November 2023 Grants/Open Calls/Residencies for African Visual Artists

Nov 1, 2023

The year is almost a wrap and we hope it’s been an absolutely great year for your career as an African visual artist!

If you have not applied to any of the artist opportunities we have shared throughout the year, you still have a chance to send in that application to opportunities that are relevant to you and can take your career as a visual artist to the next level before the year runs out.

As always, we are rooting for your success and believe you have all it takes to succeed in the Creative space!

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Climate Crisis Engagement: £10k Grants for Artists & Curators

Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage seeks three artists and/or curators, (applying as individuals or as collectives) working within any medium to undertake new or existing artistic research projects engaging with loss and damage.

Throughout the year-long program, the selected artists and/or curators will be supported in their engagement with the issue of loss and damage and encouraged to spend time exploring and developing their artistic and/or curatorial practice in dialogue with other like-minded cultural practitioners as well as a global community of climate change researchers, policymakers, advocates, activists, and negotiators, working on Loss and Damage — the policies and plans developed to address loss and damage.

Amount: Stipend of £10,000 (approximately $12600) for each selected participant 

Deadline: November 12, 2023

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Innovate Artists Grant Summer 2023

Innovate Grant awards (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future.

Amount:(2) $1,800

Deadline: December 14, 2023

Application Fee: $35 for 3 images, $45 for 3 images & $50 for 12 images

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


Art Collide’s Order & Chaos International Competition

The “Order & Chaos” Art Competition invites artists to explore the intricate and ever-shifting relationship between two fundamental forces that shape our existence – order and chaos.

This theme encourages participants to delve into the dichotomy, tension, and harmonious coexistence of these elements in both the natural and human-made worlds.

This competition challenges artists to explore the boundaries of order and chaos, the transitions between them, and the transformative power they wield in our lives.

Whether through painting, sculpture, digital art, mixed media, or any other form of creative expression, artists are invited to communicate the profound impact and captivating interplay of these two fundamental forces.

“Order & Chaos” is a theme that celebrates the duality of existence and encourages artists to reflect on the beauty, tension, and extraordinary artistry that emerges from the perpetual dance between these contrasting elements.


First Prize Award | $300-$1,000

Runner-Up Prize Award | $100-$400

Merit Prize Award | $25-$100

Honorable Mention Award

Finalist Award

Deadline: November 15, 2023

Application Fee: Free to submit. Only those accepted as finalists must pay the $35 finalist fee

You can learn more about this competition and apply here


SFER IK Museion in Tulum, Mexico, invites artists from diverse disciplines to participate in an open call competition for the creation of groundbreaking artworks using artificial intelligence to be placed at the enchanting natural environment of the Tulum Jungle.

This unique opportunity allows artists to conceive installations, sculptures, interventions and land artworks that transcend conventional boundaries and explore the intersection between art, technology and nature.

Prize: $100,000 for the winning artist or team. A portion of the award will go towards its creation.

Deadline:  November 17, 2023

Application Fee: Free 

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

2024 GLEAM – Call for Proposals

Calling all light art luminaries – inspire wonder for the natural world with a spark of light! Olbrich Gardens invites proposal submissions for light installation concepts that create an immersive experience and enhance the natural landscape of our native-focused botanical garden for the 2024 GLEAM exhibit.

GLEAM features 8-10 installations with a goal of illuminating as much of the 16-acres gardens and 10,000 sq ft indoor conservatory as possible. Light must be utilized as the major component to achieve a dynamic nighttime presence.

Award: Variable, within $120,000 total

Deadline: November 19, 2023

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

“Wild & Free” International Competition

Introducing the 1st “Wild & Free”, international competition and online exhibition. This competition is open to artists of all ages internationally with no restrictions on media or style. Work must pertain to the theme of “Wild & Free”.

The theme of the art competition “Wild & Free” invites artists to explore the untamed spirit of nature and the unrestrained essence of human expression.

This theme encourages participants to celebrate the vibrant and unbridled beauty found in the natural world, from the awe-inspiring wilderness to the spontaneous and liberated aspects of human creativity.

Artists are encouraged to unleash their imaginations and portray the harmonious coexistence of both the wild and the free, capturing the essence of unconfined life in all its diverse forms and manifestations.

Award: $1,000 Grand Prize

Deadline: November 22, 2023

Application Fee: FREE, only artists whose work is selected as finalists must pay the $35 participation fee.

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

2023 Project Room Open Call

Locust Projects invites local, national, and international artists to apply for the opportunity to access the space and resources to create ambitious, large-scale new work in our 625 sq ft PROJECT ROOM in our new space at 297 NE 67th Street.

Proposals are reviewed by a rotating jury comprised of local, national and international artists who have previously exhibited at Locust Projects and one local curator.

Locust Projects provides selected artists with curatorial guidance, production budget, artist W.A.G.E. fee, documentation, and an opportunity to stay in the Locust Projects residency.

Award:$5000 max Production Budget + $3100 Artist Fee

Deadline: November 30, 2023

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this open call 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 our visitors to experience nature in new and exciting ways while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s mission of connecting people to nature.

In 2021, we expanded the program to include an Environmental Artist in Residence that encourages artists to examine environmental issues and severity of the climate crisis to promote dialogue and positive change for the natural environment and world at large.

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.

Deadline: November 27, 2023

Stipends: $2500

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this residency 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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