December 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists


“Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit” by Courtney Brims

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.


iStock Creative Inclusion Grants Featured
The inaugural iStock Creative Inclusion Grants will award four emerging photographers $5,000 each to support a project that draws attention to underrepresented communities.
Deadline: December 6, 2021.


Open Calls

Socrates Sculpture Park Open Call
The 2022 Socrates Annual Fellowship program is looking for public art proposals for its Sink or Swim Climate Futures project and group exhibition. Awardees will receive an $8,000 production grant, a $2,000 honorarium, and three months of studio access at the New York Studio.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on December 6, 2021.

Mattress Factory 2021 International Open Call
The Mattress Factory is hosting an open call for residencies followed by solo exhibitions, which are slated for the spring of 2023. Applications are open internationally.
Deadline: 4:50 p.m. on December 10, 2021.

Visual Art Open Prize
The U.K.-based Visual Art Open Prize will award £2,000 to one artist and £250 prizes to category winners. International artists working across disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: December 15, 2021.

Win a Book Deal with Walter Foster
Walter Foster is looking for submissions for instructional art and craft books and will award one creative an opportunity to publish a beginner’s text. Applicants must live in the U.S. and can work across media, from fine art to embroidery to block printing.
Deadline: December 31, 2021.

The Other Art Fair Melbourne
The Other Art Fair is looking for artists to exhibit in person at its Melbourne event next May. Sign up for its newsletter to stay up-to-date with application deadlines for fairs in Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Toronto.
Deadline: February 2022.



Innovate Artist Grants
Each quarter, Innovate Grant offers two $550 awards to one visual artist and one photographer. Applications are open internationally.
Deadline: December 14, 2021.

NEW WORK from Prospect Art
Prospect Art awards a $500 mini-grant to visual artists twice each year as part of its NEW WORK program, which is designed to support projects that don’t fit into commercial galleries. Submissions should be representative of today’s moment.
Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Creative Capital’s Wild Futures 2023/2024
During a two-year period, Creative Capital will award 100 artists up to $50,000 each, with additional advisory services per project. 2023 is open to performing arts, technology, and literature, and 2024 is seeking visual arts and moving image/film.
Deadline: April 1, 2022, for 2023 applicants.

$500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund
Kickstarter, Creative Capital, and Skoll Foundation launched a $500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund to support projects by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators. Awards are given out on an ongoing basis to creators in categories like Arts, Comics & Illustration, Design & Tech, Film, Food & Craft, Games, Music, and Publishing.
Deadline: Rolling.

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund
Adobe’s Creative Residency Community Fund commissions visual artists to create company projects on a rolling basis. Awardees will receive between $500 and $5,000.
Deadline: Rolling.


Residencies & Fellowships

Residencies for Artists at Art Omi
Applications are open for Art Omi’s three residencies in visual art, dance, and music. Located in Columbia County, New York, each program brings together a group of creatives for cultural exchange, experimentation, and critical evaluation.
Deadline: December 15, 2021.

Bernheim’s Artist in Residence
Each year, Bernheim Forest’s Artist in Residence program awards up to four artists a $2,500 stipend and a stay at Bernheim to create site-specific work inspired by the natural environment. One residency is always awarded to a regional artist living in Kentucky or in Clark and Floyd counties of Southern Indiana, and another is devoted to environmental issues and the severity of the climate crisis.
Deadline: 11:59 PST on December 15, 2021.

Elsewhere Funded Family Residency
Elsewhere Studios will host its third 10-day residency in June of 2022. Artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to be used at their discretion and will be provided with living and studio space, which they can share with their spouse or family, if desired.
Deadline: December 17, 2021.

Right of Return USA Fellowship
The Right of Return USA Fellowship will award six formerly incarcerated artists a $20,000 grant each for a project that considers criminal justice reform. Fellows will participate in a group retreat in the spring of 2022.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on January 14, 2022.

Curatorial Fellowship at the Center for Craft
Three fellows will be awarded up to $5,000 to develop an exhibition at the Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina. They will work with program staff to produce the exhibition, develop didactic material and an exhibition catalog, and lead a curatorial talk.
Deadline: February 14, 2022.


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