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Visual Art Open (London, UK) – Call For Artists

Visual Art Open (London, UK) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Visual Art Open announces a call for artists for Visual Art Open (VAO) 2024. The Visual Art Open competition is a not-for-profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the United Kingdom and internationally. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. The VAO art competition is currently running in its eighth consecutive year and is open to both amateur and professional artists.

​Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 27 June 2024

£20 for 1st submission and £10 per additional artwork, totalling a maximum of £60. Young Artists under the age of 24 pay £15 for 1st submission and £10 per additional artwork, totalling a maximum of £55 for 5 artworks entered.

Categories for submissions are:

  • Painting, Mixed Media, and Printmaking
  • Photography/ Digital Art
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing Young Artist (16-24 years old)

Visual Art Open Artist Benefits

VAO24 total prize fund is £10,000.

Overall winner receives:

  • £2,000 Cash Prize
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Premium Annual Membership with the Visual Artists Association
  • Annual Mentorship Programme
  • Momentum Programme
  • Solo Show/Art Exhibition in London
  • Art Voucher or Art Supplies

All category winners receive:

  • £250 Cash Prize
  • Premium Annual Membership with the Visual Artists Association
  • Art Exhibition of Finalists in London
  • Additional Online Promotion
  • Certificate of Achievement

All finalists will be awarded:​

  • Additional Online Promotion
  • Certificate of Achievement​

All artwork submissions will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 60,000, plus an invitation to the annual show. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling, and showcasing their work to art critics and buyers alike.

​About Visual Art Open

Applying to the VAO gives you the chance to showcase yourself and make connections with art enthusiasts, critics, and purchasers alike. The VAO offers a fun, constructive, and professional environment in which to learn, to be inspired by other artists, and build your own skills and self-confidence. As each round of judging passes, your work will be promoted across social media and online as well as the opportunity to be featured in the regional and national press, opening your work to a greater audience. You will have the chance to win not only a cash prize but also a commercial mentoring package to further develop your work and career as an artist and a spot at next year’s exhibition.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com

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Architecture (Online Photography Competition) – Call For Artists

Architecture (Online Photography Competition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) announces a call for artists for Architecture, an online photography competition.

Submit your vision of architecture. Whole structures and architectural detail are welcome. Do you see the curvaceous form of an elephant’s trunk when feeding, the curl of a giant wave, or a closer view of a head full of curls. Curves are all around us. Capture them as a dominant element of your images and send them in. The call is open to any photographers worldwide of any age, amateurs or professional.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 14 July 2024

NYC4PA offers opportunities to participate in themed calls for photographers. Each call has a different theme and 50 images win. The prizes total $4000. There is a grand prize, 3 first prizes, 3 second prizes, 3 third prizes, 20 juror’s selections, and 20 honorable mentions. All 50 winners are posted in a gallery on the NYC4PA website and included in an exhibition gallery. The call is open to any photographers worldwide and of any age, amateurs or professional. A professional photographer, gallery owner, or photography teacher is the juror.

About New York Center for Photographic Art

The mission of the New York Center for Photographic Art is to provide exhibition opportunities in the vibrant New York City gallery world to photographers around the globe. NYC4PA offers international, themed, open call competitions juried by recognized experts in the field of photography. Prizes include cash awards, online gallery, catalog, and New York City gallery exhibits.

For more information, contact nyc4pa@gmail.com

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Jump Right In: Public Art Series (Zephyrhills, FL) – Call For Artists

Jump Right In: Public Art Series (Zephyrhills, FL) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing]  Zephyrhills Main Street announces a call for artists for the Public Art Series, Jump Right In. Using the theme of water, Zephyrhills is the City of Pure Water and the City’s new tag line is Jump Right In. The first art project will be murals created for locations within the City’s historic downtown district. Professional artists, designers, and fabricators of public art are encouraged to submit their work for future public art projects.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 8 July 2024

Jump Right In is open to all professional artists, with prior experience of creating and implementing the design of large outdoor murals that foster a unique sense of place.

The Review Committee will select up to three (3) artists to create an original mural design incorporating water and the City’s tag line, Jump Right In. The three (3) selected artists will be compensated $500 for their time in creating a site-specific design rendering. The top-ranked artist or artist team will be compensated up to $10,000 for original large scale mural. The City of Zephyrhills is home to many downtown festivals and events that will showcase the artwork. There will be a series of public art projects in the downtown area of Zephyrhills.

About Main Street Zephyrhills

Main Street Zephyrhills is dedicated to fostering a robust business district with a creative cultural experience and living environment. Zephyrhills is a place where each building tells a story, the downtown is a place where the community comes together. Young and old, lifelong residents, newcomers, and people from all walks of life mingle together at events throughout the year. Main Street Zephyrhills fosters a vibrant business climate, promotes unique special events, and designs the historic core as an inviting location for the community and its visitors.

For more information, contact director@mainstreetzephyrhills.org

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Be More Productive: Two Tools You Can Use

Be More Productive: Two Tools You Can Use

Productivity is activity that positively influences the trajectory of your life whether at home, work, or with personal projects like marketing art. Here are two tools you can use to be more productive, especially considering the many conversations that begin with, “Why don’t I ever get anything done?” or “How the hell did I even get here (without achieving what I set out to achieve)?” 

5 Second Rule

The first tool was developed by Mel Robbins: The ‘5 Second Rule.’ This rule helps you launch into whatever task you need to get done and prevent procrastination. The idea is to count backwards from 5 and move yourself physically towards achieving the task. For example, if you’re struggling to get out of bed, count down from 5 to 1 and physically get yourself out of bed. Or, if you remember something that needs to be done, count down from 5 to 1 and write that task down on your to-do list. The ‘5 Second Rule’ is about helping you make that first move towards being more productive. It creates that forward momentum for yourself.

The Tomato Timer

‘The Tomato Timer’ is another great tool to help you be your most productive self. Traditionally, this tool is about setting a 20 minute timer where zero distractions are allowed. Yep, this means no phone, no Facebook, no cat videos. This means no distractions until you’ve completed the task at hand or the timer has hit 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes, you get a 5 minute break to do whatever you want or need to do and then you go back to 20 minutes of focused work.

I suggest that you get a little more creative with your tomato timer. For example, I had a really long spreadsheet to update – something like 300 rows! So I made an internal agreement with myself. Do 20 lines at a time and take a short break to look at my phone, 20 lines, short break, 20 lines, SHORT break … you get the idea.

For those of you who have lunch breaks, the tomato timer is perfect for you. One day I dedicated 40 minutes of my lunch break to my own personal tasks. The agreement that I created with myself was that if I completed these 40 minutes, I get to take a 20 minute walk.

The tomato timer helps you manage your time because you know you need to complete something within the time allocated. The breaks give you space to fill your time with a sense of reward for your focus. There are even Tomato Timer Apps out there that you can use to assist you! This tool is really helpful during afternoon sluggishness where you end up mindlessly scrolling through Facebook (or mindlessly clicking through windows).

Carlee Myers HeadshotCarlee Myers is the Founder of the Stress Less Company. She is an expert at helping people use art and creativity in order to find their passion again. As a firm believer in creativity, Carlee helps people find their purpose in life through a combination of coaching, creative expression, and experiential activities.

 

 

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Urban Environmental Health Lab Fellowship (New York, NY) – Call For Artists

Urban Environmental Health Lab Fellowship (New York, NY) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Human Impacts Institute announces a call for artists for the Urban Environmental Health Lab (UEHL) Fellowship. Through collaboration with environmental health experts, artists, and youth leaders, fellows will engage in innovative projects aimed at tackling environmental health threats and promote pollution prevention tools.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 20 June 2024

Artist and youth fellows will be in-residence at local, New York City environmental justice organizations, learning about their work, communities, and needs for creative communications and engagement. Together, equal justice groups, youth fellows, and artists will develop a creative project (i.e. film, social media campaign, installation, performance) to deepen the cultural connection(s) between climate justice and community-based solutions.

These projects will be celebrated during Climate Week NYC 2024. The Urban Environmental Health Lab (UEHL) fellowship program is designed to empower underrepresented communities in New York City by addressing urban soil, water, and air challenges. Artists will receive a stipend of 1000 USD upon completion of the program.

Fellowship Focus:

  • Environmental health awareness
  • Pollution prevention
  • Climate justice
  • Community engagement
  • Creative storytelling

The Fellowship provides artists a chance to build community and expand their network of climate experts and organizations.

About Human Impacts Institute

The Human Impacts Institute (HII) is dedicated to building a global cultural movement that inspires bold climate action through creative and community-driven approaches. They build collaborations between artists, scientists, policymakers, activists, and educators, as well as develop over 25,000 hours of creative climate programming to audiences across the globe. Since it’s inception in 2011, the HII has grown their reach and built an international team that is passionate about the role of art in climate. Through educational workshops, salons, and exhibits, HHI amplifies the voices of communities directly impacted by climate change.

For more information, contact community@humanimpactsinstitute.org

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Fiber IV: Juried Art Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

Fiber IV: Juried Art Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] LibertyTown Arts Workshop announces a call for artists for Fiber IV, an exhibition celebrating everything fiber. LibertyTown wants to showcase the full breadth of fiber art including, but not limited to, weaving, dying, felting, sculpture, sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. Fiber can be cotton, wood, wool, paper, metal, or synthetic materials.

The artwork must consist primarily of fiber and be of original design. Kits and commercial patterns are prohibited. The method of displaying the work must be obvious or clearly indicated and easily achieved by LibertyTown staff. Any specialty hangers or forms must be included with the work. Artists should indicate all fiber media used in each piece.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 16 September 2024

A non-refundable application fee must be paid for each submitted piece before it will be juried. Payment may be submitted electronically via Submittable or by check delivered to LibertyTown.

Application Fees:

  • 1st piece (Non-member): $25
  • 1st piece (Member): $15
  • Each additional piece: $5

All artists age 16 and older, working in fiber based media, may apply to this show. Artwork previously exhibited in LibertyTown’s gallery is not eligible. Artwork must be original and completed within the last five years.

Artwork accepted into the show must be for sale. Applications must be submitted electronically; no physical pieces will be accepted at the gallery for jurying. Work that will be displayed on a wall must be ready to hang, with no wet media, no sawtooth hangers, and staple-free edges. LibertyTown will provide pedestals when needed. LibertyTown reserves the right to reject works accepted by the juror due to content, space constraints, or inability to properly install the work.

Calendar:

  • 9/18: Notifications sent
  • 9/30: Accepted work due at LibertyTown by 8PM
  • 10/4: Opening reception
  • 10/27: Show closes, unsold work may be picked up

Fiber IV: Artist Benefits

Awards:

  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $250
  • 3rd Place: $125

LibertyTown keeps a commission of 40% on all show sales. Artists are responsible for any costs related to transporting accepted work to the gallery and transporting unsold work away at the end of the show. Artists applying to this show grant LibertyTown Arts Workshop unlimited non-exclusive right to use images of accepted work to promote the exhibit and the gallery.

About LibertyTown Arts Workshop

LibertyTown Arts Workshop is a 13,000 square foot art facility located in downtown, Fredericksburg, Virginia. LibertyTown is home to over 80 artists, working artists’ studios, and a full spectrum of art classes offered to the public. Main gallery Shows rotate monthly. This ensures that LibertyTown is always presenting new items for local patrons to enjoy and experience. LibertyTown features show items for viewing and sale on their website and features show items on Facebook and Instagram pages. Located downtown, the location is walkable, and they have many visitors local and visiting. LibertyTown participates in First Friday art receptions, which is a well-attended event that happens monthly.

For more information, contact info@LibertyTownArts.com

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The Great Outdoors Art Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

The Great Outdoors Art Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] LibertyTown Arts Workshop announces a call for artists for The Great Outdoors, a national juried art exhibition. There are so many worlds outside of our screens and four house walls. This summer Libertytown wants to see your art celebrating your exploration of the world outside. It could be photos of grand mountains, or small tadpoles in a pond at your local park. The only requirement is that it’s about the natural life that surrounds us. All mediums welcome.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 17 June 2024

A non-refundable application fee must be paid for each submitted piece before it will be juried. Payment may be submitted electronically via submittable or by check delivered to LibertyTown.

Application Fees:

  • 1st piece (Non-member): $25
  • 1st piece (Member): $15
  • Each additional piece: $5

All artists age 16 and older, working in any media, may apply to this show. Work previously exhibited in LibertyTown’s gallery is not eligible. Work must be original and not from kits and made in the least five years.

Work accepted into The Great Outdoors exhibition must be for sale. Applications must be submitted electronically; no physical pieces will be accepted at the gallery for jurying. Work that will be displayed must be ready to show, with no unfired media, no wet paint or other unfinished surfaces. LibertyTown will provide pedestals and shelving as needed. LibertyTown reserves the right to reject works accepted by the juror due to content, space constraints, or inability to properly install the work.

Calendar:

  • 6/19: Notifications sent via Submittable Only
  • 7/1: Accepted work due at LibertyTown by 8PM
  • 7/5: Opening reception
  • 7/28: Show closes, unsold work may be picked up/will be shipped back

The Great Outdoors: Artist Benefits

Awards:

  • 1st Place: $400
  • 2nd Place: $200
  • 3rd Place: $100

LibertyTown keeps a commission of 40% on all show sales. Artists are responsible for any costs related to transporting accepted work to the gallery and transporting unsold work away at the end of the show. Artists applying to this show grant LibertyTown Arts Workshop unlimited non-exclusive right to use images of accepted work to promote the exhibit and the gallery.

About LibertyTown Arts Workshop

LibertyTown Arts Workshop is a 13,000 square foot art facility located in downtown, Fredericksburg, Virginia. LibertyTown is home to over 80 artists, working artists’ studios, and a full spectrum of art classes offered to the public. Main gallery Shows rotate monthly. This ensures that LibertyTown is always presenting new items for local patrons to enjoy and experience. LibertyTown features show items for viewing and sale on their website and features show items on Facebook and Instagram pages. Located downtown, the location is walkable, and they have many visitors local and visiting. LibertyTown participates in First Friday art receptions, which is a well-attended event that happens monthly.

For more information, contact info@LibertyTownArts.com

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The Book As Art: Exhibition (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

The Book As Art: Exhibition (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Decatur Arts Alliance announces a call for artists for The Book As Art V.12, a juried exhibition. International artists of all mediums may apply. The exhibition will be installed in the newly renovated Fourth Floor Gallery at the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library, home to the Georgia Center for the Book.

The Book as Art series seeks to showcase beautifully made volumes, sculptural and conceptual interpretations, one-of-a-kind approaches to the book format, and wall-hung interpretations.

 

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 17 June 2024

There is an application fee of $30, with which artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration. Each work requires its own unique application, but a coupon code is provided in the application instructions that permits 2 additional submissions without charge. For each application, artists are required to include 1-5 images of the submitted artwork and/or may include 1 video.

The Book As Art Theme

The Book As Art v.12: Rock, Paper, Scissors is the twelfth edition of an art show celebrating books: objects that, in an increasingly digital world, stubbornly survive.

Rock, Paper, Scissors draws its inspiration from the childhood game of chance. This zero-sum game, played with symbols made with the players’ hands, has origins dating back to Han Dynasty China, and later, Japan.

The game can have many variations: number of players, different names, or a reordering of the words: “rock,” “paper,” and “scissors.” Whether these objects are animals or elements, the concept remains the same. By using a simple mathematical formula, hand symbols, and a bit of luck, a decision is produced for the combatants.

The objects in this exhibition should interpret the concept of the book and invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where ideas, words, and symbols are transformed and are transfigured. Artists are challenged to look inward and outward, to interpret and embrace the childlike fun of this seemingly simple, classic game that blends history, nature, and mathematics with a bit of luck.

Or, simply give yourself over, and play a game of chance! 1, 2, 3…

Artist Benefits

Awards:

  • Best of Show: $1,000
  • Gold Award: $700
  • Silver Award: $500

Purchase awards totaling $2,500 are selected by the City of Decatur for inclusion in its public art collection. Local universities and institutions regularly purchase work from this exhibition.

Sales are encouraged. The Decatur Arts Alliance handles all sales and collects a 25% commission on all artwork sold as a result of this exhibition. All artwork for sale must be priced by the artist and so stated in the entry. Please be sure to include the 25% commission for the Decatur Arts Alliance in your price. The 8% Georgia sales tax will be added at the point of sale. Sales from the Fine Art Exhibition have increased each year and works from the exhibition have been added to private, corporate, and non-profit collections.

The Book as Art is an annual showcase that’s made possible through partnership between the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Dekalb County Public Library, and the Georgia Center for the Book. Located in Downtown Decatur, GA, the exhibition is accessible to the greater Atlanta community and a free art experience for local residents and tourists.

About Decatur Arts Alliance

Since its founding in 1989, the Decatur Arts Alliance has continually expanded its impact. Today, the 501(c)3 nonprofit brings a full-spectrum arts experience to the community every day through outdoor installations, live music, art events and festivals, community classes, and exhibitions – deliberately available at no/low cost to the public.

The Decatur Arts Alliance works to connect residents, businesses, tourists, and artists to increase arts access and engagement. The organization is committed to ensuring equitable opportunities for emerging and established artists of diverse experiences and backgrounds, and to producing work that is impactful for a broad range of community members.

For more information, contact bookart@decaturartsalliance.org

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Researching Calls For Artists

Researching Calls For Artists

Researching calls for artists is an important component of your strategy for marketing your artwork. 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 location. Use this search string: “call for artists” + location. You may include “+ medium” to narrow the search if you for your specialty.

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 local Arts Council and state Arts Commission. These will 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 time 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 the name and deadline date to a 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. You could also create a calendar alert by adding the event deadline to your calendar and setting reminders in advance (3 months/ 6 months) which give you enough time to plan and apply for the opportunity.

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.

Conclusion

When researching calls for artists, use 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 calendar alert) to do original research. Make it a goal to add at least three opportunities to your list every month.

Next Step

Are you ready to invest in yourself and showcase your artwork? Apply to become represented by Side Arts, a leading agency connecting artists with exhibition opportunities. With limited capacity and a rigorous jury review, Side Arts ensures that your work gets the attention it deserves. Click here to learn more about how Side Arts can elevate your art career and provide you with exciting opportunities to display your talent to a wider audience.

Take the leap and step into a world of endless possibilities for your artistic journey with Side Arts. Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to share your passion and creativity with the world. Apply now and open doors to a bright future as a recognized visual artist. Click here to apply.

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The Second Half (50 and Over) Art Exhibition – Call For Artists

The Second Half (50 and Over) Art Exhibition – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Las Laguna Art Gallery announces a call for artists for The Second Half (50 and Over), an in-gallery and online art exhibition. This is an open theme, open medium call for artists for any artist 50 years of age or older.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 30 May 2024

Las Laguna Art Gallery is looking to celebrate the talent, experience, and unique viewpoint of those in “the 2nd half” of life. As we grow older, the maturity and insight life has given us multiplies. The viewpoints and experiences that come with age are invaluable lessons to us all on how to live life – and live it well.

For the online exhibition, each artist that submits will have at least one artwork selected to be shown. Las Laguna Art Gallery promotes artists and their artwork on their website, Instagram, Facebook, and to a group of collectors and supporters.

About Las Laguna Art Gallery

Las Laguna Art Gallery is located in the well-known art community of Laguna Beach, California. They are on an oceanside cliff in a cute little village of art and shops. Each month, they host a different themed show featuring artists from around the world. They pride themselves in being an entry point for artists new to showing their artwork, as well as a place that experienced artists love to exhibit.

For more information, contact laslagunaartgallery@gmail.com

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