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The VIA Arts Prize Open call for Visual Artists is an open call Ibero-American themed contest. Submit original works on the theme ‘Dialogues’. We accept painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, collage, drawing, engraving, digital print, textiles and tapestry. Film and performance art is not accepted.

1st prize £5,000, 2nd £2,000.


**Deadline 22 October 2018

B&R Productions – Time to Stare Bursary

open call for visual artists

Residential bursaries for small to medium-sized arts companies. However, applications are welcome from individual practitioners and arts partnerships.  Especially from those seeking to develop the first stage of a new work.

B&R Productions acknowledge the need for practitioners to become more resilient and innovative. Generally, seeking sustainable ways that do not compromise an original passion or creative process. So to enable this, we have secured Arts Council England. This funding is to launch residential bursaries for the development of a specific project or work. The programme responds to the need for small/medium sized companies. Including arts partnerships to escape from the daily demands of management and delivery.

The 5-day residency, valued at £2,000, includes mentor sessions and project reviews with B&R
Productions directors, and 5 nights self-catering accommodation in East Sussex, in February 2019.
Find out more here:

**Deadline for this open call for visual artists 19 October 2018

Qube Arts Open

AIR GALLERY, Altrincham
Open call for visual artists: MONITOR
We are seeking artworks that explore the relationship between ourselves and the technology we use.
Examples of topics could include:
 Social Media
 Avatars and online presence
 Internet
 Virtual selves vs reality
 Impact of technology on our lives
 Our reliance on technology
 VR and fictional worlds
 The act of monitoring others online and how online services monitor us
 And anything else that could fall into the overall theme.
This is free to enter. Artists must provide their own equipment. All art forms are welcome.
DEADLINE: 1 November 2018

Call for Artists: PLAY
We are seeking sculptural work that explores the theme of Play.
However, we are particularly interested in work(s) that encompasses one of the following:
 Encourage new thinking about sculpture or sculpture history
 Raising public awareness and/or appreciation of sculpture
 Has an element of interactivity
 Has an element of public engagement.
 Is a unique approach to sculpture and/or pushes the boundaries of sculpture today.
Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. Artists can also enter new works or concepts for works as long as they have a track record of completing projects and can provide a detailed description of what they are proposing to do. So this is free to enter for an exhibition in late 2019. For more information, please visit our website:

 **Deadline 11 November 2018

Lightnight 2019, Liverpool

Artist commissions

LightNight is a free one-night arts festival. Namely, it aims to shine a spotlight on Liverpool and celebrating its world-class cultural offer. Furthermore, LightNight is back in Liverpool on 17 May 2019. The theme for the festival is ‘Ritual’. We are looking to offer commissions to individual artists or collectives (£1 – 3k). This will be for a small number of new works to be presented at next year’s festival. Proposals are welcome across all art forms. Coupled with visual arts, including performance, sculpture, spoken word, technology, installation, light art or any combination of these.

For more information, read the full brief on our website:

** DEADLINE: 5 November 2018


Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

These awards support photographers, or artists using photography. However, it is intended for those who make new work and explore new experimental approaches to photography. The Awards are open to arts practitioners using photography who are within 10 years of establishing their practice. There is no application fee. As a result, two Awardees will each receive:
 £10,000 to support the making of new work
 Access to an additional production fund of £5,000
PLUS High-profile mentoring support, a two-person exhibition in London and a UK joint exhibition tour.
Visit the website for full information:

** DEADLINE: 5 November 2018


Adult Fairytale Competition 2018

Can you bring a classic up to date? Or weave a magical fantasy world entirely of your own devising? The choice is yours, but entries for this competition will need to meet a definition of fairytales. Including, a length between 1,500- 1,700 words. Furthermore, the winner will receive £200.
** DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

Picture Book Prize 2018

Do you want to win a consultation with literary agent Julia Churchill? Or maybe a critique from children’s author Amy Sparkes in our exclusive Picture Book Prize. So then, the award is open to all unpublished writers. Including, un-agented writers. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for you to submit picture book texts. Similarly, entries must reflect traditionally published picture book texts which do not rely on pop-ups. Including tabs or touch to help deliver the story. Above all, the story should be fiction and can be rhyming or non-rhyming. Thus, the word count should be no more than 800 words.

So the first prize winner will be offered a lunch consultation with top children’s fiction agent Julia Churchill, including a year’s subscription to Writing Magazine and £200.

**DEADLINE: 31 October 2018

Autumn Poetry Competition

First of all, submit poems in any style but on autumn themes. The season has provided creative fuel for generations of poets. So then, your biggest challenge will be finding something new to say, or a new way to say it. Finally, there are no restrictions other than the 40-line limit. The winner receives £100.
** DEADLINE: 15 November 2018

Flash Fiction Open Call Competition

Write on any subject or theme you wish. Similarly, in any genre or style. However, keep it tight, because your length limit is just 500 words. The winner will receive £200.
** DEADLINE: 15 November 2018

Entry fee £5. To see details of all our writing contests, visit:



Freelance Festival Manager
First of all, we are looking for a Freelance Festival Manager to join the delivery team for DAF 2019.
Furthermore, the Festival Manager will oversee the coordination of the festival programme. Thus, ensuring logistics and requirements are managed effectively. Hence all events must run smoothly. Finally, we are looking for someone with:
 Firstly, at least 2 years’ experience working on a Festival, or other arts-related events/projects in a
coordination/management role.
 Secondly, experience in working with a wide range of partners and organisations.
 Flexible approach to working thus willing to work weekends and evenings as and when required.
 Excellent time management and prioritisation skills.
 Good IT skills.
 Good communication skills.
 Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
 Finally, some technical knowledge of sound and venue equipment.
For more details, visit:

**DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

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