What are Open Calls for artists?

This is one of the great opportunities in the art world and one of the primary ways to get your artwork shown outside of Grenada! An open call is put out by a gallery, museum, curator, arts organisation etc. and they are asking YOU to show them your work!

Here are a few websites that regularly post calls for work:

Here are a few important points to consider when applying for shows/exhibits:
– Not every call is for you. Decide what your work is about and the medium you are interested in showing – you don’t have to feel pressure to apply to everything.
– Be aware of costs. Many calls have free registration to be considered. Some charge a registration fee. Some exhibits will have a fee once you are accepted. Some exhibits may be more costly to get your work to than others (if you have to travel vs. if you can just send it). There are many variables and it is important to work out what your priorities are.
– Be prepared that not every show will accept your work. Rejection is a big part of any avenue in life and the art world is not different. Be inspired by the many successful businesspeople, authors, and artists who were persistent and always took rejection as a tool for growth!
– Follow galleries, museums, art organisations, curators on social media so you always get updates on the types of exhibits you would like to be a part of!
For more information on how to make your application stand out, here is a link: https://mag.orangenius.com/open-call-exhibition/
If you need help with your artist materials or suggestions on how to improve your practice feel free to contact the Grenada Arts Council.

Published by ashermains

International artist from Grenada, West Indies. Exploring modes of art-making within a local, Caribbean context. Making art with materials that are empathic and mnemonic and engaging in the process of becoming more human.

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