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 publish a selection of open calls from a pool of submissions and editorial research. Only open calls we believe offer meaningful benefits to applicants at different stages of their careers will be published. 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.

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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Dyson & Womack are accepting submissions for the Public Art CA digital media call for entries. Public Art CA is a contemporary art collection commissioned for the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) new buildings in downtown Sacramento.

The call centers digital artworks on a 32.5ft high 24ft wide digital display within the CNRA building. This opportunity embraces a contemporary and accessible concept of what public art is, who makes it, and for whom it is for. We seek to commission artists and artworks that consider experimentation, innovation, and inclusion as central components of creation.

Submit your ideas for new or existing digital artworks to join our latest public art collection for the State of California. Have a question or just want to learn more? Join one of our upcoming online artist information sessions for more info on how to apply. Artists working across all forms of digital media are welcome to apply.

Eligibility: Artists age 16 and older may apply individually or collaboratively as a team. An opportunity for artists of all career levels, this commission provides a platform for media artists who are keen to play with the visual materiality of technology and information presentation.

What you get out of it: The commission budget will vary based on the selected artwork’s requirements. Artists or Artist Teams chosen for a commission will be notified of the amount of their commission budget at the time of selection.

Deadline: 14 May 2021

Dyson & Womack, Public Art CA, California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the California Health and Human Services (CHHS)
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Urban Wilderness will commission five artists to create new artworks in five outdoor public spaces in Stoke on Trent. This project will ask the questions: what can art in public spaces be; who is art for; and how can art make change?

Eligibility: West Midlands based artists who are 18+ and underrepresented, this includes but is not limited to artists who are: deaf and disabled; Black or brown; working-class; under 25; identity as women; LGBTQ+.

What you get out of it: £3,000 artist fees (approx £150 a day); additional materials and production budget; participation in an online symposium; mentor support, and more.

Deadline: 14 May 2021

Urban Wilderness, UK
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Artizan Collective are seeking expressions of interest for a commissioned piece of public artwork to be installed on a hotel development close to the harbourside in Torquay. The commission will be displayed in a prominent location, welcoming visitors arriving to stay on the English Riviera whilst also holding an affectionate place in the hearts of residents and local audiences.

The brief seeks responses considerate of the heritage of the area, the iconic image of the English Riviera, and the cultural reference points for which Torbay is recognised. An initial budget is allocated to retain an artist who will participate in a community engagement and design process following which an invitation to produce the final commission may be made.

Eligibility: For applicants with relevant experience in delivering this scale of project, but in particular those who can demonstrate a connection to, understanding and appreciation of Torbay’s culture, heritage and communities.

What you get out of it: This is a collaborative opportunity and full support will be given to the successful applicant by Artizan Collective. This is a paid opportunity and a high profile public commission.

Deadline: 14 May 2021

Artizan Collective, UK
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In partnership with the European Pepinieres of Creation, IONNYK is launching a new call for participation aimed at contemporary visual artists around photographic art, digital black & white.

Eligibility: Any contemporary artist without restriction

What you get out of it: € 500 + the opportunity to join the IONNYK artist catalogue allowing artists to generate income

Deadline: 15 May 2021

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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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Exhibition Opportunity

Deptford X Supported

Deptford X are looking to support early-career people of colour artists/curators from Lewisham to create new work for this year's Deptford X Festival. This year's festival is an outdoor art trail, so we are looking for proposals that can be exhibited, performed, or installed outside for the festival's duration.

Eligibility: Early-Career Black and People of Colour artists/curators - No formal art training required, but you will need to provide evidence of artistic practice.

What you get out of it: Applicants will receive a fee of £600 and a production budget of £800, and they will receive mentoring from an established artist as well as curatorial support from Deptford X. Your projects will have a production team to assist with build/install as well as marketing and promotional support.

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Deptford X, UK
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Under the freely interpretable title LEERZEIT, we are calling to submit artistic works or to apply with a concept for a four-week residence in Chemnitz. This Open Call is addressed to any kind of artistic forms of expression, that can imagine a free discussion under this topic. All works selected by a jury of experts will be exhibited at the festival in the warehouse, if necessary, in the outdoor area of the freight yard and will be accompanied by a diverse supporting program of music, readings and workshops with high media presence.

Eligibility: Any Artists, without any restrictions regarding age, residence, nationality or level of expertise

What you get out of it: Allowance of 1300€ plus 700€ for material resources, for Artists with submissions: allowance of 300€ + shipping costs

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Begehungen, Chemnitz
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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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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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Applications are now open for the first Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship at Girton College. This unique collaborative opportunity is open to artists internationally and is not confined to any single aesthetic, theme, or medium.

We are seeking thought-provoking and adventurous artists, in particular those with no previous experience of interacting with scientists. The successful artist will develop ideas through engagement with physicists and other researchers and produce new work to be exhibited during the Fellowship and beyond. The Fellowship will last for one year from October 2021 and will normally include a residency in Cambridge, UK of at least four months, with potential for this to be split.

Cavendish Arts Science is an initiative of the University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory for Physics. The Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship at Girton College is made possible through a partnership with Girton College. The programme is supported by a generous donation from Una Ryan.

Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to artists working in any medium and regardless of place of residence or nationality. Applicants must be out of full-time education and over the age of 18. We are seeking thought-provoking and adventurous artists, in particular those with no previous experience of interacting with scientists.

What you get out of it: A stipend of £10,000 GBP will be paid to the successful candidate. All accommodation and meals will be provided by Girton College during the residency in Cambridge. A budget of £10,000 GBP will be made available to support the development of new work. Travel to and from Cambridge for the residency will be paid for up to £3,000 GBP. Develop ideas through ongoing engagement with physicists and other researchers during the duration of the fellowship. Produce and exhibit new work during the period of fellowship. Have opportunities to exhibit work in other contexts including the opening of the new Cavendish Laboratory (Ray Dolby Centre) in 2023 and potentially those created through national and international partnerships.

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Cavendish Arts Science, Cambridge
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This group exhibition will act as the centrepiece of our venue-reopening event in July and will run for 3 weeks. The Hive will promote the exhibition online and it will feature in our next upcoming printed brochure. A free illustrated exhibition catalogue will be produced alongside the show. Possible opportunities for exhibiting artists to deliver a talk or workshop to further engage the local community with their artistic ideas and practice. We welcome all abilities and ages, but particularly interested to hear from young people and under-represented groups.

Eligibility: Open to all ages and abilities

What you get out of it: Group exhibition, publication, online marketing, art talk/workshop opportunities

Deadline: 16 May 2021

The Hive
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Open to Black Trans Visual Artists, Art for Black Lives' inaugural residency offers live/work space in Palm Springs, CA for August 2021, a $2000 unqualified artist stipend and three studio visits from curators and arts professionals from around Southern California. A resident will be selected by panel jury members Erin Christovale, Che Gossett, and Tavia Nyongo'o, Art for Black Lives co-founders Rob Franklin and Camila McHugh and art collector and resident host Will St. Amant.

Eligibility: Black Trans Visual Artists

What you get out of it: Live/work space, unqualified $2000 stipend, studio visits from 3 curators and arts professionals.

Deadline: 18 May 2021

Artist in Residence, Palm Spring, CA
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Exhibition Opportunity

My Voice, My Truth Call for Art

My Voice, My Truth features artwork focused on—and created by—members of the LGBTQ community. Over the years, queer art has a long and tangled history of censorship. This pride month, we hear the voices and truth of the LGBTQ+ artists in our community to commemorate the contributions that they have made.

Eligibility: All ages, LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ Ally, All expertise levels, All 2D and 3D mediums - all work must be able to fit through a standard door opening.

What you get out of it: Artists with artwork selected for this exhibition will have their work up in our gallery located in Green Bay, WI for two months. Exhibition is also viewable on our website and pieces are available for purchase in person and online. There are prizes for pieces selected for first, second, and third prize with a maximum value of $85.

Deadline: 20 May 2021

The Art Garage, Green Bay, US
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In many occasions, artists have prophesied the path of their career, the course of their life and many other things surrounding them including life and death and a very specific one is Jean Michel Basquiat, the artist that we have chosen for the cover of the second edition of our magazine.

From the kid living in a cardboard box on the streets of New York at seventeen to a superstar millionaire artist at 21 to he’s tragic death at the age of 28 to a legend that inspires millions of artists, Jean Michel Basquiat has captured the imagination of the world.

The purpose of this publication is to see how contemporary artists present themselves and their works to the viewers and to connect them and their works with a wider audience.

Eligibility: Any artist or designer. There are no subject or medium restrictions; everyone is welcome to apply.

What you get out of it: Publication opportunity

Entry fee: £79 fee for each accepted submission

Deadline: 20 May 2021

Boomer Gallery, London, UK
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We're looking for artistic collaborators to work with us and 3 - 5 schools in the London Borough of Barnet, including at least one primary, one secondary and one SEN, to devise, create and deliver a creative, imaginative and innovative workshop programme around the theme of environmental sustainability. This will culminate in an exhibition presented in the Apthorp Gallery at artsdepot throughout December 2021.

We are interested to hear from artists and companies from all disciplines and backgrounds with exciting proposals around the theme of sustainability for a project to animate and inspire our schools and community.

If you have an idea that will spark the imagination of young people, we want to hear from you.

This innovative project will take place in Autumn 2021 and is an opportunity for schools to collaborate with an award-winning multi-artform venue and professional cultural innovators/artists on a meaningful project for young people, school and artist.

Eligibility: UK-based creatives or creative agencies, including architects, theatre director, digital agencies, film makers, graphic designers, visual artists.

What you get out of it: £10,000 commission. This fee includes planning, delivery, travel, materials, installation, evaluation, support workers and meetings. This list is a guide, and there may be other costs that you need to consider in your planning

Deadline: 21 May 2021

artsdepot, London
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The festival for city, culture and art invites to encounter in and around Babelsberg Park. Localize captures spaces for engaging with the city; it looks for artistic confrontations, raises fundamental questions of urban community, challenges pertinent positions and encounters urban visions and utopias of social coexistence in times of virality.

Eligibility: Artists, cultural workers, designers, future thinkers, urban critics

What you get out of it: Artist fee, material and travel costs, networking with other artists, exhibition platform

Deadline: 21 May 2021

LOCALIZE festival for city, culture and art in Potsdam
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Calling all innovators, artists and visionaries! You're invited to share your experience and positive outcomes from the 2020 pandemic. In celebration of the emergence of invention and as part of the Peckham community, we are looking for three local artists of any discipline to collaborate with goya design on an exhibition and artists in residence programme at our studio in Peckham Levels. Artists can apply to one or both as they wish.

The exhibition centres on the process of invention and looks into how the pandemic created the perfect playground for visionaries and inspiration for new forms of creativity. We want to see artists' interpretations of invention; and how the pandemic shone a spotlight on creating something meaningful in reaction to what has been a tough year for many. This can be as broad and conceptual as you like.

Eligibility: Open to all artists, preferable those living in south London / near or in Peckham. We would especially like to hear from under-represented artists within the local community, we welcome all applications irrespective of experience or background.

What you get out of it: 3-6 months at our newly designed studio in Peckham; use of our space to network, skillshare, and create; access to drop-in studio times in return for 1-3 commissions across the programme

Deadline: 24 May 2021

goya design, London
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We are looking to commission a female identifying artist/s with a socially engaged art practice, to join us for an exciting project, ‘Wonder Women’ in association with PCVS, Metal, Arts and Minds, Living Sport, The Green Backyard, Open Door Trust and social prescribing link workers.

The project will work with women from 3 specific areas in Peterborough that have been heavily impacted by Covid-19. Through informal workshops, artists and participants will use ‘making’ as a tool to help encourage open conversation. Through the workshops, we hope to encourage the women attending to talk about their needs, aspirations and identify what they would like more of in their area.

Eligibility: Based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire or Bedfordshire or have deep knowledge or networks within Peterborough you can draw upon. Experience working with communities and delivering arts activities. Female identifying artist. Have experience working with individuals with varying needs / vulnerable adults and have a DBS check or willing to be DBS checked.

What you get out of it: £4,500 artist fee (including VAT). There is also a materials budget of £1,250, and an artist care budget will also be available.

Deadline: 25 May 2021

Metal Peterborough
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We are seeking creative expressions of interest for a series of wayfinding markers across the Town. This commission should celebrate the heritage and history of Thame using the theme of ‘Meeting Places’, at the same time as improving communication routes through the Town. We are also keen to explore several pieces of standalone artwork -some with practical application – in various set locations around the Town that allow increased exploration of the heritage of these specific areas. We are looking for an artist (but would also consider a group of artists) who can also demonstrate successful experience of bringing the community together in the development of final designs. We will consider applications responding to all or smaller parts of the brief.

Eligibility: Open to any UK-based artist

What you get out of it: Project fee of £2,000 for the initial phase of research community engagement and design. Project fee of £38,000 to cover fee, production, construction, delivery and installation. Additional budget for standalone pieces of up to £30,000

Deadline: 25 May 2021

Thame Town Council
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Artist in Residence


Connect invites one Swiss artist or collective to complete a 2-month residency at CERN in Geneva to immerse themselves in the Laboratory’s community, followed by one month remotely with the support of a scientific partner and the Arts at CERN team.

Connect invites proposals:
– from artists interested in a cross-disciplinary approach and a strong motivation for scientific thinking.
– that combine a research period to be developed at CERN and a remote production phase to define a new artwork.
– that engage in close dialogue with scientists, engineers and staff at CERN.

Eligibility: Swiss artists or artistic collectives

What you get out of it: A production stipend of 15,000 CHF; Travel costs, living and accommodation expenses at CERN, in Geneva; A curated residency, dedicated time and space within the CERN’s community, support of a scientific partner, and the curation and mentoring of Arts at CERN curator and team.

Deadline: 26 May 2021

Arts at CERN, Switzerland
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Artist in Residence

Connect South Africa

Connect South Africa invites one Swiss artist and one artist from East, West or Southern Africa to spend three weeks together at CERN in Geneva, followed by five weeks in the array of astronomy observatories across South Africa, in connection with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO).

Connect South Africa invites proposals:
– from artists interested in a cross-disciplinary approach and a strong motivation for scientific thinking.
– to further their artistic research in connection with fundamental research and physics of the cosmos.
– to develop new work in dialogue with the scientists, engineers and staff of the CERN and South African scientific communities.

Eligibility: Swiss artists and artists from East, West and Southern Africa across all creative disciplines

What you get out of it: A production stipend of 6,000 CHF; International and local travel costs, living and accommodation expenses in Geneva and across the different locations in South Africa; A curated residency, regular meetings with the scientific partners to discuss the artist’s research and curatorial support from the Arts at CERN and South Africa teams.

Deadline: 26 May 2021

Arts at CERN, Switzerland
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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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The project "Alexandria: (re)activating common urban imaginaries" (ALEX), supported by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, draws on the resources of eight main partners, aims to take a fresh look at the many challenges faced by the arts and heritage sectors, through the historic and contemporaneous prisms of the city of Alexandria, Egypt and its influence on urban imaginaries in the Mediterranean region and beyond.

The project takes its first steps by organizing two fully-funded residency cycles, which will evolve independently but which will encounter each other at various moments during the project:

- The Caravan Residency Program: Thinking with Alexandria conceived and realized by UNIDEE residency programs at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in Italy and curated together with Edwin Nasr and in conversation with Sarah Rifky.

- The Politics of Heritage - School for Sonic Memory Residency, organised by Onassis Stegi and Theatrum Mundi, is a pluri-disciplinary nomadic residency program exploring sound, memory and trans-Mediterranean resonances.

Eligibility: Caravan Residency: Applicants must currently reside within: an EU member state, or, the United Kingdom, an EU pre-accession country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey / an EFTA member state: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland / one of the following countries of the EU Southern Neighborhood: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia; Applicants can be emerging to mid-career artists working in diverse media or cultural practitioners and activists; Applicants demonstrating commitment towards generating new insights around urban histories and dynamics, coloniality and power formations, infrastructures and networks, and maritime cultures and poetics will be prioritized.

Politics of Heritage: Applicants should be engaged in the study, protection or production of collective urban memory - in the form of built heritage, soundscape, music, stories, social and political practice, with sound as a primary medium of research.

What you get out of it: The program covers travel, accommodation and meals. Participants will receive € 3,000 fee, payable in accordance to international and local laws. Additionally, each artist will have a budget of up to € 500 to cover the production costs of their final projects. During both residencies the residents will receive mentorship by the curatorial teams and by selected guests.

Deadline: 30 May 2021

Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy) and Onassis Stegi (Greece)
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The 3 bis f contemporary art centre is launching a call for applications from international visual artists to undertake a creative residency, the results of which will be exhibited in the art centre’s spaces. The closing date for applications is midnight on the 30th of May 2021.

Located in the exceptional heritage and unspoilt setting of the Montperrin Psychiatric Hospital dating back to the 19th century, 3 bis f is a place for multidisciplinary contemporary creation which is led by two artistic directors, one for visual arts and the other for live performance.

Eligibility: The residency programme is open to all international artists who have been registered professionals in the field of contemporary art for at least 3 years. By international artist, we mean any artist of foreign nationality or any artist living and working outside of France.

What you get out of it: A €5,000 grant divided between a residency stipend, travel expenses and a production budget, ___ Payment of €1000 for exhibiting your work, ___ Provision of an independent 80 m2 studio, including access to all additional creative spaces (subject to availability), such as a performance hall, rehearsal studio and a garden, ___ On site accommodation in the form of a bedroom with a bathroom located in the Guiraud pavilion (a communal area for all residents including 3 bedrooms, which can sleep up to 7 people, and a shared kitchen), ___ Curatorial, technical and logistical support.

Deadline: 30 May 2021

3 bis f, contemporary art center in Aix-en-Provence, France
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Prospect Art is seeking arts writers for the ONE WORK series. The ONE WORK series is dedicated to a critical dialogue that focuses on one specific completed work by a contemporary artist. The series unites visual artists and critical writers through a monthly online publication.

This open call is for any writer enthusiastic about art that would want to write a short piece about a specific work from a contemporary artist that you will be paired with from our open call artist pool. We know that people wear many hats in the art world, so we are open to curators, writers, or artists who desire to be part of this project and write an article.

Eligibility: Arts Writers

What you get out of it: $200 and online publication of article

Deadline: 30 May 2021

Prospect Art, Los Angeles, US
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Exhibition Opportunity


Correspondence is a new project that aims to nurture localised communities of contemporary artists while bringing them together with practitioners from a different regional art scene in a spirit of collaboration and exchange. Consciously striving to bypass the established opportunities available to artists in large metropolitan centres, this project seeks to focus on the exciting things happening in our vibrant regional centres, forge new links, and grow new networks to exchange ideas, audiences and artworks.

Designed from the outset to be flexible and adaptable to the changing covid environment, this pilot ‘episode’ will see ten artists from the Letchworth arts community in Hertfordshire paired up with ten artists from the Exeter area in Devon. With a focus on physical rather than digital outcomes and invoking the spirit of mail art and pen pal schemes, Correspondence will offer opportunities to meet (remotely), exchange ideas and collaborate. Artists will then be invited to participate in simultaneous exhibitions hosted by Letchworth’s Broadway Gallery and Exeter Phoenix, who will, in turn, promote the artists’ works to their extensive networks.

Eligibility: Artists based in and around Letchworth and Exeter

What you get out of it: £200, networking and exhibition opportunity.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Broadway Studio & Gallery, UK
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We are seeking expressions of interest for artworks for two sculpture trails in Dorset:

Both trails are open to artists living in the South West. As part of the Bridport Sculpture Trail, we are also particularly interested in work that responds to the climate and ecological crisis or celebrates the contribution of women to the health and wellbeing of the Bridport Area.

Eligibility: Artists living in the South West

What you get out of it: £500 hire fee for the year. £100 if kept for a second year

Deadline: 31 May 2021

The Arts Development Company, Dorset
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The 2021 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of 8 new performance works that address and incorporate public histories of slavery and contemporary issues of justice. This year we are proud to announce that we are opening our program to artists in the Caribbean! We look forward to expanding our reach further, and creating more opportunities for Black creatives to come together, dream, and create.

The artists-in-residence should pay particular attention to land-based histories of the slave trade, chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation. Applicants are also invited to apply with projects that engage either or both histories and contemporary relations with justice and freedom. Applicants are invited to apply with performance projects that may traverse dance, theatre, performance installation and/or ritual, spoken word and or any multidisciplinary constellation of the aforementioned. Artists with both new and developing performance projects are welcome to apply.

Eligibility: Live in the United States or Caribbean and be English-speaking; Identify as Black and/or be of African descent; Be artist(s) engaged in the practice of making performance; Be prepared to participate and share their work in the 2022 virtual convening. Be available to develop new work based on the BSR Residency criteria and within the scheduled outlined above; Be in conversation with local land histories with ties to the transatlantic slave trade, chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation. OPTIONAL: Be additionally supported by a host not-for-profit organization or institution that will help develop and continue the presentation of the new work.

What you get out of it: $2,500 award granted to each artist or each group of artists selected as part of this residency. Selected artists will be supported with research and dramaturgical support in both one on one and cohort settings.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Black Spatial Relics
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The sixth annual Freelands Award invites proposals from UK visual arts organisations outside of London for a £100,000 award to realise a forthcoming exhibition by a mid-career female artist who may not yet have received the acclaim or public recognition that her work deserves. This award includes a fee of £25,000 for the artist, who should produce significant new work for the show.

Previous winners of the Freelands Award are MK Gallery with Ingrid Pollard; Hepworth Wakefield with Hannah Starkey; Spike Island with Veronica Ryan; Nottingham Contemporary with Lis Rhodes; and Fruitmarket Gallery with Jacqueline Donachie.

Eligibility: UK-based visual arts organisation outside of London; registered with the Charities Commission; with a minimum of 20,000 per year, minimum of £500,000 per year, and a minimum of 180 sqm of permanent exhibition space.

What you get out of it: £100,000 award to realise a forthcoming exhibition by a mid-career female artist, plus a fee of £25,000 for the selected artist.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Freelands Foundation, UK
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Artfinder is a curated online art marketplace with a global audience in over 100 countries. We represent some of the best emerging and established independent artists worldwide. We are also certified B - corp, the only art business to have this accreditation. Artfinder doesn’t simply exist to create profit for our shareholders, we’re creating a world where art benefits everyone. Our mission is to make art accessible, affordable and a viable career for artists.

Eligibility: Artists

What you get out of it: We offer the opportunity to sell your work on the global market and join a community-focused marketplace.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Artfinder, UK
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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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As part of our outreach and learning programme, the Trust has secured a grant from the HS2 Community Fund to engage communities and local schools to share the heritage and to uncover and record the stories behind the evolution of the Paralympic Games.

As part of this, we would like to work with disabled artists, from a variety of practice backgrounds ranging from graphic designers to performance artists, to create and deliver workshops inspired by our Paralympic heritage collection. 22 separate workshops will take place between June 2021 and November 2022.

Participating artists will be paid to:

• share their art and story as an artist with local community groups and schools.

• select an item, theme or story from the NPHT displays in the Heritage Centre or the National Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital or our website, sharing the reasons for their choice.

• use the item, theme or story to inspire and deliver a workshop in collaboration with the partner schools and groups.

Eligibility: All disabled artists from any area of practice suitable for workshop delivery.

What you get out of it: £300 per day plus expenses and access costs. Each workshop is two days in duration.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

National Paralympic Heritage Trust
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Decommissioning the 20th Century is a project to investigate the complex challenges of decommissioning of the UK’s vast 20th-century energy infrastructure. We seek to engage communities of interest in discussions around the decommissioning of West Burton power station A. We anticipate place-based community engagement and broader engagement with other interested parties.

Eligibility: You will have a socially engaged practice with experience and confidence in working in different environments and instigating conversations with various individuals and institutions. We view your role as a guardian and an inquirer for this moment in history, as this iconic of 20thC power production falls silent. The artist will need to engage with various audiences in sensitive and creative ways, finding networks and opening up spaces for multiple viewpoints.

What you get out of it: Total Commission £5,500 (Artist fees = £4000. Based on daily rate of £150 per day = 27 (approx) days Additional materials and production budget = £1,500)

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Urban Wilderness
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Prizes and Awards | Sponsored

The BBA Photography Prize

The BBA Photography Prize awards international photographers irrespective of their background with several Prizes, including a solo show, cash prizes & more. The competition includes two exhibitions - one at Berlin Photo Week in August and one 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 for Berlin Photo Week participation: 31 May 2021

Final Deadline: 12 September 2021

BBA Gallery, Berlin
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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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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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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
Facebook: Pupil Sphere
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We seek to commission a creative documentary filmmaker to tell the story of the decommissioning and demolition of Fawley Power Station and its transition into a housing development. This is part of a wider project which looks at the impact of decarbonised our energy industry on the communities affected by these changes, and asks what processes might be put in place in other locations as we move towards cleaner energy. There are parallel projects at West Burton, Gainsborough, and at Chatterley Whitfield, Stoke on Trent.

Eligibility: Experienced documentary filmmaker.

What you get out of it: £5,500 Including all filming, post-production, materials, community engagement and attendance at meetings and academic workshop.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Urban Wilderness
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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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Prospect Art is looking for visual artists that require financial assistance to finish the production of new work. We are looking to support work by professional artists not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. The New Work program provides a $500 mini-grant twice a year to an individual artist or artists' collective. A new project can be at any stage of completion, from initial concept to finishing touches in preparation for an exhibition. The project has to be completed within five months of disbursement.

Eligibility: Visual artists seeking funds to finish a project in the next six month. This program supports artists locally, nationally, and internationally.

What you get out of it: $500 award, feature on website and invitation to webcast

Deadline: 1 June 2021

Prospect Art, Los Angeles, US
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Artist in Residence | Sponsored

The Master Performance Practices

Home of Performance Practices and ArtEZ University of Arts is now open to applications from artists looking to join our Master's programme from Autumn 2021.

The ArtEZ Performance Practices programme welcomes independent and responsible artist-researchers wishing to further and rigorously advance their careers in performance art, live art, contemporary theatre, conceptual choreography, and experimental dance or visual art.

The Master Performance Practices is a two-year, low-residence, high-intensity Master's degree course offering five specialisations:

  • Choreography
  • Theatre Practices
  • Performance Art
  • Digital Performance
  • De-disciplined Body in Performance

Our curriculum is at the forefront of both artistic and intellectual enquiry and facilitated by a team of internationally renowned practitioners and researchers. Students design rigorous lines of research, investigating, challenging, and reshaping the artist's role and contributing to the advancement of performance in their chosen fields.

If you are an artist with a curiosity for learning, a spirit of experimentation, an ambition to grow, and committed to artmaking as a life-long practice in dialogue with peers and audiences, you will find your place at our HOME OF PERFORMANCE PRACTICES.

Auditions and interviews are online and by invitation only, from 21-27 June. You must be available on all days.

Eligibility: Independent and responsible artist-researchers wishing to further and more rigorously advance their careers in performance art, live art, contemporary theatre, conceptual choreography, experimental dance or visual art.

What you get out of it: Master's Degree

Fee: No fees to apply, but if accepted into ArtEZ University of the Arts, the enrollment fee for the upcoming academic year is € 1,084.

Deadline: 6 June 2021

Home of Performance Practices and ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Send your queries to Ulrike von Meier (u.vonmeier at artez.nl)
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Working in close partnership with the National Trust and their team at Flatford Mill in Dedham Vale, Suffolk, Essex Cultural Diversity Project is inviting proposals as part of our commissioning programme for 2021-22.

Essex Cultural Diversity Project commissions provide an opportunity for creative practitioners and artists to create new work and explore diversity and develop their socially engaged and participatory practice. The projects capture the spirit of place. This commission should aim to connect with communities and give people a platform to engage with the core subject meaningfully; the 200th anniversary of The Hay Wain by artist John Constable.

Eligibility: UK-based artists and practitioners

What you get out of it: Commission budget of £10,000 (including VAT) and will be treated as a grant.

Deadline: 7 June 2021

Essex Cultural Diversity Project, UK
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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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Artist in Residence


USE AND ORNAMENT is a practical, creative and working 4-week artist residency at AirSpace Gallery, leading to a finished artwork/installation which will form part of a group exhibition of the same name, part of the British Ceramics Biennial 2021 festival.

We are looking for creative practitioners to work with the communities and publics of Stoke-on-Trent to co-create an artwork during the residency. This artwork will then form an integral part of the follow-up group exhibition at AirSpace as part of the British Ceramics Biennial 2021.

Eligibility: Practitioners from all creative mediums are invited to apply, though an understanding of the clay and ceramics context of this exhibition and the wider festival should be considered.

What you get out of it: The successful applicant will receive an artist fee of £2000 plus up to £500 towards materials; accommodation and travel costs can be covered if necessary; AirSpace Gallery staff will provide ongoing logistical, technical and critical support. Specific clay-based facilities, technical and material requirements can be met; AirSpace Gallery will promote and document works throughout the residency period.

Deadline: 11 June 2021

AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
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Exhibition Opportunity

arebyte: Open Screen

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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The Elan Valley has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Arts Council of Wales. Applications from creative practitioners working in any art form are invited to apply for the Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowship in the Elan Valley, Mid Wales. The one-year long fellowship is available from September 2021 - August 2022.

The Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowships offer established creative practitioners based in Wales a chance to experiment and develop their practice while giving them time away from usual commitments in a beautiful, inspiring setting. The fellowship includes six months’ accommodation within one year and a £9,000 bursary.

Eligibility: Established creative practitioners based in Wales

What you get out of it: One-year long fellowship and a £9,000 bursary

Deadline: 25 June 2021

Elan Valley, Wales
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Prizes and Awards

RSA William Littlejohn Award

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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Prizes and Awards

The RSA Morton Award

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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The Mayor of London is offering new funding towards Research & Development projects by London based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations. £70,000 of grant funding available is for projects ranging from £3,000 to £10,000. Successful applicants will be invited to share their project’s work-in-progress as part of Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture opening event in January 2022.

Proposals are invited for engaging and thought-provoking projects suitable for outdoor, indoor or digital presentation. All art forms are welcome, including music, visual art, comedy, poetry, street theatre and dance, digital art, participatory installations, workshops and other events.

Eligibility: UK-based D/deaf and disabled artists

What you get out of it: £70,000 of grant funding available for projects ranging from £3,000 to £10,000

Deadline: 30 June 2021

The Mayor of London
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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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The Windrush Community Fund is open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups to bid for financial assistance to help ensure that organisations and groups can raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme. The Home Office fund has been designed with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and will be administered by Voice4Change England (V4CE).

Eligibility: UK-based open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups

What you get out of it: Grants up to £25,000

Deadline: 30 June 2021

Voice4Change England
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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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Artist in Residence

SchUM artist in residence

Open call for three project fellowships to realise an artistic project that addresses the history of the SchUM communities and their religious, cultural and architectural legacy. SchUM stands for an association of the three German cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, that was unique for the whole of Ashkenaz, the impact of which is still evident today.

The call for applications is open to professional artists from around the world working in the following areas: visual and media art, architecture, design, music and literature. The residency will last for 4 to 6 weeks and is scheduled between October 2021 and February 2022 (start date is in 2021). Fellows will work and live in one of the three ShUM cities (Worms, Speyer or Mainz).

Eligibility: Professional artists in the areas of visual and media art, architecture, design, music and literature.

What you get out of it: A rent-free, furnished apartment, a studio/work room, travel expenses up to € 1,000, allowance of € 250 per residency week and a contribution to other expenses (materials or services) of up to € 1,000.

Deadline: 1 July 2021

Cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, Germany
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Competition | Sponsored

Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition

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: 4 July 2021

Glyndebourne, UK
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Prizes and Awards

Spectrum Art Award 2022

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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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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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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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
Facebook: Immerse Education
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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: 1 September 2021

Zebrastraat Ghent, Belgium
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Exhibition Opportunity

Manchester Open Exhibition 2022

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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Exhibition Opportunity | Sponsored


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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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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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.

Artist in Residence | Sponsored

Residencies at Old Jet

Residencies at Old Jet are an excellent opportunity for artists to work on a piece or project in a new inspiring environment, giving them a break from their familiar creative surroundings. Anyone working in any creative field is welcome. A one-week booking is entirely free and includes the use of a cosy sofa bed and our kitchen, toilets and shower.

First-come, first-serve basis. Please apply via info at oldjet.co.uk.

Eligibility: UK-based artists

What you get out of it: Free studio space for one week. Enquire for more info.

Deadline: 31 December 2021

Old Jet, Suffolk
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