Researching Calls For Artists
Researching calls for artists is an important component of your strategy for marketing art. It is challenging to figure out where to start. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming. To help build your confidence, break down your research into small actionable steps.
Bring The Opportunities To You
Set up Google Alerts for your area. Use this search string: “call for artists” + location. You may also want to include + medium.
For example: “call for artists” + Cleveland + painting
Sign up for niche call for artists platforms. Find them by searching for: “calls for artists” + medium or + style or + relevant topic. Most niche platforms will allow you to narrow your search results to your preferred locations once you sign up.
For example: “calls for artists” + sculpture + “public art” = Americans for the Arts Public Arts Listings
Sign up for newsletters from your area Arts Council and state Arts Commission. These will generally include calls for artists collected from local non-profits.
Dig Deeper For Hidden Gems
Sometimes, when you find a call for artists posted publicly, it has already been filled. It’s important to try to get in front of the process not only to make sure you have to to apply, but also in order to have enough time to create the work or have enough inventory available.
Whenever you find a recurring opportunity, add it to your own spreadsheet. Include the columns: Opportunity, location, deadline, contact information / URL, and a short description. Start checking for the yearly deadline and new information at least six months ahead.
Review call for artists content marketing platforms which offer a range of opportunities, such as Side Arts (our specialty is vetted and trusted call for artists with significant track records of success for artists), Zapplication (juried calls), and Art Fair Insiders (art fair specialists).
Check out their archives and forum sections for information and reviews of calls for artists which align with your goals and interests.
Side Arts only promotes new, active calls for artists – no duplicates.
- Use the Active category to see current listings.
- Use the Expired category to see listings which have passed their deadline. Find organizations which offer calls for artists in your area. They may be offering an opportunity, but not promoting it broadly.
- Use the other categories to refine your search by location, type of call, award amount, and so on.
Researching Calls For Artists Conclusion
Try using free resources to bring the opportunities to your inbox. Join local arts listservs. Create a spreadsheet. Dedicate time once every three months (set up a Google Reminder) to do original research. Make it a SMART goal to add at least three opportunities to your list every month.