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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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Sunny Art Prize for Emerging and Established Artists Invites Bids

10 December 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Sunny Art Prize 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 visitors, professional academics, art collectors and other art enthusiasts. Furthermore, there is an opportunity for artists to sell their artwork to international buyers and collectors.

The competition is representative of the global art scenes of London, Beijing and Shanghai, 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.

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 5 July 2021 (23:59 BST).

Exhibitions for this award occur through a pre-selection process and so for the first judging round, digital images of artworks will be submitted for the first judging round. The judges will then make their selection and chosen entrants will be asked to deliver their artwork to Sunny Art Centre for the final judging round. The judging panel is comprised of visual arts professionals, such as art academics, art gallery directors and art critics who have been appointed by the Sunny Art Centre. Submissions will be judged anonymously.

More details can be accessed here

Payment Procedure

The Prize money shall be awarded in instalments over a period no longer than 12 months.


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