Category: Jobs and Opps

art vacancies and opportunities

Ask the Artist with Mark Garry, Luan Gallery, Co. Westmeath

Saturday 11 March 2017, 3pm
Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Luan Gallery is delighted to introduce you to Mark Garry in our popular Ask the Artist series.

Garry is currently showing a combination of new and previously seen works at Luan Gallery in an exhibition entitled An Afterwards. To accompany this exhibition we will host an artist’s talk on Saturday 11th March. Here, the artist will discuss art, nature, nostalgia and everything in between in a conversation facilitated by fellow Mullingar Artist Celine Sheridan. As always during Ask the Artist events, engagement from the audience is welcome and opportunities to ask questions and join in the discussion will be plenty.

No booking is required but places are limited. The talk is open to the public, free of charge, with tea and coffee served.
For further information, contact Luan Gallery 0906442154,

Exploring Imagination with Drawing+Monotype Printing Workshop, Ards Arts Centre

Saturday 4 March 2017 | 10.30am to 3.30pm | Fee: £30
Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards

Workshop: Exploring Imagination with Drawing and Monotype Printing.
Facilitated by Clinton Kirkpatrick. This workshop, inspired by Clinton’s exhibition, looks at what it is to explore the imagination using drawing and monotype to look at different ways to create imagery.

This one-day workshop will begin by exploring initial ideas and it will look at how to make marks through drawing, then moving into using colour through monotype printmaking. Printing materials will be provided, but please bring your own sketch pad and drawing materials.
Please bring a packed lunch.

Artist Talk + Arts Bursary Info Session with Shauna McGowan | Ards Arts Centre

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7 to 9pm | Free – booking essential
Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards

Artist Talk and Arts Bursary Information Session with Shauna McGowan.
This artist talk, hosted by Shauna McGowan, will explore her work in progress exhibition ‘Echo’ which will be on display in the Sunburst Gallery.
Shauna was the 2016 recipient of the Ards and North Down Arts Bursary Residency to Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and her exhibition and artist talk will reflect on her time there exploring printed textile surfaces. She was particularly inspired by the stillness and energy of the landscape which encouraged her vibrant and arresting prints.

This informal evening will also feature short presentations of the work created by other recent recipients of the Tyrone Guthrie Residency and the Ballinglen Residency, including visual artists Michael Geddis and Alice Burns, and writer Kelly Creighton.

This free event will be an opportunity for artists to find out more about the residential opportunities supported through Ards and North Down Borough Council and to network with other artists, however anyone is welcome to attend as it will appeal to all audiences, as well as practicing artists.
To reserve your space please call 028 9181 0803 or email

Five Week Animation Course, Loughrea School of Art, Galway   Recently updated !

Saturday 11 March 2017, 1 to 4pm | Fee: €140
Loughrea School of Art, 58 Main St, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Hosted by Loughrea School of Art and tutored by professional animator Colin Reid, the adults’ animation course will teach participants how to use Adobe flash software to create their own animated projects. This course will cover basic animation exercises and techniques such as bouncing ball and pendulum animations as well as tweening objects to create motion.

Participants will build their skills and learn how to work from key frames and create lip syncing and secondary movements. By the end of the course participants will create a full animated scene of their own. This course is well suited to people looking to get started in the animation industry as well as to hobbyists who wish to develop a new skill.

No materials are required but each participant must have a laptop running windows in order to create work. Max number: 10 people.


Per Cent for Art Commission | Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.   Recently updated !

The closing date for tenders: Wednesday, 12 April, 12 noon.

Our Lady’s Secondary School invite submissions for a sculptural piece’ (fixed, permanent), an external or internal sculpture or another art expression that which will enhance the school building and enrich the daily experience of the school community including students, staff, parents and the visitors to the school.

The Commissioners require this commission to represent the school and/or the Erris Region’s rich cultural heritage. The theme of the artwork should reflect the past history of the school and/or the Erris area and be part of the future history of the school and its ethos. The artwork should be relevant now and in the future for the new generations that will inhabit this site.

The Artist is required to create an original artwork that is permanent, durable, easily maintained and secure. The artwork should be distinctive, interesting and complement the wonderful design of the new school building.

Budget: €35,000 (inclusive of VAT)

Site visit:
The school will be made available for site visits for interested applicants on Friday 3rd of March 2017 from 10:00am.
Ring 097 81157 to book an appointment.

Artists brief here: OLSS PUBLIC ART BRIEF

Submission is open to all interested professional artists at any stage of their career or experience.
Submission for this commission must include:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. An outline proposal and concept for the project,
3. Detailed sketches displaying the proposal, minimum 2 x A3 drawings or alternative expression.
4. Detailed budget breakdown, inclusive of all costs, including tax and insurance details (public liability cover indemnifying the school), as well as material and fabrication costs, design costs, artist fee, transport and site costs.

The artist must be tax compliant.
All submissions must comply with relevant Health and Safety regulations.

The Commissioners reserve the right to commission at stage one, or to shortlist for a Stage 2 process. If shortlisting does apply, Stage 2 submissions will be required by ​Friday 28th April ​and each shortlisted candidates will receive €250.00 towards their Stage 2 submission.

Submissions in hardcopy marked “ OLSS – Public Art ” should be returned to;

The Public Arts Working Group,
Our Lady’s Secondary School,
Budget: €35,000 Belmullet,
Co. Mayo.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

One Day Porcelain Masterclass with Ursula Burke at Ormston House, Limerick   Recently updated !

15 April 2017, 10am to 4pm | Cost: €50 – includes all materials and firing of one piece
Ormston House, Limerick / 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick

One day masterclass at Ormston House Limerick with Ursula Burke.

Make your own piece of surrealist porcelain sculpture. Using the slip casting method each participant will be encouraged to build their own piece of porcelain sculpture using plaster moulds supplied by the artist. Strange and wonderful sculptures will be encouraged. No previous knowledge required.

A 50% deposit is required to secure a place. Please contact or 0044 7926806491.

Artist Talk | Evelyn Broderick at A4 Sounds Gallery

Wednesday 1 March, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Evelyn Broderick is an installation artist, she is currently a studio member at A4 Sounds in Dublin. Broderick uses socially engaged structures to shackle and bind drawing, printmaking and sculpture together. Her work is inherently political with social and economical overtones. She completed her BA in Fine Art Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design and a Hdip in Art and Design Teaching at Crawford College of Art and Design. Evelyn relocated to Liverpool to develop her practice. During her two years in North West England, Evelyn received an MA (First Class Hons) in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University, founded an artist and art education cooperative (Quad Collective CIC) and worked closely with Turner Prize 2015 winners, ASSEMBLE, at Granby Workshop, Toxteth. Evelyn also led workshops on behalf of Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, UK), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool, UK) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain).

In her talk she will discuss the idea of ‘making’ a theme which features a lot in her recent work, how a maker space influence your making, the notion of making by hand, how this is a primal thing and good for the mind. She will also be talking about projects she has been involved with including The Mens Shed Association and Granby Park in Liverpool.

A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade
off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1

Open Call for Group Exhibitions | Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program   Recently updated !

Deadline: 28 February

Apexart’s Franchise Exhibition Program (FEP) is a month-long open call for idea-driven, original group exhibitions to be presented anywhere in the world outside of New York City as part of apexart’s program. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, background, or location, are invited to submit their ideas online in a 500-word text-only proposal (no biographical statements, no CVs, no links, no images).

An international jury of up to 200 individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds participate in a crowdsourced voting process. Following the open call period, apexart sends each juror a dedicated login to read and register votes for at least 50 proposals. apexart’s online process ensures that each proposal is anonymous and receives equal consideration by the jury. apexart staff does not interfere with or affect the selection of the winners.

After the jury period concludes, the organizers of the four highest-ranked proposals are notified and their exhibitions are announced as part of the upcoming season. They receive curatorial honorariums and funding for their exhibitions, including a location rental budget. The organizers work closely with the team to turn their idea into an apexart Franchise Exhibition. All applicants are informed of their overall proposal ranking in an anonymous results page.

The Franchise Exhibition Program (FEP) seeks to decentralize the selection process and eliminate problems associated with other juried open calls by making the system as meritocratic as possible and politics-free. Projects are judged by the strength of their ideas and the organizer’s ability to communicate them, not by connections or past accomplishments. With more than 1,000 people submitting exhibition proposals each season and 400 jurors, we have developed a uniquely democratic program model that represents the interests of our audience and gives each participant an interesting learning opportunity.


  • apexart provides an exhibition budget of up to $6,000 for travel, shipping, artist honorariums, installation expenses, and the opening reception.
  • apexart provides an honorarium of $2,000 for organizing the exhibition and writing an accompanying essay.
  • The organizer can apply for up to $2,000 in additional funds for venue rental and staffing.
  • apexart covers costs for insurance, advertising, publicity, and the design, printing, and mailing of the exhibition brochure.
  • apexart assists the organizer with exhibition logistics such as loan agreements and shipping
  • apexart is not a funding organization; Franchise exhibitions are part of apexart’s regular programming. Organizers are expected and challenged to work within the funding provided to produce a small, focused, noteworthy exhibition.

For more information and to apply see:

Open Call | Crofters’ Memorial, Staffin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Deadline: 28 February

ATLAS Arts, working in partnership with Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Sear), invites applications from artists interested in researching and developing a contemporary memorial to acknowledge the crofters’ troubles in Staffin, Isle of Skye, in the 1880s. We are seeking artists who will demonstrate imagination and sensitivity in challenging perceptions of what a contemporary memorial to a historical event can be.

The proposals will form a series of pilot commissions that contribute to an awareness and understanding in the local community of the potential positive impacts and benefits that a commissioned public artwork/contemporary memorial can have. This is a unique opportunity for artists – local, national and international, to engage in social practice and develop ideas for a context-specific artwork.

Stage 1 – submit application
In line with the requirements stated in the brief – please bear in mind that due to the nature of the project and its focus on social practice, collaboration and engaging with the community/place we do not expect finished proposals.

Your application should include:

  • A short statement outlining your interest in the commission including how you might approach community engagement
  • CV and a detailed portfolio of relevant past projects or links to work that illustrates your artistic practice/maximum of six images
  • Your availability through 2017
  • How you heard about the project

Due to the nature of the project and its focus on collaborations and engaging with the community/place we do not expect finished proposals.

It is anticipated that ATLAS Arts will contact selected applicants in late March 2017. Applicants will then be invited to an initial meeting in Skye, the costs of which will be covered.

Stage 2 – selected artists
It is anticipated that three artists will be selected. The artists will each receive £500 to work on their proposal in more detail. As part of this the artists will be expected to visit the Isle of Skye for an initial meeting.

Stage 3 – development
It is anticipated that these artists will then each be awarded £2000 to further develop the proposal. This commission explores social practice and it is expected this will include further time spent in the Isle of Skye, engaging with the Staffin community, the area and researching the history of the Crofters’ troubles.

For more information see:

Job Vacancy | Temporary Arts Officer, Galway County Council

Closing date for receipt of application forms: Thursday 2 March, 4.00 pm.

Each Candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms have:

(a) a good standard of education
(b) organisational and administrative experience
(c) relevant experience and knowledge of the Arts
(d) holders of the post shall hold a full driving licence for Class B vehicles, free from endorsement, and, shall provide and maintain their own car

It would be desirable for each candidate to have:

– a relevant third-level qualification is desirable.
– a minimum of 5 years work experience, which must have involved Arts programming or Arts management
– knowledge and experience of the arts, the arts environment and arts policy in Ireland
– satisfactory knowledge of Public Administration and Local Government in Ireland
– satisfactory knowledge of the range of public and private supports, available for local Arts development

Salary: €47,013 – €61,418

Application forms and further details of this post are available on our website at, or may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Department, Galway County Council, County Hall, Prospect Hill, Galway – Tel; 091 509303, e-mail

Alice Burns in Conversation at ADF, Belfast

Friday 24 February, 1pm to 2pm

Alice’s practice currently explores strategies of public engagement: connections between people and site. The concept of ‘site’ extends to memory and ritual, as well as physical location. Alice explores these relationships through multiple processes and materials, instigated in collaboration with those she encounters.

Hidden Narratives continues until Friday 3rd March 2017

Light refreshments will be provided.

Arts and Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450

Studio Available at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin

Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

Pallas Projects/Studios (since 1996) provides a dynamic and nuturing working environment, based in a converted school building located at the bottom of Francis Street, Dublin 8, just minutes walk from the National College of Art & Design, Christchurch and the city centre. We offer excellent, affordable spaces to both established and emerging Dublin-based artists working in the contemporary visual arts, for periods from 6 months to 3 years.
The studios feature: 24 hour access, off-street location with large communal outdoor area, secure and alarmed, large sash windows with excellent natural light in all studios, high-speed broadband, kitchen facilities, new wiring, and eco-friendly heating and lighting system. Studio members are featured on the PP/S website, which also features current and archived projects from our internationally recognised programme. Studio members can also avail of subsidised access to our project space.

How to apply: Please email using the subject line: ‘Expression of interest–Studios’ and include your full name, contact phone, your CV, a 1-page statement/biog, with a maximum of 6 images in PDF or word document format.

Spring 2017 Photography Training Courses, Belfast Exposed


Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.
Cost: £150 / £135
Dates: Wednesday 8, 15, 22 & 29 March 2017
Saturday 1, 8, 15 & 22 April 2017
Wednesday 5, 12, 19 & 26 April 2017

Stage 2: Develop and Review Your Photography Practice

This practical, hands-on course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography.
Cost: £150 / £135
Dates: Saturday 1, 8, 15 & 22 April 2017
Wednesday 3, 10, 17 & 24 May 2017

Stage 3: Documentary Photography

This practical, hands-on course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of Documentary Photography.
Cost: £150 / £135
Dates: Saturday 6, 13 & 20 May 2017

Stage 3: Portrait Photography

This practical, hands-on course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of Portrait Photography.
Cost: £150 / £135
Dates: Saturday 6, 13 & 20 May 2017

Focus On: Black and White Photography

With our own photographic history being built on black & white film, we recognise the importance of this medium and how these skills link to digital photography, from picture taking to post production and the final print.
Cost: £135 / £120
Dates: Thursday 13, 20 & 27 April 2017

Focus On: Photoshop Beginner

This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.
Cost: £80 / £70
Dates: Saturday 29 April 2017

Focus On: Lightroom Beginner

This technical course is aimed at beginners to Lightroom and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.
Cost: £80 / £70
Dates: Saturday 6 May 2017

Focus On: Printing Your Black and White Negatives

Learn how to get the best out of your previously taken black and white negatives in a full-day hands on session aimed at understanding the potential of black and white photographic printing.
Cost: £80 / £70
Dates: Thursday 11 & 18 May 2017

Focus On: Cyanotype & Van Dyke Brown Printing

Cyanotype printing and Van Dyke Brown printing are both contact printing processes, where a negative or an object is placed onto photosensitised paper or fabric, and exposed to the sun or a UV light. This camera-less, iron-based technique was invented by John Herschel in 1842.
Cost: £110 / £100
Dates: Saturday 27 May 2017

To book a place on a course email Conor at or call 028 9023 0965. For further info about each course, visit our website

Funding | Meath County Council Bursaries and Awards 2017

Closing date for all grants: Friday 31 March, 12pm

Annual Arts Grants Scheme
This award is intended to support local arts activities and to enhance long-term development and sustainability of the arts in County Meath.

Community Arts Award
This Award is open community groups, community organisations and schools. It aims to support groups in relation to funding for quality community arts projects that promote access and participation in the Arts by working with professional artists.

Festival Grant Scheme
This award is intended to support those arts festivals taking place in County Meath which demonstrate a commitment to quality artistic programming.

Professional Artists Development Fund
This scheme is intended to support professional arts practitioners in County Meath in the delivery of their work and in particular the development of new works.

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Award
This bursary entitles the successful applicant to a residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

School Musical Instrument Purchase Scheme
This award aims to help develop the musical instrument resources of both primary and secondary schools in County Meath.

Application forms available to download from

For further information or to request Application forms, please contact Meath County Council Arts Office.
Phone: 046 9097414 or email:

Call for Papers | Troubling Time: An Exploration of Temporality in the Arts, University of Manchester

Deadline: Friday, 3 March

This conference (Friday, 2nd June 2017) aims to consider time and the multifaceted ways it manifests in and structures the arts – in film, performance, television, theatre, video games, music, dance, live broadcast, and visual art, to name just a few. At first glance, the arts appear to be unavoidably time-bound, largely dependent on our understandings of chronological time and space. However, the arts are also capable of finding ways for different types of temporalities to irrupt, to disrupt, to resist, and to bubble beyond the surface.

Troubling Time is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring together postgraduate students, early career researchers and established academics to explore the issues of time and temporality in the arts.

The organisers of this interdisciplinary conference warmly invite proposals for 20 minute presentations/provocations/performances/creative approaches to time in the arts. We actively encourage contributions that engage practically with their duration, with the aim of fostering methodological diversity.

Topics include but are not limited to:

• Issue of time and medium specificity
• Modalities and methodologies of research into time and the arts
• Homogenous/heterogeneous time
• Time and space
• Liveness/deadness
• Haunting or possession by the past
• Approaches to the archive and time
• Re-enactment and re-embodiment
• Documenting the present
• Futurity or lack thereof
• Ageing – growing up and growing old
• Indexicality and the arts
• Linear and non-linear time
• Time as politics

Please send your abstract (250 words), its title, and a short biography (100 words) to

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March. At the moment, the organisers are envisioning a one-day event but there is the possibility of extending it to two days if the level of response requires it.

Eco Print Workshop, Blackwarch Studio, Kilkenny

18 March 2017 10am to 4.45pm

Blackwarch Studio is hosting a one day workshop in Eco Printing with fine art textile artist Nicola Brown.
During this intensive one day workshop explore with Nicola the fascinating and exciting art of printing on fabric and paper using natural materials from the hedgerow, the kitchen and garden. Each participant will finish the day with a selection of beautifully printed items and a good working knowledge of how to confidently repeat this process at home.

Please bring, onion skins if you have any, wear warm clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (although we’ll try to stay clean!), don’t forget your wellies and rain gear as we’ll be outside gathering leaves and vegetation and if you have any naturally coloured felt, silk or wool clothing you’d like to print bring it along with you too! The amount we get done is only limited to time and space in the pot.
The cost for this one day workshop is €95 including one silk scarf, endless tea/coffee, juice biscuits. Please bring a packed lunch, microwave available to heat food if required.

For enquiries and booking call Vicki 086 837 0205, T: €35 deposit secures place.

Call for New Members | AtHomeStudios

AtHomeStudios is currently looking for new members. AtHomeStudios is a collective of Visual Artists practicing from a studio that is based in their home. The group meet at the new VAI Offices every two months, these meetings provide an opportunity for artists to engage in peer critique, gain feedback, socialise, share ideas and discuss common concerns.

If you are a professional artist who works from home, and would like to join AtHomeStudios please contact

Next meeting is Tuesday 7th March 10am -12 at the VAI Offices.

All welcome but spaces are limited so please RSVP to For more information visit

Painting + Mixed Media Studio Crit at MART Gallery 2, Dublin 6

Monday 27 February, 6pm
Gallery 2 at THE MART Gallery, 190A Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines Dublin 6

Each month The MART Studios holds a studio crit open to its members and the public to attend, discuss and present current art and creative practices. On 27 February MART Gallery 2 will host 4 Visual artists working in multi disciplinary visual art fields, curated by Shane Berkley

Sadbh O’Brien
Nathan Cahill
Eileen O’Sullivan
Shane Berkery
Seanán Kerr

Each presentations is 10/15minutes with a 10 minute discussion.



Supporters Club: Group Crit with Mary Cremin and Clíodhna Shaffrey, TBG+S

Friday 10 March 2017, 10am-1pm
Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2

Would you like to receive feedback on your artistic work and practice from an experienced curator? TBG+S Supporters Club members are invited to present their work in an intimate group crit with Programme Curator Mary Cremin and Director Clíodhna Shaffrey. The Supporters Club Group Crit provides an opportunity for a community of artists to meet, develop and exchange ideas and receive advice on professional development. Participants are asked to bring examples of their work on a USB stick. A laptop and projector will be provided. Max. 6 artists.

Places for this group crit are reserved for TBG+S Supporters Club members. Artists can join our Supporters Club for as little as €25 and receive a host of benefits including access to an exclusive programme of Talks by guest speakers including writers, curators and artists; tickets to the TBG+S Summer Rooftop BBQ and a limited edition TBG+S tote bag designed by artist Niall de Búitlear.

To participate, join our Supporters Club at and book your place by emailing or call 01 6710073.

Open Call | Regions: The Bantry Region, Foyer Exhibition at Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre   Recently updated !

Deadline: Monday 20 March

Regions – a series of A Sense of West Cork foyer exhibitions
Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre is seeking affordable artwork for a new series of showcase exhibitions in our foyer retail space. Regions will give local artists from across our catchment area, at all stages of their career, an opportunity to showcase their work in seven instalments each four weeks in duration and each focusing on a particular region. West Cork Arts Centre covers the Skibbereen and Bantry urban and rural area which stretches from the Beara Peninsula in the west, to Clonakilty in the east, from Dunmanway in the north, to the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin in the south. Submissions are open to any artists living or working within the region.

Call out for artists from The Bantry Region
The next instalment of the Regions series will feature The Bantry Region. Artists living and/or working in the Bantry or surrounding areas are invited to submit at this time. Submitted artwork must be for sale at a retail price of between €10 and €400, and must be no bigger than 80cm on its longest edge. Submissions must be received by Monday 20 March 2017 and the exhibition will run from Thursday 13 April – Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Please email jpeg images of the artwork you are submitting, no more than 3 images per artist, with full details of each artwork, your contact details, and a short artists bio/statement for publicity purposes.

For full specifications, restrictions and submission details see here:

Please contact Alison on 028 22090 or