July 2023 Grants/Open Calls/Competitions for African Creatives

Jun 30, 2023

Can you believe we’re already halfway through 2023 already? Whew!

We sure hope it’s been an amazing year for you and your Creative Career!

Regardless of what your journey/experience has been so far, we’re here to remind you that there are still 6 solid months left in the year to accomplish big things and go global!

We’re always rooting for you and hope you take full advantage of the opportunities you have to propel your career in 2023.

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GRANTS 

Art for Change Prize

Applications are now open for the free-to-enter Art for Change Prize, an international art initiative from M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery, open to artists working in the first five years of their career.

This year’s prize asks artists to creatively respond to the theme “Regeneration”.

Eligible Categories: Accepted media includes painting, drawing, illustration, photography, collage, 2D mixed-media, video or film.

Amount: £10,000 for the overall winner and £2,000 for 5 winners

Deadline: July 17, 2023

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Pollock Krasner Foundation

The Pollock Krasner Foundation provides financial resources for visual artists to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare for exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses. 

Amount:  Amounts range up to $30,000

Eligibility: Visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers.

Deadline: Rolling

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging representational artists, as well as one of the most substantial. 

Amount: 1st grants: CAD $17,000; Subsequent grants:  CAD $20,000

Deadline: Rolling

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

Amount:$5,000 typically granted; $15,000 max

Deadline: Rolling

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

OPEN CALLS, COMPETITIONS & EXHIBITIONS

The New Renaissance | Call For Artists

‘The New Renaissance’ rings out as a clarion call to artists everywhere, across all mediums, styles, and visions. We warmly invite you to join us in this multifaceted exploration of contemporary creativity.

This forthcoming exhibition is more than a showcase of art; it’s a rendezvous point, a resurgence of the limitless spirit of discovery and expression that epitomized the Renaissance, yet reimagined for the vivid complexities of our modern world.

We encourage traditional painters, digital artists, photographers, sculptors, visionaries, and revolutionaries to respond to this call. If you’ve dared to perceive the world from a fresh angle, to challenge the status quo, and to weave together disparate ideas, we eagerly anticipate your contribution.

This exhibition serves as your platform, an opportunity to engage in an ever-evolving dialogue that spans past and future, the known and the uncharted.

Eligible media include, but are not limited to, paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, prints, textiles, illustrations, digital art, poems, etc.

Prize: N/A

Deadline:  July 2, 2023

Application Fee: Free 

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

Prospect Art: Open Call for NEW WORK and ONE WORK

Prospect Art invites visual artists worldwide to submit their work for consideration in our ONE WORK and NEW WORK programs.

Our NEW WORK program is a mini-grant initiative that provides support for the production of new artwork. We aim to support professional artists at all career stages who are not currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs, regardless of their location.

The program runs twice a year, offering a $1000 mini-grant to individual artists or artist collectives. The grant is intended to fund a project that can be completed within the next 12 months.

We welcome submissions that explore innovative ideas and push the boundaries of traditional art practices, with a particular interest in self-contained, conceptual-based projects.

The ONE WORK publishing program is dedicated to a critical dialogue that focuses on one specific completed work by an artist for our monthly online publication. We are interested in highlighting various conceptual-based works that approach contemporary issues in a new and exciting way and represent the diverse voices and populations of the world. For this program we welcome artist submissions of work that has been completed in the past 2 years.

Award: $1000 Financial support to use towards the completion of proposed work + other perks

Deadline: July 3, 2023

Application Fee: $10

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

Creative Minds – 2023

Exhibizone proudly presents Creative Minds, a unique smart online international group exhibition to express creativity through brilliant artworks.

The purpose of this exhibition is to encourage talented artists to visualize their creative minds through their brilliant artworks and extend the borders of visitor’s imaginations.

Artists are invited to submit their application from anywhere in the world.

Winners awards include showcasing in the group exhibition, receiving marketing materials such as exhibition catalogue, artwork badges, and certificates, providing intensive exposure for selected artists to promote and sell artworks, getting published in an international art publication and receiving valuable written feedback and comments from art lovers, experts, and potential buyers.

Award: Group Exhibition, Artwork Sales, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Poster, Promotional Badge, Certificate & more

Deadline: July 9, 2023

Application Fee: Free to apply. Selected artists pay a $35 selection fee.

You can learn more about this exhibition opportunity and apply here

Unreal – 2023

Unreal 2023 is an all-medium dual art opportunity, presented mutually by Gallerium art exhibitions and The Book of Arts publications.

Artists worldwide are encouraged to express their visual interpretation of the surreal and unreal works displaying fantasy objects, creatures, and scenes, in their own artistic way.

All selected artists will receive an international smart online exhibition organized by Gallerium and will get published in an art book, in both online and print versions, by The Book of Arts.

Other awards include artwork social media badges, visitors’ comments and ratings, digital certificates, and informative artwork popularity reports.

This dual opportunity is free to submit, and only the selected artists will be asked to pay a one-time small selection fee.

All artists above 18, working in any art medium, are invited to submit their applications from anywhere in the world.

Award: Group Exhibition, Artwork Sales, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Poster, Promotional Badge, Certificate & more

Deadline: July 16, 2023

Application Fee: Free to apply. Selected artists pay a $40 selection fee.

You can learn more about this exhibition opportunity and apply here

Pano Awards

Entries are now being accepted for The 14th Epson International Pano Awards, an online photography competition dedicated to panoramic photography.

Award: US$40,000 prize pool, including $14,000 cash.

Deadline: July 17, 2023

Application Fee: $20-22

You can learn more about this award opportunity and apply here

Boynes Artist Award

Formerly known as the Boynes Emerging Artist Award, the award has been updated to reflect its commitment to recognizing both emerging, mid-career and established artists who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent.

As we move forward with the Boynes Artist Award, we are committed to continuing to provide opportunities for emerging and established artists alike to showcase their creativity and receive the recognition they deserve.

Apply for the Boynes Artist Award today and take the first step towards showcasing your creativity and achieving recognition for your talent.

Award: $500 – $1000 + other amazing prizes

Deadline: July 30, 2023

Application Fee: $15-35

You can learn more about this award opportunity and apply here

And there you have it! Don’t forget to share with your friends who might also be able to apply to these opportunities 🙂

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