Call for Artists

Call for Artists

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Call for artists

01/04/2021 - 01:18

Open Call Addis Video Art Festival

Open Call! 


4th Edition International video art festival 

in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

December 26/2021 - January 01/2022








In this past year flights stopped, streets and roads emptied, offices, restaurants, schools... closed. Millions lost lives. Touching, sharing, closeness, getting together, even the simple act of breathing became threatening. We have been thrown into a historical period we never imagined could occur in our lifetime nor be prepared for. The experience has left us questioning our human accomplishments and potentials. Still in the midst of the crisis, it’s too soon to know the effect it has had and will have on our path ahead.

Video has become our way to see, hear, and speak to each other, a mechanism for connection. Among these challenges, creativity lives on. We create to communicate our ideas, to connect the new distance that is forced upon us. In responding to these recent conditions Addis Video Art Festival seeks video shorts that examine, reflect, and parallel these experiences.


Regulation and Guidelines
- Open to national and international artists
- Submission deadline August 1 2021
- Free submission
- Theme: ‘A P A R T  TOGETHER’
- Single channel videos only
- Works must be made within the past 2 years
- If the work uses a language other than English, it must be subtitled in English
- Maximum duration 15 minutes
- Up to two works may be submitted per artist/ requiring a separate entry form per submission
- Selected artists will be notified by September 1st at which point a screening copy will be requested

Entry link: HERE (

Submission Deadline: August 1 2021

Contact Email: contact [op] addisvideoartfestival [punt] net

Addis Video Art Festival intends to provide a platform for innovative video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The festival will screen throughout the city in a variety of locations including street corners, rooftops, public centers and art centers. By sharing video art in both conventional and non-conventional settings, the festival will reach both the artist community and the everyday passerby. The festival aims to create a dialogue between local, and international artists by encouraging digital media culture.

email: contact [at]
31/03/2021 - 12:23


The Berlin based arts and culture programme DAGESH. Jüdische Kunst im Kontext (Jewish Art in Context) in cooperation with the global network for Jewish culture, Asylum Arts cordially invite Jewish artists from across Europe and the Americas to participate in a multimedia arts exhibition »TRANSITIONS« that will premier in Berlin on June 30th, 2021.


»TRANSITIONS« seeks to create a new Jewish visibility that transcends borders in a European and transatlantic exchange. Via video and sound art, text composition, and other forms of visual and digital arts, selected artists will showcase their experience and understanding of solidarity and resistance through aesthetics and artistic practice from a shared and yet diverse contemporary Jewish perspective.


The concept of »TRANSITIONS« describes a liminal space, a threshold condition in which society currently finds itself, both socially and politically. A “betwixt and between” state, where the usual order of things is disrupted and new potentials and limits can be challenged and explored. With »TRANSITIONS« we seek to aesthetically explore ways to create newness founded on the very loss and (transgenerational) trauma of the original places. Speaking from a multiplicity of situated Jewish positions, the art pieces in the exhibition will display the artists’ engagement with political events, discourses and movements that impact and mobilise them in their specific context.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, April 13th 2021 at 12 PM (CET).
For more information and how to apply, please visit

email: info [at]
30/03/2021 - 22:26
United States

Wassaic Projects 2021 Haunted Mill

Slideroom application opens: March 25, 2021

Slideroom application closes: May 5, 2021, midnigh


The Wassaic Project seeks artists to participate in our Haunted Mill on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The Haunted Mill is our annual, one-day-only Halloween event in the hamlet of Wassaic. Artists are invited to transform the hamlet of Wassaic into a PG-13 haunted village. Throughout the event, the Wassaic Project will host family-friendly activities, trick-or-treating, and performances. All work must be considered PG-13. We want artists who are excited to be in Wassaic, participate in the Haunted Mill, and get weird.


The Wassaic Project welcomes artists who are self-directed and independent with their projects and vision. The Wassaic Project offers a modest honorarium to participating artists and artistic teams. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and with the health of our staff, resident artists, and community as our top priority, we unfortunately cannot provide housing for participating artists this year. We offer the option for artists to camp for up to 3 days in the Luther Barn Field while creating their installations/performances. While camping, participating artists will have access to bathrooms and running water. Participating artists will also have access to our wood shop and print shop during the installation period. 


Information on our 2020 Haunted Parade can be found HERE:


Information on our 2019 Haunted Mill can be found HERE: 


How to apply:

We accept two types of proposals for the 2021 Haunted Mill: site-responsive outdoor installations and outdoor performances. 


Site-responsive outdoor installations:

We envision a series of site-responsive outdoor installations functioning as unique trick-or-treating stations for kids. Please describe what your haunted hut will look like. Can it be fabricated prior to arriving in Wassaic and be assembled on site? 


For performances:

Please explain how the performance piece will look or function. Is there a start and end time? Is it a durational performance? Interactive? If your work is time-based or has video documentation, you may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud in your application. 


Application Requirements:

Contact information


1 – 10 work samples (5 or more images of completed works and and 1-5 sketches, mock-ups, or works in progress of what you're thinking about for your installation) 


$25 application fee

email: catie [at]
30/03/2021 - 20:42
United States

The Arts Oasis Call To Artists

The Arts Oasis is a not for profit calendar and guide to the new virtual landscape established to aid the creative community and independent creators. We support grassroots projects, educators, non-profit organizations and working artists, and we are committed to building an accessible, inclusive and anti-oppressive creative community.

Currently, we are curating a virtual artist gallery space on the Arts Oasis site. So, we are on the lookout for up-and-coming professional artists to showcase in the gallery. Our goal is to promote and feature artists to increase creator/audience engagement as we curate an online art haven.

This is a completely free service! We do not take commission on sales should one of your works sell, although we do not require that your works be listed for sale. Also, we are excited to announce that the works featured on the Art Oasis artist gallery page will be shown to 11,000 distinguished art collectors, interior designers, curatos, and funders who are looking to discover artists and purchase new works.

email: astreamediainterns [at]
30/03/2021 - 13:05
United Kingdom

50 Shades of Red - Exhibition Opportunity

The King House Gallery is calling for entries for a brand-new edition themed "Fifty Shades of Red". The competition gives artists across the world the opportunity to showcase their work, participate in a unique virtual exhibition, join an exhibition in Stratford-Upon-Avon, cash prizes, as well as getting participation certificates to strengthen their art credentials.

"Red is one of the most visible colours in the colour spectrum - and its ability to instantly grab people's attention is the reason why it's often used to warn people of impending danger. Red is the colour of passion, of love, of  energy, of action - it's warm, it's fire, it's powerful. It's Red."

"Fifty Shades of Red" invites all artists to share their artworks where the dominant colour present is a shade of red. All visual art mediums welcome.




​Shortlisted artworks for the online exhibition (and running for the cash prize / UK exhibition / magazine feature) will be invoiced a non-refundable one time exhibition fee of £45. This fee only applies for the work that is selected.




Shortlisted Semi-finalist Artists:

- Receive digital "Semi Finalist Participation Certificate";

- Participate in an Online Exhibition (interactive virtual gallery) from the 26th of May 2021 to 26th of August 2021, available on "The Artist Lounge" website and on King House Art Gallery's website;

- Automatically be in the run for a chance to be featured in the "King House Art Magazine - 2nd Edition".

20 Finalists:

- Receive digital "Finalist Participation Certificate";

- Invited to send their selected artwork to an exhibition in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom. Group exhibition from the 9th to 24th of July 2021, with the opening day event on the 9th.

Global Winner:

- Receive £500 cash prize;

- Receive digital and Printed "Competition Winner Certificate";

- Participate in an interview and have full blog article published on our website.

Young Talent Award (artists younger than 18 years old qualify):

- Receive digital and Printed "Young Award Certificate";

- Participate in an interview and have full blog article published on our website.

Senior Talent Award (artists over 65 years old qualify):

- Receive digital and printed "Senior Award Certificate";

- Participate in an interview and have full blog article published on our website.




Open Applications: 6th of March to 19th of April.

Announcement of shortlisted Artworks for Online Exhibition: from 23rd of April 3rd of May 2021.

Online Exhibition: From 26th of May 2021 to 26th of August.

Announcement of 20 finalists: 11th of June 2021.

Group Exhibition in the UK (20 finalists): 9th to 24th of July 2021.

Announcement of winner and awards: 24th of July 2021.






email: info [at]
30/03/2021 - 13:01
United Kingdom

In the Wild Art Competition

The Artist Lounge, sponsored by King House Gallery, is calling for entries for a brand-new edition themed "In the Wild". The competition gives artists across the world the opportunity to showcase their work, participate in a unique virtual exhibition, join an exhibition in United Kingdom in 2021, cash prizes, as well as getting participation certificates to strengthen their art credentials.

"In the wild you find what mankind should treasure the most. You see life, you feel fresh, you hear roars. It's nature on its finest form, on its original form, on its own skin. It's raw and beautiful - every single element of its composition." "In the Wild" invites all artists to share their artwork related to nature, from plants to animals, and everything wild in between. All visual art mediums welcome.


DEADLINE: 4th April 2021.


Prizes and Awards:


All participants:

- Receive Digital "Participation Certificate";

- Automatically be in the run for a chance to be featured in the "King House Art Magazine - 2nd Edition", and if selected, receive free access to the full digital magazine.

150 Shortlisted Semi-finalist Artists:

- Receive digital "Semi Finalist Participation Certificate";

- Participate in an online exhibition (virtual gallery) from the 15th February 2021 to 31st of March 2021.

20 Finalists:

- Receive digital "Finalist Participation Certificate";

- Invited to send their selected artwork to a Group Exhibition in our gallery in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom. Group exhibition from the 18th to 26th of June 2021, with the opening weekend event on the 18th/19th of June.

King House "In the Wild" Global Winner:

- Receive £500 cash prize;

- Receive digital and Printed "Competition Winner Certificate";

- Participate in an interview and have full blog article published on our website.

Young Talent Award:

- Receive digital and Printed "Young Award Certificate";

- Participate in an interview and have full blog article published on our website.

Senior Talent Award:

- Receive digital and printed "Senior Award Certificate";

- Participate in an interview and have full blog article published on our website.



Application Fees:

Early Applications from the 1st to the 28th of February 2021: £10 (equivalent to $13 or 11 euros)

Applications from 1st of March to the 4th of April 2021: £15 (equivalent to $17 or 16 euros)



1st Phase of Applications: 1st of February 2021 to 28th of February 2021.

2nd Phase of Applications: 1st of March 2021 to 4th of April 2021.

Announcement of 150 shortlisted semifinalists: 3rd of May 2021.

Online Exhibition (150 finalists): 3rd of May 2021 to 1st of June 2021.

Announcement of 20 finalists: 1st of June 2021.

Group Exhibition in the UK (20 finalists): from 18th to 26th of June 2021.

Announcement of winner: 26th of June 2021.

email: info [at]
30/03/2021 - 10:27

Open Call 'AR art in Instagram filters'

MMMAD Madrid’s Urban Digital Art Festival together with Goethe-Institut Madrid and LABA School of Art, Design & New Media launch the I Open Call for artistic projects in AR through Instagram filters.


“Our way of perceiving the digital world has changed radically in the last year. Telecommuting, online classes, streaming platforms, shopping or social networks make us spend more and more hours in front of our screens. Devices are already an indispensable part of us, both our bodies and the space around us are altered from the digital constructing new dimensions of the sensitive field. The physical and digital worlds are getting closer and closer.

From the urban to the domestic space, we are looking for WorldAR artistic proposals in Instagram filter format that raise new possible places and times from the creation of digital objects or environments.

Within the context of WorldAR, possibilities are opened from which to transform the world in which we live: distortions, glitches, translations, defects, dissolutions, parodies, and effects with objects that alter reality in any of its possible variations. Original works that work from an artistic and contemporary perspective."

Aaron Jablonski (@exitsimulation)
Adrian Steckeweh (@omega.c)
Lucía Tahan (@luciatahan)
+ 1 representative vote from the three organizing institutions.


Exhibition and Awards
The jury will select the 20 best proposals received, which will be part of an exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Madrid from May 11th to 31st and at LABA Valencia from October 28th to November 28th.

In addition, the jury will award three ‘LABA Valencia Awards’ of 500€ (taxes and deductions not included) to the three best works received, sponsored by LABA School of Art, Design & New Media.

email: hola [at]
30/03/2021 - 09:19

Walking Backwards - exhibition oppportunity

“Walking backwards”
Two funded exhibition opportunities at SNEHTA - June & October 2021

The calls aim is to bring artists attention to past ideas and juxtapose those with our present condition. 
“Walking Backwards”  was inspired by the Greek figure of the soothsayer Tiresias, appearing in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Soothsayers are fortune tellers, or people who claim to be able to predict the future. In Canto XX, Dante and Vergil encounter these souls, forced to walk with their heads for ever facing backwards.
The calls aim is to bring artists attention to past ideas and juxtapose those with our present condition. 
In order to apply, artists have to complete the appropriate application, send their CV and Portfolio (10 pages max.), while paying a fee of 10 EUR and sending a proof of payment via email.

Who are we looking for

We are looking for emerging contemporary practitioners that will demonstrate a genuine interest in the social context of Athens and who can engage with it critically by challenging social norms and taboos. We are looking for creative practitioners who demonstrate elements of experimentation through their artistic practice.
Applying artists should demonstrate an interest in the local community of Kypseli and maintain a gregarious approach to potential connections with local artists and organisations.The call is non medium specific.
What the call offers to selected artists
• 500 euro artist fee/reward
• Access to our small studio space Mariya (next to our main exhibition space at  
  I.Drosopoulou 47)
• Induction on our terms on how to use the space and a variety of tools
• Tour of Kypseli and a presentation of the organisations 9 year history in the city
• Access to the Snehta library during the opening hours
• Snehta will offer consultation during exhibition isntalls. 
• The work produced by each artist will be promoted on our website and on our 
  social media platforms (facebook/ Instagram) and through our newsletter.
• Shenta will provide printing costs and welcoming drinks for the opening day,  
  photographing the event and invigilation of the show during Snehta opening   
  hours (Artist’s will have to take care of their own invigilation times for opening  
  days outside Snehta’s schedule)
• Snehta can support artists with letters of recommendation for further 
• Snehta reserves the right to select the artist chosen for the upcoming exhibition 
   in the 2021 Snehta Kypselian Salon.

email: augustus [at]
29/03/2021 - 22:56
United States

Call for Artists: Flower Power

The Art Guild invites all artists, high school and older, to submit artworks for consideration for “FLOWER POWER”, a Juried Competition and Exhibition.   

Flowers are more than beautiful.  Their symbolic language has been recognized by many cultures since the beginning of time. They bring joy to our happiest celebrations and provided comfort on the saddest days. 

Georgia O’ Keefe said ”If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.” Show us the power of your flowers!

CRITERIA All styles from abstract to realism are welcome. All works must be original and have been created in the last five years. References used in the creation of the submitted work must be the artist’s own, or copyright-released for use in this work. The curating committee’s decision is final.

MEDIUMS: Included but not limited to acrylic, charcoal, collage, colored pencil, digital art, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pencil, printmaking, sculpture, or watercolor. No Master or direct copies accepted.

email: nbojbasa [at]
29/03/2021 - 18:32

OPEN CALL - NEW NOW Festival for Digital Arts


As part of NEW NOW, the new festival for Digital Arts on Zollverein, we are looking for digital works for our Virtual Festival and for artistic-scientific contributions for our conference. Submit your works and ideas by April 18 and become part of #newnow21!



How do we want to shape our world? NEW NOW explores phenomena of our times and will take place for the first time on the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen from August 27 to October 03, 2021. For five weeks, the landmark of the Ruhr area will be transformed into an open production site for Digital Arts: The festival accompanies artists in the development of their works and invites the public to actively contribute. The Digital Arts serve as a venue for speculation. Here, artists and participants alike have the freedom to imagine and test new visions for the present.



NEW NOW is phygital. It does not only take place physically at Zollverein, but also digitally. For our Virtual Festival, a uniqated: the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is being digitally recreated – and at the same time augmented in terms of content and form. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is thus transformed into a digital work of art.

Under the title "ZECHE", participants can look forward to an aesthetic encounter between the historic buildings of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and a virtual museum. Digitalisation meets post-industrial culture, the past and the existing meet the future and the im-/possible. Particular emphasis is placed on community and collaboration. The virtual festival platform is interactive and globally accessible online for the duration of the festival.

You want to exhibit your work on the most beautiful virtual ZECHE worldwide? Then submit your digital works by taking part in our call!



As a discursive part of NEW NOW, an international and interdisciplinary conference will take place on September 18-19. Entitled "Another End is Possible", the conference will look at the interplay between humans, nature and technology.

While the world is becoming increasingly complex and the advance of technology is rapid, our environment is becoming more and more imbalanced. The end of the world seems to be approaching. Or has the end - the "doomsday" - already come, as some philosophers argue? Assuming we are already standing on the ruins of our society, how can we achieve a cooperative new start? How can we rethink our coexistence so that humans, biosphere and technology can coexist in the "New Now"?

We don't want to see the ruins of our world as the end, but as a beginning. Together with artists, activists, designers, coders, philosophers and interested minds, we will explore new models of society and dare to create a future worth living.

Do you also believe "Another End Is Possible"? We are looking forward to your contributions to the conference programme!



With NEW NOW we want to expand the sense of possibilities. As a festival for Digital Arts, NEW NOW also feeds on the exchange of disciplines and practices – from computer science to gaming, design, architecture, fashion and music to visual art. We are open to a wide range of ideas and look forward to being surprised by your contributions. We are particularly happy to receive submissions from people from the Ruhr region as well as the global south and we actively include new, non-conformist perspectives.


Below you will find a few specific thematic notes:

Virtual Festival

As the title indicates, NEW NOW focuses on the present. Accordingly, we are particularly interested in works that explore phenomena of the contemporary.


With "Another End Is Possible" we intend to explore utopian and dystopian, posthumanist and culturally rooted themes and turning points. We also want to promote sustainable decolonial, feminist, queer and post-capitalist forms of progress. The aim is to combine diverse approaches and formats and to offer an interdisciplinary, intersectional and international programme. In addition to lectures and workshops, we are specifically interested in artistic formats.



Virtual Festival

Digital artworks can be submitted in the form of 3D assets, image, video or sound files. Live performances or workshops are also possible (details and technical feasibility will be clarified on a case-by-case basis after a successful application).

Acceptable formats are:

- 3D Assets (fbx, obj, c4d, or Rhino data)

- Interactive 3D assests (must be delivered directly in Unreal Engine)

- Common image & video files

- Audio files

- Livestreams


We are looking for positions of artistic and/or artistic-scientific research and are open regarding the format – whether talks/panels, performances, rituals, workshops, audio-walks, readings, web-based applications or other experiments.



The application can be submitted via a central platform with a standardised form. You will find the link below. Please submit your ideas and works by Sunday, April 18, 2021 (23:59 CET).


You have the opportunity to propose ideas for the Virtual Festival and/or the conference. In addition to the necessary personal data, we kindly ask you to provide the following information when submitting your ideas:

- Chosen format

- Title

- Concept description (German or English, 1000-1500 characters including spaces)

- Short biography (German or English, 800-1500 characters including spaces)

- Link to portfolio, website, social media profile, etc.

- Artist or speaker portrait (with credits)

- Visualisation/picture of the artwork or conference idea (with credits)



An invitation to the virtual festival or the conference includes an expense allowance. Any travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

The conference will be hybrid (adapted to pandemic conditions) or virtual, if required.

If you have any questions, please contact our programme team at: programme [op] newnow-festival [punt] com


email: programme [at]