Nesta Call for Artwork – Closes 26th November

Creative Opportunities

Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation. They help people and organisations bring ideas to life by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.

Nesta are looking for art to inspire their staff and visitors, transform their busy networking and events space, giving budding artists from across the country the opportunity to showcase their creativity to a large and diverse audience.

So, if you are looking for a space to showcase your work – which could include photography, video, sculpture, ceramics, fashion or fine art – that reflects Nestas core mission ‘to make the UK more innovative’, then they would love to hear from you. Anyone is welcome to apply – from budding art students to passionate amateurs to creative retirees. For more information on how to apply visit the Nesta website.

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Unravelling the National Trust – Call For Artists – Closing 31st July 2012

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Unravelling the National Trust is a series of exhibitions that aim to showcase extreme and conceptual craft in a site-specific context, showing in three different National Trust venues across the South East of England from 2012 – 2014.

The second exhibition is due to open at The Vyne, part of The National Trust on June 28th 2013. It will run for 6 months from this date till 7th January 2014.

Unravelled is a new arts organisation that works with artists and crafts people who explore extreme and conceptual craft. The directors of Unravelled and the curators of Unravelling the National Trust are Polly Harknett (Independent Curator, formerly Contemporary Craft curator at Hove Museum & Art Gallery), Matt Smith (Independent Curator and Ceramicist) and Caitlin Heffernan (Artist ). The group and exhibition are supported by Arts Council England, the National Trust and the Headley Trust.

Submissions Sought

For Unravelling the National Trust at The Vyne are offering ten commissions for artists or makers using or subverting the notion of craft in extreme and conceptual ways. Proposed artworks should be site-specific and engage with the idea of creating interventions within the historic house setting, or within the gardens at The Vyne.

They aim to include a broad cross section of artists working in a variety of media and at various stages of their careers. The aim of the exhibition is to provide a high profile showcase for contemporary artists and makers and engage artists with historic houses and their archive collections. It is strongly recommended that prospective artists visit the property before submitting their proposal. 

The brief and full details are available here

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Summer Arts Carnival – 14th July 2012 – Maidstone – Call For Artists – Stepping Stone Studios

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Stepping Stone Studios are holding an Arts Carnival on Museum Avenue , Maidstone, on the 14th of July. They are joining up with local businesses and want to involve the town’s art groups.  This is the call out to get stall holders and performers involved. 

They are thinking bunting, hot food, arts and crafts stalls, performance. If anyone has any suggestions simply pitch your ideas in!

Here are some things to get you started:

1. Pitches and Stalls going for £6! Be one of the 15 stalls taking part.

2. Ideas for entertainment / food / performance. Know any awesome musicians or street performers? Pass the details on – the more acts the better!

3. Exhibit over the week! With all the fuss of the carival, increased footfall and a summer of exciting events it’s pretty good exposure in town centre.

4. Fabric donations required! For bunting workshops to start in June!

The event will kick off at 12pm

Please get in touch via

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Trace – Call for Artists and Contemporary Craft Makers – Closing 1st June 2012

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Background and Concept: The exhibition will explore the boundaries between art and craft, creating an environment where each are the same and each deal with the idea of a Trace.

Dates: 24th & 25th Hanging the exhibition, 26th to the 29th Exhibition Open, 26th Private View – July.

Venue: Motorcade/Flashparade Gallery, Bristol

Other details: This is a free opportunity to exhibit in Bristol at one of the leading galleries.We’re looking for Contemporary Craft Makers, Visual Artists, Film Makers, Performance Artists, Sound Artists and Text Artists that create work with an idea that there is a Trace – a Trace of something that once belonged, a Trace of something that once happened, a Trace of a suggestion.

The title can be taken literally or ambiguously as we invite a variety of ideas and art forms to create a collaboration between artists, ideas and mediums. The brief is open so as to hopefully inspire and conjure recognition in the subject. We welcome all applications.The exhibition will be curated by Context, a project led group that aims to create opportunities to provide support and provision for both artists and audiences. Within the exhibition held at Motorcade/Flashparade there will be a Private View which will include a short introduction to the exhibition, those exhibiting, and a debate about the differences and similarities between art and craft.

How to apply: Applications are invited from all who find this brief and exhibition relevant to their work, geography is no boundary.To make an application please submit a covering letter introducing yourself, your work and a proposal for the piece(s) you’d like to exhibit, along with documented examples of your work.Applications will be considered by Emily Bull, the project manager for Context and the Curators at Motorcade / FlashParade.

Please send applications by email to
Should you need to post applications please send them to 15 Sidmouth Road, Bristol, BS3 5HT.
Deadline for applications:The deadline to receive applications is Friday 1st June.
Contact details:Emily Bull, Context Project Manager07720646314
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Call For Artists – For London Luton Airport’s Gateway Gallery (Deadline 6 June 2012)

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London Luton Airport is looking for talented local artists from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to display inspirational artwork in their Gateway Gallery in 2012 or 2013. The Gallery, delivered in partnership with Luton Culture and advice from Arts & Business is located in the main terminal building adjacent to the Onward Travel Centre. London Luton Airport is the fifth busiest Airport in the UK and expects to see over 10 million passengers in 2012.

With an average of 25,000 passengers travelling through the Airport every day the Gateway Gallery provides local artists with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as giving Airport passengers greater access to local artistic talent. 
The Airport is looking to hear from talented artists who believe they can offer an original, impactful exhibition for the Gallery. This can be in any 2D medium.

For your artwork to be considered please visit and download an application form at

Applications must be submitted by 12pm 6th of June.

The winning three entries will win free display space for a minimum of two months during a period in 2012 or 2013. 


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