A selection of international open calls and opportunities for contemporary art-related competitions, prizes, exhibitions, awards, proposals, and grants for artists, writers, and curators

About Artist Opportunities & Call For Artists

This is a curated selection. We publish a selection of open calls from a pool of submissions and editorial research. Only open calls we believe offer meaningful benefits to applicants at different stages of their careers will be published. We email thousands of art practitioners weekly with selected opportunities. Make sure you are on our email list to be one of them.

Applying for a call for Art, open calls, and submitting your work can be tricky and taxing work. We at Arts To Hearts Project have been creating resources and opportunities for Artists for the past two years. We have so far organized over 8 editions of our International Call For Art. But, we don’t want you to ever feel limited in where you want to apply. Hence, every month we bring you a quick round-up of 5 hand-picked opportunities for Artists.

1- Studio Visit Book Vol. 1

Arts To Hearts Project is offering an incredible opportunity with our Studio Visit Book, Volume 1.

  • Studio Visit Book V.1 will be shared with galleriescurators, publications and art institutions around the globe, and be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
  • Selected artists will have a personalized and beautiful 4-page spread of their work, juried by none other than the renowned Artist & Curator, The Jealous Curator, also known as Danielle Krysa. With over 257K Instagram followers, Danielle has been carefully handpicking outstanding creative work since 2009, establishing herself as a leading name in the international art scene for her unique finds.
  • Apply to have your work seen and appreciated by a global audience – Submit Now to be featured in Arts To Hearts Project’s Studio Visit Book, Volume 1, and take a step towards showcasing your creativity to the world!

Meet our Vol 1 juror,

Danielle Krysa | AUTHOR, CURATOR, ARTIST

Danielle Krysa aka Jealous Curator.Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. Danielle creates her own artwork as well – mixed media collages which combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title.

When she’s not in the studio, Danielle is writing books : “Creative Block”, “Collage”, and “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” were the first three, and her fourth book, “A Big Important Art Book – Now with Women”, was released in October of 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDxPIXARCreative MorningsCreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.

The Jealous Curator has been featured by Oprah Magazine/oprah.com, Brain Pickings, Fast Company, Apartment Therapy, Sunset Magazine, Frankie Magazine, InsideOut Magazine, Flow Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, Glamour Paris, and more.


Application Details

The Arts To Hearts Project is excited to collaborate with selected artists to create the Vol 1 book that will be released in April- May of 2023. Each artist will be featured with four pages dedicated to their work and an interview about their studio practice. As a token of our appreciation, each artist will receive a complimentary digital copy of the book and have the chance to be featured on social media. Additionally, they will receive a discount on books for their family and friends.

Eligible Artists

Women Artists of all academic disciples are welcome to apply. This includes painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance art. Works must be submitted in a printable format. High res images.

Submission fee

Regular entry
$35

Deadline

February 7th, 2023

2- Royal Society of Portrait Painters OPEN CALL 2023


Conditions of Entry

The Society welcomes paintings, drawings and original prints – including digital/iPad prints – from artists aged 18 and over, from the UK and internationally.

The final exhibition is selected by leading portrait painters and being selected is a mark of distinction. Selected artists will have their work exhibited in a prestigious showcase at Mall Galleries in central London, at which a number of works will sell and a number of commissions will be placed. There is also the chance to win a number of prizes and awards totalling over £40,000.


Important Dates

Submissions open: Monday 28 November 2022, 12 noon

  • Submissions close: Friday 27 January 2023, 12 noon
  • Notification of pre-selection: Friday 10 February, 12 noon
  • Receiving Day: Saturday 4 March, 10am to 5pm
  • Notification of selection: Tuesday 7 March, 12 noon
  • Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 9 March, 10am to 5pm
  • Exhibition opens: Thursday 4 May, 10am to 5pm daily
  • Closed on Saturday 6 May for the Royal Coronation
  • Late night opening, until 8pm, on Thursday 4 May and Wednesday 10 May
  • Exhibition closes: Saturday 13 May, 5pm
  • Collection of unsold work: Thursday 18 May, 10am to 5pm

Eligibility

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • The Society welcomes paintings, drawings and original prints – including digital/iPad prints. Sculpture and photography are not admissible.
  • Work must have been completed in the last three years and not been exhibited in London previously.
  • If for sale, works must have a minimum sale price of £300 (framed prints: £180, unframed prints: £120 – buyers will not be charged for postage and packaging of unframed prints, so please ensure the price of unframed prints allows for this).
  • The price of works for sale must include 45%+VAT commission.
  • Although the exhibition is an excellent opportunity to sell work, works may be listed as not for sale – if your work is not for sale, please input the price as ‘0’ when prompted. 
  • A maximum of 4 works can be submitted for selection. A maximum of 3 works will be selected.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • Note that artists accepted for exhibition will be invited to advertise portrait commissions through our Commissions service, on which a commission will be payable.
  • If your work is on the theme of ‘Clothing’, for The RP Award, please elaborate in the artwork description box.

Entry Fee

  • The submission fee is £20 per work for standard entries and £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under. This includes free admission to the exhibition (normally £5).

3- Amazing Animals 2023 Visual Arts Competition

Deadline january 29, 2023

$19 entry fee 1-2 images
(Non-refundable)

The Camelback Gallery is looking for artwork of all animals, wild or domestic, including insects, birds, sealife, mammals, reptiles. All art styles & all visual arts are welcome. Jurors will be evaluating the art for quality of work and technical skill.

Mediums to be considered but not limited to: Colored Pencil,  Encaustic, Mixed Media, Gouache, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor, Airbrush, Scratchboard, Ink, Charcoal, Sculpture, Collage, Digital Art and Photography.

Open call to artists worldwide,18 years and older, for Camelback Gallery’s 6th annual Amazing Animals Competition. We are looking for artwork of all animals, wild or domestic, including insects, birds, sealife, mammals, reptiles. All styles & all visual arts. Jurors will be looking for quality of work and technical skill.

Mediums to be considered but not limited to: Colored Pencil,  Encaustic, Mixed Media, Gouache, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor, Airbrush, Scratchboard, Ink, Charcoal, Sculpture, Collage, Digital Art and Photography.

We do not sell artwork, if you are an award recipient we promote your work. If we have sale inquiries we will have the buyer contact the artist directly.

4- What Is Art | 5th Edition | Call For Artists

In the contemporary art world success can be seen in varied approaches, great examples are Damien Hirst and David Hockney, two of the world most famous and richest artists and yet with such a different approach to contemporary art. 

The purpose of this art exhibition is to create a dialogue between different approaches to contemporary art and to demonstrate that either way can be successful. 

This Exhibition Will Take Place At Our Gallery Space In Tower Bridge Area, London Uk.  The space is located in one of most iconic places in the world and the most visited place in the whole UK.  It is nestled between modern and classic London icons: The Shard 4 minutes, Tower Bridge 1 minute, London Bridge 2 minutes. With a blend of traditional Victorian brick walls and a central private bar just for our audience, the space is unique in the whole city of London. 

There are no subject restrictions. There are just a couple of guidelines. 

Submission Guidelines- Please read carefully.

To apply simply email us 3 images of your work (3 different works) Title_ Size_ Medium_ Price and a short bio, no more than 150 words at boomergallery@gmail.com. 

Eligible media but not limited: paintings | sculptures | photography | Installations | prints | textile | illustrations | digital art | poems | etc. 

Your submission is absolutely free, but we do charge a £165 fee for each participating artist as we only charge 15% sales commission and that includes: printed catalogs | printed posters | printed brochures | admin | graphic designer | champagne | caviar | professional photographer | hostess | security | bartender | printing and framing for the artists who opt for that. 

Important dates: 

– the open call will run until the 4th of February 2023

– artworks delivery date is the 9th of February 2023. 

– the exhibition will run from the 10th of February 2023 until the 15th of February 2023 with a private view on the 10th of February 2023 from- 6:00 to 9:00 pm at our gallery space in Tower Bridge Area, London. 

Alternatives. 

We have a lot of enquires from foreign artists to exhibit with us but sometimes shipping the work to London in time might be a bit difficult, that’s why we’ve come up with an alternative! If you are one of the accepted artists and you find it hard to ship your work to us, you can send us photos of your work and we can print it and frame it for you at no additional cost. 

5- MFA Reflection- Now Open for Entry

Introducing Reflections

Reflections can appear in many different forms – they can be both literal or metaphorical. Reflections found in shop windows, still ponds, or on faces in mirrors can surprise and delight. The physical nature of light reflecting changes appearances and reveals unexpected sensations. Reflections can also be internal; emotional, cerebral, or spiritual, bringing back memories or causing new ways of thinking that could change the world or just stay personal. Show us what reflection means to you. Entry is open to all artists residing internationally.

All original 2D or 3D artwork in any media is eligible for our second annual online show. Works selected by the juror will be on display in Maryland Federation of Art’s online gallery, Curve Gallery, from April 15 – May 31, 2023. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth and Wil Scott.

Deadline to Enter is February 8, 2023

Terms of Entry

  • Entry is open to all artists internationally. Please refer to the complete U.S. Foreign Policy Compliance Statement on our website.
  • Entering this exhibition indicates understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated herein and with (a) MFA’s approved Statement of Equity and Diversity and (b) MFA’s General Guidelines. MFA may determine work ineligible if entry guidelines are not followed.
  • Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of MFA for promotional purposes including, but not limited to: the invitation, catalog, website, social media, or a subsequent year’s prospectus. Images will include attribution wherever possible.
  • Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event.

Entry Requirements

  • All work must be entered by uploading JPEG images through MFA’s online entry system. Set pixel dimension between 1,500 and 3,000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 5 MB.
  • MFA does not display watermarks; artists display at their own risk.
  • For video submissions: upload a still frame from your video and put a public YouTube or Vimeo link to the video in the “media” section.
  • To enter online, you will need an MFA account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an MFA account.

Entry Fee

  • 1 or 2 entries $35 (MFA Members $20). Additional 4 entries $5 each. Entry fees are non-refundable.
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