Rolling Basis

Michaelis Galleries: Call for Exhibition and Project Proposals

South Africa

The Michaelis Gallery has a long held history of open exhibitions and ‘hosted’ exhibitions by young people and students alongside high-quality professional academics and artists.

The production and reception of art is increasingly discursive and the academic environment at Michaelis allows for the analytical staging of art exhibitions that pay close attention to the interaction between artworks and paracuratorial formats that exist within the expanded field of discursive art: like the interdisciplinary research project; artistic research; pedagogical activities. The galleries approach in content conceptalisation has a user-generated direction through involving peers and collaborators in the co-production of exhibitions that offer multi-layered experiences through the physical gallery space, and offsite spaces. This allows the use of the facilities by other cultural organisations, which offer opportunities for exchanges and broadcasts about the Galleries programmes to the general public.

They accept proposals on a rolling basis and they will be reviewed by the gallery committee which meets 4 times a year, once a term to look at the proposals.

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30 November 2021

The Nature of Cities Festival | Now Accepting Proposals


The Nature of Cities Festival 2022 continues as an online, global, interdisciplinary gathering for greener cities for people and nature, and they welcome artists from all disciplines to participate.

The arts program, curated by the Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Cultures (FRIEC), is calling for artists of all disciplines who seek to radically imagine sustainable cities for the future. This year, artists will have opportunities both to present their work, and also to interact with the global interdisciplinary audience of ecological changemakers through artist-led sessions. All work and sessions will be presented in an imagined virtual world, built by The Nature of Cities for this global conference.

Last year’s festival welcomed 2200 participants from 72 countries, including exhibiting artists from 33 countries. The artists who take part in this festival have the opportunity to play a critical role in this truly global, transdisciplinary meeting of thought and action leaders, and they hope you will join them. If you are unfamiliar with the festival, or where to start, they recommend exploring the 2021 Festival and thenatureofcities.com to get an idea of our approach. They will be accepting work on a rolling basis until 30 November 2021.

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15 December 2021




For as long as we could think, humans have wondered about the world, about life, about our very essence. How are we here? More importantly, why are we here? What is it beyond what we can see that gives us a purpose?

Spirituality encompasses a vast array of concepts from internal/personal reflections to traditional/religious practices, and everything in-between. As always, we want to be surprised and thoroughly entertained, so feel free to play around and be creative with the theme. A good story for this prize will offer unique insight into the theme and explore characters in refreshing and imaginative ways.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1000. Four other shortlisted writers will get $100 each. The longlist will be published in an anthology.

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31 December 2021

Walter Rodney Writing Prize 2022

Africa and the Caribbean

Pluto Press is proud to partner with the Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF) and the Pluto Educational Trust (PET) to launch the annual non-fiction Walter Rodney Writing Prize for women and non-binary first-time authors from Africa or the Caribbean.

The prize will celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Guyanese writer and political activist Walter Rodney, while reflecting and advancing the impact of Rodney’s thinking on scholars and organisers.

We’re excited to announce the prize judges: Poet, reggae icon and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, writer, activist and historian Stella Dadzie and feminist and academic Dzodzi Tsikata.

The winner of the prize will receive a £4,000 writing grant, alongside access to Pluto, PET, and WRF’s combined global network of contacts. Their debut book will be published by Pluto Press.

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Innovate Grant


Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that. How to Apply: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit.


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15 February 2022





Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow. The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding seven years and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. Candidates should have established a research programme and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship or equivalent post-PhD programme. All disciplines are considered.

The main means of support is STIAS residencies. Residential periods will be agreed mutually between the fellow, his or her home institution and STIAS, and may vary between six weeks and five months per residency. A first period of residency will typically be of longer duration to be taken up between July 2022 and June 2023, followed by two further residencies through 2024.

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1 Feb - 1 March 2022



Apexart offers exhibition opportunities for anyone, anywhere, to turn their idea into an apexart exhibition. Submissions are crowd-sourced and juried by an international group of more than 400 people including individuals and university classes around the world. Winning proposals become part of apexart’s exhibition season.

Proposals for New York City will be accepted from October 1–31, 2021. Proposals for international locations anywhere in the world will be accepted from February 1–March 1, 2022.

Five winning exhibitions will receive a 10,000 USD budget, an “apexart” brochure, and full staff support for an exhibition in NYC.

Apexart's Open Calls are opportunities for artists, curators, and other professionals to turn their curatorial idea into an apexart exhibition, combined with inviting apexart’s international community to collectively determine their programming through an online jury process. 

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. 

Journalism.co.za - 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.