Artist Opportunities

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Artist Opportunities at ONCA

At O N C A we aim to exhibit new artwork that engages people with social and environmental justice issues. We are proud to offer a variety of opportunities for artists to showcase their work in our gallery through our awards, prizes and open exhibitions.

Please note that some opportunities are only open to ONCA members. If you would like to sign up to become an ONCA member, please click the link below.

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Live Open Calls

ONCA Green Curtain Award

Our Green Curtain Award will go to the Brighton Fringe show that best manifests ONCA’s mission of supporting artists and audiences to engage with environmental and social challenges. The winner will receive a 3 week residency at the ONCA Barge Artist Studio, an opportunity to showcase work in the gallery, mentoring and space on our online platforms. Click here to find out more about previous winners.

Apply Now  Deadline: 30 April, midnight

Upcoming Opportunities

ONCA Michele Angelo Petrone Award

The Michele Angelo Petrone Award will go to an artist or collective whose work best embodies the MAP Collection ethos of promoting expression, communication and understanding for people affected by life-threatening illness. The winner will receive a 3 week residency at the ONCA Barge Artist Studio in the summer of 2020, an opportunity to showcase work in the gallery, mentoring and space on our online platforms. This award is open to ONCA members only.

Submissions open: 1 March

ONCA Kids’ Exhibition

In July 2020, we will be showcasing artworks from Brighton’s young people at our gallery venue in central Brighton at our first ever Kids Exhibition. The theme of this year’s exhibition is: Biodiversity. This exhibition is open to young people under the age of 18.

Submissions open: 1 March

ONCA Lost Species Day Award

This year, the ONCA Lost Species Day Award will go to the artist whose work best connects stories of extinct and critically endangered species and ecological communities to the current Climate Emergency. The winner’s work will be exhibited at the ONCA Gallery in November 2020, and they will receive mentoring and space on our online platforms.  Click here to find out more about previous Lost Species Day exhibitions.

Submissions open: 1 April

ONCA Members’ Exhibition

Our members play a key role in helping us continue our work. In December 2020 we will be showcasing artworks from ONCA’s community of members in an exhibition at our gallery venue in central Brighton. The theme for this year is  ‘Nurture’. This award is open to ONCA members only. Click here to find out more about previous ONCA Members Exhibitions.

Submissions open: 1 April

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