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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RSA William Littlejohn Award

Updated: 20 May 2021

Submissions for this year's Royal Scottish Academy William Littlejohn Award are now open! This monetary award provides an opportunity to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to exhibit a selected completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022. No

Eligibility: Entrants must be born or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years.

What you get out of it: £2,000 to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium. Exhibition of completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022 and acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

Deadline 27 June 2021

Royal Scottish Academy

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The RSA Morton Award

Updated: 20 May 2021

Entries for this year's Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award are now open! The monetary award is open to artists working in lens-based media in Scotland. This funded opportunity provides research, development and production time for a new body of work in a lens-based medium.

Eligibility: Artists must have been born in Scotland or have studied at a Scottish art school or have been resident in Scotland for at least three years

What you get out of it: £5,000 to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium. Exhibition of completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022 and acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.

Deadline 27 June 2021

Royal Scottish Academy

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ACS Studio Prize 2021

Updated: 20 May 2021

The Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) offers one student or recent graduate £4,500 to contribute to an artist's studio's cost in a UK city of your choice. Simply submit your PDF portfolio and a short statement at acsstudioprize.com before 30 June 2021 to be in with a chance of winning. ACS established the Studio Prize in 2017 to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers. The Prize is open to all final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Fine Art and other creative courses. Artists who have graduated from such a course within the past four years are also invited to apply.

Eligibility: UK-based art student or recent graduate

What you get out of it: £4,500 contribution to your studio space rent

Deadline 30 June 2021

Artists' Collecting Society (ACS)

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Liverpool Without Walls fund to support new outdoor festivals

Updated: 21 June 2021

Organisations can bid for up to £20,000 to help them deliver outdoor arts and creative events that will encourage audiences back into the city, showcase new talent, and support Liverpool’s reputation as a city renowned for staging performances and festivals.

A full list of key criteria around the applications can be found on the Culture Liverpool website.

Eligibility: Only Liverpool-based organisations can apply.

What you get: The overall fund is worth £100,000 and is not open to those who already receive financial support from Liverpool City Council.

Deadline 05 July 2021

Liverpool City Council

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ELEVATE OPEN CALL for underrepresented artists

Updated: 01 June 2021

We are inviting artists from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who live in any of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs to submit a creative idea for a visual artwork that responds to the theme of PATTERNS.

Two artists will be selected by our panel and awarded £200 each to create their artwork, the artwork will be featured in an exhibition alongside the new work created by prolific public artist, Venessa Scott. The exhibition will take place at Streford Public Hall in Stretford, Trafford.

Eligibility: We are inviting artists from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who live in any of the 10 Greater Manchester

What you get: £200 and work featured in an exhibition

Deadline 06 July 2021

Stretford Public Hall

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Projection/Projektion: Call for Video Artists

Updated: 15 June 2021

Projektion Darmstadt call for artist entries is aimed exclusively at artists who work with the camera. Open to all artists everywhere born after January 1, 1981, applicants are invited to submit one video work of no more than 10 minutes in length. Multi-channel projections can only be considered if there is a screening version for one channel. A selection of up to 12 works will be presented during a two-week open-air screening in Darmstadt in the beginning of September 2021. From this selection, a jury will choose the winner. The winner of "das projektion" will receive 5000€. The winning work will also be shown alongside a selection of video works by members of the Darmstädter Sezession at screenings in San Antonio. For its 2021 prize for young artists, the Darmstädter Sezession of Darmstadt, Germany is partnering with Blue Star Contemporary of San Antonio, Texas.

Eligibility: Every video artist born after 1.1.1981

What you get: A shortlist of up to 12 video artists will have their work screened as part of an open-air cinema in Darmstadt. The winner will receive 5000€ and will be included in a presentation of video art by members of Darmstädter Sezession in San Antonio, Texas.

Deadline 16 July 2021

Darmstädter Sezession

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Spectrum Art Award 2022

Updated: 20 May 2021

The Spectrum Art Award is a national competition created to celebrate the creative excellence of artists on the autistic spectrum. It is open to all UK adults over 18 who identify as being on the autistic spectrum and for work in any medium. Submission is free.

The Award is now open for submissions until 31st July 2021. The Award will recognise the achievements of 5 selected finalists equally; each finalist will win £5,000 and an opportunity to have their work exhibited and advanced in its most suitable form. All five will also receive invaluable professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support.

Critically acclaimed artists and photographers Larry Achiampong, Alison Wilding and John Hooper will be joining the judging panel along with Spectrum Art Award finalist 2020, Janice Hughes.

Eligibility: All UK adults over the age of 18 who identify as being on the autistic spectrum.

What you get out of it: The Award will recognise the achievements of 5 selected finalists equally; each finalist will win £5,000 and an opportunity to have their work exhibited and advanced in its most suitable form. All five will also receive invaluable professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support.

Deadline 31 July 2021

Spectrum Art Award

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2021 ISC Innovator Award: Call to Artists and Art

Updated: 20 May 2021

Organizations Submissions are now open for the 2021 ISC Innovator Award. This award recognizes the creative innovation of individuals, organizations, or collectives who develop new ideas and work to improve and/or expand the field of contemporary sculpture while demonstrating a commitment to their community and effect social change through their work. Award benefits include: $1,000 Cash prize, one year Professional (individual) or Associate (organization) level ISC Membership, recognition on sculpture.org and in Sculpture Magazine and a virtual event to present work/project to the ISC Sculpture Community.

Eligibility: Applicants may apply as individuals or groups (such as but not limited to artists, cultural organizers, curators, nonprofit, organization, collaborative, etc.); Available for both domestic and international entities; Applicants may not be a current graduate or undergraduate student; Open to sculptors/groups working in any material or medium

What you get out of this: $1,000 (USD) Cash prize; One year Professional (individual) or Associate (organization) level ISC Membership; Recognition on sculpture.org and in Sculpture Magazine; Virtual event to present work/project to the ISC Sculpture Community.

Deadline 12 August 2021

ISC Innovator Award

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The BBA Photography Prize

Updated: 14 June 2021

The BBA Photography Prize awards international photographers irrespective of their background with several Prizes, including a solo show, cash prizes & more. The competition includes an exhibition at Kühlhaus Berlin in October. A jury of experts ensures an unbiased evaluation and high-quality standard. Photographers can enter between 1-15 images. BBA gallery will feature the best applications through their social media profiles and website.

Eligibility: Anyone. This is an international open call to all photographers of all ages above 18, all genders and nationalities. There are no restrictions on social, ethnic or educational backgrounds or the creative theme. There is, however, one ‘restriction’: The artwork needs to be in the realm of photography. Who would have thought?

What you get out of it: An Artsy profile, up to €2000 and a solo show 2022 at BBA Gallery.

Entry fee: Between €15.00 and €65.00, depending on package.

Deadline 12 September 2021

BBA Gallery, Berlin

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2021 Foundwork Artist Prize

Updated: 08 June 2021

The Foundwork Artist Prize is an annual juried award started in 2019 to recognize outstanding practices by contemporary artists working in any media. The deadline to register for the 2021 prize is October 10.

This year, two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of the distinguished jurors. The honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be interviewed in the Foundwork Dialogues program to further public engagement with their practices.

The jury for the 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize includes leading international curators, gallerists, educators, and artists:

  • Vanessa Carlos, Founder, Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery, London; Founder, CONDO international gallery collaborative
  • Qu Chang, Independent Curator and Art Historian, Hong Kong and Shenzhen; former Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong
  • Bridget Donahue, Owner and Director, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York
  • Cédric Fauq, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Incoming Chief Curator, CAPC Musée, Bordeaux
  • Thomas Lawson, Artist; Dean of the School of Art, CalArts, Valencia; Editor-in-Chief, East of Borneo
  • Thiago de Paula Souza, Independent Curator, São Paulo; Co-Curator, 2021 Frestas Triennial of Arts, Sorocaba, Brazil; curatorial team, 10th Berlin Biennale

Foundwork membership costs $4 per month and can be canceled at any time. To be eligible for the 2021 prize, artists will need to have a profile on the Foundwork website, with at least 6 artworks published on their profile page, throughout the selection period: 5:00 pm PT, October 10, 2021 through 5:00 pm PT, November 30, 2021. Visit www.foundwork.art/signup to register.

Eligibility: The Foundwork Artist Prize is open to artists residing in any location worldwide with limited exceptions. Artists should see the FAQ and Prize Rules on Foundwork for instructions, terms and conditions. If you have further questions, please email support@foundwork.art.

What you get out of it: Two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of the distinguished jurors. The honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be interviewed in the Foundwork Dialogues program to further public engagement with their practices.

Deadline 10 October 2021

Foundwork

Foundwork is a platform for artists to introduce their work to people across the contemporary art community. Our purpose is to support access and discourse between artists, curators, gallerists, and collaborators, wherever they are based.

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Updated: 20 May 2021

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Deadline 31 December 2021

Zipcar for Business, United Kingdom

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