Calendar of (Sculpture) Symposia / Festivals

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* New: Symposia of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) in Washington state, Oregon (see below)
* New: Application open (until April 14, 2024) for the 26th Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia (see below)
* Application open (until April 26, 2024) for the 10. Internationales Bildhauersymposium 2024 in Bad Salzungen, Germany (see below)
* Application open (until June 30, 2024) for the 4th Intl Symp. of Monumental Sculpture in Black Marble in Calatorao, Spain (see below)
* The call for submissions to the third “2025 Taoyuan International Art Award”, organized by the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA), is open until April 26, 2024. The award stands as a biennial exhibition initiative to promote cultural diversity in contemporary art worldwide and discover artistic propositions that embody modern viewpoints.
* Mophradat, an association located in Brussels, Belgium, creating opportunities for artists from the Arab world, has issued a call for its Self Organizations program aiming to provoke inventive ways of working together and collaborating. Arts practitioners groups from all disciplines and stages of their careers are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to proposals taking place within the Arab world. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2024.
* The Zayed Sustainability Prize accepts applications until June 23, 2024. Topics may come from the fields of Health, Food, Energy, Water, and Climate Action, from students or Global High Schools. The prize is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Government in order to honor the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The complete fund is US $5.9 million. The Prize is managed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company.
* “Embracing Our Differences“ uses the power of art to promote inclusion, kindness, and respect. Winning works will be presented in billboard-sized exhibitions in Saratoga and St. Petersburg, Florida. Entry open until July 31, 2024.
* Fundación Botín, located in Santander, Spain announces a call for six art grants of €23,000 each meant to support individual art projects that may consist of training (academic or not), research (non academic), and production. Artists of any nationality may apply until May 03, 2024.
* Application open until September 30, 2024 for artists du create limestone works at Les Lapidaries (The Galaxie of Standing Stones) 2025 in Port d’Envaux, France close to the Atlantic Coast (see below)
* Application open (until May 30, 2024) for the 18. Intl. Sculptor Workshop Am Krabatstein 2024, Germany (August 19 – September 01, 2024) (see below)
 

Please find more Calls for Artists at the bottom of the webpage.

 

2024

Sylacauga Magic of Marble Festival

[Stone]

USA, Sylacauga, AL, April 02 – 13, 2024, 2024

22nd California Sculptors Symposium

[Learn to sculpt at all skill levels (non-profit)]

USA, Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA April 14 – 21, 2024, annual

31er Festival Internat. de Sculpture Camille Claudel

[Stone]

France, La Bresse, May 03 – 12, 2024

Wells Stone Carving Festival 2024

[Symposium for professionals]

UK, Wells, Somerset, May 04 – 06, 2024

9. Symposium international de sculpture de Durbuy 2024

[Stone]

Belgium, Durbuy, May 16 – 18, 2024

European Stone Festival 2024

[Stonemasons' Festival]

Hungary, Budapest, May 25 – 26, 2024, annual
See also

10th Symp. Intl de la Sculpture de Saint-Georges 2024

[Symposium for professionals]

Canada, Saint-Georges, Québec, June 02 – 23, 2024

4. Internationales Künstlersymposium 2024

[Bildende und visuelle Künstler]

Schweiz, Widnau, Kanton St. Gallen, June 07 – 29, 2024

Rustavi International Sculpture Symposium

[Stone, metal]

Georgia, Rustavi, June 08 – 29, 2024

30. Internationales Bildhauer-Symposium

[Holz, Stein]

Switzerland, Sur En/Sent/Engadin, June 09 – 15, 2024

“1000 Eyes Totem” Wood Sculpture Project

[Wood]

Denmark, Augustenborg, June 10 – 23, 2024

3rd Symposium of Monumental Sculptures 2024

[Any Material, only granite will be provided; 
Theme: Evolution]

France, Guichen-Pont-Réan (35), Bretagne, June 10 – 28, 2024, annual

Harry Whitehorse Intl Wood Sculpture Symposium 2024

[Professionals, on invitation only]

USA, Monona, WI, June 14 – 22, 2024

12th Intl Woodsculpture Symposium 2024

[Wood]

Denmark, Sønderborg, June 16 – 23, 2024, annual

XX Simposio internazionale di Scultura 2024

[Sculpture, Mosaics, Art]

Itlay, Fanano (Modena province), Symposium: June 17 – July 07, 2024
Exhibition: July 2024 – August 2025

11ème concours Intl Sculpture sur Paille et Foin 2024

[Straw and hay]

France, Valloire, Dep. Savoie, June 25 – 30, 2024

Intl Wood Sculptors Symposium 2024

[Wood]

Switzerland, Brienz, July 02 – 06, 2024, annual

NWSSA Washington Symposium 2024

[Festival]

USA, Port Orchard, Pilgrim Firs Camp, WA, July 06 – 14, 2024

Europäische Kulturen Triennale

[Stone]

Germany, Neustadt/Holstein, July 06 – 20, 2024, triennial

24e Festival de la Sculpture et du Marbe

[Stone]

France, Pyrénées, St. Béat, July 06 – 27, 2024, annual

15th Intl Wooden Sculptors’ Symposium 2024

[Wood]

Italy, Cadipietra/Valle Aurina, South Tyrol, July 07 – 13, 2024, annual

33rd Symposium Intl de Sculpture sur Pierre 2024

[Stone]

France, Menet, July 08 – 19, 2024

European Land Art Festival 2024

[Land Art]

UK, Scotland, Dunbar, annual, July 09 – 14, 2024

Bienal del Chaco 2024

[Stone]

Argentina, Chaco, July 13 – 21, 2024, biennial

 

Kristallin #1 Intl Marble Symposium 2024

[Stone]

Italy, Laas, South Tyrol, July 13 – August 04, 2024

Canadian Stone Carving Festival 2024

[Festival]

Canada, Montreal, QC, July 19 – 21, annual

4th Intl Juuka Stone Carving Festival

[Stone]

Finland, North Karelia, Juuka, July 26 – 28, 2024

International Woodsculpture Symposium

[Wood]

Denmark, Ringkøbing, July 28 – August 02, 2024, annual

19th Intl Symposium of Monumental Sculpture

[Symposium for professionals, theme: “Travel“]

France, Oudon, August 04 – 18, 2024, biennial

Stenhoggeerfestivalen 2024

[Stonemasons, sculptors]

Norway, Oslo, annual, August 16 – 18, 2024

Festival de la Matière de l’Arc Mosellan

[pierre, fer, bois; thème: “Europe unie dans la diversité“]

France, Buding, Moselle (57), August 18 – 24, 2024

18. Intl. Sculptor Workshop Am Krabatstein 2024

[Granite, Metall, Wood]

Germany, Nebelschütz, Sachsen, August 19 – September 01, 2024, annual
Application open until May 30, 2024: dt, en

Symposium „Kunst und Bier“ 2024

[Symposium for professionals]

Germany, Andechs, August 20 – 26, 2024, annual

30ième Symposium Int. de Sculptures Sprimont 2024

[Symposium for professionals: stone]

Belgium, Sprimont, August 21 – September 08, 2024, annual

10. Internationales Bildhauersymposium 2024

[Wood, steel or in combination]

Germany, Bad Salzungen, August 25 – 31, 2024
Application open until April 26, 2024 (dt/en)

27th Intl Wood Sculptors’ Symposium

[Wood]

Germany, St. Blasien, August 25 – September 01, 2024, annual

NWSSA Oregon Symposium 2024

[Festival]

USA, Sisters, Suttle Lake Camp, OR, August 25 – September 01, 2024

13. Int. Obernkirchener Bildhauer Symposium 2024

[Stone]

Germany, Obernkirchen, August 25 – September 08, 2024, triennial

12ème Symposium de sculpture contemporaine

[Stone]

France, Julienne, September, biennial

 

4th Intl Symp. of Monumental Sculpture in Black Marble

[Professionals]

Spain, Calatorao (near Saragossa), September 30 – October 06, 2024
Application open until June 30, 2024

25th Sculpture by the Sea Bondi

[Symposium for professionals]

Australia, Sydney, Bondi, October 18 – November 04, 2024, annual
Application open until April 14, 2024

9ème Fête de la Pierre

[Stone Festival]

France, St Germain Nuelles, Beaujolais, biennial

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2. Simposio Internacional de Escultura Monumental

[stone]

Colombia, Zipaquira

VI.Simposio Internacional de Escultura

[Stone]

Honduras, Cantarranas

Nashua Intl Sculpture Symposium 2024

[3 weeks festival]

USA, Nashua, NH, annual

18. Pegauer Bildhauer-Pleinair 2024

[Symposium for professionals (Cottaer Sandstone)]

Germany, Pegau, Saxonia, annual

Tír Chonaill Stone Festival 2024

[Stone Carving, Drystone Walling]

Ireland, Donegal

11. Intl Kunstdünger e.V. Sculpture Symposium 2024

[Various materials]

Germany, Valley/Hohendilching close to Munich, annual

 

57. International Stone Sculptors’ symposion 2024

[Stone]

Austria, Kras (not far from Villach)

37e Rencontres de la Pierre 2024

[Festival]

France, Junas, Gard

Halifax Stone Carving Festival 2024

[Stone]

UK, Halifax

10ème Intl Sculpture Symp Les Monumentales Mirecurtiennes

[Wood, Stone, Metal]

France, Mirecourt, Vosges

10 Giornate in Pietra 2024

[Stone]

Italy, Lettomanoppello, PE

8th Chainsaw Carving Championship

[Wood]

USA, Libby, MT

25th Simposio Internazionale di Scultura su Pietre FVG

[Stone]

Italy, Reana del Rojale (Vergnacco)

20ème Festival Art et Passion du Bois 2024

[Wood: internships, expo, sales]

France, Bréville, Charente

Stone to Art

[Western Australia Intl Stone Sculpture Symposium]

Australia, Melville

VII. International Sculpture Symposium

[Professionals for stone, wood, metal]

Germany, Lindern

8ème Sculptures au Jardin

[Ateliers d’initiation à la sculpture]

Canada, Mascouche, Québec

19th Intl Congress on Dry Stone Walling 2024

[Stone]

France, Goult, Vaucluse

4th International Neopolis Sculpture Symposium 2024

[Marble]

Turkey, Kuşadası, Aydın province

VII Outdoor Sculpture Symposium of Gilena, Spain

[Stone; Theme: Machine and Time]

Spain, Gilena, sevilla province, annual

Glaziale Brandenburg 2024

[Stone]

Germany, Land Brandenburg, annual

 

2025

Les Lapidiales 2025

[Stone]

France, Port d’Envaux (17), May 15 – September 15, 2025
Application open until September 30, 2024
See also

5ème Symposium Intl de Sculpture Monumentale 2025

[professionals working with stone, metal]

France, Saint-Michel-de-Chavaignes (72), July 05 – 20, 2025, biennial

12. Intl Wind Art Festival „bewegter wind“

[Festival]

Germany, Wolfhagen, near Kassel, August 17 – 31, 2025, biennial
See also: dt, en

Spreewaldatelier 2025

[Symposium for sculptors and caricature artists]

Germany, Lübbenau, September 06 – 13, 2025, biennial

9th EuroSkills

[Championship of Young Professionals, Stonemasons]

Denmark, Herning, September 09 – 13, 2025, biennial

Te Kupenga Intl Stone Sculpture Symposium 2025

[Stone]

New Zealand, New Plymouth, biennial

10th Intl Symposium Differdange

[Symposium for professionals]

Luxembourg, Differdange, biennial

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[Sales exhibition for stone scuplture]

UK, Asthall Manor near Oxford

6th Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2025

[Stone, Symposium for professionals]

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, annual
See also: 1, 2

20th Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2025

[Symposium for professionals]

Australia, Cottesloe, Western Australia

Symposium Skulpturen Rheinland-Pfalz

[Stein]

Germany, Krickenbach bei Kaiserslautern, biennial
See also: dt, en

 

2026

7e Rencontres Internationales de Sculpture Monumentale

[stone]

Belgium, Soignies, triennial

 
More Calls For Artists:
* Experienced artists or beginners who are legal residents of the Creative Europe countries and at least 18 years old may apply (until May 31, 2024) with their projects for the Culture Moves Europe program. Offered are mobility grants composed of a travel allowance, a daily allowance and individual top-ups for artists working in various fields.
* Learn to sculpt: 22nd California Sculptors Symposium: workshops and demonstrations given by sculptors for sculptors at all skill levels during one week in April.
* The European Geosciences Union (EGU) invites artists-scientists to apply for a one-week residency in April in Vienna to create a week during the organization’s General Assembly.
* Der ORF widmet Karl Prantl eine Würdigung zu dessen 100. Geburtstag. Der Künstler aus dem Burgenland war sozusagen der Vater aller Bildhauersymposien.
* The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg (“Artists’ House”) in Schleswig-Holstein offers 3 residency fellowships for talented young artists from contemporary visual arts, literature and composition. No restriction of age or residence. The stay will be of 4 months in 2024.
* The Bagri Foundation in London offers twice a year grants for non-for-profit art organizations working in the field of visual arts, digital production, music, written word, heritage & crafts. Applications are open until May 31 or November 15, respectively.
* Eligible to apply for a Balmoral residential fellowship in Bad Ems, Germany, are visual artists of any age from Germany and around the world. Applicants must have completed a course of study in art (M.F.A. or comparable) followed by at least 3 years of continuous artistic work; autodidacts must be distinguished by special artistic achievements like exhibitions or prizes. The 6 fellowships of 4 or 6 months, respectively, are endowed with monthly €1,400 plus subsidy to the travel costs and run from April each year.
* Black Artists from the UK may apply each month for the Black Artist Grant worth £500 for each successful recipient.
* The Medici Residency program of the French Academy in Rome welcomes French-speaking artists, authors, and researchers from all disciplines and all nations throughout the year to carry out a specific project of creation, experimentation or research for a period not exceeding six months.
* The Hopper Prize offers a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $22,000.00 US-$. Applications on various dates are open to artists from around the globe working in any media.
* Mophradat: 10 to 15 grants for artists from or living in the Arab world, and/or engaged with the Arab world (application on a rolling basis)
* Call for Projects (on a rolling basis): „The art of bringing Europe together“ by Allianz Kulturstiftung for Europe (dt, en)