Open Calls Ending Soon

Last updated: Wednesday 25 November, 11.30am

Every Thursday we issue featured opportunities for creatives ending soon, find below a list of handpicked open calls with deadlines before next Sunday 5 December.

Visit our Resources page for a more comprehensive list of work, callouts and funding available to artists.


Open Calls for Creatives

Open Call: British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 → 26 November
The British Council is now open to proposals for the British Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2023.

Castlefield Gallery: bOlder 2021/22 (Greater Manchester only) → 28 November
Castlefield Gallery is calling for applications to bOlder 2020/21, a talent development programme for contemporary visual artists aged 50+, living in Greater Manchester who are currently unemployed or economically inactive.

International Artist Seed Commission Open Call (outside UK only) → 28 November
For an artist based outside of the UK to research and develop an idea for a new artwork to be showcased within a multi-artform Retrospective in Leeds, in 2023. Seed Commission is made possible by a partnership between the British Council and LEEDS 2023.

The Other Art Fair → 29 November
The Other Art Fair offers emerging artists from all over the world the chance to exhibit and sell their work in an art fair environment, and to gain exposure among curators, galleries, and collectors seeking to discover the most exciting emerging artists working today.

Post-digital landscapes: digital arts open call → 29 November
SMTH with the collaboration of MMMAD and the sponsorship of Nhood, launch the first international open call for digital artists on the screens of Vialia Vigo. Under the theme 'Post-digital Landscapes', we are looking for works that reflect on territory, landscape, city and space in the post-digital era.

Spike Island: Digital Commission for South West-Based Artists → 29 November
Spike Island is pleased to invite applications from artists based in the South West of England to develop a new digital commission for our website and/or online channels.
This opportunity is part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance, supported by Arts Council England.

Art Assembly, City as Art School – Manchester 2022 (Greater Manchester only) → 30 November
Castefield Gallery are seeking to recruit eight Greater Manchester experienced artists/artist collectives to create co-commissions in collaboration with educational groups in which they will be embedded for Art Assembly, a one-day festival in Manchester city centre on 18 June 2022.

Underwire Festival → 30 November
Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Founded in 2010 with the aim to change the face of the industry from the inside out, the festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to a decade of filmmakers and has screened over 800 films. Underwire is now a BAFTA recognised film festival.

Muir Trust Residency → 30 November
The Muir Trust is looking for an established artist-printmaker to respond to the theme of “Printing the Museum” through their choice of print media. The artist will create new artworks inspired by the museum and its collections.

Jan van Eyck’s annual Call for Applications → 1 December
Artists, writers, curators, architects, and designers ranging from graphic and fashion to food and social design, are welcome to apply for an 11-month residency starting in November 2022.

FLAMIN Productions → 1 December
FLAMIN Productions is currently open for applications. FLAMIN Productions aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image projects with development, production finance and bespoke mentoring opportunities, investing production funding through awards of £30,000 each for up to three projects.

Sheffield DocFest 2022 → 3 December / 11 February / 4 March
Welcoming documentary and non-fiction films of all lengths and from all around the world, that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part of the 2022 official selection. Sheffield DocFest screens 140+ feature, mid-length and short films.

SPACE Online Collaborative Residency 2022 (CPSP participants and studio tenants only) → 5 December
Apply now for the opportunity to work collaboratively with another artist, while also receiving mentoring, advice and dedicated peer-to-peer sessions. The 14 week residency starts February 2022 and culminates in a digital showcase.


Funding, grants, scholarships, fellowships

National Lottery Project Grants → reopened
National Lottery Project Grants is our open access programme for arts, libraries and museums projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. From 22 November, you’ll be able to apply for up to £30,000 and get your decision within 8 weeks. This will help us support more ambitious activity, more quickly.

Near Now Ideas Fund - R&D Creative Projects Using Technology (Midlands - England) → 30 November
We are offering up to £2,000 per proposal to support creative research and development (R&D) activity that is enabled or inspired by technology. Artists and creatives based in the Midlands, UK, who are not in full-time or part-time education can apply.

Art Assembly, City as Art School – Manchester 2022 (Greater Manchester only) → 30 November
We are seeking to recruit eight Greater Manchester experienced artists/artist collectives to create co-commissions in collaboration with educational groups in which they will be embedded for Art Assembly, a one-day festival in Manchester city centre on 18 June 2022.

Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowships → 30 November
International and transdisciplinary artist-in-residence program for approximately 65 residency fellowships of six to twelve months in duration.


Useful information for artists

BFI Film Academy Short courses → various deadlines (12 Sep to 7 Jan)
Film skills courses to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film. No experience is necessary.

Gallery Climate Coalition
The goal of GCC is to facilitate the decarbonisation of the visual art sector and promote zero-waste practices.

Kew’s Youth Forum is looking for some new members for 2022
The Youth Forum is a group of young people who meet every month to create and run bespoke learning events and campaigns for Kew. They work with scientists, artists and learning specialists to create activities and events to engage diverse audiences in Kew’s collections and scientific work. It is completely free to join. We can reimburse for travel and provide drinks and snacks during the session.


Work opportunities

ACAVA General Manager → 29 November
We are looking for a confident, self-motivated and organised General Manager to manage our day-to-day operations. FT, permanent, £34K–36K PA.

ACAVA Studios Manager → 28 November
We are looking for a Studios Manager to help us look after our artists' studios. FT or PT, £30K PA pro rata.

City Coordinator (British Art Show 9) → 29 November
A Manchester collective of gallery and museum partners are working with Hayward Gallery Touring to present British Art Show 9 (BAS9) in Manchester from 13 May – 4 September 2022. We are looking for someone to join the partnership team as a freelance City Coordinator. You will work with and support the partners to deliver a new socially-engaged City Commission developed in response to the context of the city and work with a group of Art Agents who will use BAS9 to make change in their city, along with associated digital and promotional activity. The role is supported by Arts Council England National Project Grant. The role will be jointly line managed by the BAS9 National Coordinator and a nominated Manchester BAS9 venue lead. The role will require you to contribute to national learning exchange through peer to peer sessions and national meetings.
Contact lorraine.callaghan@manchester.gov.uk for an application pack

Studio Voltaire Development Manager → 3 December
The Development Manager – a new strategic role within the organisation – works closely with Studio Voltaire’s Head of Development to develop and deliver the organisation’s fundraising strategies, optimising income generation via individuals, sponsors, supporters and partners.

Studio Voltaire Communications Assistant & Creative Learning Assistant
Both positions are part-time (25 hours per week) for a period of six months, and paid at £10.85 per/hour, (London Living Wage). Suitable candidates must be aged 18–24, currently claiming Universal Credit, and make their application through local Job Centres following a referral from their Work Coach.


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