June 2024 Grants, Residencies & Open Calls for African Visual Artists

Jun 2, 2024

Okay, so we’re halfway through 2024 and we hope it’s been an incredible year so far for you!

If you have yet to apply to or win any opportunities so far, there’s still time.

We’ve rounded up FREE TO APPLY opportunities with June (and rolling) deadlines that you can jump on.

And to support your efforts, we have just put out a free guide titled “Winning Artist Opportunities: How to Answer 5 Frequently Asked Grant & Residency Application Questions” that breaks down how to practically answer grant & residency questions with several examples.

Interested? You can get the free guide here.


Awesome Foundation Grant

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.

Each of their chapters supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of the pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to creatives working on awesome projects.


$1000 unrestricted grant

Deadline: Rolling (Apply any time)

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant

The 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.

The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will review expenditures relating to an artist’s professional work and personal expenses and amounts range up to $50,000. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.


Up to $50,000 grant

Deadline: Rolling (Apply any time)

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here


Share Prize XVIII Contest

Share Festival announces the sixteenth edition of Share Prize contest dedicated to contemporary art declined to technologies and sciences. The competition jury will award a prize of Euro 2,500.00 to the work (published or unpublished) which best represents experimentation between arts and new technologies.

The candidates for the prize (a short list of 6 competitors) will be guests at the XVIII edition of the Share Festival. The six nominations of candidates for the prize will be announced in July 2024.

Deadline: June 9

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

Artwork Gallery Open Call

We propose for issue 7 of our magazine to reveal the theme of color. What role does color play in your life? What do you focus on when you use color in your works – is it about mood or feelings? Do you prefer to use color in your work in a limited way and make an accent or do you boldly add all existing shades?

We’re intrigued to see the perspectives of creators from different corners of the world and learn about your concepts!

Deadline: June 20, 2024

Award Info: Publication of selected works in Issue 7 of the Magazine

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

Preus Museum Oslo Negativ Open Call 

Preus Museum is the national museum of photography in Norway and is a part of the board for Oslo Negativ Photo Festival which is Norway’s largest meeting point for people interested in photography. The museum and the festival aim to be inclusive and open to everyone. The organization of the festival is an active effort for Preus Museum to take a coordinating role within the photography field and the documentary environment in Norway.

For this year’s Oslo Negativ, the museum wants to see photographic projects that shed light on ruptures with the past and the values we may have taken for granted. They want stories about minds closing and doors opening, about undercurrents setting the agenda, about solidarity and skepticism, about subcultures and popular movements, about injustice and rebellion, about underground and mainstream, about power and powerlessness, about inequalities and brotherhood. They want to see projects that problematize what is difficult but also attempt to look at the opportunities that exist in this time of upheaval.

Eligibility: All projects that are lens based are eligible (photography, video, installation, mixed media)

Deadline: June 30, 2024

Award Info:The winning submission will receive a cash prize of 15.000 NOK (~1400 USD) and will be offered a place in the collection of Preus Museum. The winner will also be given the opportunity to have a sponsored solo exhibition at the Oslo Negativ Photo Festival 2025.

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

Embracing Our Differences 2025 Exhibit

Artists possess a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, they can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society where inclusion is embraced and individuality is celebrated.

Become a part of this change by submitting your original art to Embracing Our Differences and its annual international outdoor juried art exhibit.

Featuring 50 billboard-size images measuring 16 feet (4.88m) wide by 12.5 feet (3.81m) high, each work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting their interpretation of our theme “embracing our differences.”

The exhibit will be on display mid-January through April at multiple locations along Florida’s Cultural Coast in Southwest Florida. Since 2004, the exhibit has hosted over 4.8 million visitors, in addition to 587,395 students via our education programs, for a very unique opportunity to experience the importance of inclusion, kindness, and respect in our lives.

Eligibility:Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged.

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Award Info: A total of $6,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $2,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and “People’s Choice.” The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibit.

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this open call and apply here


MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Residency Program

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program and the Studios at MASS MoCA artist residency give artists, writers, and performers of any discipline a range of support services, including residencies on the MASS MoCA campus, financial and business workshops, one-on-one coaching, and other professional development tools to help them achieve greater career success and financial independence.

Residents (10 per session) will receive:

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7.
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen and bath) in high-quality apartments directly across the street from the museum.
  • One communal meal per day in the company of fellow artists-in-residence.
  • A variety of professional development opportunities via 1-year priority access to our Assets for Artists Career Development Workshops.
  • 3 months of MASS MoCA member benefits (covering the duration of the residency, and beyond), including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases. (Residents also receive free access to the nearby Clark Art Institute during their residency dates.)
  • A studio visit with a MASS MoCA curator or guest curator.
  • Chances to share your work either through Open Studios, presentations to your fellow artists-in-residence, and/or studio visits (all events are optional).

Every applicant in the regular application pool may opt to be considered for a full-ride fellowship and/or need-based financial aid.

Deadline: June 9, 2024

Stipend:  N/A

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this residency and apply here

We’re always rooting for your success and we hope you take a bet on yourself and apply to these opportunities!

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