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Artist Opportunities 2018


A selection of international open calls and opportunities for contemporary art related competitions, prizes, exhibitions, awards, proposals, and grants for artists, writers and curators.

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The Blue Dot Open Call

Deadline 8 August 2018

No matter where you live on the planet you are connected to the sea. The Blue Dot Open Call is looking for ARTISTS that go below the surface to create, visualise and help give the ocean a much needed voice. In our lifetime half of all marine life has disappeared. Through art The Blue Dot Open Call can engage audiences and build stronger connections with the deep blue sea and inspire change.

TRIBE18 International Art Festival - Call for artists

Deadline 10 August 2018

#TRIBE18 is inviting artists of all disciplines to apply for the 4th edition of this international arts festival. Taking place in the heart of London on 12-14 October, this event will give selected artists the space to show their work to thousands of visitors (over 6000 last year) and the opportunity to sell their work commission free.
This year’s event also boasts the launch of the CHROM Art Prize, consisting in £1000 cash reward and a Solo Show at RBTwelve space in London for the winner.

LGBTQ* Moving Image-based Projects

Deadline 10 August 2018

For the Cinema Conversación event-series the SomoS curatorial team is calling for submissions for LGBTQ* moving image-based projects. Cinema Conversación would particularly like to be an open platform for young and emerging talent who could bring unique and fresh perspectives to our discussion. Cinema Conversación will be a monthly program of moving image-based arts, starting in September 2018. Selected artists/filmmakers/performers will be invited to present their work(s) based on their availability as part of the Cinema Conversación programme in SomoS Art House, Berlin.

Blue x80: Art Open Call

Deadline 10 August 2018

Blue x80 strives to start over, pushing to the fore the relationship we have with machines without proprietary interface, thus leaving room for a free association between physical and digital bodies. This year the art call is opening up to more practices other than glitch art who question our relationship with interface machines such as: glitch art, generative art, algoraves, net.art, machine learning, VR, AR and interface art.

Friends of Interpretable Spaces: Open Call

Deadline 12 August 2018

Degrees of Freedom invite artists to be interpreters of spaces, makers of meaning for an exhibition at St Augustine tower in Hackney in October 2018. We are open to many different ideas of space, for example: Actual physical places and environments (built or natural); Intellectual, moral or poetic spaces for reflection and imagination; Spaces for acting out one’s relationship with the world. Submissions may relate to St Augustine Tower itself or any other space or concept of space that is close to your heart and which you wish to interpret to the world.

The Horniman Residency

Deadline 13 August 2018

Artquest, in partnership with the Horniman, is offering a research residency for one London based artist to focus on our collections (Anthropology, Aquarium and Animal Walk, Archive, Butterfly House, Natural History, Gardens or Musical Instruments). The residency includes an award of £3000 to engage with the work and collections of the museum, an additional award of £850 towards a public facing event showcasing the thinking and research undertaken during the residency and privileged access to museum’s music collection objects and curators.

GHT: Open call for regional artists

Deadline 13 August 2018

As God’s House Tower undergoes renovation later this month, artists are now invited to apply for an opportunity to undertake a commission of new work for our first year exhibitions programme, to be presented in the Contemporary Gallery of GHT.
The title of the exhibition GHT: Beside The Sea, relates to the theme and content of our exhibition in the Collections Gallery, and GHT’s lost connection to the sea.
There are four commissioning opportunities available through this application process. The opportunity is aimed at emerging artists, located within the SO, PO and BH postcode.

Emergency 2018 - Call for Proposals

Deadline 15 August 2018

Emergency is an annual platform for live art and contemporary performance.
Emergency is:
• a free, public micro-festival + open submission platform;
• an opportunity for artists to meet, show and peer-review work;
• a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be developed + supported by hÅb.
Emergency will offer an honorarium of up to £100 per piece selected, to cover fees/expenses

Open Call for Solo Exhibition at Helmut

Deadline 15 August 2018

Helmut is an exciting young non-profit dedicated to empowering cultural and community oriented events. Soon we will be organizing our 2018/2019 art exhibition program. Exhibitions change monthly and last 2-3 weeks. All shows are solo shows, unless it is a collective. Each exhibition has an opening (vernissage) on the last Friday of the month and a finissage the 3rd Wednesday of the month. There will also be other non-related events in the space during the exhibition, such as live music, dinners, movie evenings etc. Between 15 July and 15 August we will be accepting applications for Oct 2018- June 2019 for our 35 sq meter space. All mediums welcome.

Blueproject Foundation Call for Artists 2019

Deadline 19 August 2018

The BLUEPROJECT FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization based in Barcelona whose main aim is to support and promote national and international artistic creation. This support is made through an exhibition and residency programme that promotes artists and works, which propose reflection of today’s aesthetic, social and intellectual issues.
The foundation commits to providing a range of materials and human resources for the proper development of the projects, including use of the entire workshop space for a maximum period of two months (for each project) to develop the selected project, programming the exhibition/presentation of the project at the Sala Project calendar during the year 2019, and economic contribution of a TOTAL of 16,000 euros (all taxes included) to be shared among the three winning projects, assigned to cover the project costs or any other expenses directly related to it.

International Open Call: Polluted Postcards

Deadline 20 August 2018

This exhibition will be showcasing ‘Polluted Postcards’ that highlight the current/future reality of pollution. The aim of the exhibition is to help raise the profile of the impact of pollution upon the environment, people and animals.
Artists are invited to submit up to 5 designs, which must be about pollution (such as water/land /thermal pollution), whether its showing pollution in a natural or urban environment, the effects/impacts of pollution or prevention:  Whatever your creative mind thinks up.
There is no wrong or right way of how your ‘Polluted Postcard’ design should look, as long as they are good quality prints. All mediums are welcome.

Alternative magazine seeks Fall 2018 art submissions

Deadline 31 August 2018

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is accepting submissions for the Fall 2018 publication. The Matador Review publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.

Open Call for ARS BIOARCTICA Residency Programme

Deadline 31 August 2018

Ars Bioarctica residency program at the Kilpisjärvi Biological station of the University of Helsinki in the subarctic Lapland for the years 2019-2020 annonces an open call!
The residency offers a unique possibility for artistic work in a biological field station and in the subarctic environment of Finland. As in the previous years, the residency is not funded.
Around 20 artists/artist groups will be selected to work at the station for periods from one week up to several months, the desired length of the visit should be stated in the application and it depends on the individual funding and needs of the proposed project.

TBCTV by Somerset House Open Call

Deadline 31 August 2018

TBCTV is an installation and performance space in the form of a TV studio, created by Somerset House Studios residents Chloe Lamford, Mel Brimfield and Ewan Jones Morris during Frieze week (3-7 October 2018).
TBCTV is launching an international call for existing single channel film and video work to add to a curated programme that includes work by Tamy Ben Tor, Sol Calero and Dafna Maimon, Kalup Linzy, Mary Reid Kelley, Bedwyr Williams and Rachel Maclean. We are looking for submissions that respond loosely to the broad theme of ‘Television’. TBCTV is particularly interested in approaches including performance for camera and expanded script writing practices spanning character-based monologue, adaptation, found footage collage, and repurposing of generic TV formats, but will consider all moving image work of interest. Work under ten minutes is preferable, but longer works considered.

Call for Submissions for New Contemporary Art Journal

Deadline 1 September 2018

Burlington Contemporary is a new online platform dedicated to fresh research and informed opinion on recent art. Reviews of exhibitions and books will be published weekly. These will be international in scope, and the emphasis will be on clear, accessible writing and expert, informed and diverse opinion. In addition, a free access, peer-reviewed academic journal will be published online three times a year, with its first issue scheduled for the end of 2018. We are seeking academic articles on contemporary art for this major new online publishing project. Submissions, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, should be based on original research and deal with the work of living artists.

Artzine Art Prize 2018

Deadline 1 September 2018

Calling artists from around the world! Artzine is now inviting talented artists to take part in our upcoming international Art Prize 2018, starting on 21 of May! In addition to providing artists with a great opportunity for exposure of their work in front of a global audience, the Art Prize 2018 will also share a 8.000 € award among the winners of the 4 competing categories: figurative art, abstract art, urban and pop art, and people’s choice. Participate and enjoy the opportunity of exhibiting your art in front of a global audience of artists, collectors and art lovers; and don’t miss the chance of winning a nice sum of money! For further details, please visit the Art Prize 2018 page.

Arts Catalyst seeks a new Chair to lead Board of Trustees

Deadline 3 September 2018

Arts Catalyst is seeking a Chair who shares our passion and commitment to contemporary and interdisciplinary art, and who is interested in how artists, scientists and communities can work together to produce projects, artworks and exhibitions addressing urgent contemporary issues. They will need to have the knowledge, experience, energy and networks to support the organisation and its Artistic and Executive Directors and to help advance the organisation’s work and its impact locally, nationally, and internationally.


Deadline 7 October 2018

Queer Art(ists) Now, presented by And What? Queer. Arts. Festival is the annual open call platform/exhibition for contemporary, UK based, Queer and LGBTQIA+ artists. Queer Art(ists) Now is interested in the work YOU are making, the content and style of the exhibition is influenced by what you submit. So whilst you are Queer/LGBTQIA + the work does not necessarily have to represent this, but equally can. The exhibition will present a kaleidoscope of your artistry, as a window.
Queer Art(ists) Now is inclusive, democratic and accessible. As such the exhibition is, and will remain, un-themed, and content will not be censored or edited. The exhibition will be presented at The Mill Co. Project’s Archive Gallery in Haggerston from 11 to 14 October.

Residency for Arab curator at Capacete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Deadline 14 September 2018

Mophradat in collaboration with Capacete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is offering a residency opportunity for one curator from the Arab world to develop their practice in a professional context. The residency lasts for three months, with flights, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and monthly stipend provided, and includes the opportunity to participate in all of Capacete’s programs and a suggested program of visits to galleries and sites of interest in Rio de Janeiro, as well as to meet arts practitioners in the Brazilian art scene.

Open Call for Surfaces

Deadline 15 September 2018

The theme of the LoosenArt call refers to the space that delimits, separates and at the same time brings into contact what is inside and outside of any physical material object. The surface understood as a place of contact through which people grasp meanings and informations that can involve them with the different senses, a space that, in our being and live fluidly, becomes fundamental in the relationship with everything that belongs to the real world, that are living beings or not.


Deadline 15 September 2018

Between October 2018 and June 2019, each month NRVK invites one artist. NRVK is looking for:
• public interventions
• subversive strategies
• unsolicited performances
• unusual ideas
• any kind of live art, or unexpected forms of conceptual embodiment
• any kind of artistic endeavour unfolding outside the usual art context and not in need of any kind of educated or prepared audience (or any spectator at all).
You get: 500 €. There are no restrictions on the duration of your stay or nature of your work. The project has to be documented in a suitable form. At the end of your stay, you have to present your project or rather the documentation of your project during a public event at NRVK, Ravensburg. Get an application form: [email protected]

Open Call for OOPS Festival

Deadline 15 September 2018

OOPS Festival is searching for exceptional international live performance makers, visual artists and film makers who use their practice to react to or escape from their current surroundings. OOPS Festival welcomes submissions from artists working in all mediums with emphasis on the body as the central form of expression. This is a paid opportunity that is funding dependent. OOPS covers accommodation in Brighton, an allowance for travel expenses and performance fees for each company. This festival aims to bring empowerment to independent dance makers through collaborative practice and international exchange.

International Light Art Award

Deadline 16 September 2018

Goal of the International Light Art Award, an initiative of the Centre for International Light Art Unna and Innogy Foundation, is to show works by emerging artists, who will contribute to the development of light art in an innovative and creative way. As a competence centre of light art, it is the museum’s concern to inspire and promote.
The three finalists will be invited to realise their works for the exhibition. Production costs will be covered (for each installation up to a maximum of 10.000 € including transport). Travel and hotel costs will be covered separately. The winner receives prize money of 10.000 €. The prize will be presented during a celebratory award ceremony.

West Dean College and De La Warr Pavilion Residency and Exhibition Open Call

Deadline 16 September 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, De La Warr Pavilion and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announce a collaborative Open Call to provide an exceptional artist with the opportunity to undertake a residency at West Dean College leading to a solo exhibition in the De La Warr Pavilion’s First Floor Gallery in Autumn 2019.

International Awards for Art Criticism

Deadline 23 September 2018

The Awards are explicitly intended to stimulate new critical writing. For the second year running, only previously unpublished reviews will be eligible for consideration. These International Awards are open to candidates from anywhere in the world. Submissions will be welcomed from 1 May 2018 onwards. First prize: 10.000 € plus a short visit to Shanghai or London for an essay in Chinese or English. Three equal second prizes of 3.500 € for an essay in Chinese or English. The deadline for entries is Sunday 23 September 2018. Candidates, at any stage of their career, are invited to write a review of 1,500 words or 2,500 Chinese characters on any exhibition of contemporary art, held anywhere in the world between 20 September 2017 and 20 September 2018.

Open Call for Video Art

Deadline 30 September 2018

The CUVO Video Art Festival was born as a result of wanting to bring together and collect various audiovisual production proposals both nationally and internationally, from a novel and transgressive point of view. Its intention is to provide artists with an opportunity to disseminate these proposals in a specific place as well as traveling, thus facilitating the understanding by the public of video art.
The theme of this edition of the CUVO festival is “Viral Camera”, for this reason it is requested that the proposals are linked or related in some way with this idea. There are no limitations of the conceptual or experimental type, the call is open to any type of video work and image-sound based works that seem impressive or innovative as experience.

The CGTrader Digital Art Competition 2018

Deadline 30 September 2018

CGTrader has just launched the Digital Art Competition with prizes worth more than $60.000, and it’s open to all CG artists (both 2D and 3D). It’s very easy to participate: you can submit your works of art to six very broad categories, like Character Illustration or Environment Concept, there are no strict requirements, and artworks do not have to be created exclusively for the competition, so you can enter your best and favorite works.
In addition to the prizes, the competition offers massive exposure to artists in CGtrader’s 1.2M+ user community, and the entry which gets the most votes will win the Public Award.

Shadows - Open Call for Artists

Deadline 15 October 2018

As many philosophers testify, Plato in the first place, the shadow since ancient times has always been the object of symbolic interpretations and associations, becoming a reason for reflection on the human condition and its existence.
The present LoosenArt call invites photographers and graphic designers to propose works in which the shadow is called to play a role that is not only metaphorical on the philosophical or conceptual level, but also as a compositional element of an image that, in contrast with the light, confers more pathos to a scene and / or a subject.

VIA Arts Prize 2018

Deadline 22 October 2018

The VIA Arts Prize is London’s bespoke visual Ibero-American themed arts competition. It is organised by the Embassies of Latin America, Spain and Portugal and is hosted annually at the Embassy of Brazil in London, in its impressive Sala Brasil gallery. The 1st and 2nd prize winners receive £5,000 and £2,000 respectively, and the winner will have the chance to put on a solo show. The Prize is judged every year by an impressive Jury, comprising 6 high-profile personalities from the Arts world, who combine expertise from the areas of curating and practicing art, as well as academia and cultural journalism. Theme: Dialogues with Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures.

Bodies in Movement: Open Call

Deadline 15 November 2018

Take part in the Group Exhibition in Rome, Italy, organised by LoosenArt in February 2019!
The works that will take part in this exhibition will represent a continuum of that dialogue between the visual arts and the arts of movement, dance and performing arts, made manifest since their first developments and in which the art history has found an essential bond. From the plastic arts of Canova, to the pictorial ones of Matisse, Degas and Impressionists, to the performative experiences of the neo-avant-gardes documented through photographs and videos during the 60s / 70s, as no less are the testimonies expressed by the dance world starting from Martha Grahm and Merce Cunningham.

Perceptions: Call for exhibition

Deadline 7 December 2018

Through this LoosenArt call, photographers are invited to present works that highlight the aspects of the perceptual, physical and emotional sphere, which determine their experience and their understanding of the world, both interior and exterior.