Do You Like Free Stuff?

Free is good. And in the world of art opportunities it is doubly good. Sure it’s OK to pay a small fee for a legitimate program application if it is something of value to you professionally and personally, but it’s also wonderful to find those opportunities for which there are no fees. That’s what we have rounded up for you today. Here are some art opportunities that won’t cost a dime if you decide to throw your hat in the ring. Just submit and see what happens.

Calling all animators! Quickdraw Animation Society is accepting submissions for its 15 GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation. Animators working in all styles, genres, lengths and media are invited to submit their work for consideration to be shown in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Films can be longform or shorts, hand-drawn or computer animated and artists can be students or established. The only exclusion is any commercial material. For complete details and to submit work, visit the website. Deadline is July 15

Carapelli for Art announces the second art prize and invites artists to submit for 2019. This year’s theme is “Blending” which is described thusly:

In art, creation, at the level of the idea and practice, begins with the encounter between multiple thoughts, subjects, occasions. This variety is an essential condition for creating something new that did not exist before, something that with its value, interprets and enriches the real: the work of art.

This year’s theme aims to underline the ability of art to harmonize what is different, in many ways: from the formal and conceptual to the relationship with the public, to the way in which the artwork is received in society and can act, directly or indirectly, on it.

All artforms are invited. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is July 15.

Austrian and Austria-based artists looking for collaborative funding are invited to apply for Phileas 2020. The primary focus is Austrian and Austria-based artists exhibiting internationally. Applications are only accepted from institutions and the aim is to co-produce ambitious contemporary art projects. For full details, visit the website. Deadline is July 19.

Praxis Center offers a range of opportunities to artists from every walk of life, at every stage of their careers. Whether you are just testing the waters and want a few free things to apply for or you’re at the point where it’s time to take things to the next level, we have something for everyone. Our weekly blog offers a curated selection of current opportunities and when you become a member you also gain access to courses designed to help you through the application process as well as experts to assist you along the way. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there sure are some free opportunities out there.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.

Golden Artist Colors began publishing the Just Paint newsletter in 1989, a source for information about painting techniques, product information, and the latest research in art materials. Now online, JustPaint.org has become one of the most exhaustive resources for technical information in fine art. With the new Just Paint Experience, GOLDEN is expanding the concept to provide artists with quick-reading, studio-oriented content to help bring their visions to life.

When you subscribe to Just Paint Experience (free), you’ll receive access to exclusive content. GOLDEN will also notify you whenever there is new content added to the site.

Photo credit: Phileas

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