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Open Call for exhibition proposals | A Better Place, Waterford   Recently updated !

Deadline: Friday 24 February, 2pm

WHAT and Permanent TSB invites submissions from artists based in Ireland for a series of wall-based, visual art exhibitions to take place in University Hospital Waterford in 2017 that aim to make the hospital A Better Place for patients.

WHAT curates a lively programme of temporary exhibitions which offer patients, staff and visitors opportunities to access diverse contemporary art. The exhibitions also prompt conversations between patients, staff members and visitors that are beyond the medical context. They are chosen for their aesthetic quality and for their positive impact, primarily on patients, within a hospital setting. According to a patient of University Hospital Waterford, ‘While struggling with illness and medication, I found the art in the corridors was a healing influence and these dashes of creativity supported me.’

Artworks must comply with the following health and safety requirements: –

• Artworks must tolerate cleaning with detergents/water and occasional disinfectants.
• Artworks with canvas, feathers, textiles or non smooth surfaces must be encased in a solid frame to facilitate cleaning/dusting.
• Artworks should not contain beads or parts that can be easily removed and accidentally swallowed.

The exhibitions will be selected by a representative group of staff, patients, visitors and other stakeholders. The artists will not be identified during the selection process.

How to submit
Please send six captioned (with title, medium and dimensions) jpegs of artworks you propose to exhibit as part of A Better Place to WHAT at or to the address below. Make sure your name and contact details accompany the jpegs but are not on the images of artworks. Please put ‘A Better Place’ in the subject line of the email. Submissions will not be returned.

For further information, contact WHAT at or phone 051 842664.

Studio Space for Rent at The Complex, Dublin 7

The Complex has a large studio available for rental immediately. It is situated in our city centre home here on Little Green Street, Dublin 7. The studio is bright, warm and very large. There is also a large communal area.

This studio is ideal for single occupancy or a share.

The overall rental cost includes electricity, wifi and heating. Access to the studios is from 8 am to 12 mid night but arrangements can be made to stay later. Studios are open 365 days per year.

The cost per month is €450.00.

Please contact Annemarie at or log on to our website

Catherine McLaughlin seeking participation from people based in Belfast

Catherine McLaughlin is a visual artist working and living in Belfast based in QSS Artists Studios. She is hoping to get some stories from others who live in Belfast too.

Catherine’s current work revolves around peoples experience of living in Belfast and how it has changed them, given them memories and shaped them.

She is asking for participation in a short questionnaire that asks a few questions about memories you have of Belfast. She will then incorporate these experiences into a new series of work.

Please share some of your time if you have it.

Job Vacancy | Acting Assistant Arts Director, Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Deadline for applications: Friday 17 February, 2pm

WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) wishes to appoint an Acting Assistant Arts Director for a period of up to 2 years to assist in all aspects of planning, delivering and promoting the programme of the Trust and managing the organisation.

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is one of Ireland’s leading arts and health organisations. Our programme comprises contemporary art exhibitions, live music performances in wards, artist-in-residence programmes, art and music making workshops for health service users via a mobile Art Kart, Artist on Call service, Iontas Arts and Mental Health Settings and a range of other programmes. We have built up a large collection of contemporary art which is on view throughout University Hospital Waterford and we commission artworks for specific sites within the hospital. We also connect with the wider community through our weekly Open Studio and the annual Well festival of arts and wellbeing. See for more information.

The Acting Assistant Arts Director will:

  • Work with the Acting Arts Director on developing and delivering a multi-disciplinary arts programme of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust in co-operation with the Board of Directors and staff members.
  • Liaise with HSE departments, artists, and other organisations on planning, delivering and evaluating the programme of the Trust.
  • Project manage WHAT’s visual art programme i.e. curate exhibition programme, oversee installations, manage the mediation and maintenance of the art collection, co-ordinate commissions, loans, donations and requests for artworks
  • Co-ordinate the WHAT Iontas arts and mental health programme and Well festival of arts and wellbeing in collaboration with partner organisations and artists
  • Co-ordinate the Artist in Residence programme i.e. support the artists, liaise with HSE departments where necessary and monitor, evaluate and promote the programme
  • Support WHAT’s national programme i.e. co-ordinate Continuous Professional Development training for artists and healthcare professionals, support the WHAT Artists Network, deal with national and international queries, host visits and advocate for WHAT
  • Work within assigned budgets
  • Write and co-ordinate the design and production of mediation and promotional materials – press releases, catalogues, fliers, invitations – and organise the dissemination of these
  • Seek and secure funding for the arts programme through public and private sources
  • Work in compliance with the Health and Safety and Infection Control standards of the HSE and all relevant policies of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust
  • Line manage and support WHAT staff, freelance artists and volunteers when necessary
  • Deputise for the Acting Arts Director in her absence
  • The Acting Assistant Arts Director will report directly to the Acting Arts Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and will be based in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health.

This post is for five days per week. Salary scale €28614 – €30940 per annum, depending on experience.

How to apply:
Please submit the following to Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore Road, Waterford.

  • Letter of application stating your interest in the position and why you consider you are suitable.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of two referees with whom you have had a working relationship
  • 2 examples of your professional writing – e.g. press releases, documentation, catalogues, articles, evaluation reports, funding proposals, sponsorship proposals

Candidates must be available for interview the week of 6 March 2017.


Telephone: 051 842664

For full job description see:

Bookbinding Workshop at Cork College of Commerce

Monday 30 January, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee: €110
Beginners and Improvers

This is a very comprehensive course, where students can follow at their own pace, helped step by step by the workshop leader, art teacher and artist Laurie Legrand, practised technician, M.A. Fine Art graduate with more than 15 years international teaching experience.

Over the course of these wonderful and practical classes, participants will learn to:

  • differentiate different types of books and how they can be reproduced,
  • set a basic book-binding station at home
  • stitch and glue different types of book-blocks
  • choose, design and make different types of covers (using hard card, fabric, paper, fold over leather, ribbons, etc..)
  • repair beloved old books
  • as well as to design their own project with the help of the teacher (artist’s sketchbooks, notebooks, portfolios, etc..).

All tools will be provided. Students will be required to buy certain materials for the course.

phone: 021 4222100
More info about the course (teacher):

Job Vacancy | Communications and Information Officer at ISACS Network

Application Deadline: Thursday 26 January

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network are seeking applications for the position of Communications and Information Officer (part-time). We are looking for a media happy, tech savvy individual who can combine excellent communication skills with a high level of technical expertise and shares a love and knowledge of the street arts, circus and spectacle art forms.

Reporting to: The CEO of the ISACS Network.

Time frame: From start date till 31st December 2017 (approx. 20 hours per week)

Location: The role can be carried out from a home office or from the Wexford based office, however a minimum of 2 days per month must be completed in Wexford.

Interviews to take place the week beginning 30th January 2017.

How to apply: Please send an email with cover letter and CV listing two references (pref with their email addresses) to . Your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

Salary: Approx €1000 per month

Responsible for:
• Devising and implementing ISACS marketing and communication strategies and methods to reach ISACS members, stakeholders, industry, media and the general public
• Initiating, gathering and distributing information on Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle sector across a broad range of topics.

What the Job entails:

Marketing, Communications, Social Media

  • Devise, develop and implement a strategic marketing and communications plan for the ISACS Network
  • Communicate regularly with our members about upcoming opportunities, deadlines, training etc; Maintain and manage databases
  • Manage the development and implementation of ISACS Social Media, digital platforms and online content including but not limited to the ISACS website, SEO marketing, analytics & social media platforms
  • Write and execute email based marketing campaigns and improve results by utilising testing and analytics insights.
  • Manage the end-to-end production of cost-effective high quality ISACS print materials including posters, flyers, reports etc and their distribution
  • Liaise with ISACS members to gather marketing information and materials for showcasing

Research and Data Gathering

  • Research and distribute information, best practice documents of practical use to the sector in their daily practice ie: Tech specs, Contracts, Health and safety policies, Insurance statistics etc in ISACS communications
  • Provide admin, technical and research support to ISACS and the CEO
  • Manage and maintain databases and online platforms, specifically ISACS website (Joomla CMS)

Any other reasonable duties that may be required.

For more information please go to:

Lunch time Talk and Performance | Marie O’Connor and Mairead Delaney at the Science Gallery

Wednesday 18 January, 1pm to 2pm

Marie O’Connor, author, health correspondent and Chairperson of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) group, will give a lunch time talk on the practice of symphysiotomy. The talk will be followed by a new performance work from Mairead Delaney, who has worked extensively with the SoS group.

Marie will discuss aspects around the outright violence perpetrated on unconsenting subjects of the symphysiotomy experiment, as well as the insidious violence inflicted during the SoS group’s ongoing campaign for justice.

The talk and performance will be given in the wider context of Design and Violence, Science Gallery Dublin’s current exhibition, run in Partnership with MOMA New York. T​he practice of ​pubiotomy (​​a variant of ​symphysiotomy​)​ is represented by a Gigli Saw in the Design and Violence exhibition.

The lunchtime talk is curated by John Conway.

Science Gallery
The Naughton Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2.
T: (01) 896 4091

7 Day Encaustic Painting Course with Joanna Kidney, Co. Mayo

22 to 30 April

This in depth course at Ballinglen Arts Foundation will explore the broad and varied possibilities of the process of encaustic painting. It will cover tools, equipment and techniques, encaustic monoprinting, collage, transferring and embedding photographic imagery. There will be plenty of one to one, giving space for the development of each individual artist’s vocabulary and vision. We will be predominantly studio-based, with demonstrations, critiques, group meals and short trips to soak up the North Mayo landscape, ambience and light. Suitable for artists working both abstractly and figuratively, it is open to all levels from beginner to advanced, the needs of each individual will be addressed.

Please contact Una Forde on for availability and booking form.

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation is an Irish non-profit organisation located in the village of Ballycastle on the sea coast of North County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland.

Workshop Facilitators Wanted for Mountshannon Arts Festival 2017

Deadline: 30 January

Mountshannon Arts Festival Committee are looking for submissions from artists for the 23rd annual festival from 25th May – 5th June 2017, this years festival theme is ‘From Home’.

They are seeking facilitators for workshops of art in schools, and/or care facilities, and/or other groups from the community.

Artists are asked to submit proposals for workshops and to include an hourly rate for time spent in schools and/or workshops. A budget of €200 is expected. The festival encourages art in schools and will consider any reasonable application for workshops.

Please return all submissions, including as much detail as possible including costs, to Peggy Boyle, Cappaduff, Mountshannon, County Clare, or to:-

Life Drawing Sessions at Droichead Arts Centre

Starting: Thursday 26 January, 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Droichead Arts Centre is offering life drawing sessions without tuition. These sessions are suitable for artists with experience in life drawing, but require further practice drawing with a model. The emphasis is on shorter duration poses from 1 minute to 30 minutes. We aim to have both a female and male model during the term. Booking in advance is essential. You must provide your own materials.

Term: 5 weeks
Fee: €60

You can book online here:

Droichead Arts Centre,
Barlow House, West St., Drogheda, Co. Louth.
T: 041 9833946

Job Vacancy | Assistant Education Officer at Millennium Court Arts Centre

Deadline: Monday 30 January, 5pm

The Millennium Court Arts Centre is a purpose-built arts facility dedicated to offering high-level creative experiences in the Visual and Educational Arts, funded by ACNI and ACBC Council. To continue the development of our highly specialised and innovative Arts Programmes, we are now recruiting for the following position in our organisation.

Assistant Education Officer (F/T) £15,600

The role requires the organisation, delivery and monitoring of the Education and Outreach Programme in association with the Exhibition and Education Officers, in the facilitation of MCAC workshops and classes. Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

• Relevant third-level qualification to degree level and 1 year experience in an educational or administration role preferably arts related.
• Experience of working toward an Arts Education programme
• Experience of facilitation with groups working with individuals of varying ages.
• Knowledge of computerised office administration systems.
• Proven organised problem solver with outstanding team-working skills essential.
• General knowledge of contemporary art practice and commitment to the arts in a local, national and international context.

Normal Hours of work: Tues – Sat, 9:30- 5:30 pm
Non Sociable Hours/Evenings will be required

Candidates will be informed regarding interview dates. Portadown 2000 is an equal opportunities employer.

Application forms are available on request from: Lisa Finnegan, Administrator, Millennium Court Arts Centre, William Street, PORTADOWN BT62 3NX
TEL: 028 38394415

Embodied Presence | Steve Batts Workshop, Belfast

30, 31 January and 1 February, 11am to 4.30pm

This Workshop will use the three day to deepen the experience of embodied attention and to sustain a heightened level of this attention to the process of real-time composition. Steve Batts will introduce a few key ideas from his own work which he usually refers to as Poetic Movement. Among others these will be:

• Three fundamentals: Real Presence/Real Time/Real Space
• Action-Reaction-Interaction
• Directive and Adaptive phases of movement
• “What is a watcher (audience of colleague) looking for?”
• Phrasing

The intention will be to develop a more profound sensitivity to the dual aspects of making sense and experiencing mystery in compositional processes. We will begin the work with our main attention on movement but I hope to be able to explore voice, object and text as well.

Please wear something simple and comfortable as a starting point but bring any costumes, objects, texts, materials, instruments etc that you have a current taste for.

Location: Southbank Playhouse Theatre, 1a Kimberly Drive, off Sunnyside St, Belfast BT
Cost: £60 includes lunch

There are a number of places left so if you are interested to participate please contact Brian Patterson at or 07968643871

Transdisciplinary Practice | Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Friday 20 January, 6.30 to 8pm

Panel: Dennis McNulty, Peter Carroll and Anusia Grennell | Chair: Linda King

In The Transdisciplinary Studio1, art and design critic Alex Coles claims that ‘we have entered a post-post-studio age’ and that ‘artist and designers are now defined by the fluidity with which their practices move between the fields of architecture, art and design.’

This book seeks to investigate a variety of contexts where Transdisciplinary Practice occurs. A range of essays illustrates this fluidity of boundaries and evaluates synergies we know to exist but do not see interrogated very often. The essays connect across a variety of thematics that prompt larger questions about what the creative arts mean to and within society. All contributors are from practice-based backgrounds and offer unique perspectives gleaned from personal experiences providing a collection of ideas arrived at through reflection on the process of making.

Essays by: Hugh Campbell, Anusia Grennell, John-Partick Hartnett,
Mel Jordan, Linda King, Dennis McNulty
Co-edited by Linda King and Oonagh Young

The book will be for sale in the Gallery.

Oonagh Young Gallery
James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
T: +353 1 8558600

Job Vacancy | Director of National College of Art and Design, Dublin

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 28 February

The National College of Art and Design is Ireland’s leading provider of art and design education. It is ranked 40th Art and Design College in the world as measured by academic reputation by QS World University Rankings. NCAD is based on the site of the Power’s Whiskey Distillery in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin’s city centre. The College has a community of 1,900 undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time students engaged in a wide range of study and research across the disciplines of Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture. NCAD plays a key role in shaping the visual identity of the nation. NCAD is a recognised college of University College Dublin.

The College is looking for a committed and dynamic Director to lead Ireland’s premier art and design college for the next seven years. The Director will develop and direct the implementation of a forward-looking vision for the Institution and its aspiration to be one of the top art and design colleges in the world. The position calls for a person with a passion for art and design education, experience of leadership and governance and, ideally, academic credentials at doctoral level. Significant engagement with art, design and culture in society will be a strong recommendation. The successful candidate will be an ambassador for the College nationally and internationally.

The post is for a fixed-term contract period of seven years.

Further information and application procedures are available here:

The National College of Art and Design is an equal opportunities employer. NCAD celebrates diversity by having an inclusive ethos and distinctive access policy, providing equality of opportunity, encouraging, supporting and helping all staff and students to reach their full potential.

Artist Conversation with John Shinnors at The Hunt Museum

Wednesday 25 January, 2pm

Jim us at the Hunt Museum for an informal discussion with John Shinnors where he will talk about his artistic practice. This is a great way to meet the artist and be able to ask him questions about his work in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Free admission.

The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick
T:+353 (0)61 312 833

Studio Available at Digital Hub, Creative Exchange Artists Studios

Creative Exchange currently have a space available in their digital hub at £25 per month.

The studios feature: 24 hour access and security, heating, wifi, access to kitchen and toilet facilities, on-site parking and excellent convenient bus routes to city centre. Short term leases accepted and recent graduates welcome.

Studio members have a personal profile on the Creative Exchange website and can also avail of inclusion in the yearly exhibition and event programme. Creative Exchange offers subsidised studio space, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

To apply please email and include your full name and contact details, an artists CV and bio/statement in PDF or word format,and no more than 6 images.

Creative Exchange Artists Studios
Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE
T: +44 28 9045 2299

ntroduction to Abstract with Damien Flood | School House for Art, Co. Wicklow

18 January to 22 February, 7pm to 9.30pm
Fee: €120.00

In this course you will gain an understanding of abstract painting and learn how to create abstract images of your own.

Abstract painting is all about learning how to see the world differently. Through practical exercises each student will learn how to turn everyday objects and images into abstract paintings.

We will start with a simple still life exercise and gradually explore different working methods, while experimenting with a range of painting techniques, approaches and colour palettes.

This course will be taught in a supportive, fun and friendly environmentdedicated to enjoying learning in a stress free class room.

An Introduction to Abstract Painting is suited to beginners and people who would like to learn more about abstract painting. The class sizes will be kept small so each student can avail of one to one tuition.

Schoolhouse for Art Gallery
The Square, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow
T: + 353 (0) 1 286 9594

Burren College of Art Scholarships Available for Postgraduate Applicants in 2017

Deadline: 1 February

Burren College of Art is pleased to announce two new scholarships for eligible postgraduate applicants to our PhD, MFA/MA and Post-Baccalaureate programs with an entry date of Fall 2017.

  • BCA Merit Scholarship

The BCA Merit Scholarship is awarded to postgraduate applicants who demonstrate exceptional merit, commitment and financial need. The Scholarship awards bursaries ranging from 10-50% of Full Time tuition remission for all postgraduate programs (Irish, EU, and International rates and PhD, MFA/MA and Post-Baccalaureate). Part Time or Hybrid PhD degree programs are not eligible. To be considered for the BCA Merit Scholarship, you must have submitted your completed application to the College by February 1 for entry in the forthcoming Fall semester and be prepared to provide documentation of financial need (i.e. tax returns). The scholarship is not automatically renewable, and successful PhD/MFA awardees will need to re-apply for the scholarship annually.

  • The Bernice P. and Janet M. Shaughnessy Award

This award was established in 2017 in loving memory of Janet’s mother, Bernice P. Shaughnessy (1921-2016). Janet also wishes to pay tribute to the Burren, and the meaningful experience she had while living and working there as a member of the first Burren College of Art MFA class, graduating in 2005. The Burren landscape, its palette of colors, the ever-shifting sky, weather and seasons had a profound influence on her drawings. The land’s quietness, the sea and the space to explore her interior and exterior worlds shaped her artistic practice and continue to influence every part of her life. As a practicing artist, Ms. Shaughnessy would enjoy informal communication with the scholarship recipient to discuss their ongoing progress.

The scholarship of €5,000 will be awarded to an incoming MFA student, whose application shows compelling ability and clarity of intention in choosing the Burren as an influential location for their work, as well as demonstrated financial need. Recipients must be enrolled full time and in good academic standing. This scholarship is available to all full-time Masters of Fine Art students entering BCA in Fall 2017, and is renewable for two years.

To apply, please visit our website here:

If you have any questions about any of our postgraduate programs or scholarships, please contact Director of Admissions, Lisa Newman, at or phone at +353 (0)657077200.

Facebook Faux Pas Workshop with Audiences NI, Belfast

25 January, 10am to 1pm

Through the Audiences NI digital survey with the arts sector in 2015, they found 94% of respondents used Facebook, but more than one quarter never used analytics. Half used social media daily, but 20% of these never check comments or respond to their followers.

This session shows you how to make sense of what you are doing on social media. And not just on Facebook – we will also look at Twitter and Instagram.

How often should you post? How do you boost Facebook posts or create an event? How do you update your Instagram to a business account? What do you mean there are stats and analytics?

This is a how-to session for organisations who know they should, but just don’t have the time. Learn how to work smarter. Understand what’s working and what’s not, so you can focus your time and energy to get better results.

Delivered by Andrew Moore, with a host of experience of delivering social media communications for arts organisations from Replay to Culture Night Belfast, NI Science Festival and Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival.

Cost: Free of charge and open to all arts and cultural organisations. Booking is essential, to book please email:

Trainer: Andrew Moore
Location: Town Square, 45 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1HZ