Category: Jobs and Opportunities

Including Open Calls, Residencies, Workshops and more

Open Call | Poster Contest 2017-2018, Mexican Museum of Design

Application deadline: 22 September

To promote the exercise of good design, MUMEDI, the Mexican Museum of Design, represented by the MUMEDI Foundation, is calling for entries for the “To Death with a Smile” 2017-2018 International Poster Contest.

The subject is death, a personal consideration or approach, the meaning in your own culture, how we fear, celebrate or deal with it. It can be reflected in serious or playful way in a freestyle technique.

A selection of the best 300 to 500 posters will be exhibited at MUMEDI, from October 2017 to March 2018 in the Downtown area of Mexico City. In the month of February 2018 a special selection of some of the best posters will be exhibited in Finland at the Lahti Poster Museum.

The best three (3) designs will be awarded with different Apple products.

Submitted posters should be vertical and sized 60 x 90 cm.

Each participant or group of participants can enter up to three (3) entries. No entry fee.

MUMEDI invites designers, students, teachers, professionals and anyone interested in the subject, from any part of the world, to participate.

For more information see:

Space Available at Franciscan Well’s Christmas Markets 2017, Cork

For the second year Irelands No 1 Craft brewery, the Franciscan Well Brewpub will be transforming their beer hall into a Winter Wonderland and will also be giving people the opportunity to sell their crafts in their market every Sunday from the 19th of November to the 17th of December.

There will be no charge for spaces but spaces are limited.

Please email Kate on with applications.

Workshop Leader Required for Event in Waterford

The Crafty Hen are seeking a workshop leader to run a one off session for them in Waterford on Monday 11th December, times to be confirmed, but likely to be around 10am – 6pm.

The workshop will be a drop-in event in a work place designed as a fun activity for work colleagues to do during their break. The activity is to be confirmed, but will be based in simple paper crafts; something like contemporary card making.

This is part of a series of events. The Crafty Hen will provide all the materials and design the basics of the activity, they just need someone fun and engaging to teach it.

The Crafty Hen are looking for someone with experience of teaching workshops, who is self employed and holds their own public liability insurance.

Please send an expression of interest as soon as possible with a brief outline of your experience to

Open Call | Rua Red Winter Open Exhibition 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: Monday 9 October, 5pm

Rua Red Annual open exhibition of fine and applied arts. Submissions may be in any discipline: painting, sculpture, new media, digital, printmaking, ceramics, glass, photography, installation and jewelry.

This open submission is an opportunity for graduates, emerging and established artists from Ireland (including the North) to exhibit their work in Gallery 1.

Exhibition dates: 14th December 2017 – 20th January 2018

The overall winner of the Rua Red Art Prize will be awarded a solo show in Gallery 2 at some point during the ensuing 12 month period.

Rua Red has a policy of supporting artists at all stages of their career. One of the new ways that Rua Red will implement this policy is by forming an ‘Acquisition Committee’ in September 2017. The role of the committee will be to select and purchase works from the Winter Open exhibition to form a new collection for the organisation. The works will go on show within the building on a rotational basis in the Conference and Meeting Room areas.

All works submitted for exhibition are considered by a Selection Panel.

The People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Square is determined by a public vote from visitors to the exhibition, the winner will collect €1000 towards their professional practice.

How to Apply
You can apply by post, hand delivery or online.

Download the submission form at, or request from Rua Red reception. Post/deliver/email the completed submission form together with disc of images and payment to: Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Blessington Rd, Tallaght, D24.

Artists can submit a maximum of three works. Each submission must include the following:
– Completed Submission Form
– Images (maximum of 3)
– Registration and Handling Fee of €10 payable to ‘South Dublin Arts Centre Company’

Please Note, a Registration and Handling Fee of €10 is required for each completed submission form.

For full submission details please visit:

Open Call | Livestock – Live Art Platform, Dublin

Application deadline: Friday 14 of October

Livestock, Live Art Platform, seeks proposals for performance for their next event. Livestock – “GET REAL”.

Livestock “Get Real” will take place at the Complex, Little Mary Street, Dublin 7 on Monday 30th of October, 2017.

Proposals should include a biography, images of work and a brief outline of the core concerns of your work, a timeline of your proposed performance and any technical specifications/requirements. Please also include a Health and Safety assessment of your proposed performance.

Please submit your proposal for performance to .

Introduction to Encaustic Painting Workshop with Isabelle Gaborit, Co. Clare

Are you intrigued or curious about encaustic painting, an ancient painting process using pigmented molten beeswax? Are you art enthusiast wanting to discover a new versatile creative process in an intimate studio setting? Then join Isabelle for a day introductory workshop, learning the ancient art of encaustic Painting in her studio located on the beautifully scenic shore of Lough Derg, close by Williamstown Harbour, an ideal backdrop for creating atmospheric artworks in a relax and inspiring environment.

During the day long workshop, you will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating art of Encaustics, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments.she will introduce you to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colors and its versatility with building up layers. You will have the opportunity to learn easy and effective techniques in a fun and relax atmosphere and create beautiful artworks to bring home. Using an experimental approach to explore technique and manipulate the paint, you will be able to create a beautiful artwork and embellish it using a wide range of techniques.

Class limited to 4 participants for a personal and intimate studio setting experience.
Art Classes for everyone: absolute beginners and developing artist alike.

Dates: 21 October
Times: 10 to 4pm
Fee: €120
Location: Whitegate, County Clare

Open Call | Trinity Creative Challenge Awards 2017-2018

Application deadline: 8 November, 12pm

The Trinity Creative Challenge 2017-2018 is open for submissions.

To nurture, promote and develop new approaches to interdisciplinary creative and cultural arts practice in Dublin and Ireland, including projects by staff and students of Trinity College Dublin and Associated Colleges
To foster new collaborations between the Trinity community and the cultural and creative industries sector
To identify emerging creative talent and support innovative and ambitious projects in and around Trinity College Dublin and the wider community

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

  • Trinity Creative Challenge are looking for interdisciplinary collaborative projects exploring new developments in creative arts practices
  • Projects should be ambitious, innovative and experimental
  • Projects should show potential for long-term growth and sustainability
  • Proposals will be assessed on their artistic impact but consideration will also be given to social, creative innovation and entrepreneurial value
  • Projects should show the potential for impact and serving as a creative arts catalyst
  • Projects should include collaboration with Trinity College
  • We will consider the projects’ practical viability based on the indicated budget and production plan

AWARD CATEGORY ONE: Trinity Creative Challenge Award 2017-2018

Who can apply
Applications are accepted from individuals, collectives and organisations. Proposals that include collaborations with co-production partners are also permissible
Proposals should identify how they intend to collaborate with Trinity College Dublin, what support might be required to facilitate the development of the project, and how the project might serve as a catalyst.

The aim of the award is to foster the development of ambitious, impactful and innovative projects, ideally involving collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. We want to hear of ideas that cut across disciplines such as performance, visual art, music, film, design, new media, animation, gaming and creative technologies.

AWARD CATEGORY TWO: Continuing to Catalyse Award 2017-2018

Who can apply
Applications are accepted from previous recipients of the Trinity Creative Challenge.

Entry for both categories is by electronic application, and submissions are to be emailed to
For more information and application form see:

Commission | Two Wall Mounted Artworks for The Innovation Factory, Belfast

Deadline for proposals: Friday 13 October, noon

The Project
To create two large artworks at the Innovation Factory in Belfast that reflect the rich and evocative entrepreneurial history of West Belfast and forward thinking future of the Innovation Factory and its customers, through an open competition which will be judged by a panel of key local stakeholders.

The Innovation Factory would like to commission two artworks that can either be mounted or applied to two walls at the Innovation Factory. They are seeking artists who would like to provide 1 or both of the artworks. This could be an individual or collaboration of artists. The most important element is that the artworks reflect innovation and enterprise within West Belfast, are engaging and eye catching – in keeping with the overall branding and fit out of the Innovation Factory.

The Innovation Factory is the newest business community in Belfast – and attracts national and international customers. Based on the previous site of Mackie International, this renovated factory space has now returned to its employment roots by offering a future for entrepreneurial spirit. With flexible, leased space and bespoke business advice in the heart of a well-connected, booming city.

Please read the artists brief for full details here: Artwork for IF Competition Brief-

The Budget
The total budget for both artworks is £5,000 inclusive of design, materials and time.

Judging Criteria
In terms of scoring, below is how proposals will be evaluated:
• 40% artistic treatment
• 40% reflection of West Belfast heritage/future facing nature of Innovation Factory
• 20% cost

For all enquiries and to confirm attendance at the open house please contact Innovation Factory by either phone on 028 9590 2500 or by email at

Open Call for Arts Organisations | Belfast Open Studios: Visual Artists Café

Application deadline: Friday 29 September

Belfast Open Studios is inviting art spaces, projects and galleries across Northern Ireland to take up free tables at the Visual Artists Café, which will take place at the Black Box in Belfast on Saturday 14 October from 3pm – 5pm. Last year we introduced 15 arts organisations to over 100 visitors and participants. This year we hope to make this Visual Artists Café the biggest yet and are extending our invitation to more organisations, groups, collectives and projects than ever.

Individual organisations are encouraged to determine the activities which take place at the table; whether it simply acts as an information point, a showcase for its members’ work or demonstrates techniques within a specific medium, for example.

Please contact Jane Morrow, to secure a free table at this event.

Places are limited so please book early.

Open Call | Bullock Lane Studio Opportunity at Townhall Cavan

Application deadline: 28 September 2017

The Bullock Lane Studio Opportunity supports artists to work intensively and in quiet spaces at Townhall, Cavan for 12 weeks. Artists will receive financial support of €125 per week and the studio facility.

Artists are encouraged to engage with another art professional: curator, writer, mentor to assist them to develop critical writing for their practice. A fee will also be provided to this art professional.

The artist is encouraged to host an event or share their work with either their artist peers or interested members of the public to discuss themes explored in their studio time.

Please use the following headings when making your application:

· About the artist: Artists must include an up to date CV, up to 10 images of current work, and a short paragraph describing their work.
· About the work: Artists apply in writing with an overview of the work that they intend to undertake while at the studio. Artists are requested to nominate another professional who they wish to work with during the course of their studio opportunity at Bullock Lane.
· Time: Artists can apply for a period of 12 weeks. The studio will be available from October 2017 through to March 2018.
· Engagement: Artists are encouraged to outline any engagement element that they wish to offer while on the studio opportunity, this might include participating in a peer to peer conversation with other artists, or a presentation to students or the public on work and ideas.

Apply in email or hard copy to:

Santina Burns
Cavan County Council Arts Office
Farnham Centre
Farnham St
Co Cavan

Contact or 049 4378548 with any queries.

Open Cal to Artists in Kildare | Incubation Space Phase II at Riverbank Arts Centre

Deadline applications: Tuesday 26 September, 12 noon

After the successful offering of studio space to artists this summer, Riverbank Arts Centre are delighted to announce a Winter Incubation Space period to close our 2017 programme, from Tuesday November 7th – Friday December 15th.

Do you need more space to develop your artwork? Riverbank Arts Centre are offering Kildare based artists or artists originally from Kildare with all levels of experience an opportunity to use the McKenna Art Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre as their own studio for short or long periods of time throughout the winter of 2017. Artists can apply to use the space for 1 day to three consecutive days and up to four days a week for five weeks.

Please note: The availability of the incubation space will be dependent on application and Riverbank Arts Centre will be unable to offer any applicants the use of the space on Mondays during this time.

The incubation space may suit those who want to:

• Develop or continue a particular body of work
• Work in an art studio for the first time
• Have the space to reflect and think about their work
• Have the space or time to develop or improve skills

To apply please send:

• A brief description of how you would like to use the space and time, including why this is important for you personally and/or for your practice. (Maximum amount of words 250)
• An artist’s CV if you have one or a brief note describing how long you have been making art and anywhere you have shown your work or have done arts based activities, for example: workshops/projects etc.
• A number of images/example of your work (Maximum 10)

All applications can be either:
Emailed to:
Posted to: Carolann Courtney c/o This Must Be the Place, Incubation Space, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Open Call | Mountshannon Arts Festival 2018

Application deadline: 30 November

Mountshannon Arts Festival Committee are looking for submissions by artists for the next festival from 31st May – 10th June 2018 in Mountshannon, Co. Clare. The theme of the festival will be “Borders”.

There are categories for submissions:

1. Street art projects. Mountshannon Arts Festival are looking for at least one large project, but also welcome submissions for smaller projects.
Points to consider:

[i] Durability. Permanent artworks that enhance the village into the future, with little or no maintenance
[ii] Costs. Whilst we will be looking for works of high quality, the budget is small. The festival imagine costs of between €500 – €2000 but projects whose budget falls outside those parameters will also be considered.
[iii] Accessibility. Something that is usable (but safe), possibly for climbing on by children, interactive and experiential, such as a musical instrument, a water based feature, or something else that invites active participation.
[iv] A project that could involve others in the creative process, where the artist acts as a facilitator. This could link in with point ‘2.’ below.
[v] All works need to be completed no later than 18th May 2018

2. Art in Schools, and/or care facilities (elderly, disabled), and/or another group from the community.
The organisers are looking for artists willing to work with groups, to produce something (art work, drama, poetry, stories, music…), ideally culminating in a presentation during the festival. When applying artists should propose a budget and an outline of the proposed workshop.

3. Artists who would like to exhibit their own work during the festival.
Please note: Exhibitions can be solo or group exhibitions. There is no artist fee. Commission of 10% charged on any work sold. The organisers will install the works.

4. Performance artists: Musicians, Playwrights, Comedians, Actors etc.
Performance artists should apply with a performance outline an stating their fee. There are at least two possible venues for performances and that can be discussed with the artists.

Please return all submissions, to Roxanne Leonard, 1, School Lane, Mountshannon, County Clare, or to: The more detail you can provide, the better, but a rough draft of your idea, will also suffice. The organisers will decide which projects to support next year, by 22nd December.

For more information visit

Securing Funding for Projects Workshop with Eamonn Maxwell, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Tuesday 24 October, 2pm to 6pm

This workshop will look at the options available to artists as they seek funding for their work. From grant applications to crowd funding and individual fundraising this session will help artists understand the many options for funding, keys to success, as well as identifying the common pitfalls. This session is aimed at artists who are undertaking a major exhibition, publication, commission etc. so would not be suitable for artist seeking funding for living expenses. Max 12 artists.

Please contact the Arts Office to book places via:
Tel: 094 904 7471 or 094 904 7558

Mayo Arts Office,
Co. Mayo

CONNECT | Illustrated Talk / Workshop on Digital Art at Custom House Studios, Westport

Friday 29 September, 5 to 7pm
‘CONNECT’ Illustrated talk / workshop on digital art for artists – Louise O’Boyle

This workshop / talk with Louise O’Boyle for artists has an emphasis on use of digital formats for both making art and its use in promotion and dissemination. The session will explore the theme of the curated work she has selected for an online exhibition. The exhibition is themed with a simple word – ‘CONNECT’ – in it she proposes to select 4-5 contemporary digital artworks to feature in the online exhibition that will be hosted both by the Westport Arts festival and the Customs House Studio website. These works will introduce the variety of interesting and intriguing ways digital artists are connecting with the wider public through their use of datasets, social media platforms and new technology. The public lecture will further expand on this theme and discuss what are some of the key trajectories in this field currently.

Part of Westport Arts festival 2017, all day Friday Louise will explore the potential and wonder of this new form of expression in Westport Town Hall with both primary and secondary school students, details at;

The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,
T: +353 (0)98 28735

Capturing Seamus: The Art of the Portrait | Panel Discussion at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

8 October, 3pm

With Colin Davidson, Eamonn McCabe and Geray Sweeney, chaired by Dr Declan Long

When we think of Seamus Heaney and his poetry, our responses are often tied up with the iconic images of the man himself. In this fascinating panel discussion, three artists who have each created a portrait of Heaney will discuss the context and experience of working with him and the process of capturing his essence in just one image.

This discussion, which will also explore the nature of portraiture as an art form, will be chaired by Dr Declan Long, Course Director of the MA in Art in the Contemporary World at the National College of Art & Design. In 2013 he served as a member of the judging panel for the Turner Prize and is a visual arts correspondent for RTE radio.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace
45 Main St, Bellaghy, Magherafelt

Funding | Emerging Artist Bursaries, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

The closing date for applications: Tuesday 10 October, 12 noon

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council would like to invite proposals from emerging artists for the development and creation of new work.

Individual artists working in all art-forms (architecture, circus, craft (designers/makers), dance, film, literature, music, opera, spectacle, street art, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts) are eligible to apply.

Successful recipients will receive a bursary of €1,500 for the development and creation of new work. There will be a maximum of five bursaries awarded across a variety of art forms.

For guidelines and application form see:

Funding | dlr Arts Grants 2018   Recently updated !

The closing date for all applications is Friday 13 October 2017.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office runs an annual grant scheme. Grants are available to provide financial assistance to individual artists, arts groups and arts organisations engaged in arts projects or events at local or county level and to support the professional development and arts practice of individual artists, arts groups and organisations.

To view guidelines and to download an application form view: /

Job Vacancy | Belfast Open Studios Welcoming Team

Deadline for Applications: Friday 29 September, 5pm

Visual Artists Ireland are seeking freelance staff to be the friendly faces of Belfast Open Studios 2017. VAI is offering one full day of paid work to join our welcoming team for Belfast Open Studios 2017. Belfast Open Studios takes place in venues across the city on Saturday, 21st October.

You will also be required to attend a mandatory staff induction session on Tuesday 10th October at 10am.

Duties and Responsibilities
Each person will be assigned a role within one of the studio programmes that will include:
* meeting and welcoming the Public;
* providing the public with information about artists within the space;
* directing the public to other studio programmes in the area;
* recording visitor data;
* and maintaining a tea station provided in each venue by Suki Tea.

All staff will be required from 10am each morning to 6pm.
Staff will receive a wage of £7.50 per hour, which will be paid via bank transfer or cheque upon invoice after the event.

Essential Skills and Abilities
* excellent communication skills (including English language)
* outgoing and friendly
* shows a passion for the arts
* good understanding of Belfast visual arts sector

If you wish to apply for one of these positions then send your cv and covering letter with a paragraph on what interests you about Belfast Open Studios to

Drawing from the Well | Arts + Disability Event, Clare Arts Office

13 14 October

Drawing from the Well is a two day Arts + Disability event proudly presented by the Clare Arts Office at the Butter market, Drumbiggle Road, Ennis.

The event aims to offer all Arts + Disability practitioners, participants and partnering organisations an opportunity to reflect on their practices, be inspired and to re look at the idea of what it means to take ‘’creative risk’’ in arts and disability practices. Friday the 13th’s programme includes presentations by leading practitioners such as the Blue Teapot Company, Equinox Theatre, KCAT Studios and Croí Glan. On Saturday the 14th includes workshops in Theatre & Dance. This event is free.

For all inquiries and to register your attendance please contact the Clare Arts Office, – 065 6899091 or register at event brite, Drawing from the Well.

STITCHING SESSIONS: Bookbinding Workshops with Read That Image

During these workshops participants will be introduced to the craft of bookbinding, from the simplest of singer stitches to the more complex coptic! Workshop participants will learn about the different papers, materials and tools needed to create their own hand-bound books. Members of the RTI team will guide participants step-by-step through various bookbinding techniques in these hands on DIY workshops.

Workshop participants will leave with their own handmade notebook and the knowledge and understanding of how to apply these binding techniques to their own book projects. The techniques taught can be used to create journals and notebooks, artist books and zines, and artist book dummies and maquettes. Read That Image will also have photobooks and artist publications on hand to show how these binding techniques are used within the world of art book and photobook design.

Suitable for beginners, from artists to zinesters to journal keepers and scribblers!

Dates: 24th September 2016
Times: 11am – 6pm
Fee: €45
Location: Mullins Mill, Kells, Co. Kilkenny