Creative Opportunities

That’s it, folks—fall has finally come. We can’t wait to settle into a new season ripe with new creative opportunities! Get cosy with these phenomenal offers for mentorship, residencies, film festivals, photo exhibitions, and funding for your next big project. Hunker down, submit a few applications, and watch your creativity flourish.


Creative Review’s Photography Annual

Powerful, innovative, memorable: sound like you? Submit your photography to the Creative Review’s Photography Annual and enjoy exposure to over 1 million creative professionals in 80 countries. Open to photographers, ad agencies, publishers, designers, etc. Free entry, deadline is Friday.

Writers wanted for Maverick Award 2016

Playwrights with Scottish ties: this is for you. If you’re chewing on a new creative project but don’t have the funds, this is also for you. Win a £2,000 bursary through the Tom McGrath Trust, a proponent of new writing by Scottish and international playwrights and translators. Submit your proposal today!

Battle of the Folk Bands!

No gigs, no merch, just music. Folk bands with 2-5 members and Scottish ties are welcome to submit a few songs to the fine folks (ha, ha) at Hands Up for Trad. Top 5 bands will perform at Battle of the Folk Bands in May 2017 (and Celtic Connections, and TradFest, and Skye Festival, AND win a day’s recording at Caribou Recordings). What the folk! How could you say no?

Artists Wanted for Online Exhibition

Enjoy a month-long feature on this fantastic online exhibition! KoProjects devises and facilitates projects and opportunities for emerging to mid-career artists and cultural producers. They’re currently looking for artists, writers, curators, organisations and projects related to (or in!) Morocco. All mediums accepted!

Residency at Künstlerhaus Lauenburg

Join Künstlerhaus Lauenburg’s 30-year history of supporting global emerging talent! Create your own new projects in an undisturbed environment and present it publicly. Five fellowships currently offered to artists, authors and composers without any restrictions of age, origin or residence! (Two fine arts, one new media & film, one literature, and one composition.)

Italian Residency and Retreat 2017

Ah, Tuscany. Live and work in the shadow of Chianti’s oldest church (built in the 10th century and painstakingly restored by two art, design, and architecture lovers). Immerse yourself in a vibrant, timeless, and artistic atmosphere! Open to all ages, nationalities, and mediums – accepting applications from writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers and dancers, filmmakers, theatremakers, designers, and more!

Summer School in Curatorial Studies, Venice

Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer in Venice? Apply for the Summer Curatorial Programme and spend June – August 2017 developing your curatorial creativity in a flourishing cultural hub.

Jerwood Photoworks Awards

Three UK photographers are in for the opportunity of a lifetime. Jerwood Photoworks winners will receive up to £10,000 to support their work, a year-long mentorship with a high-profile creative expert, curatorial support from the Jerwood Visual Arts team, a group exhibition in London, and international recognition through an exhibition tour. Are you joking? Submit up to 10 images and a proposal for your work today!

Short Filmmakers Wanted for Artist Film Festival!

This festival is the bomb! No restrictions on theme, date, or premiere status (plus the application is free!). All you need is a short film that’s under 15 minutes in length (although 7 minutes or less is preferred). Winners will be showcased at the Bomb Factory November Film Festival!

Threads Gallery seek artists for S.M.I.F.

A unique opportunity with a D.I.Y. Gallery. Threads puts on pop-up screenings, exhibitions, and peer-to-peer work in progress programmes! Earn £150 and a spot in their upcoming exhibition in Folkestone. Accepting sculpture, moving image (projection, video art, film) and installation. Submit up to two works!

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