Category: Opportunities Ireland

Open Call | Surface Tension, Interface Members’ Exhibition

Deadline: 1 September

Open call for work responding to the theme of Surface Tension for exhibitions at Interface, Connemara (September 13th – 24th) and Detroit Stockholm (November 2nd – 5th).

Applications to be made by sending a single PDF containing the following:

  • Artist’s statement (max A4),
  • description of work for submission,
  • up to 5 images and list of requirements for installation.

All media welcome for consideration.

Applicants must be members of Interface to apply. Please note there is a membership fee €30. Criteria for membership can be found at

Contact or 086 1993878

Open Call | Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Collaborative Artist for Project   Recently updated !

Deadline for applications is 12pm Thursday 24 August 2017

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in partnership with Allied Irish Bank (AIB) Art Collection, is seeking expressions of interest from professional collaborative artists who are interested in engaging with a women’s group from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County to select an exhibition programme for the Municipal Gallery at dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire.

We are looking for a visual artist who is experienced in working collaboratively, flexible in approach and responsive to the needs of the participants.

For more information email

or phone (01) 2362756

Open Call | Notes From the Heart of the City, Culture Night Exhibition at Abbey Studios

Submission deadline: 4 September

Open Call to participate in Abbey Studios exhibition Notes from the Heart of the City- during Culture Night 2017. Curated by one of the studio artists Beata Daly. She would like to invite artists from Ireland and abroad to create constellation of collaboration inspired by Dublin City.

Submission is open to any medium in a size no bigger than 30x 30x30cm. If you are interested please send your short artistic introduction and photos (max 4works) to

Successful artists will be notified by the 10th of September.

The exhibition will take place at Abbey Studios, Diblin city. Installation costs, insurance, opening reception will be covered by the organisers.

Open Call | Images Need Apply, Belfast Print Workshop Exhibition Opportunity

Application deadline: 15 August, 4pm

In partnership with the Belfast Print Workshop (BPW) and to celebrate their 40th Anniversary in 2017, Craft NI is now accepting submissions for works to be presented in a unique, joint exhibition – ‘Images Need Apply’ focusing on contemporary applied craft that makes use of printing processes.

Printmaking is the practice of creating images, generally from a single original surface. Typically pints are produced on paper but modern techniques have seen them transfer onto a diverse range of surfaces and be incorporated into various art and design practices.

BPW are offering selected artists one full-day of access to their studio facilities and technical support to produce complimentary or related prints to their application. In addition there will be a materials budget of £100 per artist jointly provided by BPW and Craft NI to support the creation of new work.

BPW are interested in showcasing the interaction of image with object and depending on selection the final exhibition will combine 3D/material objects, original prints and digital replications of artists’ imagery. Craft NI will work personally with selected artists to finalise specifics of the show.

The exhibition will be shown in the Craft NI exhibition space and around Cotton Court building, opening for Culture Night 2017 and will remain on show for 1 week.

BPW invite makers to submit between 1 and 3 existing works and/or proposals for new or partially new work. (If selected new work must be finished to exhibition standard in advance of the opening). The work should combine a ‘3D/material object’ in any medium with applied imagery that references a printing process. If successful the artist will be notified which piece(s) have been accepted for exhibit.

For more information and application details see:

Open Call | FAKE, Exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin

Deadline for applications is 19 September, 5pm

Science Gallery Dublin is seeking proposals for up to 20 works for FAKE, a free exhibition that asks if life is better when we embrace the artificial.

From fake meat to fake emotions, if faking it gets the job done, who cares?

In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking, and copying can be a reliable strategy for success. When the focus is on how things appear, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about faking taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? Have patents, politics, and art given copying a bad name?

Fake designer handbags attract customers while fake eyes on insects scare off potential predators. From biomimicry to forged documents, from scandals to substitutes, we’ll ask when is authenticity essential, when is copying cool, and what is the boundary between a fakery faux-pas and a really fantastic FAKE.

Proposals may be new or existing works, and will be funded up to a maximum budget of €2800, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Please note that these are maximum amounts and we enthusiastically welcome proposals that come in below the maximum budget. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere


  • Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA, University of Western Australia
  • Lynn Scarff, Director, Science Gallery Dublin
  • Nicola Marples, Professor of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Cabinet of Wonders: Seeking Art Made from Books

cabinet-of-wondersClosing date for submissions: Friday 25 August

The ongoing Cabinet of Wonders project at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar is seeking submissions of artworks that use books as their basic material/support medium. The project is presented in three glass display cabinets located in the Foyer of the Linenhall Arts Centre, a public concourse in a busy arts centre ( Each vertical cabinet is divided into 4 sections (each 37x37x28cm hxwxd) separated by glass shelving. Individual works must be able to be accommodated within these dimensions. Artists are invited to send single/multiple proposals (images with details and text as appropriate) for inclusion and should bear in mind the public nature of the location in terms of suitability for all ages.

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.

Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
T: 094 9023733

Open Call | Dublin Park(ing) Day, Public Event

Application deadline: 25 August

Dublin Park(ing) Day 2017, with the support of Dublin City Council, is an annual public event that has been present on the streets of Dublin since 2011. This year the event will take place on the 15th of September. They invite artists who are interested in re-imagining the uses of our public space to apply for this open call.

Dublin PARK(ing) Day is a voluntary organisation started in 2011 by people interested in the use of public space and public participation. Based on an idea started in 2005 by Rebar in San Francisco that has since grown internationally.

Seeking artists interested in public participation and urban space through any medium. Examples in the past have taken the form of musicians, theatre, installation and public activism. Anything that wishes to engage with the public in a positive way, the nature of work is only limited by the confines of a parking space. The event takes place annually on the third Friday of September. Dublin City Council will permit the accepted participant 24 hour access to any parking space within the city free of charge. Materials budget can be discussed with the organisers if required.

All proposals will be considered. Contact Dublin PARK(ing). Please contact by email: or register at the website:

Open Call | Visual Artist wanted for one-off live art event at Belfast Culture Night

Audiences NI are looking for a visual artist to create a live artwork on Culture Night 22nd September in Belfast city centre.

The Fee:
£250 plus cost of materials.

The details:
Audiences NI works with arts, culture, and heritage organisations to help them better understand and communicate with their audiences.

For Culture Night 2017, Audiences NI want to highlight the voice of the audience or viewer. They will have their staff chatting to culture night visitors and asking them their opinion on culture night, and culture in general. These ideas will then be fed back to the artist who will create a visual representation of these. For example, this could be a painting of a tree with quotes on it, or a digital projection of visitors’ words.

You will meet with Audiences NI in advance of the project to finalise your ideas, and then on the night you will be working over the course of a few hours to complete the work on-site. The aim is that Culture night visitors will be able to see you at work and to see their own opinions and ideas reflected back through your work.

The event will be publicised on our social media channels and website.

To find out more and apply:
Email Claire Rose on, with a draft proposal and a cv/link to artist website. Full details of brief will be agreed and confirmed after artist is selected.

Open Call | Soul Noir: Festival of the Dark Arts, Dublin

Application deadline: 20 August

A Dublin based festival founded to celebrate all things Gothic and Macabre. The aim is to promote Irish and international artists who work with Gothic themes in their practice during a three day festival which will run during Halloween 2017 from the 31st of October- 2nd of November.

The exhibition will be held at No. 13 on the Historic North Great Georges Street in Dublin’s city centre.

All kinds of artists are welcome to apply from dancers to sound artists.

The insurance, opening reception and catalogue will be covered by the festival. Transport of artworks is the responsibility of the artist.

For more information and application details:

Email with any queries.

Open Call | The Equinox Performance Event, Co. Laois

Application deadline: 31 July

Open call for artists whose work is performance based to perform at The Equinox : Live Art event in Kavanagh’s (upstairs venue), Portlaoise, Co. Laois on the 22nd of September 2017. The Equinox will be a night dedicated to live performance-based art.

This project will bring to the stage – performance art, experimental dance, storytelling, poetry, short drama pieces, burlesque, live painting, and video art. There is no set theme for the night but we are looking for work that could be described as flowing, beautiful and mystical.

The Equinox is open to artists at all stages; we want it to be an accessible platform for those starting out or wanting to try out a new piece, also for experienced artists to perform to a new audience.

This opportunity is open to artists / performers from across Ireland. Performances can be up to 15-20 minutes in length (no minimum duration). There will be a small payment for selected artists to help cover their travel expenses etc.

To apply please send a description of your proposed performance and samples of previous work (if applicable) to

Open Call | Halcyon Days Exhibition at glór, Ennis

Application deadline: Thursday 7 September

glór, Ennis is delighted to invite submissions from artists, both established and emerging for an autumn exhibition, entitled Halcyon Days.

The exhibition will be held at glór and will open on Friday 13th October. The deadline for completed entries is close of business on Thursday 7th September. The exhibition will run until early January 2018.

Selected Artists will receive a €100 contribution towards their costs and a curators’ award of €2500 will also be awarded.

Artists working in the following media are encouraged to apply: painting, print, sculpture, photography, digital, ceramic/glass and textile. Artists are asked to respond to submit work based on the theme of Halcyon Days, which is expanded on in the Guidelines.

The exhibition is open to artists nationwide. More than one piece may be selected for exhibit from successful submissions.
Please note that work in other formats is not eligible.

The exhibition will be selected by an independent curatorial panel and all decisions are final.

Please read the guidelines and terms and conditions carefully:

Open Call | Regions: The Clonakilty and Rosscarbery Region, Foyer Exhibition at Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre

Deadline: Monday 7 August

Regions – a series of A Sense of West Cork foyer exhibitions
Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre is seeking affordable artwork for a 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 Clonakilty and Rosscarbery Region
The next instalment of the Regions series will feature the Clonakilty and Rosscarbery Region.
Artists living and/or working in the Clonakilty and Rosscarbery area 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.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 31 August to Wednesday 29 September.

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 please contact Alison on 028 22090 or

Open Call | 126 Gallery Programme 2018, Galway

Application deadline: 30 July, 5pm

Proposals with a focus on ambitious exhibitions (solo or otherwise), projects, talks, collaborations, research-development etc from individuals, groups/collectives, and Arts-organisations within our membership are accepted for consideration. This is an excellent opportunity to form part of the core programme of events at 126 Artist-Run Gallery Galway in 2018. 126 is part-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council, and prioritises the payment of Artists.

Please forward detailed proposals in PDF format -including images, artist CV, and other relevant links/information- via email to with the subject headline ‘126 Open Call 2017’.

You must be a current member of 126 to submit for an exhibition. For information on membership and a gallery floor plan see the website here:

Open Call | 3 full-time MFA Fine Art / Digital Art Scholarships, NCAD

The deadline to apply for the scholarships: Monday 17 July, 5pm

NCAD is offering 3 full-time MFA Fine Art / Digital Art Scholarships that will support art research and practice carried out at the National Forensic Medical Hospital at Dundrum and in its transition to a new facility at Portrane in the Dublin Area.

It is required that the awarded candidates will spend time between these locations and NCAD in the development of their practice. It is intended that the art processes and artwork evolved will be integrated into the new hospital environment. There is a materials and travel budget.

It is expected that the successful candidates will have a suite of digital skills and other capacities and a flexible ‘can do’ attitude in relation to working in specific contexts and with people

NCAD will appoint 2 x two-year scholarships commencing September 17 and 1 further two-year scholarship in 18/19.

Those applying should outline their interests and capacities in an attached letter of 400 words on the MFA application form.

For further information please contact Professor Philip Napier, Head of School of Fine Art

Open Call | Annual Friends Members Exhibition, GOMA, Waterford

Deadline: 5pm on Friday, 14th July 2017

GOMA Gallery of Modern Art is proud to announce its second annual members open exhibition of fine and applied arts. Submissions may be in any discipline: painting, sculpture, new media, printmaking, ceramics, glass, photography, and installation.
This open submission is an opportunity for graduates, emerging and established artists from Ireland and beyond.
We have two yearly memberships but participants whom apply to the members exhibition get a best friend membership with the fee and a members card will be issued along with the details. The membership is for the duration of the members calendar year which is until January.


Open Call | Upper Springfield Development Trust Public Art in the Community Programme, Belfast

Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 19 July, 4pm

Upper Springfield Development Trust Public Art in the Community Programme has vacancies for a bank of artists in the following disciplines.

  • visual and performance artists and storytellers to facilitate programmes of workshops with groups and artists to produce pieces of work for temporary public art showcases;
  • emerging artists who will gain mentoring support as part of the programme.

Essential Criteria:
It is essential that
• The artist will demonstrate skills of making and installing or performing temporary public art/ and or/ storytelling
• The artist/s will show high innovation through examples of previous work
• The artist demonstrates skills in participation and engagement through examples of previous projects ((NB: Applicants for the post of New/Emerging Artists do not need to be scored on this section)

Desirable Criteria:
It is desirable that the artist/s will have;
• Knowledge of disadvantaged communities such as the Upper Springfield and West Belfast.
• Skills in working collaboratively with other artists. ((NB: Applicants for the post of New/Emerging Artists do not need to be scored on this section)

Application forms and full details can be downloaded from

All completed applications, CV and images must be returned by email to:

Contact: Deirdre Mackel Tel. 028 90236677

Open Call | Artlink Members Show 2017, Donegal

Application deadline: 14 July, 5pm

Artlink invites submissions of work in any medium for its 2017 annual Members’ Show, curated by Stephan Roche of 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway.

Brief: The starting point is the ‘manifold’, which by its very definition has manifold applications in its meaning. As an adjective it is of many kinds; numerous and varied.

Procedure: up to three proposals/ideas for work, with relevant images, in any medium are invited from members (please state medium,
dimensions etc.).

Applications in PDF format to be sent to Selected work will need to be delivered to Artlink by 26/7/2017.

Annual Membership of Artlink artist led gallery is:
Students / Unwaged €10
Waged €20

For a full list of membership benefits and to join see:

Open Call for Performance Artists | 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway

Application deadline: 5 July

Performance artists wanted for Culture Night 2017 at the 126 Artist Run Gallery for off-site performances.

Please email your interest to with details of performance.

An artist fee will be paid to successful applicants.

126 Artist-Run Gallery
19 St Bridgets Place,
The Hidden Valley,
Woodquay, Galway
T: 0864491366

AtHomeStudios | July Meeting and Call for New Members

AtHomeStudios is a collective of visual artists practicing from a studio that is based in their home.

The group meet regularly the new VAI Offices approximately every two months. The meetings provide an opportunity for artists to engage in peer critique, gain feedback, discuss an agreed text, 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 4 July, 10am -12 at the VAI Offices. All welcome but spaces are limited so please RSVP to

For more information visit:

Open Call | Exhibitions at Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards

Deadline for completed submissions is: Monday 10 July, 12 noon
Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4NP

Ards and North Down Borough Council invite professional artists, recent graduates, arts organisations and arts community groups to apply to exhibit their artwork at Ards Arts Centre.Ards Arts Centre has two galleries; The Georgian Gallery, and The Sunburst Gallery which host two exhibitions per month as part of their varied and vibrant arts programme.

Slots are available in both galleries from February 2018 onwards.
There is no there is no fee to hire the space, 10% commission is taken on any sales of artwork
There is no artist fee paid to exhibit, unless otherwise agreed with Ards Arts Centre
Expenses are the responsibility of the artist, unless otherwise agreed with Ards Arts Centre. Ards Arts Centre can provide staff to assist with the installation/hanging of the work, and will provide an opening reception with refreshments.

For an application pack, please contact Arts Ards Centre by emailing: or call 028 9181 0803.

All proposals will be considered by Ards and North Down Visual Arts Sub-Panel.