Artist Opportunities — September 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

Wood be Nice is inviting artists from Romania, Greece & Serbia to submit artwork concepts for the NeoNlitic 3.0 project. Inspiration for the projects should derive from the neolithic cultures of the aforementioned countries. Various media are accepted. Deadline is 01 September. Apply here.

Granada UNESCO City of Literature invites emerging writers, residing in any country and writing in any language, to apply for The Granada Writers in Residence Program. Deadline is 01 September. Read more about the program and apply here.

The 25th Japan Media Arts Festival invites artists to apply for its international awards competition spanning 4 divisions; Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. Deadline is 03 September. Application guidelines can be found here.

Designregio Kortrijk is seeking 3 recently graduated designer-makers or creative artists to join its residency program in Kortrijk, Belgium. The current theme is 'The future of Urban Nature' and the selected artists will have the opportunity to work closely with the local community. Deadline is 03 September. Apply here.

Hangar, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Ljudmila, and Creative Coding Utrecht are awarding 3 grants for the development of research projects involving live coding practices. As part of the Creative Europe project 'on-the-fly', the selected projects will be developed during a residency hosted by one of the partner institutions. Researchers, artists, developers and members of collectives of all ages and nationalities working in the field of live coding may apply. Deadline is 05 September. Read more and apply here.

A Fair New Idea?! is accepting proposals for 'Diversity in the arts', a call for projects that contribute to strengthening the arts field in its pursuit of diversity from the perspective of intersectionality. Deadline is 10 September. More information can be found here.

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival launches The Inspiration Forum LAB, an interdisciplinary research program designed to provide a space where artists and scientists can meet and work together on creating research-based multimedia art projects. European artists, filmmakers, designers, scientists, researchers, and experts from other fields are invited to participate. Deadline is 13 September. Read more and apply here.

The Goethe Institut invites artists and creatives of all fields to apply for the Goethe-Upcycling Call for ideas. There are no restrictions on theme or content, however, the focus should be on the theme of upcycling and the creative process. Mostly recycled materials and only a few new materials should be used. Deadline is 15 September. Read more here.

InSILo, Austria is launching one short-term and one long-term residency program open to artists, curators, and researchers of any nationality, living in an area allowing an overland journey to Hollabrunn, Austria. A wide range of artistic media is accepted and applicants are invited to reflect on the ethical challenges and boundaries of the sustainability of artistic production. Deadline is 15 September. Read more about this opportunity here.

The Société du Grand Paris is inviting international professional authors and artists from the fields of comics, illustration, animation, cinema and graphic design to create frescoes on the platforms of the Grand Paris Express train stations. Each selected artist will be entrusted with the illustrations of one of the 30 stations, which should represent the served territory. Deadline is 15 September. Read more and apply here.

The Jan Michalski Foundation offers a series of residencies at the Swiss Jura Mountains in Montricher, for writers of all fields engaged in literary creation, working individually or in pairs. All ages and nationalities are accepted. Deadline is 21 September. Apply here.

1927 Art Space in Athens, in partnership with Decolonize Hellas, invites artists to submit posters for the
Decolonizing Salon. Submissions should focus on the art of poster-making as a tool for action, propaganda and consciousness-raising. Artists are invited to create posters around ideas and topics that will be collectively explored at the salon: How can we imagine “decolonized” buildings, heritage, public space, landscapes, colors, (anti-)heroes, narratives, all the things that constitute what we call “Greek culture?” Deadline is 25 September. For more information click here.

Allegro and Contemporary Lynx have announced the second edition of the Allegro Prize competition open to artists from any country and of all ages representing all forms of visual arts. Deadline is 28 September. More information can be found here.

The International Human Rights Art Festival is currently accepting submissions for the Creators of Justice Literary Award. Applicants may offer one submission in each of the following categories; Poetry, Short Story and Essay. Deadline is 30 September. Read more and submit your works here.

The Department of Performing Arts and Film at Zurich University of the Arts, is offering the opportunity to participate in PEERS, a pre-PhD program supporting artistic researchers who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in the arts. During this one-year program, the 5 selected artists will benefit from intensive mentoring and training, peer-to-peer learning, and tailored support. Deadline is 01 October. Read more here.

Applications are open for the Foundwork Artist Prize, an annual juried award to recognize outstanding practices by contemporary artists. This year, two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of the jurors. The honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be interviewed in the Foundwork Dialogues programme to further public engagement with their work. A membership on the Foundwork platform is required to register for the prize. Deadline is 10 October. More information here. [Sponsored listing]

PULPO GALLERY is now accepting submissions for its 2022 OPEN CALL SOLO SHOW, awarding the winner an all-expenses-paid solo show at PULPO GALLERY in 2022. Entries can be any form of two-dimensional or three-dimensional art. Deadline is 31 October. Application details here.

Open calls editor: Nina Alexopoulou
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