last updated on the 15th of January 2022
Below you can find residencies, open calls, competitions, grants, exhibition, publication, mentorship and workshop opportunities suitable for emerging and early-career visual artists. Our selection focuses on opportunities available to UK-based artists, although not exclusively. In addition, we aim to select free opportunities and fully-funded residencies, but you can also find a selection of £££ opportunities at the bottom of the list. This list is hand-picked and updated regularly by members Laura Bivolaru & Krasimira Butseva.
8th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Open Call - 18th of January [free]Apply here
The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art is a large-scale project in the field of contemporary art held in Russia. The Biennale seeks to discover new names, support and stimulate creative initiatives of the new generation of artists and curators, create a stage for their public statements and, as a result, develop the contemporary art environment and enhance international integration.
Stillpoint Magazine Open Call: Touch - 19th of January [free]
Be part of our next Supporters Issue! We invite submissions of visual artworks which consider the notion of TOUCH: to be in contact with, to leave a trace, to alter, interfere with, or otherwise affect. We are excited by works which are made for or in tension with the digital, such as moving image works, digital illustration, or photography. Send a link to a video or up to three images to email@example.com, along with a brief description of the work. Please use the subject line ‘Touch Artwork’ followed by your name. Selected works will be featured in our next issue for Supporters, due out in February. Honorarium: $150 (USD)
S.P.A.M. Spreads #2 - 19th of January [free]Apply here
This is an open call to contribute visual or written work to a new issue of S.P.A.M. Spreads. Issue #2 will explore the politics and future of food production in relation to the climate emergency. It will look at ideas around hospitality, commensality and sharing and preserving cultures, stories and biodiversity through recipes and seeds.
Roundhouse Film Fund Spring 2022 - 9am, 21st of January [free]
Twice a year the Roundhouse Film Fund commissions 3 micro short films and supports the filmmakers through production process with resources, mentoring, and platforming. The Film Fund is an opportunity for filmmakers to cut their teeth and create a professionally commissioned film. Age Range: 18 - 25.
The Hepworth Wakefield: Hannah Starkey Commission - 23rd of January [free]Apply here
The call is open to Yorkshire-born or based photographers, including those currently in full- or part-time study, who identify as female or non-binary. The programme is free for participants and travel expenses will be paid. The three-month programme will comprise:
- Close individual collaboration with Starkey on an image made in Wakefield, to be shown in the exhibition and published in the accompanying book
- Artist and peer mentoring
- 10 x 2-hour talks and workshops covering all aspects of development as an artist
- Access to darkroom facilities and technician support at The Art House, Wakefield
- An opportunity to exhibit your own work in a concurrent exhibition at The Art House, Wakefield
Holdrons Arcade Back Space Gallery Open Call - 24th of January [free]Apply here
One lucky winner will get the chance to exhibit their work FREE of charge!* (damage deposit will be required when booking). To apply, please send an email with the subject ‘Back Room Proposal’ to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
1. A paragraph on you and your work (200 words max).
2. A paragraph on how you intend to use the space (200 words max).
3. Links to your work online.
CasildART Open Call for Black Women Artists - 25th of January [free to apply, exhibition fee if successful]
Exhibition producer and curator CasildART would like to invite emerging Black British women artists to participate in a future curated group exhibition entitled Some of Us Are Brave. Launching at the J/M Gallery in July 2021, Some of Us Are Brave is an impactful touring exhibition that is dedicated to celebrating and honouring the creativity of Black women artists. The show explores Feminine, Form and Function in Black women’s creative expression. CasildART now invites Black women artists to apply for the chance to exhibit their work alongside some of the original Some of Us Are Brave artist group. This work will form an exciting new iteration of the exhibition that will mark International Women’s Day in March 2022! We are hoping to help bring it to Oxford.
A Space Arts Black History Month 2022 Commission - 5pm, 24th of January [free]
This commission is an opportunity for an artist to delve into these stories and fluid and ever-changing history and function of GHT and presents an expanded opportunity for an artist to explore Southampton’s Old Town heritage and its Black History. The building is the one constant throughout time and its empty space could also provide an opportunity for an artist to build an imagined heritage, drawing on fact and fiction at will.
The Elephant Trust Grant - 25th of January [free]Apply here
Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.
S1 Chatsworth Residency Open Call - 25th of January [free]
S1 Artspace is delighted to be partnering with Chatsworth House Trust to provide our most ambitious residency and exhibition opportunity to date. The residency will take place from April – May 2022, and a subsequent exhibition will be presented across both S1’s gallery and sculpture park from September 2022. Selected by panel via an international open call, we welcome artists, collectives and creative practitioners to submit applications for consideration.
Colchester Studio Awards - 27th of January [free]
Between February 2022 and January 2024, SPACE Colchester will be awarding 4 emerging visual artists, who are under-represented* in the art world, free studio space to help progress their practice. As well as a rent-free studio for 6 months, the opportunity will also include £250 towards materials and support to develop new ideas and experimentation.
Black is Magazine: Representation in Relation to Race Exhibition Open Call - 28th of January [free]Apply here
Representation has always been significant to the marginalised in the United States. Seeing someone who looks like you in what may be an unattainable role can inspire many. Although, not seeing yourself represented can raise the questions of how and why that came to be. How does one question, seek, or create representation for their people? We are calling for submissions of photographic work that show how representation is interpreted from all sides. You may submit one image or a series containing up to 5 images.
Wandsworth Arts Fringe Expressions of Interest - 30th of January [free]
We’re looking for artists and creative practitioners to get involved in this year’s festival. We are interested to hear about live and digital projects for 10 - 26 June 2022.
Photograd Zine Submissions - 31st of January [free]
We recognise the market is full and there is an overwhelming amount of competitions to submit to, platforms to show work, and people to reach out to, but Photograd is authentic, original, experimental, and recognised in the industry. Our connections want to see your work and we love the creative process prior to showcasing those we think and know are worthy of exposure. This edition of PGZ will be in printed form and will feature work from at least 20 graduates.
Brewers Towner International - 5pm, 31st of January [free]Apply here
Brewers Towner International is an exhibition that will take place at Towner Eastbourne in 2022, featuring both British and International artists. Submissions from professional artists working in all media, including – but not restricted to – painting, drawing, print, sculpture, sound, performance, photography, film and installation are welcome. There is no cost to enter, and all exhibiting artists will receive a fee of £350. This year Towner invites submissions that explore the theme of SANCTUARY; which can be interpreted as a physical space, a place offering safe haven, asylum or refuge; it can be understood as an area or environment where endangered species are protected, diverse ecosystems flourish and wildlife is preserved; it can also suggest a space of the imagination, a meditative mental space of solace and respite from the exterior world.
AND Impossible Perspectives Lab - 31st of January [free]
We invite applications from early career UK based artists, collectives and/or studios, working across artistic disciplines (art, architecture, performance, new cinema, sonic art, research, writing and beyond). A cohort of six artists, studios or collectives will participate in the residential Lab. The programme is intended to support and expand artists’ practice in scale and technologies of production, therefore applicants who haven’t already worked with AR, VR or wider XR technology based artforms are welcome to apply. We are particularly interested in inviting applications from artists with a practice that progressively addresses architecture, landscape, and archive.
Holt Smithson Foundation 2021 Research Fellowship Applications - 1st of February [free]Apply here
Each Fellowship is based around a specific research project. Our Fellowship Program is open to graduate students, recent college graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, artists, early career museum professionals, and Holt and Smithson scholars working towards a specific publication, exhibition, or project.
The Luupe Open Call: Visions of Love - 1st of February [free]
Show us your vision of love, whether it’s platonic, romantic, or somewhere in between. What makes your heart move, flutter, or take a pause? What does self-love and care look like? This call is open to all women and non-binary photographers.
Sola Journal Zine Open Call - 7th of February [free]Apply here
This zine series will be free to enter, however artists who are selected will be asked to donate a small fee to go towards the production of the zines. The fee is still undecided and will be dependant on the production cost and how many artists are selected (no more than £10). All selected artists will receive a free copy and profit made from zine sales will go directly back into SOLA Journal and towards future projects. Send us a selection of images, max 10, that respond to the title ‘The Land From Which We Come’, alongside an artist statement and a description of your work including how it relates to the title. Include your website and any relevant social media links. Send to email@example.com.
Feral Neighbourhoods - FLORESTA Exhibition Open Call - 7th of February [free]Apply here
We are seeking visual and audiovisual work, including (but not limited to) photography, collage, painting, sculpture, installation, graphic design, textiles and materials work, video, VR and mixed media. We welcome submissions that are multi-disciplinary.Feral ecologies are ecological worlds that emerge from human infrastructural projects, but which have developed and spread beyond human control. They are what happens when non-human life gets entangled with human structures in unanticipated ways. We are looking for works based on your observations, documentations and/or interactions with feral ecologies within your local environments and neighbourhoods.
Peterborough Presents Artist Commission: Westwood Walkway - 5pm, 11th of February [free]
The walkway is a key pedestrian cut-through to the Westwood shops at Hampton Court. The shopping court includes corner shops, a pharmacy, a tattoo shop, takeaways, a firework shop, and more. Sited beside the WestRaven Community Café, a mural was installed on the passage wall approximately fifteen years ago by an artist from Westwood, Richard Johnson, who has since moved to Australia. While the current artwork does add some colour to the area, residents would like to update this with something relevant to the neighbourhood. This might be something added to the alleyway, or a replacement of the existing artwork. This brief is intentionally open, and there are no set parameters for themes or content, materials or art forms. The work can be temporary or permanent, although residents have expressed a desire for something that will bring the passage to life and tell stories of the neighbourhood. The expectation is that the artist will co-create the project outcomes with people from the neighbourhood.
Arebyte Hotel Generation - 14th of February [free]
Hotel Generation provides four young artists from UK cities with curatorial guidance to create an exhibition proposal for arebyte’s exhibition space in London. In addition to assistance with proposal writing, progressing ideas and budgeting, the programme offers industry support through creative software training, as well as marketing and fundraising workshops. Selection criteria: aged 28 or under; work using digital media; based in the UK but outside London; if you have an art degree (not required), it has to be from a uni outside of London.
Hybrida AiR Residency- 15th of February [free]
Hybrida AiR is an art residency program in Älvsbacka, in the west of Sweden, which will take place from 9th May until 26th June 2022. We offer seven artists a chance to work on new individual projects, alongside each other, during six weeks on location in Sweden. The outcomes are presented in a two-week-long exhibition at the end of the residency. This year’s curatorial theme is [ capture ]. The residency covers flights, public transport, food, housing, and it includes a production budget. On completion of the program, each resident will receive a participation / exhibition fee of 25.000 Swedish Kronor (SEK).
Visions for Culture in a Sustainable Future: Open Call for European Artists - 25th of February [free]
We are selecting seven European artists (citizens or residents of any European country, inside and outside the European Union) to work individually or collectively and share their visions for culture in today’s changing world. Submit your 2,000-character Vision for Culture in a Sustainable Future before February 25, 2022 and get selected as one of the seven. You get 2.000 euro (gross) to create a digital or non-digital artwork sharing your vision for culture.
NO!WAHALA: Aftermath Issue 2 - 28th of February 2022 [free]Apply here
Aftermath is defined as ‘the consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event’. We are in a period of Aftermath. The Aftermath of a global pandemic such as COVID-19 which constituted a worldwide lockdown. The Aftermath of climate change and the possibility of humanity becoming extinct if we don't act now. The Aftermath of civil unrest in various parts of the world, and the list goes on.
For issue 2, we invite African Photographers to explore the theme ‘Aftermath’ by submitting a body of work which represents the after-effects of a significant event. This does not have to be something literal such as COVID, it can be something personal that has happened to you or someone you love, it can be a health condition, a loss, a gain - It does not necessarily have to be the Aftermath of something negative. Think outside of the box and allow your creativity to lead on your visual storytelling journey.
The RAiR Foundation Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program - 15th of March 2022 [free]
Well known by visual artists as the "Gift of Time", the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide gifted studio-based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for an entire year. This gift of time allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. Professional visual artists 21 years of age or older, involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, digital media and installation are invited to apply.
Thinker Maker Space Art Residency Open Call - 15th of March 2022 / 15th of July 2022 [free]Apply here
Aiming to become a creative and innovation hub in Nicosia’s historic centre, the Thinker Maker Space plans to utilise its Artist-in-Residence Program to expand the knowledge and services of the centre through skill sharing and collaboration. Resident artists will enjoy full access to the Makerspace facilities allowing experimentation with advanced fabrication techniques. They will also have the opportunity to present and exhibit their work at the end of the residency. Additionally, artists may co-organise and host a series of workshops and talks relating to their practice and area of expertise.
Ways of Living - Climate Project - no set deadline [free]
Submit to this open call and be part of an online archive that focuses on conversations and projects surrounding the relationships between (creatives and the climate crisis). Looking at and exploring a wide range of practitioners whose work focus and examine the wider conversations of climate.
Fusion Arts Oxford Creative Callout - no set deadline [free]
Are you an artist looking for somewhere to show your work? Would you like to put on a workshop? Do you have an idea for a creative event? Or even all of the above?! We are in the process of planning exhibitions and events to take place in the spaces that we manage over the coming months and have slots available from December to March at a number of exciting venues! Our East Oxford based spaces, the Fusion Arts Centre and 51 Between Towns Road present a desirable opportunity establish connections with the vibrant local community, whilst our city centre spaces, 95 Gloucester Green and the Window Galleries are located in high footfall areas right in the heart of Oxford. Whether you are an artist, collective, community group, organisation or individual, we welcome all proposals to animate these spaces for creative, artistic purposes! If you have an idea, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Cry - no set deadline [free]
Art Cry is a new fund supporting urgent artistic responses to current social and political event. We are interested in funding work which responds to events happening now and need funding immediately to make that possible. In a climate where 48 hours makes a headline old news and distraction politics are commonplace, we need to be able to respond faster. Artistic responses can challenge a narrative, provoke deeper conversation or capture the mood of a community in the moment.
Grand Plan Fund - running monthly [free]Apply here
We’re a new charity offering three £1,000 grants a month for people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new creative project.
Grain Student Spotlight - no set deadline [free]
We are particularly interested in hearing from students who are graduating this year, if you would like to be considered please do get in touch via email to email@example.com, please send 3 images (low res), your bio, project description and link to your website. Please title your email with Instagram Feature.
Always More Art Graduate Open Call - no set deadline [free]
Open call for any 2021 graduates from university. Submitting any work produced in the last three years at university. Artists will then be shared on both their Instagram account and their website.
The Peter Hansel Scholarship Fund - no set deadline [free]
The fund provides financial support for any person working in a programme of study or research in the field of illustrative documentation in medicine.
Photograd Opportunities for Graduates - no set deadline [free]Apply here
Photograd calls for graduate works, photobooks and features.
Re-Collective Call for Submissions - no set deadline [free]
We are looking for artists who love nature and fight against climate change, or anyone who wants to take place in this activist project.
Photomeet x Northern Narratives - no set deadline [free]Apply here
Photo Meet and Northern Narratives would like to help friends, colleagues and co-workers in the field offeringthe opportunity to access their online resources to expose and promote their projects with a series of features, interviews, and online chats.
The African Photobook - no set deadline [free]Apply here
Publishers and photographers are invited to contribte by submitting books to be showcased on the TAP database. Get in touch with them about your books / suggestions.
Creative Debuts: Black Artist Grant - running monthly [free]Apply here
The Black Artists Grant is £1,000 given out monthly to black artists in the UK, with each artist selected receiving £500 each.
The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artists in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME. Recipients will be chosen monthly, and every few months this selector will change.
Tour de Moon Opportunities - see platform for specific deadlines [free]Apply here
Tour de Moon is a cosmic adventure, a nationwide large-scale public festival of immersive experiences and live events developed in collaboration with our “universal satellite”: the Moon, seen as a character, a landscape and a prompt for radical imagination. The festival, composed of 8 programming strands, aims to reach millions of visitors across the UK and the world in 2022, through live and virtual experiences, supporting youth, nightlife creators, scientists and digital creators through cooperation. With Tour de Moon, we seek new beginnings, to empower others to create, to initiate, to innovate with new thinking and pluralistic practices so that history does not repeat itself on and beyond Earth.Tour de Moon will be in Southampton(11th – 14th June 2022), Newcastle(27th – 30th May 2022) and Leicester(13th – 16th May 2022) in the summer 2022.
Inside the Outside Submissions - no set deadline [free]
We are interested to hear from individuals and especially small collaborative groups (2+) who have either existing, in progress or ideas for new series of work for us to feature online and also possibly publish in print through our popular zines.
The Elephant Trust: The Joanna Drew Travel Bursary - to be announced Spring 2022 [free]Apply here
£2,500 is available annually for a visual arts project involving travel. Sometimes this is awarded as a single grant, sometimes two smaller grants. The timing of the actual travel is up to the recipient or recipients of the bursary. Applicants should send a description of their proposed project, explaining why it is important for the development of their work or career, together with a c.v., a budget and a letter of support from an independent referee, to be submitted through Submittable. The successful applicant will be expected to write a short report at the end of their project. The Joanna Drew Travel Bursary is open to UK-based artists, curators and researchers working in the visual arts. It is not open to students.
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Landskrona Foto Festival 2022 Open Call - 17th of January [£15]Apply here
Landskrona Foto Festival’s open call looks for bodies of work exploring photographic practices engaged in collaborative processes through activism, photography of protest, art as a provocation, and social justice engagement. Photography, who is it for? The question first appeared in 1976 the "Statement of Aims" by the Camerawork photography collective. Landskrona Foto Festival 2022 uses the same question as the starting point of reflection about its purpose and how the festival can serve its diverse audiences today. The open call welcomes multidisciplinary projects engaged in all types of visual representation, fictional or documentary, using the tools of photography, video, archive, installation, performance, intervention, digital art, code and web platforms. We are looking for works that challenge and question established ideas of engagement.
The Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers - 24th of January [$12]Apply here
Previously known as The Robert Giard Fellowship (2008-2018), the grant is named in honor of photographer Robert Giard (1939-2002), a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work focused on LGBTQ+ lives and issues. The grant focuses on supporting emerging LGBTQ+ photographers whose projects address issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ+ identity. This year, the grant winner will receive $10,000, and the first-runner up will receive $5,000.
Belfast Photo Festival - 4th of February [early bird €23 (est £19) / standard €29 (est £25)]Apply here
Belfast Photo Festival is offering artists/photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field of photography and have their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2023 Photo Schwiez (Zurich, Switzerland), with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazines Abridged and Aesthetica. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £2,000 (e.s.t $2,712 / €2,321).
New Contemporaries - 14th of February [£25]
We welcome submissions from emerging and early career artists who are final year students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from UK art schools and alternative learning programmes.
Open Call Fresh Legs 2022 - 1st of March 2022 [free to apply, transportation costs if selected and €38 to support exhibition costs]Apply here
“Fresh Legs” is our most recent exhibition initiative, with which we would like to present art forms such as painting,sculpture, illustration, drawing, street art, photography, short film, animation and related media. (NO GRAPHIC/NO MULTIPLE EXCEPT PHOTOGRAPHY) Together with our new cooperation partner, the Inselgalerie Berlin, we create this year,a platform for the public to meet each other and to discuss the art of these fields together. Thus, we offer a place to exhibit and inspire the artists who are still unknown and the already established ones.
Source Graduate Photography Online 2022 - 12th of May (BA courses), 6th of August (MA courses) [£33 per student]Apply here
With Source’s 25-year track record of publishing, our established readership of industry professionals includes curators, picture editors and publishers. Create a permanent promotional platform for your graduate work on our website to ensure that it is seen long after the week of your degree show. Your individual web page can feature up to 8 images, your Artist Statement, contact details and a link to your website. Includes a free 1-year digital subscription to Source (worth £26.99) with access to our extensive back issue archive and our monthly e-bulletin which will ensure you stay informed with all the latest news and opportunities from the photography sector.