last updated on the 2nd of May 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.
Airspace ‘The Fool’ Residency - 20th of May [free]Apply here
In Summer 2022, artists Anna Francis and Rebecca Davies will be curating an exhibition with AirSpace Gallery that aims to explore the role of The Fool in understanding this moment in history. Ahead of this major group exhibition, we are looking for UK based artists, working in any creative discipline to undertake a 4-week onsite making residency at AirSpace gallery, working towards a completed piece of work for the main Exhibition.
Village Books Billboard Open Call - 20th of May [free]
There is no theme. One image will be chosen, but applicants are welcome to submit up to 1-5 images of any medium of image-based artwork (photography, illustration, video stills, painting, collage etc) in portrait format to be displayed on the side of the gallery in Summer 2022.
Global Peace Photo Award - 22nd of May [free]Apply here
The Peace Image of the Year will receive € 10,000. It will be on display for one year at the Austrian Parliament and will be included in the permanent art collection of the Austrian Parliament. The top five listed photographers will be awarded the Alfred Fried Peace Medal. The winner of the Childen Peace Image of the Year will receive the sum of € 1,000. All winners will be invited to Vienna to the award ceremony at the Austrian Parliament on 14 November 2022. All submitted images have the chance to take part in international exhibitions.
Contempl’Art Les Balkannes - 27th of May [free]Apply here
LES BALKANNES promotes artistic expression in the Balkans through fresh perspectives about contemporary topics. Carried out by a team of Cultural studies graduates from Paris, Les Balkannes mainly collaborates with photographers besides including performers and academics in the program. We favor alternative cultural locations and innovative galleries of the French capital for our programming.
SUBJECT : YOUTH IN CITIES
Depicting urban life aspects with a focus on young people and questioning social interactions within cities in the Balkans will be 2022’s edition focus for the photo exhibition.
Rub Magazine Call Out - 30th of May [free]Apply here
The theme is Fantasy. Please submit:
- Your Instagram handle
- 5-10 high quality images of your art/photography/illustrations etc.
- short bio (approx 250 words)
- Please send as a high quality file via WeTransfer/Dropbox
- email to: email@example.com
The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers - 31st of May [$10 / request a fee waiver (see rules)]Apply here
The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers is designed to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography. Special consideration will be given to work that promotes social change, that embraces new technologies and image distribution, and that seeks to integrate the tradition of photography and social change with contemporary practice.
Troy House Artist Residency - 31st of May [free]Apply here
Points International Artist Residency will invite two international artists for a 1-3 months residency. The residency will help the artist to develop professionally and build networks as well as provide a supportive environment for research and production. During the residency, Points will organise regular visits and networking events with art world professionals, inviting audiences to discover and access the artists' studios to foster a greater public engagement as well. The artist-in-residence will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the Foundation's London space.
Fieldnotes Call Out for Submissions - 1st of June [free]Apply here
We are seeking non-conforming submissions: ideas in transition, poetry in translation, collaborations and conversations, works between genres, between fiction and theory, between text and image, new poetic modes and things-in-progress.
Source Magazine Meetings with Photographers - 1st of June / 17th of June [free]
As part of research for future issues Source will be organising meetings with photographers to find out about their new photographic work. The meetings are an opportunity to directly introduce a new piece of work to one of the editors. This is one way Source finds new work for publication in the 'portfolio pages' section of Source Magazine. It is also an opportunity to get feedback on work in progress. And for all who submit it is an opportunity to introduce us to your work. Location: Belfast / Dublin.
Preus Museum Photography Day 2022 Queer Edition - 1st of June [free]
Photography has a central place in staging, documentation, and experimentation around the concept of identity. With the aid of the photograph, the photographer can take control of his/her own representation. For Marie and Bolette, photography was more than a technique; it was a safe space that created an intimate public. How can we use photography today to explore different forms of identity? Can we still be inspired by Marie and Bolette? We challenge photographers, amateurs, and artists of all ages to share with us the connections you see with our theme. The call for entries is open to all, no matter gender, orientation, age or nationality. A jury of experts aims to select the work of 50 photographers to exhibit on the Preus Museum Photography Day – Queer edition on the 27th of August. The jury is free to choose the images to be displayed.
Sightings Open Call - 12pm, 3rd of June [free]Apply here
You can be at any stage of your artistic career to apply, but we ask that those with a film based practice do not apply. We are looking for someone who is interested in exploring video in their practice and is willing to learn hands-on skills through collaboration. Please note there is no fee to participate but this is not a paid opportunity.
ART4T Call for Artists - 3rd of June [free]Apply here
The main goal of ART4T is one of the objectives of the Erasmus+ call: to develop the capacity of organizations to work transnationally and cross-sectorally. Project’s ambition is to train young artists in an innovative way and to return to the idea that the artistic product is born from the confrontation and the encounter of artists with each other. In a series of workshop laboratories, ART4T explores innovative non-formal training methodologies in the field of interdisciplinary contemporary arts creation at the intersection of visual and performing arts, where creative processes are shared by teachers and learners. Project participants will be able to experiment a first hand experience of the workshop leader's process and methods.
A Space Arts: The Turning Point Bursary for Visual Artists 2022 - 9am, 6th of June [free]Apply here
We’re inviting visual artists at a turning point in their artistic career to propose and carry out a 6 month programme of activity to develop their practice. Previous projects selected have involved testing out new ideas and experimentation, creating or developing new work, mentoring and gaining skills and knowledge, but proposals can differ from these examples as long as applicants can make the case for it contributing to the development of their practice. There are 8 places available on the 2022 programme, and the bursary is open to individual artists, collaborations and collectives, though only one bursary will be awarded per application.
The Other MA - 6pm, 24th of June [various fees, two fully funded spaces]
The Other MA (TOMA) is an 18-month artist-run education model based in Southend-on-Sea supporting artists who have faced barriers accessing art education and the ‘art world’. TOMA was set up in 2016 to offer responsive, affordable, accessible art education to artists. It is currently the only postgraduate level art programme in Essex after all others were stopped by their host Universities. TOMA is unaccredited in the traditional sense, but provides a programme of learning that will benefit artists in the same way. We are looking for a new cohort of 12 artists to join TOMA for 2022.
PhotoVogue The Next Great Fashion Image Makers - 25th of June [free]Apply here
With this Open Call we are looking for visions that push the boundaries of the current fashion landscape. We want to highlight the next generation of socially conscious fashion image makers, artists who are a driving force for change and whose work can engage in a dialogue with different genres, from documentary to art. We seek artists who are able to tackle issues relating to social justice and sustainability in powerful, vibrant images and films. Fashion has become a shared language and one of the primary tools to build identity and Vogue, through its photography and stories, has always tackled its intersection with sociopolitical issues by raising questions, embracing innovation, and even influencing change. We are committed to paving the way for the new generation of fashion image makers, and we'd love for you to join us.
Airspace Graduate Residency 2022/23 - 5pm, 26th of June [free]
Each year, AirSpace Gallery’s Graduate Residency Programme offers two new graduates a fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative artist-led space in Stoke-on-Trent, providing 6 months free studio space, ongoing professional development support, mentoring and guidance from Gallery directors and professional artists, and an interim window exhibition plus an end-of-residency solo exhibition.
MADE IT 2022 Rogue Studios - 27th of June [free]Apply here
Short Supply and the selectors will shortlist 25 artists from the applicant list to exhibit their physical works at Rogue Project Space through September - October 2022. Artists will receive a fee of £150 each for their participation in this show.
The Ian Parry Scholarship - 15th of July [free]
Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death. Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.
Thinker Maker Space Art Residency Open Call - 15th of July [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.
Deptford X Fringe Open Call - 5pm, 18th of July [free]Apply here
The Fringe is the seed of the Deptford X Festival. It’s a celebration of the area’s art scene, bringing together artists, community groups, students, and people new to making artwork. Over the course of the festival, the Fringe will take over Deptford, placing art in unexpected locations, rooted into the fabric of everyday lives. All sorts of artworks will be exhibited such as installations in public spaces, shopfronts, cafes, market stalls, and even in people’s homes.
Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust - October, 3rd [free]Apply here
The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust provides small scale grants to British artists, designers, writers and performers over the age of 30 who are experiencing financial difficulties in the pursuit of their careers.
TPG Young Writers - no set deadline [free]Apply here
An editorial programme for writers and photographers under 25. For those who enjoy the writing side of photography, we run two editorial programmes which explore photography in different ways. All articles have a 500 word count, and are uploaded to The Photographers’ Gallery website, as well as being included in the monthly newsletter to teachers and educators. We’ll also promote the piece through our Twitter. For both articles types (A Young Person Recommends… and A Story Behind a Photograph) , we pay the writer £40 for the piece. For A Young Person Recommends, we can reimburse you for your exhibition ticket/book.
The Eaton Fund - no set deadline [free]Apply here
This is a small charity and our grants are modest. At the moment our average grant is under £300 and not everyone is successful.
The Awesome Foundation Grant - no set deadline [free]
Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don't want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!
Catch 22 The Creativity Project - no set deadline [free]Apply here
The Creativity Project will provide industry insight into the creative sector, along with access to creative professionals who will be sharing their experiences and teaching young people how to get a start in the creative world, including how to build a portfolio, how to create a creative CV and how to interview for those positions. We are aiming to support over 2,500 young people who are not in education, employment or training to get closer to a creative job by 2024. The programme will be delivered in cities and towns right across the UK including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Great Yarmouth, Southend and Maidstone.
Tied to Light - no set deadline [free]Apply here
To submit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- A short statement about your practice (max 100 words).
- 5-10 images of your work (max 1MB per image).
- Any relevant hashtags or handles you would like us to include.
The Balkan Archive - no set deadline [free]
Whether a single image or a series of photographs, you can send your contributions via DM or to email@example.com.
1525 Collective New Member Call Out - no set deadline [free]Apply here
We strive to be a proactive collective in sharing resources, discussing ideas, and mutually supporting each other’s creative interests. We provide a space for critical engagement combined with invention and playfulness. We pledge to connect and respond to the issues that affect young people in the city. Together, we move to reimagine the arts in a broadening experimental practice.
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.
The Moniker Foundation Digital Artist Grant - no set deadline [free]
This is a no-strings attached financial support to help digital artists of all ages who are in the early stages of their careers. They can spend the grant on 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. Each month we will award a 500 GBP grant. To apply, you must be a digital artist, working with digital mediums.
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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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.
OFF Bratislava ‘Elsewhere’ Open Call 2022 - 31st of May [various fees]
The OFF Bratislava board will select from among the submitted applications those projects that will be included in the festival programme presented during November 2022. Artists/curators will be informed of the results and follow-up procedures by the end of July 2022.
Air Gallery Open Call - 19th of June [£5 per piece]Apply here
Applications for the annual AIR Open 2022 are now being taken! This is open to any artist, any theme, any location and will be for a physical group show taking place July-Aug 2022.