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).