November 2022 Grants/Residency/Competitions for African Visual Artists

Oct 31, 2022

We’re back again with this month’s carefully curated list of grants, residencies, exhibitions and competitions that African Visual Artists (Painters, Photographers, Sculptors, Craft makers etc) can apply to and open doors for new career growth opportunities!

Let’s dive right in!


Fusion Art’s Grant for Artistic Excellence

Fusion Art’s Grant for Artistic Excellence is open to new, emerging and professional artists who show exceptional creative ability in their chosen craft.

These unrestricted monetary grants of $500 will be given to up to 3 artists each quarter to help with expenses involved with the creation of their art and to help advance their careers.

The grants can be used for any expense including but not limited to art supplies, website development, marketing and promotion efforts, travel, entering juried art shows, etc. These grants are not based on financial need and are strictly based on artistic merit.

Fusion Art can elect to increase the amount of the grant award or award additional grants in its sole discretion. All awards will be paid in the equivalent of US dollars through PayPal only. A grant recipient must have a PayPal account to receive their grant payment.

Amount: $500 unrestricted grant

Eligibility:  Amateur & Professional Artists 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted

Deadline:  November 1, 2022

Application Fee: $45

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

BigCi Environmental Awards 2022

Australian and International artists from various fields – visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, filmmaking, curating – are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2022.

Two Winners of the Awards will each receive four free weeks of BigCi residency and $4,000 prize money.

The winning artists will have an opportunity to explore the Wollemi, the Blue Mountains and the Gardens of Stone National Parks on guided walks and will be given research assistance relevant to their projects. At the end of their residencies, they will present their work at a BigCi Open Day event.

Amount: $4,000 each for 2 Winners

Deadline: November 4, 2022

Application Fee: $35

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Gomma Photography Grant 2022

This grant competition, which the Gomma crew started in 2014, is designed to help and encourage photographers who work in different genres. It is unbiased, ethical, and quality-oriented.

Photographers who receive the Gomma Grant are renowned for having advanced their careers in both their professional and artistic fields.

Share your ideas with the world to gain visibility, support, and financing for your projects. 

Amount: € 1000 + other great perks

Deadline: November 8, 2022

Application Fee: $35

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totalling $22,000.00 USD.

They provide unrestricted cash grants in the amount of $3,500 and $1,000 to artists around the globe.

For this open call, they will be providing 6 grants totalling $11,000 USD.

2 artists will each receive $3,500 and 4 artists will each receive $1,000.

All media are eligible.

In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via their online Journal as well as Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience of over 67k.


$3,500.00 x 4 Artists •
4 Artists Will Each Receive $3,500.00 USD (2 in Spring, 2 in Fall)

$1,000.00 x 8 Artists •
8 Artists Will Each Receive $1,000.00 USD (4 in Spring, 4 in Fall)

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Application Fee: $40 for 10 images

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Future Art Awards: WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM.

The 2022 Future Art Awards: WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM. is an arts-based expression of solidarity with the brave women of Iran, in their intersectional movement for freedom and human rights.

Women and men throughout the country…and people all over the world are rising up to protest the tragic death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, who died in police custody after being reportedly beaten by Iranian morality police on September 16th, 2022.

Countless other people have now lost their lives or have been arrested by the Iranian regime in this escalating humanitarian crisis, including artists, writers, journalists, political dissidents, and even children.

MOZAIK Philanthropy has launched this emergency open call-to-action as an invitation to global artists wishing to use their art to express emotional support for the women in Iran at this pivotal moment in history.

There are over 5 million artists in the United States alone. Together with the potential power of the greater global creative community, MOZAIK Philanthropy hopes this international open call for art will demonstrate unity around the values of freedom, equality, and justice, as human rights for all, especially for the women in Iran willing to risk their lives, for freedom.

Amount: Not disclosed yet

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here


Bernheim’s Artist in Residence Program

For over four decades, the Artist in Residence program has attracted artists from around the world who seek to use Bernheim as their inspiration. Established in 1980, this internationally renowned program annually awards artists the opportunity to live and create site-specific work inspired by their total immersion experience in the natural environment. The work created through this program allows their visitors to experience nature in new and exciting ways while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s mission of connecting people to nature.

In exchange for comfortable rustic housing, access to studio space, financial and staff support for the development of new work, artists will create a site-inspired artwork, temporary installation or project as a donation to the Bernheim Foundation. Recipients are also asked to engage the public with their work and/or process while in residence.

Artists are encouraged to explore ideas that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature and to use their residency to take risks, experiment, and explore new avenues in their own work.

Stipend: $2,500

Deadline:  November 28, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this fellowship and apply here

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts & Amphitheatre

Every year KIRA awards 6 artists with a one-month residency. Artists are provided with individual studio space, comfortable housing, two prepared meals each day, a stipend and live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town. Artists should bring all supplies and materials needed for their creative process, to ensure the availability of required supplies and provisions. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with Kingsbrae Garden which is located just steps away from the residence and studios.

Applications are open to a range of disciplines and types of artists including but not limited to the visual arts, music/composition, writing, new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Artists from all levels in their careers who exhibit a strong professional work ethic and a collaborative attitude are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $1,500 (CAD) per month

Deadline:  November 30, 2022

Application Fee: $10 (CAD) + fees 

You can learn more about this fellowship and apply here


Northern Light Gallery Artist Choice Award

Northern Light Gallery’s free-to-enter exhibition is now open! Accepted media include; Painted Media (art created using acrylic, watercolor, and/or oil), Drawn Media (art created using pencils, ink, pastels, etc.), Photography, Digital Art (including photoshopped art, AI-created art, and/or art created using digital assistance), Mixed Media (including standard mixed media and art created using a mixture 2 or more of the listed mediums) as well as 3-Dimensional Art (i.e. sculptures and collages)

Event Dates:  November 15, 2022 – November 29, 2022

Prize: Digital Award Certificates

Deadline:  November 1, 2022

Application Fee: Free to enter

You can learn more about this exhibition  and apply here

Xposure’s International Photography & Film Awards

A FREE to enter International Photography & Film Awards with a prize pool value of over $50,000 USD across several genres. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience are eligible to enter the Xposure International Awards. They have also included a category for filmmakers.

The panel of judges are looking to award an Overall Winner from the photography categories and additionally a winner and runner-up from each category including moving images & short films. The Jury is looking for unique, exceptional, and high-quality images.


Overall Winner  – $6,000 (USD) / Flights and accommodation to the Awards Ceremony in Sharjah UAE / Included in the Xposure festival exhibition

Category Winners – $3,000 (USD) / Flights and accommodation to the Awards Ceremony in Sharjah UAE / Included in the Xposure festival exhibition

Category Runner-up – $1,500 (USD) / Included in the Xposure festival exhibition  / Flights and accommodation to the Awards Ceremony in Sharjah UAE

Nominees – Online Exhibition/image displayed during the Xposure Festival

Deadline: November 5, 2022

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

BROUHAHAART “MeToo” Artist Open Call

BROUHAHART Presents ‘#MeToo’

Now accepting submissions for their Virtual Exhibition ‘#MeToo’

Works submitted should be centred around men and women who suffer mental, physical and sexual abuse.

Any artist from any background can submit any of their work.

There is no charge to submit an application. [A small fee (£29) is applied per artist once they have been selected for the exhibition].

The team will review all applications and the selected works will be announced.

Event Dates:  November 18, 2022 – November 30, 2022

Prize: A competition will be held with a 1st Prize of Solo virtual exhibition [up to 20 artworks] and 2nd Prize – Solo virtual exhibition [up to 15 artworks]

Deadline:  November 8, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply 

You can learn more about this exhibition  and apply here

Arts North International 28

In its 28th year, this international juried exhibition showcases the work of thirteen different classes of media by artists from the United States and abroad. The exhibition will be at Hopkins Center for the Arts and prize money will be distributed to more than 50 awards.

Event Dates:  January 14, 2023 – February 25, 2023

Prize: More than $10,000 in awards are available, including Best of Show ($3000), 2 Awards of Excellence ($1000 each), 2 Awards of Merit ($500 each), and First, Second, and Third in media categories.  Additional Special Awards ($100+ each) will be selected by the sponsors.

Deadline:  November 13, 2022

Application Fee: $35 for 2 entries

You can learn more about this exhibition  and apply here

Splash 24 | The Best of Watercolor

Artists Network’s premier watercolor art competition is open for entries! Now in its 24th year, Splash: The Best of Watercolor is a great opportunity to earn recognition and awards for your work. With over 100 winners and prizes ranging from cash to publication, what more could you want? 


First Place Winner: $2,000 cash
Second Place Winner: $1,000 cash
Third Place Winner: $500 cash

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Application Fee: $25 per entry

You can learn more about this competition and apply here

We hope you found this list helpful! Don’t forget to share with your friends who might also be able to apply to these opportunities 🙂


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