Call For Artists Application Questions [What To Include]
When looking to promote calls for artists, it should include all relevant information needed for an artist to decide whether to apply for your opportunity as well as for you to make an informed selection. The call for artists application is how artists send their information to you, whether it is for an exhibition, vendor event, competition, request for proposal, or grant.
Applications should use webforms with the ability to upload images. Applications by email, mail, or in-person are difficult to track and often have inconsistent entries. Many types of webforms are free. There are several reasonably priced online juried application management services available.
Side Arts recommends webform providers such as Jotform, Gravity Forms, and Google Forms due to their simplicity and affordability. Depending on your needs, you may also consider using juried application managers such as Wufoo or WESTAF’s CaFE or Zapplication.
Basic Application Questions
- Phone number
- Artwork medium(s)
- Artwork description
- Artwork size
- Artwork price
- Image uploads (minimum of three)
Specific Call For Artists Questions
In order to better qualify your applicants, we recommend adding additional quantitative and qualitative fields (not all of which are relevant to every opportunity). These may include:
- Keywords that describe your artwork (up to five)
- Demographics (if they relate to the opportunity)
- Describe how your artwork is relevant to the artist opportunity
- Instagram account
- Instagram number of followers
- Total number of people in the artists’ email list
- eCommerce websites (i.e. etsy, zazzle, and so on)
- Business name (if applicable and incorporated)
- Resume (include exhibitions, vendor events, RFPs, and awars within the last three years)
- Is the artist exclusively represented by a gallery/agent (No/Yes, if so who)
- Any special accommodation requests?
- How did you find out about the opportunity?
- For RFPs, include mock-ups, if applicable
Keep your application questions short and concise. Start with the name, address, and demographics questions, then move on to the questions which are specific to the opportunity. Remember to enable an automated email that informs the applicant that their applicaiton has been received and what happens next so applicants understand the process.
Looking for more writing tips? Check out our official guide, How To Write A Call For Artists.