Artist Opportunities

Expired Opportunities

Entry Deadline:
November 26, 2023

Location: Southport, NC

Up Your Arts, the City of Southport, and Downtown Southport, Inc., are seeking local artists to participate in our second annual pole banner art project. “Raise Up Your Arts” is a juried art exhibition to showcase the rich diversity of our community and abundant creativity of our artists, while welcoming residents and visitors alike to our historic downtown.

About the Project

The photographed works of 24 artists selected by an anonymous peer review panel will be featured on one of 24 30″ x 60″ banners hung from utility poles in Southport’s central business district from May-November 2024.

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and gain recognition. If selected, your name and artwork will appear on a 30″ x 48″ section of the banner, which will be gifted back to you when removed from display in November. To unveil the project, selected artists will be honored at our 3rd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala on March 9, 2024.


  • Artists must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be currently be producing artwork in Brunswick County
  • Showcased artwork must be of an original piece created in the past 5 years
  • Submissions are limited to a single entry per artist. A group may enter one (1) piece that they’ve worked on collectively, under one (1) collective name
  • In order to highlight as many artists as possible, winning entrants from the 2023 competition are unable to enter for a period of 3 years
  • Artwork may involve any medium, including painting, pottery, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, metalwork, woodwork, fiber art, dance, theater, musical performance, or non-traditional media
  • Must submit a high-resolution photo of your art to be used on the banner, if selected
  • Must submit registration, image, and $25 submission fee by November 26, 2023

Help us Raise Up Your Arts! Submit your registration today.

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