Category: Opportunities International

Call for Applications | The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme

Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme is Calling for Applications.
HIAP Studios at Suomenlinna. Photo: Sirja Moberg / Frame Contemporary Art Finland

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and Frame Contemporary Art Finland are looking for international curators of contemporary art to join the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) in 2018.
The aims of the programme are two-fold:

To allow internationally active, professional curators the chance to connect with the local contemporary art field and plan projects in collaboration with artists and partner organisations operating in Finland.
To support curatorial research in its diverse and emergent forms.


Call for Entries | Craft Biennale Scotland 2018: RESPONSE TO PLACE Open International Exhibition

Deadline: 1 December 2017, 5pm
Entries are invited for the inaugural open international exhibition ‘Response to Place’, which will be the centrepiece of a dynamic new bi-annual event – the Craft Biennale Scotland. The first Craft Biennale Scotland will launch in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and renowned world leader in international arts festivals, with a major exhibition at the prestigious City Art Centre in 2018.

The exhibition will be selected by four international curators: Grace Cochrane (Australia), Hyeyoung Cho (South Korea), Lars Sture (Norway) and Maeve Toal (Scotland).
The vision for Craft Biennale Scotland is to create an exciting new platform for discovering and presenting the very best international craft, showing ambitious works by leading and emerging artists, and to provide an experimental space for imaginative new ways to experience and enjoy craft as a fascinating, thought provoking and inspirational art form.


Open Call | Dek Unu Magazine, Online

Non-profit, non-advertising Dek Unu Magazine provides respectful and respectable presentation for adventurous and accomplished photo-based artists. Dek Unu focuses exclusively on the visual, providing space for one artist at a time to show serious work in depth, themed and curated by the artist alone.

This call is for both the November and December issues of the magazine.

Works must be previously unpublished. If selected you grant Dek Unu first serial rights on accepted work after which publication rights revert to the artist. If work is reprinted, Dek Unu Magazine ask to be acknowledged as the place of initial publication. Ownership of copyright for images always remains with the artist. Dek Unu may distribute copies of the issue in electronic (pdf) form to subscribers, and may retain the issue in which the work appears indefinitely both on the Dek Unu website and on any other digital archive that Dek Unu might use. Please note Dek Unu does not pay contributors. Full terms of publication on the website.

Current issue and guidelines are at:

Open Call | Proposals for Group Exhibitions at Apexart, New York

Application deadline: 31 October

Anyone from anywhere is encouraged to enter and no prior curatorial experience is necessary. Curatorial teams are eligible and encouraged to submit. All participating organizers must be listed by name on the application. Proposals from collectives are welcome, but note that the “organized by” credit line will be either a list of the individuals’ names or the collective name, not both.

500-word proposals should describe a modest, focused, idea-driven, and original group exhibition.

Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, background, or location can apply.

apexart has a $10,000 budget for each exhibition and its related programming. Each organizer works within apexart’s budget to cover expenses including curator travel, art work shipping, artist and public program participant honorariums, equipment, and installation. After the exhibition closes and all expenses have been paid, the organizer receives a $2,000 honorarium for coordinating the project and writing the exhibition brochure essay.

No topics are off limits, no ideas are too controversial.

What distinguishes our program is our democratic and meritocratic selection process. For each open call, we assemble a panel of 200 volunteer jurors from our international audience to participate in a crowdsourced voting process. Projects are judged on the strength of the exhibition idea and the submitter’s ability to communicate it. By involving our audience in the decision-making process, we ensure that our exhibitions reflect their diversity and interests.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Deviant Practice Research Programme 2018 at Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands

Application deadline: 17 November

In 2016 the Van Abbemuseum launched the research programme Deviant Practice. Following the conclusion of nine research projects over the past year, they are seeking new proposals from artists, curators and writers for 2018. Researchers will be awarded a grant of 2,000–10,000 EUR depending on the project for a mutually agreed period of work in and with the museum.

There are two research frameworks:

Archives: The Van Abbemuseum understands the archive as encompassing the collection of art works, the library’s collection and the museum’s paper archives. Within the museum it plays a central role in the formation, categorization and preservation of histories. As such, it is a contested site and needs to be continually interrogated. They are seeking proposals that challenge the role, status and use of the archive and the narratives it can produce.

Constituencies: They feel that today, more than ever, a museum cannot define its subjects. It needs to understand them and form joint positions with them. They wish to further their understanding of how to work with and through constituencies both locally and internationally. They are seeking proposals that address the museum’s ongoing engagement with its existing constituent groups with whom they will connect you, as well as with new groups.

Researchers will be given open access to the museum archives and networks to be negotiated on an individual basis. They are expected to present an internal seminar for museum colleagues at the start of their research and a public paper for publication within the Van Abbe and/or L’Internationale digital platforms in early 2019. Other possibilities such as exhibition or further publication can be discussed. Residency in Eindhoven is not expected and researchers will able to make use of the museum’s free accommodation on their visits, depending on availability. Limited travel costs may be covered within the total grant. Researchers will work with an interlocutor at the museum from either the curatorial, mediation, library or collection departments.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Kawamura Arts Socially Engaged Art Support Grant, Japan

Application deadline: 22 October

This grant will support Socially Engaged Art projects that will take place in Japan and commit to the community and society; implement activities together with communities and residents; and aim to build and demonstrate models of a better society. This would further enhance in-depth relationships between art culture and the society and will contribute in cultivating higher cultural developments in Japan.

Applications made by individuals and organisations fulfilling below would be acknowledged legitimate:
– All age ranges, all nationalities
– Artists or organisations who work within the context of contemporary art

Grant Amount: Maximum of five million JPY

For more information and application details see:

Open Call for Digital Artists | Art Gene’s Digital Gene Pool

Application deadline: 27 September

Art Gene’s Digital Gene Pool is an online exhibition space for any artist working in digital media, including film, animation, video and sound.
It’s a platform that selected artists take control of to exhibit their work: either presenting single artworks or a series.

Each exhibition will be promoted on the home page for 3 months – with an accompanying mail out and press release. Each exhibition will be archived permanently on the site.

Art Gene are currently searching for a fourth artist to complete this year’s programme. Proposals with additional themes relating to our own research remit – re-visioning the social, natural and built environment are encouraged.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send links to your work, your bio (max 100 words) and proposal (max 300 words) to:

Open Call | Light Eye Mind Gallery Exhibition, London

Application deadline: 20 September

An open call for an exhibition at Light Eye Mind Gallery in Finsbury Park, London exploring group exhibitions as teams.

Sid and Jim are seeking artworks for an exhibition at Light Eye Mind Gallery in Finsbury Park, London exploring group exhibitions as teams.

Light Eye Mind is in a very interesting position geographically; being so close to the Emirates Stadium there is a meeting of two dedicated factions of interest; Art and Sport, Art fans and Sports Fans. While the two groups don’t need to be pushed together it’s interesting to consider the similarities and differences; how much of the mind set of one party falls into the same basket as the other.

The gallery will act as the space where conversations happen before the final event; the changing room. This is where teamwork is visible and perhaps when it is most effective. Running off the idea of teamwork and the space of the Footballer’s (or general sportsperson’s) dressing room, we are combining the idea of gallery and changing room, or at least, what those sorts of space represents. Artists will be asked to decide what their art is in the role of the team, this can be anything they decide, from making work that’s referential to another artist in the exhibition, to providing a public service that gives some traction to the proceedings of the show. It’s up to them to consider their position within the team of the group show.

Unfortunately this is an unfunded artist-run project, Sid and Jim are unable to pay artists a fee but hope to promote them and their work and possibly collaborate in the future.

More information and apply HERE.

Open Call | Tandem Fryslan Project, The Netherlands

Application deadline: 30 September

In 2018, Leeuwarden – capital of the Dutch province Fryslân – will be the European Capital of Culture. The theme for the Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 (LF2018) programme is “iepen mienskip – open community”, an approach also embraced by Tandem. This is why the organisers are joining forces with LF2018 to start a new programme: Tandem Fryslân, which will bring ideas and experiences from Frisian communities and wider Europe together.

Tandem is a cultural collaboration programme that strengthens communities and civil society in Europe. Tandem believes that the burning cultural and social questions of our times can be addressed much more creatively and effectively through inspiring learning experiences that are provided when collaborating with new organisations and across other realities and localities. Our vision is to see strong networks of creative communities and cultural change-makers emerge from this programme and to support the impact they make on their communities and regions.

Following this call for applications, up to 24 applicants (12 from Fryslân and 12 from other European regions) will be invited to the Tandem Fryslân Partner Forum. Participants will find many networking opportunities and – most importantly – their potential Tandem Partner.

Once the partnerships are formed, each “tandem” will then apply for the full programme with a specific collaboration plan and idea. Seven tandems will be selected.

All Tandems will receive a modest project/production budget (4,500 Euro) for realising their pilot project (as a ‘prototype for their future collaborations after Tandem). You can use this ‘start-up capital’ to fundraise for additional production budget in the likely case that the means provided are not sufficient for realising your project. Accommodation, meals, transportation and other necessary expenses during the programme are covered by Tandem.

For more information and application details:

Open Call for Photographic Work | Transition Exhibition, WMA Masters 2017/18, Hong Kong

Application deadline: 15 September

The WMA Masters invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image-makers to submit photographic works. The visual content must be related to Hong Kong and the chosen theme, “Transition”. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2018. A full-colour catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition.

The WMA Masters will also host a series of talks, panels, and seminars during the exhibition period. The winner of the WMA Masters will receive a cash prize of HKD$250,000. Each of the finalists will receive HKD$15,000.

The WMA Masters’ international panel of judges comprises industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and the non-profit sector. They include Zoher Abdoolcarim, Jacqueline Francis, Yumi Goto, Kevin Lee, Leung Po-shan Anthony, Gladys Li, SC, JP and Sandra Philips.

For more information see:

Open Call | Future Scenarios Exhibition, Arnhem, the Netherlands

Deadline: 30 September

During state of fashion 2018 | searching for the new luxury, the exhibition Future Scenarios presents a stimulating anthology of ground-breaking concepts and practices, in which innovation and a new imagination are guiding principles. Designers, brands and artists are invited to submit ideas and products that are about to break through to the market, or offer new perspectives on the fashion system, or in broader terms, on the things around us with which we interact. Today, not only designers and brands can be so-called drivers of change – an innovative business model or a new vision on social responsibility can also significantly change and improve the fashion chain and make it more sustainable. In the exhibition Future Scenarios the organisers distinguish the different projects into five subcategories:

Scenario 1: New imagination of luxury
Scenario 2: Designing for better lives
Scenario 3: New business models
Scenario 4: The makers and the product in the spotlight
Scenario 5: Interdisciplinary relationships

When a project is selected for the Future Scenarios exhibition, State of Fashion contributes to transport costs. The amount of the contribution will be determined in consultation with the participant.

For more information see:

Open Call | The School for Civic Imagination, CCA, Glasgow

Application deadline: Friday 15 September

The School for Civic Imagination is an informal learning programme at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow which will discuss the meeting point between art and society, and support knowledge sharing between everyone taking part.

The School for Civic Imagination will be structured around different topics, including how socially engaged creative practices can be used in urban and rural contexts. The School will be as responsive and flexible as possible to the needs and desires of everyone taking part in the programme, as well as local issues that are brought to light over the course of the events. It will also work to create connections across local, national and international levels, through its programme of talks, film screenings, tours, experiments, walks and visits. The School for Civic Imagination will have a limited capacity and will be free of charge – places on the programme will be allocated via an application process, with additional events open to the public.

The School for Civic Imagination will build and strengthen relationships which already exist between CCA and various groups across Glasgow, opening up new ways of seeing and participating in the cultural life of the city.

The School for Civic Imagination will take place at CCA as well as various other locations around the city, and will collaborate with The Project Cafe between various partners. The School will represent a support structure for the further development of deeper connections between socially engaged art practice and civic life, delivered by a multitude of contributors and partners.

To apply to take part in the School, please email with email subject School for Civic Imagination. Send a letter of interest including a bit about yourself (no more than 500 words).

Open Call for Curatorial Proposals | Guest Programming at Images Festival, Toronto

Application deadline: 26 September

Images Festival is now accepting Curatorial Proposals for the 31st annual Images Festival taking place April 12 – 20, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

We are accepting proposals for in cinema Screenings, Gallery Exhibitions, and Live Performances.

Images Festival will cover artists’ fees according to the 2017/18 IMAA fee schedule and offer a modest programmer’s honorarium, if your proposal is selected. Guest Programmers will collaborate with our Artistic Director and programming staff to realise the program, including assistance with print traffic, marketing, and details associated with presentation of the work(s).

To submit screening proposals for review, please include the following material including links and your CV into one PDF:

– Title of your program
– Full program notes including artist names, run times, year, and
formats. (Preview links are strongly encouraged, or past
examples if the works are new)
– Overall run time (Run times around 60 minutes or less are

If you are submitting a guest curatorial proposal for gallery exhibition/live performance, please also include in addition to the above list:

– GTA gallery/venue preferences (top 3) or minimum square foot requirements
– Short curatorial statement (100 – 300 words)
– Technical rider

Send submissions to: subject line: Guest Program 2018 Please note: We are only accepting digital applications.

Open Call | Off Screen and Live Images Programme for Images Festival 2018, Toronto

Deadline for receipt of entries: 26 September

The Images Festival annually exhibits a program of film and video installation, media-based performance and online work as a complement to our On Screen program of film and video works. For the Off Screen and Live Images segments of the festival, Images partners with Toronto galleries, production centres and other organisations to exhibit multi- disciplinary installations and performances.

There is no entry fee for installation, new media or performance submissions; limit of 2 entries per person. If additional works are submitted, only the first two will be reviewed.
Images Festival follows CARFAC guidelines for suggested artist payments. Please consult their fee schedule for exact details.

All applications must also include:

– a synopsis of the work
– exhibition history (if applicable);
– a brief biography and overview of previous work
– Documentation of the work. (This may be in the form of video documentation, or high- resolution image files.)

It is also very important that you include a detailed description of the technical requirements for presentation. Please include (if available) layout drawings and plans, space requirements (minimum sq ft needed), equipment needed, equipment supplied by the artist, and shipping requirements.

Please note: We are only accepting digital applications via the following link –

Please note: this submission call is not for single channel works that are to be presented in a cinema. For these types of works we will be posting a separate call for our ON Screen submissions.

For more information see:

Open Call to UK Based/Born Photographers | Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2017

Submissions close Monday, 2 October 2017 at 5pm

Applications for the 2017 Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award are now open.

What we offer.
A grant of £1,250 to complete a photography project, support from industry professionals, plus a further £1,150-worth of premier printing at Metro Imaging.
We work with the award recipient to organise public and industry exposure of the resulting work, such as exhibition or publication. As well as a winner, we may award one or more runners-up, to whom we will offer support-in-kind, such as networking opportunities and online exhibition. Winner and runners-up receive membership of Shutter Hub.

What we fund.
We fund work with emphasis on people and communities; projects that show stories and lives we don’t often see, making visible the everyday, marginalised or oppressed. Our goal is to give emerging talent a platform to showcase new work, which in turn gives voice to unheard human stories.

Who we support.
We support early-to-mid career photographers in or from the UK, with multiple credits and excellent portfolios, who are working professionally but not yet earning a full living from this kind of photography. This excludes BA (undergraduate) students and 2017 graduates. The bursary is open to photographers across a range of disciplines, from editorial to fine art. We warmly encourage applicants of all backgrounds and identities. You must be a British national or living and working in the UK.

For more information and to download application pack:

Open Call | FiLiA (Feminism in London) Conference Exhibition

Application deadline: Sunday 27 August, midnight

Call for artists and filmmakers for an exhibition that will be part of the FiLiA (Feminism in London) Conference at the Institute of Education, London, October 14-15th. We are looking for films and videos for a screening but we will also consider other works and performances to be part of a small curated exhibition.

It is our intention that the exhibition will begin to break down the hegemony of class and privilege in artwork about women’s experiences. We want to provide a space for women artists who feel their stories are not adequately told.

We hope that the exhibition will explore how “Class becomes internalised as an intimate form of subjectivity, experienced as knowledge of always not being ‘right’.” (Skeggs, 1997) and how “Legitimate (middle class) selves and lives are still constructed from privilege and validated at the expense of others” (Gilles, 2007: 23)

There will also be a reading and discussion group planned during the exhibition which you are also invited to submit ideas to.

Unfortunately we have no funding to pay the artists to take part. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Apply here.

Open Call | Exhibitions at The Fact Finder, Berlin

The Fact Finder invites artists to submit proposals that respond to the concept of “fact-finding”.

We are looking for works and art projects that rely on unmediated, first-hand experiences the artists have been through while aiming to better understand a specific topic, fact or everyday life aspects. Field research/immersive journalism/flâneur-ism/voyaging are examples of the processes we regard as fact-finding missions, among others. Our focus is on works involving a long-term commitment and preferably having an archiving/serial character.

Preferred mediums: drawing (drawing reportage), painting, installation, spoken word/storytelling, archiving and every other medium that connects well with the concept.

The selected works will be included in the 2018 exhibition program of The Fact Finder, a recently opened art space in Berlin (DE) that commits to showcase fact-finding artists going the full length of researching a particular topic.

We welcome submissions of any length, with images of works and/or links to online material, including the “making of”, if relevant to the concept. We want to have a bigger picture of the artistic process and context.

For the opening exhibition in September 2017, please send proposals no later than 29th August 2017. For the 2018 exhibition program, please send proposals no later than 15th November 2017.

For more information contact:

Open Call | Light Up Lancaster Festival 2017

Application deadline: 7 August, 5pm

Artists are invited to submit project proposals for Light Up Lancaster Festival 2017. If you want to work with us to create a wonderful, unique and authentic light and art festival for Lancaster which is owned by the local community, then we want to hear from you.

Light Up Lancaster Festival is in its fifth year. The event dates are Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November, culminating in the annual fireworks spectacular finale on the Saturday night.

Light Up Lancaster Festival are looking to programme some work to complement their core arts programme. All proposals should be for work to take place in the city centre or close environs, and could be sited or roaming. Advice on available locations will be given. Projects could be installations or performance-based, could take place indoors or outdoors. Light Up Lancaster Festival are interested in supporting new work and also in programming existing work.

All projects should engage with the theme of light and should explore our 2017 guiding theme: The Natural World, and be suitable for a family audience. Light Up Lancaster Festival are particularly interested in projects which have an interactive element.

The available opportunities are:

Emerging artists’ micro-commissions: Up to £1,000
Established artists new work, or existing work to be re-sited for Lancaster: Up to £2,500

For more information and application details:

Open Call | JOINT EFFORT II, Lubbock, Texas

Application deadline: 1 August

Expanded Draught is now accepting entries for their second annual international juried collaborative art exhibition JOINT EFFORT II, which will focus on collaborative video art. Expanded Draught invites other artistic collaborators – collaborative groups, collectives, art-making duos and the alike – to apply for this unique exhibition highlighting the art of collaboration through the lens of video.

JOINT EFFORT II to be held at Charles Adams Studio Project in Studio D on Friday, September 1, 2017. This exhibition will be a stop on the First Friday Art Trail in Lubbock, TX that brings in up to 4,000 visitors per month.

Contemporary and innovative works created with two or more artists in collaboration are welcome to apply. JOINT EFFORT II is open to all artists 18 years and over working in video, short film and video documented performance. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in Lubbock, TX or in conjunction with an Expanded Draught projects.

Applications should include:
Links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other online video sharing site of up to 3 entries Or compressed video attachments of up to 3 entries Video List with name of collective, title of work, medium, size, date

Email application to
Artists/collaborators should understand that shipping and any associated fees are the responsibility of the artist/collaborative group.

For more information visit:

Open Call | aceartinc. Exhibition Programme, Canada

Application deadline: Tuesday 1 August

aceartinc. is an Artist Run Centre dedicated to the support, exhibition, and dissemination of contemporary art.

aceartinc. exhibits 5 major exhibitions a year by contemporary visual artists and is dedicated to diversity in its programming. To this end we encourage applications from all contemporary artists and curators, groups and collectives in all visual arts media.

Selections for the Regular Program are made by a jury consisting of Winnipeg-based artists/curators/critics, ace staff and board. The ace jury reviews submissions within the context of aceartinc.’s mandate and goals and our available resources.

aceartinc. will pay exhibition fees to artists; travel and accommodation, one-way shipping and per-diems will also be provided. A writer is commissioned to write a response to the Regular Exhibitions via the Critical Distance writing program, which is published online and anthologised in PaperWait.