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 2 May.

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


Open Calls for Creatives

NN Ambassador Programme → no deadline **
The NN Ambassador Programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. For people aged 18+ who are not in education or employment and currently living in the South East Midlands (Milton Keynes, Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Daventry, South Northamptonshire, Cherwell, Aylesbury Vale, Bedford or Luton).

Create/Disrupt Open Call → ongoing
Create/Disrupt is a new programme by The NewBridge Project for artists, aspiring arts workers, makers and producers who have not had formal training or undertaken a degree and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

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. 

Open City Documentary Festival → ends 23 April
Open City Documentary Festival is 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.

New Midland Group Development Programme → ends 23 April **
NMG will deliver an 18-month project centred around a group of core associates who will be offered a slate of activity including mentoring, collaboration and professional development with a focus on interdisciplinary research, redefining collaborative practice and building confidence, as well as sustainability, both artistic and environmental. By Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary.

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.

Commission Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Arts & Health Hub → ends 26 April **
The Arts & Health Hub is pleased to be working in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Arts Special Interest Group (ArtSIG) to commission 2 virtual workshops, delivered by 2 different artists (and AHH members).

LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award → ends 26 April **
A new programme benefitting seven artists with two years of support through rent-free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary. 

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. 

The Turnpike Art Gallery: Call out for Artist Proposals → 26 April **
ACE, MAKE GOOD will create opportunities for young people in the Wigan Borough to collaborate with artists to design and make creative items for their own pop-up shop/creative enterprise.

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 are 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. 

The Big Draw digital residencies → ends 28 April **
The Big Draw is looking for proposals for three digital residencies to be delivered in or across May and June 2021. We are looking for challenging, engaging and intriguing works in any discipline and/or medium, both digital and physical, to respond to our 2021 Big Draw Festival theme, Make the Change.

Kew’s Youth Forum members callout → ends 30 April **
The Youth Forum meet once a month to help create and run exciting learning events in Kew Gardens. As a member of the Youth Forum you will work with scientists, artists and other experts to develop activities and events that reach more young people and help visitors learn why plants and fungi are important.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year → apply by 30 April **
Looking for artists to take part in the new series.

Beyond Matter Residencies → apply by 30 April **
Tallinn Art Hall, Tirana Art Lab Center for Contemporary Art, and the Hertz-Lab of the ZKM I Center for Art and Media are jointly calling for European art practitioners/theoreticians to apply for one of three production residencies taking place in Karlsruhe, Tallinn, and Tirana. How can virtual reality tools and digitization contribute to developing artistic practices that question materiality and offer possible ways to shift the discourse into other dimensions like experience, visualization, imagination, sensory perception, atmosphere, or spirituality?

Commemorating SOPHIE → ends 30 April **
24 Kitchen St and Homotopia Festival are looking to commission a Trans/Non-Binary large scale artist to create a portrait of iconic musician SOPHIE in Liverpool.

RBKC Arts Grants Scheme → ends 30 April
The Arts Grants Scheme welcomes applications from individuals and organisations looking to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and offers grants of up to £3,000.

Free studio in Brent → ends 30 April
ASC inviting applications from artists, designers or makers living in Brent to apply for a rent-free 98 sq. ft. studio for two years. 

Dunton Hills Commission → ends 30 April
Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Brentwood Borough Council are looking for creative responses to the evolving development of a new Garden Village on land at Dunton Hills.


Funding, grants, scholarships

Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants → 30 April 2021 **


Useful information for artists

This is Wyld offers grant application writing and access support **
If you have an idea for a project and are interested in getting funding for that project email info@thisiswyld.com. Jamie Wyld, director of This is Wyld, has worked as an access support worker to help artists write grant applications since 2013. Arts Council England will pay for an access support worker to help write your grant application.

Workshop: Introduction to Digital Sculpting (12 May and 19 May) → enrol by 26 April **
This workshop has been designed to introduce you to digital sculpting using Zbrush Core Mini and will help participants develop an understanding of the software, and new digital sculpting skills, that can be integrated into their own projects and business ventures.
Zbrush Core Mini is a free software where users start with a simple sphere or a block, then use the most popular digital sculpting brushes from ZBrush to add or remove material. It allows you to make three-dimensional digital models which you can also output to 3D printers.

Creative Writing in the Visual Arts → on 26 April **
Meeting for those working in gallery, visual arts, museum and heritage education, creative writers, teachers and those that have an interest in and/or work more broadly in engagement. Facilitated by Creative Writers, Caleb Parkin and Sonya Hundal, the meeting will focus on the theme of Creative Writing in Art Galleries and Museums.

Arts & Health Hub: April Artist Peer Group → 26 April
Space for artists to share active ideas, projects and challenges, with peer support from audience participants.

'Inside Out': Professional Development for Performance Artists → 28 April, 2 pm, £5
Taking an indoor show to an outdoor audience and creating performance work for outdoor spaces. Delivered by theatre and dance specialists Spinning Wheel Theatre and Kate Flatt Projects, this online seminar will guide participants through the steps to consider when turning an indoor performance into an outdoor one and will share insights into creating performance work specifically for outdoor spaces. Organised by Babylon Arts.

Reset: Creating Collaborative Digital Spaces for Cultural Learning → on 30 April **
An opportunity for those working within learning teams in London’s cultural sector to connect, share practice, and develop new ideas.


Work opportunities

ACAVA Director of Finance and Operations → ends 2 May **
To provide strategic leadership to the finance and operations teams.

ACAVA Head of Communications and Marketing → ends 2 May **
To lead the creative and strategic direction of our comms team.

Skilled Art Foundry Worker
Morris Singer Art Foundry Limited (Lasham, Hampshire) looking for experienced art foundry workers to join their creative team.

Jobs at Creative Folkestone → deadlines between 25 April, 2 May, 7 May **
Creative Quarter Manager, Box Office Supervisor, Visitor Experience Assistant, Triennial Host, Triennial Host Supervisor.

Crafts Council Head of Public Programmes → ends 26 April **
As well as line managing a dedicated team, you will be responsible for shaping and implementing Crafts Council strategy to celebrate creative co-production, an audience-centred approach, and integration of physical and digital events and programming.  

LADA seeks new leadership → ends 26 April
LADA is seeking new leadership to build on the legacy of our outgoing Director and Co-Founder, Lois Keidan, and create new, transformative visions for the future of LADA and for Live Art.