This page includes calls for artists to submit works for exhibitions, prizes and commissions in the UK and around the world. The opportunities are listed according to their deadline.


This information was last updated on 3 March 2021

Pier Projects Artist Opportunity

Pier Projects are looking to commission an artist to develop and deliver a walking project for Felixstowe. The project intends to reconnect people with their local environment and places within their town and promote wellbeing.  It also aims to contribute to personal and collective reflection, support recovery from trauma and develop a spirit of collective endeavour and sense of pride in Felixstowe. The artist will bring their experience and interests to create a new work shaped by Felixstowe communities. The artists will be selected by a Community Panel. The estimated launch date is October 2021.  The Artist will receive a fee of £3,000 plus a budget of £1,000 for travel, expenses or materials. All information on how to apply and artist selection criteria is available here. Deadline to apply is noon on Monday 15th March

The Liverpool Plinth 2021

The Liverpool Plinth is installed on the Chapel Street side of the Liverpool Parish Church and is part of an annual project to enrich public spaces and use art to add colour and excitement to the public realm. Criteria to apply include include artists working primarily in sculpture based in the north of England. More information on how to apply is available here.

Fee: £1,000. Deadline to apply is midnight on Friday 19th March.

Open Call for Master Class 2021 at the Zabludowicz Collection

Over the course of a week, eight participants will work closely with leading international artists and key arts professionals to discuss and develop their individual practices. For the first time in 2021, Master Class will take place online, with all talks, tutorials, crits, and gallery visits taking place virtually on digital platforms. This opportunity is offered to early career, UK-based artists who have completed at least a BA degree course, and are keen to advance their professional skills. This year the guest artist tutors include Ryan Gander, Isaac Julien and Julia Scher. The Master Class will take place online from 10 - 17 May 2021. There is no fee to participate in Master Class. A small bursary fund is available for artists who may need additional access support. Deadline for applications Sunday 21 March, midnight. For more information head to the Zabludowicz Collection website.

ICA Open Call in partnership with Dr Martens


The ICA and Dr. Martens have come together to award seven Image Behaviour Production Grants worth a total of £60,000. These seven grants, six of £5,000 and one of £30,000, will support UK-based emerging artists to make new work for inclusion in Image Behaviour 2021, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image. Proposals are invited from UK-based emerging artists and collaborators who are looking to make their first significant presentation in a UK institution and who feel that they would benefit from expert mentoring and production support. Criteria: entrants must be aged 16 or over. No formal training required.

The deadline to apply is 30th March 2021.

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2021


The prize is open to all artists, the only criteria to submit is that works must be a self-portrait of the artist. There is a submission fee of £30.00 and £35.00 if payment is being made from overseas. To submit works artists must log in to the Ruth Borchard Collection Zealous portal which is accessible via this link. The deadline to submit work is 1st April 2021.

From the submitted works a panel will choose a winner of the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize and a selection of works will be acquired for the Next Generation Collection. A longlist of works will be invited to participate in an exhibition via an exclusive virtual gallery and Artsy page and a shortlist of works will be exhibited at Coventry Cathedral as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations. 

London Art Biennale 2021


The London Art Biennale welcomes artists from all traditions and lines of thought, emerging and established, presented in a celebration of contemporary art. The Biennale takes place on the King’s Road, Chelsea and is free to visit. Open from 1st to 4th July 2021. Biennale artists will be awarded a number of prizes that include a £5,000 prize amongst others. There is a £36 fee (per artwork) to submit. 

​Deadline for submission is 13 April 2021. Use this link to submit your artwork

YICCA , International Prize of Contemporary Art


YICCA s a competition open to all artists or groups of artists and professionals from any country in the world. 18 among all participant artists will be selected by a panel of experts to compete for the final cash prize which will be announced during the exhibition of their artworks in a European city. Submission deadline: 16 April 2021.

Cash prizes: € 3,000  first prize and €1,000 second prize. Selected artwork will be exhibited in a European city in July 2021, details to be announced. Artists can submit up to 6 artworks, there is a fee per artwork submission. Further details on how to apply here


Royal Academy of Arts, Young Artists' Summer Show 2021

The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition organised by the RA for young artists aged 5 - 19 years studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Registrations are open and will close on 26 April 2021. Selected works will be exhibited online and onsite from 11 July 2021. Submission is free and is done online. Find out more here.

International Photography Exhibition, Bristol

The worldwide open-call is now open for the 163rd edition of the International Photography Exhibition. Photographers and image-makers, of all ages, are invited to submit work for exhibition. Submissions are encouraged from new, emerging and established photographers. Closing date for entries: 27 April 2021. Standard entry of four images: £30 per person
This is the opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, UK, and other nationwide venues. Alongside a prize fund to support future photographic projects, this year we are excited to announce several new awards, including a 2-week solo exhibition and a photographic commission to create new work.
The exhibition selection is anonymous throughout, including the award winners.

Concord Art Prize


Artists are invited to create an artwork in response to a song. Concord Art Prize has selected 10 songs from their catalogue - from Mark Ronson to Stravinsky, Krept & Konan to Pink Floyd to act as inspiration for visual artists. Art forms include painting, sculpture, installation, video or photography. Criteria: visual artists based in the UK. To apply, submit a proposal that describes your vision. The deadline to apply is 30 April 2021. Finalists will be announced at the end of May and each finalist will be given a bursary of £1,000 to create their artwork within 8 weeks. The winner will receive a £10, 000 cash prize and retain ownership of the winning artwork. The winning artwork will be displayed at Concord’s head office. Link to submit your application is here

Fotofestival Schiedam Open Call (The Netherlands)


Artists are invited to submit one image within the context of the theme (see below).

Aimed at photographers working in the realm of visual culture. There is a €19 fee for each submission. International submissions are welcome. 

OPEN CALL 3. 14 March/ 30 April 2021. After the Deluge

First price of the Open Call is a €200 cash prize.

The Gilchirst-Fisher Award at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery


Entries for the Gilchrist-Fisher Award 2022 are now welcome from artists addressing the broad theme of Landscape. The winning entry will be awarded £6,000. Originally instituted as a painting prize, work is now accepted in all media except video and installation. To be eligible to enter artists must be under 30 years old on 1st January 2022. Link to download the application from is here

The deadline for entries is 1 June 2021.

Quasi Quadro (Italy)


Quasi Quadro has announced Air Land 4.0, an international contemporary art competition, organized to promote and enhance contemporary art. The open call moves to the Museum of Contemporary Arts_ Ex officina ferroviaria located in Barge, province of Cuneo, Italy. The finalist works will become part of the Museum's first contemporary art collection.

​Criteria include all artists, with no age, sex, nationality or any other qualification specifications. Open to every discipline (sculpture, painting, video art, photography, performance, poetry, etc.)

To enter, artist may submit one or more artworks, published or unpublished. Submissions are online. 

10 finalist will be invited to exhibit their works at the Museum of contemporary art_ Ex officina ferroviaria di Barge. The winner will be awarded a cash Prize of €100.

The artist selected for the Residency Award will have the opportunity to spend a week of artistic residency in Barge, province of Cuneo, on the occasion of the great Volver festival.
The deadline to apply is 10 September 2021. Further information also available on Staam up: https://www.staamup.com/en/event/22