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Young Masters Art Prize 2019 (London, England) – Call For Artists

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 (London, England) – Call For Artists

Cynthia Corbett Gallery announces a call for artists for the Young Masters Art Prize 2019, seeking artists who show originality, skill, and imagination in response to the art of the past.

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Deadline: 31 May 2019

This renowned, innovative and high-profile Prize recognizes how contemporary artists embrace the art of the past. More recently, the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize was developed to celebrate excellence in contemporary ceramics. Young Masters tours continuously throughout the year. It offers a wider audience the opportunity to engage with the debates between contemporary art and art history.

The Young Masters Art Prize 2019 panel will include critic Godfrey Barker, art historian Jean Wainwright and founder of the Bridgeman Art Library and Managing Director of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS), Lady Harriet Bridgeman, CBE.

The judging panel for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize comprises collector Preston Fitzgerald; ceramics patron Maylis Grand; Director of New Art Centre – Roche Court, Stephen Feeke; the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells; and founder of Cultural Agenda, Davina Weir-Willats.

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 Artist Benefits

The exhibition of shortlisted artists will be held in London from 30 September to 5 October at La Galleria, Pall Mall. The winners will be announced at a prestigious presentation event on 1 October 2019.

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 Awards:

  • Winner’s Prize of £1,500
  • Two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)

Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Awards:

  • Winner’s Prize of £1,000, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand
  • Highly Commended Award of £500, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand

Emerging Woman Artist Award:

£1,000, generously sponsored by Dr Chris Blatchley, along with mentoring, career advice and inclusion in an upcoming Art Fair with Cynthia Corbett Gallery

People’s Choice Award:

£500, Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance

About Cynthia Corbett Gallery

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery, represents emerging and newly established contemporary artists. It is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs. The gallery has an annual exhibition programme in London and New York, as well as collaborations with galleries worldwide. The gallery works with a number of mid-career American, British, and European artists whose works have been published and acquired by international museums and institutions.

For more information, contact info@young-masters.co.uk.


2019 Visual Art Open Prize – Call For Artists

2019 Visual Art Open Prize – Call For Artists

Black Mango announces a call for artists for the 2019 Visual Art Open Prize. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector.

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Deadline: 28 Feb 2019

Cost – £15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 24 years old.

There are six categories: painting / mixed media / printmaking, illustration / drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, and young artist (under 24).

The overall winner of the 2019 Visual Art Open Prize will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works, commercial mentoring package, and stand space at Chester Art Fair 2020. £250.00 will be awarded for each winning category. The majority of applications will be published across social media platforms helping to promote artists further.

About Black Mango

Black Mango are experts in events management and experience concepts. Delivering a unique event for each guest is their raison d’être. From one goose-bump inducing surprise to the next, they create memorable experiences. Experiences designed to engage, strengthen ties, and build loyalty to you. Their goal is to make your organisation better, by developing dynamic solutions to your event challenges. Challenges as complex as concept development, communication, logistics, production, and travel organisation.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com.

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New Digital Artwork – Call For Artists

New Digital Artwork – Call For Artists

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and the Kent Medway National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Partnership are seeking to commission a new digital artwork to be accessioned as a permanent artifact within their collections. This ambitious new commission will respond to the NPO partners’ museums and their contents as well as address broader themes of collecting and exhibiting physical and digital artworks within a museum context.

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Deadline: 7 Feb 2019

The Kent Medway NPO Partnership is a consortium of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums and Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Gallery) funded by Arts Council England (ACE) as a National Portfolio Organisation to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity, and wellbeing to existing and new audiences in their communities.

New Digital Artwork Artist Benefits

This commission is for the value of £15,000 (inclusive of VAT). This amount is to cover artists’ fees; research, development, and expenses; all digital and physical production costs, services, and hardware and software; and transport and installation.

Payment will be made in 4 equal installments:

  1. on the award of the commission,
  2. developed design,
  3. production, and
  4. delivery of the work.

About Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery houses 60,000 objects. It shares the special story of the Borough through fantastic collections of local history, natural history, Tunbridge ware, costume and textiles, toys and games, photography, folk art, and fine art. The story of Kent’s spa town is featured throughout the collection, highlighting stories from the decadence of the manor house to the Spartan lifestyle of the humble hop-picker. With support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Kent County Council, and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the museum, library, art gallery, and adjacent Adult Education Centre are currently closed to be redeveloped into a new cultural and learning hub set to open in 2021.

For more information, contact luke.currall@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.


Visual Art Open Prize 2019 – Call For Artists

Visual Art Open Prize 2019 – Call For Artists

Announcing a call for artists for the Visual Art Open Prize 2019.  The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and promote artists who have yet to establish their profile in the contemporary art world. There are six categories: painting/mixed media/printmaking, illustration/drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, and young artists (under 24).

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Deadline: 12 Dec 2018

£15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 24 years old.

Artists who apply on or before December 12th 2018 will receive guaranteed social media coverage across the Visual Art Open’s channels, a feature in our newsletter, and feedback on entries from our expert panel of judges.

The overall winner of the Visual Art Open Prize 2019 will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 to support the production of new works, commercial mentoring package, an exclusive solo show, and an exhibition at Chester Art Fair 2020. £250.00 will be awarded for each winning category.

About the Visual Art Open

The Visual Art Open is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a platform for artists within the contemporary art world.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com.


Artrooms Fair London – Deadline Extended – Call For Artists

Artrooms Fair London – Deadline Extended – Call For Artists

Artrooms Fair announces a call for artists for Artrooms Fair London with an extended deadline. The Fair will run from the 11th to the 13th January 2019 at iconic Meliã White House Hotel, Albany St, London NW1 3UP near Regent’s Park in London. Artrooms is an international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition spaces to independent artists.

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Deadline: 31 Jul 2018

Room/Video Art Application: Artists will exhibit in hotel rooms to be transformed into their own creative and intimate studios. It is a great opportunity to share your vision, meet collectors, curators, and to be scouted by galleries. Application fee is £20.

The Single Work Application: Artists submit one application for one work and, if selected, will not be required to attend the fair. It is a great opportunity for all artists who express their interest in Artrooms Fair but experience difficulties in covering transport and accommodation expenses on top of the shipment and/or getting a travel VISA. Application fee is £50.

Selected artists for Artrooms Fair London, chosen by a prestigious selection committee, will be announced in September 2018.

About Artrooms Fair

Artrooms Fair’s mission is to exhibit artworks in an intimate surrounding. It shortens the distance between artists, curators, and visitors away from the daunting walls of the white cube ideology of the gallery space. After four editions, the fair has become the largest event for independent artists in the UK. It is one of the most talked about in the UK art’s calendar, receiving approximately 1,700 applications and showcasing more than 1,000 art works. Artrooms Fair has been receiving applications from 65 countries worldwide. Artrooms’ most innovative concept is to reconnect artists and galleries. It turns the fair into a hunting ground for scouting international trends. Since the last edition, the fair has engaged galleries launching a new affiliation programme. Artrooms has became not just an innovative fair for art buyers but also a place where enthusiastic visitors can approach art for the first time and enter the artist’s universe.

For more information, contact guest@art-rooms.org.


Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage – Call For Artists

Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage – Call For Artists

The Portico Library announces an artist/curator opportunity for a research residency and exhibition, Sharing the Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage. The Library particularly welcomes artists with an enthusiasm for interpreting historical material.

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Deadline: 13 May 2018

In March 2018 the library was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to catalogue its archive and promote its findings through an exhibition entitled ‘Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage.’ The Library is inviting artists and curators to collaborate on a research project to emphasize the collection’s 21st-century context and relevance. The exhibition, launching in December 2018 and supported by The Zochonis Charitable Trust, will feature significant discoveries and provide an informative visual presentation of the archiving process itself.

Applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful similar projects. They must provide examples of original, distinctive work. The Library aims to promote a wide variety of voices and perspectives.

Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage Artist Benefits

  • £500 initial contributor fee with further funding anticipated
  • Private access to the special research collection and archive with professional staff support
  • Staffing for exhibition launch evening and associated events
  • Invigilation for the duration of the exhibition
  • Curatorial support
  • Design and printing of exhibition booklet
  • Publicity and promotion through The Portico Library quarterly magazine, website, social media, and advertising

About The Portico Library

The Portico Library has been central to Manchester’s cultural and intellectual life since its establishment in 1806. It is now open free to the public six days a week. Its collection of 25,000 rare books, archives, and illustrations provides fascinating insights into the 18th and 19th centuries. A diverse programme of events and exhibitions promotes contemporary responses to this history from artists. As a registered charity, their role is to preserve the library and its collections. They ensure collections are shared with a diverse and growing audience of visitors, members, and researchers. The Portico Library’s archive records the history of the people, events, language, politics, and communities of the North West of England over the last 212 years. It shines an important light on the social history of Manchester and Victorian Britain as a whole. This material, virtually untouched by contemporary researchers, reveals The Portico’s connection to significant events.

For more information, contact gallery@theportico.org.uk.


Derwent Art Prize 2018 – Call For Artists

Derwent Art Prize 2018 – Call For Artists

Parker Harris announces a call for artists for the fourth installment of the Derwent Art Prize 2018. The Prize was conceived in 2012. It aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D and 3D artworks created with any pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite, and charcoal.

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Deadline: 8 May 2018

Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of selectors comprising of a gallery curator, leading artist, and art critic. From the submitted artworks, approximately eighty will be selected for display at the Mall Galleries, London from 18th – 23rd September 2018. Prizes will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.

Derwent Art Prize 2018 prizes total over £12,500

  • First Prize – £6,000
  • Second Prize – £3,000
  • Third Prize – £1,500
  • People’s Choice Award – £750
  • Young Artists Award – £750
  • Coloured Pencil Award for Excellence – £500

About Derwent

For generations, artists have chosen and trusted the Derwent brand for art materials the world over. Their time-honoured skills, modern manufacturing methods, and quality control enable them to create the world’s largest range of fine art pencils, pens, and artists accessories. Their story begins in the heart of the Lake District with the discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale Valley and the birth of pencil making in Keswick. By the 1800s, pencil making in Keswick was a thriving cottage industry. The Cumberland Pencil Company created its first pencil in 1832. The first Derwent colour pencil was introduced in 1938. The Pencil Museum still stands on the site of Derwent’s original factory in Keswick. Derwent has continued to be proud of its Cumbrian roots. In 2008, a purpose-built factory was opened in Lillyhall.

For more information, contact press@parkerharris.co.uk.


Deep Trash Romance – Call For Artists

Deep Trash Romance – Call For Artists

CUNTemporary is now accepting proposals for a new episode of Deep Trash Romance, the unique multi-disciplinary exhibition and performance club night in London. This call looks at the dimensions of romance and intimacy, desire and love, and their political potential and subversive power. CUNTemporary welcomes proposals that engage with discourses of queerness, feminism, blackness, diasporic, postcolonial approaches, and related artistic frameworks.

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Deadline: 1 Dec 2017

Deep Trash Romance is for artworks, performances, and videos to be shown on Saturday 10 February 2018 at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. CUNTemporary are keen to hear from writers, artists, and academics responding to the call either in written form (theory and cross-genre) or through performative lectures. Submissions will be presented during the symposium Love, Pain, & Intimacy in Live Art. This will be hosted by the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University on Thursday 8 February 2018, with a keynote talk by Dr. Dominic Johnson. The headline guest artist for the live art night will be Nicola Hunter.

Performances and lectures will be awarded with a flat fee which should include travel costs. The fee ranges from £70-£150 which will depend on the overall project budget and number of people involved. CUNTemporary does not cover the costs of exhibiting artworks or videos. In some cases, costs can be covered for installation purposes. If your participation requires a specific type of reimbursement, include that in your application.

About Deep Trash Romance

During a time when public and private spaces are narrowing their ability to accommodate the concerns and lives of non-normative and non-binary subjects, events such as Deep Trash are crucial in bringing together a community of people interested in the themes of sexuality, gender, creativity, and politics with an intersectional and transnational approach. Deep Trash:

  • Is the only regular exhibition-cum-performance-club-night promoting queer and feminist arts from all disciplines taking place in London.
  • Remains a fundraiser night for the activities of CUNTemporary and Archivio Queer Italia.
  • Launches a specific open call before each event for a fairer artistic participation and selection. The works and artists accepted will be consistent with the intersections of feminist-queer practice.
  • Adopts an inclusive political stance with zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort.
  • Aims at showcasing the work of both emerging and established practitioners in order to create an intersectional, intergenerational, and transcultural dialogue.
  • Is especially committed to promoting performance art in order to encourage and strengthen research within current artistic discourses.
  • Provides a safe space where works of a difficult and challenging nature can be presented, documented, discussed, enjoyed, and reviewed.
  • Understands sex as an inextricable part of what we do, who we are, and where we come from. CUNTemporary supports art and politics which are organized around sex. This includes the deprivatization of sex, decriminalization of sex work, visible non-normative sexualities and non-binary gender identities, end of sexual violence, and promotion of consensual sexual practices.
  • Insists that we need more safe and inclusive spaces where people can come together to create, share, experience, discuss, affect, flirt, stimulate, challenge and, most important, empower.

For more information, contact info@cuntemporary.org.


Art Fair 2017- Call For Artists

Art Fair 2017- Call For Artists

Art & contemporary craft fair seeks artists to take part in Art Fair 2017, a three day show in York, Yorkshire, UK, 27th – 29th.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Sept 2017

Art & is looking for artists with unique, excellent quality, original artwork to apply to take part in the Art & Art Fair 2017. Selected artists will be at the show each day exhibiting and selling their own work, taking commissions, and meeting the visitors and collectors. There will be live music, workshops, interactive areas, demonstrations, installations, artist talks, cafe, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere in this lovely out of town venue.

Join 120 artists showcasing their own work and selling direct to the public. £360 upwards for three days. High quality stands are included in the price. 0% commission.

Artists have the opportunity of being promoted through the Art & social media, mailing list, and website on the run up to the show. Art & employs a professional PR company to gain press and publicity before and after the show. Artists have the chance to be featured.

About Art &

Art & is run by a small team of creatives – Victoria Robinson, Emily Stubbs, and Brendan Hesmondhalgh. They work from Sculpture Lounge Studio’s in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire where they are surrounded by practicing artists, painters, sculptors, installation artists, and ceramicists.

Art & has grown out of The Art Market which began as a way of showcasing art and contemporary craft in their local, Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. The vision with The Art Market was to create the kind of show for which they wanted to take part. They wanted to attract artists from around the country and showcase quality, original artworks in Yorkshire.

The Art & RAW Talent Award, run with the support of Arts Council England, is a mentoring programme which nurtures emerging artists by offering support in business development through expert mentoring, group workshops, financial support, and a free space at the show.

For more information, contact info@artand.co.uk.


2017 Lumen Prize – Call For Artists

2017 Lumen Prize – Call For Artists

Now welcoming submissions, The 2017 Lumen Prize is an international award that celebrates artists working with digital technology.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Jun 2017

Now in its 6th year, The Lumen Prize has awarded over $40,000 in prize money. It has staged over 30 exhibitions worldwide in cities including New York, Shanghai, Amsterdam, and Athens.

The competition offers a prize fund of $10,500 plus inclusion in Lumen’s annual programme of exhibitions and events. These take place globally for shortlisted and winning artists.

The 2017 Jury Panel includes:

  • Doug Dodds (Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
  • Foteini Aravani (Digital Curator, Museum of London)
  • Michael Takeo Magruder (2015 Lumen Prize category winner)
  • Tessa Jackson (independent curator and consultant)
  • Weiwei Wang (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai), and
  • Bruce Wands (Chair Emeritus, School of Visual Arts, New York).

The Longlist will be determined by the International Selectors’ Committee co-chaired by Irini Papadimitriou (V&A and Watermans) and Janice Lane (National Museum Wales). This year’s ISC, made up of curators, gallerists, and academics, includes Carla Gannis (artist and digital professor at Pratt Institute, NY), Kelani Nichole (TRANSFER Gallery), Alessio de Vecchi (artist), and Scott Draves (artist).

Please note, there is an administration fee of $45. This covers two entries and all fees go directly to the prize fund.

Key info:

  • You must select a category to enter from: Moving Image, Still, Web-based, 3D/Sculpture, Interactive, VR/AR, Student
  • The Student Prize is only valid for still and moving image
  • Digitized versions of traditional artworks will not be accepted
  • The Longlist will be announced on July 11th in association with V&A Digital Futures

Shortlisted and category winning artists will be included in the 2017 Lumen Prize global tour which takes place worldwide. Category winners will also receive a cash prize.

2017 Lumen Prize awards are:

  • Gold Award ($3000)
  • Moving Image ($1000)
  • Still Image ($1000)
  • AR/VR ($1000)
  • 3D/Sculpture ($1000)
  • Interactive ($1000)
  • Web-based ($1000)
  • Founder’s Award ($750)
  • Meural Student Prize ($500)
  • People’s Choice Award ($250)

About the Lumen Prize

The Lumen Prize, the pre-eminent global award and tour for digital art, is a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting artists working with technology.

In 2016, the competition attracted entries from more than 50 counties. The 2016 Gold Award was presented to the Italian duo Fabio Giampietro and Alessio de Vecchi for their virtual reality masterpiece ‘Hyperplanes of Simultaneity.’

Previous shortlisted artists and recipients of The Lumen Prize have gone on to achieve success around the world including the British artist Andy Lomas, whose 2014 winning work Cellular Forms is now in the collection of the V&A; Alexandra Handal, winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Gold Award, whose web-based Dream Homes Property Consultants was recently acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; and Michael Takeo Magurder, recipient of the 2015 Immersive Environments Award for A New Jerusalem, who is currently artist-in-residence at The British Library.

For more information, contact info@lumenprize.com.


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