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To help to give direction and a personal goal to aim for, we have listed below artistic competitions and call-outs for 2021, beginning with January deadlines, which we will update throughout the year.


Take Action Through Art “Reimagine the future through our creative competition” Art has a vital role to play in both imagining and building a better future. We’ve launched a competition for artists in the UK to take inspiration from the David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet film!If you’re in the UK, take part in our competition and you could have your work shown in exhibition alongside other creatives – helping audiences to imagine a better world and commit to putting nature at the heart of our decisions.Use your artistic discipline to visualise how we can best live in harmony with our planet and what our rebuilt future could look like. Entries will close at 5pm on Monday, 25 January 2021. 

Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Award Annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in Central London will bring together over 200 portraits competing for a share of the £23,000 prize fund, with a number of works selling or commissions that will be placed.The Society welcomes paintings, drawings and original prints from artists over 18, from the UK and internationally to be shown alongside members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at their Annual Exhibition.The deadline for submissions via this online portal is 25 January 2021, 12 noon.

Young Artists Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

AOI World Illustration awards 2021 Delivered by the AOI in partnership with USA-based Directory of Illustration, the Awards build on a 45-year tradition of the AOI organising juried survey competitions.This high-profile competition is judged by distinguished professionals from the global illustration industry.Commissioners value the Awards for identifying current trends and finding undiscovered talent, and illustrators value the connection and sense of community participating can bring.Illustrators, commissioners, agents and tutors are invited to submit work created, commissioned or published since January 2020, until the deadline into the ten categories of the Awards. The ten categories include: ‘Illustration sells…..’, ‘Book Covers’ and ‘Science and Technology’Entries need to be made via the online application form. Deadline for entries is 15th February 2021.

The John Byrne award The John Byrne Award is a free, online competition, exhibition, and community.The John Byrne Award champions creativity and curiosity. They accept any creative work all year round, to anyone living or studying in Scotland,over 16 years old. They reward annual and quarterly prizes to the most reasoned, constructive, and compelling entries. The entries are then exhibited within The John Byrne Award online gallery. The quarterly prizes of £500 are awarded in May, August and November to the single best entry received in the previous quarter. 

King House Gallery Has a new competition edition, themed “Seasons” The competition gives artists across the world the opportunity to participate in a unique virtual exhibition and join an exhibition in United Kingdom in 2021, cash prizes, as well as getting participation certificates to strengthen their art credentials."Seasons" invites all artists to share their feelings using any visual art medium, towards one or more seasons of the year. The Global winner will receive £500 and will feature a full blog article, within the galleries website plus 150 semi finalists will feature in an online exhibition.

The Biscuit Factory The Contemporary Young Artist Award is for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK.With the chance to win £2000 and exhibit work at The Biscuit Factory.Successful entrants receive exposure and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The competition welcomes submissions including paintings, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles. Alongside the CYA award, there will also be a People’s Choice winner, as voted for by the public, who will receive a £500 prize. Deadline to be announced……..

The John Moores Painting Prize 2023   This prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting. Supporting artists whether undiscovered, emerging or established, from all over the UK. All entries are judged anonymously over a two-stage selection process by a panel of judges. Call for entries early 2023……..                                                                                                                                      The John Ruskin Prize is the fastest growing multi-disciplinary art prize in the UK, organised by The Big Draw (charity) Based on the beliefs of John Ruskin, the #RuskinPrize supports and promotes artists, designers and makers whose work defies easy categorisation. 

Derwent Art Prize 2022 The Derwent Art Prize is a global art competition and exhibition. Open to artists from around the world, the Prize rewards excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal. Deadline January 4th 2022.


Art Institutions have started to release their deadlines and some organisations have formed to provide relief funds for artists. "Grants remain steady as a way for artists to supplement their income to ease the financial burden that often comes as part of being a working artist—especially over the last year. These grants listed help artists pay for materials, studio space, or even their rent, allowing artists to sustain themselves and their art practices during this difficult time."Artwork Archive have put together a list of opportunities for artists.The list is broken down into six categories: grants, residencies & fellowships, calls-for-entry, publications, COVID relief funds, and opportunity sites.They also have their own grant available:Artwork Archive Art Business Accelerator Grant, have formed in  response to the needs of artists affected by COVID 19.   https://www.artworkarchive.com/

ART HUB has been one of the arts industry’s leading online portal, providing the latest industry news and jobs to its subscribers, publishing essential jobs and information for professionals working in the British arts industry. They have a dedicated section giving a comprehensive list of Arts & Culture opportunities, definately worth a look.

An Open Call for five bursaries, supporting artists based in the North East of England (County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear) has been announced (March 2021)
These bursaries will support artists working at home or in the studio with an £1,000 award. BALTIC invites applications from artists who wish to explore new areas of research, or new ways of making and sustaining their practice.
⏰ Deadline for submissions: Friday 26 March 2021, 23.59
Find out more & apply: http://bit.ly/bbursaries
This is  a service for visual artists, run by artists. They are bringing you the best UK and international arts opportunities, residencies, open calls, commissions, bursaries, arts funding and arts jobs. They also list exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and open studios.

The Society of Wildlife Artists seeks submissions of works that depict wildlife subjects and evoke the spirit of the natural world with many prizes and awards available to win. Deadline 20th August

Robert Walters Group UK New Artist Award 2021.In collaboration with Saatchi Gallery, 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. Deadline 31st August

 The ING Discerning EyThe ING Discerning Eye is an educational charity, established in the UK in 1990, to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to stimulate debate about the place and purpose of art in our societyis calling for entries for a brand-new edition in 2021. The show gives artists the opportunity to showcase their work at the Mall Galleries in London and in a unique virtual exhibition, with the chance to win a range of prizes, including the ING Purchase Prize, worth £5,000. Online submission is open until 7th September.

Japan Media Arts Festival The Japan Media Arts Festival is a festival of Media Artsthat honours works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. Deadline 3rd September.

Silence Awareness Existence, Thematic residency program in Finland, Winter 2022 Taking place at the heart of the Northern winter, the conditions are excellent for concentrating intensively on your work, thinking and being, as well as for sharing experiences and ideas with other, similarly oriented minds. Deadline 4th November

Inspiring London through Culture Commission The City Corporation is one of the UK’s major funders of culture and heritage and directly supports a range of institutions and activities in these fields. It also recognises and welcomes the wide range of organisations, large and small, who further enrich the Square Mile’s cultural offer and who may benefit from additional support or sponsorship to help initiatives to develop. Deadline 5th November

 Open Call for NFT Exhibition by Moozikoo Creative Moozikoo Creative is looking to the emerging art community to offer possibilities of what this new format of art presentation can look like, be like, and/or represent. Deadline 8th November

Next at Christie’s: London 2022 is an exhibition of works by the next generation of artists, taking place in January 2022 and hosted at Duke Street Gallery, Christie's, London. Their concept addresses the absurdity of contemporary reality by letting the Absurd infiltrate the exhibition's artistic and curatorial expression. In doing so, it aims to collectively envision alternative modes of meaning-making.  Deadline 9th November

Open Space AR Mentoring Programme Apply for a free place on an Augmented Reality (AR) workshop series leading to an opportunity to receive a paid AR commission and mentoring from digital artists and curators. Deadline 10th November

Workshop Facilitator at Horatio's Garden looking for a wide range of creative people to join us to bring an exciting range of activities and workshops to suit patients of all ages and backgrounds in the garden at Horatio's Garden Stoke Mandeville and Horatio's Garden Oswestry. We are seeking visual artists, sculptors, singing group facilitators, musicians to perform, creative writers, ceramicists, textile artists, print makers, photographers and more to form a programme of activities that will run year-round in the garden and garden room. Deadline 12th November

Community Development and Engagement Manager at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) Seeking a dynamic artistic Director who has deep engagement with Chinese contemporary art and visual culture to lead the organisation on its next phase of development. Download the recruitment pack to find out more, applications close at midday on Friday 12th November.

Behind The Art - Promote your process Behind The Art Series showcases the story behind an individual work, highlighting the artist and the featured piece. Did you come up with the idea in the shower on a whim, or was it a meticulously planned piece? Share your story. The story behind a piece is just as important as the work itself. Deadline 30th November.

Creative Project Lead, The Drive Project Bravo 22 Company is a recovery and wellbeing through the arts programme designed for the Armed Forces Community and aims to enhance confidence, self-esteem and skills development.The Drive Project is looking for an experienced Project Lead, who is organised, self-motivated and driven, to join the Bravo 22 team, working out of the office in Covent Garden and also remotely. Deadline 17th November.

Artist Brief: Open call commission, Rotherham Museums, Arts and Heritage Open Call for Creative Family Learning practitioner to design and develop an activity pack for Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham. Deadline 18th November

Supporter Data Assistant, The British Museum The British Museum is seeking a Supporter Data Assistant to join the Advancement department. You will provide essential database support for the annual Operations Plan and support the stewardship programme, provide stakeholders with accurate data particularly for mailings and event invitations and liaise with the Supporter and Data Insight Officer and the Operations team on a regular basis to discuss and investigate data issues. Deadline 19th November  

Model Workshop Technicians, Architectural Association School of Architecture We are seeking two vibrant and energetic staff to join the Model Workshop at the AA School.Deadline 22nd November

Arts Engagement Coordinator, Imperial Health Charity Imperial Health Charity’s art team brings art into Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in an exciting and innovative way, enhancing the healthcare environment for patients, staff and visitors. The Arts Engagement Coordinator will work closely with the Arts Engagement Manager on the growing arts programme at the charity, supporting the day-to-day activities. Deadline 26th November

Part Time Art Teacher, art-K WimbledonPurley & Maidstone art-K is a private art education service which teaches children weekly during the day, after school and on the weekend. The Wimbledon branch is one of their busiest clubs, and they are looking for a teacher to work Sunday - Wednesday who will both teach their own classes and assist the club. Deadline 30th November

Education & Youth Development Artist, Cheshire Dance Cheshire Dance is looking for a highly motivated dynamic individual who is passionate about dance and its value in society.  The successful applicant will join a vibrant dance ecology and successful organisation, taking the lead on the development of Youth Dance and Dance in Education initiatives across Cheshire.  Deadline 1st December

 Artist Open call: In Search of Refuge Commission  The Kent-Medway Museum Partnership (KMMP NPO), funded by Arts Council England, seek artist proposals for a new artwork which will explore the often-hidden links and impact refugees have had upon our collections, towns, and communities both past and present. Submissions from artists or artist groups working in any medium are welcome. Deadline 17th December

Open Source Gallery Exhibition Open Call 2023  Open Source is constantly searching for new ideas to bring to their audience. They accept proposals for exhibitions that refer directly to the Open Source mission to observe the social environment. They are looking for engaged artists from around the world practicing in any form of media, ranging from painting to installation to performance art. Deadline 19th December 

Senior Event Curator & Creative Producer HemingwayDesign  The role is for the curation, artistic direction and creative production of all projects in  HemingwayDesign events and festival portfolio including Urban Village FeteSampleThe Drops and The Classic Car Boot Sale amongst others. Deadline 17th December

Women Soaring Open call to Artists In celebration of Women's History Month, Women Soaring are inviting the public to submit artwork related to the theme of Women Antiracists. Deadline 31st December

'How to Uncook The Planet' Open Call Given Agency Project is inviting artists working in all disciplines and from around the world, to be part of a unique project designed to combat the rhetoric of doom and gloom surrounding climate change. “The Uncook Book: How to Unbake the Planet” will use the artwork of selected artists to decode and communicate science’s most powerful solutions to the climate emergency. – making these scientific concepts accessible, mainstream and inspiring. Artists whose work is selected will not only have the chance to see their work published and be part of a unique change-making community, they will also be using their creativity to bring uplifting and hopeful climate solutions to the wider world in an impactful way. Profits from the sale of “The Uncook Book” will go to a climate positive charity. Deadline 31st December

Residencies at Old Jet Residencies at Old Jet are an excellent opportunity for artists to work on a piece or project in a new inspiring environment, giving them a break from their familiar creative surroundings. Anyone working in any creative field is welcome. A one-week booking is entirely free and includes the use of a cosy sofa bed, kitchen, toilets and shower. Deadline 31st December

Wandsworth Arts Fringe WAF’s calling out for local, national and international artists, as well as local community groups, schools, venues and businesses who want to get involved in South West London’s bold and eclectic fringe festival. Deadline 4th January 

Derwent Art Prize 2022 Announce the sixth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries! Showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by artists from around the world. Deadline 4th January





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