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About Side Arts

If making art is your side hustle, then Side Arts is for you! A global community of visual artists use Side Arts to promote their art and search verified calls for artists – exhibition and income opportunities.

Visual artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors, and more, use Side Arts to find opportunities such as:

  • Exhibitions – artwork shows featuring selected artists
  • Competitions – awards for themed art contests
  • Vendor events – art fairs and craft shows
  • Residencies – remote live-in spaces for creating art
  • Requests for proposals – paid art projects
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New York to London, L.A., Alberta, Berlin, Rome, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and beyond…
Non-profits, galleries, businesses, local governments, and promoters use Side Arts to find qualified artists and crafters in their area and worldwide.


Call for Artist Listings

New York to London, L.A., Alberta, Berlin, Rome, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and beyond. Attract artists and crafters in your area and worldwide.

Find fresh, qualified artists. Side Arts call for artists listing service delivers trusted exhibitions, vendor events, competitions, requests for proposals, residencies, and grants to artists and crafters who meet your criteria. Businesses, non-profits, galleries, local governments, and promoters use Side Arts extend the reach of their calls for artists to real, qualified artists – we do not use bots or lists.

About listings:

  • Professional copywriting review of each listing ensuring best results
  • Promoted on SideArts, Facebook, and Twitter
  • New listings emailed to artist members
  • Active until deadline or, if ongoing, until one year from the publish date
  • Long-term marketing and SEO benefits

Side Arts ensures that your listing not only meets our rigorous standards but, most importantly, the standards of the creative arts and digital marketing industries. Our goal is to provide clients the highest quality content management and promotion. We promise to never sacrifice quality at the cost of speed or price.


Program Offerings

Custom and personalized artist professional development programming.

Artist Consulting: Take your creative practice to the next level.
Building on over eight years of experience consulting for thousands of artists, one-on-one consulting is available by telephone, virtually, and in-person at Center City Philadelphia. One hour sessions scheduled at your convenience.

Workshops: Educate your community.
Side Arts consultants are available to teach workshops at your location including custom and personalized master professional development master classes. Programs focus on building transferable and actionable skill sets. Interactive and motivational, participants gain skills and tactics that they can use right away.

Organizational Consulting: Grow your non-profit or art organization.
For Community Managers and Arts Administrators, individual and group consulting is available. Incentivize your funders to donate more and provide a means for upward mobility in your community. A no-nonsense approach to increasing community engagement, setting realistic goals, and achieving actionable results.

Our Story


Side Arts’ artist wanted listings serves visual arts communities worldwide and is based out of Philadelphia, PA.

Starting in 2006, Side Arts Founder, Todd Hestand, started a neighborhood club of visual artists with regular meetings, BBQ’s, and Friday night karaoke. A common challenge was the need to find trusted opportunities to exhibit and sell creative works. Each person spent much time online, often duplicating the research of friends and colleagues.

Side Arts was developed as a way for the group to repost quality opportunities. Other non-local visual artists discovered the service and requested to join. As the number of members grew, businesses, non-profits, and promoters began to express interest in posting opportunities directly to the site to extend their reach.

Side Arts relaunched in 2011 to focus on delivering trusted content — including calls for artists, vendor events, grants, requests for proposals and more — from businesses and organizations around the world. Today, over 200 new artist members join monthly and listings represent opportunities from over 50 countries.

To learn more, contact Side Arts at


Todd Hestand
Todd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts, is an independent artist and business adviser. For over eight years he has served as the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy where he works with thousands of artists, crafters, and performers. His role includes individual consulting, teaching courses, and developing programs for entrepreneurially-minded artists. Previous experience includes eight years as an executive management consultant and five years in retail management.

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Mario Brondo
"Thank you, Side Arts! ♥ This is a great service to provide for artists!"
Off the Hook Arts
"Any artists looking for a chance to break through, check out Side Arts!"
"Thank you for the service you provide creatives!"