Welcome back! We hope you’re well-rested after the bank holiday weekend (we saw Angels in America, ate loads of fresh fruit, and caught up on sleep). Before the next holiday hits at the end of this month, take advantage of these curated May creative opportunities. All of them expire before the last day of the month. Submit your best work and apply for jobs, projects, competitions, and exhibitions – bulk up your portfolio and your wallet. Start May the right way and save for summer holiday (we will, too)!
6. Hoarding Commission Artist, Putney Embankment Foreshore
Adorn the hoardings around a site in Putney as part of the Art on the Tideway programme. You’ll have the help of local community groups and create a beautiful perimeter along the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Fee is £6,100 (plus VAT). Closes Sunday, May 7.
7. BJP Breakthrough Awards 2017
Calling all students and recent grads! If you’re into photography and keen on a showcase, submit your work to this call! Four winners will be featured in a London group exhibition, published on BJP’s print and digital platforms, and receive expert advice on launching a photography career. Closes Monday, May 8.
11. Thinking Baroque
Imagine contemporary art as you’ve never seen it before – reflect on Baroque style and modern expression and submit your work (installation, paint, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and more) for a chance to exhibit your work in the Braga’s best museum. Closes Wednesday, May 10.
12. Zealous Meet Series: Create! Magazine
We’ve partnered with Create! Magazine for our monthly Meet Series: your opportunity for a full-page feature in printed publications, completely free. No pitching needed, just submit the work you’d like to see in Create! Magazine. We’ll do the rest. Closes Sunday, May 14.
14. Agora Arts Circle Open Call for Artists 18 – 25
The Providence House’s building is being entirely redecorated over the next few months – if you’re a visual artist (or budding creative!) aged 18 – 25, you can be part of the process! Pays an hourly rate. Closes Monday, May 15.
15. Collaborate at Artsdepot, London
Ensemble Perpetuo is hosting their first ColLABorator session this summer! Apply to take over an artsdepot space for rehearsals, workshops, and in-progress feedback sessions. This is a chance to grow your work and potentially include it in the ensemble’s 2018/19 season. Closes Monday, May 15.
21. The Stone Award Prize International Competition UK
Take your career past the first stepping stone and submit your work for a year-long contract with the Mardleybury Gallery, entirely free (wall space, cash prizes, vouchers and art materials also included in prizes). Closes Wednesday, May 31.
23. Scottish Portrait Awards 2017
Enter fine art and photography competitions (or both!) with up to six works following the concept of portraiture (this can be loosely translated, if needed). There is £5,000 available for the Fine Art finalist and £2,000 for photography – up to 60 finalists will also be selected for the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition, and one individual will be awarded £3,000 for a portrait commission. Closes Wednesday, May 31.