Call for Artists

Call for Artists

Are you looking to participate in a festival, exhibition, contest, creative collective, art project? Scroll through the ads here below for all kinds of open calls.

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Call for artists

24/11/2018 - 22:52
United Kingdom

Call for Artists - Average Art 31 (February 2019)

Average Art is an industry focused art magazine. Our goal is to draw attention to self representing artists. We are now taking entries for the February edition of Average Art Magazine.

Brief: send us a large digital image of your work. Also send us any information you think is relevant. Any text needs to be kept brief as we get hundreds of submissions.

DEADLINE: 22nd January 2019

Entries can be emailed to us at february [op] averageart [punt] co [punt] uk (subject: Submission)

Instagram: @averagearts

Twitter: @averagearts



email: february [at]
24/11/2018 - 14:35

Open Call for visual artists

Here we go! The contemporary art review is searching for performers, painters, visual artists, dancers, sculptors, film-makers to submit their artworks for the first edition of the magazine. Share, if you wanna join us on the journey! 

email: notrandomart [at]
24/11/2018 - 13:51

Quinzena de Dança de Almada - International Dance Festival

Companhia de Dança de Almada is organizing the 27th edition of Quinzena de Dança de Almada - International Dance Festival, a large forum for performance, dance, and interaction, to be held in Almada (Lisbon, Portugal) from the 21st of September to the 13th of October, 2019. Professional choreographers, dance companies and video directors are welcome to submit their projects to be presented in the International Platform for Choreographers and/or in the Video Dance Showcase. If interested, download the conditions offered and fill the application form in the links bellow. International Platform for Choreographers: Video-Dance Showcase: Deadlines for submission of proposals are 14th January, 2019 (International Platform for Choreographers) and 18th February, 2019 (Video Dance Showcase).

email: quinzena [at]
24/11/2018 - 09:14
United Kingdom

Soul Beginnings - an exhibition of queer and non-binary Middle Eastern, North African and Arab artists



Soul Beginnings is the origin. Soul Beginnings is sexuality and gender. Soul Beginnings is the reason we create. Soul Beginnings is the community. Soul Beginnings is the country. Soul Beginnings is the heritage. All of these things are where our Soul Begins.


Soul Beginnings is an exhibition that will provide a platform for queer and non-binary contemporary artists from Middle Eastern, North African and Arab backgrounds living in the UK to showcase their artwork and establish their names within the British contemporary art scene.


The concept for Soul Beginnings came to life when contemporary artist Sarah Gaafar, who is a queer individual with Egyptian heritage, felt frustrated and underrepresented by the lack of exposure of queer and non-binary MENA artists. During many years of research, Gaafar attempted to find artists of these backgrounds, but was always unsuccessful – with Soul Beginnings, queer and non-binary UK-based MENA artists will finally be able to find themselves on the British contemporary art world map.


There is no running theme through Soul Beginnings – artists will have the freedom to submit any work they choose, as the exhibition will exist to promote the marginalised voices of the queer and non-binary MENA community in the UK. What connects the works will be the community the artists create in.


Soul Beginnings will take place in London in late 2018 – early 2019 (exact dates still to be confirmed). All art disciplines and mediums will be taken into consideration. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:










To submit your work for consideration to Soul Beginnings, or if you have any questions about the exhibition, please send any questions and your portfolio and/or website, along with your artist CV and a short biography, to soulbeginningsexhibition [op] gmail [punt] com. Artists will be notified by email if they have been chosen.


email: soulbeginningsexhibition [at]
23/11/2018 - 15:08
United Kingdom

London Art Biennale 2019

The London Art Biennale 2019 is now open for artist submissions. Held at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, previous editions of this event have seen 120 artists from 50 nations around the world brought together in this fantastic event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Curated by Gagliardi Gallery in association with the Chianciano Art Museum, artists are selected purely on the basis of their talent. The first 50 accepted artists will also take part in a second group exhibition later in the year at the Gagliardi Gallery, which has been selling art on the King’s Road in the heart of London for 40 years. The London Art Biennale will run from 22nd May to 26th May 2019 and during this time artists will also enjoy a variety of events which have previously included cocktail parties, theatre trips and boat rides through London. Each year the London Art Biennale hosts a renowned Charity Auction which has sold works by artists such as Andy Warhol and the money raised has been presented to the selected charities by the Mayors of Kensington and Chelsea; Councillor Christopher Buckmaster, Councillor Mrs Maighread Condon-Simmonds and Councillor Elizabeth Rutherford. The Biennale is an excellent way for artists both experienced and emerging to showcase their work while also building a strong network within the art industry. Applications are now open.

email: info [at]
20/11/2018 - 21:41
United States

Emerging Curator Program 2019

VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the 2019 Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator will also focus on developing tools, templates, technological enhancements and funding strategies to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement.

VisArts will provide the Emerging Curator with an exhibition budget of $10,000. Additional funding and staff support for printing, promotions, and execution of exhibition programming is available. The program is one year and will begin in January 2019.

The selection panel includes the VisArts’ Curator, Artist Advisory Council, Gallery Committee and 2019 Mentoring Curator.

The 2019 Mentoring Curator will be Larry Ossei-Mensah:

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions and projects with artists at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from, including: Firelei Báez, Ruby Amanze, Hugo McCloud, Brendan Fernandes and Peter Williams. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He also is a co-founder of the 501c3 ARTNOIR in addition to being a mentor in the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC.

Curatorial Collaboration:
During the yearlong program, the Curatorial team (Mentor Curator and Emerging Curator) 
will focus on:

·    Developing a cohesive and compelling exhibition proposal;
·    Researching skills and standards of “best” and “current” curatorial practice;
·    Communicating with artists and lending institutions - developing contracts and loan information, collecting images and organizing artist/image information with “best practice” standards;
·    Conducting curatorial research and developing writing skills for catalogs and other printed and online materials using language that is clear and comprehensible for art experts and the general public;
·    Researching and developing a plan for incorporating technology upgrades to gallery programming through website enhancements, use of I Pads and apps, and production of video and audio materials;
·    Designing and implementing educational exhibition programming and outreach activities that engage artists, curators and public audience of all ages;

·     Developing budgets for executing exhibitions and exhibition programming;
·     Developing sponsorship/fundraising initiatives to support the exhibition programming;
·     Overseeing exhibition design and installation; and,
·     Developing marketing and public relations materials - press releases, website presence, social networking and print media supporting the exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program provides emerging curators with practical, hands-on experience at a community arts organization. It is designed to support diverse exhibitions presenting a broad spectrum of ideas and curatorial approaches. In addition, it enhances the VisArts exhibition experience by developing educational opportunities, public programming and opportunities for community engagement through expanded use of interactive interpretive media in its gallery program.

Applicants do not need to have a fully realized curatorial proposal. This will be developed with the support and guidance of the mentoring curator and the VisArts Gallery Department.

To apply online, create an account below and complete the form.

Applicants must supply the following:

1. Application form
2. CV
3. Evidence of past curatorial projects:
    ·    Up to 10 still images
    ·    Up to 5 minutes of Audio Tracks (We accept: URL addresses, Soundclouds, or Playable DVDs posted to VisArts.)
    ·   List of images with artist name, title, year, medium, and descriptive information
    ·    Supporting PDF documents
4. A statement that addresses the following:
    ·    What makes presenting an exhibition in a non-profit community arts center with the guidance of a mentor an ideal opportunity?
    ·    What do you consider your curatorial intentions?
    ·    How do you envision enriching the audience experience? How would you engage the community? What sorts of programming and content delivery would you like to see paired with exhibitions?
    ·    What do you hope to achieve with this exhibition and mentoring program? Why would this program be an excellent fit for you?

Application deadline: January 11, 2019
Finalists Notified:  January 18, 2019
Finalist Interviews:  January 22, 23, 24, 2019
Emerging Curator Notified: January 28, 2019
Length of Program: January 2019 – January 2020 (Detailed Schedule TBD)
Emerging Curator Exhibition:  November 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Mentoring Curator Exhibition:  September 4 – October 20, 2019

email: visartsvolunteer [at]
20/11/2018 - 21:35

Invisible art for online exhibition and book Deadline Feb 28, 2019

Call for invisible art to be disseminated in an online exhibition and artist book by the Invisible Art Collective International under the working title: nothing?something? 



1. Provide one of more digital images of the art (include year of production, and media)
2. Written statement, maximum 500 words: Describe the invisible inquiry you are engaged in. End your statement with a question.

3. Brief biographical statement. 


DEADLINE: February 28, 2019



email: smithlaurel [at]
20/11/2018 - 09:27

Odesa Photo Days Open Call 2019



It took a while for Odesa Photo Days festival team to come up with the theme for 2019. We’ve decided initially that we want to focus on the process of creating illusions and artificial realities, fakes and manipulations on the internet and election campaigns, in media and everyday life. We do not intend to criticize things and events related to the times of new media technologies and relationship development, but plan to emphasize the versatility of reality and its perception. It all depends on a context and standpoint, from which one or another artificially created phenomenon is regarded. As always, Odesa Photo Days is looking for standpoints from all over the world.




“Photography appeared in the middle of XIX century as a result of a deep verity crisis and loss of trust, that affected representation tools back then – text and drawing, that depended too much on handicraft skills and people’s subjectivity. When photography is discovered, the print and machine renew the belief in imitation and representation. Several decades later, during another verity crisis, happened the devaluation of a photography as a document and revaluation of expression” – says Andre Rouille, French photography theorist. The process of expression starts to depend on perception conditions, realization context of shooting and point of view on portrayed reality.

Naturally, a photo is not a document, but every separate image has a documental value, which isn’t necessarily fixed and absolute in perception.


“Standpoint” exposition is a combination of authors’ visions of the versatility of the world and multiple ways for comprehending reality. We accept photo series of any stylistics: documentary, reportage, fiction, fantasies. We prioritize the author’s story and originality, expression integrity.


Terms of participation


Each author can only submit one photo series for the contest.


PDF format, maximum pages – 10, number of pictures – unlimited, a short text describing the series & installation proposal (tech requirements).
E-mail subject: “Open call Last name_First name_Country”
Fill in online application
Registration fee – 15 euro or 400 uah
Exhibition production is funded by the Festival.
By participating in the Festival you accept the possibility of using your works in promotion materials of 2019 Festival and, if your series will be chosen for the main exposition, it will also be shown in 3 or 4 Ukrainian cities during 2019.

After exhibiting all the works will be destroyed (before December 1, 2019) or sent to the authors (at their expense).


Works and payment confirmation send to thephotodays [op] gmail [punt] com


The deadline for accepting applications is December 16, 2018.

The results will be announced in January 2019.


You can make a bank transfer through PayPal (euro) or PrivatBank (uah) card number 5169 3305 1242 6013 (it is necessary to fill in the purpose of payment field: «Open call Last name_First name_Country»)

email: thephotodays [at]
20/11/2018 - 01:03
United States

Art takes Manhattan Award 2019

Art takes Manhattan Award 2019


Open Call for artists of all disciplines: The sixth edition of Art takes Manhattan offers 22,700 sq ft of living art by twenty living artists. Adjacent to the world famous High Line walking park and a block from Gagosian Gallery, our New York Landmark site is an unavoidable meeting point for the Armory Arts Week. 


Apply now and be recognized by our curatorial board with our award winner certificate and granted participation in both our onsite and online New York Art Week Show 2019.

Artists must submit a maximum of three original artworks of any medium or size through our online application form and will be judged by their aesthetics, originality and creative vision.
Our curatorial board will review all proposals submitted before December 24th and select 20 winners to become part of the Art takes Manhattan community. 





email: info [at]
19/11/2018 - 21:41

Being Water


Residency Dates: February 16th – February 26th, 2019
Call for Submissions Deadline: January 14th, 2019
Cost: $715 USD.
Students & Latin-American citizens $585 USD
Fees include meals, & Shuttle from Airport/Anima – Anima/Airport
Curated by Susan Shantz and Graham Strickert

Being Water is a self-directed artists’ residency at ANIMA that will consider water issues in the Mazatepec region near Casa Rurale. Artists will meet with scientists and community groups to learn about the physical, social and political aspects of water in this region. Field trips, films, discussions, individual and collaborative studio projects and critiques will highlight the connections between art, science and ecology. Artists will be invited to respond in any media, reflecting on how we are individually and collectively connected to water and the streams, rivers and oceans that contain it on our planet. Depending on participant’s interest, a final group publication and/or exhibition may be possible in Mexico and Canada.

Susan Shantz is an artist and art instructor based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She will facilitate and curate the residency and exhibitions with assistance from Saskatoon-based, water-science scholar, Graham Strickert (a founding member of the Global Institute for Water Security).

email: artinfo [at]