Open Calls

Open Calls © Goethe Institut, Groupe Dejour
Here you will find a selection of current international and national open calls and opportunities (i.e. competitions, prizes, exhibitions, awards, proposals, residencies and grants) across art forms for artists, creators, translators and makers to participate in exciting international programmes.

If you would like to see an opportunity added to our listing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Listings are regularly updated.

Apply by 16.04.2021
Big Pulse Dance Alliance

Big Pulse Dance Alliance (BPDA) are delighted to launch a new series of co-commissions for free, outdoor dance performances for the people of Europe. The aim is to bring artists and audiences together. To present bold, captivating choreography that celebrates our creative imaginations through the power of the body in motion. BPDA are inviting Expressions of Interest from artists interested in developing portable, ecologically aware choreographic ideas with the 12 pan-European BPDA partners.

Apply by 23.04.2021
Room to Bloom programme - Ecofeminism & Postcolonial Feminism

This Spring 2021, Room to Bloom launches its platform with an open call for applications addressing young artists with a feminist, ecological and/or postcolonial art practice.Through this call, the platform will collectively select a group of 100 emerging feminist artists to participate in a mix of trainings, workshops and talks throughout the year.

Apply by 25.04.2021
Code NL-D - Reclaiming Digital Agency

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe in Berlin, Germany, and IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] in Utrecht, The Netherlands, are pleased to announce an open call for participation for an exciting collaborative series of events throughout 2021 called CODE NL-D. CODE NL-D seeks to bring together artists, non-artists, politicians and policy makers from Germany and the Netherlands to engage in dialogue, critical discussion and artistic intervention.

Apply by 28.04.2021
Voila 2021

The Voila! Festival is a place for artists to create, to connect, and to celebrate collaboration. They want to hear your ideas for live online performances, pre-recorded shows with live watch party events, out-of-the-box proposals for digital work, AND live-on-stage theatre to be performed at The Cockpit, the 200-seat thrust or in-the-round venue in Marylebone, London. There are also opportunities to share short works-in-progress in The Cockpit’s Theatre in the Pound online scratch nights in July and November. 

Apply by 10.05.2021
Light Moves Festival of Screendance

Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2021 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limerick, Ireland in venues across the city indoors and outdoors and online.
Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art.

Apply by 10.05.2021
New Growth on Exhibition Road

The LFA, V&A and Discover South Kensington invite architects, design practitioners, including students and recent graduates to take part in a new competition for innovative installations supporting biodiversity and the recovery of London’s arts and sciences district in South Kensington. In the run-up to  the COP26 Summit in November, the project will showcase regenerative design and the importance of biodiversity in the built environment. Submissions are to demonstrate how plants, greenery and biodiversity can be creatively embedded in Exhibition Road’s public realm and reclaim space for nature.

Apply by 16.05.2021
Visualizing Bias with Augmented Reality

Goethe-Institut, Gray Area, Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Artivive are launching an open call for artists, designers, and the general public to submit creative representations on the subject of bias. These should articulate our ongoing concerns with technology’s growing ability to alter people’s visual perception of reality.

Apply by 20.06.2021

Submit films up to 20 minutes - all genres.
Interfilm has been an Oscar-relevant festival since 2018: Winners of "Best Feature Film" and "Best Animation" in the International Competition are eligible for the "Long List" in the race for the Oscars®.

Apply by 30.06.2021
Liberty Open Call: R&D grants for D/deaf and disabled artists

The Mayor of London is offering new funding towards Research & Development projects by London based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations. £70,000 of grant funding available is for projects ranging from £3,000 to £10,000 and successful applicants will be invited to share their project’s work-in-progress as part of Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture Opening event in January 2022.

Applications on a rolling basis
Music: Virtual Partner Residencies

In reaction to the resulting changes in working conditions in the music scene, the Goethe-Institut has created this virtual residency programme with a view to maintaining and reinforcing international exchange and collaboration. Funding for virtual partner residencies is now available to arrange for international musical collaboration projects.