Creative opportunities of the week! 👩🏼‍🎨

Creative opportunities of the week! 👩🏼‍🎨

👋 Bye Weekend 👉 Hi Monday

I hope you’ve had a great weekend! Shall we start the week off with a selection of creative opportunities?

Yes 👇

This week’s selection of opportunities in the following contemporary art-related competitions, prizes, exhibitions, awards, proposals, and grants for artists, writers and curators.

The Derwent Global Art Prize and Exhibition Opportunity

Derwent, the internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the sixth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries.

The Derwent Global Art Prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water-soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal.

Shortlisted artists will exhibit their work at Gallery@OXO in central London from 24 February – 6 March 2022. In addition, all the First and Second prize winners will receive a special box of Derwent Lightfast Pencils. The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change, ensuring artwork will not fade under museum conditions for up to 100 years.

This year’s entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of selectors comprising of an artist, a critic and a curator. Our final judge will be announced shortly.

Eligibility: Open to artists from around the world.

What you get: A total prize fund of £12,500 will be awarded. Prizes are as follows: First Prize £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products; Second Prize £2,000; Young Artist First Prize (For artists under 25 years) £4,000; Young Artist Second Prize (For artists under 25 years) £2,000; People’s Choice Award £500

Fee: The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for each additional work. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images. YOUNG ARTIST CONCESSION: Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work.

Deadline 04 January 2022


Near Now Ideas Fund

Get your creative project off the ground with support from Broadway's Near Now Ideas Fund.

We are offering up to £2,000 per proposal to support creative research and development (R&D) activity that is enabled or inspired by technology. Artists and creatives based in the Midlands, UK, who are not in full-time or part-time education can apply.

The R&D activity you propose should involve any, or all, of the following types of activity:

  • Learning - Workshop, course, tutorials, working with a mentor.

  • Playing - Experimenting with tools, techniques or technologies.

  • Prototyping - Making rough examples to test.

  • Testing - Presenting your ideas, prototypes or work in progress.

Some example of what we can support are:

  • Digital and visual artworks

  • Interactive and immersive experiences or performance

  • Video or audio works

  • Products and services

Eligibility: Artists and creatives based in the Midlands, UK, who are not in full-time or part-time education over the age of 18 for R&D activities and creative projects, enabled or inspired by technology. Either a new project to be started between now and March 2022 or an extension of an existing project that explores the use of technology in a way that is new to the project.

What you get: £2,000 per proposal. As well as offering funding, we can help you with: Support to identify mentors, collaborators and learning opportunities. Guidance and practical advice on project management, finance, budgeting and purchasing. Production support. Support to promote your project and create opportunities to reach audiences and test your idea. Ongoing profile and promotion from Near Now, Broadway and our partners. Flexibility to work safely from your home, studio, or other location of your choosing.

Deadline 30 November 2021


Inspiring London through Culture Commission

The City Corporation is one of the UK’s major funders of culture and heritage and directly supports a range of institutions and activities in these fields. It also recognises and welcomes the wide range of organisations, large and small, who further enrich the Square Mile’s cultural offer and who may benefit from additional support or sponsorship to help initiatives to develop.

This programme is now open for applications. The deadline is on 5 November 2021 for the applications to be considered in January 2022.

Eligibility: Registered charity • Registered Community Interest Company • Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation • Charitable company (incorporated as a not-for-profit) • Exempt or excepted charity • Registered charitable industrial and provident society or charitable cooperative (Bencom) • Constituted voluntary organisation

What you get: This funding theme has a modest amount of funding and so large projects are beyond its scope. It is anticipated that individual grants will not exceed £10,000.

Deadline 05 November 2021


Embedded Artist - Creative Climate Action

Artists working in any discipline are invited to apply to become an Embedded Artist with Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe – A Creative Imagining. Funded by the Creative Climate Action fund, this project will see (an) artist(s) creatively engage with the farming community and the Corca Dhuibhne Creativity & Innovation Hub to support participating farmers to identify climate action solutions that will work for them and wider society.

The Embedded Artist will bring their unique perspective to the project, helping to generate new ways of thinking, and bringing fresh perspectives to the challenges of addressing climate change. Applications are welcome from individual artists or groups. The selected artist(s) will be supported throughout by a steering group and the Project Manager / Curator.

Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe – A Creative Imagining is a Creative Climate Action project managed by Corca Dhuibhne Creativity & Innovation Hub, with the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland and MaREI.

Eligibility: This project will be up to 15 months duration and involves working with the farmers of West Kerry to address climate change. Artists should have experience in working with communities and in non-arts contexts and be confident to speak at public events. Artists should have fluent English; fluent Irish is an advantage. Artists should have strong evidence of their creative and imaginative practices. The successful artist will need to be free to spend time living on the Dingle Peninsula.

What you get: There will be a fee paid to the artist of up to €32,550 in addition to expenses towards living costs such as accommodation and travel within Ireland. A Project Manager and Steering Group will support this project and office space will be available in the Dingle Hub. This is an Embedded Artist role.

Deadline 03 November 2021


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