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WARMTH - Open Call for Art & Design





Art & Design Online Art Call

Embrace Creatives, a new professional network for Artists and Buyers invites YOU to submit your artwork or designs for our first online art competition exhibited during the month of March 2019. Our objective is to empower Professional Artists via additional promotion and visibility and unite them with Commercial Art Buyers & Collectors.

Let’s wrap our arms around the advent of Spring… Just a few months away, we can shake off the gray and step into warmth and colorful possibilities!

We’re inviting all Artists and Designers to submit work that speaks to their concept of “WARMTH“

Deadline for Entries:  February 27, 2019

This is a national competition. Any subject matter and any media is acceptable including jewelry or fashion. All artists and designers, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to submit their best work in any medium. You will be asked to explain how your artwork fits into the concept of “warmth” – there are no right or wrong answers but your explanation will help us judge this competition and will be included in the exhibit.

Embrace Creatives will identify winners in the following categories;

  1. Fine 2D Art (including fiber and printmaking)
  2. Digital & Photography
  3. 3-Dimensional Art & Design (including jewelry and fashion)

Best in Show winners from all EC Online Exhibitions will be invited to exhibit in a group show in Michigan. All winning artists will have their artwork included in our public, YouTube gallery.

The exhibition is open to all artists and designers in the US, both emerging and established, 18 years of age and up.

EC exhibitions will be promoted through the our website, email campaigns to our Commercial Art Buyers, through gallery websites and through our continually growing, social media network.

$15 for up to 3 images = Embrace Creatives Members

$25 for up to 3 images = non members / Want to save $$$ on this call and get more benefits? Join EC!

Follow the link to submit.

Fee Detail: 
$15/3 entries
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Persistence: A National Exhibition Celebrating Women





Persistence is an exhibition that features work from female artists from across the country. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Women’s History Month, this exhibition is open to all female artists living in the United States,  and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk.

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Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2019-20



The most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £8,000 in financial support towards the making of new work and a solo show in 2020.

Applications open on 1 January 2019 and close 31 March 2019

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional emerging sculptor. The award now includes a UK Touring Programme, taking MTSA artists to partner venues across the UK.

We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials. There is no age limit, applicants will be judged on the quality of their work and the ability of the award to make beneficial impact on their practice and future development.

The financial award to assist in the production of a new body of work is £8,000, made in 3 payments over the course of the year, at the end of which there will be a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery. Standpoint will maintain a supportive, mentoring role over the twelve-month period of the award, including studio visits to discuss progress towards the exhibition.

The recipient is selected from an open call by a panel, guest selectors have included Richard Wilson RA, Conrad Shawcross RA, Lisa Le Feuvre, Richard Deacon CBE RA, Phyllida Barlow CBE RA, Rachel Whiteread CBE, Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Tim Marlow, Alison Wilding RA, Cathie Pilkington RA and Clare Lilley.

The selection panel 2019-20

Simon Wallis OBE, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield
Anna Reading, winner of the MTSA 2018/19

Rebecca Scott, artist and Mark Tanner Trust

The panel will be chaired by Michael Taylor, director of Standpoint.


Applicants must be established residents of the UK. Students in current education are not eligible to apply. This applies to BA and MA students or equivalent, but NOT to those undertaking postgraduate research work leading to a PhD/Mphil/MLitt/ MRes or equivalent.

Selection Procedure

Selection will be made in two stages:

Stage 1
- All applicants must complete the online application (via Standpoint’s website).
- You will be required to pay a fee of £18.00 to enter (this goes towards the costs of the selection procedure).
- Please note: no other information will be viewed.

Stage 2:
- Interviews for shortlisted artists will be held at Standpoint late April 2019.
- We will ask shortlisted artists to make a short presentation about their work, followed by questions from the panel. We will request further documentation of your practice where necessary.
- References will be taken up prior to interview, for shortlisted artists only.
- Travel expenses (best price available) will be reimbursed for shortlisted applicants.
- Please note: the interview date is fixed, so please ensure sure you are able to attend. No other dates or arrangements can be made, unavailability will lead to a withdrawal from the selection process.

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Residency Opportunity: Undisciplinary




Arts Catalyst and The Otolith Collective are launching Undisciplinary, a new residency supporting three UK-based artists, curators and cultural practitioners.

At a time when the cracks and fault lines of contemporary neoliberal society are becoming more visible, how can we, as cultural producers, address notions of power, access and equity? And how can these macropolitics shape the micropolitics of the field we inhabit – the visual arts?

Emerging artists, artist collectives, curators, cultural practitioners and writers whose research focuses on critical issues in global perspectives of the 21st century are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in hearing from practitioners whose research addresses the politics of ecology, gender and race, contemporary activist struggles and from those engaged with rethinking genres of the human in relation to the Black radical tradition.

Piloting from April 2019, this month-long residency will provide learning, networking and mentoring opportunities as well as a critical framework for challenging existing structures that underlie artistic and cultural production. 

The three residents will have the opportunity to

• Shape both individually and collectively the Undisciplinary programme together with Arts Catalyst and The Otolith Collective, while directly informing its design and delivery

• Participate in and nurture a supportive network of artists, curators and organisations

• Receive 1:1 mentoring and support around specific projects and/or their broad practice

• Access Arts Catalyst and The Otolith Collective’s network of artists, curators, institutions, academic and scientists

• Present and share elements of their individual and/or collective inquiry process by co-curating a resource room at Arts Catalyst in April 2019

• Be supported in testing out different forms of presentation including writing, broadcasting, public programme, performance

A number of partner organisations will be involved to provide further opportunities for residency participants.

There is no expected exhibition at the end of the residency rather, a desire to develop a platform for the research through seminars, screenings, podcasts, a reading room etc.

A dedicated research space will be available at Arts Catalyst throughout April 2019. We encourage the three residents to be active in the space during this period. 


Applicants should be UK-based and have been out of formal education for at least one year. 

We welcome in particular applications from artists and curators from BAME backgrounds. 

In order to apply please send us an expression of interest including / explaining:

• A summary of your research proposal, (250 words max)

• A full research proposal, including how you think this residency could help you expand your practice (700 words max)

• How you plan to approach your research, (400 words max)

• CV (2 pages max)

• Supporting material, dependent on your practice; 10 images maximum, 3 video clips (max length of all clips - 5 min), writings / text

Deadline: Sunday 3 February at 11.59pm

The application should be sent in the form of one single PDF to the email address provided below.

Successful applicants will be notified by 15 February

Costs and finance:
Successful applicants will receive £1000, which breaks down as bursary fee of £600 and £400 for research, such as visiting mentors, inviting speakers 

Arts Catalyst is a contemporary art organisation focused on transdisciplinary art and inquiry. It commissions and produces projects, artworks and exhibitions that connect with other fields of knowledge, expanding artistic practice into domains associated with science and specialist research. Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 160 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomás Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Ashok Sukumaran, Otolith Group, and Critical Art Ensemble. Arts Catalyst’s Centre in King's Cross, London, is a hub for the organisation’s work, nationally and internationally, providing a space for developing new projects and co-inquiries connecting local interests with wider planetary issues.

The Otolith Collective expands on the work of The Otolith Group, which was founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshunin. It is a curatorial public platform through which exhibition-making, artists' writing, workshops, publication, and teaching are aimed at developing close readings of images and sounds in contemporary society. Approaching curation as an artistic practice of building intergenerational and cross-cultural platforms, the collective has been influential in critically introducing particular works of artists such as Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, Anand Patwardhan, Etel Adnan, Black Audio Film Collective, Sue Clayton, Mani Kaul, Peter Watkins, and Chimurenga in the UK, US, Europe, and Lebanon.

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Divergent Evolution





Divergent Evolution

Tracing the factors that lead to the creation of a single work of art - or series - can be linear or oblique, requiring hindsight of a quasi- archaeological level. What was the spark, the precedent, the breakthrough, the catalyst that led to this specific piece?

Artists are invited to submit two or more works that bear evidence (if only to their creator) of the evolution of their practice. Perhaps a work made a few years ago, viewed today, unmistakably includes formal or thematic preoccupations that now dominate your most current body of work. What are the kinship systems in your studio: parent-child, sibling, cousin, orphan? Is there a hierarchy that until now, perhaps, had not been articulated? Is your work influenced by the other artists with whom you share a cultural ecosystem? Or is the environment shaping it exclusively the landscape within your brain?

Emma Wilcox is the Gallery Director at Gallery Aferro, where, with Co-Founder and Artistic Director Evonne Davis she has designed and implemented hundreds of exhibits, public programs, educational initiatives, public art projects as well as more than two dozen publications. Wilcox is a practicing artist. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts and was part of the 2015-2017 cohort of the Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program at the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. She lectures regularly on art and cultural engagement topics, including a  2016 TedX talk. More information about Wilcox can be found on our website or at


Fee Detail: 
None. Non-members may apply, but must pay the annual membership fee of $65 if accepted.
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Soulful: A National Exhibition of African American Art





Soulful: A National Exhibition of African American Artists 


Description: Soulful is an exhibition that features work from African American Artists from across the country. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Black History Month, this exhibition is open to all African-American artists living in the United States,  and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios as well as a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk.


Juror Biography: Ken Wright is a Richmond, VA. native and graduate of Norfolk State University with a BFA in graphics and fine arts. Ken is an abstract painter that uses acrylics on canvas or museum board. He is a former arts commissioner for the State of Virginia, and has served on many arts boards. He has won over 300 awards and honors for his work. Ken’s art is in many collections all over the United States and abroad. Among the collectors of his work are President George W. Bush, (hung in the White House), and most recently President Barack Obama, (hung in the White House). Other collectors are former Ambassador to Liberia, Bismark Myrick, movie actress Eartha Kitt (deceased), and actress Tatiana Ali. His work has also been exhibited in the office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner on Capital Hill, Washington, D.C.


Exhibition dates:                Thursday, February 7th 2019 - Thursday February 28th 2019

Reception:                         Thursday February 7th 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Call Open:                         Monday, December 3rd 2018 - Sunday January 6th 2019

Notifications (by email):     By 5pm, January 18th, 2019 

Accepted works arrive by:     January 31st, 2019

Submission fee:                    $35.00 for up to 3 works  




1st Place:            $500.00

2nd Place:           $300.00

3rd Place:            $150.00    


Eligibility: This exhibition is open to African-American artists, 18 or older, residing in the United States. All work must be original and created without the aid of an instructor or kit. Work needs to have been produced within the last five years. All styles and aesthetics are considered. The d’Art Center is a public non-profit art center open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers. 


Submissions: All entries and payments must be submitted via Call for Entries (Cafe). Please follow the directions on Cafe. If you have exhibition questions, please contact; questions related to submitting through the Cafe platform should be directed to Cafe. 


Limitations: Works cannot exceed a weight of 40 pounds. All 2D works must be equipped with hanging hardware for installation. All 3D works that require presentation other than standard pedestals must include those displays with the works. Works that require special installation must come with clear instructions. Any works that require complicated specialized installation must be installed by the artist. We reserve the right to reject work for the exhibition that differs significantly from the submitted images and/ or for craft issues. 


Liability: The gallery staff will take great care handling artworks for exhibition. However, the d’Art Center, its staff, and gallery are not responsible for any damage that may occur. We strongly recommend artists insure the works themselves, and purchase insurance from the shipping company used. Shipping your work means you agree to this.


Shipping: The artist is responsible for shipping costs to and from the gallery. All accepted works must arrive by January 31st, 2018 without exception. Hand delivered works are accepted through pre-arrangement; please contact Artists must issue pre-paid return labels for their works through UPS or FedEx. We do not arrange shipping in any other manner. Works must have pre-paid return labels through FedEx or UPS to be returned. Any additional details on shipping will be included upon notification of accepted entries. Please no packing peanuts. Works should be shipped in reusable containers for return. Clearly indicate any packing directions for return of works. Works that do not include a return label, and works that are not picked up within one month of the end of the exhibition become property of the d’Art Center. 


Entry Fees and Materials: Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration and the entry fee is $35.00. Commission for works is 60% (artist)/ 40% (d’Art), not including awards.



Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$35.00 for up to three works
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