Open Calls Ending Soon


Every Thursday we issue featured opportunities for creatives ending soon, find below a list of handpicked open calls with deadlines before 24 January.

Visit our Resources page for a more comprehensive list of work, callouts and funding available to artists.


Artists' Opportunities

Sheffield Doc Fest → 15 January
International film and arts festival and marketplace accepting new entries 

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters  Annual Exhibition → ends 15 January
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters invites artists from all over the world to submit portraits for our Annual Exhibition in 2021. Entry fees start at £20.

Fashioning Our History Programme → ends 15 January
Free creative workshops for 12 to 22-years-old interested in a career in Fashion and/or Art.

Tulsa Artist Fellowship → ends 15 January
Tulsa Artist Fellowship is a place-based, durational award focused on supporting independent arts practitioners with $40,000 stipend paid over two years, subsidised studio, housing, and other types of support.

Porto Design Biennale ’21 Open Call → ends 17 January
Porto Design Biennale ’21 invites designers and cultural agents to present projects that are able to enrich the reflection on the general theme Alter-Realities: Designing the Present in the areas of exhibitions/installations, interventions/events, collaborations/co-productions, workshops/training, discussion/colloquia, and publishing/editions.

Open Call for UK Curators → ends 17 January **
Museum Without Walls, an accessible digital exhibition platform developed to showcase works from the British Council Collection & by international artists, is looking for a UK based emerging curator. 

Social Works? Open 2021 Art Writing Bursaries → ends 18 January **
Proposals are invited from anyone involved in social practice art, including (but not limited to) artists, participants, producers, commissioners and researchers. 

Wellcome Photography Prize → ends 18 January
Prize exploring the human side of three urgent health challenges: mental health problems, infectious diseases and global heating.

Donmar's Future Forms → ends 18 January
Seeking writers with an interest in formal experimentation, who want to deepen their understanding of current technological advances.

Artquest Adaptations → ends 18 January
Award to help artists seeking innovative authentic ways to adapt their practice for an age of physical distancing, travel restrictions, impact on studio working, and new opportunities.

Artist Commissioning Opportunity, Photoworks x English Heritage → ends 18 January
Four successfully commissioned artists will be invited to select an English Heritage site to use as a creative springboard. Using that site, artists will then create a new body of photographic work exploring alternative narratives and new voices of England, drawing out ideas around identity and its relationship to ‘Englishness’.

Creative UK Recruiting for Young Board Members → ends 18 January
Looking for two young people between the ages of 18-25 with knowledge and expertise within the creative sector. This could be as a creative practitioner or as someone who has an active involvement in either cultural activity, a creative business or as a creative entrepreneur.

Cement Fields This Must Be the Place Micro-Commissions → ends 18 January **
Cement Fields invites submissions from artists/artist collectives based in North Kent, or with a connection to the area to develop self-guided & site-specific research responding to Ebbsfleet Garden City and its communities.

Engage micro grants programme → ends 18 January
Ten micro grants of £500 and ten micro grants of £1000 to enable creatives (Engage members) to try new ways of working, to adapt working practices or to develop existing plans.

99 UK Artists Contest → ends 20 January **
Competition to select 2 artists to represent the UK.  The contest is open to all emerging artists – amateur, semi-professional or professional, residing in the UK. The scope of the artwork is limited to paintings and drawings only. No entry fees* . The winners get a cash award of £250 each.

Connecting Perspectives → ends 22 January **
Connecting Perspectives is a collaborative, interdisciplinary series being produced and presented by the Social Distancing Festival and the Consulate General of Canada in New York. Drawing inspiration from the theme “Art Today,” 26 artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (13 artists in Canada and 13 artists in the United States) will be selected, paired up and tasked with creating new, collaborative works of art for presentation on the Social Distancing Festival website.

The Newcastle Common Residency 2 → ends 22 January
Appetite are seeking an artist to take residence in an empty shop, whilst engaging the public, as part of The Newcastle Common, a three year programme in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme, which will look at the changing use of the town centre. It will test empty shops as sites of production of culture, rather than consumption, and as useful community spaces.


Funding, grants, scholarships

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers → apply asap
To support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Work opportunities

ACAVA Essex Relationship Manager → ends 24 January
We are seeking a Relationship Manager in Essex to oversee the management of our Essex sites in an efficient and sympathetic manner that encourages the progression of artists’ practices, the delivery of high-quality programmes and community facilities that supports the future development of our studios in Essex.

Lead Programmer / Curator, Chaos Magic → ends 15 January
Seeking a Programmer / Curator to direct and manage the Chaos Magic organisation, working in close collaboration with resident artist members.

Southmere Creative Commission → ends 18 January
Seeking a specialist public art team or producer who can commission and manage artist(s), and the fabrication and installation of their works in Southmere, our first major development in Thamesmead.


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