Artist Opportunities — November 2021


Welcome to our monthly list of open calls and related opportunities for artists, curators, writers and many others. We handpick opportunities from every part of the world that offer a clear benefit to applicants. The list is sorted by application deadline. If you want your open call listed please contact us at

Frame Contemporary Art Finland offers one-month residencies in Helsinki for contemporary art curators as part of the Helsinki International Curatorial Program. The curators-in-residence will live and work on the island of Suomenlinna, and a combined workspace, accommodation, working grant, networking opportunities and a travel allowance will be provided by the organizers. Deadline is 14 November. Apply here.

EMMA Pforzheim is offering three scholarships for the “Designers in Residence” programme. The call is directed to designers working in the areas of jewelry, fashion, accessory, industrial and communication design as well as other design disciplines. Scholarship holders will be offered accommodation in Pforzheim, Germany, as well as fully equipped workshops, reimbursement of travel expenses, and monthly support. Deadline is 15 November. More information can be found here.

Stückemarkt is seeking theatre texts and performance works implementing new forms of authorship and innovative theatre languages. Five projects will be selected and presented in the context of Theatertreffen in May 2022. Theatre makers at the beginning of their artistic careers from across the world may apply, while collectives, theaters, publishing houses, universities and academies may also submit projects. Deadline is 17 November. Application instructions can be found here.

CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva and the city of Barcelona, announce the Collide Residency Award open to artists over 18 years old and of any nationality to apply with a proposal for a research-led residency in both locations. All artistic disciplines are accepted, however artists should demonstrate a distinct interest in a transdisciplinary approach, a strong motivation for scientific thinking, and an interest in fundamental science. Deadline is 22 November. Read more and apply here.

CO.LABS - Zone of Independent Art is now accepting applications for summer residencies in Brno. This is a call for established artists as well as emerging artists or students of performing arts, individuals or groups, from around the world. Deadline is 28 November. Read more and apply here.

SMTH and MMMAD, Madrid, are launching 'Post-digital Landscapes', an international open call for digital artists. The works submitted must reflect on territory, landscape, city, and space in the post-digital era. Deadline is 29 November. More information can be found here.

Akademie Schloss Solitude invites artists, scientists, scholars, and business representatives under 40 years of age, to apply for the Solitude residential fellowship program. The fellowship spans a variety of areas including visual arts and media, music, performing arts, architecture, design, literature, science, and more. The duration of the fellowship is 6 to 12 months. Deadline is 30 November. Apply here.

Smithsonian magazine announces the 19th Annual Photo Contest open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. Deadline is 30 November. Submit your works here.

CEC ArtsLink is currently accepting applications for the ArtsLink International Fellowship programme. Applicants may be contemporary artists, curators, and arts leaders whose work is informed by community engagement processes or social practice. This call prioritizes applicants whose social practices seek to actively engage communities on issues related to the current climate emergency and human rights. Only applicants from a specific list of countries may apply. Deadline is 30 November. Read more and apply here.

Videoart.Ist International Video Art Screening Program is a nomadic film event in Turkey currently accepting submissions for its events. Submissions may be experimental and conceptual video art works and experimental short films including experimental narrative and experimental documentary. Screenings will be held at different times and places. Early deadline is 30 November. Read more and apply here.

Applications are open for Blitz Valetta's Digital Residency programme. This call is open to highly motivated individuals from all artistic disciplines, including (but not limited to) new media, digital platforms, film, photography, performance, painting, sound, architecture, electronic music and installation. Applicants must be recent graduates from an arts-related postgraduate degree (2017 onwards). Deadline is 30 November. Read more and apply here.

Submissions are open for Huawei's annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards for photography. All images should be taken using a Huawei phone. Three winners will receive 10.000 USD. Deadline is 30 November. Read more and apply here.

The Smithsonian magazine 19th Annual Photo Contest is open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. Photographs taken after 01 January 2019 may be submitted across six categories. Deadline is 30 November. Read more and apply here.

Konsthall C in Farsta, Sweden, is looking for programmers or designers with programming skills, or people interested in developing new forms of presenting art online, to create a digital exhibition space. There is a fixed fee of approximately 5,000 euros + tax. Deadline is 12 December. Read more and apply here.

The SAC International Curatorial Residency Program is now open to international curators. The selected curator will be part of the Miquel Casablancas Prize for the Visual Arts jury in 2022, and will develop a curatorial project with a selection of Catalan artists. Deadline is 01 February. Read more and apply here.

Τhe Lisbon Architecture Triennale announces the Début Award to be presented to an architect or a practice hoping to support new voices and forms of architectural practice. The competition is open to architects under the age of 35, or architecture offices with an average age up to 35. Deadline is 28 February. Read more here.

Inter Arts Center (IAC) announces Public Immersion, an open call focusing on immersive formats. Artists whose practice evolves the public space, extended reality, world-building and immersive technologies are encouraged to apply for this open call with new projects or existing works. Deadline is 01 December. Application guidelines can be found here.

Jan van Eyck’s annual Call for Applications is now open. Artists, writers, curators, architects, and designers ranging from graphic and fashion to food and social design, are welcome to apply for an 11-month residency starting in November 2022. There is a registration fee of 65 euros. Deadline is 01 December. Read more and apply here.

VONK invites artists working between visual art and performance to apply for its residency program. Travel costs, accommodation, workspace, presentation possibilities, and financial support are included. Deadline is 01 December. Read more here.

The Paphos International Film Festival is committed to supporting authentically independent short films and it aims to research, promote and develop the art of independent film making. Submissions are now open for the 2022 edition. There is a small application fee. Early bird deadline is 01 December. Read more and submit here.

The CYENS – Thinker Maker Space has announced an open call for the Artist-in-Residence Program taking place in Nicosia, Cyprus. The call is open to all creative individuals. Deadline for the winter round is 15 December 2021. Apply here.

The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is an experimental grant-making program that supports artists and artist-journalist teams producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. The funds distributed to grantees assist with research, travel, and other expenses many media outlets struggle to cover, allowing stories that are often out of reach in today’s climate to be produced. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Read more and apply here.

Artists at Risk welcomes applications from art-practitioners from all over the world. AR-Residencies enable practitioners to take a “breather” from their home country, or to use the programme as a “stepping stone” to re-orient their professional lives. Artists and other art-practitioners at risk of grievous suppression of freedom of expression, persecution or politically motivated threats to their basic freedoms may apply. Please only submit an application if you are at serious risk. Eligible candidates usually face sustained persecution, involuntary displacement, unjust imprisonment, torture or ongoing death threats. Applications are open at all time. Read more and apply here.

Open calls editor: Nina Alexopoulou
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