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The Boomer Art Prize (London, England) – Call For Artists

The Boomer Art Prize (London, England) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Boomer Gallery announces an invitation to creators across all visual arts disciplines: The Boomer Art Prize. The gallery welcomes wholeheartedly passionate artists from both local and international backgrounds to submit their artwork. The gallery welcomes all artists, whether emerging or established, to share their unique voices and visions. The gallery’s quest is to discover diverse creativity from all corners of the world.

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Enter by: 25 September 2023

For a nominal fee of only £35, submit three of your artworks to The Boomer Art Prize. Each additional artwork beyond the initial three adds a cost of just £10.

Artists of any country, age, and background can apply. Submit works that have been previously exhibited or published. There are no thematic limitations. 2D works should not exceed 230×230 cm. 3D artwork (sculptures, installations) should not be bigger than 230 cm high and 150 cm wide on any side. Apply with a minimum of 3 works and a maximum of 5.

Important Dates

  • The 50 preselected artists will be listed on the Boomer Gallery website on October 10, 2023
  • The jury will meet and select the 20 winners of the competition on October 20, 2023
  • The final results will be available on the Boomer Gallery website on October 22, 2023

The gallery does not contact each artist applicant individually regarding the open call results. Check the gallery’s website on October 22, 2023, to see the results. The 50 preselected artists will be contacted individually.


  • Anthony Fawcett: Esteemed art critic and historian known for his extensive collaborations with globally-renowned artists. His illustrious career boasts of interactions with icons such as Man Ray, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Andy Warhol, and his guidance in the “Anthony Fawcett Archive” project with the Tate Gallery.
  • Tabish Khan: An art critic specializing in London’s art scene, Tabish is the visual arts editor for Londonist. He regularly contributes to Culture Whisper and writes for FAD’s “What’s Wrong With Art?” series. His dedication to supporting artists is displayed in his trustee roles at ArtCan and City & Guilds London Art School.
  • Constantin Cosmin: An internationally acclaimed visual artist and co-founder of Boomer Gallery. As an editor at Boomer Magazine and a featured artist on Artsy, Constantin offers a unique perspective to the panel, drawing from his extensive firsthand experience in the art world.

The Boomer Art Prize Artist Benefits

Successful applicants will receive £10,000 in cash awards and exhibition opportunities in an iconic gallery space near Tower Bridge, London.

  • 1st place – £5,000 and a solo show
  • 2nd place – £3,000 and inclusion in two group shows
  • 3rd place – £2,000 and inclusion in one group shows
  • 4th to 20th place winners – included in one of the group shows

Cash awards will be paid to the winners within 48 hours after validating the votes. All 20 winners will be contacted individually regarding exhibition dates, delivery, and other details. The solo show is planned for January 2024, but the exact dates will be mutually agreed upon between the gallery and the winner of the 1st place. The group show is scheduled for November 2023. All winners will be contacted individually at least three weeks in advance. Should any of the winners wish to attend the show in person but face visa restrictions, the gallery will provide a letter of recommendation. This letter will be stamped and signed by both the gallery and the three esteemed judges of this grand competition.

About Boomer Gallery

Boomer Gallery is a unique platform for artists around the world, standing out for its diverse showcase of talent and remarkable curation led by art critic and historian Anthony Fawcett. The gallery transcends cultural boundaries, bringing to light emerging artistic gems and providing them a global stage.

The gallery is committed to promoting artistic expression in all its forms and facilitating the growth and recognition of artists. They do more than just host exhibitions, they catalyze artists’ journeys and create a ripple effect of creativity and innovation in the global art community – a unique blend of support, exposure, and reward.

For more information, contact email@boomergallery.net.


Best Asian Artist (Virtual Competition) – Call For Artists

Best Asian Artist (Virtual Competition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Holy Art Gallery announces a call for artists for the 2023 Best Asian Artist virtual competition. Submit works in any medium. This is an open theme exhibition. Artists from all countries are welcome to submit their works for consideration. You are welcome to submit works in any medium.

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Enter by: 29 December 2023

There is a chargeable fee ($55) for up to 3 x artworks.

Cash prizes available.

All Best Asian Artist participants will be included in an art loop on a dedicated screen in the Holy Art Gallery’s London location. Opening nights are often attended by 400 people.

The Holy Art Gallery’s website has 1,500 daily users. Their newsletter has 20,000 subscribers and Instagram account has 50,000 followers.

For artwork purchases, buyers will be directed to the artists. 0% commission from any sold work. 100% of funds go to the artist.

I have to say your exposition is really impressive. At first when I saw your open calls I didn’t think it would be a virtual environment but I was surprised. Your virtual environment shows you pay attention to detail, it’s not just the room itself, it has assets and makes it feel like a real space you would contemplate art, lights above the paintings, benchs, little plant pots, windows and open spaces, even fire extinguishers were added to the mockup, all that makes it feels like a safe space. I also really liked the way you organized your artists, they seem to complement each other and a lot of rooms had cohesion in style even if the whole exposition had variety. A lot of different levels of technic and different mediums too which allows a lot of artists to expand and grow no matter the stage, overall a lot of diversity but still consistent. It made me feel included in the art world, and sometimes as a young artist you don’t know how to seek that without feeling overwhelmed. This was a nice choice. It was really nice participating in The Art Of Self Regulation, it gave me a very nice experience for my first exposition even if online, and a somewhat similar feeling to what it’s to participate in a collective one. The team was really patient with me and I’m glad. – Tear

I’m Qöruja artist based in Valladolid (Spain). It has been a wonderful experience to work with The Holy Art Gallery. The virtual exhibition Cosmosis is an awesome project. I highlight from this gallery the incredible work, the kindness, disposition and professionalism. A great reference and pride for art! I will be happy to continue working and collaborating with them. – Imelda Hidalgo Zan/Qöruja

Right now, there is a surge of independent creatives wanting to do it themselves. The D.I.Y wave is probably the right term to use. Yet we can only get so far when we do it ourselves, trust me, I know, this is when collectives like the Holy Art become essential. Not only have they built a collective from the ground up, starting with facilitating virtual exhibitions for hundreds and hundreds of aspiring and emerging artists but they have created a platform for others to be seen, heard, and appreciated, three things we creatives want. The effort placed into what they are doing is not shallow, there is a real depth in wanting to display the works of creatives that are not being given the light of day. Something we do not see in the creative industry. They are not hard to reach, truly an email away from beginning your creative endeavour and I highly recommend you doing so. – Jaffar Aly

The NOSTALGIA exhibition was the first virtual show I participated in. Before that the very idea of showcasing my tactile textile art pieces in a digital space was absolutely abhorrent to me. However, the superb Holy Art team completely changed my view on it. The exhibitions are curated with so much care and the translation of a physical gallery space into a virtual one is done with great love to detail. I am glad I submitted my work and am grateful for the opportunity I was given be able to introduce my art to a broad, completely new and international audience I would not have reached with a physical show. From start to finish it has been a pleasure and. wonderful experience and a big part of that was thanks to the brilliant Holy Art team. – Vivien Reinert

The Holy Art are a wonderful gallery to work with. Their shows are articulately curated to show the best of contemporary art. – Emma Coyle

Glad to be part of this mesmerising virtual exhibition with artists from many different countries. With “Genesis”, art and new technologies create a new dimension and allow everyone, everywhere, to travel beyond time and space – Isabella Morandi

My name is Joanna Jass and I have had the honor of having my work exhibited, twice this year, with The HolyArt Gallery, in their virtual exhibition space. From submission to exhibition, the process has been fluid, professional with fínese and ease. Being able to deal with The Holy Art directly, throughout the process, aided this, and is what makes their group, stand out from others for Art calls. Not only do they showcase brilliant and extraordinary art within a stunning space but they look after the artist too and I respect that hugely! Right down to a simple audio, which is played during the virtual tour, (probably taken from an exhibition opening). Each detail has been thought about and fine-tuned, handled with care. I can not fault it! – Joanna Jass

I loved being a part of The Holy Art exhibition: Atopos! They are great communicators and the exhibition was truly unique. During Covid, when we can’t show our work in person, the amazing virtual walkthrough exhibition experience was very futuristic and accessible. It was a great way to be able to show my work to an international audience with an interesting format, as well as a way to link to other artists and possible clients. Thank you! – Hannah Witner

My first digital exhibition and so happy it was with The Holy Art! The virtual exhibition room was done really professional, the artists participating had beautiful artwork. The submission went quick and clearly, perfect website! Really happy to be part of this and probably again in the future! – Enso Artwork

It was a wonderful experience working with The Holy Art Gallery for the Revolution: Art and Change exhibition. They had the dedication to curate the exhibition to everyone’s needs and to exhibit artist’s work to promote their work in the best way possible. – Daniella Chamborro

I will always think fondly of The Holy Art Gallery for it has been my first London venue I was given the opportunity to show at. The approachability and work ethics of the team are exceptional making the whole experience of gallery – artist relationship easy and positive. The pre-promotion of the show, its Private View organisation, general artist care, and the continuous marketing during the rest of the well curated exhibition were faultless. A truly wonderful collective helping artists to be seen in an otherwise noisy world. – Veronika Lavey

I had a very good experience participating in the open call for virtual exhibitions. As a self-taught artist, it can be difficult to get an early show because you don’t have a connection to the art world, but THE HOLY ART is equally welcoming. The quality of the virtual exhibitions is excellent, and the promotion on SNS shows a very positive atmosphere at the gallery. It is a valuable gallery that helps all artists grow, regardless of their stage of career. I am grateful to have found a very conscientious gallery! – oxq

Having recently set myself up on Instagram as a platform to promote my work, I stumbled across The Holy Art whilst searching for open call and gallery opportunities. What initially grabbed my attention was their minimalist website and IG page which allowed the art to stand out. Since I first approached them in May 2021 I have been lucky enough to be chosen to feature in several of their virtual and physical exhibitions; Symphonia, Utopia, Revolution, and Cosmosis. From the start, I was very impressed with their professional and friendly nature. They know how to engage with artists and are quick to respond to any communication. Their promotional materials are sent out in good time and they will promote exhibitions and individual artists as promised on social media. It has been a pleasure working with The Holy Art thus far and I hope to build on the relationship. Having the support of an established gallery such as The Holy Art has been a great confidence boost. Thank you – Christopher Barrett

Working with you was very interesting for me and contributed to my personal development. Everything was very well organized, from open calls to souvenirs in your art market. The PR campaigns of the exhibitions were exciting, everyone wanted to drop in and look at something special. Your uniqueness is respect for all the artists you work with. I hope we will work together again! – Toma Savelyeva

My name is Guto Ajayu! artist based in Madrid, Spain. My experience with THE HOLY ART was very positive! It is a professional and serious gallery! I am very happy with my experience with them and I hope to continue collaborating in the future! – Guto Ayaju

Having my artworks chosen for the Genesis Virtual exhibition is a true honour! The Holy Art team has done an incredible job curating this gorgeous exhibition. In Rooms 1 and 2 you will find a variety of artworks, covering many styles and media, coming together beautifully. My experience with The Holy Art has been fantastic. Throughout the submission, selection and exhibition process, the amazing team was there for all my questions. Their timely support was truly impeccable and as professional as it gets! Thank you The Holy Art team!! – Clara Lemos

Its such an honor to be chosen to exhibit my work in a virtual exhibition of this wonderful gallery! They did such a great job to simulate a gallery. The artworks that are exhibited are very interesting as well. I had such a wonderful time looking around. Keep doing your amazing job guys and thank you! – Valeria Ganzman

I think online exhibition is a very convenient and good way to display artist works. You can see different works from anywhere and at any time. You can watch each author’s unique interpretation over and over again I guess this is the best way in this situation. – Zhang Fan

It’s fantastic to work with The Holy Art!As an artist,I am glad to see their patience and profession. The Holy Art offers a convenient and creative opportunity for collectors and artists from all world, especially under the pandemic circumstance. I appreciate their diversified and Avant-garde style which I can see from their previous exhibitions. It’s grateful to have a chance to cooperating with them. – Meng Lu

In a sea of art galleries, The Holy Art Gallery stands out as a highly professional one with a broad knowledge and sensibility for quality art works. Their exhibitions are thoroughly thought out and and the viewer gets to experience the curating finesse the team posses in the choice and in the placing of the works. For me as a young artist it was a pleasure to be selected to display my sculptures with the gallery and I am looking forward to further collaborations. – Aleksandra Belic

About The Holy Art Gallery

The Holy Art Gallery has two permanent spaces, Athens and London. With an ever growing audience, the gallery has captured the attention of mainstream media and been featured in Harpers Bazzar Malaisia, Diner’s CLub Ecuador, Mega Channel Greece, and GQ Magazine UK.

For more information, contact virtual@theholyart.com.


Best American Artist (Virtual Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Best American Artist (Virtual Exhibition) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Holy Art Gallery announces a call for artists for the 2023 Best American Artist virtual exhibition. Submit works in any medium. This is an open theme exhibition.

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Enter by: 5 November 2023

Any American artist from any background can submit their work. There is no charge to submit your application. A fee ($55) is chargeable to the artist once they have been selected for the exhibition.

Virtual shows have a reach of 3.5 million people weekly. First place prize is $1000.

For artwork purchases, buyers will be directed to the artists. 0% commission from any sold work. 100% of funds go to the artist.

About The Holy Art Gallery

The Holy Art Gallery is a group of companies and young art organization. With two permanent galleries, a series of art fairs, and pop up events, the gallery offers a unique boost for artists attempting to differentiate their art.

For more information, contact virtual@theholyart.com.


Ten Songs For A Lar (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK) – Call For Artists

Ten Songs For A Lar (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK) – Call For Artists

The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership (KMM NPO) are seeking proposals from sound artists to create new audio artworks to be accessioned as permanent artefacts within the museum collections. ‘Ten Songs for a Lar’ is an ambitious new commission searching for multiple audio interpretations of a bronze ‘Lar’ – a household god figurine (dated circa. 200AD) held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester, UK.

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Deadline: 15 Jun 2020

This commission is part of the KMM NPO’s ambition to produce artworks that encourage audiences to think about ‘What is collecting? What makes a display? Which stories are being told at museums and how?’ Museum objects, often grouped in predefined, restricted spaces sit silently, sparsely captioned, awaiting the attention of further, deeper, exploration. Museums do not just collect, care, and exhibit objects; they categorise, contextualise, and interpret objects to fulfill their own, and their intended audiences, requirements. The many stories behind these often human made objects, and the emotive connections they intend to make, can therefore become difficult to obtain.

The KMM NPO is looking to appoint 10 musicians or artists (from across the globe) working with sound to create individual, thought provoking, emotive works to interpret a Lar figurine – an inherently ‘traditional’ museum object. Without the need for images, physical presence, and perhaps even words, we want to know: ‘what does this object say to you, and what stories do you wish to give voice to, and bring to life, through music and sound?’.

Ten Songs For A Lar: Benefits

Successful artists will receive £1,000 per selected track (inclusive of VAT).

Inspired by the Guildhall Lar, the commission will comprise of 10 separate audio responses. The 10 audio responses will:

  • Become permanent digital artefacts accessioned (added to) the collections of the NPO partners
  • Made into a physical, limited-edition vinyl record to be deposited in each of the museums partners collections
  • Be promoted individually and as a group of audio tracks (album)
  • Exhibited together as part of a touring exhibition/display
  • Through the process of this commission the KMM NPO also intends to achieve broader aims of:
  • Showing and interpreting collections in new and exciting ways
  • Reaching new, and broader audiences
  • Extend the cultural offering at each of the partner organisations
  • Promote a diverse and varied point of view in response to traditional museum items
  • Continue to challenge the boundaries of commissioning within museums by embracing non-physical, non-visual, creative outputs
  • Maximise the potential of those working from home, via digital platforms and the ability to work and share creativity within the current climate
  • Lead innovatively, and with flexibility – supporting and showcase artist otherwise unable to currently work and develop their practice

About The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership

The KMM NPO is a group of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums & Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and Tunbridge Wells Museum & Gallery) funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity, and well-being to existing and new audiences in their communities.

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


Visual Art Open 2020 (Chester, UK) – Call For Artists

Visual Art Open 2020 (Chester, UK) – Call For Artists

Black Mango Art announces a call for artists for Visual Art Open 2020. The art competition is a not for profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. No age restrictions. All welcome to apply. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector.

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Deadline: 7 Feb 2020

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

Phase 2 of applications close on the 29 Feb 2020 at midnight.

Competition Categories:

  • Painting /Mixed Media /Printmaking
  • Illustration /Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography/Digital Art
  • Young Artist (16-24 years old)
  • Children’s Award (15 years and under)

Visual Art Open 2020 Benefits

The overall winner of Visual Art Open 2020 will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works, plus stand space at Chester Art Fair 2021. £250.00 will be awarded for category winners. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling, and showcasing their work to art critics and art buyers alike at the Chester Arts Fair 2020.

About Black Mango Art

No information provided.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com.

Previous call for artists from Black Mango


Annual Exhibition (Belfast, UK) – Call For Artists

Annual Exhibition (Belfast, UK) – Call For Artists

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 138th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Irish arts calendar. The 138th Annual Exhibition will be on show at the Ulster Museum from 18th October 2019 to 5th January 2020.

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Deadline: 5 Jul 2019

Artists selected for this prestigious exhibition can expect to have their work viewed by audiences in excess of 90,000. The Royal Ulster Academy is supported generously by a range of sponsors offering prizes from £500 to £1,000 to artists. The exhibition is a great way for emerging artists to sell their work and gain recognition. Last year, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland bought approximately 20 works from the exhibition. The exhibition is complemented by a range of artist talks, lectures, workshops and interactive activities. A proportion of these activities are available to artist who apply under the open submission.

About Royal Ulter Academy of Arts

The Royal Ulster Academy of Arts bring together established and emerging artists. It has survived as a vibrant organisation for the past 138 years.

For more information, contact info@royalulsteracademy.org.


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.