Artist of the month – Minoru Nomata

Impossible structures leftover from an imagined civilisation - Minoru Nomata invites us to step into a forgotten world. Grand beyond belief, Minoru Nomata's monolithic structures are something to marvel at. They push the boundaries of what architecture could and should be. Form follows function, as it's never clear what their purpose is. You have stairs…

Artist deadlines – December

It's almost Christmas, and as a treat I've listed the few remaining opportunities of 2019. Goodluck! The highlight this month is the Visual Art Open Prize, due 10 December: The Visual Art Open competition is a not-for-profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. The aim is to give artists the…

Anna Smith, Above and Below

Artist deadlines – April

Step into Spring with these exciting open calls and exhibition opportunities. For those who part time work or want to commit to their drawing hardcore for a year, then The Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School is one for you. The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students…

Artist of the month – Myriam Dion

Current events become timeless articles in Mryiam Dion's intricate newspaper cuttings. Your eyes strain for detail and open in amazement at the elaborate transformation and beautifully carved-out newspapers from Myriam Dion. She creates a new visual language to tell a story, which comments on a throwaway consumerist culture and how easily we absorb the news…

Artist deadlines – January

Happy New Year! Any new year's resolutions you're looking to stick to this coming year? Well, for me, it's spending more time in a creative bubble and producing some work to enter competitions and hopefully show in an exhibition! Get motivated and start 2019 right with this fresh batch of artist opportunities. Highlight opportunity this…

Illustrator of the month – Hiro Isonoo

Like stepping back in time to the video games of old, or some psychedelic trip to no-place, Hiro Isonoo's illustrations are wonderfully enchanting. Dripping with colour, the late video game designer Hiro Isonoo's illustrations are eye-poppingly hypnotising. You're absorbed into an augmented, pixel-like world, bursting with a fusion of different kinds of fauna, flora and…

pablo picasso

Go forage and digest: Top 5 art shows to savour this Summer

Summer in the city is made all the more better with a bit of culture-soaking. With so many exhibitions to forage and digest in London, it can be hard to make a choice. But have no fear, as my top 5 art show guide will hopefully smooth the way and help with your decision. Okay, so…

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017

Another year, another inclusive mix of contemporary, multi-disciplined drawings that form the Jerwood Drawing prize. For me, there was a clear focus on processes and form from this year's selected artists' - geometric shapes and clear lines dominated the show. From the cubic, mountainous landscape made from carefully folded card, to intricate and mesmerising scratches…

Rolling deadlines – April

Happy Easter! Okay, slightly jumping the gun, but with these competitions to prepare and enter, this month will literally fly by! March was a busy month for me as I prepared for a couple of competitions, and often having a deadline to work towards is the motivator you need to push yourself and create new…

photographing graffiti

Be a social creative – what artists should be doing on social media

Every artist knows that being visible is the most fundamental factor of your practice. But does that mean you should 'pimp out' your work to every social media site going? Social media has become a prominent fixture in our lives; a place to shout, engage, discover and share funny cat videos. But with all this social noise…