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College Artists: Art of Painting in the 21st Century





The Art of Painting Conference and Exhibition is near, on March 8 – 9, 2019! This two-day conference was conceived to give a vast expanse of artists an opportunity to foster conversation about contemporary painting. This stands as the unifying principle of our conference and exhibition. Furthermore, the diverse wealth of artwork will provide fresh insights into a classic, yet ever-evolving medium.

Many prestigious artists and critics have participated in past conferences, including Philip Pearlstein, Enrique Chagoya, Deborah Oropollo, Guy Diehl and Peter Selz have participated in past conferences. This year’s renowned presenters include Amer Kobaslija, Dean Fisher, Dorian Allworthy, Glenn Brill & Tom Colcord.

All college students that were enrolled in school in 2018 can apply, from any California colleges or universities. The artwork needs to be delivered or shipped to the gallery by March 1st. If accepted, you and a guest can attend the two-day conference at no cost. Please confirm via email that you will attend. There will be a Purchase Award for Best in Show and a second and third award.

Include in the confirmation email:

Your name and the school you attend

2-3 sentences about you and your work

Information about the painting (title, year, medium, dimensions, and retail price). You will receive 50% of the retail price upon sale.

Each Painting must be wired on the back and ready to hang. We accept paintings on canvas, wood, and/or board. No works on paper are accepted.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to your response and hope that you will help keep painting alive and well in the 21st century.

John Natsoulas Gallery

521 First St.

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 756-3938


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Arts by the Sea Festival, Open Call for Artists



Call for Artists 

The festival is inviting artists to apply to create a commission for the festival. Successful artist applicants will receive funding, publicity around their commission and support from the festival's production team and Creative Producer to realise their idea. This opportunity may be more suited to early career artists, though anybody residing in the UK is eligible to apply. We welcome proposals from artists who wish to develop an existing work.

Arts by the Sea festival is committed to promoting equality and diversity across our programme and we actively encourage applications from artists of any ethnicity, gender and irrespective of any disability. 

We are particularly interested in outdoor light art, sculpture and installation work that:

  1. Has sufficient scale and impact in the setting of Bournemouth Gardens or Bournemouth Beach
  2. Is visible at night, as well as during the day (it gets dark around 18:50).
  3. Encourages interaction and exploration of the work.

We are also interested in artwork that references or explores the 2019 artistic concept (though this can be subtle and is not essential).

Please note: applicants are required to show their work for the full 3-day duration of the festival.

About the Festival 

The 2019 Arts by the Sea festival core programme will take place on 27th - 29th September with Fringe events taking place in the preceding week from 23rd - 29th September. The core programme is a 3-day celebratory explosion of art with many fantastic events taking place throughout the town. The festival is focused on programming inclusive and accessible events across a range of disciplines, most of which will be free and unrestricted to attend. The festival is delivered by Bournemouth Borough Council with the support of Arts Council England.

Venues for the 2019 festival encompass Bournemouth's Central and Lower Gardens, Beachfront and Pier Approach as well as including dozens of small gig spaces, theatres, libraries and cafes which participate in the Fringe festival. The artistic concept for this year is 'Mind Matter' (details available on the Opportunitues Page on the festiva's website) which invites artists, Fringe event organisers and creative partners to open and explore discussions around mental health.

Application and Commissioning Process.

Artists are required to complete an online application form, accessible via the festival's website.

Commission Levels

Arts by the Sea festival will be awarding one artwork commission in 2019 with a value of £6000.

Artists are invited to submit proposals until 5pm on 1st April 2019.

The successful applicant will be notified no later than 15th April 2019. 


  • The commission is open to all, provided the lead contact is a resident in the UK. This includes early career artists and any form of creative organisations.
  • Applicants with additional funding (who are applying for a portion of the cost of a co-commissioned work) are eligible.  
  • Proposals for developments of existing work are eligible. Applicants should explain this development in the Project Outline.
  • The project must be presented in Bournemouth at Arts by the Sea 2019.
  • All project expenditure must take place after the panel decision has been formally announced to the successful applicant.


Deadline for submissions: 17:00 1st April 2019                   

Selection of artists to feature in project: 15th April 2019

Site visit for artists to assess requirements (where relevant): 1st - 31st May 2019

Live Event: 27th - 29th September 2019     

Evaluation period: October 2019

For further information and to access the application form please visit the Arts by the Sea website via the link below. 

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Open Call, 5 Festivals Co-commission




Art Commission Brief

Building on the success of a co-commission in 2018, bluedot, Kendal Calling, Shambala, Lakes Alive and Arts by the Sea are providing a new opportunity for artists to create and tour a new artwork to each of their festivals in 2019.

The festivals are particularly interested in seeing applications for outdoor light art, digital art and large-scale installation work that has sufficient scale and impact for each festival setting. The artwork will be showcased in arenas that have audiences present throughout the day and after dark so should be created to be visible at night as well as during the day. Artists are encouraged to consider the use of light as a key artistic medium for the commission. The artwork could also include ambient sound as well as light, however this should be designed to have a controllable volume level. The artwork should encourage interaction and exploration of the work. Interactivity for audiences is a key factor for all 5 festivals and the piece should be designed to be robust enough to withstand audiences.

Commission Level

£12,000 is available for touring a new piece of artwork to the following festivals: Kendal Calling, bluedot, Shambala, Lakes Alive and Arts by the Sea.

Application and Commissioning Process

Artists are required to complete the online application form via the link below to be considered. All completed applications will be reviewed for award by the panel, and you will be notified of the decision in writing, via email. Unfortunately, due to limited resource the festival is not able to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

All participating festivals are listed below. Please check your / your team's availability to set up, supervise and de-rig the work at the events listed below, before applying. 

Please note: it is expected that you have teams to supervise your artwork during the live show days at each festival. The festivals will have security teams patrolling the area but there is not enough resource to staff each individual piece of artwork.

Application Timescales

  • Application return deadline – 1 March 2019
  • Panel review and shortlisting – 15 March 2019

At this point you may be required to provide more information or clarify your proposals

  • Unsuccessful applicants notified, and awards made by 1 April 2019
  • Delivery and Communications – April to July 2019
  • Live event dates:

bluedot festival (18-21st July).

Kendal Calling (25-28th July).

Shambala festival (22-25th August)

Lakes Alive (6-8th September)

Arts by the Sea (27-29th September)

  • Feedback and evaluation – October 2019 


  • The commission is open to organisations and individual artists.
  • The project must be presented at all co-commissioning festivals.
  • The commission is for a new piece of work; however, developments of existing work will also be considered.
  • All project expenditure must take place after the panel decision has been formally announced to successful applications.


Commissions will normally be paid in two instalments:

  • 90% at the start date following confirmation of funding and provision of a detailed budget.
  • 10% on satisfactory completion of the project and the project self-assessment and evaluation.


Applications will be assessed against the following criteria

Artistic Quality

Public Engagement

  • Is the artistic idea clearly described?
  • Is the project adaptable for woodland and town centre settings? 
  • Do the plans indicate that the artistic aims of the project are likely to be achieved?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated that they have a track record of achieving their artistic aims?
  • Does the application demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence and ambition?
  • Will the activity provide an excellent experience for those that engage with it as audiences, readers or participants?
  • How innovatively does the project reflect any themes of the 2019 commissioning festivals i.e. Changing Landscapes (Lakes Alive), Mind Matter (Arts by the Sea) and Observe, Experiment, Explore (bluedot)?
  • Does the project reflect the relevant scale for the space and fits with the night time festival environment?
  • Has environmental impact been considered in the design of the work?
  • Is there evidence that the activity will involve good quality public engagement?
  • Does the proposed activity engage new participants, readers or audiences?
  • Does the applicant understand who the intended audience / readership for the project are? Do they have a realistic plan for how the work will reach that audience / readership?
  • If the activity is about developing rather than presenting work, the application must demonstrate how the fund will eventually help them to reach an audience or readership for their work.




  • Are the plans to deliver the activity clear and realistic?
  • Does the applicant have demonstrable track record of delivering similar projects or activities?
  • Does the application demonstrate that those involved in the activity have the relevant skills and expertise?
  • Is the timetable for planning and delivery realistic?
  • Does the applicant have a sustainable policy for producing work?
  • Is there evidence of value for money?
  • Is the budget for the activity realistic?
  • Is there a clear and realistic breakdown of income and expenditure?
  • Has the applicant provided payment details?
  • For individual applicants, has s/he provided a reference?  


Project Delivery and Monitoring

Each successful applicant will be expected to provide the panel with a detailed budget and a project plan for how the project will be carried out (including the end date). The budget and project plan will be submitted to the panel by the start date agreed by the applicant and panel. 

In addition, each applicant will be required to submit an interim report on a date agreed with the panel (or panel delegate) and liaise with each festival representative on H&S compliance and production delivery. All successful applicants will be required to submit information and evidence for evaluation of the project and festival.

The panel can offer successful applicants advice and support during the development of the project, adding to the overall learning experience.

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Bluedot Festival Open Call for Commissions, with Light Night Leeds



Bluedot is inviting artists to apply to create one of two new commissions for the festival in 2019. The first commission will be awarded in partnership with Light Night Leeds with artists being expected to create a commission that explores light art and interactivity. Successful artist applicants of both commissioning levels will receive funding, publicity around their commission and support from the festival's production team and Creative Director to realise their idea. This opportunity is open to artists at any level of their career, and anybody residing in the UK is eligible to apply. We welcome proposals from artists who wish to develop an existing work, as well as proposals for new pieces of artwork.

Bluedot festival is committed to promoting equality and diversity across our programme and we actively encourage applications from artists of any ethnicity, gender and irrespective of any disability.

We are particularly interested in light art, digital artwork and installation work that:

  1. Has a sufficient scale and impact in the setting of bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and Light Night Leeds.
  2. Is visible at night, as well as during the day as the artwork will be showcased in a predominantly after-hours area.
  3. Encourages interaction and exploration of the work.


Commission Levels

Bluedot festival will be awarding two new commissions in 2019: 

1 x Co-commission with Light Night Leeds / £10 000

1 x Support commission / £5000


Artists are invited to submit proposals until 5pm on 15th April 2019 via an online application form

For more information on how to apply, the commissioning process or any other questions about the commission please contact Amy Grundy. 

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Call for Artists - Average Art 33 (April 2019)




Average Art is an industry focused art magazine. Our goal is to draw attention to self representing artists. We are now taking entries for the April edition of Average Art Magazine.

Brief: send us a large digital image of your work. Also send us any information you think is relevant. Any text needs to be kept brief as we get hundreds of submissions.

DEADLINE: 22nd March 2019

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Open Call: Two Solo Exhibitions at OyG Projects







OPEN CALL at OyG Projects: Two Solo Exhibitions


Deadline: February 11, 2019


Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to announce an Open Call for TWO Solo Exhibitions to open in September of 2019: one in the main gallery space at OyG and one in The Skirt, OyG's dedicated space for site-specific installation.


Both opportunities will include an opening reception on Saturday, September 14, 2019, $350 honorarium for each artist/proposal, and one programmed event (an artist talk or a closing event), and will be promoted on OyG social media outlets. OyG Co-Directors will work with the artists and make studio visits leading up to the opening of the exhibitions, if possible. The artists are required to fully participate in the exhibitions' installation and deinstallation.


Visual artists of all disciplines (and geographical locations) are encouraged to apply. The artists will be selected by the OyG Co-Directors based on the quality of their work and commitment to their practice. Artists are highly encouraged to specify which space they'd like to exhibit in, the main gallery space or The Skirt. The OyG Co-Directors will make the final decision.


An alternate list of candidates/runners-up will be posted on our website and considered for future programing at the gallery. Past/future exhibition artists that we discovered from our past Open Calls include: Patrice Helmar, Jihyun Hong, Familien Iglesias,  Carl E. Hazlewood, Rose Nestler, Norm Paris, Ben Pederson, Padma Rajendran, Adam Liam Rose, Winnie Sidharta and Kuldeep Singh.





10 images of work including: title, year, media and dimensions

Size requirements:  Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each)



2 pages max



Please provide us with two references who can talk about your work and practice: name, title/organization, relationship, email address. We will only contact these individuals if need be.



Please describe your work and what you envision as your solo exhibition.


Some things to consider: Why do you want a solo exhibition at OyG? What does this opportunity mean to you? If you're applying for the Skirt, please consider how your work will respond to/interact with the specific space.

(200 words max).


Application fee: $25



Application opens: January 14, 2019

Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight

Notification: May 1, 2019

Exhibition install: August 31, 2019

Opening reception: Saturday, September 14, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Exhibition ends: October 13, 2019

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