OCA Textiles 3 Sustaining My Practice Part 4- Place

Assignment 4- Exercise 3 Personal Funding Research File-Summary Information

Funding Sources- Calls for Work, Residences, Crowdfunding, Sponsorship, Self-funding

Gillian Morris Student No. 511388

International Textile art Biennial 2022 Open Call- Artists from over the world are invited to apply for this prestigious event. This Biennial offers textile artists a unique opportunity to exhibit – it also provides them with an exceptional opportunity to reach new audiences and to network with established collectors and gallery owners. The ITB is a major exhibition targeted at an enthusiastic and art-loving public. This edition will be supported by an integrated press and media campaign focussing on broadening contacts with the buying public and increasing foreign interest and participation. The Kunststichting Perspektief vzw (Art Foundation) is committed to ensure the high quality, presentation, and promotion of this event for those who design and make contemporary textile art. https://www.artemorbida.com/international-textile-art-biennial-2022/

Formal Funding Opportunities

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen, and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works, or visits here. Creative Scotland enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen, and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. They distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery to a range of agencies including Craft Scotland who distribute the funding directly to the artists. https://www.creativescotland.com/

Craft Scotland is the national development agency supporting makers and promoting craft. They put makers at the heart of all they do, championing diverse and high-quality contemporary craft. They help people learn about, appreciate, and buy craft, promoting the contribution of craft to Scotland’s cultural, economic, and social well-being. Craft Scotland is a registered charity supported by Creative Scotland.​ I have subscribed to all monthly digital newsletters including additional updates regarding all funding opportunities in Scotland which will help financially support me as a textile artist. Through their exhibitions and events programmes, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships, they provide leadership for the sector. Craft Scotland create opportunities for makers to develop their creative and business practice, and to exhibit and sell work in Scotland and beyond. Their website provides a platform for craft enthusiasts to engage and learn about Scottish-based makers and craft destinations. Thousands of people visit craftscotland.org every month to find out more about craft, see what exhibitions, events and workshops are on in their area, and commission craft directly from the makers. https://www.craftscotland.org/

Craft Scotland Monthly Newsletter September 2021 which includes all funding opportunities in Scotland for artists.

Example of Craft Scotland Opportunities from their website https://www.craftscotland.org/

Calls for Work 2021-2022

Scottish Contemporary Artist Network (SCAN) members are artists, curators, educators, technicians, writers, academics – people who make contemporary art activity in Scotland so innovative and vital. Drawn from all parts of the country – the Highlands to the Borders, the East coast to the West – their members live and work in Scotland’s major cities, its towns, rural villages, and islands. Many of Scotland’s leading art organisations and galleries are also members. With their different backgrounds and disparate skills, together SCAN members make up a diverse, active, and evolving network that is open, mutually supportive, and always welcoming. https://sca-net.org/job/call-for-artists-platform-2021/  

Call for Artists | Platform: 2022

Closing date 1 March 2022

We are delighted to announce the call for proposals to participate in Platform: 2022, our annual exhibition designed to provide a dedicated platform for artists at the beginning of their careers.

If you are an early career artist ready to showcase your work, we’d like to hear from you.

Selectors for 2022 will be Mason Leaver-Yap, who works with artists to produce essays, books, exhibitions, and events, the artist Ciara Phillips, who participated in our 2016 Commissions Programme, and Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival.

3 to 4 artists selected through the Open Call will be invited to present their work in a group exhibition as part of the 2022 festival. Selected artists will each receive an exhibition fee, dedicated funds to support the realisation of their proposed project, an allowance to support individual mentoring, and will be supported by the festival team throughout the development of the exhibition, including consideration of any access needs, and any adjustments required considering restrictions relating to the global pandemic.

Opportunity: VAS Annual Exhibition 2022 open call

10th August 2021

Inviting artists to submit to the VAS annual exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy.

Visual Arts Scotland would like to invite artists from across Scotland, the UK and Internationally to apply to be part of one of the oldest and biggest exhibiting events celebrating contemporary art in Scotland. Visual Arts Scotland presents our Annual Exhibition 2022, celebrating the best in innovative contemporary visual arts. The exhibition will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy, National Galleries of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh in January 2022. This annual show promises to be one of the most diverse exhibitions of contemporary art to be held in Scotland in 2022 with an expected audience of over 30,000 people. We welcome entries from artists working across a diversity of artforms. Please note that there are five specific open calls pertaining to work type. Please click on the links below to apply:

General submissions (ceramics, painting, sculpture, tapestry, drawing, print, glass, design, bookmaking and all other mediums not listed in other specific open call categories)

  1. Jewellery
  2. Large works & installation
  3. Moving image
  4. Performance

We will have a separate call out for those who wish to apply for the Inches Carr Mentoring Award for makers and craftspeople in October.

Please read the guidance document for details of eligibility and fees.

DEADLINE: Saturday 9th October 2021 https://www.visualartsscotland.org/gallery/open-submission   

The Society of Scottish Artists invites both members and non-members to apply to be part of the 123rd SSA Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, one of the largest shows of contemporary art in Scotland.

In this open call they are accepting work in the form of painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, and all other media not listed under the separate INSTALLATION, PROPOSALS AND PERFORMANCE SUBMISSIONS and SSA | CUTLOG categories.

The SSA Annual Exhibition at the RSA in Edinburgh showcases the best of contemporary art to audiences more than 30,000 people. The exhibition is produced and supported entirely by artists with no public funding. It will take place from 1 November – 23 November 2021. https://www.artjobs.com/open-calls/call-artists/united-kingdom/50142/ssa-123rd-annual-exhibition-general-submissions#


This general call is for painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, and all other media not listed under the separate open calls. Please see other listings for more details of the separate open calls for installation, proposals, and performance, and SSA

Open for Entry: Friday 4 June 2021
Entry Deadline: Saturday 31 July 2021, midnight
Pre-selection notification: Wednesday 1 September 2021

Artwork delivery: Sunday 24 October and Monday 25 October 2021

Private View: Sunday 31 October 2021
Exhibition open to public: 1 November – 23 November 2021
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 25 November 2021

Visual Arts Scotland is a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists. Originally an organisation for women artists, the society since the 1980s has championed craft makers, designers, and applied arts practitioners. Their relationship with contemporary fine art practice is at the heart of Visual Arts Scotland’s mission today. Their annual exhibition offers the opportunity for emerging and established practitioners to showcase new and unseen work and engage with a wider public: to generate debate, to test out and exhibit challenging and ambitious ideas – within the context of Scottish and international culture. They boast a vibrant, active, and participatory membership of over 700 practising artists, for whom they provide a platform – primarily for the showing and for developing new work. Members and non-members alike are welcome to submit work for selection at their prestigious annual exhibitions, to show alongside invited artists and emerging talent, at the imposing Academy building on the Mound in Edinburgh. Their membership categories cater for artists at all stages in their careers, whether new graduates, emerging artists, or established practitioners. All are welcome to contribute to the continuing development of Visual Arts Scotland. https://www.visualartsscotland.org/

Visual Arts Scotland Website- News of Artist Opportunities including Calls for Work, Projects, jobs, and funding https://www.visualartsscotland.org/news

Open Call for Environmental Artists to contribute to the North Light Arts Exhibition Message to the Earth

SSA Arts Cultural Exchange Open Call. They have developed the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Arts Cultural Exchange Open Call to provide grants to cultural organisations, festivals, artists, and creatives between the countries of SSA and the UK to create art, build networks, collaborate, and develop markets​ and share artists’ work with audiences. The Society of Scottish Artists is a Scottish artist-run organisation which seeks to promote and encourage experimentation and the “adventurous spirit” in Scottish art through exchange opportunities and exhibitions.  https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/sub-saharan-africa/cultural-exchange

An example of one of the many websites which advertise calls for work for artists from The Arts Hub


Textile of Today: connects textiles and new technologies

London Art Biennale Around 400 artists will be selected for the 5th edition of the London Art Biennale with a £10,000 prize fund and group exhibition awards in London and Italy.

Artists’ Collecting Society Studio Prize. Founded in 2006 the ACS Studio Prize offers artists starting their career the chance to win £4,500 towards the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK. Pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware, or photography all welcomed. https://www.acsstudioprize.com/

The environmental charity Sustainability First focuses on how we can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in a way that’s fair, innovative, and positive for the environment, including in the lead up to the international UN climate change conference COP 26 taking place in Glasgow, in November 2021. Art Prize 2021 (sustainabilityfirst.org.uk)

Sustainability First Art Prize 2021

The Sustainability First Art Prize 2021 is open to all living British visual artists and international visual artists living, working, or studying in the UK, established and emerging, over the age of 18 years. This year’s theme is: “Together for a Fair Climate Future.”
We are interested in artworks that:
– Look at the relationship between the climate crisis and fairness in society;
– Set out visions for a fairer and more sustainable future;
– Explore working together or collectively to achieve these visions;
– Explore what meaningful changes are needed and how to put these into action; and/or
– Draw from personal experience.
The winning artist will receive a prize of £1,000 with £500 for second prize and £300 for third prize. Images of up to 3 works only can be submitted online per person. The works must be original, created in any media, including but not limited to digital, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and textiles.

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 is a major award for five early-career UK-based artists and makers to develop and present ambitious new works. https://jerwoodarts.org/

The award offers a supported, high-profile national platform for artists and makers who are between one and ten years of beginning their professional artistic practice to take risks at a pivotal moment in their careers. It seeks to raise the profile and visibility of making processes within the visual arts and create a space for critical dialogue between the craft and visual arts sectors. Open to individuals, collaborations, and collectives, we invite proposals for bold new work(s) using all forms of making and material experimentation. Proposals welcomed from those working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, wood, textiles, fashion and sculpture.

There are five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support from the Jerwood Arts team to support the making of new work over a six-month period for a group exhibition in London, followed by a three-venue national tour through to 2022 including Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland.


Visual Arts Scotland regularly offers multi-agency and funded artist residences throughout the UK and beyond specialising in different themes and narratives. https://www.visualartsscotland.org/

For the past 20 years, A.I.R. Vallauris, the non-profit association and Artist Residency programme based in Vallauris, France, has welcomed international artists from all horizons to meet and collaborate with local artists and to research and create new work in an artistic laboratory created specifically for them.

In celebration of their first two decades of operation they are embarking upon their third and continue to pursue their aim to provide an environment for artists that is conducive to and inspiring for new creation. In addition, these experiences are enriched through cultural exchange between participants of different countries, nationalities, and backgrounds and through the sharing of knowledge, techniques, and experiences.

They are pleased to announce that their Schedule for 2022 residencies is now available, and they encourage all to apply.

For the standard residency, A.I.R. Vallauris accommodates up to six artists in each phase for a set time in its residence and studios. Using different mediums, artists (ceramists, sculptors, painters, photographers, musicians, video and multimedia) work from an equipped studio, live in individual furnished spaces and are afforded access to a gallery where their works are displayed and celebrated at the end of their residency period. Media involvement encourages the interest of an invited and engaged audience. Over the nineteen-year period, since April 2002, over 350 artists of 30 different nationalities have participated in the A.I.R. Vallauris program.

They invite artists to join their instagram profile (http://www.instagram.com/a.i.r.vallauris), our website (www.air-vallauris.org) and view our photo albums
on Facebook (Airvallauris https://www.facebook.com/artistisnresidencyvallauris )

Duration of residency

1 or 2 months

The Textile Center residency in Blönduós, Iceland, seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation and reflection for artists and scholars working inside the textile field. They accept submissions from emerging, mid-career, and senior level artists and scholars all year round (open call).

The residency is situated in a historic building and former Women’s College in Blönduós, northwest Iceland. The residency can accommodate up to 8 artists every month. Each resident is provided with his/her own bedroom equipped with a small desk and scenic view, access to studio facilities and open plan workspace in the communal studio. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. They also offer a Tc2 residency (earliest availability: 2021) and (new!) private accommodation for groups (4 max.) or individual artists in a newly renovated house next door.

Artists in residence have access to an exhibition dedicated to the history of the school, the tapestry of Vatnsdæla (both located within Kvennaskólinn), and the Textile Museum in Blönduós. In walking distance, there is a great gym and heated outdoor pool.

Since it first opened in 2013, the Textile Center residency has hosted over 250 textile artists and scholars from all around the world.

Since 2017, artists in residence are featured in our annual Art Residency Catalogue. The Textile Center does not offer or facilitate exhibitions on a regular basis, but artists in residence are welcome to initiate open houses, group or solo exhibitions.

Contact residency@textilecenter.is for any questions on the textile residency. http://www.textilecenter.is

Duration of residency

1 – 3 months

Arquetopia Foundation & International Artist Residencies

DEADLINE: Monday March 15, 2021

Oaxaca, Mexico – Cusco, Peru

Textile Society of America Residency Programmes

All Textiles and Fiber-Related Residencies (Programs with Master Instruction)
All Dates in 2021 / 2022 / 2023

Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection as they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

Website: www.arquetopia.org/open-calls-deadlines
E-mail info@arquetopia.org for more information.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Their comprehensive, customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs www.arquetopia.org/residencies-general-info are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. They are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. The residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 20 and over.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. The residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and personalized project support.


Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from many people, in modern times typically via the Internet. Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and alternative finance.

Crowdfunding is often used by start-up companies or growing businesses as a way of accessing alternative funds. It is an innovative way of sourcing funding for new projects, businesses, or ideas.

There are numerous crowdfunding platforms and websites that enable interaction between fundraisers and the crowd. Financial pledges can be made and collected through the crowdfunding platform. See examples below…

It can also be a way of cultivating a community around your offering. By using the power of the online community, you can also gain useful market insights and access to new customers, which is aimed at entrepreneurs, businesspeople and companies, especially small and medium enterprises. Fundraisers are usually charged a fee by crowdfunding platforms if the fundraising campaign has been successful. In return, crowdfunding platforms are expected to provide a secure and easy to use service.


What is sponsorship and why is it important?

Sponsorships help your business increase its credibility, improve its public image, and build prestige and a customer base. Like any form of marketing, it should be used strategically to reach your target customers. As a marketing plan is developed, with research… sponsorship can enable greater investment and support to grow your business in return for a percentage of the profits and business or repayment of the original loan if not a grant or part of a research programme.


Ultimately, I intend to fund the development of my business involving textile art myself through savings accumulated from years of paid employment alongside continuing part-time employment.

Advantages of self-financing your business:

I will know exactly how much money is available to run my business and I will not have to spend time trying to secure other forms of funding from investors or banks.

Self-financing my business gives me much more control than other finance options. It also means that I don’t need to pay back or rely on outside investors or lenders, who could decide to withdraw their support at any time.

I will retain full ownership of the business, which in turn means that I will receive 100 per cent of future profits.

If I fund my business myself, I will be forced to live within my means, only investing in business equipment and marketing when I need to. This can help me to prioritise my business expenditure and avoid excessive spending. That said there are significant grant funding options including open funds available when needed through Creative Scotland and Craft Scotland for Scottish-based artists for research, for the development of new larger-scale work, for workshop fees and studio rent, etc.

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