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Archive & Library Artist Residency 2020

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is now accepting applications from UK-based contemporary artists and practitioners for a fully funded, 10-week residency in CFCCA’s purpose-built artist studio in Manchester city centre, working with their Archive and Library collection.

The aim of the residency is to support an artist intending to directly engage with the archival material in their collection and expand your research and practice, or feed into an existing interest in archives. For further details visit:

Deadline 15 March 2020



John Moores Painting Prize 2020

The John Moores Painting Prize supports artists from all over the UK, whether they’re undiscovered, emerging or established in their careers, and provides a platform for artists to inspire, disrupt and challenge the British painting art scene today. 


The First Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of £25,000 and a solo display at the Walker Art Gallery. There are four further prizes of £2,500 and a Visitors Choice Prize of £2,020. This year a new Emerging Artist Prize winner will receive £2,500, plus premium art materials of the same value, together with a residency and display along with some mentoring to support their artistic development. 


You can enter the competition if you’re aged 18 years or above and live in the UK or are UK-based (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. It does not include the Republic of Ireland). There is a £30 entry fee.

Deadline 24 March 2020


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 is now open for applications, which are welcome from individuals and collaborative groups who are final year students as well as recent graduates from UK art schools and non-affiliated alternative learning programmes. The selected artists will participate in the exhibition launch and its subsequent tour. If you are selected, you will be paid an artist’s fee and have reasonable travel and accommodation costs covered to the private view of both exhibitions. Selected artists also have access to other professional development opportunities such as mentoring, studio bursaries and shaping the public programme with partners. There is a £25 (inclusive of VAT) administrative fee.


For full details visit:


Deadline 27 January 2020


Leach 100 Commissions: Open Call to Artists/Potters

To celebrate its centenary, the Leach Pottery is now welcoming applications for three commissions ranging in value from £5,750 to £11,500.


In 1920 Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada collaborated to establish a pottery studio that forged new connections across countries and traditions, broke fresh ground and repositioned the importance of pottery in our culture. A century later, their project is still going strong and the values and passion the two men brought to the art form remain at the heart of the Leach Pottery today. 


Commissioned artists will be invited to undertake a body of research, create a body of work and present their final pieces for potential display at the Leach Pottery followed by the opportunity for the work to be available for selection for a joint Leach Pottery/Crafts Council exhibition in London in November 2020.

Deadline midnight on 10 April 2020


The Drawing Year

The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space. Apply now to start in September 2020-21. 

Deadline 31 March 2020

FVU Curatorial Practice Award

Film and Video Umbrella have just launched the second edition of the Curatorial Practice Award, in partnership with John Hansard Gallery. This is a call for entries for people from low-income backgrounds to support them to pursue curatorial careers in the arts, by commissioning and developing a new artist moving image work.

The awardee will receive:
-£5,000 fee to act as curatorial lead to develop and deliver a newly commissioned moving image work for exhibition at JHG in 2021
-Basic commissioning budget of £10,000 (with potential for this to be expanded through additional fundraising)
-Year-long support from the FVU and JHG teams
-Four meetings with an external mentor of curator’s choosing
-Desk space at FVU for a year
-Up to 10 days of research and development at JHG
This year guest panellists include artist Larry Achiampong and curator Gareth Bell-Jones.

Deadline 12 noon, 30 March 2020


Wells Art Contemporary 2020

The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards is an international open competition for contemporary visual arts. Open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video, the Awards aims to stimulate debate, challenge and provoke, pushing the boundaries of the visual arts scene both nationally and internationally. 


The competition is open to all artists aged 18 and over based in the UK or internationally. Artists may enter up to four works and there is an entry fee of £15 per work or £12 per work for current students. There are several prizes to be awarded including the RK Harrison Award of £2,000 and the JGM Gallery Exhibition Prize for up to 4 artists to participate in an exhibition.

Deadline Thursday 16 April 2020


Open Call for the 7th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition in 2020

Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition (TIVA) has been organized biennially since 2008, making breakthroughs and ushering in new definitions for images. The year 2020 marks the 7th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition at Chew’s Culture Foundation Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab. Video artists across the world are invited to apply. 


Deadline 30 April 2020



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