Applying to Calls-for-Art, residencies, and grants are fabulous ways to keep your business running and finding success. The VAA has collected some great opportunities to keep you busy towards the end of April.

Before applying to the following opportunities, make sure you are reaching your full potential by attending our Masterclass on Finding Your Creative Voice.




Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, Tunbridge Wells Commission

We are seeking creative proposals for the design and installation of a permanent public artwork for the Grosvenor Bridge Underpass. This commission should reference the history and setting of the area in which the underpass is located and improve the appearance and user experience of this site, connecting residential houses and apartments with open parkland, allotments, and play areas.

Who can apply: UK Based Artists & Practitioners

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline to enter: 21st April 2021

More details: https://tunbridgewells.gov.uk/community-and-leisure/arts-development



Up Your Street

Up Your Street will support three outstanding, diverse emerging artists to produce an innovative artistic intervention in the streets where they live. We are looking for artists that want to explore new ways of engaging with audiences by bringing art literally to the streets where they live to give local communities an uplifting, one-of-a-kind positive and transformative experience.

Inspired by the way art and creativity filled our streets throughout lockdown in the form of impromptu performances, rainbows, tributes to the NHS and other unique community moments, we would like to take this experience to the next level by commissioning artists to create a ‘happening’ of their design from the frontage of their own house or street.

Who can apply: New, emerging and mid-career artists, based in Leicester or Leicestershire

Deadline to enter: 22 April 2021

More details: https://www.vehiclearts.uk/up-my-streethttps://tunbridgewells.gov.uk/community-and-leisure/arts-development



Interdisciplinary Journal openwork Calls for Submissions

openwork is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research into experimental music, art, and scholarship. Interdisciplinary in scope, our journal promotes new modes of interaction between scholars and practitioners.

For our first issue, we are seeking artwork and articles that develop critical theories of listening. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore the rich dimensions of listening beyond audio- or anthropocentric frames, delving into listening practices that unsettle and redefine space, time, and relation.

We favour submissions from scholars, artists, and students whose work may not fit traditional publishing settings. In addition, we are experimenting with a new form of peer review that is open and dialogical.

Who can apply: Academics, Scholars, & Students encouraged

Deadline to enter: 22 April 2021

More details: https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/openwork/proposals



CRAFT Open Call

If you’re a practicing maker of contemporary craft (ceramics, glass, metal, wood), get involved with our exhibition and events running in May, from 14 – 30, May 2021. We are now accepting submissions for the new season. We are particularly interested in sustainable work.

Who can apply:  For artists, designers, and makers working in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and other materials.

Deadline to enter: 26 April 2021

More details: http://lcbdepot.co.uk/event/crafthttps://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/openwork/proposals



The Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 163

The open call is now open for the 163rd edition of the International Photography Exhibition. Photographers and image-makers, of all ages, from anywhere in the world, are invited to submit work for exhibition. Submissions are encouraged from new, emerging, and established photographers.

This is a unique opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, UK, and other nationwide venues. Alongside a prize fund (between £250 and £1500) to support future photographic projects, this year we are excited to announce several new awards, including a 2-week solo exhibition and a photographic commission to create new work.

Who can apply:  For artists, designers, and makers working in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and other materials.

Deadline to enter: 26 April 2021

More details: http://lcbdepot.co.uk/event/crafthttps://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/openwork/proposals



Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

Storyvault Films, producers of the television series Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, are currently looking for artists to participate in the new series. The series will be filmed in spectacular locations around the UK over the course of this Summer.

Who can apply: UK-based landscape painters

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline to enter: 30 April 2021

More details: https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/landscape/https://rps.org/ipe163



North Wall Arts Centre ArtsLab project

Are you a female photographer based in Oxfordshire? The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford is bringing together fourteen early-career photographers for a new collaborative ArtsLab project.

The project will be facilitated by documentary and portrait photographer Philippa James, whose work explores women and feminism, the underrepresented, and her local community.

The group will meet on Zoom from June – September 2021 to develop their practice and ideas. The work produced as the result of this process will be curated as an online exhibition and become part of the Photo Oxford Festival (15 October – 15 November 2021).

Who can apply: Open to female photographers based in Oxfordshire

Deadline to enter: 30 April 2021

More details: https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/landscape/https://rps.org/ipe163



Healing From Within: Call For Art, Exhibition Curated By Tam Gryn, Head Curator Of Showfields

Create! Magazine Is Thrilled To Invite Visual Artists To Submit Their Work To A Juried International Virtual Exhibition With Tam Gryn, Current Head Curator At SHOWFIELDS.

Create! Magazine is an independent magazine that features contemporary art from around the world. This open call is an opportunity to submit your work for consideration for a curated virtual group show. If chosen, your work will be included in a virtual exhibition through Create! Magazine and promoted to our broad audience of international readers, collectors, and followers. Theme: Healing From Within. The broad theme, “Healing From Within” is open to the artist’s interpretation. Healing can mean medical, physical, emotional, spiritual or any other definition.

Who can apply: Artists Worldwide

Deadline to enter: 30 April 2021

Entry Fee: $22

More details: https://createmagazine.com/submit-pages/exhibition-healing-tam-gryn


Visual Art Open

The VAO art competition is currently running in its fifth consecutive year and is open to both amateur and professional artists. The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and establish artists’ profiles in the contemporary art world. The prize fund is worth £8,000 and all category winners achieve £250 cash prize.

Who can enter: Artists worldwide

Entry Fee: £15 for the first image, an extra £10 for each consecutive image. (No more than five artworks)

Deadline to enter: 15th June 2021

More details: https://www.visualartopen.com/




2021 NOT REAL ART Grant for Artists

The NOT REAL ART Grant encourages artists to explore, experiment, question and disrupt the status quo of today’s art world. While the Grant annually awards 6 artists $2000 with no strings attached, it also provides a platform to help them tell their story and promote their work to a wider audience. All grant recipients are featured on the NOT REAL ART Podcast and Blog and showcased in an annual Gallery Exhibition.

Who can apply: Artists over 21 in USA and Canada

Deadline to enter: 1 May 2021

More details: https://notrealart.com/grant/


Artist Grant

Founded in 2017, Artist Grant is a new venture that aims to support and fund artists. To that end, this charitable organization funds the efforts of artists to continue their important work and contributions to society, providing a modest competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter.

Who can apply: Artists Worldwide over 18

Deadline to enter: 15 July 2021

More details: https://artistgrant.org/submission-guidelines



Triangle France

This opportunity will enable early/mid-career artists to undertake a residency at Triangle – Astérides, Centre d’art Contemporain in Marseille for 14 weeks. Triangle – Astérides’ residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development, artistic exchange, and experimentation.

Who can apply: Artists Worldwide

Deadline to enter: 29 April 2021

More details: http://www.trianglefrance.org/en/residences/program/