As winter approaches and we start to look towards the beginning of 2021, opportunities for Artists are springing up everywhere! We’ve taken out the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best international opportunities for Visual Artists.

Due to Coronavirus many of these opportunities are online. If you’re still struggling to get to grips with selling art online make sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Online Galleries.




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 direct 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/


Santa Clarita Arts – Landscapes of the Mind

The City of Santa Clarita Arts and Events division (City) is seeking artists to exhibit work at the First Floor Gallery located in City Hall. The group show, Landscapes of the Mind, will focus on artwork depicting any kind of landscape from the artist’s interpretation.The landscape does not need to be, but is encouraged to be a real place. These pieces can be incredibly realistic, or very abstract or surreal, or somewhere in between. There is no limit to how many pieces you can submit, however, they will be juried. Applicants may submit artwork in the medium of their choosing as long as it is able to be mounted to a wall. This includes but is not limited to paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, and textiles.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline to enter: November 9th, 2020

More details: http://santaclaritaarts.com/callsforentries/ 


11th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

Fusion Art is very pleased to announce that the 11th Artist Spotlight solo art competition  is now open for submissions. The gallery created this monthly solo art exhibition series as an outlet for emerging, mid-level and, even, professional artists to gain more worldwide online exposure.

The Artist Spotlight competition is an open competition. There is no theme and any subject matter and any media are acceptable. Artist Spotlight will be a more competitive environment than our monthly and quarterly themed competitions.  While the overall quality, originality, creativity, composition and presentation of an artist’s work is always an important consideration in all Fusion Art’s competition, Artist Spotlight is designed to highlight those artists who have a cohesive, quality, body of work to showcase. The artwork included in the Artist Spotlight Solo Art Exhibition does not need to be for sale.

Who can enter: Artists Worldwide and of all mediums

Entry Fee: £35

Deadline to enter: November 10th, 2020

More details: https://www.fusionartps.com/11th-artist-spotlight-solo-art-competition-deadline-to-enter-november-10-2020/


B.J Spoke Gallery – Expo 40

b.j. spoke gallery’s 40th annual EXPO competition will be judged by Francesca Altamura, independent curator and art historian, recently curatorial assistant at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Francesca has curated and co-curated exhibitions of emerging artists, and has a broad background in art history.

Who can enter: Artists worldwide

Entry Fee: $35 for six images, or two videos

Deadline to enter: November 15th, 2020

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


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/


NYC4PA Call for Entry – Black and White 2020

The New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, etc.). Winners will receive $4,000 in cash awards, be featured in the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the BLACK and WHITE catalog. The Grand Prize winning image will be posted on the NYC4PA home page.

Who can enter: Photographers worldwide

Entry Fee: $35 for the first three images

Deadline to enter: November 15th, 2020

More details: https://www.nyc4pa.com/black-and-white


Solo Shows

It’s been 3 years since we started to do pop up exhibitions in London and almost a year since we’ve opened the doors of our permanent gallery space in Aldgate.

With support from artists and audience from all around the globe we have decided to make the next logical step into our ongoing ascendence in the international art scene, “SOLO SHOWS”.

Who can enter: Artists worldwide, of any medium

Entry fee: £9 submission fee

Deadline to enter: November 16th, 2020

More details: https://boomergallery.net/solo-shows-open-call-1898503


Alone/Together – International Exhibition

Alone/ Together is a paradox. 2020 has united and divided the world. There are schisms within our culture that are widening. At the same time, people are coming together in mass to protest injustices. Wearing a mask can be seen as a simple gesture of kindness towards others; yet may also also entice fighting. What does it mean to be alone? What does it mean to be together? What does that look like? Have you felt alone? Have we come together? How have you, as an artist reacted to this paradox? IncuArts Gallery invites artists to submit for this international exhibition.

Who can enter: Artists worldwide, in any medium

Entry fee: $30

Deadline to enter: November 17th, 2020

More details: https://www.incuarts.com/alone-together


Open Call – Street Photography Exhibition

Downtown Arts Collective is now accepting submissions for an exhibition exploring emerging trends in contemporary street photography.

Who can enter: Photographers worldwide, who explore street photography

Entry fee: $35

Deadline to enter: November 24th, 2020

More details: https://www.downtownartscollective.com/opencall


J. Mane Gallery – Abstracts

J. Mane Gallery invites submissions for its 3rd Abstracts  online juried art exhibition. Abstract art uses the visual language of shapes, form, color and texture to create a composition that is independent from visual references in the world.  It can mean anything in an artist’s emotional life they want it to mean.  It awakens our curiosity as viewers about the limits of our imagination. We invite you to submit work that best represents your interpretation of Abstract art.  All artists over the age of 18, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best art and photography.

Who can enter: Artists and Photographers Worldwide

Entry fee: $20 for up to 5 images

Deadline to enter: November 24th, 2020

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




Developing Your Creative Practices

The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage to research, have time to create new work, travel, training, develop ideas, network or find mentoring.

Who can enter: UK Artists / Creative practitioners

Deadline to enter: November 5th, 2020

More details: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP