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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.


Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective – Call For Artists

Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective – Call For Artists

Deco Publique announces a call for artists for Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective featuring fiercely independent designer makers, street food vendors, vintage traders, and performers.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 13 May 2017

British Style Collective, presented by Clothes Show, is set to draw over 50,000 people to the city. It is set across five of Liverpool’s most iconic locations and will to take-over the city from the 7 – 9 July 2017 for the fashion and beauty event of the year.

Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective will be the free fringe event to the British Style Collective ticketed weekend experience. Festival goers and shoppers will be directed to the Albert Dock through way finding, city maps, and marketing promotions as part of the larger Style Collective weekend.

The event is targeting a young audience who are interested in cool and contemporary shopping experiences.

There will be an outside makers market with contemporary makers selling their handmade goods – printed, painted, stitched, knitted, soldered or moulded. Deco Publique is interested in all mediums that present the best of modern craftmanship and style.

Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective designers:

  • Sell products alongside cool and contemporary designers.
  • Get involved in the British Style collective event that will gain national media attention.
  • Network with other creatives.

Deco Publique is an organisation creatively producing highly aesthetic and quality cultural festivals across the North West such as Vintage by the Sea and The National Festival of Making. They work alongside leading design figures such as Wayne Hemingway and Patrick Grant. They garner significant media involvement with the BBC and leading news sources. Events focus on promoting creativity and encouraging those who do not feel creative to get involved with the arts. Other projects are artistic commissions in regeneration areas, workshops, and activities that develop community spirit.

For more information, contact alex.decopublique@gmail.com.


Snowdogs: Tails in Wales – Call For Artists

Snowdogs: Tails in Wales – Call For Artists

Tŷ Hafan are bringing an exciting mass participation sculpture trail, Snowdogs: Tails in Wales, to the Cardiff area in Autumn 2017. They are inviting submissions for prospective designs for their pack of 1.5m Snowdogs.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 28 Apr 2017

Snowdogs: Tails in Wales aims to promote the social, cultural, and economic value of art by commissioning artists to create unique designs to be enjoyed by the whole community, with sponsorship from local businesses. This is a unique opportunity for artists to use their creative skills to raise money for Tŷ Hafan so they can continue to support children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Artwork will be showcased to an audience of artists, businesses, and the wider Cardiff community. Additionally, commissions are available for those that submit early applications.

About Tŷ Hafan

Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities. It offers the only children’s hospice service in south Wales. Although the hospice is based in Sully, the dedicated team offers comfort, care, and support to life-limited children, young people, and their families throughout Wales so they can make the most of the time they have left together. Tŷ Hafan allows parents and carers to relax and recharge their batteries during short breaks at the hospice. Demands of 24/7 care are met by our staff. They make sure the needs of brothers and sisters are never forgotten. They provide services such as family support, complementary therapy, music therapy, and outreach play in the hospice and family home. Tŷ Hafan provides support to the whole family almost anywhere, whether it is at the hospice, home, or hospital.

For more information, contact sarah@eventful-events.co.uk.


ASCUS Atopic Art Micro-Residency – Call For Artists

ASCUS Art & Science announces a call for artists for the Atopic Art Micro-Residency, a unique opportunity for eczema based art-science micro-residency and commission with Prof. Sara Brown, at the School of Medicine, University of Dundee.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 2 Dec 2016

In May 2015, Sara became the first UK dermatologist to be awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science. In partnership with Sara, we are now pleased to announce our new micro-residency opportunity for two artists to spend time exploring creative and collaborative practice within the context of current eczema research. We are offering two artists the opportunity for an eczema based art-science residency and commission between Jan – Apr 2017. We actively encourage a collaborative, discursive, and open approach not only with the researchers but also with each other. Participating artists are being asked to produce new work at the end of the residency which responds to this specific working context.

Disciplines accepted include multimedia, crafts, dance, design, film/TV, visual arts, digital, sound/music, performance, and storytelling.

Dates of Atopic Art Micro-Residency: Jan – Apr 2017 (part-time)


  • Brown Lab (skin genetic research laboratory, University of Dundee)
  • Eczema Clinics (within Ninewells Hospital, Dundee)
  • Eczema Outreach Scotland members events (Scotland wide)

Benefits include:

  • One place for an emerging/early career artist (1-5 yrs experience)
  • One place for an established artist (5 yrs + experience)
  • Emerging artist: £2,614 (1-2 days per week over 3 months)
  • Established artist: £3,844 (1-2 days per week over 3 months)
  • Materials budget: Up to £1,000 per artist
  • Travel: Travel budget available (this will be worked out based on individual circumstances)

Twenty days of this contracted time will be allocated to the selected artist to be resident at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School where the artists will have their own desk space for the duration of the residency. An additional ten days are for production time and time to resolve the final work in preparation for the first exhibition from the residency at LifeSpace, Dundee. These can be spent either on or off site depending on the artists practice and work space required.

ASCUS Art & Science is a non-profit organisation committed to bridging the gap between the arts and sciences. We work with researchers, artists, partners, and practitioners to create innovative trans-disciplinary projects to engage new and wider audiences and facilitate innovative public engagement with both fields. Based in Summerhall, we run events and workshops, curate exhibitions, commission work, runs artist residencies, and much more.

For more information, contact walsh@ascus.org.uk.

ASCUS Atopic Art Micro-Residency


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