The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer. It will be 2021 before we know it! There are still plenty of opportunities to be getting on with before the year ends. So, make yourself a hot chocolate, curl up by the fire, and read through all the opportunities you can apply for before the end of this year!



VAA International Art Exhibition 2021

The VAA International Art Exhibition 2021 is an online space for Artists & Collectors to connect. The event is an ambitious exhibition expanding across four virtual gallery spaces, featuring the work of over 2000 talented Artists. All works are available to purchase directly from the Artist; buyers can simply click on the artwork for details. The event is an opportunity for emerging artists to be discovered internationally by buyers, gallery representatives, publishers, and art agents

Who can enter: Artist’s worldwide

Entry Fee: Free for VAA Premium Members

Applications Open: 21st October, 2020

Deadline to enter: 8th December, 2020

More details: https://visual-artists.org/artexhibition/

6th Annual Colorful Abstractions Art Competition

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Degas

Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Colorful Abstractions art competition for an online exhibition during the month of November 2020.

For this competition, both 2D and 3D artists, worldwide, are invited to submit their best nonobjective or nonrepresentational art. All artists, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best abstract art and photography.  Black and white are acceptable colors for the “colorful abstraction” theme.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $20 for one image, $35 for up to five images

Deadline to enter: 1st December, 2020

More details: https://www.fusionartps.com/6th-annual-colorful-abstractions-art-competition-deadline-to-enter-december-1-2020/

Bougie Art Gallery – Abstract Art Today

Selected artists will be represented at the ‘Abstract Art Today’ virtual art exhibition, will be featured, marketed and promoted extensively through the gallery’s website, as well as Bougie Art Gallery Magazine (digital version), on email marketing campaigns, through worldwide known art websites including Artland.com, Slate Art Gallery Guide and through our extensive and continually growing social media networks. Bougie Art Gallery has thousands of visitors per month from more than 30 different countries.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $25.00.

Deadline to enter: 1st December, 2020

More details: https://www.bougiegallery.com/abstract-art-today

Artist Commissions – LightNight Liverpool 2021

Open Culture is seeking artistic proposals for LightNight Liverpool 2021, a free, one-night annual arts festival, whose theme for 2021 will be “Play”. The festival is looking to present work by emerging or established artists living or working in the UK, and particularly those with diverse backgrounds.

Proposals in any art form are welcome, including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, gaming, performance, installation, light art, or any combination of these. All commissions are subject to funding, with 3–5 works expected to be commissioned and awarded £2,000–5,000, depending on their scale and complexity.

Who can enter: Uk Artists Only

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline to enter: 6th December 2020

More details: http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-job/post/artist-commissions-lightnight-liverpool-2021-play/

Shades of Black and White Prospectus

The SE Center for Photography is looking for Shades of Black and White. For the first 100 years of photography monochrome was the only choice. When asked to name a fine art photographer, one usually thinks of those of 1930s-70s, masters of black and  white, shadow and light, form and contrast. The photographers of today turn to shades of black and white for the same expressive ability of monochrome and we’re looking for the best.

Who can enter: International Photographers

Entry Fee: $35 for up to 5 images

Deadline to enter: 6th December 2020

More details: https://www.sec4p.com/shades

Open Call: M HKA/ Van Abbemuseum Research Fellowships

The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, have announced a Research Fellowship for an artist, curator, writer or thinker, focusing on a critical engagement with the constructs of internationalism, transnationalism, globalisation, and Eurasia.

The researcher will be awarded a grant of €10,000 to facilitate a period of research for up to 12 months, with their work to be included in two exhibitions presented by the museums in 2021. A production grant of up to €5,000 will also be available.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline to enter: 6th December 2020

More details: https://vanabbemuseum.nl/en/programme/programme/open-call-m-hka-van-abbemuseum-research-fellowship/?fbclid=IwAR0Iot1x2mq9U7OjJElN1TNIwxEUi2jCY4fHjh8sY8tQbL7F4GiU4NGvUgM

Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase will be an open-themed, contemporary and fine art exhibition at Armadillo Art Gallery, located in Denton, Texas. Due to COVID-19 precautions and safety procedures, the exhibition has been tentatively rescheduled for January 1 – 31, 2021. Opening reception date is TBD.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $25 for up to 5 images

Deadline to enter: 9th December 2020

More details: https://www.envisionartshow.com/catch-phrase

small works – Big Talent

Las Laguna Art Gallery is looking for small works with a big impact. There is no intended theme for the work; it just needs to fit the criteria of being “small art”. All mediums and subjects accepted. No works over 18 inches on either side, including frame, if framed.

This Call for Art is open to ALL local, national and international artists, professional and amateur. All fine arts media are acceptable: watercolor, drawing, pastel, painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation art, photography, fiber art, digital art, etchings, monotype, monoprint, silkscreen, airbrush, lithography, fiber art, etc.  No crafts, please.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $35 for 3 images

Deadline to enter: 13th December 2020

More details: https://www.laslagunagallery.com/upcoming-calls

Beyond Human Power

The continuous spread of the novel coronavirus and the emotions it has caused have become the most direct and vivid explanation of force majeure, something beyond the control of human power. In most cases, the first thing that people think of is ruthless nature. The virus is an invasion of aliens and yet is not caused by nature alone. Its development involves human economic and social activities. In the end, our bodies will inevitably suffer the most from the things beyond human power. We invite artists worldwide to use their unique artistic creations to make their voices heard in this particular period and context.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $50 for 6 works

Deadline to enter: 15th December 2020

More details: https://independentimage.org/open-call-beyond-human-power/

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: December 15th, 2020

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


Art Fluent offers opportunities to artists worldwide through juried exhibitions throughout the year. As steadfast supporters of the arts, our aim is to connect art lovers directly with artists and vice versa. A portion of the proceeds from the entry fees are donated to organizations committed to the arts and supporting artists. Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, IDENTITY.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $20

Deadline to enter: 18th December 2020

More details: https://www.art-fluent.com/identity-prospectus

Hindsight, 2020 was a

For many 2020 was a year like no other. A global pandemic hit, wildfires swept through large portions of countries while hurricanes and storms flooded others, people died, lives were put on hold, jobs were lost, economies were in crisis, schools closed, major elections took place, and more. What did 2020 look like for you? How did it feel? How did you respond? How has this year shaped you, your life, and your practice? At IncuArts we ask, “What happened?”

HINDSIGHT, 2020 WAS A   is a look back on the year 2020, at what happened and what it meant to us.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $30

Deadline to enter: 19th December 2020

More details: https://www.incuarts.com/hindsight-2020-was-a

All Women

J. Mane Gallery invites submissions for its All Women online juried art exhibition.  

Women artists have been making art throughout history, however their work, when compared to their male counterparts, tends to be overlooked and undervalued.  Women artists are often aced with challenges due to gender biases in the fine art world.

Therefore,  we are honoring women artists.  We invite you to submit work that best represents you as an artists.  All artists over the age of 18, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best art and photography.

Who can enter: Women Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $20

Deadline to enter: 26th December 2020

More details: https://www.jmanegallery.com/all-women-2020-call-for-entries

London Art Biennale 2021

Artistic Excellence from all over the world

London is the global art capital and the London Art Biennale is where the art of the world is given a platform. Artists from all traditions and lines of thought, emerging and established, are presented in celebration of contemporary art.

Who can enter: Women Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: £30

Deadline to enter: 31st December 2020

More details: https://www.londonbiennale.co.uk/apply-for-the-biennale-2021/

Works on Paper

During COVID, many artists haven’t been able to obtain the art materials they normally use. Necessity is the mother of invention. What kinds of paper have you been using for your artwork during this unprecedented time? Have you been using art materials or media that you found in your home or studio? Have you made paper? Have you branched out from your usual art practice in some way during this time?

This exhibition celebrates creativity and resourcefulness in works on paper in the time of Coronavirus. During difficult times, artists can lead the way in demonstrating resilience and originality.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: $25

Deadline to enter: 31st December 2020

More details: http://papercircle.org/exhibits/