18 Paid Opportunities to Pad Your Pockets

Image by Filipa Guimarães.

We’re taking time to sort out paid opportunities for you – our growing creative family – from now to the end of July! Too often, creatives are expected to work for less than they’re worth – sure, exposure and experience have their own value, but you’ve got to pay your bills, right? Usher in your weekend with these paid opportunities, just for you. Whether pocket money, prize money, or a regular salaried gig, these paid opportunities are an opportunity for you to work for what you’re worth (hint: it’s a lot).

Happy weekend and happy hunting from the whole Zealous team!

1. Glasgow Wild Fest Illustration

Create an illustration to market Glasgow’s exciting wildlife and surprising green spaces. This project will empower and connect individuals, community groups and organisations – and it starts with you! Pays £750. Closes Friday, June 9.

2. WHALE Arts Freelancer

Develop an arts and heritage series for children and young people exploring themes of identity, place, migration, and belonging. Teach four short sessions, one group trip, and one artwork. Pays £1300. Closes Friday, June 9.

3. COMEL Contemporary Art Award

Do you work with metal? Do you love aluminium? Submit your works for the sixth annual International COMEL Award! Submitting is free. Pays €3500. Closes Thursday, June 15.

4. INSTANT ACTS Against Violence and Racism

Interkunst (Berlin) needs young performing artists for an upcoming tour about counteracting violence and racism. Accepting individuals aged 18 – 30 in theatre, dance, circus, music, and more. Pays salaried wage. Closes Thursday, June 15.

5. Graphic Designer / Communications Assistant

Multidisciplinary architectural studio DSDHA is seeking a creative, self-motivated individual to join as a key member of the Research and Communication team. Enthusiasm for typography and print design essential. Pays £20-25k. Closes Friday, June 16.

6. Charity Creative Director

RightsInfo, a digital human rights charity, is recruiting a full-time Creative Director to steward the brand, creative model, and content. If you love stories, meaningful work, and don’t mind mucking in, this is for you. Pays £42k. Closes Wednesday, June 21.

7. Best Film Awards, 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Earn cash on top of industry mentoring through the Edinburgh Short Film Festival’s Puppet Animation Scotland & Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund! Pays £1000. Closes Monday, June 26.

8. The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Join the Sunday Times’30th Watercolour Competition – the most prestigious of its kind in the UK. Use your imagination! Entries will be judged by a professional panel. Pays £10,000. Closes Monday, June 26.

9. Lab.8 Art Contest

Join the Malamegi Company’s creation of a new collection of works by a single artist. Accepting painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, digital, video, graphics, and more. Pays €1000. Closes Wednesday, June 28.

10. Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Submit your work to the leading international photographic portrait competition! Celebrate and promote the very best of contemporary portraits. Pays £15,000. Closes Thursday, June 29.

11. Graphic Design Graduate

Piccolo Press are seeking a recent graduate with keen typographic (and people) skills! Applications for full-time and part-time accepted. Pays £15 – 20k. Closes Friday, June 30.

12. Manage The South London Gallery

The South London Gallery needs looking after – interested? This internationally-recognised centre for contemporary visual art also hosts an award-winning education and outreach programme. Keep things running smoothly as their newest PA and Office Manager. Pays £24 – 25k. Closes Friday, June 30.

13. Oasis Senior Photographer

Join and manage an in-house team of photographers, videographers, and freelancers, leading projects for all ecommerce, creative, model, and still live work. Pays £30-40k. Closes Saturday, July 1.

14. The Sunny Art Prize Competition and Exhibition

Submit your work to this international art competition and gain support among many other established and emerging visual artists. Accepting a range of works, from jewellery and ceramics to painting and photography. Pays up to £6000. Closes Saturday, July 1.

15. Depict! Short Film Competition

Submit your short film (we mean it – 90 seconds or less!) to the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival. Open to anyone in the world, any budget, any genre. No submission fee. Pays up to £2500. Closes Sunday, July 2.

16. ArtGemini Exhibition and Prize

Are you a painter, photographer, or sculptor? Submit your work to the ArtGeminiPrize 5th Edition for an opportunity to exhibit your work and earn a fancy wage. Pays £5000. Closes Monday, July 3.

17. Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

Do you live in the North West of England? Are you a passionate young (under 30) composer? Send two scores of your original orchestral compositions for a chance to compose new work for the Royal Liverpool Harmonic. Pays £1,000. Closes Friday, July 14.

18. Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

Is 2017 your year? You bet! Artists from (or studying in) Cumbria are welcomed to submit their work – from visual art to photography – for a cash prize and online features. Must be 15 – 24 to apply. Pays £500. Closes Friday, July 28.