CURATED LIST OF OPPORTUNITIES
You can find below residencies, open calls, competitions, grants, exhibition & publication opportunities specifically directed towards emerging and early-career visual artists. Our selection focuses on such available to UK-based artists, but not exclusively. In addition, we only feature opportunities without a fee or with a very small entry fee / or such used towards the production of the suggested endavaour, or supporting a charity cause. This list is hand picked and updated weekly by Laura Bivolaru & Krasimira Butseva.
HOME x Cob Artist Studio Residency and Exhibition Opportunity- 11th of April 2021 [free]Apply here
HOME by Ronan Mckenzie and Cob Gallery are excited to present their first Artist Studio Residency and Exhibition; in celebration of Cob’s 10 year anniversary and opening of their new artist studios. This residency has been created specifically to support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour Women-Identifying Artists.
Inspired by HOME’s inaugural exhibition WATA by Joy Yamusangie and Ronan Mckenzie, they are interested in how sharing a space can inform the work of two practitioners working across different mediums and from alternate perspectives. This residency will offer two artists free studio space for six weeks, followed by an exhibition in the studio and online at homebyrm.space. Artists are invited to work collaboratively or independently for the duration of this residency, and may apply individually or in a pair. They invite artists working across all types of visual and audio arts, including research and archival projects.
VAGW - Interlude: Bursary and Mentoring Programme - 11th of April 2021 [free]Apply here
INTERLUDE, organised by Visual Arts Group Wales (VAGW) offers a mentoring programme consisting of four collective and peer-mentoring based workshops, an assigned mentor for one-to-one mentoring, and a bursary of £3000 – for five artists living or working in Wales, or with connection to Wales. Artists of colour who have a connection to Wales, and are over 18 years old, can apply. If you do not consider yourself a visual artist but your practice crosses over with the visual arts, you can apply.
Black River issue 02: Ways of Living - 12th of April 2021 [free]Apply here
Submissions are now open for Black River Issue 02! We have collectively spent the past year living under a global pandemic. Our lives have changed and we have all had to adapt our entire way of being. Our theme for this issue is: WAYS OF LIVING.
School of Kindness - 14th of April 2021 [free]
School of kindness will take place from 23 June until 7 July 2021 in the city of Sofia and its surrounding mountains, in Bulgaria. Over the course of two weeks, participants will engage in a program of workshops, excursions, exercises, lectures and seminars provided by artists, theorists, performers and activists. A public program of films and a symposium will be presented in parallel.
School of kindness offers a two-week program of practical and theoretical experiments for approximately 25 participants who are willing to work collectively and to share their own concerns and practices in regard to different forms of migrations. We offer a tuition-free program, but participants are expected to be present for the full two-weeks and to deliver a presentation at the end of the program. They also need to finance their own travel to Bulgaria and stay in Sofia for two weeks. Two excursions to respectively Vitosha mountain and the village of Brestnitsa/ Prohodna cave are included in the program, as well as a free daily lunch.
Sinister Wisdom: Trans/Feminism - 15th of April 2021 [free]Apply here
Sinister Wisdom is seeking submissions of writing and artwork by folks across the gender spectrum for our issue Trans/Feminisms. Sinister Wisdom invites all trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, two-spirit, gender non conforming, intersex writers and artists to submit. To put it simply--if you trouble, research, or think about gender, we want your work.
Athens Photo World Award 2021 - 18th of April 2021[free]Apply here
APW will award a 5,000€ cash prize to an ongoing or complete project of photojournalism or documentary photography, created after January 2018.
Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award 2021 - 18th of April 2021 [free]Apply here
For the third consecutive year, the 15,000€ Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award will be awarded to a full-length photojournalism or documentary body of work created after January 2018.
Room to Bloom programme: Ecofeminism & Postcolonial Feminism - 23rd of April 2021 [free]Apply here
This Spring 2021, Room to Bloom launches its platform with an open call for applications addressing young artists with a feminist, ecological and/or postcolonial art practice.
Through this call, the platform will collectively select a group of 100 emerging feminist artists to participate in a mix of trainings, workshops and talks throughout the year. All the selected participants will be presented in our online index of artists that will be available on this website and distributed among international cultural institutions.
Selected participants will be offered the possibility to propose works for production (15 works selected) later this year, to be presented during international events and exhibitions.
RPS International Photography Exhibition 163 - 27th of April 2021 [free submission of one image]Apply here
The IPE 163 is open to everyone, of all ages and levels. Alongside a prize fund to support future projects, this year we are excited to introduce several new awards including a two-week solo show and a photographic commission to create new work. 100 images chosen by our esteemed selection panel will form a group exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society which will then tour nationwide. This year, we’re offering everyone one free entry.
Workshop Focal Point Gallery: Unpicking Proposals - 29th of April 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 [free]Apply here
This isn’t a how to, more of a what, why and where. Proposal is a word that comes loaded with preconception and fear for many artists, leaving us head in hands ‘What do they want from me?’.
Beyond Matter Residency - 30th of April 2021 [free]Apply here
Tallinn Art Hall, Tirana Art Lab Center for Contemporary Art, and the Hertz-Lab of the ZKM I Center for Art and Media are jointly calling for European art practitioners / theoreticians to apply for one of three production residencies taking place in Karlsruhe, Tallinn, and Tirana.
Thresholds 50: Before // After - 1st of May 2021 [free]Apply here
On the occasion of its 50th issue, Thresholds will publish a special edition of the journal, looking backward and forward, at pasts, past futures, and present possibilities. We invite submissions of scholarly articles, interdisciplinary investigations, and creative contributions from art, architecture, and related fields that explore the thematic concerns of before and/or after.
Der Greif: Issue 14, YES TO ALL, guest edited by Sylvie Fleurie - 2nd of May 2021 [voluntary donation or email for free application]Apply here
For issue 14, Fleury proposes to use YES TO ALL as a paradoxical leitmotif for selecting submissions. Fleury aims to challenge familiar photographic structural tropes of 'families', 'categories' and other groupings with the submitted material, by collapsing these very notions through the inclusivity YES TO ALL calls for.
Embassy: In Touch Open Call - 5th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
This commission is open to emerging artists. Selected artists will be commissioned to make postable artwork of any form as long as it can comfortably fit through a letterbox [254mmx38mm]; this can be anything from an A4 print to a fancy flat-pack kit. The artists will be financially supported to produce the postable reproductions of the artworks.
The Jerwood/Photoworks Award - 12th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
The Jerwood/Photoworks Award is a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each with a full package of support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts to create new work over a 12-month period. Now in their fourth edition, the Awards are for UK-based artists who have been practising for between one and ten years. There is no age limit or fee to apply and both organisations particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography.
Photographic Exploration Project: Obsessions Open Call - 13th of May 2021 [€5 - €15, costs cover printing, framing, exhibition catalogue]Apply here
All approaches to the topic are welcome, we are looking forward to discovering the ideas that are invading your mind!
Artwork Archive: Art Business Accelerator Grant - 14th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator distributes unrestricted funds to invest in your art business, as well as six weeks of self-guided online educational resources that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge, and more.
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Snider Prize 2021 - 15th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
The Snider Prize is a purchase award given to emerging artists in their final year of graduate study. The winner receives $3,000, and two honorable mentions each receive $500 towards the purchase of work to be added to the MoCP's permanent collection.
Women Photograph Project Grants & Women Photograph -15th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
Women Photograph is an organization working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual storytellers. These $5,000 grants will support photography projects — either new or in-progress — from women, transgender, and nonbinary visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. Five grants are available, one of which will be earmarked for a nonbinary or transgender photographer.
Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarship -15th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
Women Photograph has partnered with Getty Images to award a $10,000 scholarship to a student focused on photojournalism. The scholarship funds can be used for tuition, camera equipment or other education costs during the 2020-2021 school year.
Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award - 24th of May 2021 [free]Apply here
The Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award of £2,000, facilitated by FotoDocument and generously supported by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay, which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global that has a focus on positive solutions. Submissions close on Monday 24 May 2021.
Grain: Picturing England’s High Streets - 26th of May 2021 [free]Apply here (Stoke)
Apply here (Coventry)
The residency is a major new opportunity for a Photographer as part of the national Photographer-In- Residence Programme ‘Picturing England’s High Streets’. Artist Fee – £6,000 over 2 year period (Stoke); Artist Fee – £4,000 over 1 year. (Coventry)
VOLT 2021 Eastbourne Open - 31st of May 2021 [free]Apply here
2021's Eastbourne Open is the first in a series of open-call exhibitions that will occur regularly at VOLT. Up to 10 artists will be selected by a panel of judges (to be announced shortly) to exhibit at VOLT later this year.
BECA Photo Award - 31st of May 2021 [free]Apply here
BECA Photo Award 2021 is one of the largest photo contests in Bulgaria organised by BECA Before Creating Academy. It is aimed at encouraging and supporting Bulgaria-based photographers.
The Pupil Sphere Graduate Showcase 2021 - 31st of Mary 2021 [free]Apply here
As part of the Graduate Showcase, 10 submissions will be chosen to be featured in our ‘Spotlight Artists’. This is a series of feature interviews to highlight exceptional work further and will be chosen by both The Pupil Sphere team and a range of industry professionals.
Charta Dummy Award 2021 - 9th of July 2021 [free]Apply here
Charta Dummy Award is open to visual artists who use the photographic medium and have already made a book dummy of his/her project. There are no restrictions related to the theme. Artists are invited to submit a physical copy of their dummy. The final shortlist will consist of a selection of 25 book dummies to be exhibited in Rome during the Charta Festival 2021. One of the shortlisted dummies will be awarded the Charta Prize and will be published by Yogurt Editions with a production worth 5.000€.
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.
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Portfolio Review 2021 - 1st of January 2022 [free]Apply here
The Museum of Contemporary Photography reviews portfolios from national and international artists on a bi-monthly basis for consideration for exhibition and acquisition.