Raise Up Your Arts 2024

Call for Artists

2024 Pole Banner Project "Raise Up Your Arts"

Artist Invitation

Up Your Arts put out a Call for Artists in the fall of 2023 to participate in our second annual pole banner art project, co-sponsored by the City of Southport and Downtown Southport, Inc. Over 70 artists answered the call to participate in “Raise Up Your Arts," a juried art exhibition that showcases the rich diversity of our community and abundant creativity of local artists.

Entry Deadline

Submissions closed November 26, 2023

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. The selected artworks will be announced in early January 2024 and unveiled at UYA's 3rd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala on March 9, 2024. Stay tuned for pictures of them here, along with the artist's statements, after the gala.


  • 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
  • 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

Please Note: 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.

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

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