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Artist Opportunities 2020

Updated: 3 days ago

It can be difficult to stay on top of the various competitions, awards and calls for submissions that are running at any one time, but it's a necessary evil of working in the creative industry. This list will highlight just a few of the opportunities available to you right now. We'll update it every now and then to remove deadlines that have passed and add new deadlines that may be of interest.

July Deadlines

8th July

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust are hosting an introduction to QEST's forthcoming Scholarship and Apprenticeship funding with Q&A for makers based in Scotland.

A series of free online discussions to support artists and makers in their business development needs.

9th July

Craft Scotland is looking for 5 makers to take part in a research project being led by Dr Charlotte Gilmore that looks at mapping resilience within the creative industries.

10th July

The Barn is inviting applications from artists working across all media who wish to participate in an experimental learning space which aims to create the conditions to open up new innovative forms of practice that respond imaginatively to the challenges we now face.

Bring a prosecco and do some printmaking along with artist Rebecca Scott and create your very own nature-themed artwork LIVE on Zoom video chat.

12th July

Leith School of Art are currently recruiting for a Painting Course Tutor and Printmaking Course Leader on their Year-long Courses Programme.

13th July

Glasgow Zine Library are hiring a new Programme Coordinator to devise, coordinate, and deliver Glasgow Zine Library’s year-round programme, including the Library’s flagship event Glasgow Zine Fest.

14th July

(Further deadlines on 30th November and 31st May)

DuaisDìleabChaluimChille / The Colmcille Legacy Award offers monthly arts awards and online exhibition to profile and support Gaelic artists work, aligned to themes of Colmcille.

15th July

Artist Grant provides a $500 USD grant to one visual artist aged 18 or over each grant cycle.

16th July

On the 16th of July from 2 - 3pm, Jane Dixon will be running a FREE webinar called Managing Budgets in a Time of Change.’

17th July

The Scotland+Venice Partnership Board are hiring a new Development Manager.

18th July

A CAL is a group crocheting the same thing, at the same time and at the same pace. For their first big CAL they'll all be crocheting a Fernando Fox Wrap. Fernando's a collar type scarf, just long enough to curl round your neck and perfect for popping on when it starts to get nippy.

20th July

Creative Review's annual showcase of the best graduate work is just around the corner, and they’re open for submissions.

21st July

Screenwriters are encouraged to submit one complete screenplay to be considered for the 25. eQuinoxe Europe Intl. Screenwriters' Workshop. (€50 application fee)

22nd July

Glasgow Creative Arts Network's 4th #CreativeConnect Online Networking session will feature guest speaker Cat Dunn.

24th July

To strengthen your online marketing skills CHARTS are offering a series of free 1:1 'Social Media Tune-up' video calls.

27th July

Help Musicians is pleased to be working with MOBO Trust for a fourth year on the MOBO Help Musicians Fund.

28th July

The Market for Craft is a valuable tool for the sector. Join us in these conversations to shape and energise the future craft market.

29th July

Free short 1:1 advice sessions with Crafts Council Talent Development coach via video call.

31st July

Performance and pop-up works are required for the 2021 Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity is pleased to introduce No Label: Invisible State, an independent online art project run by artist and textile designer, Victoria Chikovani, which celebrates the creativity and imagination of dyslexic people.


5th August

LUX Scotland are hosting informal one-hour meetings with members of the LUX Scotland team for Scotland-based artists working with moving image.

10th August

The Jorum Craft Award (£500) provides funding to assist with development of a maker’s creative practice, including but not limited to research and development of a new piece of work, project or collection. 

September Deadlines

19th September

The Art House and Outside In are seeking proposals from individual artists who would like to develop and progress their practice through a residency at The Art House’s purpose-built studios in Wakefield.

October Deadlines

5th October

The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.

31st October

The FANS Youth Film Festival are accepting short film submissions for inclusion in the 2020 festival programme and competition.

November Deadlines

30 November

Dance teachers, carnival/sculpture artists and poi/circus/street theatre artists who can speak – or wish to learn – Gaelic are encouraged to apply to the Inverness Royal National Mòd Opening Procession Project in October 2021.

December Deadlines

15th December

Applications for the Gottlieb Foundation 2021 Individual Support Grant will be available to mature individual visual artists in September 2020.

Ongoing Deadline

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

The aim of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant is to allow an artist to afford any necessary materials and spaces, create new work and manage their medical and personal expensive. Many previous recipients have found that the grant allowed them to dedicate more time to their creative practices, applications and exhibitions.

This grant is aimed at mid-career professional artists with specific financial needs (who can demonstrate these needs on paper). It’s open to sculptors, painters, printmakers and other artists who work on paper. Students are not eligible, and neither are video artists, filmmakers, computer artists, crafts-makers, performance artists or commercial artists.

Successful applicants can expect to receive between $5,000 and $30,000.

Awesome Foundation Grant

The international micro-granting organisation, The Awesome Foundation, has a chapter based in Glasgow which provides grants of £500 to fund “awesome projects”. These projects need to be based in Glasgow and to be beneficial to the local community.

This grant is aimed at anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – running “Awesome projects” in the Glasgow area (“G” postcode).

Successful applicants can expect to receive £500.

Deadline: Rolling – grants offered every 2 months.

Open Project Fund

Run by Creative Scotland, this fund is aimed at groups, creative organisations and individuals living in Scotland who seek financial support for their creative and artistic projects.

This grant is aimed at individuals and organisations based in Scotland.

Successful applicants can expect to receive between £1000 and £150,000.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects.

The National Parks Arts Foundations run a range of artist residencies around the world with various deadlines.

Annex:art Residency

As well as interim studio programs, Annex:art makes it part of its mission to work with artists from all over the world and create sponsored and self-funded artist residencies. Successful applicants are given access to a participating annex location in which they can create a specific body of work or a new project.

This residency is aimed at artists from all over the world, aged 21+.

Where? New Mexico, Germany and France.

Cost: Various (visit www.annexart.com/residency for details).

Residency Unlimited

Curators and artists at all stages of practice can make use of the residency environments customised by RU. Successful applicants will receive production, administrative and critical guidance. This organisation emphasises the importance of networking between RU residents.

This residency is aimed at artists worldwide.

When? Various dates. Residencies generally last between 3 and 6 months.

Where? Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Open City Documentary Festival run a range of short courses throughout the year.

Creatives interested in teaching are encouraged to contact the Moray Art Centre with class proposals.

The Community Grants Fund (CGF) is a small grants scheme provided by the Edinburgh County Council. Small grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded to constituted groups for local community activity. Grants can be applied for throughout the year.

Awaiting Announcement

2020 Bon Volks Residency


Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

2021 Deadlines

February 2021

Sustainable Arts Foundation offer unrestricted cash awards to artists and writers with children.

Past Deadlines

These opportunities have passed, but you can always watch out for them next year!

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