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 Fridays from a selection of submissions, newsletters, magazines and blogs. Our editorial team of practicing artists 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 19,500 art practitioners weekly with selected opportunities.

Artist in Residence

Open Call: D6 Research Residencies (North East UK)

There is Beauty in this Journey is a new artistic programme produced by D6, that seeks to redress the sensationalism and bias around migration stories, aspiring towards a shared, rich and responsive exploration of our city and beyond. We are inviting artists based in the North East of England to apply for a four-week research residency at D6. There are two residency opportunities available: We are seeking to support artists in our region with an international dimension to their practice. We will provide regional artists with the space and time to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work; the emphasis for this residency is on research, not on finished artworks

Deadline 18 January 2019

D6: Culture in Transit
Facebook: @D6cultureintransit
Twitter: @D6culture
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Exhibition Opportunity

Alternate Realities Talent Market Open For Submissions

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities Talent Market exists to foster collaborations between creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to push storytelling in exciting new directions. The market is for discussing new projects that are interactive, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, web-doc, games, 360-video, live performance, motion comic, room-scale experience and/or installation. Selected artists and creative teams will be connected with industry Decision Makers from tech companies, funding bodies, NGOs, broadcasters, international festivals, galleries, production companies and distribution platforms for new media. 

Deadline 18 January 2019

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Facebook: @sheffdocfest
Twitter: @sheffdocfest
Apply here

Artist in Residence

'ECOFUTURES' Programme

The programme will explore urgent topics ranging from ecological disasters and their impact on climate refugees; plastic/toxic waste and the contamination of aquatic and human bodies; the relationship between increasing air toxicity and human and animal diseases; high-speed capitalist consumption and the ungovernable production of trash and techno-waste; from neo-colonialist soil exploitations to indigenous land reclamations and green economies; the rise of temperature and sea levels and their direct effects on the environment, with a focus on the Global South / Majority World.

Deadline 20 January 2019

Twitter: @CUNTemporaryLdn
Facebook: @EcoFuturesFest
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Screening Opportunity

Call for Ideas 2019: Ramsgate International Film Festival

The Ramsgate International Film Festival returns in June 2019. The festival will present new works by local and International independent filmmakers, championing diversity on-screen and off. We are looking to involve artists working with moving image to complement the film programme to bring Ramsgate’s venues to life. We want to see innovative ideas that take film beyond the screen. Ideas can be existing works, works in progress or future concepts. Open to pitches up to a total cost of £1,000, but we expect most to be below £500. See website for full brief, funding options & application form.

Deadline 21 January 2019

Ramsgate International Film Festival
Facebook: @ramsgateiftvfest
Twitter: @ramsiftvfest
Apply here

Exhibition Opportunity

Open Call: The Female Gaze

When popular media consistently portrays women through the lens of heterosexual cis men, how can we avoid internalising it? What effect does this have on our treatment of ourselves and others? We invite artists to submit pieces that eschew the ‘male gaze’ in favour of the female.

Deadline 25 January 2019

Theatre Deli
Facebook: @theatredeli
Twitter: @theatredeli
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Artist in Residence

Sommerakademie Paul Klee 2019/20

Eight residents are invited to join the upcoming Sommerakademie program under artistic director Tirdad Zolghadr, beginning 3 August 2019. Over the summers of 2019 & 2020, the Sommerakademie Paul Klee features two series of public lectures and closed-door seminars, of 16 days each. Over an additional five days, residents are also granted access to the university’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and technical support. Thirdly, over the months of December 2019 and 2020, residents are offered teaching opportunities with students of the Bern University of the Arts HKB.

Deadline 25 January 2019

Sommerakademie Paul Klee
Facebook: @Sommerakademie.ZPK
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Artist in Residence

Open Call ALTOFEST 2019

NAPOLI Residency + Program
Proposals will be considered only if regarding Live Arts field (theatre, dance, performance, and their cross-disciplinary declinations).
All professional artists can apply, with no distinction among nationality, language or age.
Amateur groups are excluded.
Proposals may refer to one or more finished and already debuted works. Works must be original. Subject, contents and themes of the proposals are free.

Deadline 27 January 2019

Facebook: @altofest.net
Twitter: @InGestAzione
Apply here

Artist in Residence

Invitation to artist-in-residence at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (SWA) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019 and we wish to mark this occasion by sponsoring a visual artist in residence. We invite applications from visual artists to use the space offered by this residency in order to create work in response to our practice, its outputs and/or its ethos and context.
Applicants should have an established or emerging background in their respective field. We aim to host an exhibition or event in October 2019 and expect the artist to produce work for this as part of SWA’s other celebrations. In addition to the space we make available we will provide a stipend of £2500 to the selected artist for the three-month duration of the award. 

Deadline 28 January 2019

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Twitter: @sw_architects
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Call for Contributions Sculptorvox Vol 3: A God Complex

We are seeking new writing, essays, creative interpretation, reviews, interviews and photographic work that explore and respond to the title and theme ‘A God Complex’.
You are invited to submit work that expresses notions, ideas and theories on ‘A God Complex’: aspects of the human ego, narcism, creation, transcendence, allure, seduction, religion, elitism, either lateral or literal.

Deadline 31 January 2019

Twitter: @SculptorVox
Facebook: @Sculptorvox
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Art Project Gala Pool

Mosely Road Baths is looking for an artist(s) with experience of working in public places with people to develop a temporary commission in response to the incredible space of the Gala Pool in 2019, which will make a strong impact in the space and the outside of the building and will reflect the essence of the baths as a past, present and future community space.
Key dates:
Open Day for shortlisted artists,12 February, Interviews 19th February, 2019.

Deadline 31 January 2019

Mosley Old Baths
Twitter: @trustnewart 
Facebook: @trustnewart
Apply here

Artist in Residence

New York City | NOoSPHERE Arts' Residency Award

We offer a month-long residency free of charge to one talented international artist and/or curator. Selected by a committee of peers, the awardee will spend their time on board Mothership NYC in Brooklyn developing a creative project for presentation to the NYC audience under the aegis of NOoSPHERE Arts

Deadline 2 February 2019

Twitter: @NOoSPHEREArts
Facebook: @NOosphereart / @MothershipNYC
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Grants for Media Art 2019 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus

The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art will award three Grants for Media Art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony (€10,000 each).

 The Foundation of Lower Saxony grant at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art supports a wide spectrum of media art, from video art and net-based projects to audio works and audio-visual installations.

Each of the three grants will be awarded for the production of a new project in the area of media art.

Deadline 6 February 2019

Edith-Russ House for Media Art
Facebook: @edithrusshaus
Twitter: @EdithRussHaus
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New Digital Art Commission

The Kent Medway National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Partnership is seeking to commission a new digital artwork to be accessioned as a permanent artefact within their collections. This ambitious new commission will respond to the NPO partners’ museums and their contents as well as address broader themes of collecting and exhibiting physical and digital artworks within a museum context. There is a project budget of £15,000 (inclusive of VAT) to cover fee, production and display.

Deadline 7 February 2019 

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Twitter: @TWBC_Museum
Facebook: @TunbridgeWellsMuseum
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Exhibition Opportunity

Stranger than Fiction - Call for Exhibition

Accepted media: Photography, Digital Graphic, Digital Visual Design Take part in the Group Exhibition in Rome, Italy in May 2019. Artists are invited to submit 1 to 3 artworks addressing the theme.

The will of man in recreating worlds through which to plunge and surprise him self has always been witnessed through the means dedicated to art. Especially today, with photography and new digital media, not only the artists but any individual, has available means that allow us to recreate fictional reality more and more illusory and more easily.
The present call, on the contrary, proposes to collect works that are able to surprise us through aspects belonging to the real world. Often the reality we perceive of the world, of an environment, situation, person, etc., reveals an unusual dissimilarity from the normal, overcoming our fantasies and becoming motive not only for perplexity, even of singular interest, curiosity and surprise.

Deadline 7 February 2019

Twitter: @LoosenArt
Facebook: @loosenart

Exhibition Opportunity

Pop Up Exhibition Opportunity

We are introducing weekly pop up shows at our gallery space in Brixton. If you have a framed body of work that is, perhaps, between shows and you would like to give your art extra exposure in south London then please drop us a line. We are running 1 week shows starting at the beginning of January 2019. You must be able to drop off the body of work on a Monday, for it to be installed on the same day. The show will run through until the following Monday, where it is imperative that you come and collect. A Monday to Monday show. This represents a marvellous opportunity to showcase your work in a very busy and vibrant market in Brixton, South London.

Deadline 8 February 2019

Studio 73
Facebook: @Studio73Brixton
Twitter: @Studio73bv
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Exhibition Opportunity

International Womxn's 2019 Day Open Call

We continue our passionate support of International Womxn’s Day with a weekend long blockbuster championing the best and brightest emerging artists in the world. Following on from the massive success of 2018, we can’t wait to see your submissions for what we are confident is going to be another hugely progressive and empowering exhibition.
This exhibition is going to be extra special as we welcome co curator Ashton Attzs.
The event is to be held on March 8th. As always ALL of our submissions are FREE! Please share with anyone who may be interested! Artists from all over the world welcome!

Deadline 8 February 2019

Creative Debuts
Facebook: @Creativedebuts
Twitter: @CreativeDebuts
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Artist in Residence

Call for Applications: Studio4 Summer Residencies

We are inviting proposals for Studio4 Residencies at Chisenhale Studios. Residencies will take place between April and September 2019, ranging between one and two months depending on your project needs (special exceptions can be made on timescales depending on need).
The residencies provide free use of the Studio4 Project Space to artists seeking a short-term studio to develop an idea or execute a project. The aim of each residency is to provide opportunity for a visual artist to experiment with new work or ideas in a fresh, uncluttered space that facilitates sharing and participation while making artistic processes visible to new audiences.

Deadline 11 February 2019

Chisenhale Studios
Facebook: @ChisenhaleArtPlace
Twitter: @ChisStudios 
Apply here

Exhibition Opportunity

Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival 2019 Open Call

OPEN CALL Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival 2019. TQAF will offer a rich and full week of art and action. Artists, researchers, educators, performers, musicians, and activists will come from all over the world to give us their insight into what is Queer, what is LOVE and how we operate within a society as being-in-love queers.

Deadline 14 February 2019

Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival
Facebook: @thessqaf
Apply here

Prizes and Awards

NTU Global Digital Art Prize 2019

The NTU Global Digital Art Prize (NTU GDAP) is organised by the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) and the School of Art, Design and Media. Taking the form of a biennial competition, it recognises global artists and technologists with extraordinary creativity in digitally mediated art, design and cultural heritage. The theme of the inaugural NTU GDAP is Fourth Industrial Revolution. The competition is free to enter and open to international artists and local students.

Deadline 15 February 2019

Nanyang Technological University
Twitter: @NTUsg
Facebook: @ntugdap
Apply here

Artist in Residence

Open Call: Solo Residencies 2019/20

The Art House is seeking proposals from individual artists who would like to develop their practice through one of three solo residencies at our purpose-built studios in Wakefield.

Deadline 15 February 2019

The Art House
Facebook: @thearthouse.wakefield
Twitter: @TheArtHouseUK
Apply here


Open Call: Radical Pedagogy Research & Reading Group

Fuelled by economic crisis, austerity and the liberalisation of higher education, alternative art education has burgeoned into a full-blown movement in the last decade. But what is alternative art education? Who is it for and what is it alternative to?
Join us on Friday, 22 February 2019 to determine the syllabus for the Radical Pedagogy Research & Reading Group, a monthly forum and research project on alternative art education. We welcome contributions from anyone who wants to join the research group and collaborate with us to develop a self-organised alternative studio programme. To send us your proposed questions, books, articles and films for the reading group please complete and submit the online form by Friday, 15 February 2019. For more details please visit our website.

Deadline 15 February 2019

Facebook: @artxcritique
Twitter: @artxcritique
Apply here

Exhibition Opportunity

OF 2019: Green, Post-Human and AI Exhibition Opportunity

This year's RIXC Art Science Festival 2019 is centered on the theme of green, providing a cross-disciplinary platform for the discussions and artistic interventions exploring one of the most pervasive and broadest topics of our times. The festival will feature the “Green” exhibition opening, taking place in the National Museum of Art, and the 4th Open Fields conference on “Green, Post-Human, and AI”. 

'Green’, symbolically associated with the ‘natural’ and employed to hyper-compensate for what humans have lost, needs to be addressed as the most anthropocentric of all colours, in its inherent ambiguity between alleged naturalness and artificiality. Are we in control of ‘green’? Despite its broadly positive connotations, ‘green’ incrementally serves the uncritical desire of fetishistic and techno-romantic naturalization in order to metaphorically hyper-compensate for indeed material systemic biopolitics consisting of the increasing technical manipulation and exploitation of living systems, ecologies, and the biosphere at large. (Jens Hauser, “Green” concept, 2018)

Deadline 15 February 2019

Facebook: RIXC Center for New Media Culture
Twitter: @rixcriga

Prizes and Awards | Sponsored

Call for Artists: Vivacity Open Exhibition 2019

The Open Exhibition is a visual art competition open to all. It offers artists the opportunity to exhibit as part of a professionally curated and public-facing show, taking place over all three gallery spaces of Vivacity’s Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. Entrants also have the chance to win 1 of 4 money prizes. We look to create a dynamic show that serves as a platform in recognising and promoting, showcasing and rewarding the best selection of visual art from across the UK.

Fee: £7 per entry

Deadline 28 February 2019

Facebook: @VivacityArts
Twitter: @vivacityarts
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The Kelpies Illustration Prize

Are you an artist or illustrator based in Scotland? Do you have a passion for kids books? Then the Kelpies Illustration Prize is for you!
This year, we’re asking you to submit five illustrations for a children’s book on the theme of fables.
The judges will be looking for imaginative interpretations, dynamic compositions and fully realised characters – both human and animal. You might find inspiration from existing fables from around the world, or new fables that you’ve created.

Deadline 28 February 2019

Kelpies/Floris Books
Facebook: @DiscoverKelpies
Twitter: @DiscoverKelpies


The Poetry Festival Singapore 2019 Open Call

The Poetry Festival Singapore, formerly known as National Poetry Festival, is calling for the submission of previously unpublished poems to the National Poetry Competition 2019. This competition is open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore. Theme for 2019 is Metamorphosis and accepted languages are English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

Deadline 28 February 2019

The Poetry Festival Singapore
Facebook: @poetryfestivalsg
Twitter: @poetryfestsg
Apply here

Artist in Residence

OPEN CALL 2019 Art Residency ECHANGEUR22

ECHANGEUR22 launches its 5rd edition of art residence. The residency will host 4 residents simultaneously minimum prioritising French, Japanese, Brazilian and South Korean candidates. E22 provides artists or groups of artists from different cultures and disciplines with technical means to create and produce new art, conduct original research, and engage with the public through presentations that showcase the various stages of the creative process leading up to a finished work.

Deadline 28 February 2019

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Artist in Residence

2019 Summer Teacher Residency

A ten day residency for current art educators, designed to refresh and reinvigorate their studio practice. The 2019 residency will be open to educators interested in several disciplines, divided into two courses exploring the areas of 2D processes, including drawing, painting and printmaking and contemporary craft, including ceramics, glass and jewelry and metals.

Deadline 1 March 2019

Cleveland Institute of Art
Facebook: @ciaceco
Twitter: @CleInstituteArt

Artist in Residence

Keyholder Printmaking Studio Residency

The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.

Deadline 1 March 2019

Lower East Side Printshop
Facebook: @PrintshopOrg
Twitter: @LESPrintshop
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Exhibition Opportunity

Call for Visual Art - Funka Fest Arts Festival

Funka Fest Arts Festival seeks to promote the professionalization of the artistic practice and broadens the cultural offer, stimulating the circulation of contemporary art and the creation of new audiences. It is also intended to highlight the current trend towards the interdisciplinarity in the art field, articulating heterogeneous proposals around one theme line.
The Call for Visual Arts hosts finished artworks and projects, from national and foreing creators. The axis of reflection for Funka Fest fourth edition is the verb “inhabit”, therefore, all proposals must address to any of the meanings, interpretations or reflections on this theme line.

Deadline 15 March 2019

Funka Fest Arts Festival
Facebook: @funkafest.org
Twitter: @FunkaFest 
Apply here

Exhibition Opportunity

Bad Art Fandom Exhibition Opportunity

We cordially invite you to be a part of the world of Fandom, a wonderful place where you can express your deepest celebrity centric desires! Why look up to the skies for guidance when you can stare into the screen of your phone and get all the answers you need from your favourite celebs latest live feed? Whether you express your obsession in the form of the classic postered-up teenage bedroom, or you wholly embrace your devotedness to your chosen ‘living God’, as Toby Sheldon has done , Fandom welcomes all of these self destructive tendencies. And don’t worry if your obsession isn’t a part of the white Hollywood male elite, Fandom welcomes all forms of Icon , and encourages the niche.
Accepting 2D & 3D work, artist performances, tribute acts, and open to any kind of submissions.

Deadline 20 March 2019

Bad Art
Facebook: @badartpresents
Twitter: @badartpresents
Apply here

Prizes and Awards

The Ivan Juritz Prize 2019

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Ivan Juritz prize is now open for entries from postgraduates enrolled on a programme anywhere in Europe. The prize has expanded: this year there will be a winner for each category: text, image, sound. The three winners will each receive £1000 and a residency at Cove Park.
This year’s deadline is 29 March 2019 and the prize is judged by Gillian Wearing, Rachel Cusk, Jeremy Harding, and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Deadline 29 March 2019

Centre for Modern Literature and Culture, King's College London
Facebook: @CovePark
Twitter: @IvanJuritzPrize

Screening Opportunity

Open Call - Addis Video Art Festival

The border between Ethiopia and Eritrea has reopened after 20 years of shutdown following a war with more than 80000 fatalities. These sister countries were once a unified nation, sharing history, culture and language, the only two countries in the world to follow the thirteen month Julian calendar.
In response to this historic moment the festival seeks videos shorts that examine ideas and interpretations of 'Mutual Periphery'.

Deadline 1 April 2019

Addis Video Art Festival
Facebook: @www.addisvideoartfestival.net
Twitter: @AddisVideoArt
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Exhibition Opportunity

Glitches and Defects Exhibition Open Call

Group Exhibition in Rome, Italy. July 2019

FREE ENTRY Artists are invited to submit 1 to 3 artworks addressing the theme

Accepted media: Photography, Digital Graphic, Visual Data

In the digital age we are surrounded by images, an overload of saturated media. We demand for high quality and expectations of technology to produce seamless perfection, we are used to seeing and expect a seamless flow of information on screens. A technical failure in digital technology can interfere our viewing experience, glitches and defects within any medium are accident that disturb our senses. 
What happens when the technology fails? Photographers and digital visual designers are invited to submit works that offers a vision on the topic.

Deadline 7 April 2019

Twitter: @LoosenArt
Facebook: @loosenart
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