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LOA OPEN CALL 2020 : Artists or curators working around the topic of global identities and transcultural experiences




Dear artist and curators,

Leave of Absence is opening its 2020 calendar and accepting proposals from artists or curators working around the topic of global identities and transcultural experiences. Submissions will be accepted from now until December 30th 2019. All proposals should be submitted digitally in PDF form to

Leave Of Absence is a self-sustaining art space that exists to explore the positioning of contemporary art, its creators and viewers in a transient age. LOA is hidden inside a private, gated courtyard off Dalston Lane, a small white cube space with limited opening hours to the public. Founded by five artists with different backgrounds, each nominated three artists to consider making work for the space: one friend, one inspiration and one artist that does not have the right to live and work in the UK. Exhibited artists then go on to make their own nominations, creating a self-augmenting network of connected ideas.

We curate four LOA nomination exhibitions and two invited projects a year. The aim of the open call is to open up the dialogue between the existing exhibitions. 



Topics connected with:

• third culture imaginations

• (reverse) integration

• technology and nation

• language in translation and hybridisation

• superstitions and customs

• cross-cultural intimacies

• diaspora artists

• imagined communities

• transnational mobility

will be taken into consideration.



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Call for entries: Hastings Open 2020





Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is seeking visual artists and makers to enter our new open call exhibition: Hastings Open 2020.

Hastings Open 2020 is for UK and international visual artists working in the following artistic mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, digital, audio, mixed media, and video. This new opportunity is part of our programme to open up Hastings Museum & Art Gallery and our collections to contemporary artists as both a resource for supporting their careers and as a source of inspiration. To enter, artists are invited to upload images of their work to our online portal for a first round of judging by the selection panel. The entrants who are successful in this round will then be invited to bring their work to the museum for the second round of judging for the final exhibition selection.

What is needed to complete the online entry form?
You will be asked to:

  • Your contact details
  • For each artwork you are submitting including: title, date, dimensions, medium, description, and images. You will need to do this for each of the art works you are submitting.
  • An image of each artworks in jpeg format
  • Artist statement or description of your practice maximum 300 words
  • For digital, audio, mixed media and video works
  • There is a section on the form for you to include URL hyperlinks to the content and also for any passwords that are required view the work.

How many artworks can I submit?

You can submit from 1 to 5 artworks in total. Diptychs and triptychs will be counted as a single entry, the full work must be shown in the accompanying image.

How much does it cost to enter?

It costs £5 to enter one artwork and £20 to submit up to five artworks.

Does my work need to be for sale?
No. If your work is for sale then please enter the sale price when prompted. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery will take 15% commission from any sales made during the exhibition.

When will I know if I have been successful?
All artists will be notified by email on or before 31 March 2020.

Who is on the panel?

  • Kate Adams - Project Art Works, Hastings
  • Ellen Prebble - Project Art Works, Hastings
  • Kenton Lowe - blackShed gallery, Robertsbridge, East Sussex
  • Patrick Adam Jones -  Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards-on-Sea
  • Phoebe Cripps – Haywood Gallery, London and Flatland, Hastings

Key dates to remember

  • Submission deadline: 23 February 2020.
  • All artists will be notified by email on or before 1 March 2020.
  • Exhibition dates: 2 May to 5 July



There is a single prize comprising:

  • A residency at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery in 2020/21
  • A solo exhibition at blackShed Gallery in 2021
  • A cash prize of £500

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£5 for 1 artwork, £20 for 2-5 artworks
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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes: Call for Entries



Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition for 2D and 3D artworks in any medium, excluding photography and film. Developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government, Wales Contemporary seeks to celebrate all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is inspired by its ancient heritage, art history, traditions, landscape (rural, urban or political) and contemporary culture.

Following the close of the call for entries on Tuesday 14 April 2020, the submissions will be judged by a selection panel including artist Basil Beattie (RA), painter Gerda Roper, and sculptor Sebastien Boyesen. The subsequent exhibition will be displayed at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, South Wales from 13 June – 18 July 2020. It will then tour to the Senedd and Pierhead Building, Cardiff from 5 August – 10 September 2020.


All exhibitors will be invited to a private view and prizegiving at the Waterfront Gallery on 12 June 2020 when the following prizes will be presented:

1st Prize – £4,000

Highly commended 2-dimensional work – £2,000

Highly commended 3-dimensional – £2,000

Young Artist Prize (25 and under) – £1,000

Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales – £1,000

The following prize will be presented during the touring exhibition at the Senedd in Cardiff:

Public choice – £1,000


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three.
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Call for Artists - Wotisart #35 (February 2020)




Wotisart is a portfolio magazine. Our goal is to allow unknown artists an avenue to show their work and gain some recognition in the industry and also to answer the question... What is art? We are now taking entries for the February issue of Wotisart?



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Linger an exhibition of Sitting Places



16 May – 9 September 2020 

Following on from the hugely successful summer 2019 Art Unbound exhibition, the Rococo Garden, in Painswick, Gloucestershire, is staging ‘Linger’ – an exhibition of ‘sitting places’ – for summer 2020. We are putting a call out to artists, designer-makers and artisans for imaginative approaches to the creation of garden seating. The work will complement the spirit of the Garden and encourage appreciation of its character. As such ‘Linger’ will be an invitation for visitors to take the weight off their feet and while away time as they soak up the beauty of their surroundings.

We will produce a map to accompany the exhibition, which will be advertised locally and nationally. All works will be for sale, unless an artist stipulates otherwise. Works, if sold, must remain in the Garden until the end of the exhibition. Artists are responsible for the transport, installation and de-installation of their pieces. 

These sitting places should be made from the kind of materials that would have been available in the 1740s and, where possible, locally sourced. We are open to all kinds of interpretations. The pieces selected will be for sale. As such, we are looking for a range of work, from high-end conceptual installations to affordable, functional pieces.

NARRATIVE for reference
Back in the 1740s, Benjamin Hyett designed an unusual garden to entertain his guests at Painswick House. This was a theatrical place, nestled in a hidden valley and perfect for holding intimate garden parties. It was a country gentleman's experimental creation, not the realisation of a horticultural dream. Instead of an orderly flower garden, this is a haven of peace and tranquillity to explore, sprinkled with quirky features ‘to tickle your fancy’.

Rococo describes a period of art fashionable in Europe in the 1700s, identifiable particularly in furniture and architecture. Some of the key features include highly ornamental decoration, the use of pastel colours and asymmetry. The art of the period often celebrated beauty and sexuality.

In England, this was a time when there was a certain ‘joie de vivre’ amongst the upper- middle classes. They showed off their wealth through indulging in the flamboyant and frivolous. Their gardens became the playroom of the house – spaces where they entertained and partied.

We are inviting applications for imaginative, artistic approaches to seating, using materials readily available in the 1740s. Your piece must, therefore, be fit-for-purpose, i.e. strong, durable, appropriate for outdoor use and comfortable to sit on – and supplied ready to install. We have some felled green wood, mainly ash, onsite and would also be open to a discussion about the possibility of creating pieces in situ.


An opportunity to exhibit and work will be on sale.


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Sunny Art Prize 2020




The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition, based in the UK, is a global platform offering art opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world,  including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest also gives the art prize-winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China. 

Accepted Media
Submissions are accepted from every country in the world and are all equally judged. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to enter the competition.
Entries may include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ceramic
  • Original Prints
  • Installation Art
  • Mixed Media (both wall-hung and three-dimensional)
  • Video Art (Including moving image, projected work, and digital installations)
  • Drawing

Size Restrictions

All 2D work such as painting, drawing, projected videos (including moving images and installation) must be 120x120cm in size max.

All three-dimensional work, including sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media artworks, must be 80x80x80cm max in size. Installation art (whether made of mixed media or digital) must be assembled on site at the exhibiting location and can reach 100x100x100cm max.

What Do We Look For?

We wish to find artists who are engaging with pressing contemporary issues.

Winners of previous editions did so by raising awareness of global issues and themes ranging from climate change, the current international debate regarding immigration and refugees to our perception of identity, gender, and much more.


First Prize

  • £3,000
  • A public solo exhibition in London
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Second Prize

  • £2,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Third Prize

  • £1,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

The Prize Winners will be joined by 27 shortlisted artists in a group exhibition at the Sunny Art Centre, London. From these 27, 7 artists will be selected to exhibit their works at one of our partners’ galleries in China along with the three Prize winners


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from £30
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