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Rewrite Reality (Online Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Rewrite Reality (Online Exhibition) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Independent & Image Art Space (Chongqing, China) announces a call for artists for an online exhibition open call with the theme of “Rewrite Reality”. Our lives are being rewritten almost every day. All kinds of inventions and new technologies are rapidly produced on a daily basis and are continuously applied to human life. It is even more obvious now when the pandemic continues to spread. As many people have to stay at home, virtual experiences such as online shopping, online chatting, and video conferencing become a major life trend quickly, giving resolutions to people’s problems. The vaccination that we call for is becoming a reality in 2021, bringing hope to overcome the disease.

Can the rewriting of these lifestyles make human beings happier? How does our mind adapt to the life that is constantly being rewritten? Faced with the continually changing world, will the expectations for the future be rewritten accordingly? Under the expectation-satisfaction cycle, can human beings be truly satisfied, or just live as an insatiable desire machine?

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Deadline: 10 Mar 2021

There is no limit on the art medium, size, year of production, artist age, or nationality, but the submitted works should respond to the exhibition theme “Rewrite Reality”.

Exhibition Dates: March 20, 2021 – April 17, 2021

Selection Notification: March 15, 2021

Selected Rewrite Reality Artists Win:

  • Artworks show at an online virtual exhibition
  • Chinese-English bilingual online feature on the Independent & Image Art Space website
  • Chinese-English bilingual digital catalog to be published on ISSUU and widely promoted
  • Showcase the selected works on the internationally influential art platform: ARTLAND
  • Chinese-English bilingual artist promotion on popular Chinese social media: WeChat Public Account, Art Express App and ZAIYI App, on the platform: MEDIUM, and on international social media Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Priority to further events, including offline exhibitions in Independent & Image Art Space’s Chongqing space, art projects, art fairs in China and internationally, and other art events

About Independent & Image Art Space

Founded in 2008, Independent & Image Art Space is located in 501 Art Base, which is the most important art zone in Chongqing, next door to one of China’s top art university — Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

Independent & Image Art Space has been paying close attention to the development of Chinese and international contemporary art. With an open attitude towards the global art scene and unique art vision, Independent & Image Art Space endeavors to participate in the practices of Chinese contemporary art development, especially to improve a deeper understanding of contemporary art in our society.

During the years, Independent & Image Art Space has held numerous solo and group exhibitions for artists and international cultural exchange events, displaying the artworks of photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and new media art. During the exhibitions, they present related thematic lectures, seminars, and workshops.

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Contemporary Art Solo Show Series (South Korea) – Call For Artists

Contemporary Art Solo Show Series (South Korea) – Call For Artists

CICA Museum invites artists worldwide to participate in the Contemporary Art Solo Show Series Fall 2021 and the publication. Categories include painting, photography, sculpture / installations, performance, and video / new media art.

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Deadline: 13 Nov 2020


  • November 16 – 30, 2020: Approval – selected artists will be notified by email
  • Between May and December 2021: Contemporary Art Solo Show Series
  • August 1, 2022: Expected publication date of “CICA Art Now 2022”

Each selected artist will have a solo exhibition for a week in the gallery space (around 44m2). The artists will be featured in the the e-book, “CICA Art Now 2022,” which will be available via Amazon. The printed version will be available by order.

About CICA Museum

Started from the sculptor Czong Ho Kim’s studio in 1994, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) became a unique cultural space founded and cultivated by artists. Czong Ho Kim has designed and built the art complex with a distinctive style, consisting of five buildings in Gimpo, Korea. In the 1990s, Gimpo used to be a rural area famous for rice farming, which has now transformed into a satellite city of Seoul with a fast-growing population. Meanwhile, the area around CICA Museum has developed into an industrial complex.

While the city drastically transformed, Kim dedicated over 25 years of his life cultivating this art complex. Kim has considered living space as an extension of his art practice; therefore, many details from his architecture, including interweaving angles of windows, roofs, walls, and a restrained yet functional style of stair railings and facades, were designed and finished by him. Kim designed the CICA Garden, where you will find several on-site sculptures blended into the space. Unlike many modern architecture designed and built in a short period of time, this unique art complex bears 25 years of consistent endeavors of an individual artist and his team.

CICA Museum Exhibitions and Publications

Since 2014, CICA Museum has networked with over 4,000 international artists while organizing experimental publications and international exhibitions including the CICA international exhibition and publication on New Media Art, Art Yellow Book, and Artist Statement. To overcome uniform dissemination of contemporary art from the “center of art,” CICA aims to introduce local artists and cultures from different regions to global audiences and connect them with each other.

In 2017, CICA Museum formed the CICA New Media Art Conference (CICA NMAC) which has become an annual conference. For CICA NMAC, CICA Museum collaborated with Gimpo City in 2017, Anyang City Cultural and Art Foundation in 2018, and Seoul National University in 2019. CICA Museum organized “Art Teleported,” the Art Show and Conference for Nomad Artists, held in New York in 2019 and 2020. Through exhibitions, publications, conferences, and diverse experimental platforms, CICA hopes to create a global network among local artists, designers, audiences, and communities so that they can make, appreciate, and live in art in their regions and cultures.

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India Book Arts Tour 2020–21 (India) – Call For Artists

India Book Arts Tour 2020–21 (India) – Call For Artists

Book Arts Tours announces open registration for the India Book Arts Tour 2020-21. This intimate look into India is for those who wish to see behind the scenes of various working artists and craftspeople. Augmenting visits to art and craft centers, museums, studio visits, and workshops, participants will have a chance to observe traditional wood block carving and printing on cloth, experience in natural dyeing, a visit to a miniature painter’s studio and engage in traditional, and modern papermaking methods. Additionally, visit world renowned architectural treasures like the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort to immerse into the aesthetic landscape of India.

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2020

Dates: Dec 19, 2020–Jan 02, 2021

Full Tour Registration: approximately 3,500–4,000 USD for 15 nights. Final cost depends on number of participants.

​Registration fee includes transport between cities and venues, accommodations, entrance fees to museums and historical sites, workshop fees, and most meals.

India Book Arts Tour 2020–21 Artist Benefits

If you are an artist interested in the arts, textiles, culture, architecture, food, and history, this tour is for you. It is curated according to the needs of the group although the focus is arts and culture. Visit artist studios; take workshops like palm leaf binding, papermaking, and wood block carving taught by traditional craftspeople; watch demonstrations; visit architectural wonders; and experience the rich craft and cultural traditions India has to offer.

This tour offers you an in-depth look into India, one not normally seen.

The cost for registration does not include:

  • Arrival and departure fares
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for various services, such as meals and drinks

The tour is being led by Radha Pandey and Johan Solberg.

About Book Arts Tours

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has taught Western, Eastern, and Islamic-world Papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and teaches book arts classes in India, Europe, and the U.S.

Johan Solberg is a fine binder with a passion for both contemporary and historical binding structures. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Centre for the Book. Solberg is deeply passionate about Japanese papermaking, and studied the ancient craft in Japan as an intern. He has undertaken research trips to Uzbekistan and India to learn more about the history of papermaking there.

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Other calls for artists in India


Art Connects Women 2020 (Dubai, UAE) – Call For Artists

Art Connects Women 2020 (Dubai, UAE) – Call For Artists

ZeeArts is calling out women artists for its 4th edition Art Connects Women 2020, an international art exhibition. To be held from 5th to 8th March 2020, at One&Only Royal Mirage-Dubai. This is a multidisciplinary four day arts initiative including an art exhibition, conference, art book launch, and women film festival. ZeeArts yearly pursuit is a tribute for women artists and cultural exchange dialogue. They welcome over 100 female artists from 100 different countries covering Africa, Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Asia, and Oceania.

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Deadline: 31 Dec 2019

The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to acknowledge and honor the achievements of women all over the globe. Rouse yourself to action. Become an ambassador of your country in this prestigious international art exhibition in Dubai. One artist will be selected to represent her country.

Art Connects Women 2020 Artist Benefits

  • An opportunity for artists to exhibit in one of the most glamorous venue in Dubai
  • Four days artistic and cultural program
  • Meet top notch art collectors
  • Be featured in the Art Book 2nd Edition (Women Artists Around the World 2020)
  • A private opening of the exhibition, a conference, a book launch, Women Firm Festival, a catwalk, and a gala dinner.
  • Network and connect with women artists around the world

About ZeeArts

ZeeArts focus is mainly on female artists. Throughout history, the paucity of women-artist representations has been an impediment in the bid towards diversification within the art world. As they attempt to realign the skewed perspectives of gendered narrations in the institution of art, ZeeArts has put together a compendium of women artists on a global scale across 5 continents (Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Asia, Americas, and Oceania).

ZeeArts commemorative pursuits alongside International Women’s Day seeks to empower and provide opportunities for female artists to reflect upon the entrepreneurial adversities they face while revising their strategies throughout the promotion of gender parity.

It is the privilege of ZeeArts to shine the limelight on the talents of these exceptional individuals who have their courage, creativity, and determination embodied within their artworks to be laid bare as inspirations for a more inclusive future.

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Other calls for artists in the United Arab Emirates


Global Digital Art Prize 2019 – Call For Artists

Global Digital Art Prize 2019 – Call For Artists

The Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, (NTU) announces a call for artists for the NTU Global Digital Art Prize 2019 (NTU GDAP), organised by the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) and the School of Art, Design and Media. Taking the form of a biennial competition, it recognizes global artists and technologists with extraordinary creativity in digitally mediated art, design, and cultural heritage.

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Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

The theme of the inaugural NTU Global Digital Art Prize 2019 is Fourth Industrial Revolution. The key components driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution include big data, the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, real-time and deep data generation and analytics, 3D printing, machine learning, personalized healthcare and medicine, and cyber security. Their effectiveness in shaping the human condition in the 21st century will inevitably call for close integration of technological innovations with areas such as social sciences, ethics, policy, and digital arts and humanities.

The competition is free to enter and open to international artists and local (Singapore) students. NTU welcomes submissions of new works to two categories: International Professionals and Local Students. Artists working in any genre of digital art are eligible, with more than 50% of the media engaged involving digital technology.

Global Digital Art Prize 2019 Artist Benefits

The prestigious NTU GDAP comprises a total of SGD$50,000 (USD 35,000) in prize money.  The best submissions, selected by a panel of distinguished judges drawn from all over the world, will have their debut showcase in October 2019. International winners will be invited to attend the showcase opening and prize presentation ceremony.

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh announced his vision of transforming NTU into a Smart Campus that harnesses the power of digital technology and tech-enabled solutions to support better learning and living experiences, the discovery of new knowledge, and the sustainability of resources. “As a microcosm of Singapore, NTU’s large, beautiful, and green campus makes it the ideal place to research, testbed, and showcase new smart technologies from applications for sustainable buildings and efficient energy use to electric and autonomous vehicles,” he said.

NTU Singapore is ranked the top university in the world for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a ranking jointly compiled by Nikkei and Elsevier that measures research citations between 2012 and 2016. The University is also globally recognized for its strengths in engineering, computing, and innovation.

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2017 FAAM Support Program – Call For Artists

2017 FAAM Support Program – Call For Artists

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM) is now accepting applications from Asian artists and researchers/curators of Asian art. The 2017 FAAM Support Program is a non-funded residency program. It provides working space and professional support for art-making and research in Fukuoka.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Apr 2017

Residency Period and Duration

  • June to July 2017 (30-60 days)
  • September to November 2017 (30-90 days)
  • Mid-January to March 2018 (30-70 days)

One or two artists and/or researchers/curators per available 2017 FAAM Support Program residency slot.

  • Artist must be based in and holds a nationality of designated Asian countries or regions.
  • Researcher / curator must research modern and contemporary Asian art. Open to all nationalities.
  • Applicant must have sufficient proficiency in Japanese or English to communicate with the people and to carry out their proposed project.
  • Applicant must be in good health and should not require any special medical attention.

*FAAM does not cover any expenses for the residency in Fukuoka (e.g. travel, accommodation, food, or art/research materials)

Chosen 2017 FAAM Support Program artists and researchers/curators will be benefit by receiving the following:

  • Studio/research space: Open studio (223 sq.) and research office (33 sq.)
  • Guidance on art-making and research activities
  • Referral to a collaborator, assistant, interpreter, and attendant
  • Access to the FAAM collection, related materials, and publications
  • Guidance on research trip
  • Accommodation arrangement
  • Guidance on living in Fukuoka
  • Support for presenting the result of the residency
  • Display of the artworks created during the residency
  • Presentation of research results

About Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Due to its geographical and historical characteristics, Fukuoka City has served as a gateway to continental Asian culture since ancient times. Today it has assumed a new role, that of a key interactive city for Asia. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum opened in 1999 as a part of the city’s progressive strategy for interaction with different Asian cultures.

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is the only museum in the world that systematically collects and exhibits Asian modern and contemporary art. The works in the collection of the museum are not imitation of Western art or repetitions of traditional works. Instead, they seek to overcome the existing framework of art, being made by artists living in contemporary Asia. These artists attempt to acutely express their message in and about this changing world of Asia. FAAM’s exhibitions of Asian modern and contemporary art are rich in depth and quality and wide in scope. They present the originality and charm of Asian art in a way that cannot be experienced in any other museum in the world.

The museum has also been functioning as a place for people to become familiar with Asian arts and culture through the artistic creations and researches of the invitees of the Residence Program. It is an interactive museum – the place of meeting, understanding each other, and creating together.

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Spring 2017 Residency Beijing China – Call for Artists

Red Gate Residency announces a call for artists for the March and April Spring 2017 Residency Beijing China.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 17 Feb 2017

Due to a vacancy on short notice, Red Gate is happy to accept applications for a one- or two-month residencies in March-April 2017. Spring is a wonderful time to be in Beijing. The weather is mild, the rush of summer tourism has yet to hit, and there are many major art events in the region.

Happenings in Beijing:

  • Gallery Weekend (Beijing): March 17-19
  • “The New Normal: Art and China in 2017,” UCCA (Beijing): March 19-July 8
  • Art Central (Hong Kong): March 21-25
  • Art Basel (Hong Kong): March 23-25
  • “Enigma of Existence,” Red Gate Gallery (Beijing): April 1-16
  • Art Revolution Taipei (Taiwan): April 14-17
  • Art Beijing (Beijing): April 29-May

Red Gate Residency provides artists, curators, writers, and academics with the opportunity to live and work in China. Fully self-contained apartments and studios are available either in the heart of Beijing or within a Chinese artists’ community outside the fifth ring road.

Red Gate helps all participants connect with the contemporary art scene, meet local Chinese artists, and source art materials. They provide the necessary support and encouragement to help get the most out of the residency and make time productive and enjoyable. Residents are invited to all Red Gate Gallery events at the historic Ming Dynasty Watchtower.

The Spring 2017 Residency Beijing China is managed on a not-for-profit basis under the care of Red Gate Gallery. They do not receive outside funding. Most residents attend with the help of funding they have received from their countries. Participants pay a program fee which covers accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, Wi-Fi, a welcome dinner, the use of a mobile phone for the duration of the residency as well as a welcome packet containing maps, guide books, and a taxi guide. Residents cover the cost of food, public transportation, supplies, entertainment, and other incidentals.

Spring 2017 Residency Beijing China - Call for Artists

About Red Gate Residency

Red Gate Residency was founded in 1991 by Australian Brian Wallace. He first came to China in 1986 to study Chinese language at Renmin University in Beijing. He then went on to study art history from 1990–91 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1988 he began organizing exhibitions for young Chinese artists which eventually led to the establishment of Red Gate Gallery at the Dongbianmen Watchtower. Since then, Red Gate has exhibited up to eight solo shows per year complimented by guest-curated exhibitions from China and overseas. The residency began in 2001 when Brian purchased a space to begin hosting international artists.

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World Contemporary Photography Archive Exhibition I – Call For Artists

Independent & Image Art Space announces a call for artists for World Contemporary Photography Archive Exhibition I, a new non-profit art project.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Dec 2016

Starting from an internationally multi-cultural perspective, this project aims to catch the frontiers of contemporary photography art worldwide and present, exhibit, and archive the outstanding contemporary photography artists and their works in current times. The goal is to create a rich content, academically valuable archive with long-lasting efforts. World Contemporary Photography Archive will help the Chinese society get more and deeper understanding of contemporary photography art, enhance the communication of contemporary photography art between China and the world, and provide valuable research resources for contemporary photography academics study. Coinciding with the World Contemporary Photography Archive, Independent & Image Art Space will host a series of art educational activities, making more people feel the charm of contemporary photography art.

World Contemporary Photography Archive Exhibition I will organize through an open call to internationally artists with no limit of theme, nationality, or age. Independent & Image Art Space will select the works to exhibit from all submissions. All the selected works and artists’ profile will be published on the Independent & Image Art Space website.

Artist benefits

  • The selected works will be printed and framed by Independent & Image Art Space and exhibited at World Contemporary Photography Archive Exhibition I.
  • After the exhibition, Independent & Image Art Space will collect the works free of charge and exhibit the collected contemporary photographic works on a regular basis.
  • Independent & Image Art Space plans to publish related catalogs and art documentary books to systematize the documents and materials in the World Contemporary Photography Archive.

World Contemporary Photography Archive Exhibition I

About Independent & Image Art Space

Independent & Image Art Space is located in 501 Art Base, Jiulongpo District Chongqing (China), which is the most mature and important art zone in Chongqing, next door to the old campus of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, one of China’s top art universities. Since the foundation, Independent & Image Art Space has been paying close attention to the development of Chinese contemporary art, especially the contemporary photography art. It has presented numerous exhibitions of contemporary photography and related lectures, seminars, and salon activities. It actively promotes and takes part in the academic study, promotion, and education of contemporary photography art in China. Now Independent & Image Art Space has become one of the most important platform of contemporary photography art communication in China’s Southwest area.

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Nomad Spirit – Call for Artists

Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA), based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, has launched an international call for the engagement of a curator and an artist for the performance art project, Nomad Spirit.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Jun 2016

The project aims to raise public awareness on potential threats to vital environmental and cultural resources in rural areas of Mongolia caused by mining activities.

International artists must arrive in mid-August of 2016 and work for about a month. International travel expenses and accommodation in Mongolia will be covered by us.

MCASA is a non-governmental organization established with the aim to support and promote contemporary art in Mongolia.

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Nomad Spirit


Gallerie One Residency 2016 Srinagar Kashmir

Gallerie One is accepting applications from artists based in any country for an eight week artists in residence program which will take place in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Apr 2016

Through this residency, we wish to encourage research, dialogue, and collaboration while at the same time support artists’ careers by strengthening their practice. Each shortlisted applicant based outside Kashmir will work with their Kashmiri counterpart. Each group will explore traditional practices by local craftsmen and incorporate it in their collaborative work, formally or conceptually. By the end of the residency, each group will have created two installations which can later be placed in open public spaces. The artist will be dealing with the geographic, social, political, and cultural sensitivities in Kashmir.

Gallerie One Residency 2016 Srinagar Kashmir will sponsor:

  • Accommodation – We will provide a fully furnished 25 sq.meter Bedroom with an en-suite washroom to each resident.
  • Two-way travel from your current city to Srinagar and return.  (Maximum INR* 70,000 including Visa fees and air fare – Approx. 1080 USD or 700 GBP or 950 Euro)
  • Food – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Production costs – The cost of materials/services used for producing the artwork(s). (Maximum INR 50,000 per group – Approx. 780 USD or 500 GBP or 680 Euro)
  • Two studio spaces – On site 70. sq.meter each (750 sq.ft.) to be shared between all residents.
  • An exhibition / installation of work(s) produced during the residency.

*INR – Indian National Rupee

Gallerie One is the first ever centre for contemporary arts and research in Kashmir.

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Gallerie One Residency 2016 Srinagar Kashmir


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