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Last updated 3 March 2021, 10.45am. New entries will show **

Hopefully this list of resources will be able to provide some help amidst these difficult times. You can read ACAVA’s Coronavirus Policy here, and we have been updating our FAQs page to include practical information about how the current situation reflects on ACAVA’s studio provision.

 

ACAVA Artists Hardship Fund

Update: We are currently processing a lot of applications to the hardship fund and are temporarily unable to accept new ones, please read our ACAVA Artists Hardship Fund Guidance for more information.

 

Open Calls Ending Soon

Stay on this page to view an overview of resources for artists, including open calls, work opportunities and other useful links for creatives. If you want a summary of opportunities for artists ending soon, then visit this page.

 

Useful information for artists

How to write a funding application → 22 March 2pm (£15) **
This introduction to fundraising from Voluntary Arts will help you navigate the landscape, providing practical tips on how to present your ideas and your project to funders.
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/Event/how-to-write-a-funding-application

Crafts Council Brexit Advice **
Resources and advice for craft businesses, makers and galleries following the UK leaving the EU
https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/maker-support/getting-your-craft-busine...

Brexit Guidance for Artists and Arts Organisers
The a-n has been collating useful information to serve as guidance to creatives as the UK exits the European Union, access it here.
https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/brexit-information-and-guidance-for-artists-a...

Artquest
Agency that researches, compiles and offers advice to artists. Artquest have adapted their website to focus on support available during the current pandemic.
https://www.artquest.org.uk/

Artists’ Union England rates of pay guidelines, designed to help artists’ and their employers to determine fair remuneration for artists’ labour.
https://www.artistsunionengland.org.uk/rates-of-pay/

CuratorSpace Project Management for curators and artists
CuratorSpace is developing a new free service for artists who have experience delivering workshops. This service will allow them to set up, organise and promote online courses through CuratorSpace to our international database and social media following.
https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/call-for-art-workshops...

Working Safely Online
Guidance to support anyone working online: a general guide to meeting online, and how to make the space as welcoming and safe as possible; and online safeguarding if you are working with vulnerable participants or groups.
https://64millionartists.com/working-safely-online/

Disability Arts Online 
Offering one hour advice sessions to disabled artists to help fill ACE emergency funds and free access support to make the application.
If you would like to utilise either of these options please contact cathy@disabilityarts.online

The Audience Agency Digital SOS
Free one-hour phone call with an expert to discuss any digital or resilience related issue.
https://www.theaudienceagency.org/resources/covid-19-digital-sos

Arts Council England The Digital Culture Network 
Provides practical support to the arts and culture sector, helping you to explore and harness the benefits of technology to achieve your goals, find new ways to reach and engage audiences, and develop sustainable business models.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/developing-digital-culture/digital-cultur...

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List
Very thorough list of most mutual support and funding opportunities for UK artists available at the moment.
https://ukcovid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

UK Artist Grant Writing Support
Network created to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications.
http://autoitaliasoutheast.org/news/uk-artist-grant-writing-support/

IPSE
Useful professional advice for freelancers and the self-employed during the pandemic.
https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html

The Creative Industries Federation
Sector-specific advice, guidance and legal support provided by unions and sector support organisations. You are advised to contact these organisations directly for specialist advice.
https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/covid-19-sector-specif...

Coastal Currents: Black and ethnic local artists & creatives listing → ongoing
Enter your details into a comprehensive and accessible register of Black and Ethnic Artists living in the area (from Rye to Eastbourne).
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18lgUyxRplPqlXhuP1oTm9lWLT2RqKOyfWpB9IMc...

Artist Menteeship Masterclasses
Ceri Hand's masterclasses: Artist's statements, Online Marketing for Artists, Pricing & Selling Your Work, Copyright for Artists
Cost £25-30
https://www.artistmentor.co.uk/masterclasses/

Arts Emergency Free Mentorships
Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help them embark on higher education and careers.
https://arts-emergency.org/news/getamentor/

 

Funding, grants, scholarships

Necessity Funding and Research → ends 24 February
Grants of up to £20,000 to support and co-create work that will stand alone whilst also contributing to an overall creative programme that will be developed over the coming months. Interested in working with people/groups led by those with lived experience of being marginalised by the current economic and cultural systems. We are looking for responses that are emerging out of tragic despair, creative imagination and the bloody mindedness of resistance. Themes: Food systems and structures; Radical reconciliation
Decolonisation and post-growth economies; Domestic resilience and creative communities; Environmental and human rights
https://necessity.info/funding-and-research

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants → rolling until 1 April **
open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants

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.
https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/hardship-fun...

Black Artists Grant → ongoing
The Black Artists Grant is £500 given out monthly to three black artists in the UK. The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artist in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME.
https://creativedebuts.co.uk/bag/

M&C Saatchi Saturday School  various dates, check calendar
Teaching communities the basics of business.
https://calendly.com/saturdayschool

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 Opportunities  various deadlines
Job opportunities for outstanding artists, curators, producers and creatives from low socio-economic backgrounds
https://jerwoodarts.org/apply-weston-jerwood-creative-bursaries/

Help Musicians' Financial Hardship fund → ongoing
https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/applications-now-open-...

National Lottery Project Grants
For individuals, organisations, museums and libraries.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants

The Dancers’ Hardship Fund → ongoing
For professional dancers.
https://www.dancefund.org.uk/grants/crisis/

Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund → Various deadlines
For small businesses with fixed property costs.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-coronavirus-local-authority-di...

Artists’ Union England Solidarity Fund will give a limited number of small grants of £100 to members in hardship.
https://www.artistsunionengland.org.uk/aue-solidarity-fund-for-members/

South East Creatives Grants
Top-up Grants for sole traders or company trading in the creative, cultural or digital sector.
https://www.southeastcreatives.co.uk/grants

a-n financial support
To help support artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19, a-n has announced three programmes of financial support for both artists and arts organisers
https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-guidance...

Government support for self-employed workers → updated
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-...

Self-employment and Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.
https://www.gov.uk/self-employment-and-universal-credit

Smallwood Trust
Provide grants and support for women on low incomes due to reduction in working hours, fluctuating income etc.
https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/smallwood-trusts-response-coronavirus-...

 

Artists' Opportunities

Unlimited: Board **
Seeking people with finance and/or legal skills.
https://weareunlimited.org.uk/new-roles-want-to-work-for-advise-support-...

People's Pavilion
The People’s Pavilion by Beyond The Box Consultants are offering young East Londoners a chance to work with professionals from design, construction and creative arts industries to design and build their own Pavilion
https://future.london/project/the-peoples-pavilion/

GOOD WICKEDRY Film submissions → rolling deadline **
Online cinema platform driven by carefully considered curation accepting new or old films, from any genre, and any format, with an especial focus on shorts - narrative films, docs, art vids, music vids, experimental, animation, etc. GOOD WICKEDRY works to platform BIPOC and female filmmakers.
https://www.tapecollective.co.uk/about

Whispering for Help Callout → enrol now for workshops starting late May
Whispering for Help, funded by Arts Council England, is a project led by the artist Marie Smith that seeks to document women of colour's lived experiences with their mental health and wellbeing. The artist currently has a call out to join free photography workshops and to take part in her project.
https://www.whisperingforhelp.com/

LACMA Art + Technology Lab → ends 25 February
LACMA Art + Technology Lab supports projects that explore artistic applications of emerging technologies and ideas related to technology and culture. Grants are open to individuals and collectives located anywhere in the world.
https://unframed.lacma.org/2020/12/10/2021-art-technology-lab-call-artis...

Onassis Air 2021/22 → ends 26 February
Calling all international practitioners to participate in a collective research program for an interdisciplinary group of participants to think, practice and study together the issues of governance and economies.
https://www.onassis.org/open-calls/open-call-onassis-air-202122-the-scho...

Unit 1 Gallery's Solo Residency programme → ends 27 February
Applications now open to international and UK artists of all ages, backgrounds and disciplines, who are not currently enrolled in a university course for Unit 1 Gallery's Solo Residency programme. The application fee is £35.
http://unit1gallery-workshop.com/application/

Grand Prix Images Vevey (international photography award) → ends 28 February **
The international photography award Grand Prix Images Vevey, worth 40 000 CHF ( ~ 37 000 EUR) is one of the largest and longest-standing prizes in Europe and attracts participants from all over the world for each competition. Winning projects are then exhibited at Festival Images Vevey the following year.
https://contests.picter.com/grand-prix-images-vevey-2021

Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship → ends 28 February **
Photoworks and The Ampersand Foundation are looking to support a mid-career artist working in the development phase of a project that will benefit from financial resources and curatorial guidance.
https://photoworks.org.uk/opportunities/open-call-ampersand-photoworks-f...

'On Belonging' artist commission → ends 28 February **
On Belonging is a new commission for artists who live and work in the North of England, of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Indigenous and ethnically diverse heritages.
https://www.lancasterarts.org/get-involved/artist-opportunities/on-belon...

Digital Artist Residencies 2021 → ends 28 February **
DAR is looking for new and challenging proposals for online residencies for the period of April to September 2021. We want to see engaging and intriguing online works that communicate a critical understanding of the internet to explore the digital platform. The month-long residencies are open to artists working in any discipline and/or medium responding to digital themes from anywhere in the world. 
https://digitalartistresidency.org/news/

Underneath the Floorboards callout for films → ends 28 February **
Film festival open to artists and filmmakers from all around the world whose work has an experimental, non-linear narrative form. We want to see variety, whether it be experimental film, video art, visual art, digital art, experimental documentary or animation.
https://filmfreeway.com/MyFilmFestival-534726

Freelands Painting Prize 2021 → ends 28 February **
UK higher education institutions offering BA Fine Art or Painting courses to nominate one of their final year students
https://freelandsfoundation.co.uk/awards-and-prizes/freelands-painting-p...

Delphian Gallery Open Call → ends 28 February
International competition for all printable forms of artwork. Post your work on social media to participate (follow link for details)
https://delphiangallery.com/open-call/

Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions  → ends 28 February
Grants of £300 – £700 to produce a new piece of work in any artform. The commission must take place in Adur or Worthing, and must be completed by the end of January 2022.
https://colonnadehouse.co.uk/about/creative-commissions/

Intelligent Museum Residency  → ends 28 February
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Deutsches Museum invite international artists to submit innovative project proposals at the intersection of art and artificial intelligence (AI) and apply for a two-part artist residency at both institutions as part of the project »The Intelligent Museum«. The open call addresses artists who, regardless of disciplines and genres, apply machine learning, especially Deep Learning, in an innovative way in their artistic practice.
https://zkm.de/en/open-call-intelligent-museum-residency

Re:Create 2021 business support programme → ends 28 February
Re:Create 2021 business support programme will help 50 artists, makers, and creative businesses in Wandsworth to be bold in their business plans by providing tailored, one-to-one support and networking events.
https://www.creativeunited.org.uk/services/wandsworth-recreate-2021/

Singapore Art Museum Residencies 2021 → ends 28 February
SAM Residencies is now accepting applications from both Singapore-based and international practitioners for the 2021 cycle for three residencies – the Artist Residency; Community & Education Residency; and Curatorial & Research Residency. The 2021 cycle focuses on processes and practices which engage with notions of “intimacy” and/or “infrastructures” and the impact on technology on contemporary life – sociability of the internet; connectivity and capacity of networked platforms; agency and empowerment in civic technology; and digital participatory platforms.
https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/residencies/open-call

PhotoIreland Festival 2021 → ends 1 March **
PhotoIreland Festival invites national and international artists and practitioners, including writers, researchers, curators, emerging and established, to propose works to be part of PhotoIreland Festival 2021, joining invited practitioners. The 12th edition will take place in Dublin in July 2021, with exhibitions and events running throughout the month.
http://festival.photoireland.org/2020/news/call-photoireland-festival-2021/

Full Spectrum Curatorship Programme → ends 1 March **
IMPAKT invites emerging and aspiring curators with a specific interest in media art and its relationship to technology and society to apply. Full Spectrum Curatorship is a programme from IMPAKT that aims to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and the practical and substantive aspects of curation in the field of media art and contemporary arts dealing with digital technologies and online environments.
https://impakt.nl/news/2021/open-call-full-spectrum-curatorship-programme/

Edinburgh Art Festival 'Platform: 2021' Open Call → ends 1 March **
Open to artists at the beginning of their careers to participate in annual exhibition.
https://www.edinburghartfestival.com/get-involved/participate

New Contemporaries Submissions → ends 1 March
Accepting submissions from emerging and early career artists who are final year students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from UK art schools and alternative learning programmes.
https://www.newcontemporaries.org.uk/submissions

Fierce: Assistant Curator (Performing Arts) → ends 1 March
Paid traineeship in Performing Arts for an aspiring programmer/curator at the very start of their career, and for someone for whom economic disadvantage has been a barrier to developing a career in the arts (Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Programme).
https://wearefierce.org/fierce-would-like-to-meet-an-assistant-curator-p...

Chisenhale Curatorial Fellowship 2021-22 → ends 1 March
Chisenhale Gallery is offering a unique, paid Curatorial Fellowship of up to 18 months to commence in Spring 2021 (likely April/ May). The Chisenhale Curatorial Fellowship 2021-22 is supported by the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship.
https://chisenhale.org.uk/about-us/opportunities/#de947244921f37e748cef5...

Sheffield Doc Fest call for entries → late entry deadline 1 March
Welcoming entries from independent artists and collectives, new talent, emerging or established, and from distributors, media institutions and educational institutions from all around the world, working in a variety of art forms in digital, installations and performance. 
https://sheffdocfest.com/view/arts_entries

COAL Prize → ends 1 March
The COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Prize, launched in 2020 by COAL and the Culture & Diversity Foundation is open to the students of French arts and culture schools. This year's theme is 'Forest'.
http://www.projetcoal.org/coal/en/2020/11/30/appel-a-projets-prix-coal-2...

Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship 2021 → ends 1 March **
UK-based Black and POC emerging curators are invited to apply for a paid 18 month placement at Chisenhale Gallery.
https://www.frieze.com/article/applications-now-open-frieze-x-deutsche-b...

Kresen Kernow Public Art Commission → ends 1 March **
Funded by Arts Council England, the artwork will be inspired by the theme My Cornwall: My Home and will commemorate the temporary return to Cornwall in 2021 of several historic Cornish manuscripts, including the Ordinalia.
https://kresenkernow.org/about-us/opportunities/

Jackson’s Painting Prize → ends 2 March **
Champions exceptional artworks made by international creators at all points in their careers, with tailored prizes aimed to give successful applicants the exposure and resources that are most relevant to them.
https://www.jacksonsart.com/paintingprize/

BFI Doc Society Features Fund → ends 4 March **
The BFI Doc Society Fund aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the UK, backing feature projects with bold cultural and social ambitions.
https://docsociety.org/bfi-doc/

Exeter Phoenix Artists Moving Image Commission 2021 → ends 5 March **
Commission of £1500 for contemporary visual artists based in the South West region.
https://exeterphoenix.org.uk/artists-moving-image-commission-2021/

Apply to be a SYNC Creative Leader → ends 5 March
If you’re aged 19-25, apply now to become a SYNC Creative Leader and get training in workshop facilitation, working with the younger generations of Tower Hamlets. This is a paid opportunity (London Living Wage up to 10 hours) with Art Clubbers and Spotlight.
https://future.london/project/s-y-n-c-skills-youth-network-create/

Contemporary Printmaking Prize 2021 → ends 7 March **
Fen Ditton Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of its first open submission exhibition for contemporary printmakers, highlighting the exciting work of UK artists working in the field of print. The free-to-enter competition will culminate in an exhibition at the gallery of shortlisted works, with a first prize of £500, the opportunity to be featured across the Fen Ditton Gallery networks and record a podcast interview.
https://www.fendittongallery.com/printmaking-prize

LGBTQ+ Composers Open Call → ends 14 March
British Music Collection seeking to support UK-based LGBTQ+ composers, music-creators and collectives to create new sonic works as part of a series celebrating LGBTQ+ histories, sounds and stories (2 x £500 grants).
https://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/article/paid-opportunity-lgbtq-com...

(Algo | Afro) Futures Call Out → ends 14 March (deadline extended) **
Mentoring programme for early career Black artists developing work within performing arts practices who want to explore the creative potential of live coding. No prior experience in coding is required. Apply by 28 February, more information here.
https://algo-afro-futures.lurk.org/

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program → ends 15 March **
Program established in 1967 to provide gifted studio based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. 
Accepts international applications.
https://rair.org/about-rair

Ardagh Young Creatives → ends 15 March **
The Design Museum are welcoming up to 30 young people aged 14-16 based in London from under-represented groups to explore all aspects of design, from product to campaigns and movements.
https://designmuseum.org/ardagh-young-creatives

The Montresso* Art Foundation Jardin Rouge (Marrakech residency) → ends 15 March **
The residency is open to visual artists: painters, sculptors, photographers, of Moroccan or foreign nationality. The resident is invited to continue their personal research in resonance with the context.
http://montresso.com/en/contact-us/applications/

Grey Moth Originals → ends 15 March **
Originals donates funding, facilities, equipment, mentoring, and training workshops to promising grassroots talent – from camera operators and editors to producers and directors.
https://grey-moth.com/originals/

Love Light Norwich Artist Call Out → ends 15 March **
Norwich BID are looking for impressive and unique light art work to be exhibited at Love Light Norwich in 2022.
https://norwichbid.co.uk/news/love-light-norwich-artist-call-out/

PANIC! £5,000 and £1,000 Bursary Call-out → ends 18 March **
PANIC! invites artists to submit applications for six bursaries of £5,000 and ten bursaries of £1,000 to support the making of new work responding to our present situation. There will be three rounds of submissions throughout the year. The bursaries are available to artists based in the Leeds City Region, it does not need to be digital work – but we will support you and the process to present these on an online digital platform.
https://www.thetetley.org/panic-artists-network-in-the-crisis

Lift: Concept Touring → ends 19 March **
LIFT is launching a commissioning programme for artists to develop concepts for international touring projects with little or no human travel.
https://www.liftfestival.com/events/concept-touring/

17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Call for Entries → ends 26 March **
The festival is looking for moving image works that disregard boundaries set by genre, form, convention and expectation. Feature, medium and short-length films are all welcome.
https://bfmaf.org/call-for-entries/

Autograph's Annual Open Call → ends 29 March **
Autograph are inviting proposals from creative practitioners and collectives for online events to take place using the organisation's digital platforms and support. 
https://autograph.org.uk/blog/open-call-2021/

Image Behaviour Production Grants → ends 30 March **
The ICA and Dr. Martens have come together to award seven grants to UK-based emerging artists to make new work for inclusion in Image Behaviour 2021, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image.
https://www.ica.art/films/open-call-image-behaviour

Residency in a Shed → ends 31 March **
Self-directed, flexible artist residency in a shed at The Allotment Club (a project space /allotment just outside of Penryn, Cornwall). It is open to any artist at any stage in their career and artists are invited to respond to the space and community of the working allotments.
https://georgiagendall.co.uk/Residency-in-a-Shed

Artistic Programme of 2023 ELEVSIS, European Capital of Culture (ECoC) → ends 31 March **
Accepting expressions of interest from international artists, groups and organisations from Greece and abroad, for the submission of Proposals for new projects/actions that will take place during 2022 and 2023.
https://www.2023elevsis.eu/international-open-call-for-expression-of-int...

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2021-22 → ends 31 March
Financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery to an exceptional emerging sculptor.
https://standpointlondon.co.uk/mtsa/mtsa-applications.php

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs → ends March 31
DBACE will offer a £60,000 prize fund and £100,000 worth of business support to five young individuals who want to drive positive social impact through their creative enterprise. 
https://dbace.org/

Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery → signup from April
The programme brings together up to 50 diverse freelancers from across the performing arts, including performers, directors, writers, and designers, with up to 50 leaders of cultural organisations, funders, councils and other key decision-makers. Each freelancer will receive a bursary, match-funded by a cultural organisation, and collaborate on a six-month research project in targeted working groups, supported by a freelance facilitation team. They will feed into the Mayor of London’s work to improve job creation and retention for freelancers, as well as skills and training, and take part in advocacy and lobbying. 
https://fueltheatre.com/projects/cfslr/

Grizedale Residency → ends 1 April **
This opportunity for two artists to be based at Grizedale Forest is an annual intensive six week long residency that aims to foster experimentation and innovation in response to the natural environment. The artists will be encouraged to reflect and connect with nature for the full six week period. A Royal Society of Sculptors member will be paired with an early-career sculptor (those having completed an undergraduate degree within the last five years and also living and working in the North West) to explore how creative ideas can evolve and how new ideas and innovative thinking can cross generations of artistic practice. Entry fees apply.
https://grizedaleresidency.artopps.co.uk/

The Fields of Algorithms by David Blandy and Larry Achiampong → ends 1 April **
Calling for 60 seconds videos for new The One Minutes series.
http://www.theoneminutes.org/participate

Both/And Artist Chats → ends 19 April **
Siobhan Davies Studios are seeking movement practitioners & dance artists who want to riff on ideas with us for a forthcoming programme called Both/And.
https://www.siobhandavies.com/projects/bothand-open-call/

Open City Documentary Festival → ends 23 April
Open City Documentary Festival are looking for creative, innovative, challenging non-fiction filmmaking at short, mid-length and feature-length, as well as short audio documentaries, and cross platform projects.
https://opencitylondon.com/submissions/

Art Gemini Prize → ends 25 April
Open to all mediums and genres of 2D and 3D including painting, oil, mixed media, drawing, ink, watercolour, calligraphy, original print, photography, digital art, sculpture, and ceramic, excluding installation and video. Submissions fees apply.
https://www.artgeminiprize.com/

Young Artists’ Summer Show → ends 26 April
Calling all teachers of 5 to 19 years-old students in the UK or in British school overseas to register their school. 
https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/get-involved

International Photography Exhibition 163 → apply by 27 April
The open-call welcomes submissions from new, emerging and established photographers of all ages and working in any subject or genre. New approaches, alternative photographic processes and experimental work is encouraged. Selected photographers will be offered exclusive opportunities. A £4000 prize fund will be awarded to standout entrants, including an Under 30s Award. New awards for 2021 include a two-week solo show at the RPS and a £1250 commission to create new work. 
https://rps.org/ipe163

V.O Curations Summer Residencies → ends 25 May/15 August **
V.O Curations inviting emerging and underrepresented artists, curators and researchers to experiment and create new work in an open and supportive environment in central London.
https://vocurations.com/residence/about

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology → ends 4 June **
Calling all UK and international artists. Entry fees apply ($38 for two works). 
https://www.lumenprize.com/how-to-enter

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest → ends 15 June (late deadline 15 July)
Fringe! is specifically interested in films created by, for, about, or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, ace, pansexual queer, trans, non-binary, intersex, genderqueer and two-spirit people.
https://filmfreeway.com/FringeQueerFilmArtsFest

Somerset House Young Producers Programme → ongoing
The programme offers London Living Wage paid opportunities to develop skills and creative practice for 18 to 30 years-old. Subscribe to Somerset House's mailing list to receive updates on the programe.
https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/engagement-and-skills/young-producers

OVER Journal Open Call → various deadlines
Call for papers, articles, interviews and artistic projects, different deadlines.
https://overjournal.org/submissions/

ON WHEELS Open Call → ongoing
ON WHEELS are looking for BAME artists and activists to exhibit / perform / protest / play.
https://www.instagram.com/onwheeeels/

No Jobs in the Arts Artist Spotlight → ongoing
Inviting artists with connections to the East Midlands to be profiled on Instagram. Email a link of your artwork and a short description to nojobsintheart@hotmail.com
http://www.nojobsinthearts.co.uk/opportunities/

Imperial College London artists open call → no deadline
Looking to make new connections with creatives and artists who are interested in collaborating with their academics and researchers on art-science projects that engage the public in cutting-edge research.
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/societal-engagement/get-involved/...

Artquest Want To Write For Art Worlds? → ongoing
Write about your local art scene and promote your work for up to £200 per article. Must be a member of Exchange.
https://www.artquest.org.uk/art-worlds/want-write-art-worlds/

The White Pube Writers Grant → ongoing
£500 given out monthly to a working class writer based in the UK, no strings attached. Funded by Creative Debuts.
https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/writersgrant

Open Call sea_youhere 2.0 #artandsustainability → applications are invited on a rolling basis
SEA Foundation invite artists, activists, designers, architects, and collectives to share their exemplary projects and discuss ideas on Art and Sustainability to a wider audience.
https://www.seafoundation.eu/art-sustanaibility-open-call-sea-youhere-2020/

East Bristol Contemporary Instagram Residencies → ongoing
The gallery offers monthly Instagram residencies, in which artists are invited to take over their feed for one month. During this month, the selected artist gets the opportunity to reach a new audience and develop their skills.Contact ebc for information on how to apply to their residency.
http://www.eastbristolcontemporary.com/about-ebc/

HOAX → No deadline
Online platform for text based work now accepting submissions.
https://www.hoaxpublication.co.uk/p/submissions-guidelines.html

 

Work opportunities

ACAVA Assistant Property Manager (Essex) → ends 31 March
We are seeking an Assistant Property Manager to support ACAVA’s property team in the smooth running of the buildings portfolio in Essex. Applicants should have experience of working in a similar role. 
https://www.acava.org/about/vacancies

Manchester International Festival: Creative Artworker → ends 25 February **
MIF looking for a highly skilled and technical artworker to join the team in a fast-paced environment. Your role will include producing artwork consistently across a wide range of campaign material and MIF projects
https://recruitment.mif.co.uk/recruitment/creative-artworker-2/

Unlimited: Visual Identity brief → ends 26 February **
A contract to develop a new visual identity for Unlimited.
https://weareunlimited.org.uk/new-roles-want-to-work-for-advise-support-...

British Ceramics Bienal: Artistic Director → ends 1 March **
British Ceramics Biennial are seeking an Artistic Director/Chief Executive Officer
https://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/who-we-are/join-us/job-vacancies...

East Quay Curator/Producer → ends 1 March **
https://www.onioncollective.co.uk/jobs-and-opportunities

Metroland Cultures → various deadlines between 5 March and 12 March
Metroland Cultures current job opportunities: Interim Director, Head of Programmes, Seen and Heard Coordinator, Marketing and Comms Manager, Fundraising and Development Manager, Community Engagement Officer, Studio Manager, Administrator, Finance Manager
https://www.brent2020.co.uk/metroland-cultures/opportunities/

Unlimited: Artists Support Role → 12 March **
To help support Unlimited artists and coordinate, deliver, and evaluate Unlimited activities, alongside the team.
https://weareunlimited.org.uk/new-roles-want-to-work-for-advise-support-...

The Tetley → various roles, ends 14 March **
Participation and Engagement Manager, Marketing and Communications Manager, Digital Coordinator and Programme Coordinator
https://www.thetetley.org/about-us/jobs-opportunities

Jobs at Creative Folkestone → ends 15/16 March **
Communications Officer and Creative Quarter Manager
https://www.creativefolkestone.org.uk/jobs-at-creative-folkestone/

Deptford X Curatorial and Fundraising Manager → ends 17 March
Deptford X are currently recruiting for a Curatorial and Fundraising Manager to cover a fixed term period of leave by the Director.
https://deptfordx.org/opportunities/

Somerset House Creators-in-Residence Jobs → ends 17 March **
Audio/Podcast Producer
Film maker (Self shooting Director/Director of Photography/Editor)
Film maker (Editor / Colourist / Camera Operator)
https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/jobs

East Street Arts Studio Holder Support Role → ends 6 April **
The role would suit someone who has excellent communication and administrative skills and is able to help maintain and develop the communities in these workspaces and enhance the studio holder experience. Alongside the customer-facing parts of the role, a large part of this position includes working with the team to secure business rates and utility accounts which is vital to the smooth running of the project.
https://www.eaststreetarts.org.uk/2021/02/22/studio-holder-support-role/

Black Cultural Archives Heritage Learning Resource Creator → ongoing
To provide BCA with a new and sustainable income stream from our established heritage learning programme.
https://blackculturalarchives.org/vacancies

Artquest
Artquest are looking for art professionals to work on an occasional freelance basis on various projects: online crits, mentoring, curating, recording, editing audio or video, graphic design.
https://www.artquest.org.uk/work-with-us/

Run The Check
Regularly updated list of paid opportunities for creatives based in London.
https://www.runthecheck.com/

 

Health and Wellbeing

NHS
Latest advice on looking after your health during the pandemic.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Support and practical advice on impact lockdown can have on your mental health.
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-...

Industry Minds
Industry Minds is a podcast created to discuss mental health for people in the creative industries and now offers free one to one counselling sessions over Skype. 
https://www.industryminds.co.uk/

Addiction: what is it?
An overview of what addiction is, the various types of addictions, and how they can be treated. Link below also takes you to the page where you can search for NHS services near you.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/addiction-what-is-it/

'Bridging the gap between Arts and Play for Health and Wellbeing in Research, Policy and Practice' / Conference → happening 15-18 February 2021
Conference on benefit of arts and play for our health and wellbeing, for anyone working within or interested in the use of arts and/or play interventions for health and wellbeing.
https://artsplayhealth.myportfolio.com/schedule

Support Hub: Clinical Supervision for Artists→ ends 28 February
The Arts & Health Hub has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to provide a programme of 6 online group supervision sessions for freelance artists working in the health and care sectors, where their work has a stressful and demanding emotional impact. Not accepting applications from artists working in a salaried position/s.
https://artsandhealthhub.org/supervision/

 

Recommended

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#ACAVAathome
#ACAVAathome is our new home for ACAVA’s public arts programmes during this period of self isolation and social distancing. Our programme team has prepared fun and simple activities for both adults and children to do from home, with a focus on wellbeing.
https://acavaathome.tumblr.com/

Film and Video Umbrella 'Watch'
Current featured video is: De'Anne Crooks, Great-ish: "The Gaslighting of a Nation" (2020)
This love letter to an unborn child engages with the migrant experience and Britain as a spouse in a would-be toxic relationship. Commissioned as part of BEYOND.
https://www.fvu.co.uk/watch

'Creating Theatre During COVID-19' is a resource pack prepared by The Virtual Collaborators Festival helpful for anyone looking to stage outdoor and covid-safe performances.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F_Ftk7RW1npk9iV3lSnFBBzkGcX6n5-h/view

Heart n Soul are selling Zoom backgrounds featuring artwork by artists with learning disabilities. All proceeds go towards funding more creative work by their artists, visit their webshop here.
https://www.heartnsoulshop.com/shop/zoom-background

The Book of Homelessness is a graphic novel of sensitive and emotional artworks created by people affected by homelessness. The book will be published in November and is now available to purchase.
https://accumulate.org.uk/product/the-book-of-homelessness/

Wysing Broadcasts
Wysing Arts Centre has launched a new platform for in-progress research and new work from artists working within their 2020 programme. 
http://wysingbroadcasts.art/

Whoever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain's Hidden Art History → Ends June 2021
Brenda Emmanus follows acclaimed artist Sonia Boyce in the lead up to a new exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, highlighting groundbreaking artists of African and Asian descent.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bcy4kd

Underground Plant Trade
Taking the premise that personal and plant care are interconnected, DJ Freedem initiated the Underground Plant Trade so white people can send plants to Black people. The network started in the US but is taking off in the UK as well, for more information visit this Instagram profile. https://www.instagram.com/undergroundplant.trade/

Harlow Sculpture Town interactive map
Harlow is home to a growing collection of over 100 public artworks and a dedicated visual arts space in the town centre. Due to recent grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the town is now developing the project Access Harlow Sculpture Town, which aims to engage people of all ages with the town's unique sculptural heritage. As part of the project they have developed an online interactive map of all the public artworks, intertwined with history from the various locations where the pieces exist.
https://sculpturetown.uk/

Stay Home: Art in Uncertain Times
Online programme of single screen works selected by the Arts Council Collection team and partners around the UK, presenting a varied selection of  film and video works. Each week during the lockdown period a new film will be uploaded to the website for visitors to enjoy.
http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/discover-collection/online-exhib...

Goldsmiths CCA Channel
Artists films made available to watch during lockdown, activities for families, talks and interviews, exhibitions walk-throughs.
https://goldsmithscca.art/channels/

Onestar Press
Onestar press has made most of their artist books available for free download.
https://onestarpress.com/books

#artistssupportpledge
Instagram project instigated by artist Matthew Burrows: artists can use the hashtag and sell artworks under £200. When they reach £1000 they pledge to buy another artist's work.
https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/artistsupportpledge/