This Is The Hard Part

Productivity is the name of the game for artists. Whether that means studio time, promoting one’s art on various social channels or with gallerists or finding opportunities to enrich practice and skills, as an independent entrepreneur – yes you are an entrepreneur – it is up to you to promote your talent and your work. This, of course, can feel like a daunting prospect. It is genuinely intimidating to approach the art world if you’re not well-versed just yet (yet), but it is also difficult for most people to promote themselves. You are not alone if you think this might be the most difficult part of your career. Here are a few opportunities to set you on the right path.

CRP Journal invites photographers and artists to submit work that touches on the Mining Basin of the Nord-Pas de Calais. This is intended to reflect the tenth anniversary of its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. For more information and to submit your work, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is April 1.

Artists are invited to apply for residency with the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria. The theme of this open call is OPEN FIELDS – Art and Agriculture for which selected artists will stay with a farmer for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four, creating work based on their experiences. For full details and to apply, visit the website. Application deadline is April 1.

Super Toon Festival seeks comics and animated films completed after January 1, 2020 for inclusion in its upcoming event. Visit the website for more information. Deadline for submissions is April 1.

Praxis Center is committed to nurturing artistic careers. We understand the complexities – and the fear – that come along with choosing to turn your passion into your life’s work. That’s why we offer a comprehensive program designed to help you launch a successful venture in the art world. You may be an independent artist, but you are certainly not alone. Give Praxis a try today and see how far we can take you.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists and the most recent (2021) is Making it in the Art World.

Photo credit: Museum Joanneum

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