Open Call program for early-career artists in NYC
The Shed
Above: The Shed (rendering). Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
Above: The Shed (rendering). Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
March 7–May 4, 2018

Application deadline: May 4
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Opening in spring 2019, The Shed is New York’s first arts center dedicated to supporting artistic invention by commissioning new work across the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, with an adaptable building able to realize artists' most ambitious ideas.

Click here to review the full criteria and submit your entry for Open Call at The Shed.

Presentation period: spring–winter 2019
Commissioning fee: 7,000–15,000 USD

Nurturing artists at the beginning of their careers is a central commitment for The Shed, as integral to our mission as commissioning and presenting new work by established artists. The Shed has developed theOpen Call program to provide invaluable support, visibility, and recognition for NYC early-career artists any age over 18 working across all forms and media to create and present new work in our unique space, who have not yet had numerous opportunities for new work commissions in NYC. 

We are open to all disciplines include, but are not limited to: performing arts (including dance, theater, comedy); visual arts (all media); music, literary arts, film, fashion, design, and science; as well as interdisciplinary and new-media work.

Participation in Open Callis free; all artists/collectives selected will receive a commissioning fee of 7,000–15,000 USD to support the creation of their work. Participants will be selected by an invited panel of artists, cultural programmers, academics, and members of The Shed’s staff.

Open Callwill occupy various spaces at The Shed throughout 2019, including one of the galleries, the theater, and the outdoor plaza, allowing for artistic diversity in commissioned works.Open Call artists working in the theater and plaza space will follow each other within a presentation period; the gallery space will be presented as a group exhibition.

What are we looking for?
In line with The Shed’s mission, Open Call values proposals that are cross-disciplinary, inventive, and bold. We look for submissions that are both idea-driven and poetic, and which  can be feasibly realized. We encourage artists to be inclusive and equitable as they engage their ideas and communities with intellectual and aesthetic rigor. We aim to support NYC’s diversity of emerging talent in many forms—including artistic media, race, ethnicity, age, identity, physical abilities, and experience.

April 14, 2018


The Shed, New York