Artist Opportunities 2020

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

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.


November Deadlines

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.


The Culture Collective is a pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.


Screen Scotland, working in partnership with International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), is offering up to three fully funded places on Rotterdam Lab 2021, organised as part of CineMart. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the lab will take place virtually in 2021, running 25 January – 5 February (not including the weekend of 30 and 31 January).


19th November

Crafts Council's bespoke advisory hour-long sessions are for makers at all stages in their career to discuss ideas or concerns about their creative practice.


Grounded in a COVID-recovery context, the Sound Connections workshop "Fundraising during challenging times" will provide the basics for if you are starting to think about how to raise funds for your project or organisation.


20th November

Glasgow based feature film shooting February - April 2021 seeking experienced crew (All grades)

Prep commencing December/January.


In The Works are looking for a queer woman of colour, preferably with a connection to Scotland, to join their team of voice actors on queer horror audio drama Folxlore.


21st November

STBP has adapted its training programme to be delivered online whilst we are still unable to gather in person, and will be delivering 5 independent sessions on Saturday mornings during October, November and December.

SESSION 3: NOVEMBER 21ST 10AM-11-30AM

Singing and Parkinson's: The Research


Living or studying in Scotland? Share your creative work, for free, for a chance to win £500. The John Byrne Award accepts work in ALL creative disciplines, from anyone over 16 - and exhibits every entry on their website.


Birds of Paradise will commission three disabled writers to each write a brand new 15 minute radio play (monologue or duologue only) for broadcast on EH-FM.


23rd November

Outlander are recruiting up to 16 trainees, across various departments to train on Outlander Season 6. Full time traineeships beginning from December 2020:


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.


Children's Parliament are seeking a highly motivated individual for their new programme, to raise awareness and understanding of what a children’s human rights approach looks like in practice in school communities.


27th November

The Village Storytelling Centre are looking to employ an experienced participatory Storytelling practitioner to deliver a collaborative story-led programme for young people, exploring mental health & well-being.


FESTIVE ART ON THE EXCHANGE: 28th & 29th NOVEMBER


29th November

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


Applications are now open for Modern Makers 2021, for young people with an interest in learning craft skills!


As part of their Making Space programme, Scottish Youth Theatre are looking for established artists across disciplines who can support young resident artists as professional mentors to submit an expression of interest.


Scottish Youth Theatre are inviting applications for 3 traineeships in producing and project management as part of the Making Space project running between January and March 2021.


Between January and March 2021 Scottish Youth Theatre will support up to 16 residencies (solos, duos, trios, or new collaborations) from a wide range of arts practices to engage in bespoke artistic development, making cross art form work for a brand new innovative online festival.


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.


Apply now for a free digital 'table' at next years' Glasgow Zine Fest and showcase your zines to thousands of attendees at our international festival!


December Deadlines

1st December

ACE Producers is calling for applications for the second ACE Animation Special. The workshop, which will be held in Dingle* during the 2021 Animation Dingle Festival, is organised in close collaboration with the festival, Screen Skills Ireland and with additional support from Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet and Animation Ireland.


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.


FESTIVE ART ON THE EXCHANGE:4th – 6th DECEMBER


4th December

SCAN is looking for a new Director to build on its leading advocacy and development work, aimed at connecting, championing and cultivating contemporary art across all areas of Scotland and beyond.


5th December

STBP has adapted its training programme to be delivered online whilst we are still unable to gather in person, and will be delivering 5 independent sessions on Saturday mornings during October, November and December.

SESSION 4: DECEMBER 5TH 10AM-11-30AM

Running STBP Groups - practicalities and funding


6th December

LUX Scotland is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2021 Margaret Tait Award open on Wednesday 4 November 2020.


7th December

The Maverick Award 2020 offers up to £2000 to the best application for a new project, with writing at its heart, that departs from the routine and starts to explore new and imaginative possibilities.


8th December

Crafts Council's bespoke advisory hour-long sessions are for makers at all stages in their career to discuss ideas or concerns about their creative practice.


10th December

Join GCHT for one of their four events running on Zoom from September 2020 to March 2021.

Each surgery will highlight two different grant programmes.

Thursday 10th December 2020: Traditional Skills Grant and Building Repair Grant

6pm – 7.30pm via Zoom


The Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2021 is an international, open-submission triennial competition that showcases the outstanding works of contemporary glass art from around the world.


FESTIVE ART ON THE EXCHANGE: 11th – 24th DECEMBER


12th December

STBP has adapted its training programme to be delivered online whilst we are still unable to gather in person, and will be delivering 5 independent sessions on Saturday mornings during October, November and December.

SESSION 5: DECEMBER 12TH 10AM-11:30AM

Refresh, reboot, and adapting online


15th December

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


21st December

Sky is seeking proposals for narrative-led feature documentaries and limited series which tell a compelling story with a strong creative vision.


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.


ART ON THE EXCHANGE BOXING DAY MARKET: 26th & 27th DECEMBER


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).


The Communities Recovery Fund aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery and tackle the challenges presented by COVID-19. 


Vanilla Ink give practicing jewellers individual studios and communal studios/workshop with access to tools, equipment, knowledge and a community.


The William Syson Foundation Funding is open to non-profit arts organisations and individuals who wish to apply for assistance. With a particular focus on individuals resident in Scotland, Applications for small grants (up to £5,000) and larger grants (from £5,001) are welcome at any time.


Short Circuit is now accepting applications for their feature film development scheme, First Features. The scheme will support Scotland-based filmmakers to take that career-defining step towards developing their debut feature.


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. 


Living or studying in Scotland? Share your creative work, for free, for a chance to win £500. The John Byrne Award accepts work in ALL creative disciplines, from anyone over 16 - and exhibits every entry on their website. (Further deadlines in April and July)


The Translation Fund is administered by Publishing Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland. The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the United Kingdom with the payment of translation fees to translate Scottish writers. Funding will be offered in the form of a grant and it is for translation costs only.


To mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, BBC Arts, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland have launched a new  Culture in Quarantine commissioning round to celebrate the work of disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse artists.


February 2021

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


Join GCHT for one of their four events running on Zoom from September 2020 to March 2021.

Each surgery will highlight two different grant programmes.

3rd Surgery: Thursday 11th February 2021

6pm – 7.30pm via Zoom

Heritage Grant and Community Grant


March 2021

Join GCHT for one of their four events running on Zoom from September 2020 to March 2021.

Each surgery will highlight two different grant programmes.

4th Surgery: Wednesday 31st March 2021

6pm – 7.30pm via Zoom

Development Grant and Building Repair Grant


The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future.


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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