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ACS Studio Prize

The Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) is offering an artist the chance to win £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK. If you are an EU or EEA national and are an undergraduate or postgraduate university student on an accredited art course who is about to graduate, or if you have graduated from a university accredited art course within the last four years, and you work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography, then you are eligible to apply for the prize. More information here. Deadline 30 June.

WAC Awards

Open call for artists across the UK at all stages of their career. Range of prizes offered from £2000 award to mentoring, exhibitions and residencies. Entry fee of £15 per work. Deadline 1 August. More information here.

The Sunny Art Prize 2020

International annual open call for artists at all stages of their career. Cash prizes of between £1000 - £3000 and other benefits including exhibition and residency opportunities. Entry fee of £25 - £45 depending on number of works submitted. Deadline 30 June. More information here.

In Oscillation

As an exploration into economies of care, collective strategies and to lightly lift spirits in uncertain times Site Projects have launched an open submission of sound and text works that will be circulated daily via Read more here.

Ways & Means

The global pandemic has forced artists to work in new ways. Many are without their studios, materials, collaborators, or the time, space and funds to make work as they have in the past. However, out of these challenges, fresh approaches are emerging. Organised by Skelf, Ways & Means is a group exhibition opening on on 22/7/20. Artists who have found new ways and means to be productive in the present time can submit for selection a work to be included in the show.

Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2020

The Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is seeking to appoint two contemporary practitioners to the Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2020. Each Fellowship provides up to £16,000 and valuable access to the extensive material workshops, technical resources and expertise within Kingston School of Art and the wider University departments, to support a practice-based, innovative research project that will result in an exhibition of international standing at the Stanley Picker Gallery. Find out more and apply here. 
Arts Council England

Arts Council England: coronavirus impact study part 2

Following on from the first Arts Council England coronavirus impact study, completed by over 1,500 people, this second part asks for more detail and follows up on a number of questions. ACE are planning on publishing data from both parts of the study soon.

Not Going Back to Normal

Artist-led, Scotland-focussed research to produce a provocation about the exclusion of disabled artists. Now, at a time when everyone's adjustments are suddenly reasonable, the world is experiencing just a fraction of the 'normal' experienced by disabled people, and everyone else is suddenly interested in isolation, vulnerability and distance communication. Looking for radical art and ideas for remaking the art world by and for disabled people to make a website and a book. Contributions will be paid for.
Inc Arts

Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts Workforce

Inc Arts has teamed up with research specialists The Bridge Group to explore diversity and inclusion in the arts workforce – from front of house, to administration and beyond - with a particular focus on mid- to senior career progression. They are particularly interested in how careers in the arts are created and sustained, and what could help make a more diverse and inclusive sector. Answer the questions online and volunteer for more in-depth research if you are able and interested.

Art360 Foundation – Curator in Residence

Art360 Foundation and International Curators Forum are seeking curators and researchers interested in engaging with and developing work around the archive of British-Caribbean artist Aubrey Williams. The aim of this opportunity is to encourage and facilitate new and dynamic readings to his work and practice through an active engagement with the personal documents and items held there and develop a new strand of research and analysis. Whilst social isolation measures are in place due to Covid-19, preliminary research can be undertaken remotely.There is a Curatorial/research fee of £2,000 for work over an 8-month timeframe. Find out more and apply here. Image: Aubrey Williams Archive (c) Aubrey Williams Estate. Photo: Art360 Foundation.
New. Not normal

New. Not Normal: Artists, the Creative Sector, and Innovation after the Pandemic

The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AEI) Lab at Indiana University, USA, presents this online symposium on 8 June, 10.30-4pm (3.30pm British Summer Time). The event will explore new ideas about both the challenges and opportunities for arts workers and the creative sector, how the creative landscape has already changed and will continue to change in the future. It focuses on learning from related fields, and the application of new ideas through creative sector work.