Opportunities - Open Calls!

‘a space’ arts have some new and exciting open call opportunities coming up for June!

Check them out below and follow the links for more information.


Everyone Involved: Southampton’s Queer Histories, Open Call for Contributions


We are seeking contributions for a new contextual heritage exhibition about LGBTQIA+ history in and around Southampton. 

Were you around Southampton between the 1970s and the early 2000s? Do you consider yourself part of an LGBTQIA+ community?

Are you a keeper of memories? The sort of person who has kept hold of photographs and videos of friendship groups and queer spaces, along with correspondence, notes, cards and ephemera that capture your experience?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Artist Ian Giles will be bringing ‘Everyone Involved’ to God’s House Tower in August 2024 – a moving image ‘monument to the pioneering work of LGBTQIA+ people in the 1970’s. This is a significant decade in Southampton’s queer history, as the city provided a warm welcome to the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s conference of 1976 after other councils refused to host the event.

All stories are important, and we want to hear them – so please reach out and also spread the word!

We are particularly eager to hear from:

  • People with material and stories relating to queer life in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • Those whose stories are traditionally underrepresented within LGBTQIA+ communities too, such as bisexual and transgender people.


Read more about this opportunity in detail here.

To register your interest or ask any questions, please contact Rachel Roberts at [email protected]

Submissions close on 9 AM, Monday 10th June 2024.




OPEN CALL for Jane Austen Contemporary Commission ‘In Training for a Heroine’


NB: This opportunity is open to anyone who experiences/has experienced sexism, including women, trans men and non-binary people assigned female at birth. 

‘A space’ arts are looking to commission a visual artist to respond to the life and legacy of Jane Austen. This is an exciting opportunity to delve into the themes of Austen’s novels, the wit and wisdom in her letters and her time in Southampton. We are particularly interested in new perspectives and proposals that challenge pre-conceived ideas and interpretations of Austen, although we recognise that it is important at this stage to remain open-minded about the themes, structure and outcome of the commission.

The commission will be exhibited alongside Jane Austen’s travelling writing desk, on loan from the British Library from November 2024 – February 2025. The portable, mahogany desk was designed to fold into a case for ease of traveling, and was gifted to Jane Austen around the time of her 19th birthday by her father, George Austen. Exactly 230 years later, the desk and the contemporary commission will be at the heart of a year-long celebration of Jane Austen’s 250th birthday in Southampton, and across the world.


Excited by the chance to exhibit at God’s House Tower? Read in detail about the opportunity here.

Please send your Expressions of Interest and up to 8 JPEG images of your recent work or a link to your website to Mia Delve at [email protected]

Submissions close on 9 AM, Monday 17th June 2024.



As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on [email protected] or call 023 80 338 778

For more information: please visit  aspacearts.org.uk/about-us




‘Holding Space’ by Anna Bunting-Branch, Open Call for Participants


As part of her commission for GHT, artist Anna Bunting-Branch is seeking participants for a series of creative workshops exploring ideas around climate action, reproductive refusal, speculative fiction, and alternative futures.

‘Holding Space’ explores the role of reproductive refusal in climate activism, considering how environmental factors are shaping decisions about bringing children into the world. the animation premiering as part of this exhibition, is part of a wider practice that makes space for fertile counter-narrative which re-envision, childlessness, and considers how the future might be conceived differently in the dace of climate emergency.


Find out more about Anna’s work here: annabuntingbranch.com

‘Holding Space’ will be exhibiting at God’s House Tower from Friday 28th June to Sunday 18th August 2024.


Excited about this opportunity? Read about it here.

To register your interest or ask any questions, please contact Mia Delve at [email protected]


Submissions will now close on 9 AM, Monday 17th June 2024.