HOW TO FIND SUITABLE OPEN CALLS, STRUCTURE AN APPLICATION CALENDAR AND SAVE TIME
This workshop aims to give students, freelancers and independent artists the tools to find open calls, and to organize and keep track of their applications. Depending on one’s discipline and career level, professional needs vary. Pursuing exhibitions, festival screenings, mobility grants or production opportunities are motivated by different questions that call for different solutions, but what connects this research is a common working model with which the actions can be optimized.
This workshop will help attendees set goals and timelines. It will teach tricks that can bring the desired and sorted open calls to your mailbox. Many online platforms publish hundreds of new opportunities on a weekly basis. During the workshop, we will speak about the politics of such websites and their motivations. Based on selected examples, we will critically read texts of open calls, discuss their main points and learn to find the best programs for one’s needs. Last, but not least, we will get to know file management systems for various formats of portfolios, project descriptions and personal information.
The workshop was led for a first time during TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons in Quebec, Canada.