Embracing Our Differences 2020

Diversity is at the heart of what it means to be an artist. 

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition.

Featuring 45 billboard-size images, each work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting their interpretation of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

The 2019 exhibit will be displayed from January 19 through March 15, 2019, in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

See our “Frequently Asked Questions” section below for details on submitting your art.

For suggestions on submitting a winning work of art, please click here.

To view past winning selections, please visit our Galleries page.

Teachers submitting student art should click here or email us for a simplified submission process.

How to Submit

Submit Online

  1. Please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below for full details on all technical requirements for submitting your art;
  2. Your art may be any size and medium; however to submit digitally requires a digital file of your art which is capable of being uploaded to our server;
  3. Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it must be wider than it is tall – submissions that do not meet this requirement will be disqualified (see the example below):
  4. Please label your digital art file with the “title” and your name – for example, “Coexistence-Mark Smith;”
  5. Your digital file must be a high resolution image of no less than 300 dpi (the higher the better);
  6. Your digital file must be less than 400MB in size; AND
  7. Include a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
  8. If making more than one submission online, you will need to create a separate entry for each one.
  9. Teachers may complete and submit art on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their student(s). Teachers submitting student art work should click here or email us for a simplified submission process.

Submit Online

By Mail:

  1. Please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below for full details on all technical requirements for submitting your art;
  2. A digital file of your art contained on a CD or flash drive. Please name each file with the “title” of the artwork and your name – for example, “Coexistence-Mark Smith;”
  3. Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it is wider than it is tall – submissions which do not meet this requirement will be disqualified (see the example below);
  4. A color print of your art submission (ink jet is sufficient) with your name and artwork title clearly printed on the back;
  5. A completed and SIGNED submission form;
  6. Teachers may complete and sign submission forms on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their student(s). Teachers submitting student art should click here or email us for a simplified submission process; AND
  7. A separate sheet of paper with a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
  8. Completed submission packages should be mailed to:
    Embracing Our Differences
    PO Box 2559
    Sarasota, FL 34230-2559 USA

    Express mail, such as FedEx or UPS, should be delivered to:

    Embracing Our Differences
    1209 South Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34239  USA

Submit by MailEmbracing Our Differences 2020


More: embracingourdifferences.org


Total Prize: $3,000

Swiss Original Handmade Creative Project (Awards Eur 36,000)

For centuries, the Swiss tradition of Emmentaler AOP cheese production has focused on the art of cheesemaking, on artisan skills and on HAND MADE expertise, all underpinned by a caring attitude towards nature, time, materials, know-how and the vital energy of the environment we live in.

In order to be able to continue to read, refresh and interpret its own values in an innovative, contemporary and disruptive way, from the outset Emmentaler Switzerland has always been very keen and interested in engaging, supporting and promoting the world of art, talent and creativity for all.

As was the case in past competitions, exhibitions and communication initiatives, Emmentaler Switzerland is launching a new open creative competition for the collection, valorisation and exhibition of a broad selection of works and thematic artworks.


As part of the new globalisation of recent decades, we have learned to appreciate not only certain values and products shared by many civilisations, but also values and products expressly linked to the geographical, historical and cultural origins of specific local areas.

This competition aims to collect, valorise and exhibit artworks that tell stories of Swiss originality. Originality intended in terms of both methods and content that are more specifically and quintessentially “Swiss”, as well as those that are more ironic, interpretative and disruptive.

For all information: https://bit.ly/SwissOriginal


Upload phase: 29th April 2019 – 5th September 2019

Community Vote: 5th September 2019 – 19th September 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)

Jury Vote: from 5th September 2019

Winner announcement: during the Exhibition-Event, in November 2019


The total award pool amounts to €36,000.00, split into 6 awards and 6 special mentions.

Entering the competition is free and open to everyone over the age of 18 on the date of registration, without any limit of nationality, profession, education, expertise or other form of restriction, except for being 18 at the time of participating in the contest.

Contest under the patronage of Brera – Accademia di Belle Arti and with the support of Cumulus Association


In the first half of November 2019, a major Exhibition-Event will be organised in Milan featuring the winning projects, the projects that receive mentions and a broad selection of those deemed to be of high quality and pertinent in consideration of the general objectives of the competition.


Andrea Amichetti, Zero – Founder

Stefano Aronica, Consortium Emmentaler AOP

Giovanna Frova, Switzerland Cheese Marketing Italy

Maria Cristina Galli, Accademia di Brera – Vice Director

Michael Krohn, ZhdK Zürich Hochschule der Künste – Cumulus Association

Stefano Maffei, PoliFactory – Director

Massimo Bruto Randone, SosDesign – Founder

Antonio Riccardi, SEM – Editor and Poet

Toni Thorimbert, Studio Thorimbert – Photographer


Desall.com is an open innovation platform dedicated to design and innovation, that offers to companies a participatory design tool involving in the creative process an international community coming from all over the world. To date Desall gathers more than 100000 creatives from over 210 countries and has collaborated with international brands like Luxottica, Whirlpool, Electrolux, ALESSI, Enel, Leroy Merlin, KINDER, Barilla, illy, Chicco, Mondadori and many more.

Thanks for the contamination of different cultural backgrounds and creative industries, the Desall community is able to provide high-quality project solutions for every product development phase requested by the client, from concept to product design, from naming to packaging.

Total Prize:
5 Sep, 19

Creative Conscience Awards 2019


The Creative Conscience Awards welcome projects by students and graduates (of up to two years) from any creative discipline. The deadline for 2018 has now passed, but we’ll be launching the 2019 awards at the end of this year. The awards are the perfect opportunity to push your curiosity and create the change you want to see in the world. You can enter the awards solo or in a team (of up to six), and can choose your own issue to tackle or work from one of our exciting briefs.

Example Briefs

Our awards scheme searches for exciting projects with a focus on social impact. You can enter anything you like, as long as the project fits into one of our Impact Themes. We also have some exciting briefs that give a starting point if you feel you need it, tackling some of the most relevant issues that our world faces today. This years deadlines have passed, but feel free to download the briefs for your own personal projects, or to start working early on an entry for the 2019 awards. Shortlisted projects are judged by a panel of industry experts based on your creative approach and the potential impact of your project.

Open Brief Background

If you have an issue that you are passionate about, that you believe could help change the world in a positive way you could enter it under our Open Brief. You could identify something that isn’t working for you about the world around you and look for a solution. We’re interested however big or small your ideas are. We are looking for solutions and provocations that will call people to action and can lead to genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. The themes you might wish to explore can be broad and varied. Past projects have included design solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, campaigns & products against FGM, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living – to list just a few subject areas.

Open Brief Challenge

The Open Brief is your chance to create a project that deals with any issue you’re passionate about solving. Identify something that isn’t working in the world around you and look for a solution, however big or small. We’re looking for solutions and provocations that have the potential to provoke action and have a genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. Past projects have included creative solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living and much more.

Mental Health Background

Negative experiences happen in all of our lives: difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback for example. Mental health can affect anyone. There are many ways we can cope with mental illness: establishing and maintaining relationships, discussing our issues and taking action when possible, however there are stigmas surrounding mental health that we unfortunately need to tackle.

Mental Health Challenge

How can you use your creative skills to aid those with mental health issues? If your life or the life of those around you has been touched by mental health issues, then use these experiences as possible entry points into the brief and as a means of research to explore potential routes and solutions. The challenge really is boundless in however you want to approach it, all we ask is that the outcome is optimistic and empowering towards the audience. Let’s open up and tackle this issue head on to create some real positive change in the world. Here are some useful links to start you off: Movember Onemindinstitute CentreforglobalmentalhealthMind.org.uk

Equality Background

Equality is a human right. Both men and women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Whether this be gender equality as a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole communities, improving the prospects for the next generation. Or more general human rights for minorities, those under threat of being suppressed or living in fear because of who they are or what they believe.

Equality Challenge

Can you think of a way to change current behaviours and inspire people to understand the value brought by treating everyone equally? You may simply want to raise awareness, or perhaps you can think of a way to actively change human behaviour and understanding. Here are some useful links to start you off: Global Goals Rightsinfo Cause2create Creativeequals

Refugee Crisis Background

This brief has been set in partnership with Help Refugees The most basic requirements for refugees to regain their independence are housing, language and employment. Without housing, people become destitute; without the ability to speak the local language, it is very difficult to get a job; without employment independence is almost impossible.

Refugee Crisis Challenge

How can we creatively support the empowerment of refugees in host countries, and improve their access to opportunities? Local language: classes can be expensive and restrictive in terms of the amount that you can study, when and where. What creative solutions could help with this? Employment: refugee unemployment in the UK is 50%, and many refugees are overqualified for the jobs they take. How can we find creative ways to increase people’s chances of finding meaningful work quickly? Integration: how can we build bridges with local communities? Can you find ways to keep community at the heart of these proposals? Empowerment: Can you consider innovative ways for Help Refugees to raise more funds to allow us to do more for empowerment projects? *96p from every pound raised already goes straight to our projects on the ground.

Conscious Consumption Background

We can’t continue to consume and buy ‘stuff’ at our current rate without serious consequences. ‘The story of stuff’ tells us why.

Conscious Consumption Challenge

The Conscious Consumption brief is an opportunity to create solutions to help re-direct our worlds trajectory towards self-destruction. This could explore themes on not just what we consume, but how and why. Where do the things we consume come from, and what are their impact e.g. environmental, psychological and/or societal. What methods could we use to design products that are sustainable and have a minimal or even positive ecological impact? And what would these products be? How could mindsets be shifted (especially in first world countries) away from misguided, and damaging purchasing habits? Why do we consume, and what are the often overlooked motivations for consumption – and are there ways we can nurture or redirect these energies? The solutions to these questions should aim to educate, inspire, excite and encourage new behaviours, so we can consciously consume.


  • Creating materials/products that do not cause harm to us and our environment (e.g. cradle to cradle)
  • Designing new systems (Donut and sharing economies are examples of this)
  • How can we educate and inform people about their choices in a fun, exciting and positive way.

Reference brands: Patagonia, Fairphones and Rubymoon

The awards ceremony and beyond

If you’re a winner you will receive an invite to our awards ceremony, hosted in London in July. At the ceremony you’ll get to mingle with creatives and professionals from complimentary organisations as well as other winners. Your winning work will be displayed on our site, plus you’ll be invited to be part of the Creative Conscience Collective – a platform to communicate with other winners, past and present, and where exclusive events and opportunities are shared. Beyond the awards, we also help to bring the brightest and most innovative projects to life though our Impact scheme. Providing contacts and mentorship, we support you with your project helping to create tangible impact in the world.


More: creativeconscience.org.uk


F The Art World 2019 – International Art Competition



A Competition About Change

How do you see humanity? How would you change it? Or would you? Show your interpretation of positive change through visual storytelling. The good and the bad of human behavior and how it affects the world we live in.



A winner in each category above will get the opportunity to exhibit their work in the group art show at the Unarthodox  Gallery space in Chelsea, New York City for an entire week!   All other participants’ artwork will be displayed in a large projection during the opening ceremony. All winners will also be announced in the Unarthodox social media accounts, newsletter and both local and international media channels. Winners will be displayed on the F. The Art World Website indefinitely!


In the event that any of the displayed artwork is sold, the artist receives 100% of the sale price. Unarthodox will make the initial introduction. Any and all negotiations will be made between the buyer and the artist. All art sale inquiries that are made through our website, will be directed to the artist. Unarthodox will not and does not take any commissions for work sold due to exposure in the F. The Art World Competition.

Submission Specification

Entries must be in JPEG format, no larger than 1400 x 1800 pixels, and under 2MB.
All sculptures and street art submissions should be photographed.

Exhibition Requirements

  • Photography & Digital Art – Prints should not exceed a width of 24″ and should be framed upon delivery to the gallery.
  • Fine Art/Mixed Media – Artwork should not exceed a width of 48″ and a height of 72″ and should be wired and ready to hang.
    Sculpture – Sculpture should not exceed a 4′ X 4′ footprint and should not be higher than 7′.
  • Street Art – Prints should not exceed a width of 24″ and should be framed upon delivery to the gallery.

Submission fee is $32 for up to four images. The fee covers the cost of organizing and producing the annual competition, including all staff and advertising associated with the event.

Please follow the upload specifications below. Upon uploading, you will receive a confirmation via email. Please make sure you use high definition photography of your work.

  • File format: JPEG only

  • File dimensions: no larger than 1400 x 1800 pixels, and under 2MB.

  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

  • File size: 2 MB maximum

More: ftheartworld.com

Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB) 2019

Major Changes Ahead for

Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB)!

The Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB), which celebrates its tenth edition in 2019, is expected to undergo significant changes, especially in regard to its “international competition”. The GICB aims to establish a platform dedicated to promoting communication and exchanges between artists and the public. The upcoming biennale will present diverse programs such as the academic symposium and workshop in a comprehensive, multitiered format within the framework of the international competition, as opposed to the past in which the biennale hosted programs individually.

The GICB International Competition 2019 – as an exhibition is a gateway for newly emerging artists to acquire a presence in the global art scene – will offer diversified support programs that will help artists expand their world view. It will continue to retain its tradition as a “competition,” though with improvements in institutional arrangements including application conditions, exhibition format, screening criteria, and support programs, yet simultaneously aim to present a new paradigm for art events, as an “international exhibition” leading the trends in ceramics and an “art forum” bringing together workshops, performances, and seminars.

GICB International Competition Exhibition

• Exhibition Period : September 27 ~ November 24, 2019(tentative)
• Exhibition Place : 1, 2, 3, 4 Gallery, Icheon World Ceramic Center
• Number of Participating Artists
– Online Exhibition : No more than 300 artists who have been selected from the 1st round of portfolio screening
– Offline Exhibition : No more than 40 artists who have been selected from the 2nd round of portfolio screening


Offline Exhibition Artist Online Exhibition Artist
Invitation of all exhibited artists (40 nominated artists + 10 online exhibition artists) to GICB
* Round-trip air ticket and accommodation are provided.
Opportunities for invited artists to participate in workshops, symposiums, and local networking programs
Opportunities for (a number of) artists to participate in foreign residency programs
Round-trip shipping fees for the art works of offline exhibition
Awards to seven (7) main nominees to be granted during exhibition period

Total Cash Prize

• KRW100,000,000(≒93,222.00USD) for seven (7) main nominees


An open call for ceramic artists of our generation

• Artists from all parts of the world are welcome to submit works, both artistic and practical, made from clay (ceramics) or made with the theme of clay (ceramics)

Category   There are two categories

• Ceramics as Expression
– Creative artworks, including sculptural works, objects, or installation works, that can be displayed indoors
– Video (Film), sound, performance, or viewer-participating works with clay (ceramics) as subject matter

• Ceramics for Use
– Ceramic works in the form of a vessel, even if they were produced as artworks and do not serve any practical function, are categorized as “Ceramics for Use”
– Creative ceramic works with practical functions or design elements
※ Including tableware, teaware, lighting, accessories, and home décor objects

Condition for Application

• There are neither age nor nationality restrictions.
• Applicants may apply as an individual or as a team (One (1) team is equivalent to one (1) individual applicant).
• Applicants must submit a portfolio with works created within the past three (3) years.
※ Portfolio must include at least one (1) entry that are available for exhibition.
※ These one (1) entry shall not have previously received an award in another competition, either domestic or international.
※ Failure to meet any of the above requirements will result in disqualification in the screening process. In the event that an award-winning entry is subsequently revealed to have failed to meet the above requirements, prizes may be retroactively reclaimed.
• Exhibition space of each individual artist shall be no larger than 500cm (w), 500cm (l), 250cm (h).

Official Languages

• All documents and the proceeding shall be in Korean and English.

How to Apply

• Period : October 1 (Mon) – 31 (Wed), 2018
• Method : Online submissions (ic.gicb.kr)
• Submission Requirements : Artist profile, exhibition proposal, portfolio (10 images; format: JPG; resolution: 300 pixel or above; artist’s statement), exhibition floor plan, installation guidelines

※ Portfolio must include at least one (1) entry that are available for exhibition.
※ Detail images of works may be submitted, but they will not count toward the total number of entries in the portfolio (max. 10).
※ Video and media art entries must be submitted through the online application website with still-cut images and original files.
※ Entries involving sound media must be submitted through the online application website with original files and mark that it is a sound media.

Assessment and Outcome

• Selection Process : Screening and assessment of online submissions will be carried out.
① No more than 300 artists will be selected (for online exhibition) through screening of portfolios by a jury comprised of experts from both Korea and abroad.
② Feasibility assessment
③ No more than 40 artists will be selected (for offline exhibition) through screening of portfolios by jury comprised of experts from both Korea and abroad.
④ A total of seven (7) main nominees will be selected by experts from both Korea and abroad and the general public during the exhibition period.

Online Assessment of Portfolios

• Period : November 13(Tue) ~ 28(Wed), 2018 / Feasibility Assessment: ~ December 14 (Fri)
• Announcement of Results : December 7(Fri), 2018(tentative)
• Onsite Assessment for Awards and Award Ceremony : During GICB 2019

More: ic.gicb.kr


Total Prize: 93,222 USD