CURATED LIST OF OPPORTUNITIES


updated weekly
last updated on the 24th of July 2021


You can find below residencies, open calls, competitions, grants, exhibition, publication, mentorship and workshop 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 project or supporting a charity cause. This list is hand picked and updated weekly by Laura Bivolaru & Krasimira Butseva. 


Space Advice Bureau Workshops - throughout July [free]

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A SPACE Artist Initiatives programme, providing free advice and guidance to all members of the SPACE community.


Arnis Residency Open Call - 25th of July [free]

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Arnis Residency is an annual residency programme for contemporary artists taking place on a tiny peninsula in ­Northern Germany, taking place from 13 – 27 September 2021. It encourages to engage with the region’s local and remote context in order to encounter a world characterised by connections and flows beyond cities.


Radar Group Critique - 25th of July [£5]

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Every last Friday of the month we are hosting our Radar Group Critique online meeting, where a maximum of 5 participants have the chance to show a consistent photography project to a professional Guest Critic from the visual arts landscape.


Chisenhale Asymmetry Curatorial Writing Fellowship - 26th of July, 10am BST [free]

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The Curatorial Writing Fellowship is a six-month placement for a mid-career curator to work with Chisenhale Gallery’s curatorial department, beginning in mid-October 2021.


Redeye Photography Graduate Mentoring Scheme - 26th of July [free]

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Following the success of our 2020 Graduate Mentoring Scheme we are very pleased to announce that the scheme is now available to anyone graduating from a Photography BA or similar course in 2021.


Hypha Studios Free Creative Spaces for Projects, Exhibitions or Selling in Bristol - 29th of July, 6pm [free]

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We are looking for a variety of artists, musicians, actors, collectives, gallerists& curators to take over 5 spaces in this shopping centre. We can offer short-term Project Spaces or longer-term studio, exhibition or public-facing uses.


The Photographic Angle x The Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary - 30th July [free]

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Applications are invited from anyone living or studying in the United Kingdom with a talent for taking photographs and an interest in the environmental concerns that we face today.


Spectrum Art Award - 31st of July, 6pm [free]

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Autism creates challenges but also a unique perspective on the world. The Award recognises this; providing a public platform for creative individuals on the spectrum to articulate and define their life experiences - and an opportunity for them to reach their full potential.


Digital Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata - 31st of July [free]

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The opportunity is open to artists living and working in UK who are interested in realising an art project in Kolkata on a digital platform and have a suitable project in mind to work on during their residency.


A Hint of Print - 31st of July [free]

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This is our FIFTH virtual exhibition OPEN CALL for @ahintofprint_ and we are looking for printmaking works of all kinds which apply to our given theme of colour & texture.


Sustainability First Art & Writing Prizes 2021 - 31st of July [free]

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The theme brings together the climate crisis, fairness in society, and how we work together to achieve a more sustainable future. The prizes are open to UK based artists and writers over the age of 18 years. The winning artist and writer will each receive £1,000 and will be featured as part of a virtual book ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in the UK. This year's theme is: 'Together for a Fair Climate Future'.


Visura: East African Photography Award 2021 - 1st of August [free for members, including free accounts]

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The Award was created to shine a spotlight on documentary photography that focuses on people and cultures from the perspective of East
African citizens.


Critical Pulse: The Cultural Sector after Covid - 1st of August [free]

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Critical Pulse invites you to reflect on your position and needs in the current art landscape. Explore your existence in our immediate creative ecosystem by generating text and image-based responses to the selected questions by Sussex alumni as part of The Festival of Ideas.


Visualise – international exhibition support programme - 1st of August [free]

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Visualise is a long-term programme by the Ukrainian Institute aimed at supporting exhibition projects outside of Ukraine.

The programme provides opportunities of co-programming, co-financing, and communications support to international exhibitions that contribute to promoting the art of Ukraine globally and establishing institutional partnerships.


Terra Firma Magazine Open Call for Issue 7 - 1st of August [free]

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Submission criteria: Please send your submission via wetransfer to terra_firma_magazine@mail.com. Between 8-10 JPEGS sized to 210x297mm 300 DPI. Please include an artist statement and at least a paragraph about your project. All art forms welcome!


Creative Talent Programme 2021–2022 - 1st of August, 5pm [free]

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We are searching for three new and exciting emerging or early career companies/artists under 27 to support.


FACT Together: Online Commissioning Scheme - 1st of August, midnight [free]

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FACT is inviting artists living or working in the North of England to create new digital work in the latest round of its FACT Together commissioning scheme. FACT Together will offer 4 early-career artists a grant of £2500 each plus a production budget to develop an idea that will be presented online.


SICK! Festival Micro-Commission - 2nd of August, 10am [free]

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In July 2021, SICK! Festival has a Micro-commissioning fund of £6000 for 1-3 projects by early career artists in Greater Manchester and the North West.


The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency - 2nd of August, 12pm [free]

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The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency is an open submission six-month live-in residency which enables the production of a new body of work and a rare opportunity for an early-career artist to exhibit within an internationally renowned institution. The residency is open to artists who have undertaken a period of self-directed, peer-led or postgraduate study between October 2020 and October 2021. This can include alternative, peer organised and non-accredited programmes from an institution, collective or art school in the UK, as well as an MA, MFA, PGDip, MRes.


Open Call: Zao Tang - Pop Up Gallery on Asian Arts and Feminism - 2nd of August, 12pm [free]

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This call is primarily open to artists working with film and digital arts with an interest/approach/research centered on the relationship between Feminism and the Asian Identity. It is open to artists of all ages, backgrounds and disciplines, including international artists living outside of the United Kingdom. Individual, collaborative or editorial projects are eligible.


Peckham 24 Headline Show Curator - 2nd of August, 5pm [free]

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In keeping with the festival’s focus on new talent in contemporary photography, a call for exhibition proposals on the theme of SOLIDARITY is now open. The Open Call creates a funded opportunity for an independent UK based curator to create a headline show for Copeland Gallery at Peckham 24 2021.


Firecracker Photographic Grant 2021 - 8th of August [£8, fee contributes to the grant total]

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The Firecracker Photographic Grant is a small, self funded, non-profit initiative open to international female and non-binary photographers, and awarded based on the strength of visual portfolios and submitted artist statements.



The Sustainable Darkroom Photographic Garden Open Call - 8th of August [free]

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This is a paid research and development opportunity with The Sustainable Darkroom. We are looking for a small group to work with us on the creation of a photographic garden. The selected individuals will use the completed garden as a research space for developing new relationships between the garden and analogue photography.


The One Minutes x TNL!: Akarani Bono Awowa? - 13th of August [free]

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Manuwi C Tokai invites everyone to submit a one-minute video in response to the question: Akarani bono awowa? (Where is the place where you see the sun rise and set?) This is the Kali'na way of asking: Where are you from? Where is your home?


Modern Art Oxford: Activating our Archives Call for Participants - 13th of August [free]

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The project is led by artist and curator Sunil Shah and offers participants a series of free weekly workshops based at Fusion Arts in East Oxford. The project welcomes adults with interests in storytelling, photography, archives and social media.  Workshop dates: Saturdays 21 & 28 August 4, 11, 18 & 25 September.


San Mei Gallery Open Call for Exhibitions 2021 - 15th of August [£6 / £12]

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We are looking for exhibition proposals from artists, creatives, designers, architects and makers (solo or groups) to stage an exhibition in our Brixton-based gallery in 2022.


Joan Wakelin Bursary - 16th of August [free]

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The Joan Wakelin Bursary offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on a social documentary issue.


Lesbienalle 2021 Open Call - 20th of August [free]

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For this first edition, EL*C has taken the curatorial approach not to ‘impose’ a theme on the LESBIENNALE beyond the keywords: Arts, Culture, Politics; The intention is to promote diversity and an open space/ platform for art works & cultural productions by lesbian, bi, queer, trans artists.


Rake Community: (IN)VISIBILITY - 22nd of August [free]

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RAKE Community is an autonomous platform for practitioners to develop research-based visual enquiries. It aims to build a framework for socially and politically driven projects while promoting accessible exchange outside of traditional routes or institutions The selected practitioners will each be designated one month to carry out their own solo research on Instagram, where each will be expected to present a series of posts showcasing the development of their research - no formal outcomes are required. Practitioners will be encouraged to communicate, critique and collaborate with one another throughout the entire four-month period, with the support of RAKE members.


Aether Sofia Open Call: Future Oracles - 25th of August [free]

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We are inviting all voices, media and mediums to reflect on one question: What is your prediction of the future? Please send your proposals not later than 25 August to: Aetherartsofia@gmail.com


QUAD/FORMAT Open Call: Leicester, Socially Engaged Photographer-in-Residence - 29th of August [free]

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High street users and communities are at the heart of this project and we are looking for photographers whose practice is socially engaged and/or photographers with a strong desire to work in a socially engaged way. We are proposing a way of working rather than a thematic or visual approach.


Robert Walters x Saatchi Gallery New Artist of the Year Award 2021 - 31st of August [free]

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From a free open call across the UK we are seeking to discover 10 outstanding artists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice, and is of exceptional artistic quality.  We’re looking for artists who represent the UK’s richly diverse population, and embody the experiences of their community. Artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences and who represent unique viewpoints and will help start new conversations in the UK art scene.


Huxley-Parlour Exhibition Opportunity x Mentorship Programme - opens 2nd of August, closes 12th of September [free]

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The selection will focus on recent graduates with multi-disciplinary and installation-based practices. It will encourage submissions from under-represented and lower socio-economic backgrounds, to provide the opportunity and to create a space for those often neglected by the established art community.


Photobook Week Aarhus - 1st of September [free]

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We are looking for self-published photobooks or dummies to be exhibited at our Open Book Market at Photobook Week Aarhus 2021. The theme is free, but we will especially consider projects that are innovative and relate to this year’s theme “Movement and Transition”.


Prix Picto de la Photographie de Mode - 10th of September [free]

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Picto Foundation is pleased to launch the 23rd call for submissions for the Prix Picto de la Photographie de Mode. A reference distinction for emerging talents in the fashion photography field, the Prix Picto de la Photographie de Mode is pleased to launch its new call for applications, after a year 2020 marked by stimulating innovations and partnerships. In addition to the exhibition produced by PICTO, the display offered by JCDecaux, the winner of the Prix Picto de la Photographie de Mode will receive a Leica camera.


Photographic Museum of Humanity Folio 2021 Photobook Masterclass - 10th of September [free to apply, one scholarship]

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Under the guidance of Witty Books publisher Tommaso Parrillo and designer Federico Barbon a group of photographers will be followed through the advanced phase of their projects with the goal of concluding the work and have it ready for publishing. At the end of the 6-month masterclass, all participants will be ready to present their work to an international audience in the form of a dummy or a photobook. Furthermore, Witty Books will select one of the participants’ work to be published as a 500 edition photobook as part of its catalogue. Production will be fully financed by Witty Books, with a contribution from the PHmuseum Lab.


KBr Photo Award - 10th of September [free]

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In June 2021 Fundación MAPFRE is launching the 1st edition of the KBr Photo Award, a biennial international prize that reaffirms the Fundación’s support for artistic creation. This support takes the form of promoting the winning photographer on a national and international level and furthering their career with a cash prize, an exhibition and an associated catalogue.


Artist-in-Residence Programme at Q21/MuseumsQuartier in Vienna - 12th of September [free]

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The residencies are designed for artists, curators and theoreticians from Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia working in the field of contemporary visual art to do research in their respective area.


Manchester Open Exhibition 2022 - 17th of September, 6pm [free/donation]

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Submissions will be made via an online web portal on the HOME website, and are open to all, including those who may already identify as artists and those who might not, working in any medium.


Contemporary Lynx Allegro Prize - 28th of September [free]

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Allegro and Contemporary Lynx are proud to announce the second edition of the Allegro Prize competition with a total prize pool of 50 000 PLN.


Grand Plan Fund - running monthly [free]

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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]

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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 stephen.burke@grainphotographyhub.co.uk, 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]

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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 this Instagram and our website.


The Peter Hansel Scholarship Fund - no set deadline [free]

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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]

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Photograd calls for graduate works, photobooks and features. 


Re-Collective Call for Submissions - no set deadline [free]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Museum of Contemporary Photography reviews portfolios from national and international artists on a bi-monthly basis for consideration for exhibition and acquisition.




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