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Best 3 Open Calls for International Artists (May 2023)

Looking for your next art opportunity? Don’t want to sift through countless websites to find it?

Here is our selection of the most interesting open calls for artists all over the world.

1. Residency Open Call for artists based in South Africa or Zimbabwe

2 OCT – 18 DEC 2023

Application Deadline: 22 MAY 2023

This opportunity is for an artist in the early stages of their career based in South Africa or Zimbabwe. It offers a fully funded 11-week residency at Gasworks in London from 2 October – 18 December 2023. Gasworks’ residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development, artistic exchange, and experimentation.

Gasworks provides significant pastoral and curatorial support throughout the residency, however artists are also expected to be proactive and self-motivated and lead the research and production of their work while in London.

The selected artist should be able to engage discursively and speculatively with Gasworks' environment and London's wider artistic and cultural context. With this in mind, applicants should submit a project proposal within their application, outlining their specific research interests and intentions for the residency.

They encourage applications from all backgrounds.

Application information available here

Image: Ravelle Pillay, Open Studios, 2022.


September and December 2023

Application Deadline: 22 MAY 2023

IDENSITAT y CENTRO HUARTE are initiating the Transversal Aesthetics / IN THE AIR programme, developing two research and production projects within the local contexts of Huarte and Barcelona based upon the concept of the hybrid residency which will aim to work with the specific nature of these local contexts using social space activation processes. The hybrid residency will combine an on-site temporary presence along with previous and subsequent work to be carried out remotely.

Transversal Aesthetics is a programme for research and experimentation on the intersection between art, mediation and social space. A place of confluence between artistic practices as a vehicle for critical research; mediation activities as a vehicle for the production of content, interaction and learning transfer; and the urban context as a vehicle for connecting specific themes of work to a specific active social space relevant to these themes. A project which takes shape in medium-sized urban spaces, as generators of social, cultural and environmental spaces at the boundaries between rural and urban.

The project is founded upon the cross-disciplinary dimension of art, in order to combine experiences and activities which impact upon unique elements on the basis of common themes and strategies shared among various participating agents.

Application information available here


September 7–December 5, 2023

Application Deadline: 12 MAY 2023

ARCUS Project’s artist-in-residence program provides opportunities for emerging artists in the field of contemporary art to cultivate their artistic creativity and vision. Located around an hour from Tokyo, a residency at ARCUS Studio allows participants in the program to come into contact with the contemporary art scene in Japan as well as devote themselves to their creative endeavors in a calm environment while interacting with the local community. Through the support the program offers from its dedicated team of coordinators and regular tutorials with a curator, artists are able to search for and explore approaches in their practices and undertake new challenges in their artistic expression. The program particularly emphasizes research-based practices and presents the initial results of these processes at open studios. It welcomes ideas for artworks and projects that develop out of encounters with people, the land, and culture and aspires to form critical spaces that are open and international.

Application information available here



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