Call for Artists

Call for Artists

Are you looking to participate in a festival, exhibition, contest, creative collective, art project? Scroll through the ads here below for all kinds of open calls.

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Call for artists

09/03/2021 - 12:49

ANGLES. Reappropriating missionary audiovisual archives from colonial contexts

ANGLES, a new heritage project initiated by KU Leuven (Belgium), offers three creative practitioners the opportunity to create a new artwork using colonial missionary film archives. The selected applicants will be offered a working grant of €6,000. Proposals can be submitted until March 15 2021.



KADOC is a cultural archive affiliated with the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) that, amongst many other collections, holds an extensive collection of audiovisual archives that have emerged from colonial missionary contexts. 2020 saw the digitization of one of these audiovisual archives: the film collection of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers).


Containing 80 different mission films – feature films, educational and ethnographic films and nature documentaries – produced between 1946 and 1967 in today’s Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi, the White Fathers’ films provide a rich tapestry of missionary perceptions and representations of Central Africa during the colonial period.


ANGLES, a project embedded in KU Leuven, was established to make way for a creative and multi-angled approach of this audiovisual heritage collection. It wishes to stimulate the exploration of alternative interpretations and the re-viewing of the White Fathers’ films by inviting different methodologies and expressions.


For whom?

This open call addresses creative practitioners (preferentially but not exclusively) residing in the DRC, Rwanda or Burundi, or of Congolese, Rwandese or Burundian heritage, with proven experience with and interest in archives, audiovisual heritage and/or colonial history.


We invite proposals for artworks (in any form and any medium) rooted in a reflective dialogue with the White Fathers’ films that engages with questions regarding:


  • colonial and missionary heritage and the coloniality of historical knowledge
  • colonial and missionary archives as socio-political structures
  • notions of ownership and custodianship of colonial and missionary archives and postcolonial art
  • digital heritage, digital sharing and restitution
  • ethical issues in the digitization of cultural heritage
  • African culture and the digital


Selected applicants will be able to schedule their work over a six-month working period starting in May and ending in October 2021, including an artistic research residency in Leuven for the duration of three weeks (accommodation will be provided). During this time, the project team and KADOC will enable and facilitate conversation, consultation, archival research and offer technical support.


The project will culminate in a symposium and a presentation of the art work in the Chapel of Our Lady of Fever at KADOC in October-November 2021, with the optional extension of the presentation on campus in KU Leuven or at partner institutions for the period of one year. Selected applicants will receive a working grant of €6,000.


How to apply?

The application should consist of a motivation letter, an artistic portfolio and a CV, and should be submitted no later than March 15 2021. We attach great importance to inclusivity and encourage people from across the spectrum regardless of their age, training, religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality or disability to apply. The selection of submitted applications will be done by members of the ANGLES project team. The results will be communicated before 1 April. One-to-one conversations with short-listed candidates may take place.


More information

All information regarding the project, including a selection of film clips, can be found on For applications and inquiries for more information about the project, the call, the exhibition space and the selection procedure, please contact: jonas [punt] vanmulder [op] kuleuven [punt] be.


ANGLES is an initiative of Kim Christiaens and Jonas Van Mulder (KADOC Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society); Fred Truyen and Sofie Taes (KU Leuven, CS Digital); Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven, Modernity & Society 1800-2000) and Katrien Pype (KU Leuven, Institute for Anthropological Research), and is supported by the Global Minds programme of VLIR-UOS.

email: jonas.vanmulder [at]
09/03/2021 - 11:17

Cairo Video Festival for video art and experimental film - Open Call

Medrar for Contemporary Art is launching its open call for the 10th edition of Cairo Video Festival, which will be held in October 2021. The festival continues its focus on providing a platform for sharing and discussing newly produced video art and experimental film. Based on our experience in the previous edition, the 10th edition will continue to focus on expanding its non-conventional venues. Programs will be screened among venues scattered around the city, in addition to theatre screenings and exhibitions to promote, expand and harvest attention to the practice. 

The 10th edition of the Cairo Video Festival comes to culminate the many steps and stages that represent our experiences with video art and experimental film, and also summarizes our recurrent inquiries about the relationship between the arts and the reality we live in, the current events and our eagerness to experiment and to add new and different values ​​with each edition. It is an opportunity that we yearn for with every edition to enjoy witnessing all these innovations, experiences and new concepts from around the world, and to share them with the public.

We are now launching an open call for submission to all video artists and experimental filmmakers from various technical fields. We also encourage designers and developers who work in the fields of virtual reality, animation, interactive softwares, and artistic games via the Internet, computers or smartphones to respond to the call. Likewise, those who emphasize the use of the moving image in their installations or live performances. Curators and institutions involved in the production and distribution of video art and experimental film are also encouraged to submit their programs. The festival program takes the format of a series of showcases, accompanied by talks and discussions with active video-makers and curators to tackle some of the key themes and issues addressed in the works.

Check out the previous edition

email: cvf.medrar [at]
09/03/2021 - 10:50


Welcome to The Arts To Hearts Podcast!
A show where we take a peek into the hearts and lives of our fav artists. From running a creative business & studio practice to success mindset. We talk about everything that goes behind into making a life & career that you adore as an artist. Think of this as your happy hour with your fav artists in your studio. Hear them share the messy and the wonderful side of creating and living a heartfelt creative life, within and outside our studios. As you tune in, be ready to be inspired and encouraged.


Arts to Hearts Project is dedicated to building a community by creating a safe & inclusive space, provide support, opportunities & resources to artists. Our mission is to help women artists navigate their career & life as a creative.

Our passion is to help fellow women artists with a goal to create a welcoming community through our initiatives. Our projects includes The ATH Club, ATH Newsletter, Heart Talks (interviews with artists), Heart Notes (Guest writers for blog), and now, The Arts To Hearts Podcast. 


We promote artists on our website, social media and connect them to multiple opportunities and gallery exhibitions. The Newsletter is released monthly in a digital format. Each beautifully crafted edition features inspiring interviews, perspectives, and advice from the top creative professionals. 

We dedicate the publication to an variety of artists selected by guest curators through our calls for art and artists. We regularly feature submissions and strive to promote the work from all communities, geographies, and artistic styles.


Arts to Hearts Project has been featured by Create! Magazine, The Art Queens, Art Mums united, and guests in our project include Ekaterina Popova, Brandi Hofer, Halie Torris, and many more! 


Art To Hearts Project is pleased to announce International Applications for the ARTS TO HEARTS PODCAST! 

Let’s take our conversation about the arts, your creative process, your art practice and your artistic journey to our growing audience and followers around the world, including leading galleries, art fairs, collectors, curators, writers, art consultants, and more. 


Let’s introduce you to the Host! 

Charuka Arora is an artist, designer, entrepreneur and the founder of Arts To Hearts Project. She has a passion for Arts, Design and creating meaningful communities and opportunities. Charuka has been running her independent creative studio for over 5 years and also works as a creative consultant for businesses. In the span of her career, Charuka found that there aren't enough accessible options and opportunities for emerging and new entrants in the industry. And, a lack of transparency and platforms for peer connections. Hence, she decided to pursue Arts To Hearts Project as an initiative to take a step forward in this direction. She lives, works, and creates from India.

email: info [at]
05/03/2021 - 18:11

NextGen 8.0

VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 8.0. This iteration of NextGen will be held in an online gallery from June 4 - August 8, 2021. This will present a unique opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience to exhibit their work in a professional online gallery. Programming for this exhibition will include conversations with other emerging artists, critiques with local curators/arts administrators who work with young artists, and professional development. Online applications are due by April 9, 2021, 11:59 pm. Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants should have little or no experience exhibiting in a professional gallery. Previous NextGen participants are ineligible. Previous NextGen applicants who were not selected may re-apply for this year's exhibition.

*Keep in mind, with this being an online exhibition, your work will be fully represented through images or video. The digital material you submit is what will be used for the show if you are accepted, so make sure your image/video quality is top notch.

email: mkoeppel [at]
05/03/2021 - 07:44
United States

The New River, Call for Submissions

The New River is accepting submissions until April 12! 


The New River is the oldest journal devoted exclusively to digital writing and art, currently housed at Virginia Tech. We’re looking for digital media, new media, sound, text, and moving image pieces, but we are also eager to see new, boundary-pressing experiments between these forms. The New River is seeking work that glitches and gleans, encodes and engages.


In the past, The New River has featured artists like Nick Montfort, Stephanie Strickland, J.R. Carpenter, Alex Saum, Lai-Tze Fan, Mark Marino, Mez Breeze, and many others.


We strongly encourage work from underrepresented and minority artists as well as work from emerging artists from a wide continuum of identities. The New River welcomes and values diversity, and we seek to include artwork from voices all over the world. 


Please email submissions to thenewrivervt [op] gmail [punt] com. More information on how to submit can be found at: We highly recommend that artists review our website to see the kind of work that we typically publish.


email: thenewrivervt [at]
04/03/2021 - 19:27

International Online Exhibit "Translucent Souls"

Art Mums United, a global platform celebrating womxn creatives is excited to announce a call for art for an international online exhibit “TRANSLUCENT SOULS” curated by Ekaterina Popova!


“Translucent Souls” are about visual artists telling their stories. We use words, but often the most important things remain unspoken. They are transferred onto a canvas, paper, photograph. They are taking shape in a sculpture or installation. 


But can you really see the soul of an artist? Stay silent, watch closely and enter our world. 


This online exhibit is a celebration of our abilities to express all while saying nothing. 


About the guest curator:

Ekaterina Popova is an artist, writer, coach, the founder of Create! Magazine. Kat loves discovering and supporting new artists, sharing her artworld experiences, and chatting with like-minded creatives on the podcast The Create! Podcast. 


Ekaterina Popova was born in Vladimir, Russia. After moving to the United States, she fell in love with painting and received a BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including The Painting Center in New York, The Trenton City Museum, Delaware Contemporary, The Boxheart Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, and more.


Popova has been featured in multiple blogs and publications, including Aesthetica, The Jealous Curator, DPI Magazine, Friend of The Artist, Iceview, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Ekaterina attended several residencies, including at Centre Pompadour in Abbeville, France, NES Residency in Iceland, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.


Ekaterina Popova works out of her studio in Philadelphia, PA, and is represented by DECORAZON Gallery.


*All selected artists will be featured on the blog of Create! Magazine.


DEADLINE: 28 March 2021

Submission fee: EUR 25

email: artmumsunited [at]
04/03/2021 - 17:09
United States

Global Meltdown

Global Meltdown - This call is for a thematic exhibition of artwork related to the the Global Climate Crisis. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, September 9 - October 2, 2021 and is open to all  all interpretations of the Climate Crisis, be it global, local, personal, medical, environmental, financial, psychological, scientific and/or spiritual. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. $500 cash award. The entry deadline is April 30, 2021. The entry form is online at:

email: slowart [at]
04/03/2021 - 16:53

ArtConnect | Artist of the Month - March 2021



Submit up to three artworks for the chance to become our Artist of the Month in March. Five winners will be featured in ArtConnect Magazine and promoted extensively worldwide. The selected works will be featured prominently on our homepage, and get seen by nearly 100,000 art lovers, professionals, and collectors that visit ArtConnect each month.




Disciplines: All disciplines
Location: Worldwide




- Artist of the month winners will be promoted extensively on ArtConnect and prominently displayed on the Front page & Discover page, where collectors, curators, and art lovers alike come to find new talents.

- Winning artists will be included in a permanent digital showcase in our magazine, and kept available for future reference.

- A dedicated newsletter announcing the winners and linking their profiles will be sent to our global audience of devoted art professionals and enthusiastic art lovers.

- The winning artists will have one of their projects shared on ArtConnect’s Instagram & Facebook feed, reaching an international community of people interested in and inspired by art.

- Each week for the entire month, a selection of applicants will be shared on ArtConnect's Instagram stories and on our front page — so apply early for a chance to have your work shared before the deadline.

- Selected artists will be automatically considered for future projects by ArtConnect’s curatorial team, and be the first to know about possible opportunities to exhibit, publish, or sell their artworks in cooperation with ArtConnect.




€8 - One artwork
€12 - Two artworks
€15 - Three artworks


This fee helps us support ArtConnect's curators and continue our mission to empower artists.


Full details and to apply online follow this link -->




31.03.2021 - 23:59 CET (Central European Time)


Previous ArtConnect Open Call Winners




See our Artists to Watch 2021 ->

Léna Lewis-King
Viktoria Andreeva
Sander Steins
Kate McDonnell
Daniel Hölzl
Elizabeth McTernann
Nae Zerka
Nick Ervinck
Obinna Bioma
Mustafa Boga




Scarlett Yang 
Ngadi Smart 
Gabriel Pessoto & Nicole Kouts 
Josipa Krolo 
Laura Besancon 
Nikola Emma Ryšavá 
Daphne van de Velde 

email: hello [at]
04/03/2021 - 12:27

Fakfulness art magazine 5th issue open call

FAKfulness Art Magazine is an independent artist-run international online publication dedicated to showcasing and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art
FAKfulness Art Magazine is pleased to announce an open call for the 4th issue of mag.
We welcome original and innovate approaches to

All international artists of all genders are welcome to apply. We accept works in any medium and short texts. The publication will be released on line on July 2021

Please submit your proposals to: pkuszynski [op] op [punt] pl with “FAKfulness Art Mag 5th Issue” in the subject line.
There is no submission fee


email: pkuszynski [at]
04/03/2021 - 12:13

Festival Opera Prima Call for entries 2021

Selection of performances for Opera Prima Festival XVII Rovigo, 05 / 12 september 2021


The call is opened to single artists or emerging and independent professional companies that work with professional purposes in the field of contemporary theatre, dance and performing arts.




This call for entries is opened to national and international groups or artists that practice experimental theatre.
EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE is the proposal of a work that really experiments with the dramaturgy (interpreted as scenic composition), the actor, the spectator and the scenic space.
In other words, experimental theatre is all that unconventional theatre pursuing:
the autonomy of scenic language from a written play; the redefinition of the scenic space; the reformulation of the role and the gaze of the spectator; an original actors' training; a link that connects the actors to the project of the company.



The call is opened to Italian and international individuals or groups of professional theatre and performing arts, structured in any legal form that allows them to fulfill the administrative and bureaucratic practices necessary to realize their performance.
Only artistic projects that realize an experimentation with scenic languages, according to the points mentioned above, are eligible for selection. Amateur works, drama theater and performances of entertainment won’t be selected.

The Festival commission selects both original works that have not been yet performed, as well as works that have already debut, but which have not had an adequate circulation and / or visibility. It is advisable to submit works no longer than 60 minutes.



Submissions have to include:

Artistic curriculum of the company or of the artist;

Artistic form and technical specifications of the performance;

link to the full video of the performance (if the proposal consists on a debut, link to previous works). Video material has to be viewed directly online (by a link) and they mustn’t be downloaded (no wetransfer, google drive, etc.). Other ways of sending materials are not accepted.

Each group or individuals can submit only one proposal.

The application (with video links) has to be sent by e-mail to: operaprimafestival [op] gmail [punt] com writing on the object of the mail “Submission to Festival Opera Prima 2021” by 12.00 am of the 28th March 2021.
We do not accept other ways of sending materials.
Participants authorize, pursuant to Law 196/2003 and to GDPR - European Regulation no. 2016/679, the processing of personal data and the use of the sent informations for all the purposes related to the announcement.



The selection of the performances is entrusted to the unquestionable judgment of the artistic direction of the Festival.
By submitting their candidacy, participants authorize the use of sent images for the communication and publications related to the initiative.



The contact person of the selected projects is going to be contacted by Association Festival Opera Prima once the selection process has been completed.



The selected performances are going to be included in the 2021 edition of Festival Opera Prima.
All expenses and practices concerning organization, communication, staff, promotion of the event will be in charge of the organization of the Festival.
At each selected company will be paid, after the presentation of an invoice, a fee that has to be agreed and will be guaranteed the possibility of lodging at an affiliated guest house (just for the people working in the performance).



All the performances are going to be realized in Rovigo inside the venues used by the Festival from the 05th to the 12th September 2021. It is possible to realize performances also in unconventional locations and outdoor. The artistic direction can ask to the selected company to realize more replies of the performance.



Selected candidates commit to:

• support the promotion of FESTIVAL OPERA PRIMA throughout their channels (web site, social, press office...);
• respect Festival praxis regarding set-up times and rules;
• perform the selected work on the agreed day or days.
•comply with the mesaures prescribed for the containment of Covid-19 infection, in force during the company’s stay at the festival.
Participation in the announcement implies full acceptance of this regulation.
The organization reserves the right to decide on issues not expected by this regulation.

email: operaprimafestival [at]