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How to Make Opportunities Work for You

While it may be true there’s no such thing as free lunch (or is there…?) in the art world there are indeed opportunities that are not only free but funded. There are many reasons that these are excellent opportunities – not least of which is that they’re easy on the wallet. But what’s more is that these are often chances to take your career forward by leaps and bounds – they may be residency periods during which you can reflect and explore your practice, open calls to get your work into the wider world or grants and fellowships to allow you focus on various angles of your practice and career. Read on for three opportunities that are free of charge – two of which are funded.

Artists interested in spending contemplative and productive time in Norway are encouraged to apply for residency at Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale. The program includes a monthly grant of $10,000 Norwegian Krone (around $1080 USD) as well as free housing and working space. There is also a limited travel budget available. Those interested should visit the website for more information. Deadline for applications is March 1.

HOT STEAM III: A Science/Video/Art Screening is accepting submissions of short films and video artwork that combine art, science and technology. Screenings are part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts and are hosted by Cambridge Community Television. This year’s event takes place at the MIT Museum. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is March 6.

Applications are now open for the Vera List Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to support those whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The 2020-2022 focus theme is titled As For Protocols. To learn more, visit the website. Deadline is March 15.

Praxis Center explores the intersection between artistic practice and the business of the art world. We strive to offer our students the opportunities that will advance their careers and enrich their approach to art. We teach the things you never learn in art school and we stay with you every step of the way. Whether you’re working on the particulars of a grant application, the necessary documents that all artists need to have on hand or preparing to exhibit your work – there’s something for everyone in the Praxis community.

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 Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.


Photo credit: Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale


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