Open Calls

A list of current open calls: Updated Monthly.

MADE IT 2021

Application deadline is 15/06/2021

We're extremely proud to announce our annual open call for north west art graduates for another year running, sponsored by the ace CASS ART Manchester & Castlefield gallery and presented both online and (restrictions willing) in-person at Rogue Project Space.

Let’s not sugar coat it – last year was a shit show for graduates. Nonetheless; onwards and upwards. We can do a lot when we put our heads together, and that’s what MADE IT has been all about since the beginning. Our show doesn’t have a big name, no posh venue and no champagne at the PV; but it’s by graduates for graduates. For those in education, the current circumstances may feel like a bitter end to your hard work, but we don’t want to focus on the negativity – we want to celebrate with you and give you another opportunity to show your stuff in a digital and physical showcase.

Degree show or no degree show, you’re getting your MADE IT 2021 in whatever way we can deliver


Curator’s Choice: £200 grant

CASS ART Prize: Solo show at CASS ART Manchester

Castlefield Associates Award: 3 Free 12-month Associate Memberships

People’s Choice: Spot in MADE IT 2021

Artists are invited to submit work for consideration by our 2021 panel Hetain Patel, Emily Speed and the Short Supply Team.



Soft Spot - Open Call

We are calling for creative work in any medium. We particularly encourage proposals that respond to or consider our basement space. We are also looking to soundtrack the show, so would love to receive tuneful and soundscape contributions.

Soft Spot operates without funding and are unable to offer an artist fee. We will happily accept pre-existing works, or work which has been previously shown elsewhere. We can also make contributions to transportation and installation costs.

If you're interested please send pdfs - jpegs - mp4s - mp3s along with a short description of your work to by the end of the 20th of April.



The Uncanny - Issue 13

Deadline: 03/05/2021

We want to see artwork that represents the uncanny within the context of your art practice  - WE DO NOT WANT COVID RELATED WORK.

Whichever medium you use and your text must relate to your work and the theme of the uncanny…

You will need to submit:

1) A good quality image of your work minimum 300dpi jpeg (please do not send us thumbnail images).

2) Three lines of text to explain your concept,  why you made the piece and any obstacles you had to overcome.

3) Your Instagram name so we can tag you.

4) Do you wish to join our mailing list Y/N?

Your work will not be accepted if you do not provide all of the four requested items. If accepted your work will be featured on the web zine, Instagram, and FB for a least one month, and very likely for several.


Cabin Fever - Callout for Artists in Residence

Deadline: 05/05/2021

We would like artists to propose projects and activities which they can work on in our cabin for a month at a time. We have some specific aims we’d like artists to address:

  • To creatively engage with members of the public

  • To run around four public workshops for members of the public during each residency

  •  To enhance and animate the area using your creativity

  •  To celebrate the people and communities of Derby

We’ve also suggested some themes that you can respond to, though we are open to suggestion if you have your own ideas.


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is celebrating its 26th annual exhibition in 2021. The exhibition and awards are open to applications by emerging, mid-career and established artists and makers from the UK, and internationally. The Working Drawing Award will have an online entry process only and a dedicated expert selection panel, alongside the main entry process and selection panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. The annual exhibition of around 65 drawings is selected by a panel of distinguished selectors. There will be a separate display of the drawings shortlisted for the Working Drawing Award within the overall exhibition. The First Prize of £8,000; Second Prize of £5,000; Student Award of £2,000; and the Working Drawing Award of £2,000 will be announced in September 2021 at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The £10,00 biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing is awarded to a selected artist with a significant track record to develop and realise a body of new drawings for a solo exhibition or to realise a new exhibition installation otherwise based on their drawing practice at Hastings Contemporary. Please note that students are not eligible for this award.