25 June 2021


South Africa

LAPA is a communal, experimental space in Brixton and is open to the public. It ideates and hosts forms of (real and metaphorical) gathering and being together where discourse can take place, or time can simply be spent. It is an offering for reflecting on artistic and communal Pan-African practices.

VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa) and the Goethe-Institut are collaborating to co-conceptualise and launch a Pan-African residency programme for artists.


To initiate the space, LAPA invites practicing artists based in South Africa, to become a resident of Brixton to develop/explore new Pan-African artistic trajectories. 

As a process-based Residency for artistic research, the artist is encouraged to shape their research through new material inquiries and forms. Artists have the space to determine their method and work-plan as motivated by the demands of their research. LAPA commits to facilitate this by offering a working space, supportive programme of discussions, and connections to other art professionals.

More info here


Submission Dates

8 and 9 September 2021

Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

South Africa

The 2021 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition has created a space for eligible emerging artists to imagine, transgress, transcend, disrupt, and innovate through their creativity.

As we march into a new world, visual artists are best equipped to make sense of our dynamic, interconnected, and challenging environments. By promoting art that is ingrained with the spirit of possibility and potentiality, the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is not just another art competition – it is an enabler for emerging artists to not only expand the possibilities of art, but to also inspire innovation and change.

This annual competition is open to all South African artists who are 18+ years and have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists who have held a solo exhibition for academic purposes, i.e. a Master’s degree exhibition, are allowed to enter. Artists are able to submit artworks in all artistic mediums including photography, performance art, video and installations.

Activate innovation and change through your creativity by entering the 2021 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition at one of several collection points across the country on Tuesday, 7 September and Wednesday, 8 September 2021 from 10h00 to 16h00.

More info here



13  July 2021

Vacant Museum Call for Submissions



The Vacant Museum’s upcoming online exhibition, Familiar Strangers will deconstruct everything we think we know about representing ourselves. We will ask both artists and viewers to question the concept of the self-portrait and to challenge their own understandings of themselves. We will see all reflections and representations of our identities for what they really are: familiar strangers.

By the time we are done collecting submissions, we will assemble a collection of faces from around the world and ask ourselves, “are any of these people really who they say they are?”

In order to be featured in the exhibition, all artists must answer the question, “who do you think you are?” upon submission of their self-portrait.


This is both an opportunity to search for truth within yourself, or take advantage of an opportunity to construct an identity completely remote. No one will know the difference. No one will ever know the real you, not even yourself.

The Vacant Museum is calling for self-portraits from artists around the world. We invite artists of all media, with the exception of video, to submit and share their self-portraits and contribute to this international showcase!

More info here




Goethe Institut International  Coproduction Fund


This funding is intended for coproductions by artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music and performance art, in which hybrid and interdisciplinary formats and the use of digital media may be key components. 
With the International Coproduction Fund the Goethe-Institut would like to support the unrestricted international and intercultural exchange of artists and their ideas. The facilitation of such an exchange and the networking it spawns among the various players are equally as important as the productions resulting from the project.
The joint application, which must be submitted by the foreign partner (living and working abroad), must show clearly that good working contacts already exist between the partners and that both parties are interested in putting together a dialogue-oriented production.

More info here



25 June 2021

Photo Vogue Festival 2021 | Call for Submissions


REFRAMING HISTORY - PVF 2021 will explore the projects that have reclaimed an alternative, different way of telling a story.

It could be, for example, a project that reframes omitted, forgotten and overlooked historical events or figures, like Akinola Davies Jr.'s BBC video series Black To Life, a project that unearths forgotten stories of black British figure for the digital generation and perfectly symbolizes this year's festival - or even an alt-history, like the one in Bridgerton.

It could be a work that reclaims an aesthetic, an idea of beauty that has been diminished, stereotyped or exoticised : from projects that celebrates, for example, the Italian Southern aesthetic, to works dedicated to communities, minorities, body types usually marginalized by mainstream culture, such as stories with people with disabilities portrayed outside cliches.

The exhibition will feature photographers selected by an internationally jury consisting of experts from across the world, with different backgrounds and vision so as to try to provide the most inclusive and multifaceted perspective.

More info here



1 July 2021

Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program


Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist commission for Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, and so on. 

The international residency program is open to all artists working in photography or image-based media, from any country. Applications must be submitted by the posted deadline. Applicants will receive an e-mail from SlideRoom confirming that we have received an application.

More info here




Innovate Grant


Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants.

They accept and encourage submissions from applicants 18 years or older, from around the world within the following two categories:


Painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, film / video, mixed media, installation, new media.


Portrait, conceptual, still Life, Black + White, Documentary, Street, Composite, Collage


More info here



30 June 2021

Boston Review Writing Contest



Boston Review's writing content open call for submissions: "Tell us what it means to repair from a terrible rupture, a life-threatening harm or illness. How do we return to health, to wholeness? Is “return” even the right idea?"

  • All entries must be related to this year’s theme of Repair. The theme should be very broadly interpreted, but entries should be connected to the theme.

  • The winning author will receive $1,000 and have their work published in Boston Review's special literary issue Repair (March 2022). Some finalists and semi-finalists will also be published in the issue or online.

More info here



30 June 2021

StateoftheART Gallery Award 2021 - Call for Applications 


South Africa


StateoftheART is on a mission to uncover the next art superstar in South Africa and offering one talented rising artist a R40 000 cash award and solo exhibition.
We are accepting submissions from entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa, aged 18 and above, and who have not yet held a solo exhibition with a commercial gallery. Local judges will choose finalists whose work will go on show in a group exhibition at our Cape Town gallery in September 2021 for a final round of judging.

All entrants are required to submit three works to the theme On the Brink: Visualising Climate Change.

More Info here



Submit from 1 June to 12 June 2021

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery 2021 Portrait Award Competition

South Africa


The Portrait Award competition, similar to its UK counterpart, awards the first prize 

R150 000 for the best portrait. The second prize, R 30 000 and R 20 000 for the third prize. This biennial competition is open to all resident South African artists, 18 years and older, and aims to increase public awareness and appreciation for the art of portraiture, as well as give South African artists an opportunity for further exposure.

More Info here



1 July 2021

ANTOA Writing Contest 2021


Africa and the Diaspora

A New Touch Of Africa debuts ANTOA Writing Contest 2021: Stories That Touch (AWC2021) to amplify the African voice from across the globe through poetry and fiction.

The ANTOA Writing Contest (AWC) 2021 opens for submission on 1st April 2021 and closes on 1st July 2021 in two categories: poetry and fiction.

The contest is open to all poets and fiction writers of African origin from across the globe at age of 18 and above.

More info here



Animation and Immersive Experience (XR)

17 May 2021

Video, Digital Art, Music

11 July

Digital Lab Africa #5 Call for Applications



DLA is calling on artists, producers, designers, collectives, students or entrepreneurs from both creative and cultural industries, including from across Sub-Saharan Africa to apply.

DLA aims to incubate emerging talent by offering them a springboard to jump-start and accelerate their projects with the support and expertise of the DLA ecosystem. Led and managed by Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct with the support of the AFD (Agence Française de Développement).

The Pan African accelerator focuses on 5 key categories: Immersive Experience, Video Games, Music, Animation and Digital Art. The programme initiated five years ago by the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) is also supported by SACEM, TRACE, TV5 Monde Afrique, the French Embassy in Nigeria, as well as IFAS, amongst others.

Applications for the animation and immersive experience (XR) categories are now open and close on 4 April, while applications for video, digital art, and music categories can be submitted between 17 May and 11 July.

More info here



International Journalist's Network (IJNet) - Global

IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide.

Miscellaneous Journalism Opportunities throughout the year

International Women's Media Foundation IWMF - Global 

The IWMF works to unleash the power of female journalists to transform the global news media. Their fellows and grantees — both freelance and staff journalists — become experts in reporting in under-served regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light.

Awards and Programs

Global Investigative Journalism Network GIJN - Global 

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—with special attention to those from repressive regimes and marginalized communities.

Funding and Grants for Africa





FotoRoom - Global

FotoRoom is an online space showcasing works of contemporary photography ranging in genre, theme and style, and made by artists from all over the globe.

International Photography Awards (list)

Photography Grants, Funds and Fellowships (list)

International Photography Festivals (list)

Photo Contest Guru - Global

An online portal of photography contests, funding, grants and awards.

Grants and funding

Photography Competitions

LensCulture - Global

LensCulture is one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching resources for discovering contemporary photography talent around the world.

Miscellaneous Awards and Competitions throughout the year





On The Move: Cultural Mobility Information Network - Global

A cultural mobility information network with members in over 20 countries across Europe and internationally. Their mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation.

VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa)

An industry organisation supporting the development of the visual arts sector.

African Writers Trust - Africa

The African Writers Trust is a body that aims to bridge the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the diaspora and on the continent, bringing them together in order to promote synergies and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. - South Africa 

The site is intended both as a resource for working journalists in Southern Africa and a teaching tool for the (Wits) university programme. It also allows media companies to find new talent, to promote services, award programmes, training or events in a multitude of ways. 

FilmDaily.TV - Global

A source for film and documentary grants, production budgets, templates and online courses. 



Opportunities Include: grants, funding, jobs, fellowships etc.


Opportunities For YouthGlobal

Empowering youth through access to information and opportunities.

Opportunities for Africans - Africa

Connecting Africans to the latest life changing opportunities

Opportunity Desk - Global

The largest platform for international opportunities

Opportunities Forum - Global

A forum where various opportunities like education, jobs and entrepreneurial ideas are shared for the benefit of diverse cultures.

OYA Opportunities - Global

Bringing all the opportunities from all over the world in one platform, making it easy to find your dream opportunity.

Funding Opportunities - Global

Making Opportunities accessible to organizations and individuals

Prince Claus Fund - Select Regions

The Prince Claus Fund stimulates the freedom of cultural expression worldwide

Arts and Culture Trust - South Africa

South Africa's premier independent arts and culture funding development agency. Pro-active agents of change in the creative economy. 

National Arts Council (NAC) - South Africa

The vision of the NAC is to promote through the arts, the free expression of South African cultures. 

British Council SSA Arts - UK and Sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.