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 16 May.

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


Open Calls for Creatives

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 Freelancer Grants → ends 7 May
The grant fund will give creative freelancers in West of England the opportunity to become more resilient by delivering a project over a time period of up to 6 months that will develop their own creative product, practice or service, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Grants will range from £1,000 - £3,000.

NLWA Waste Prevention Community Fund → Ends 7 May
Funds available to community-based organisations in north London that wish to tackle waste reduction

Remote Archive & Library Artist Residency 2021 → ends 9 May
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and The Portico Library are accepting applications from North West-based contemporary artists and practitioners for a 6-week remote residency working with CFCCA’s online archive and library collection.

Environmental Programme Open Calls 2021 → ends 9 May
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) are accepting applications for three new digital commissions that engage with today’s environmental challenges. Welcoming proposals that incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to the topic of environmentalism and connect with our audiences through digital channels, with a focus on participatory practice.

Unity Place, Swindon: commission opportunity → ends 10 May
Unity Place, Swindon Ginkgo Projects is seeking an artist to commission on behalf of Zurich Insurance to research and create new work for their new headquarters in Swindon.

BEYOND #2 → 10 May
Film and Video Umbrella are looking for proposals for new moving-image works that are self-sufficient and self-contained and can be produced in keeping with any government Covid-19 restrictions that are in place. This opportunity is open to all visual artists currently based in the UK. The artists selected will receive a £2,500 fee/budget, as well as remote production and curatorial support from FVU. The final works will be streamed on FVU’s website and digital channels. 

Horizon 2021 → ends 11 May
Seeking artists/companies working with live performance to submit proposals for ready-to-tour performance work or performance ideas that are in development.

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards → ends 12 May
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice.

Artist Call Out: Conservatory Audio Trail → apply by 13 May
Barbican are looking for a creative writer and a sound artist currently underrepresented in the arts due to their disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or socio-economic status, to create an audio trail of the Conservatory.

Wastelands: Public Art Now → ends 14 May
Urban Wilderness will commission five artists to create new artworks in five outdoor public spaces in Stoke on  Trent. Supported through Arts Council England’s Project Grants fund and in partnership with Canal & River Trust.

Deptford X Supported → ends 16 May
An open call for projects by early-career Black and People of Colour artists and curators from Lewisham that will be selected by a jury and supported by the festival financially and curatorially.


Funding, grants, scholarships

Artwork Archive's Art Business Accelerator Grant (Denver CO) → ends 14 May
Provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork. For visual artists 21 and older who are working intentionally to better their communities and/or address community challenges directly through their work.


Useful information for artists

Crafts Council Spring-back talks → from 5 May
Ten free lunchtime talks held on Zoom will cover essential marketing advice for makers who want to spring back from the last year and grasp all the new opportunities available to them. Speakers will be led by the Crafts Council team and include expert speakers and contributors.

RE—SET—GO is an accessible, hands-on, paid workplace experience and mentoring programme for 19-25-year-olds or new practices and start-ups, established with the mission of diversifying architecture practices. New dates have been released for 1-to-1 mentoring sessions and “CV surgeries” through a series of free, regular and bookable slots with London Practice Forum architecture practices.

Crafts Council Brexit Advice
Resources and advice for craft businesses, makers and galleries following the UK leaving the EU


Work opportunities

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 to some of the posts: 7 May
Creative Quarter Manager, Box Office Supervisor, Visitor Experience Assistant, Triennial Host, Triennial Host Supervisor.

The New Vic: Newcastle Common Project Manager → 7 May
To deliver on all aspects of the developing programme across multiple shop-style sites. You will provide practical, administrative and development activities.