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Artist Opportunities 2020

Updated: 2 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.


October Deadlines

27th October

Craft Scotland's third COMPASS Webinar aims to teach makers How to Run a Socially Distanced Craft Event/Workshop. This session with Kate Pickering (Vanilla Ink) and Matt Cox (Potfest and Potfest Scotland) will give you an insight into how to run socially distanced craft events and workshops safely for participants, visitors and your team.


30th October

OMMF! aims to be a celebration of storytelling online, providing a chance for filmmakers and film-enthusiasts alike to submit a 60 second movie from any genre from documentary to animation which will be screened at the two-day digital festival on the 26th and 27th November.


MAKE is now looking for an imaginative and experienced Education and Community Outreach Project Manager to develop and manage the pilot schools project.


31st October

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


Help Musicians’ second wave of financial hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.


Screen Scotland's Screen Hardship Fund offers support to those experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Following on from Craft Scotland's Craft Directory free offer for maker profiles which ran in August, the organisation is now creating a free Craft Directory profile offer for Craft Destinations in Scotland. Apply during October 2020 and get a 5 months free profile (ends 31 March 2021).  


November Deadlines

1st November

V&A Dundee are offering vital opportunities for emerging creatives and established practitioners at a time of unprecedented uncertainty through their Work in Progress project.


2nd November

Artist and Creative Coder Tim Murray-Browne is seeking 2 solo dancers to participate independently in a 2-day research and development lab for his latest performance work Sonified Body.


HES would like to make stakeholders and partner organisations aware of its £2.6m Historic Environment Recovery Fund, which is now open for applications.


3rd November

Craft Scotland's fourth COMPASS webinar will teach you about Selling Craft from a Retailer Perspective. This session with Susan Doherty, owner of destination concept store, Lifestory will give you an insight into adapting retail selling online and in-person during a pandemic.


4th November

Multi-disciplinary artist and Guildhall tutor, Paula Varjack, curates and hosts a brand new series of conversations in collaboration with students from the School's BA Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE). Today's event: Real Talk: Paula Varjack x Demi Nandhra.


Twig Education are looking for a skilled and versatile editor with two or more years experience in educational publishing.


7th November

The Black edition is a special exhibition where the theme is Black. The exhibition will showcase photographers, who uniquely express the subject of Black Colour and Darkness in their own styles and in any genre.


8th November

Community Land Scotland are looking for artists to work collaboratively with three urban community landowners to creatively, visually or otherwise, tell their individual journeys of "ownership".


9th November

Makers, craft destinations, studios and craft organisations are invited to get involved in Craft Week Scotland, which runs from Monday 9 – Sunday 15 November 2020. This event has been developed by Craft Scotland as a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the vibrant craft sector and boost sales for both makers and craft destinations.


Tron Theatre is seeking an early career director, looking to progress their professional directing career, for a new Tron Theatre Production.


10th November

Join Glasgow CAN for November's #CreativeConnect (online) where they will be joined by member organisation New Rhythms for Glasgow, who are currently delivering a co-design project of the new Sighthill bandstand, in partnership with Glasgow City Council architect Nick Cotton, Glasgow Disability Alliance and PEEK (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid).


Gain valuable insights from jeweller/designer Stefanie Cheong, designer Alan Dibble of Green Thomas, and ceramic artist Frances Priest into how to identify alternative selling routes during the pandemic, including selling online, directly through Instagram and #artistsupportpledge.

Taking place during Craft Week Scotland, this is the final webinar in Craft Scotland’s new five-part COMPASS series focusing on the market for craft.


This year’s VACMA programme offers two fixed fee bursaries - the first is a £750 grant for visual artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice; the second is a grant of £500 for new graduates/emerging artists.


Join the Heritage Crafts Association in conversation with lettercutter, typeface designer and author Lida Cardozo Kindersley MBE, in her own workshop where we'll be able to see some of the pieces she is working on. (Webinar)


11th November

Tramway are delighted to offer 6 financially supported residency opportunities to Scotland based artists throughout Mid November 2020 – March 2020.


13th November

The School Library Improvement Fund is available to all state nurseries, primary and secondary schools in Scotland with an established library. It supports creative and innovative projects within the school library sector and is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.


Tramway is looking to work with an Artist/Creative Facilitator with a strong socially engaged practice to aid the creation and delivery of our new artistic programme Tramway Beyond Walls.


15th November

Climate. Sound. Change.: 3 x £500 grants for artists working with sound and music to create new works that respond to the climate emergency with a minimum of one of those grants reserved for a young person aged 16-21.


16th November

The Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) supports creative and innovative library projects throughout Scotland. Awarded every year, the Scottish Library and Information Council administers the Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.


17th November

In the second edition of the UNESCO RILA Sofa Cafés, Professor Alison Phipps , holder of the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA) at the University of Glasgow, will enter into conversation with Deborah May (Küche), Naa Densua Tordzro (University of Glasgow), Giovanna Fassetta (University of Glasgow) and Nazmi Al-Masri (Islamic University of Gaza) to discuss women in peace-making, crafts and cooking. (Webinar)


18th November

Multi-disciplinary artist and Guildhall tutor, Paula Varjack, curates and hosts a brand new series of conversations in collaboration with students from the School's BA Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE). Today's event: Real Talk: Paula Varjack x Liv Wynter.


Craft Scotland are looking for professional, practicing craft makers who have been in business between one and four years for involvement in The COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme.


24th November

The registration for Cartoon Business 2020 is now open!


25th November

Glasgow CAN are hosting a training session in Delivering Youth Arts Online. The session will be an opportunity for youth arts practitioners and coordinators to come together to share their experiences, best practice and hear from Glasgow CAN's Director about how together with the Bold Collective, they approached delivering an entirely online project for young people aged 18-24 as part of Creative Scotland's youth arts festival UnCon in November 2020.


29th November

Join emerging textile artist Abeer Kayani in conversation with Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Director of Craftspace. A free event. (Webinar)


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.


(Further deadline on 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.


Festival UK seeks applications from Creative Teams led by an organisation with a proven track record of financial administration and the necessary experience and management skills required to deliver complex, large-scale projects.


December Deadlines

2nd December

Multi-disciplinary artist and Guildhall tutor, Paula Varjack, curates and hosts a brand new series of conversations in collaboration with students from the School's BA Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE). Today's event: Real Talk: Paula Varjack x Debris Stevenson.


15th December

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


22nd December

Glass, Meet the Future 2021 Digital Film Festival will showcase a cross section of international diverse and engaging series of short films curated and directed by female artists and filmmakers.


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.


The script reading programme is the first step for playwrights keen to begin a relationship with the National Theatre of Scotland.


If you would like to approach the National Theatre of Scotland with an idea for research and development or theatre production opportunities, or other partnership collaborations, please email details about your request tonewapproaches@nationaltheatrescotland.com(please note that all approaches sent to individual staff members will also be forwarded to the new approaches email address).


ScreenSkills’ free online training, designed to support screen industry workers stay safe on productions in the context of Covid-19, is available now.


The Film Development and Production Fund exists to offer development and production funding for feature length films and documentaries being made by filmmakers based in Scotland.


The Broadcast Content Fund aims to help the sustainable growth of Scotland’s broadcast production sector, encouraging the development of new projects, the scaling up of already successful activities and the production of commissioned programmes.


The Society for Theatre Research is able to offer small grants to students to assist with conference fees.


There are opportunities for Artists and Makers in Dumfries and Galloway to apply to join the successful PA Pop-Up collective.


Artquest actively seek short insights into how you work and sustain your practice, specific to your geographic location, the kind of work you make and your situation.


The Production Growth Fund aims to help grow Scotland’s screen production sector, creating employment opportunities for Scottish crews, encouraging the use of production facilities, providing significant opportunities for the professional development of producers based in Scotland, and delivering a direct and significant economic benefit to Scotland.


The Screen Scotland Professional Development Fund aims to contribute to this by providing support for individuals working in film and television to access training, mentoring and other professional development activity, nationally and internationally.


The Film Festivals Fund aims to increase the range and diversity of films available to audiences in Scotland.


The Distribution and Exhibition Fund aims to support wider distribution of completed Scottish films across Scotland and internationally, and especially to increase access to Scottish films for as wide and diverse an audience as possible within Scotland.


The Screen Scotland Film Education Partnership Fund will support partnerships and collaborative programmes of work with the potential to develop increased capabilities in film education, typically through greater connectivity and partnership working between film education organisations and practitioners, and professional development for the film education practitioners involved.


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


The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers aims to support freelance creative professionals working in the arts and creative sector in Scotland, who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Awaiting Announcement

2020 Bon Volks Residency

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

Hospitalfield Residencies

Society for Theatre Research: Research Awards

Cartoon Digital 2021

Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award

The Hitmaker Fund


2021 Deadlines

January 2021

Sheffield Doc/Fest is open for entries from around the world that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part of their 2021 official selection, within either their film programme or their arts programme. 


February 2021

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


June 2021

If you’re a small UK-based maker creating unique, bespoke products, you are just the type of maker Artisanry Co wants for their online shop.


Past Deadlines

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

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