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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Launch of the 2020 Sunny Art Award for Emerging & Established Artists

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This fine art competition represents an opportunity for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work and gain recognition for their talents on a global level.

Participants will be given the chance to have their work seen by thousands of visitors, professional academics, art collectors and other art enthusiasts. This will include both local and international VIP guests. Furthermore, this will be an opportunity for artists to sell their artwork to international buyers and collectors.

The Sunny Art Prize is representative of the global art scenes of London, Beijing and Shanghai and so submitted artwork should reflect the diversity of art and culture, whilst promoting an exchange between Eastern and Western creative cultures.

There is a total cash fund of £6,000 available for successful entrants.

  • The first prize winner will be awarded £3,000, a public solo exhibition in London, a one month residency in China and a group show in China.

  • The second prize winner will be awarded £2,000, a group exhibition in London, a one month residency in China and a group show in China.

  • The third prize winner will be awarded £1,000, a group exhibition in London and a one month residency in China, and a group show in China.

There will also be 27 shortlisted artists whose work will be exhibited at the Sunny Art Centre in London. Seven of these shortlisted artists will be selected to exhibit their artwork at partnering galleries in China, alongside the three prize winners.

Artists from anywhere in the world may apply. Accepted media may include painting, ceramic, mixed media (both wall-hung and three-dimensional), sculpture, original prints, video art, photography, installation art and drawing.

The submission deadline is 30 June 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Sunny Art Centre
    30 Gray's Inn Road
    WC1X 8HR
    Tel: 020 861 65990
    Email: [email protected]

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