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.

This is an edited listing. We update this feature once a week on Tuesday from a selection of submissions, newsletters, magazines and blogs. Our editorial team only select opportunities they feel offer a clear benefit to the submitting artists. To recommend an opportunity for listing, please fill in the form in the sidebar. We email around 23,500 art practitioners weekly with selected opportunities.

Our next opportunity is a 99.5 sq m shop front in Horsham's pedestrianised town centre in West Sussex. We are looking for one creative practitioner or one collective to make use of this space for just over six weeks for free to develop their practice or explore new ideas. We will be removing the fixed desks so that the space is more versatile for your use.

Eligibility: Open to artists and collectives in Horsham, West Sussex

What you get out of it: Free exhibition and project space for six weeks

Deadline: 14 April 2021

Hypha Studios
Twitter: @HyphaStudios
Facebook: Hypha Studios
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The Institute for Art and Innovation invites all artists and creatives to apply with their works to the Social Art Award 2021.

The award recognizes visionary works from artists (co-)creating and shaping sustainable and positive futures.

Applications are welcome that focus on this year’s theme “New Greening” providing hopeful prospects towards climate change, resource saving, environmental protection, ecosystem recovery, water conservation, biodiversity, resilient cities etc.

The winner receives 1,000 Euro in prize money, and three selected winners for the exhibition will present their artwork in Berlin, Germany in Summer 2021.

Deadline: 15 April 2021
Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin
Facebook: @instituteforartandinnovation
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The Nomadic Island project is an artist residency project that goes beyond a usual creative residency since it merges with the experience of living in an international community that takes place at the same time. It is an experimentation platform involving an heterogeneous group of artists on one side, and an equally heterogeneous group of local residents on the other side. During a lapse of time of three weeks, the international community-based settlement is intended to create a space to let synergies arise around the theme of alternative ways of living and working.

Nomadic Island will provide the artists with a remuneration of 2.000,- euro per artistic contribution. Travel expenses to the Nomadic Island location will be refunded up to 200,- euro upon proof of payment.
All meals will be provided by the organisation during the whole month of residence.

Deadline 15 April 2021

Nomadic Island, Luxembourg
Twitter: @nomadicisland22
Facebook: @nomadicisland22
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Neon Gallery is looking to recognise one exceptional emerging artist each year who we feel represents the future direction of art. The Neon Gallery Emerging Artist Award winner will receive full gallery representation with Neon Gallery and will feature in our Future Talent campaign coming in the Spring. They will also be given the opportunity to show their work in our upcoming group show in June from May 17 – June 21 at The Koppel Project in London.

Eligibility: Open to all emerging contemporary artists around the globe without gallery representation. Ideally have graduated from University, but they will consider final year students. BA & MA graduates are eligible.

What you get out of it: One-year representation contract with Neon Gallery, show your work in their upcoming show in London, show your work in at least two more exhibitions within one year.

Deadline: 15 April 2021

Neon Art Gallery
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Artist in Residence

The V2_ Summer Sessions 2021

The Summer Sessions are short-term international art and technology residencies for emerging artists and designers. A network of cultural organizations all over the world sponsors and hosts the residencies. Every summer we offer early-career artists and designers support so they can take part in production residencies abroad. If selected, you will gain an opportunity to work in a highly productive atmosphere with support, feedback and expert supervision. Each Summer Sessions residency lasts approximately eight weeks and takes place between July and September. During this period you will develop your project from concept to presentable work, ready to show.

Eligibility: Artists and designers working with art and technology are eligible to apply if they (1) are under the age of 35 and/or have graduated within the past five years and (2) live in a country where there is a Summer Sessions sponsoring partner. You will find a list of sponsor institutions here.

What you get out of it: Selected artists will receive access to the host institution’s facilities, expert support and an opportunity to present the resulting work at a public event. A budget will be provided to cover travel, accommodation, materials and a stipend.

Deadline: 16 April 2021

Twitter: @v2unstable
Facebook: V2
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We are looking for an illustrator or collective to participate in our research on New River Head: a fascinating but forgotten site of industrial heritage in Clerkenwell, London. We are now inviting proposals for residency projects that use illustration to engage people with New River Head and its stories in unexpected ways.

Eligibility: UK-based creative practitioners or collectives with proven experience of completing research-led creative projects and 3 years of experience working as creative practitioners, aged 18+.

What you get out of it: Commission fee of £5,500 (paid in monthly instalments) and up to £500 for materials and/or travel expenses for visits to New River Head

Deadline: 16 April 2021

House of Illustration
Twitter: @illustrationHQ
Facebook: House of Illustration
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POLDRA Project promotes site-specific contemporary public art/art in Public Space. POLDRA seeks works that propose new interpretations of the sites and spaces as well as encourage interaction between the viewer and the sites themselves.

In 2021 we're seeking to extend an open sky, public art circuit, established in the Mata do Fontelo, a historic park in Viseu, Portugal. With this purpose, we're opening a call looking for site-specific artwork proposals. This is primarily addressed to visual artists who work in the fields of installation, painting, sculpture and media art. Applications from artists groups are welcome. Submissions are free and they must be specifically conceived for Mata do Fontelo (a historic urban Woods setting).

Eligibility: Visual artists who work in the fields of installation, painting, sculpture and media art

What you get out of it: Selected proposals will benefit from the financial support of 3000 euros (taxes included) divided as follows: author’s fee (1500 euros); materials/production (1500 euros).

Deadline: 18 April 2021

Poldra - Public Sculpture Project Viseu, Portugal
Facebook: POLDRA Project
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The NEW NOW Festival for Digital Arts on Zollverein is looking for digital works and artistic-scientific contributions for its conference programme. During the festival, the landmark of the Ruhr area will be transformed into an open production site for Digital Arts. The festival supports artists in the development of their works and invites the public to actively contribute. The Digital Arts serve as a venue for speculation. Here, artists and participants alike have the freedom to imagine and test new visions for the present. Taking place on September 18-19, the conference will look at the interplay between humans, nature and technology. Submit your works and ideas by 18 April and become part of #newnow21!

Eligibility: International digital artists

What you get out of it: An invitation to the virtual festival or the conference includes an expense allowance. Any travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

Deadline: 18 April 2021

NEW NOW Festival
Twitter: @newnow_festival
Facebook: NEW NOW Festival
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hotel generation mentors the next generation of UK digital artists during the critical early stages of establishing a career in the arts. arebyte’s yearly programme encourages young digital artists from regional UK cities to develop their practice and interact with new audiences in London and internationally. This initiative nurtures a sense of place in the London art scene which can be notoriously difficult to infiltrate and creates new conversations between London and other UK cities.

Eligibility: Aged 28 or under, make work using emerging and digital media, if you have an art degree (not mandatory) it must be from outside of London, be living in the UK but outside of London (at time of application).

What you get out of it: A four-month development programme and an exhibition at arebyte in London

Deadline: 18 April 2021

arebyte, London
Facebook: arebyte
Twitter: @arebyte
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I LIKE NETWORKING is a platform that aims to support women and non-binary professionals looking for a career in the creative and cultural industry and those who already work in the field but feel stuck.

The mentoring programme is international, which reflects the global creative sector. Mentees will be paired with a mentor for 4 meetings, over 3 months. In collaboration with their mentor, mentees will define their goals, finesse their skill set, and refine their CV.

Additionally, mentors will expand mentees' network by introducing them to industry peers and demonstrating how best to establish and maintain professional relationships.

Eligibility: Open to women and non-binary people working (or interested in working) in the creative industries, aged 18+ - there is no age limit

What you get out of it: Free mentoring for three months, access to workshops, networks and professional opportunities. Over 50 mentors across fashion, marketing, visual arts, theatre and beyond

Deadline: 19 April 2021

Instagram: @ilikenetworking
Twitter: @networking_i
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Siobhan Davies Studios are seeking movement practitioners & dance artists who want to riff on ideas with us for a forthcoming programme called Both/And. We are looking for 10 artists of any age, and at any stage in their career, who Want to make art that happens in communities more visible and valued. Want to talk to us about what is needed and want to share experiences of working within local communities.

A fee of £200 is available per artist. We imagine that this will include one 2-hour online group session, plus some emails/ communication before and after. We are also open to different needs and set ups. Additional funds are available for access support.

Deadline 19 April 2021

Siobhan Davies Studios, UK
Twitter: @siobhandavies
Facebook: @siobhandaviesdance
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We are seeking creative proposals for the design and installation of a permanent public artwork for the Grosvenor Bridge Underpass. This commission should reference the history and setting of the area in which the underpass is located and improve the appearance and user experience of this site, connecting residential houses and apartments with open parkland, allotments, and play areas.

Eligibility: UK based artists and practitioners

What you get out of it: Project budget of £8,000 to cover fee, production, construction, delivery and installation.

Deadline: 21 April 2021

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Twitter: @theamelia_tw
Facebook: Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
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Up Your Street

Up Your Street will support three outstanding, diverse emerging artists to produce an innovative artistic intervention in the streets where they live. We are looking for artists that want to explore new ways of engaging with audiences by bringing art literally to the streets where they live to give local communities an uplifting, one-of-a-kind positive and transformative experience.

Inspired by the way art and creativity filled our streets throughout lockdown in the form of impromptu performances, rainbows, tributes to the NHS and other unique community moments, we would like to take this experience to the next level by commissioning artists to create a ‘happening’ of their design from the frontage of their own house or street.

Eligibility: New, emerging and mid-career artists, based in Leicester or Leicestershire

What you get out of it: A £1500 bursary, an additional production budget of up to £500 for materials and/or engagement resources, a mentor and coach to support you in the actualisation of the installation and next-step career development.

Deadline: 22 April 2021

Vehicle Arts
Twitter: @vehicle_arts
Facebook: Vehicle Arts
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openwork is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research into experimental music, art, and scholarship. Interdisciplinary in scope, our journal promotes new modes of interaction between scholars and practitioners.

For our first issue, we are seeking artwork and articles that develop critical theories of listening. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore the rich dimensions of listening beyond audio- or anthropocentric frames, delving into listening practices that unsettle and redefine space, time, and relation.

We favour submissions from scholars, artists, and students whose work may not fit traditional publishing settings. In addition, we are experimenting with a new form of peer review that is open and dialogical.

Eligibility: scholars, artists, and students

What you get out of it: Publication opportuinity

Deadline: 22 April 2021

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Exhibition Opportunity | Sponsored

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the New English Art Club at their Annual Exhibition 2021. The exhibition offers several prizes and awards for painting, drawing and printmaking, worth over £10,000.

Entry fees: £20 per work; or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under

Deadline: 23 April 2021

Mall Galleries, London
Twitter: @mallgalleries, @newenglishart
Facebook: Mall Galleries
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Exhibition Opportunity

CRAFT Open Call

If you're a practising maker of contemporary craft (ceramics, glass, metal, wood), get involved with our exhibition and events running in May, from 14 - 30, May 2021. We are now accepting submissions for the new season. We are particularly interested in sustainable work.

Eligibility: For artists, designers and makers working in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and other materials.

What you get out of it: Opportunity to show and sell your craft

Deadline: 26 April 2021

LCB Depot
Twitter: @lcbdepot
Facebook: LCB Depot
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Devon Guild of Craftsmen is inviting applications to be part of its ambitious exhibition and development programme for emerging talents in the South West.

Eligibility: Artists, makers or designers in the first five years of your creative career and based in the South West of England

What you get out of it: Exhibition opportunity and full membership of Design-Nation

Deadline: 26 April 2021

Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Twitter: @devonguild
Facebook: Devon Guild of Craftsmen
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Image: Luca Tombolini from the series ‘LS IX: Vistas Paradossales

The open call is now open for the 163rd edition of the International Photography Exhibition. Photographers and image-makers, of all ages, from anywhere in the world, are invited to submit work for exhibition. Submissions are encouraged from new, emerging and established photographers.

This is a unique opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, UK, and other nationwide venues. Alongside a prize fund (between £250 and £1500) to support future photographic projects, this year we are excited to announce several new awards, including a 2-week solo exhibition and a photographic commission to create new work.

Entry fee: One free entry per applicant, then between £18 and 30 for more entries.

Deadline: 27 April 2021

The Royal Photographic Society, UK
Twitter: @The_RPS
Facebook: The Royal Photographic Society
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Storyvault Films, producers of the television series Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, are currently looking for artists to participate in the new series. The series will be filmed in spectacular locations around the UK over the course of this Summer.

Eligibility: UK-based landscape painters

What you get out of it: £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Storyvault Films
Twitter: @storyvaultfilms
Facebook: ArtistOfTheYear
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Are you a female photographer based in Oxfordshire? The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford is bringing together fourteen early-career photographers for a new collaborative ArtsLab project.

The project will be facilitated by documentary and portrait photographer Philippa James, whose work explores women and feminism, the underrepresented, and her local community.

The group will meet on Zoom from June – September 2021 to develop their practice and ideas. The work produced as the result of this process will be curated as an online exhibition and become part of the Photo Oxford Festival (15 October – 15 November 2021).

Eligibility: Open to female photographers based in Oxfordshire

What you get out of it: The realisation of a collaborative and photography-based art project, networking

Deadline: 30 April 2021

The North Wall Arts Centre
Twitter: @TheNorthWall
Facebook: The North Wall Arts Centre
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MMMAD Madrid's Urban Digital Art Festival and Goethe-Institut Madrid and LABA School of Art, Design & New Media launch the Open Call for artistic projects in AR through Instagram filters.

Eligibility: International practitioners

What you get out of it: The jury will select the 20 best proposals received, which will be part of an exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Madrid from 11 May to 31st and at LABA Valencia from 28 October to 28 November. The jury will also award three 'LABA Valencia Awards' of 500€ (taxes and deductions not included) to the three best works received, sponsored by LABA School of Art, Design & New Media.

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Facebook: MMMAD
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Essex Cultural Diversity Project has teamed up with Brentwood Borough Council to create a new opportunity for artists. We are looking for creative responses to the evolving housing development of a new Garden Village on land at Dunton Hills. Essex Cultural Diversity Project commissions provide an opportunity for creative practitioners to create new work and explore diversity and develop their socially engaged and participatory practices. The projects capture the spirit of place, connect communities and give people a platform to tell their stories in their own words. For this commission, we are looking for a project that will focus on the engagement process with the local community to connect them to the site and the new place.

Eligibility: UK-based practitioners

What you get out of it: £10,000 budget

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Essex Cultural Diversity Project
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Twitter: @essex_cdp
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BHM Live: Launchpad is an initiative that seeks to support emerging artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora based in the UK. The initiative works across all art forms to mentor and share their ideas, and showcase their work and receive a £1000 commission.

Following the success of Launchpad in 2020, Serendipity are looking to commission up to four artists to create work that will feature as part of the 2021 edition of BlackInk, a magazine for Black History Month Leicester exploring art, heritage and cultural politics. Serendipity are looking for proposals suitable for publication in a print magazine and can be creatively adapted for online formats and potentially for a venue-based work.

Eligibility: Open to emerging artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora based in the UK

What you get out of it: Mentoring and £1000 commission

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Twitter: @SerendipityInfo
Facebook: Serendipity
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We are looking for ideas to commission from artists, designers, and makers for new pieces of work for the Fire Garden. The Fire Garden is a site-responsive installation comprising of a series of fiery sculptures, creating a glowing landscape that audiences are invited to explore. It adds new depth to public spaces, inviting audiences to reconsider both the idea of a garden and well-known places in a new light.

Eligibility: artists, designers, and makers

What you get out of it: Budgets for the new works are between £2,000- £15,000

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Walk the Plank Arts
Twitter: @walktheplank
Facebook: Walk the Plank Arts
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ALA Art Prize

Ala Art Prize exists to support, enhance, and promote contemporary artists working inside the Campania region. The support of culture derives from the need of creating a networking strategy that benefits both the development of local art and enhances the identity and creativity of the area. The prize is looking to commission an original art project.

Eligibility: Open to artists or art collectives based in the Campania region (Italy) who have worked or are currently working here.

What you get out of it: A cash reward of € 10,000 to cover the artist’s fee and production costs.

Deadline: 2 May 2021

ALA for Art
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Are you an early-career artist filmmaker living in England? Applications are now open for The FLAMIN Fellowship, FLAMIN's unique opportunity to develop your professional moving image practice through regular mentoring and a series of monthly workshops covering key areas including selling artwork, copyright, sound design, film festival strategy, writing funding applications, archiving your work and sustaining a practice.

Eligibility: For early-career artist filmmaker living in England

What you get out of it: 6 artists will be selected to receive monthly workshops with guest artists, including Heather Phillipson, Hetain Patel and Marianna Simnett; mentoring sessions with an experienced production advisor, Pinky Ghundale; a £2,500 development funding

Deadline: 4 May 2021

FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network)
Twitter: @FL_FLAMIN
Facebook: Film London
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Up to nine residents are invited to join the Sommerakademie Paul Klee (SPK) program, curated by artist Dora García, and beginning 2 August 2021. Over the course of 2021 and 2022, the SPK features public lectures, closed-door seminars, and access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technical support at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB), also teaching opportunities in the form of workshops at the HKB. This call is addressed to applicants residing within an approx in response to ongoing practical and political contingencies, 1000 km radius of Bern.

Eligibility: Regional applicants living within a 1000 km radius of Bern

What you get out of it: Residency + travel, accommodation, visa expenses and a per diem of CHF 50 are covered. Residents using production facilities are entitled to a modest production stipend of CHF 500.

Deadline: 5 May 2021

Sommerakademie Paul Klee
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The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. They particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography.

Now in their fourth edition, the Awards are for UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition. The call for entries will launch on Thursday 18 March and there is no age limit or fee to apply.

Eligibility: UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice

What you get out of it: Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each with a full package of support from Jerwood Arts and Photoworks to create new work over 12 months

Deadline: 12 May 2021

Jerwood Arts
Twitter: @JerwoodArts
Facebook: Jerwood Arts
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Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator grants resources to invest in your art business as well as six weeks of career-building modules that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge and more. Recipients receive funding and expert guidance to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice.

All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development.

Eligibility: Emerging and established visual artists 21 and older

What you get out of it: 10 unrestricted cash grants of $2,500 each; a lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000); educational resources/expert guidance.

Deadline: 14 May 2021

Artwork Archive
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The Schloss Wiepersdorf Cultural Foundation is announcing the Open Call for 3-month residency fellowships in 2022. Professional visual artists, composers and writers are eligible to apply. The residency fellowship is granted for the periods March to May, June to August, and September to November. Fellowships will be awarded in consultation with an independent jury of experts.

Eligibility: Artists and writers from Germany and abroad who have completed an artistic or academic course of study, be working on a doctorate, or have distinguished themselves through publications or long-standing professional artistic or academic work, and can provide samples of their work to substantiate this

What you get out of it: Residency, a monthly cash stipend of €1200 and a monthly grant of €160 to cover material expenses

Deadline: 15 May 2021

Schloss Wiepersdorf Cultural Foundation
Twitter: @ksw_residency
Facebook: Schloss Wiepersdorf
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After a hiatus of many years, the ORTSTERMIN Festival is back and will offer a platform to as many artists and disciplines as possible. We cordially invite you to participate in ORTSTERMIN 21 with exhibitions, open studios and events in Moabit and the Hansaviertel from 27 to 29 August 2021.

Eligibility: Open to Berlin-based artists, galleries and creative practitioners

What you get out of it: Be part of a free exhibition festival in Moabit and Hansaviertel.

Deadline: 15 May 2021

Kunstverein Tiergarten
Twitter: @ortstermin_
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The Salzburger Kunstverein announces the inaugural call for the 2021 Sunset Kino Award for excellence in contemporary film and video. Supported by patrons “Elke & Harald,” the award consists of two €4,000 prizes and screenings of the winning films at Sunset Kino, a film festival hosted by the Salzburger Kunstverein in the summer of 2021.

Eligibility: The award is for professional artists aged 35 and younger working in contemporary film or video

What you get out of it: €4,000 prizes, and screenings of the winning films at Sunset Kino, a film festival hosted by the Salzburger Kunstverein in the summer of 2021

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Salzburger Kunstverein
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In partnership with The Migration Museum and The Walk, Deptford X are thrilled to announce this opportunity for an ambitious commission by a London-based artist with lived experience of migration. The selected artist will create a temporary public artwork to welcome Little Amal, a 3.5-metre puppet of a 9-year-old refugee girl travelling over 8,000km from Turkey to Lewisham this October. Applications from those with different language backgrounds are welcome, and the application pack can be provided in accessible formats.

Eligibility: Open Call for London based visual artists with lived experience of migration

What you get out of it: The total artist fee for the project, including workshop delivery, is £4000. The production/installation budget will be in addition to this and agreed with the selected artist as the project progresses.

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Deptford X
Twitter: @deptfordx
Facebook: Deptford X
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Prizes and Awards


Since 2007, the ZKM | Hertz-Lab (formerly Institute for Music and Acoustics) and the SWR Experimentalstudio have awarded the annual Giga-Hertz Award for electronic music and sound art.

The Giga-Hertz Award 2021 is endowed with a total of 20,000 € in prize money. The Giga-Hertz main award for the lifetime achievement, which is 10,000 €, will be determined by suggestion from the jury and is not selected from the applications. The two internationally oriented Giga-Hertz Production Awards, each endowed with 5,000 €, serve to initiate and promote new projects and are aimed at sound artists and composers of electronic and electroacoustic music as well as mixed music.

This year, there is a topical focus on »BioMedia«, which will be relevant for at least one of the awards. Beyond that, applications outside of the topical focus are also welcome.

Eligibility: Sound artists and composers of electronic and electroacoustic music and mixed music.

What you get out of it: Winners will receive 2,000 € paid directly as a stipend, and up to 3,000 € can be used for expenses incurred during the production and premiere of the new work.

Deadline: 28 May 2021

ZKM | Hertz-Lab
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Through Corona Memorials—a re-envisioning of the Arts Activation Fund (AAF) for 2020-21—the City of Los Angeles continues to support artists who live and work in Los Angeles to act as collective-thinkers for our collective awareness and community healing.

Corona Memorials seeks to commission approximately 70 creative-tributes by 70 lead artists who will receive seed funding of $600 each to reflect the lifetime of a person who has died from COVID-19 by engaging the family or dearest friends of the deceased.

In the end, Corona Memorials may be songs, poems, paintings, photographic presentations, or a mix of these, as well as any other forms, that can be revealed within set of expression to be shared online for the general public.

Deadline: Application will be accepted on a rolling basis until 31 May 2021

Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
Facebook: DCA LA
Twitter: @Culture_LA
Instagram: @culture_la
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We are a non-profit organisation and UK Student Magazine that aims to give a platform and a voice to young creatives and emerging artists. We are open on a rolling basis for high-quality artwork submissions to be featured on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram) to increase young artists' visibility, engagement and audiences. We post works along with artists' links and a bio.

Eligibility: Emerging UK-based artists

What you get out of it: Publicity, good for super early career artists

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Mouthing Off Magazine
Twitter: @mouthingoffmag
Facebook: Mouthing Off Magazine
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The Pupil Sphere is excited to announce the opening of submissions for their annual Graduate Showcase. Submissions will be open from 1 April for 2021 graduates from both UK and international BA and MA photography courses.

Each year the Graduate Showcase highlights some of the best work produced by recent international graduates. It aims to reflect photographic trends and ensure that this work has a dedicated place to be seen - especially within the mass of online imagery. The work becomes part of an online exhibition and a zine publication, both of which are curated by the team to create an immersive collaboration of work that is reflective of the year and the submissions received.

Eligibility: Open to the UK and international BA and MA photography grads

What you get out of it: Online exhibition and a zine publication

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Pupil Sphere
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Exhibition Opportunity | Sponsored

Eastbourne Open - Exhibition Opportunity

2021's Eastbourne Open is the first in a series of open-call exhibitions that will occur regularly at VOLT. This year we are looking forward to showcasing the diverse talents of local and regional artists.

We are pleased to be inviting submissions from artists living, working or studying in Sussex. Up to 10 artists will be selected by a panel of judges to exhibit at VOLT later this year. There is no set theme and all media will be considered. Entries will be view by a select panel of 3 judges - Adam Spain (Exhibitions Manager at VOLT Eastbourne), Polly Wright (Programme Producer at Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art) and Dawn Dublin (Founder of Unveiled, Hastings).

If successful, exhibiting artists will receive a fee of £100, technical support for install and de-install of artworks, marketing support exhibition through all VOLT channels and wider networks, and professional documentation of the exhibition.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

VOLT Gallery and Project Space, Eastbourne
Twitter: @volteastbourne
Facebook: VOLT
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Exhibition Opportunity

POST | CHEAP's 2021 call for artists

In 2021 CHEAP is issuing its 9th CALL for ARTISTS, targeting not only street artists but anyone involved in graphic design, photography, illustration and visual art more generally. The pieces applicants send in a digital format will be printed and pasted up on the CHEAP On Board circuit of bulletin boards in downtown Bologna.

Deadline 1 June 2021

CHEAP, Bologna
Twitter: @cheap_festival
Facebook: @CHEAPfestival
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The Vilcek Foundation will award three Creative Promise Prizes of $50,000 each to young, immigrant artistic directors, choreographers, and performers who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in dance. Applications are open through June 11, 2021.

Eligibility: For a professional artistic director, choreographer or performer, based in the US but born outside the United States, not older than 38

What you get out of it: $50,000

Deadline: 11 June 2021

The Vilcek Foundation
Twitter: @vilcek
Facebook: The Vilcek Foundation
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Prizes and Awards

ACS Studio Prize 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)
Twitter: @ACSArtists
Facebook: Artists' Collecting Society (ACS)
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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: 1 July 2021

Dogs Trust, Cardiff
Twitter: @adogstrail
Facebook: Dogs Trust
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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
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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: 1 September 2021

Immerse Education
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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
Instagram: @pulpogallery
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If you’re having to adapt to new ways of working, playing, or visiting museums, our friends at Zipcar for Business are here to help. Members can use their 3000 vehicles to get across town on their own terms, when they need to, all via their app. Claim your year’s free business membership (worth £99), up to 29% off driving rates and £60 credit today. They’ll help you get your business moving. More information for ArtRabbit users here.

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