Open Call | Refugee Week 2023

We are excited to announce an open call for artists to submit work and be considered for a virtual showcase during Refugee Week Greece 2023. We are seeking artists whose work focuses on refugees, migrants or diaspora and we particularly encourage artists of refugee and migrant background to apply.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Art professionals, with the selected artists to be showcased on our website and Instagram account as well as on the social platforms of Refugee Week Greece.

We welcome all mediums, from photography to painting to sculpture and more. We encourage artists to submit work that is emotionally resonant, thought-provoking, and impactful. 

To be eligible, artists must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Art practice focused on refugees, migrants or diaspora 
  • We particularly encourage artists of refugee and migrant background to apply

We welcome artists from all locations and backgrounds to apply. We look forward to receiving your submissions and showcasing the incredible talent around the globe. Together, we can celebrate compassion and bring attention to important issues affecting our global community.

All artists will be credited fully and their social media pages will be presented and stated. Images will not be used for any commercial purposes or/and online exhibitions. Images will not be reproduced without permission from the artist.

Find out more about Refugee Week Greece 2023


Please send the following information via email at

  • Contact information (Name / website / email / @IG handle)
  • Artist's bio (70-100 words)
  • High quality images of your work(s)
  • Work information (Title / medium / dimensions / year)
  • Work description (70-100 words)


Applications close on Sunday 11 June 2023, at 12 PM GMT time.


  • The selected artists will be showcased virtually - You don't have to send us or ship your physical piece of work 
  • All national and international artists evidencing a reputable and committed artistic career are invited to submit their work
  • There is no fee to submit your work
  • All two-dimensional and three-dimensional work is accepted, including painting, photography, installation and sculpture
  • There is no limitation on how many projects or how many images per project you will submit. Please label your files as name_surname_title_year.jpg
  • There are no restrictions on the dimensions of works submitted


If you encounter any issues with the application process, please contact:

Thank you in advance for your application and we wish you the best of luck!



Refugee Week is the world's largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of people seeking sanctuary. It’s been running in the UK since 1998 and is always the week around World Refugee Day (20 June).

Refugee Week 2023 is 19-25th June.


Refugee Week is for everyone. Anyone can get involved whether you have 5 minutes or 5 months to prepare something. In the past, we’ve had all sorts of individuals, groups and organisations take part such as: sports clubs, faith groups, schools, businesses, arts organisations, community groups and people at home. Activities have included performances, artistic commissions, creative workshops, school activities, community get togethers, football tournaments, faith events, cooking classes, meals, walks, talks and podcasts – just to name a few!


The last few years have been challenging for all of us. We are still adjusting to new realities post-lockdown as well as responding to new crises. In the UK, dangerous anti-migration government rhetoric continues, along with inhumane conditions for asylum seekers.

But, none of these things happen in isolation. We know how interconnected our world is: how something seemingly “far away” impacts everyone. All of this makes us even more aware of the need to widen our circles of compassion.

Within our own experiences are all the tools we need to be compassionate, not just to ourselves and those in our immediate circle but to all our human neighbours and our one shared home, planet earth.

Find out more: refugeeweek.greece

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