June 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

June 7, 2021


“Enjoying the View” by Romain Laurent

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.


Open Calls

The Other Art Fair Featured
The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art is tailor-made to support independent artists. Each fair attracts thousands of art lovers looking to buy directly from a curated collection of artists, whether as first-time buyers or seasoned collectors. Free applications are now open for Los Angeles, Chicago, and Sydney, with other locations opening soon.
Deadline: Variable based on city.

Hot Summer City: Street Photography Exhibition
Vestige Concept Gallery is hosting an open call for street photography that captures the essence of summer in the city. Whether focused on late nights and outdoor fun or the more insidious effects of the season like oppressive heat, the work should capture the intensity and multifaceted nature of that time of year. Hot Summer City will be guest curated by Rafael Fuchs and is open to international photographers. There’s a $25 entry fee.
Deadline: June 20, 2021.

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is looking for artworks that explore the breadth of contemporary print. Using a hybrid model this year, the fair will be in person at Royal Arsenal Woolwich from November 11 to 14 and will run online until November 28. Part of its goal is to position emerging artists alongside those who are established in the medium, including Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Tracey Emin, and David Hockney. The application fee is £25.
Deadline: June 27, 2021.

SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2021
The SPRING/BREAK Art Show is seeking independent curators, galleries, and nonprofits for its fall 2021 exhibition in New York City. Titled HEARSAY: HERESY, the central theme involves rumors, misinterpretations, and conceptual betrayal of the norms, in addition to works inspired by the physical trades of Medieval tradition. There’s an application fee of $100.
Deadline: July 1, 2021.

7th Annual National Juried Exhibition at Oxford Arts Alliance
Oxford Arts Alliance is hosting its 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition this October with $700 in prize money for the winning entrant. Juried by Charles Goolsby, professor of art at Emory & Henry College and chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, the exhibition has no theme, and the entry fee is $15.
Deadline: August 27, 2021.


Residencies & Grants

Artist Relief Grants
To support those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Artist Relief is an emergency initiative offering $5,000 grants to U.S. artists experiencing financial hardship.
Deadline: June 23, 2021.

Hyperallergic’s Journalism Fellowships for Curators
Hyperallergic is offering five $5,000 grants to support curators in research and realization of an email exhibition. Running from August to December, each fellowship will last one month.
Deadline: 12 p.m. EDT June 30, 2021.

Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists
Queer | Art is hosting its second annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, which will award $10,000 to one winner and $1,250 to four finalists. Established to celebrate underrepresented artists and offer support for their work, the grant is open to those in the U.S. who self-identify as Black trans women and trans femmes.
Deadline: June 30, 2021.

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency
Applications are open for The Neon Museum’s 2021 residency, which will run from October 25 to December 5, 2021, and award one artist a $2,500 honorarium, in addition to providing travel, lodging, and materials. Whether working in digital, performance, or visual arts, the resident will develop a project inspired by the museum’s collection. Neon production is not a prerequisite.
Deadline: July 11, 2021.





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