Thursday, June 13, 2024

What Does It Take?

How do you keep moving forward? Are there specific steps you’re taking to make sure your art career doesn’t stagnate? One often overlooked piece of life as a working artist is just how much other stuff is involved. Certainly, your practice and the creation of your art are important, but these things cannot exist in a vacuum. No, there must be some deliberate planning involved in any art endeavor, whether that is how to contact galleries, land funding opportunities or find residencies to further your experience. It is all grist for the mill. Here are a few upcoming deadlines to inspire you.

M&C Saatchi Group announces this year’s Art for Change Prize with a total prize fund of £20,000 to be split between six winners, five to receive £2,000 and one overall winner to receive £10,000. Winning artists will also have the unique opportunity to exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for entries is July 17.

Fountainhead Artist Residency offers a year-round program as well as flexible and affordable studios, open studios events and career-building programs. For information on all of this and to apply for any of them, visit the website. Rolling deadlines.

The National Public Housing Museum presents the Artist as Instigator Residency. The residency, in their own words:

“leverages arts and culture to make creative public policy interventions around housing and related issues.”

For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is July 21.

Praxis Center is dedicated to helping artists stay afloat. We know there are practicalities to be addressed in any art career that can seem overwhelming and simply unfamiliar. The key is building the confidence and, frankly, the habit of pursuing these things. Before long, you’ll be a pro at organizing the pursuit of opportunities into your regular routine.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.


Photo credit: M&C Saatchi Group

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