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Make your story

One way to bust artist’s block and keep yourself busy making art is to submit your work to the many juried events and exhibitions in the UK and beyond! A selection of competitions are listed below, many of them awarding substantial prizes for work in 2-D (painting, drawing, print-making, etc.), 3-D (sculpture, installation, etc.), film/video, photography, etc. Most charge a small fee to enter (which often covers administration costs), and should your work be selected, the rewards vary from cash to commissioned work along with the chance to join an exhibition and be included in critical write-ups.

Let me know if you think there are some opportunities that could be added to this list!

Also, click the link to read more practical info about applying to open calls.

Selected London-based art prizes, commissions, etc. (by deadline date)

Project/event name (click link for more info) Apply deadline Event dates
Jerwood Project Space open bi-monthly
Bloomberg New Contemporaries* Jan 2020 Jul; Nov
Royal Society of Painters Open Portrait Prize Jan 2020 May
Ashurst Emerging Art Prize* Jan 2020** Jul-Sept
Jerwood Open Forest 1 Feb 2016 Nov/Dec (exhibit), (commission)
Derwent Art Prize for Drawing Feb 2020 Spring/Summer
BP Portrait Award Feb 2020 Jun-Sep
Frieze Artist Award Feb 2020 October
RA Summer Exhibition Feb 2020 Summer
Jerwood Makers Open Feb 2020 July/August
Jerwood Painting Fellowships Spring biennially
Jerwood/FVU Awards Spring Mar-May following
Contemporary British Painting Prize April 2020 Aug-Oct
TBW Drawing Prize (formerly Jerwood Drawing Prize) Jun/Jul 2020 Sept-Oct

Art for Youth

May/Jun 2020 Dec
Griffin Art Prizeand residency July 2019 Nov/Dec
Passion For Freedom festival July 2020 October
National Open Art prize currently suspended Winter
London Open triennial at Whitechapel Nov 2021 Summer 2022
John Moores Painting prize at Liverpool Biennial Autumn 2019 Spring 2020
Columbia Threadneedle Prize Oct 2019 Jan 2020 (London)
Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize Dec 2019 Mar 2020
Jerwood Photoworks (biennial) Nov 2018? Jan 2020
Frieze Foundation Projects TBC October
Hyundai Commission series at Tate invite only Yearly

* NOTE: These events/open calls are for emerging artists such as those under a certain age, final year BFA/BA/MFA/MA students and/or recent graduates only.

** For the Ashurst Art Prize, early entries received can get feedback from their experts

Also keep an eye on these websites…

There are a number of art-related websites, too, where other opportunities are listed on a regular basis, including residencies, projects, collaborations, exhibitions, events, talks, and more.

Art Asia Pacific
Art for Youth – annual charity/fund-raising event
Art Forum
Art Radar Journal
Art Review
Artist Residencies website – ResArtis
ArtQuest – a-q
Arts Council
Arts Jobs
Art with a Heart
Biennial Foundation
British School at Rome [BSR] – awards for humanities, visual arts, and architecture
ICA – Institute for Contemporary Art
International Association of Art Critics
Mall Galleries open calls
Re-Title – Intl Contemporary Art Directory
South London Gallery
Southbank Centre/Hayward Gallery
UAL alumni listings
UAL Showroom and other alumni opportunities
Whitechapel London Open

And let’s not forget the art fairs…

Biennials Links Dates
Documenta – Kassel, Germany 5 yrs
Manifesta – European cities even years
Nour Festival – London, UK odd years
Qalandiya International Biennial – Palestine even years
Sharjah Biennale – Dubai, UAE odd years
Shubbak Festival – London, UK odd years
Venice Biennale – Venice, Italy odd years
Annuals Links Dates
Affordable Art Fair – Battersea, London Mar
Art Basel – Basel Germany; Miami; Hong Kong
Jun; Dec; Mar
Frieze – London, UK Oct
London Art Fair – London, UK Jan
Other Art Fair – London, UK Apr
Parallax – London, UK Feb
SOFA – Chicago, IL Nov

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