Category: Opportunities Ireland

Open Call | Marquee Exhibition Stands at Carrickmacross Arts Festival 2017

Deadline: Friday 31 March

Carrickmacross Arts Festival 2017 is offering a unique opportunity for recent art graduates and art students who graduate in 2017 or 2018 to exhibit their work in a dedicated marquee at the festival.

Now in it’s forth year, Carrickmacross Arts Festival is a small but growing arts event encompassing music, art, poetry, drama, dance etc. and features a dedicated marquee for visual art exhibitions.

The festival aims to promote the growth of arts in Ireland and especially in Co. Monaghan and highly values quality and originality.

This year the festival would like to showcase the exciting work of recent art graduates and degree students from all disciplines.
Successful artists will be provided with a stand free of charge for one of the two days of the exhibition (Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th August). No commission will be charged on sales.

To apply please send an up to date CV, and 4 to 6 jpeg images of recent work to plus any links to websites or social media.

Open Call | Butler Gallery Exhibition Programme 2018/19

Closing date for submissions: 7 April

Open submissions for Butler Gallery 2018/2019 programme are now being accepted. The Butler Gallery specialises in one-person exhibitions for emerging and mid-career artists.

Submissions to include CV, artists statement, documentation, images and proposal if appropriate. Web links accepted.
No group show applications.

Email application to

Further details and gallery floor map is available here:

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
T: 056 7761106

Open Call | Regions: The Beara Peninsula, Foyer Exhibition at Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre

Deadline: Monday 20 February

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 Beara Peninsula
The first instalment of the Regions series will feature The Beara Peninsula.
Artists living and/or working in the region of the Beara Peninsula 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 16 March – Wednesday 12 April 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: Regions – Guidelines

please contact Alison on 028 22090 or

Open Call | TULCA Festival Visual Arts 2017

Deadline: 17 March

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is pleased to announce that the 15th edition will be curated by Matt Packer titled They Call Us The Screamers. Matt Packer is a curator, writer and Director at CCA Derry – Londonderry.

They Call Us The Screamers takes its title from a book written by Jenny James, which details the history of the radical primal therapy commune (Atlantis) that she established in the West of Ireland in the mid 1970s. The book tells the story of arrival in Ireland, the aspirational life of the commune, and the public notoriety that followed.

Atlantis sought an alternative way of life, unmediated by traditional societal, technological, and commercial values. During their time in Ireland, the community of Atlantis focussed on ‘de-programming’ themselves from the modern world through self-sufficient farming, collective living, and psychotherapeutic exercises that took inspiration from Wilhelm Reich, Arthur Janov and the People Not Psychiatry movement; many of those in the commune refused the state support of medical and educational services for themselves and their children. In James’ own words, Atlantis was an attempt to ‘turn its back on the entire project of modern civilisation.’

Although generally welcomed by local people, the lifestyle behaviours of Atlantis did attract the unwelcome attention of newspapers, social services and police authorities. They were nicknamed ‘The Screamers’ in a 1976 Sunday World article, referring to their practice of primal scream therapy. This was a form of psychotherapy developed by Dr Arthur Janov that sought to re-enact the traumas of birth and reverse the neurosis that follows in later life. John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Steve Jobs were among the many advocates of primal therapy during this same period.

Atlantis did not have a fixed membership or strict organisational structure. In 1993, after almost 30 years in Ireland in one iteration or another, coinciding with broader cultural and political changes in the country (the Troubles in the North; the wane of the Catholic Church; EU citizenship; economic modernisation), the core members of Atlantis set sail for Colombia in a refurbished boat, where they remain today.

The exhibition They Call Us The Screamers is a project that uses the history of Atlantis in Ireland as a narrative framework of references. Their story is a story of anti-modernism, cultural withdrawal, primal voice, self-enlightenment, and an attempt to establish new forms of social relations in a world that otherwise seemed doomed. The exhibition will include artworks that variously connect with these ideas and reference points, while also proposing their relation to the crisis (and neurosis) of our present day. Alongside material from the Atlantis archives, They Call Us The Screamers will be curated through invited artistic participations and an Open Call process.

Please send a single PDF attachment that includes the following material:

  • A concise artist’s statement (max 200 words)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Examples of previous work (no more than 10 images; each image of existing work must include the title, its dimensions, the material/medium, the date and your name, and also information on where the work has been shown, if applicable). Web links to up to 2 video works can be sent, accessible at either YouTube or Vimeo – you must include passwords for any private videos, and works longer than 5′ must be abridged.

(Optional) Where new work is being proposed please include a clear outline text not to exceed 250 words. Please include any sketches or visualisations in the PDF document, and any available information on costings, materials, and venue requirements etc.

Applications should be submitted via email to

For further information on how to apply to this years open call follow the link here:

Open Call | ForM Sculpture Exhibition, Bangor Castle Walled Garden   Recently updated !

Deadline: Monday 3 April, 12noon

Applications are now open for artists to submit works for consideration for the 2017 ForM Sculpture Exhibition (Saturday 3 June – Sunday 25 June). This outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place in Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Co. Down.

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts Service invites artists to propose site specific works, or work that responds to the environment of Bangor Castle Walled Garden.

This year the following prizes will be awarded to selected artists voted for by Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts and Heritage Advisory Panel:

1st Prize: One week at the Tyrone Guthrie Artist Retreat, Co. Monaghan
2nd Prize: £200 worth of artist materials of your choice
3rd Prize: £100 worth of artist materials of your choice

Submission Forms and an Artist’s Brief can be obtained via the following methods:
• Download via:
• Email:
• Visit: Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards
• Call: 028 9181 0803

Site visit: Thursday 16 March, 12pm – 1pm. Meet at the Aurora Car park entrance to the Walled Garden. A map of garden will be provided for artists. (Garden opens to public from 1st April)

Any enquiries should be directed to Ards Arts Centre: // (+44) 028 9181 0803

Performing Arts Open Call | LIVE WORKS at Carlow Arts Festival 2017

Deadline: 28 February

Calling performing arts professionals and organisations to submit your best and boldest ideas to take part in the Carlow Arts Festival 2017 LIVE WORK performance strand. The call is open to a wide range of traditional and emerging performative arts, including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera, Circus, Multi-Disciplinary Arts, Digital Arts, Participatory Projects, Performance Lectures, Multimedia Storytelling, Workshop-based Projects, Architecture, Politically Engaged Projects, Fashion, and more. The projects selected as the LIVE WORKS strand of Carlow Arts Festival will be presented during the 38th edition of the Carlow Arts Festival.

We are seeking work that can be presented in non-traditional as well as traditional arts spaces, work of all scales, brand new work and work that can be adapted for the festival. Our focus is in the town of Carlow itself and the dates for 2017 are 7 – 13 June. To submit see link below. Required elements include links to images/videos of previous work, budgets, company or artists CV.

Into the Void Magazine seeks Visual Art for Issue 4

Deadline: 15 March

Irish print and digital literary magazine, Into the Void, seeks visual art submissions to Issue 4 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 email up to 12 images plus an approx. 50-word bio to

Artists accepted for publication receive a copy of the magazine in print and digital.

Open Call | Critical Bastards Issue 14

Submission Deadline: 14 March

“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté”

Critical Bastards Magazine invites writers and artists to critically respond to the idea of hope in all its guises, shapes, textures, positivity, negativity, falsity and problems.

Hope is a thing with wings, hope is a dangerous thing.

This is a hope that resides within the realm of the possible; it is only enacted once uncertainty is accepted. It is an unstable, ever-shifting thing, existing in the fringes, margins, shadows and edges of possibility. It is unknowable.

We are looking for critical responses to the idea of the hope that underpins the ceaseless endurance of existence, and of art.

Word count: 500 words
Format: Word Document or PDF
Send to:

Critical Bastards Magazine is committed to creating conversations between all parts of the island of Ireland and beyond. International submissions always welcome.

Articles are accepted on their fitness for inclusion in each issue

Maria Popova, “Hope, Cyniscism, and the Stories we Tell Ourselves”,

Open Call | New Voices of Ireland 2017

Submission deadline: 24 February

For 2017, the 5th edition of the New Voices of Ireland Series, the Centre for Creative Practices is inviting submissions from migrant, experimental and emerging artists of all disciplines. Our selected theme for 2017 New Voices of Ireland is: “MIGRATION – FROM BURDENS TO OPPORTUNITIES”.
NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES 2017 wants to challenge nationalist and xenophobic propaganda. In a participatory and collaborative artistic projecte we will be exploring and exposing irrationalities and limitations of our fears in relation to such a challenge like migration.

Please apply with a short statement (max 2 pages) outlining what you suggest as an effective and creative approach to the selected theme and what type of project would you like to propose. Please attach also your artistic bio and other supporting materials if available.

Submission via email to:, subject: New Voices of Ireland 2017 submission.

Profile of artists especially invited to submit their proposals: migrants, experimental, emerging artists, changing their living conditions and environment – coming back to Ireland from migration, moving from rural into urban area etc.

Remuneration: Each selected artists will receive a fee of €800.00 for the participation in the project. 100% participation in the workshops, consultation session and the final show will be mandatory. Some funding towards material costs and transport will be available.

For more information go to:
Queries: please contact or call 086-6084020
The New Voices of Ireland Series are kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Open Call | K-Fest Music and The Arts, Killorglin, Co. Kerry   Recently updated !

Deadline: 31 March, midnight.

Visual arts submissions are now being accepted for K-Fest Music and The Arts, which takes place in Killorglin, County Kerry, on Friday, June 2, through Monday, June 5, 2017. Each year, the town of Killorglin hosts up to 160 visual artists in bespoke pop-up galleries, as well as dozens of musical acts, an array of theatrical performances, spoken word, short films, secret cinema, activities for children, and the unique Screaming Pope Prize.

K-Fest affords new and emerging artists from Ireland and beyond the ability to showcase their work to nearly 10,000 eventgoers each year during the June Bank Holiday Weekend, providing opportunities for patronage, partnerships, and community building with fellow artists and local residents.

There is no submission fee. K-Fest Visual Arts Submissions should include ALL the following:

1. Name and contact details of individual or collective
2. Artist biography (100 – 150 words, including background and education, where applicable, to be used for promotional purposes)
3. Photo of the artist (sent as an attachment)
4. Artist statement (not to exceed 150 words, describing the artwork)
5. Examples of proposed work:
a. No more than 5 submissions total.
b. Each submission must include title, dimensions, and material/medium of work.
c. Submissions must be attached as images or pdf files. For audio or video files, links should be provided to YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
6. Acceptance of K-Fest 2017 Visual Arts Agreement (attached to submission form)

Selected artists will receive the following:

• Hanging and/or floor space to display their artworks during the festival
• Mention on our Web site,, including an example of their work
• Promotion via our K-Fest’s Facebook page
• Special rates at nearby B&Bs and guesthouses
• Evening meals Saturday and Sunday evenings during K-Fest
• Automatic entry for the “Screaming Pope Prize,” K-Fest’s own unique visual arts award and cash
prize, with work selected by a panel of acclaimed artists and art critics

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.

Complete instructions may be downloaded at Click on the link: “Artist Submission Form.” Email submissions to Neil Browne, K-Fest Artistic Director, at For general information about K-Fest, send inquiries to:

Open Call | SOUND CHECK at Science Gallery Dublin

Deadline for submissions: 20 February

What do amps and alloys, 3D printers and piccolos have in common? How does your favourite tune sound when it’s played on a physically impossible instrument? How will blurring boundaries between sound, science, fabrication and performance lead to new sonic discoveries? What’s the difference between noise and music anyway?

Banish the bland with one-of-a-kind instruments that make sounds like no other. Join musicians, makers, computer engineers, and artisans to explore the technologies changing how we hear, experience, and make music.

Get hands-on with experimental materials, virtualisation, and DIY technologies. Whether you’re imagining a twenty-metre trumpet, a synth for six players, or a drum kit for slime mould, everyone can test a real or a simulated version of their wildest sonic ideas in our SOUND CHECK LAB. Join a workshop on instrument building, or take a masterclass in digital improvisation, and collaborate with other visitors to explore the outer edge of tomorrow’s sound.

SOUND CHECK is that moment between practice and performance, designs and reality, where new musical tools make us hear our world differently.

For our open call we’re especially interested in projects that explore themes and topics such as:

  • Open-source kits and plans for building instruments
  • Work that pushes the possibility of sound through physics, biology or chemistry
  • Projects that feature fab-lab equipment to make instruments or music (3D printer, laser cutter, etc.)
  • Musical interfaces that are designed for maximum accessibility or ultimate self-expression
  • Instruments or installations which encourage collaboration across generations, skill-levels and genres
  • Custom, handmade or original instruments
  • DIWO (Do It With Others) workshops, installations or sonic labs
  • Community-oriented practices which engage underserved communities through music
  • Projects that repurpose or upcycle e-waste, trash or underused materials (i.e. circuit bending, e-waste synthesisers, cigar box guitars)
  • Instruments that can be played in collaboration with humans and non-humans (plants, slime molds, artificial intelligence)
  • Community oriented maker projects (i.e. a modular synth that gets added to weekly by different groups or schools)

The Science Gallery open call model means that anyone with a good idea can submit a proposal but the panel will be particularly looking for proposals that include creative collaborations between science and art.

Science Gallery Dublin are looking for up to 25 works for the SOUND CHECK exhibition. SOUND CHECK proposals will be funded up to a maximum budget of €2,400, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Two outstanding original works may be commissioned with a higher budget of up to €6,000. Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets. Science Gallery Dublin are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.

Find out more about the SOUND CHECK open call here: sciencegallery.us8.list-

SOUND CHECK will run June – October 2017.

Open Call | Carlow Arts Festival Site Works 17

Deadline: 8 March, 5pm

Carlow Arts Festival in collaboration with Carlow County Council Arts Office announce an open call for temporary site-specific art works for the 2017 festival programme 7 to 13 June.

An exceptional opportunity for artists working in all mediums, as individuals or as collaborators to propose ideas, to create or site existing work as part of Carlow Arts Festival 2017.

Applicants may attend a site walk and town tour on Saturday 4 February. Meeting 10am at the Festival Office, 9 Dublin Street, Carlow.

Artists can propose to make new work or site existing work in Carlow. The selected proposals will be sited and managed in collaboration with the curator. The curator may contact you in advance of selction date for further information on your proposal.

See here for Site Works Application form:

All artists are required to submit:

  • A proposal outlining your idea (maximum 500 words).
  • A current CV
  • A maximum of six images of current work or work in progress (files no larger than 500kb), or a link to video/film.
  • A detailed budget for the production and presentation of the work to include artist’s fees

A panel of artists and curators have been brought together to help with the development and delivery of this strand of the Carlow Arts Festival. Site Works 17 will be curated by Emma-Lucy O’ Brien and a panel of selectors to be announced.

Radiofare | Open Call for Audio and Internet Artists

Deadline: 13 February 2017

Radiofare | Dublin Digital Radio programme – Curated by Kerry Guinan and Rory Caraher.

We are seeking proposals from audio or internet artists for a new weekly live programme on Dublin Digital Radio. Radiofare is an interrogation of the contemporary nature of radio: a platform for site-specific work, meta-content, disruptive broadcasting and interactive play. Applicants are encouraged to consider the following:

Irish radio regulations and restrictions
The history, politics and technologies of pirate and DIY radio
The politics, economy and social structures of internet communities
Online vs. offline listening experiences
Digital vs. analogue broadcasting technologies
The experience of live vs podcasted broadcasts
The web design and user interfaces of

Max 1hr for durational pieces. Submit a 150word proposal to

For more information about Dublin Digital Radio please visit:


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

The Watergarden Gallery is now accepting submissions for exhibitions for their June 2017 to June 2018 programme.

  • 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
  • The gallery will assist with installation
  • Artists are responsible for supplying refreshments for the exhibition opening, publicising their exhibition and transport of work.

Email submissions to or call 056 772 4690 for queries

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 for Online Magazine | Tales From The Forest Issue #5

Deadline: 2 April

Issue #5 of Tales From The Forest is called “Those Things We’re Not.” It is with respect to resolutions/ the way we see ourselves/ the way the world looks in 2017/ the way we consider our neighbours/ the people we used to be/the things we learned or haven’t/ other. It’s deliberately broad, open to interpretation.

Tales From The Forest accept submissions of poetry, fiction, artwork or any mixing of mediums to tell a story. No limitations on poetry or visual art, but stories should be limited to 1,000 words.

Tales From The Forest are open to work that has been printed elsewhere. They maintain the right to publish and archive your work. All other rights remain with the author or artist.

Please send your submission to with a short author bio.

Open Call for exhibition proposals | A Better Place, Waterford

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.

Deadline Reminder | Open Call for Exhibition Proposals, Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon

dlrDeadline for applications: Monday 6 February 2017, 12 noon

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office is inviting proposals for its 2018/2019 exhibition programme for the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, through an open call selection process. This is open to professional artists, curators and arts organisations; the closing date is Monday 6 February 2017.

Proposals for solo, two person, or group shows are welcome and a minimum of 2 separate exhibitions will be programmed. At least one of these will specifically feature the work of artists connected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. One exhibition will be programmed in Quarter 1 2018 and the other in 2019.

What dlr offer

  •  Artist fee (to be negotiated at contract stage; this will be dependant of the scale and ambition of the proposal). If the application is from a curator, allowance will be made for curatorial fee too.
  •  Marketing material – this will include an invitation, posters for dlr LexIcon and information about the exhibition learning programme events.
  •  dlr Arts Office will promote the exhibition via the Arts e-bulletin, website and dlr social media. Information will be sent to local press and relevant arts press via press releases/listings.
  •  Transportation of work costs (determined on case by case basis; domestic only).
  •  Qualified art technicians will be provided to install the work.
  •  If required, dlr Arts Office will provide limited independent curatorial advice for the artist.
  •  Exhibition launch (if appropriate).
  •  Fee towards photographic documentation of the exhibition.

The Arts Office will be hosting a facilitated site visit to the Gallery on Tuesday 10 January at 6.30pm to introduce the space and answer any specific questions that interested artists/curators might have.

To book a place for this, please email Ciara King at or 01-236 2759.

Full details on how to apply are available on the website here:

Open Call for Performances | ‘Taibh’ Zine Launch

Deadline 3rd February

4D Space are looking for performance pieces (short or durational) and performative video art as part of the launch night of Issue 2 of their zine, ‘Taibh’. The launch will take place in mid February.

‘Taibh’ is a self published zine focusing on performance and live art in Ireland.

Email short proposals and examples of previous work/artists C.V. to

4D Space is Tara Carroll and Áine O’Hara.
They host exhibitions, workshops, discussions, reading groups, and presentations.

dlr LexIcon Gallery Open Call: Facilitated Gallery Visit for Interested Artists

dlr Arts Office is currently inviting proposals for its 2018/2019 exhibition programme for the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire. There’ll be a facilitated gallery site visit on Tuesday 10 January at 6.30pm where interested artists are invited to view the space and meet some of the Arts Office team to ask any questions they might have. To book a place, please email Ciara King at:

This callout is open to professional artists, curators and arts organisations to apply. Proposals for solo, two person, or group shows are welcome; a minimum of 2 exhibitions will be programmed. One exhibition will be programmed early in 2018 and the other in 2019. Closing date for applications: Monday 6 February 2017 @ 12 noon

Open Call | This Matters Now, CIRCA Art Magazine Online

cover-38-5-v2CIRCA Online is calling for short texts on contemporary visual-arts projects, exhibitions and performances taking place on the island of Ireland.

‘This Matters Now’ is an open and invited project expanding our current research into the relationship between art writing, art magazines and the present moment.

Respondents are invited to write on what intrigues, moves or disturbs in the particular exhibition or project they have chosen. We aim to open a new dynamic space for engaged writing around visual arts in Ireland. We are looking for texts of approximately 250 words, this word-count is flexible. Additional contextual information can be supplied by linking a press release or a project description.

A first series of 25 texts are being published by issues of five every two week on between October and December 2016. A second series will be published in February-March 2017.

A fee of €40 / £33 will be paid for each text published (to be paid in December 2016 and April 2017).

You can send propositions and / or completed submissions to

As the emphasis is on new writing, texts that have been published elsewhere will not be considered.

The first series is now closed.

Submissions for the second series will be accepted until 17 February 2017.