News & Opportunities

Welcome to a AR+ Online. 


In the absence of exhibitions and events caused by the recent closures of galleries and arts organisations we have decided to temporarily open up our AR+ Online to all non members giving all artists access to commissioning and exhibition opportunities, available studio space and a selection of professional development services in the area.

We hope that this will inspire and encourage creativity in these hard times and continue our work with artists albeit virtually.

If you would like to join the membership to support the scheme. Artists are invited to join our AR+ Membership for £15 a year. This gives you exclusive access to AR+ Online, updated at least once a month with commissioning and exhibition opportunities, available studio space and a selection of professional development services in the area. All subscriptions help fund the artist-curated news and opportunities page and other artist services. 


We’re delighted to offer subscribers to AR+ Online a 20% discount at Cass Art on your next online or in-store order, plus free standard delivery. To redeem this offer, simply enter the bespoke discount code FABRICA20 at the online checkout at To redeem in-store print a copy of this webpage and show it at the checkout or you can show it on your mobile device.

To receive regular updates via email you can subscribe to our AR+ newsletter here



Black Artist Grant

A new Black Artists Grant has just been set up; a monthly £500 no-strings attached grant for artists of all ages in the UK. It is funded by @creativedebuts and the first few recipients are being selected by @rootedzine
The Black Artists Grant is £500 given out monthly to a black artist in the UK. The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artist in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME. For more information,  follow @thewhitepube.


Deadline: ongoing


Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund: Call for Entries


In partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company, the £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.


The fund offers grants of between £1,500 and £2,500 and is for freelance creative practitioners based in England and Northern Ireland who work in the visual arts and are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications are accepted from 2:00pm on Thursday 7th May until 2:00pm on Thursday 18th June 2020 and decisions will be made on a weekly basis. You can apply at any time. There are no deadlines. Applicants will be informed of decisions approximately two weeks after submitting their application.

Deadline 18 June 2020


Visions of Science Art Prize

UK-based artists are sought to submit works for an online exhibition exploring modern scientific phenomena. The exhibition offers several prizes and awards and is open to all participants.

All UK-based artists are eligible to enter. Painting, drawing, sculpture, film, mixed media, photography and all forms of contemporary visual arts will be considered. Submissions with a performance element are also eligible, provided arrangements for online exhibiting through image or video can be made. £1250 First Prize, £750 Second Prize. 


Deadline 21 June 2020


Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design and Fine Art

The Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is seeking to appoint two contemporary practitioners to the Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2020. Each Fellowship provides up to £16,000 and valuable access to the extensive material workshops, technical resources and expertise within Kingston School of Art and the wider University departments, to support a practice-based, innovative research project that will result in an exhibition of international standing at the Stanley Picker Gallery.


Deadline 22 June 2020


The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is celebrating its 25th annual exhibition in 2020 by opening up to applications by emerging, mid-career and established artists and makers from the UK, and internationally.  Their Working Drawing Award will also have an online entry process only and a dedicated expert selection panel, alongside the main entry process and selection panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. 


The annual exhibition of around 65 drawings is selected by a panel of distinguished selectors. There will be a separate display of the Working Drawing Award included within the overall exhibition. 


The First Prize of £8,000; Second Prize of £5,000; Student Award of £2,000; and the Working Drawing Award of £2,000 will be announced in September 2020 at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Deadline 24 June 2020


Free access to the latest issue of the Engage Journal

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has published Issue 44 of the Engage Journal, Engage 44: Biennials and beyond. 
In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, individuals can enjoy free access to the Journal until 31 July 2020.


Free Digital Resources & Training 


Arts Council England

Digital resources, training and upcoming events, updated regularly. Digital skill development training and webinars with Tech Champions are also available.


Arts Marketing Association

Resources, online training, tips and free webinars for those working in the arts.


Arts Emergency

Fun and practical downloadable resources on their website for artists and creative professionals.


Covid Creatives Toolkit

Digital resources, ideas and pathways for freelance artists and practitioners, updated daily.


Creative Industries Federation

Free 6 month membership for freelancers with access to relevant news, updates and funding guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis.


Disability Arts Online

Information about free one-to-one artist development sessions for disabled artists and practitioners during Covid-19.


Handsome Frank

Free video portfolio reviews for illustrators from leading agency.


Live Art Development Agency

Resources, opportunities and artist responses to Covid-19 crisis.



Resources for art, craft and design educators created for working and/or teaching in isolation.


Shape Arts

Funding opportunities, guidance and advice on support for disabled artists and practitioners.


The Dots

Online platform for creative jobs, opportunities, networking and skill sharing.

The Space

Video and audio, toolkits and information on supporting artists during Covid-19.



List of resources for disabled artists and freelancers during Covid-19 crisis.


Wyatt, Clarke & Jones

Free Skype portfolio reviews for BA and MA students from leading agency.


The Sunny Art Prize-Call For Entries

This fine art competition, based in the UK, is a global platform offering art opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally with exhibiting galleries located in cities across the world, including London, Beijing and Shanghai. 


Prize-winners also get the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions offering the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China.

1st Prize – £3,000, a public solo exhibition in London, a group exhibition in London, a one-month residency in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou) and a group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

2nd prize – £2,000, a group exhibition in London, a one-month residency in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou) and a group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

3rd prize – £1,000, a group exhibition in London, one-month residency in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou) and a group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

The Prize Winners will be joined by 27 shortlisted artists in a group exhibition at the Sunny Art Centre, London. From these 27, seven artists will be selected to exhibit their works at one of the partners’ galleries in China along with the three Prize winners.

Deadline 30 June 2020



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