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8 opportunities for artists this October

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From residencies in Europe and North America to free workshops and international arts prizes, here is ArtWeb’s pick of 8 exciting opportunities for artists this October.

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Artwork by Michelle D’Urbano, Adobe MAX 2020. Image copyright and courtesy of Adobe.

Fondation Thalie Residency

Deadline: 15th October

Based in Brussels, the Fondation Thalie is a philanthropic foundation aiming to support contemporary creation as a catalyst for action, exchange, and transmission, and its multidisciplinary programme embraces the visual arts, performance, and literature. The foundation is offering a 1-month residency in its modernist headquarters in Brussels’ gallery district, including travel, accommodation, and a 900 Euro grant. The residency is open to artists who live outside of Belgium, of any age or nationality, who are already represented by a gallery.

Apply here.

MAP Artists Residency, Alma, Québec, Canada

Deadline: 18th October

For artists who would like to venture a little further afield, Canada’s MAP mobility programme is offering a 2-month residency in Alma, Québec, running from the 27th January – 27th March 2021. The residency includes housing, a 4,000 Canadian Dollar grant, use of a studio, and the opportunity for artists to exhibit their work in a solo exhibition at its end. It is open to artists who have completed their education and have developed an arts practice, and who hold a citizenship other than Canadian. Artists must also stay in Alma for the duration of the residency, without family, and have no other professional obligations during the residency.

Apply here.

The Next Big Thing Moving Image Award

Deadline: 19th October

Recent graduates of UK fine art courses whose practice focuses on the moving image are invited to apply for Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre’s Next Big Thing Moving Image Award. The award aims to discover the best video, film or moving image artists emerging from UK art schools, and to offer them a high-quality professional development opportunity. Ten artists will be selected for display in the Centre’s Moving Image Gallery from 17th November 2020 to 23rd January 2021, while one overall winner will receive £250 to assist with the creation of future works.

Apply here.

Adobe MAX Creative Conference 2020

Deadline: 20th – 22nd October

Ordinarily tickets to Adobe’s MAX conferences (which take place in cities around the USA, Europe, and Japan) cost in the region of $1,200 to attend, but this year they will be fully virtual, and free for anyone with an Adobe ID. (If you don’t already have an Adobe ID you can sign up to a 7-day free trial of Adobe Photoshop here.) The event will include over 350 workshops, collaborative global art projects, and lectures, including with the celebrated portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.  Workshop topics include illustration and design, social media, and creativity in business.

Register here.

YICCA International Art Prize

Deadline: 30th October

The YICCA International Art Prize is open to artists of all nationalities working in any field, including installation art, painting, drawing, and sculpture. YICCA offers a first prize of 3,000 Euros, a second prize of 1,000 Euros, and a total of 18 selected artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Centro Culturale di Milano, in the centre of Milan, in January 2021.

Apply here.

A Call for Artists & Creatives, Rural Arts North Yorkshire

Deadline: 30th October

Rural Arts North Yorkshire is seeking to widen and diversify its pool of artists teaching workshops across North Yorkshire, and is seeking visual artists in all media from across the UK.  Workshops currently offered by the organisation include acrylic painting, embroidery, ceramics, and printmaking.

Apply here.

TransEuropa Festival Open Call

Deadline: 30th October

TransEuropa Festival is currently seeking six artists to participate in its tenth edition in Hildesheim, Germany, which will take place from May 25th – 30th 2021. The Festival is primarily looking for applications from artists working in the field of performative arts, but will also consider those from related fields or with a transdisciplinary approach. Next year’s edition of the Festival is titled “Enter the Collective Vision”. Focusing on the themes of collectivity, solidarity, and the future, it is challenging artists to envision dystopia and utopia, dreams and visions in times of crisis, and in their aftermath.

Aware of the restrictions currently imposed on performance artists due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the festival is open to applications from artists whose work can take place digitally, or takes into account the need for social distancing. Artists should live and work in Europe, and be on the verge of becoming professional artists. Selected artists will be provided with a salary, travel expenses, and accommodation during the Festival.

Apply here.

The Signature Art Prize

Deadline: 1st November

The Signature Art Prize aims to celebrate and identify emerging artists’ ‘Signature Style’, and is open to those who are currently studying or have graduated from an arts-based degree in the past three years. The competition is divided into the categories of painting, sculpture, photography & film, and drawing & printmaking. Prizes include the Directors’ Residency Award (which will offer the recipient a month-long residency in a Central London studio space), gallery representation, gifts from the Prize’s sponsors, and a Finalist’s Exhibition in Central London.

Apply here.

About The Author

Rebecca Wall

Rebecca Wall is an arts writer and researcher. She studied at the University of Cambridge, the University of Venice, and the Courtauld Institute of Art. After completing an MA in Art History she worked as a Junior Specialist for Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers, Edinburgh, as Manager of Thomas Heneage Art Books, St James’s, and as Manager of the contemporary gallery Jonathan Cooper, Chelsea. In 2020 she relocated to East Lothian, Scotland.

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