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To celebrate the launch of our Artist Opportunities Board, we’ve selected just five of the best opportunities we think you should apply to this August.

Boredom is Not a Luxury

Exhibition

This open call invites artists of all disciplines to join a group exhibition that will take place at Craft Central London in September 2021.

Curated by Seray Ozdemir and organized by Anna Kolosova and Melissa Vipritskaya Topal, the exhibition will explore the theme of boredom. Working to optimize for and invest in the future has become our mode of being, yet the constant precarity and insecurity we are being subjected to by market forces mean that we can’t even begin to see what’s two steps ahead of us. The digital devices of diversion ensure that we are never present in the present either. We are so used to being simultaneously stimulated by various types of media to the point where not multitasking feels unnatural. To most, the idea of actually doing nothing sounds foreign if not completely implausible or even anxiety-inducing, as maybe we started finding comfort in exhausting our receptors too much to leave space for self-reflection. Audre Lorde teaches us that if the revelation and distillation of experience and feelings have become a luxury, then we have given up our power and we have given up the future of our worlds. If today, our perpetual state of severe ennui and mental fatigue makes achieving self-awareness a luxury; then we propose embracing boredom as a resistance technique. Inviting boredom into our lives collectively would mean rejecting the neoliberal achievement-obsessed mentality and disengaging ourselves from the ethos of never-ending productivity. Borrowing from Lorde, we acknowledge boredom as a tool for tangible action and change; therefore, a route to freedom.

Let us affirm together: Boredom is not a luxury

Who can Apply? Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: Applicants should submit no more than 4 images of their artwork. There is a one-off entry fee of £10 payable to cover exhibition costs.

Deadline: 22/08/2021

More Details: https://form.jotform.com/212066029567053

 

UK New Artist Of The Year Award

Call for Submissions

The Robert Walters Group and UK New Artists, in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery, is proud to present the Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award.

The award helps to discover and champion the work of exceptional young artists whose work and vision represent contemporary Britain. From an open call across the UK, we provide a platform for ten finalists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice, and is of exceptional artistic quality. In the process, we look for artists who represent the UK’s richly diverse population and embody the experiences of their respective communities — artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences, and who represent original viewpoints that will start new conversations across the UK art scene.

This year, Robert Walters are proud to offer three prizes, for which each of our ten shortlisted artists will eligible. First Prize: £10,000 cash prize; the first-prize award winner’s work will also be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office in London for a period of twelve months after the award is given. Second Prize: £5,000 cash prize People’s Choice Award: The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be decided by a public vote during the virtual exhibition, open from 5 November – 10 December and will be announced Monday, 13 December. The winner will have the opportunity to take part in one of UK New Artists’ international presentations.

Who can Apply? Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: Free!

Deadline: 31/08/2021

More Details: https://www.saatchigallery.com/exhibition/uk_new_artist_of_the_year_2021

Exhibit your Art at the Seafront Gallery in Worthing

Exhibition

To boost the local art industry as the country moves out of lockdown, Worthing Borough Council, with support from the team at the creative hub Colonnade House, is offering the exhibition space with no hire fee throughout 2021. The outdoor gallery features five stone-filled gabion plinths and is situated a short walk west of Worthing Pier on the promenade – an area that attracts a high footfall throughout the year. Proposals are now invited for future exhibitions at The Seafront Gallery, which has 20 display surfaces across the five plinths and is accessible via a beachside path as well as the promenade. Hire periods will be for four to six months.

Who can Apply? UK Artists

Entry Fee: You’ll get a free exhibition space and the opportunity to exhibit your work, but you must cover your production costs

Deadline: 31/08/2021

More Details: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/worthing-seafront-gallery/

 

Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award Scheme 2021/2022

Residency

The award offers recent graduates a fantastic, free opportunity to continue developing their practice in a 200ft studio based within our artist-led cooperative. The scheme encourages the selected artist to utilise our facilities, participate in and draw on our lively community to produce and present new work. Towards the end of the scheme, the awardee will be invited to share the outcomes of the residency in a form of their choosing (past awardees have hosted events, presented exhibitions, symposium, and even organised gigs). Lewisham Arthouse is an artist-run cooperative based in South East London. It houses an eclectic group of cultural practitioners whose work spans sculpture, painting, experimental sound, sculpture, set design, textile, social practice, printmaking, photography and beyond.

Continuing our commitment to support emerging artists, we are very pleased to announce the latest round of our Graduate Studio Award Scheme and invite all recent London-based (or those relocating) graduate, visual artists, to apply.

Who can Apply? Artists local to London

Entry Fee: Application form is FREE

Deadline: 05/09/2021

More Details: http://www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk/category/news/

 

The BBA Photography Prize

Juried Competition W/ Awards

The BBA Photography Prize awards international photographers irrespective of their background with several Prizes, including a solo show, cash prizes & more. The competition includes an exhibition at Kühlhaus Berlin in October. A jury of experts ensures an unbiased evaluation and high-quality standard. Photographers can enter between 1-15 images. BBA gallery will feature the best applications through their social media profiles and website. What you get out of it: An Artsy profile, up to €2000, and a solo show 2022 at BBA Gallery.

Who can Apply? Photographers Worldwide

Entry Fee: Between €15.00 and €65.00, depending on package.

Deadline: 12/09/2021

More details: https://bba-gallery.com/photography-prize

 

You can find further details of all these opportunities and more using our new Artist Opportunities Board.