CURATED LIST OF OPPORTUNITIES
last updated on the 28th of August 2021
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; where there is a small fee, it is usually going towards the production of the event/artwork or supporting a charity cause. This list is hand-picked and updated regularly by Laura Bivolaru & Krasimira Butseva.
QUAD/FORMAT Open Call: Leicester, Socially Engaged Photographer-in-Residence - 29th of August [free]Apply here
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.
Open Call for Contributions to DICE: Orbital Entities - 30th of August [free]Apply here
We’re making an open call for submissions to our programme which actively explore new structures for remote connection, innovative collaboration, skillsharing, community-building and intersectional support within the arts. To supplement our existing programme, we’re looking for additional contributions in the form of lectures, workshops, presentations, interviews, discussions, audio-visual performances, collaborative documents and more.
Artist Mentor: Planning an exhibition or commission budget - 30th of August, 6 - 7.30pm [free, subscription-based]Apply here
Would you like to ensure you have considered and covered all potential headings in your budget? In this session I’ll help you cost your budget effectively and answer any queries you may have in relation to existing project budgets too. All attendees will receive a worksheet with example budget headings post session.
Robert Walters x Saatchi Gallery New Artist of the Year Award 2021 - 31st of August [free]Apply here
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.
One Hour International Short Film Festival - 31st of August [free]Apply to email@example.com
Open theme with a preference for works that involve collaboration, taking care or a reference to life under COVID. Rules: Films or animations 5 minutes or less; must be a New Zealand Festival premiere (shown in galleries or online is fine); multiple submissions can be in the same email;
subtitles are not necessary if not in English or Maori. Add to your files in the email: title (if not in English or Maori then with an English translation in brackets); length; year + location of production; synopsis (less than 500 words); link to where it can be viewed. You will be emailed if your work is accepted or not before 10 September and if accepted you must send the video as a .mov or .mp4 (preferably H264) by wetransfer, p transfer, or make it downloadable before 21 September 2021.
ARAC Art Residency - 31st of August [free]
The Romanian Association of Contemporary Art (ARAC) in Bucharest, Romania is offering a residency opportunity for an artist to freely develop artworks for an exhibition in Bucharest. The themes of this year’s residency and of the programme at large, are focused on climate change, migration and technology development.
Photobook Week Aarhus - 1st of September [free]
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”.
Birmingham City Institute of Creative Arts Wheatley Fellowship 2021 - 2nd of September [free]
The successful applicant will be provided with a space at the School and access to extensive facilities and expertise across the faculty. You will also work alongside Eastside Projects to make art public by developing your ideas for events, exhibitions or public projects (a further budget to seed fund activities is available from EP). You will be an artist who is interested in being attentive – listening, taking note, reflecting and responding. Eastside Projects is interested in expanding the role of the artist in public life and supporting Birmingham and its citizens.
Castlefield Gallery x Aarhus Center for Visual Art: SUSTAIN Artist Digital Exchange & Slow Culture Residency Exchange - noon, 3rd of September [free]Apply here
The participating artists will be supported to explore how their practice and the way they work can contribute to a low carbon culture and a low carbon future. They will be supported to develop peer-to-peer feedback and learning, so that over the course of the programme they learn how to self-sustain as a network of practicing artists working with low carbon artmaking.
AIR Gallery Macabre Open Call - 5th of September [free]
We're seeking entries for our October exhibition on the theme of 'Macabre'. Works can relate to the following themes: Life vs Death; Mortality; Inciting Fear or horror; Gruesome or grotesque; Melancholy; The 'Freak' show, strange and uncanny.
Prix Picto de la Photographie de Mode - 10th of September [free]Apply here
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]
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]Apply here
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]Apply here
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.
Huxley-Parlour Exhibition Opportunity x Mentorship Programme - 12th of September [free]Apply here
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.
Artists Access to Art Colleges: University of Wolverhampton - 13th of September [free]
AA2A host for 2021-22 offering 6 placements, 1 of which may be a ‘just graduated’ BA, MA or PhD student from Wolverhampton University, even if they have no professional experience. To get your pack email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Artists Access to Art Colleges: Anglia Ruskin University - 13th of September [free]
AA2A host for 2021-22 offering 2 placements through open recruitment. To get your pack email email@example.com .
Istanbul Artist Residency - 16th of September [free]
The selection committee will take into consideration the following criteria: presented project plan submitted by the candidate-artist; its relevance to local and international art standards; its feasibility and how artists from different parts of the world and of different backgrounds, using different mediums, may interact enriching each other's work processes and results. The İstanbul Artist Residency announced the title of its third artist residency project: Memories and Identities.
Manchester Open Exhibition 2022 - 17th of September, 6pm [free/donation]Apply here
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.
OD Photo Prize - 24th of September [£10]
OD Photo Prize 2021 is an open call for emerging artists working within the first ten years of their practice, founded by Open Doors Gallery. The nominated artists will be published in a limited-edition news-sheet by OD Books, celebrating their talent and work, alongside a group exhibition with Open Doors Gallery in London. Selected artists are also eligible for a variety of prizes chosen by our panel of influential experts in the field of photography.
Contemporary Lynx Allegro Prize - 28th of September [free]
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.
L’Usine Utopik Call 2021 - 3rd of October [free]
The call for residency is addressed to all graduate artists, having a professional practice in contemporary creation (painting, sculpture, installation, photo, drawing, ceramics, performance, etc.) without limit of age and nationality. At the rate of six residencies per year, from spring to autumn, the Usine Utopik simultaneously welcomes three artists. The artist will benefit from a creation grant worth € 2,250 gross and financial assistance for production costs associated with the residency, up to a maximum of € 1,500 upon presentation of supporting documents.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 this Instagram and our 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.
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.