Category: Opportunities Ireland

Open Call for Curators | New Spaces Exhibition Programme 2018

Application deadline: Friday 9 March

Visual Artists Ireland and Derry City + Strabane District Council invite applications from curators to participate in New Spaces. New Spaces is year long programme of 16 contemporary art exhibitions in four unconventional spaces across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. Curators will be selected from an open call and will each produce four exhibitions over an eight month period. Venues will be high footfall, unconventional spaces in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

The programme will include a programme of support and mentoring for selected curators that will be delivered by Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with local arts partners, Void gallery, CCA Derry~Londonderry, and Nerve Visual. The mentoring programme will see participants work with experienced curators to develop their proposals, gain project management skills and enhance their professional networks.

This aims of this project are to:
● Create opportunities for artists and curators
● Increase the number of skilled arts professionals/producers
● Retain talent in the region
● Develop long-term private sector partners
● Enhance the reputation of Derry City and Strabane as a centre of artistic excellence

Curators will receive a fee of £250 per exhibition. An additional budget for artist fees, installation and transport of work will be provided.

Curators are invited to submit proposals for four exhibitions according to the brief: NEW SPACES_ CALL FOR CURATORS_BRIEF

Please send your exhibitions proposal, CV and covering letter of no more than one side of A4 outlining your suitability for the role to:

If you have any questions about the position please contact Rob Hilken on 028 9587 0361 or

Into the Void Magazine Seeks Visual Art for Issue 8   Recently updated !

Deadline: 7 March

Award-winning print, digital and online Into the Void Magazine seeks visual art for Issue 8, to be used as the cover and internal art.

There is no theme, and no restriction on medium, genre or style, as long as submissions are in the format of high quality JPEGs.

Please note this is unpaid. Artists accepted for publication will receive a copy of the magazine.

Please email up to 12 images to

Open Call to Curators | Join VAI Get Together Speed Curating Panel

Application deadline: 1 March, 4pm

Visual Artists Ireland invites curators to join the Speed Curating Panel for Get Together annual events. Get Together is Ireland’s national day for visual artists. A wide range of artists, curators, galleries and institutions attend each year. It provides the opportunity to make new connections and opens up new possibilities of working together.

Each year, 30 curators are selected from the panel and invited to take part in one-on-one meetings with artists during Speed Curating.

Speed Curating is a one of the most popular events at Get Together. There are generally two hour-long sessions, in those sessions artists will have pre-booked to see curators. Each booking is 10 minutes, so each curator will see approximately 12 artists in total. It is an opportunity for artists to show curators their work, present ideas and make the connection. It is fast paced and enjoyable for curators and artists; and has lead to multiple exhibitions, working relationships and collaborations.

View last years participating curators HERE.

Curators interested in joining the Speed Curating Panel are asked to send a C.V. and biography outlining your curatorial interests (max. 500 words) to before the deadline. Queries by email or 01 672 9488.

Job Vacancies | Arts Council Procurement of Arts Advisers   Recently updated !

All tender proposals should be submitted by Monday 5 March, 12 noon.

The Arts Council is procuring the services of a number of Arts Advisers to meet the needs of the organisation both from a quality and service delivery perspective. The artforms to which this relates are: Literature (English language), Literature (Irish language) and Visual Arts. Each contract will be offered separately.

Successful tenderers will be experienced practitioners in the relevant areas, with the expertise and experience required to work with the Arts Council’s staff by assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications, providing critical advice on artistic work and providing advice in relation to art form policy, as required.

Application for each of these contracts is exclusively by a public tender process advertised via the eTenders Government procurement website

Queries or clarifications regarding any of these contracts should be directed to the Questions and Answers facility at on or before 12 noon, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 and should not be directed to the Arts Council.

Open Call | Féile an Phobail, Festival Exhibition, Belfast

Application deadline: Friday 23 February

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Féile an Phobail and the call is now open for submissions for art exhibitions for the flagship August Féile (2nd -12th August).

Féile will be hosting exhibitions in a number of key venues in the City during August. 2018 is a fantastic opportunity for the West Belfast community to celebrate 30 years of progress and global culture. Flagship August Festival, 2nd – 12th August.

The theme of this year’s Féile will be community celebration of global culture. We also welcome submissions of non-themed exhibitions.

Expressions of interest to include:

• Description of content/ theme of exhibition
• Short artist biography paragraph with contact details including telephone number and email
• 6 images each no bigger than 1.07 MB
• Size and dimensions of exhibition, including any technical requirements

If interested please submit proposal to Deirdre Mackel by email:

Please Note: There is no artist fee or installation budget available. Féile an Phobail do not provide insurance. Opening reception and promotion managed by Féile an Phobail. Artists must be available to instal works in the week leading up to the exhibition and on the day after the exhibition closes in the particular venue, to dismantle and collect their work.

Open Call | A Better Place, Waterford Healing Arts Trust Exhibition

Application deadline: Monday 5 March, 2pm

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) has announced an Open Call to artists based in Ireland to submit proposals for an exhibition entitled “A Better Place”, to take place at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) later this year. This annual exhibition, curated by WHAT, aims to use original artworks to make UHW a better place for all: patients, visitors and staff.

Now in its third year, the “A Better Place” exhibition has grown each year, with 43 entries received in 2017. Artists are invited to submit two samples of their work to be considered and voted on for a full solo exhibition. These samples will be displayed at the hospital for a period of four weeks and all who view them will have an opportunity to submit their vote via a voting card. Artists are not identified during the selection process.

The artist whose work receives the highest number of votes is then invited to present a full solo exhibition in June, for two months. Votes are encouraged on the basis of the aesthetic quality of the work and the positive impact it makes on the viewer, which is in keeping with the theme of the exhibition.

Please note:

  • Artist fees are based on VAI Artist Payment Guidelines
  • Works are covered by WHAT insurance
  • WHAT arrange an opening reception for the launch of the exhibition, which is open to the public. They promote the exhibition widely in the Waterford media and have had a very good turnout in the two years the exhibition has been running
  • If the artist is not based locally, WHAT will provide accommodation for the installation and exhibition launch, and will contribute towards their travel and transport of artworks costs.

Further details are available from or 051 842664.

Open Call | Cabinet of Wonders at Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

cabinet-of-wondersClosing date for submissions: Monday 5 March

Submissions are sought from artists and guest curators for the next outing of ‘The Cabinet of Wonders’, to be installed in April 2018 in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

The ongoing project is presented in glass display cabinets located in the Foyer of the Linenhall Arts Centre, a public concourse in a busy arts centre.

Each vertical cabinet (dimensions 160x40x30cm hxwxd) is divided into 4 sections (each 37x37x28cm hxwxd) separated by glass shelving. Artists are invited to send proposals (images with details and text as appropriate) for inclusion either in an individual cabinet section/s, or for full cabinet installations. Proposals should reflect the ‘Cabinet of Wonders’ theme, and also bear in mind the public nature of the location in terms of suitability for all ages. All media will be considered, and artists are encouraged to bear in mind the 3-dimensional nature of the display setting. For further details, including cabinet diagrams and images, plus documentation of the first and second Cabinets, see

Submissions comprising artist details, proposal description/outline and image/s plus image details in a single PDF or Word document attachment (no larger than 3 A4 sheets MAXIMUM and 5Mb in size) with your name as filename, should be emailed to:

The Cabinet of Wonders project is instigated and curated by Ian Wieczorek.

Call Out For New Members 2018 | LUX Critical Forum, Dublin

Application deadline: 18 February

LUX Dublin Critical Forum is a monthly discussion group for artists, curators and writers who work with the moving image to talk about ideas and practice in a mutually supportive environment. The forum takes place on the last Wednesday of the month at Studio 6 in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. The next meeting is Wednesday 28th of February. The group is now open to new members.

Please send expressions of interest to

LUX is an international arts agency, based in London, for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it. LUX exists to provide access to and develop audiences for, artists’ moving image work; to provide professional development support for artists working with the moving image, and to contribute to and develop discourse around practice. There are groups that take place on a monthly basis in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Dundee and Bristol. LUX Director Benjamin Cook launched critical Forum Dublin in 2013.

Open Call | The Watergarden Gallery Programme 2019, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Application deadline: Monday 19 February

The Watergarden Gallery is now accepting submissions for exhibitions for their 2019 programme. The gallery is a light filled, dedicated exhibition space, within the Watergarden Gardens and Cafe, a Camphill day service for adults with learning disabilities.

· Exhibitions last between four and six weeks depending on annual programme
· The gallery accept individual and group exhibitions and will consider all mediums
· Gallery commission is 20%
· There is no fee to hire the space
· There is no artists’ fee
· The gallery will assist with installation
· Artists are responsible for supplying refreshments for the exhibition opening, publicising and transporting of work.

Email submissions to

Submissions should include:
• proposal for exhibition
• photos of work
• indications of time available
• artist statement

The Watergarden Gallery
Lady well Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
T: +353 (0) 56 7724690

Open Call | WERKhouse Performances, THISISPOPBABY, Dublin

Application deadline: 2 February

THISISPOPBABY have announced a national call out for short performances to take place at WERKhouse, a night of performance, politics and partying on 17th March as part of Where We Live, with St. Patrick’s Festival.

THISISPOPBABY are looking for artists and performers to apply with short performance pieces which respond to the theme of home, and what it feels like to live in Dublin and Ireland today. Performance pieces can be of any genre, style or mood, and we have a particular interest in minority voices and voices not usually heard in mainstream Irish theatre or media.

The performance piece should be between 3-8 minutes long and be technically low fi. Performers must be available during the day of Saturday 17 March for technical rehearsal and show.

Successful proposals will receive a performance fee.

To apply, please email with a (maximum) 1-page proposal detailing:

  • your proposed performance piece
  • how it responds to the theme
  • technical requirements
  • brief biog including links if relevant.
  • If your performance piece is an existing text, sound or video file, please send that in too.

Download the info pack pack before applying here:

Open Call | Presentations and Workshops for Arts in Education Portal National Day

Application deadline: 2 February 2018

Artists, teachers, academics and arts education professionals are invited to be part of the third annual Arts in Education Portal National Day.

The Arts in Education National Day will take place at Maynooth University – Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education on Saturday 21st April. The event aims to bring together members of the arts in education community from all across Ireland, to share, learn, talk, network, get inspired, and continue interrogating best practice in the field.

Proposals are invited from organisations or individuals who want to give dynamic and inspiring presentations or workshops that can offer sharing of skills, practical approaches, new insights and critical thinking across the field, from a range of perspectives.

Presenters who are freelance will receive a fee of €150 plus a contribution towards travel expenses to a maximum of €50.

Please send your proposals to

Open Call | SOURCE Future Issue Research Meetings, Dublin

Deadline for submissions: Friday 23 February

SOURCE Photographic Review is organising meetings with photographers at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, on Friday 9th March.

These meetings form part of their research for future issues and are one way in which they find new work for publication in the ‘Portfolio’ pages of the magazine. The meetings also present an opportunity for photographers to get feedback on work-in-progress.

If you’re interested in attending, please email with a PDF containing up to 8 images and no more than 3 paragraphs of text, which should provide a background to your new work along with your name, contact telephone number and web address.

Files should be no more than 20 Meg. There is no submission fee.

Casting Call | ‘Who is your Name‘ Nicoline van Harskamp at Project Arts Centre

For a staged performance work by Amsterdam-based visual artist Nicoline van Harskamp, Project Arts Centre are looking to cast up to 10 stage performers of different ages and backgrounds. The piece has the working title ‘Who is Your Name‘ and consists of several shorter monologues on the topic of names: how they can be given as well as withdrawn, inflicted, collected, hidden, or adapted.

Proper names cross boundaries of languages, cultures, religions and nationalities in ways that most other words cannot. The piece will be staged in several languages, including Irish and English. We are looking for a multi-multilingual cast, as different proficiency levels, dialects, and varieties of language are at the very core of the performance. The play will first be staged in Dublin in October 2018.

Nicoline van Harskamp will be in Dublin in February to open a solo exhibition of earlier works on video that will be on view between 15 Febuary and 31 March in the gallery of Project Arts Centre.

She will also conduct research for a new performance work and would like to meet potential performers. If you are interested to set a meeting between 13 – 25 February, please send an email to with your availablity between those dates, as well as relevant information about yourself.

Fees: basic fee (+ expenses)

Open Call | Film Shorts Submissions, glór, Clare

Application deadline: Monday 12 February

glór welcomes Film Shorts Submissions for Spring 2018 to screen as curtain raisers before their film programme.

Each season glór curates a fortnightly programme of critically acclaimed Irish and international films. With films ranging from superb dramas and docu-dramas to laugh out loud comedies, glór’s film season offers something to suit every taste.

Submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes and on Blu Ray or DVD. These can be made by email to or

Film Submissions
Causeway Link,
Co. Clare, V95 VHP0.

Please note this is an unpaid opportunity.

Open Call | Test works in development at PlatForms, glór

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 28 March

Are you a professional artist developing a new performance and are keen to air it in front of an audience to test how it lands?

PlatForms is an opportunity for artists practising in any performance genre to spend some brief time at glór testing an excerpt from your new work. Three or four artists/companies will be selected to present a short 10/15 minute excerpt that you have been developing, and to place it carefully in front of the audience, to tease out their responses to it, and help you test the genesis of your ideas. The intention of this initiative is to provide a platform and sharing point for innovative work within its development, in a manner that is supportive, constructive and progressive.

The selected artists will have the opportunity to spend a technical session in glór with our technicians testing and rehearsing the work in advance, and will also have the opportunity to have a pre-arranged phone/skype chat with the PlatForms dramaturg/host to focus their objectives and questions for the PlatForms platform. After the evening the artist/company will also have an opportunity to have a debrief by phone/skype with the dramaturg/host to reflect on their learnings from the initiative.

Selection will be made by members of the glór team in consultation with the Dramaturg/host. A small contribution to travel expenses will be made to each artist/group selected (€75 per group).

PlatForms will take place on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in the glór auditorium.

glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare
T: 065 684 3103

Deadline Extended | Ennis Street Arts Festival 2018

Deadline extended: 9 February, 5pm

The Ennis Street Arts Festival is an annual festival of arts and culture, which creates a platform for local, national and international artists with the aim of offering a unique experience to the community with original innovative ideas. This festival offers the chance of developing stronger relationships between artists and the local community, in terms of cultural and social engagement and participation in Ennis and Co. Clare.

For the second year the Ennis Street Arts Festival is proud to offer two individual commissions for visual artists, of €1000 for the production and presentation of a Street arts Project during the ESAF 2018.

Due to the ensuing success of last year’s chosen commission projects Ennis Street Arts Festival are delighted to be able to offer these Opportunities to Artists once again. They are looking for Community Based Street Art Projects that offer the people of Ennis the chance to engage with the Festival. The chosen artists will be given the opportunity to develop their projects and showcase the result to a wide and varied audience. This will be done with the full support of the Festival team and the artist will be afforded full recognition for their work.

All artists are required to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A current CV
  • Previous work samples or relevant visuals in PDF format including links to website
    and/or videos if necessary
  •  Budget Plan

The final decision will be taken by the selection panel, which will be comprised of at the minimum: ESAF production team members, professional artist(s), and local authority representative(s).

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their submissions and shortlisted candidates may be called for interview ahead of finalising selection depending on the recommendation of the selection panel.

To apply, please visit the website where you can download the application form and guidelines:

Call for Papers, Presentations + Workshops | Arts in Education National Day 2018

Deadline: 2 February 2018

Call for papers, presentations and workshops, Arts in Education National Day 2018.
The Arts in Education National Day will take place at Maynooth University – Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education on Saturday 21st April. The event aims to bring together members of the arts in education community from all across Ireland, to share, learn, talk, network, get inspired, and continue interrogating best practice in the field.

They are inviting proposals from organisations or individuals who want to give dynamic and inspiring presentations or workshops that can offer sharing of skills, practical approaches, new insights and critical thinking across the field, from a range of perspectives. More information can be found at this link.

For more info visit:

Open Call | K-Fest 2018, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Application deadline: 9 March

K-FEST, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (June 1st – 4th) invites visual and performing artists, curators, and other visual art practitioners working in ALL artistic media to submit work for inclusion in the 2K18 visual and performing art pop-up gallery programme. Submissions are welcome for solo and group, Irish, and international exhibitions. K-FEST has a particular interest in emerging artists.

The final selection of artworks will be based on thematic connection, artistic quality, and feasibility.
Please use the checklist to the right when preparing your submission (the checklist is simply an organisational tool and not necessary to include with your submission package). Submissions should include ALL the following items in order to be considered. For questions related to your submission or technical issues, email

Selected artists will receive the following:
• Hanging and/or floor space (10 feet) to display their artworks during the festival
• Mention on our Web site,, including an example of their work
• Promotion via K-FEST’s social media platforms
• Special rates at nearby B&Bs and guesthouses
• Evening meals Saturday and Sunday evenings during K-FEST
• Automatic entry into the Screaming Pope Prize, K-FEST’s own unique visual arts award and cash prize, with work selected by a panel of acclaimed art critics and/or experienced artists. Visit for details.
• Access to K-FEST’s 50+ events covering art, music, film, drama, spoken word, and more over the June Bank Holiday weekend at no cost.

Please note: If selected, there is a €10 registration fee to be paid on arrival at the festival. All accepted artists must be present for the duration of the entire festival. In addition, either the artist or a representative should be present in your respective gallery space for the duration of the entire festival. There is no commission on sale of work. Insurance is covered by the festival. There is no artist fee.

For more information see:

Call for Papers | Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities Conference

Proposal deadline: Friday 2 February, 5pm

This Conference is the First Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminism and Sexualities (CGFS), University College Dublin which brings together activists, artists and academics, and draws on transdisciplinary perspectives in feminism and gender studies, 23rd-25th May 2018

Emerging feminisms and gender studies have over the last decade and more placed an increased emphasis on an understanding of social relationships, power structures and social change through the intersections of race, class, gender and sexualities. The core question now is how can feminism and gender studies continue to offer critical insights and understandings in the context of the rise of the right, new nationalisms and the growing ethnic, class, gender and religious conflicts, within and between nations-States? And how can gender studies and feminism contribute to current discourses on power (both historical and current), strategies of resistance and formations of solidarity? What kind of space do identity politics and intersectionality occupy in political action? Who gets to frame the language and the scope of debate within feminism, gender and queer studies? How are southern theories and decolonial praxis changing the academy? How does representation in popular culture, media, digital culture, literature and other forms of cultural practice and production promote or challenge forms of gender justice and injustice? What can we learn for the present and future from subjugated histories, including the histories of women’s struggles and histories of conflict and subordination between women? The aim of this conference is to reflect on these and related questions from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary fields, and from the perspective of those active and committed to creating the conditions for change in Ireland and globally.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Harsha Walia, activist, writer, and popular educator and author of Undoing Border Imperialism and Professor Inderpal Grewal, Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University and author most recently of Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First Century America (2017). Further plenary speakers and roundtables will be announced over the coming weeks.

Submit your proposals by email to:
Please include your name, a short bio (100-150 words) and an abstract describing your presentation. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.

Panel proposals are also welcome. If you are submitting a panel proposal, please send a panel abstract of no more than 250 words plus details of participants and presentations.

For more information visit:

Open Call | Artwork for National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast

Belfast City Council, on behalf of the Irish Football Association and the Department for Communities, is inviting tenders for a new public art work with the theme Football and Physics. The total fee for all aspects of the commission is £45,000 excluding VAT. This is a single stage Artist’s Commission.

The exact location of the new art work will be at a new community entrance from Olympia Drive into the Olympia Leisure Centre which is attached to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. A limited range of site options are available to artists via the artist’s brief, including the opportunity to create the actual gateway.

In order to view artist’s brief, applicants must access the opportunity via