June 2022

BADA is proud to announce that the BADA Art Prize is returning for a second year, seeking to promote “the antiques of tomorrow” by awarding a £1,000 grant to an emerging contemporary artist whose work exemplifies the enduring ingenuity and quality illustrated by our members’ objects.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of industry experts, including internationally recognised artists, art critics, and curators. The winner will be determined by live public polling and awarded at the BADA Week reception in London on 7 October 2022. The finalist’s works will be on public view in London at the reception therefore it is the artists responsibility to ensure the works are available for showcasing during this period.

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed a post-secondary education at a UK institution. Submissions must be original works produced within the last 2 years. Beyond this, there's no criteria - all medium and styles are welcomed.

What you get: £1,000, finalists' works will be on public view in London.

Deadline 16 September 2022

The British Antique Dealers' Association

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