Category: Opportunities Ireland

Open Call | Westport Arts Festival 2018, Street Art Project

Application deadline: 30 January

Westport in Co. Mayo and Limavady on the Causeway Coast have had a long relationship together. They have stood together during times when it has been a challenge to understand what each community was experiencing. Over the period since the Good Friday Agreement they enjoyed building connections that have seen them welcoming each other at different occasions both sporting and artistic.

Over the last three years Westport Arts Festival has been commissioning street art to give the town a somewhat different look. Of course it does not approach in scale the tradition of street art that we see in Northern Ireland. So Westport Arts Festival (WAF) is inviting expressions of interest from artists to deliver a public art project that reflects the relationship between Westport, Co. Mayo and Limavady, Causeway Coasts and Glens Borough, Northern Ireland. They are calling the project ‘Where To Now’ and are interested to hear what people in both communities think about this initiative.

The format for the ‘Where to Now’ project will comprise of three gable end murals. The project is to be completed by September 2018. This project is the 4th in an annual program of street art commissioned by WAF over the past 3 years. The work should respond to the relationship between the communities during the recent time of conflict, the current time of peace and a vision for relationships between our communities in the context of evolving political structures post Brexit. As part of this work artists should be open to a process of active engagement with community members whose perspectives may inform the work.

WAF are seeking expressions of interest from artists working both north and south. Please send your expressions of interest, to include:

  • examples of previous work
  • an artists CV and/or artists statement
  • and any immediate ideas that you have for this project
  • an outline budget to include artist fee and other costs

Please send the above in a single PDF document to

Further to the receipt of the expressions of interest Westport Arts Festival will shortlist approximately 5 artists who will be invited to make more detailed proposals. A more detailed brief will be provided to stage 2 shortlisted artists.

Open Call | TACTIC Art Gallery Exhibition, Cork   Recently updated !

Application deadline: 22 December, 6pm

TACTIC Art Gallery will be assuming a gallery takeover of Cork Photo Gallery at the Lord Mayor’s Pavilion in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork city for January 2018. This takeover wishes to pay a playful and exploratory homage to the three International Exhibitions of 1852, 1902 and 1903. All took place within the grounds of Fitzgerald’s Park and the purpose built pavilion. The show will be curated by the TACTIC curatorial resident, Alison Fogarty.

Works for TACTIC’s takeover will be selected through open submission. Work is welcome across ALL media. Work and proposals should take as its foundation the principles of such great exhibitions from the unveiling and presentation of new industrial and technological advancements, public enjoyment through massive cultural exposés, exchanges of knowledge, moments and events of political satire, to commenting on national and international socio-economical events.

If you would like to submit work for consideration please email with the following information:
– short artist bio or cv and a recent artist statement
-images (max 6) in jpeg format

There is an artist fee of €150. Installation costs are covered. Insurance is covered by Sample-Studios/TACTIC. There is no commission charged on the sale of works.

Artists will be notified by the 28th of December. It is the artist’s responsibility to arrange delivery and collection of the works. Install begins from January 2nd. Exhibition will open Saturday 13th January 2pm and end on the 28th January.

Open Call | Body+Soul Festival 2018 Art Programme

Application deadline: Friday 5 January 2018, 23:59

Body+Soul Festival, taking place on 22-24 June 2018 in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath, invites visual artists and makers of all disciplines to submit proposals for consideration for their 2018 art programme. Applications are open to all creatives, both amateur and professional.

2018 Theme: Alchemy – the art and act of transformation.
Body+Soul Festival are looking for works by artists that exemplify the theme of alchemy and art; whether it’s through the use of natural materials and pigments in a way reminiscent of the alchemical process, or through the psychological interpretation of alchemy according to which the artist-alchemist himself/herself transforms during the creative process.

Works may include: Light Installations; Interactive Projects; Landscape Art; Spatial Projects; Sound Installations; Video Works; Projections; Artworks; Sculptures; Kinetic Structures; and any other creative concept you would like to propose.

Body+Soul Festival would love to hear your innovative ideas that will transform the landscape and may inspire participation and connection. Budget and fees available.

Please apply through our website via the link here:

You will be required to register on the website in order to access the application form.
Contact Suzie on for further information.

Open Call | ForM Sculpture Exhibition 2018, Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Co. Down

The deadline for submissions is: Thursday 1 March 2018, 12noon

Applications are now open for artists to submit works for consideration for the 2018 ForM Sculpture Exhibition (2 to 24 June 2018). This outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place in Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Co. Down.

Artists are invited 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 and a public vote:

1st Prize: One week residency 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 here:
Visit: Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT23 4NP
Call: 028 9181 0803

Any enquiries should be directed to:

For more information visit:

Open call | Artist-Initiated Programme at Pallas Projects/Studios

The deadline for submissions: Monday 15 January, 5pm

Pallas Projects/Studios’ Artist-Initiated Programme 2018, is a new, funded, open-submission, annual gallery programme, that is highly accessible to artists. It will focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates who demonstrate their potential with the quality of their work, and their ambition to challenge and test their practice in the public realm, in the context of an established gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. Mid-career artists with experimental or collaborative projects may also apply.

Artists fee/production budget of €500 for solo and 2- person exhibitions, €1000 for group exhibitions
All rental costs paid, insurance, invigilation, printed and online ads, publicity and social media, inclusion in exhibition fold-out posters

The Artist-Initiated Programme at PP/S is supported by an Arts Council project award.

For guidelines and application form visit:

Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8
T: (01) 856 1404

Open Call | Triskel 40 Photo Prize, Cork Photo Festival 2018

Deadline for submissions: 11 February 2018

Submissions are now open for the Triskel 40 Photo Prize kindly sponsored by St Johns Central College. 2018 is a landmark year for Triskel as it celebrates its 40th year.

Cork Photo Festival 18 and the Triskel Arts Centre invite artists working with photography and related media to submit their series for an exhibition opportunity at Triskel Gallery Space, during Cork Photo Festival April 2018. The CPF18 team will select the winner. The selected artist will receive an award of €200.

Please note, additional production and transport costs are the responsibility of the artist. Works must be available for exhibition during the month of April 2018.

For more information and to apply online:

Open Call | Féile an Phobail, Belfast

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Féile an Phobail and the call is now open for submissions for art exhibitions for the Féile an Earraigh Spring festival (12th-18th March) and the flagship August Féile (2nd -12th August).

Féile an Phobail are planning to have a yearlong calendar of events so submissions for events and activities right throughout the year are also welcome.

Féile will be hosting exhibitions in a number of key venues in the City during March and August, and we would be delighted if you would consider submitting an exhibition for this year’s March and August Féile, Irelands Biggest Community Arts Festival and Summer School.

  • Féile an Earraigh, 12th – 18th March (Deadline Monday 18th December)
  • Flagship August Festival, 2nd – 12th August (Deadline Friday 23rd February)
  • Event to be held Jan – Dec ’18 outside of normal festival dates (ongoing)

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

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 also contact Deirdre Mackel for further information and Féile’s Guiding Principles. 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 | RHA Ashford Gallery Winter Exhibitions 2018

Closing date: Friday 8 December, 5pm

The RHA Ashford Gallery invites artists to submit proposals to exhibit in winter 2018 and beginning of 2019. The Ashford Gallery is a commercial space within the RHA, which creates opportunities to reach new collectors and audiences.

Artists are asked to submit the following by email ONLY to

  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • 5 images (each no larger than 1MB) – images larger than this will be deemed unsuitable and disregarded or links to video/film work
  • Exhibition proposal

Decisions will be made in mid December.

For more information, email Victoria Evans, RHA Exhibitions Curator on

Open Call | Custom House Gallery and Studios Exhibition Programme 2019/2020

Application deadline: 30 January

Custom House Gallery and Studios is an artist led studios and gallery in Westport Co Mayo Ireland hosting 7 studios, a print room and a gallery space, funded on a not-for-profit basis by Mayo County Council, POBAL, and The Arts Council of Ireland. These facilities are housed in a historic restored Customs House building on a prominent waterfront street in Westport, Co Mayo Ireland. The galleries are located on street level and upstairs, both with good daylight.

Custom House Gallery and Studios are now inviting submissions for exhibitions for 2019 and 2020.

Submissions by Email – include all letters of interest, CVs and documentation of work maximum 10 images in one attached file only in PDF format, (no JPGS or other image formats accepted). For work on video please provide links for online viewing.
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By post: letters of interest, CVs and documentation to:
The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,

Please note: There is no fee to hire the exhibition space. There is no artist fee paid. The gallery covers installation costs, invitation printing, postage and an opening reception.


Open Call for Exhibition Proposals | Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo is inviting submissions from visual artists of all disciplines for its 2018/19 exhibition programme.

The Linenhall Arts Centre programmes a range of contemporary visual arts in a series of exhibitions throughout the year, from emerging artists to those of international reputation, and accepts submissions for exhibitions on an ongoing basis. 30% commission charged on works sold.

The Linenhall provide:

  • an artists fee of €500 per exhibition
  • 1 technician and 1 installer for 1 day to assist with installation
  • insurance cover,
  • printing and mailing a full-clour A5 format invite to our mailing list, and up
    to 100 addresses supplied by artists
  • opening reception

Submissions should include:

  • contact details; name, address, phone number, email address;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • an artist’s statement;
  • a maximum of ten images of the artists work in slide, jpeg or photographic format (original works will not be accepted.)

Submissions are considered by the Linenhall’s Visual Arts Committee.
Submissions should be sent to: Orla Henihan, Artistic Director (acting), Linenhall Arts Centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar, Co Mayo F23 AN24
or by email to:

Open Call | Participate in the Full Moon Club 2018

Application deadline: 3 December

This is a free not-for-profit community event that begins and ends in 2018, a blue moon year. 20:00-22:00 on full moon nights.

Full Moon Club are looking for amateur and professional artists, charmers, janes-of-all-trades, singers, craftswomen, writers, activists, lecturers, gamers, actors, gardeners, star-gazers, and chancers. Any topic, any media. You can present a dance piece, tell us a story, screen a short film, explain how to build a boat, sing a song, read a poem, talk about your favourite artist, share a recipe…. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s interesting and original. Participants have up to 10 mins.
Note that The Full Moon Club is a queer club, organised by and for queer women.

There is no application fee for participants, no payment to participants or organisers, and no entrance fee for people attending. This is a zero-budget event on a small scale, for local participants with an interest in, or a commitment to, art/crafts/performance/storytelling/history/etc, who may wish to test work-in-progress or share existing work.

Please contact the Full Moon Club for more info, to join the event-reminder mailing list, or to request a Participant Application Form.

Open Call | Membership of Limerick Cultural Strategic Policy Committee

Limerick Cultural Strategic Policy Committee are seeking representatives from the Culture and Arts Sector. Do you have a passion for and commitment to culture and arts in Limerick, city and county? This open call from Limerick City and County Council is as a result of a decision at the September 2017 meeting of Council to include four members of the Culture and Arts sector in the new Cultural Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

To apply, please send:

  • Completed application form available on​
  • A copy of your CV (no more than two pages)
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two pages. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the required criteria.

Please send expressions of interest to:
Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick no later than 5pm on Friday 8th December​

Deadline Reminder | Galway Arts Centre Visual Art Programme 2019

Application deadline: 30 November, noon

Galway Arts Centre invites professional Visual Artists, curators and other Visual Art practitioners working in all media to submit for inclusion in the 2019 Visual Art gallery programme.

Applicants should include the following:
o Cover Letter
o CV including website details
o Recent images of work and Artist Statement PDF
o Links to moving image and/or sound work, where applicable
o Reviews or critical texts, where applicable

Applications should be sent to

Please note, late submissions will not be processed. Submissions will not be accepted by post.

All applications will be assessed by members of Galway Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Panel, which comprises of the Head of Visual Art, the Visual Arts specialist from the current Board of Director and one member of Red Bird Youth Arts Collective.

Submissions are for solo and group exhibitions in 2019. Irish and international submissions welcome.

The Galway Arts Centre follows Visual Artists Ireland’s payment guidelines for Professional Visual Artists.

Open Call | FAXBOX PROJECT, Co. Roscommon

Artist Noel Molloy invites artists to participate in The FAXBOX PROJECT. The next FAXBOX PROJECT will take place at ARTS CABARET 16 at Murrays Bar Knockcroghery Roscommon from 8.00pm to 11.00pm on the 25th of November.

Create a drawing, collage , write a poem, prose or song, or whatever you wish to put on an A4 sheet of paper, black and white preferable. The work will be printed on the night and posted during the event. Later they will be added to the FAXBOX website.

For those who wish to send work and are unable to send it on the night of the event they can do so at any time before the 25th November and it will be added to the event/ website.

Please write clearly your name and address on the top of the paper so your work can be credited.

As faxes are no longer widely used you can also send your A4 work to

You can view previous ARTS CABARET and FAXBOX PROJECT work on

Open Call | peripheriesOPEN at Gorey School of Art, Wexford

Application deadline: 20 November, 5pm

peripheriesOPEN is a new open submission opportunity for artists in Ireland. The exhibition will run for one month from early December 2017 to early January 2018 in our newly refurbished gallery space at Gorey School of Art. This years selection panel is Paul Carter, James Merrigan and Emma Roche.

If you would like to submit work for consideration, please email us at with the following information:

– Short bio (Max 350 words) to include your name, education, most relevant exhibitions and brief artist statement.
– Images (maximum of 6) in jpeg format. Each image should not exceed 3mb. All jpegs should be labelled as follows: title_media_sizeincm_year
– Short bio (Max 350 words) to include your name, education, most relevant exhibitions and brief artist statement.
– Images (maximum of 6) in jpeg format. Each image should not exceed 3mb. All jpegs should be labelled as follows: title_media_sizeincm_year

T+Cs: We don’t charge for submissions! We pay artists, whose work is selected, a fee for participation in the exhibition. We do apply a 25% commission on any sales. Selected works must be delivered to Gorey School of Art by 3pm November 24th 2017. It is the artist’s responsibility to arrange delivery and collection of the artworks.

Open Call | Fire Station’s Sculpture Workshop and Digital Media Awards 2018

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 14 November, 5pm

The primary focus of the Sculpture and Digital media awards is for artists, emerging or established, to develop their practice.
Having an awareness of their facilities, resources and programme is helpful to artists making an application.

February – October 2018
Fire Station are looking for artists who want to experiment with new materials and / or access the particular facilities of the sculpture workshop.
This award offers full time access to a bay in the sculpture workshop.
The duration of the award varies from two months, three months and four months.
A monthly stipend of €150 will be contributed.

Support will be provided by our workshop staff, alongside our curatorial and administrative team.
For a full list of sculpture workshop equipment go to

February – November 2018
This award offers scheduled access to Fire Station’s Digital Media Centre. The duration of the award varies from two months to three months.
Fire Station are looking for artists who want to access the particular facilities and resources of Digital Media Centre, experiment with or develop their digital media skills.
A monthly stipend of €150 will be contributed.
Access can be scheduled to avail of digital media equipment and edit suites.

Support will be provided by our digital media staff, alongside our curatorial and administrative team.
For a full list of equipment:

Application accepted online only:
Email enquiries:
Telephone enquiries: 01 8069010

Open Call | The Harbour Winter Arts Fair at Galway City Gallery

Application deadline: 29 November

Galway City Gallery is delighted to host The Harbour Winter Arts Fair. Galway City Gallery is passionate about giving artists of all stages in their career the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. The Harbour Winter Arts Fair will be the perfect place to choose an original Christmas present for someone special. Submissions of painting, photography and sculpture will be selected to exhibit and to allow artists to sell their work.

Please note, there is a 30% commission on sales. There is no submission fee or venue hire fee. There is no artist fee or financial support to exhibit.

If interested in exhibiting send current images of work and a short bio (150 words max) on yourself and the themes/ideas behind the work to

Galway City Gallery
15 New Dock Street, Galway
T: +353 (0)86 0665756

Open Call for Members | Art Book Club Dublin at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Deadline: Wednesday 1 November

Art Book Club Dublin is a monthly discussion group for art makers, thinkers and viewers to talk about art books in a mutually supportive environment. This peer lead self-organised alternative art education structure seeks theory outside the canon to expand a diverse and textured understanding of contemporary art.

At each meeting, the forum will discuss a text selected and introduced by one of the members. We will focus on the text’s relationship to our practice but this can be art, writing, curation, work or interest. We welcome those who approach art from an alternative perspective as well as those who have come via the art education route.

Art Book Club is hosted by TBG+S and runs over 6 meetings from November – May.

If you would like to be part of Art Book Club please send a short bio (100 words or less) to

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Open Call | Café Exhibition Space at Rua Red

Application deadline: 6 November

Rua Red is pleased to announce an open call for the centre’s café wall exhibition space for 2018.

This is an ideal opportunity to exhibit your work in a bustling, community space with the option of putting your work up for sale.

Rua Red has a policy of supporting artists at all stages of their career. One of the new ways that Rua Red will implement this policy is by forming an ‘Acquisition Committee’ in September 2017. The role of the committee will be to select and purchase works from the Winter Open and Café Wall exhibitions to form a new collection for the organisation. The works will go on show within the building on a rotational basis in the Conference and Meeting Room areas.

If interested in exhibiting, please send 3 current images of work and a short bio (150 words max) on yourself and the themes/ideas behind the work submitted to (Email applications must state Café Wall submission in the subject bar)

Work must be ready to hang and materials and sizes should be specified. Exhibition space measurements are 6.11m x 3.5m.

Visit the website to download the application form:

Open Call | The Leitrim Sculpture Centre Exhibition Residencies 2018

Deadline for applications: Sunday 3 December

Leitrim Sculpture Centre is offering five Exhibition Residencies to visual artist during 2018. Each residency takes place at the Sculpture Centre and includes an artist’s stipend of €2,400. The residency comes with a one-person exhibition at the end of the residency period. In addition to the stipend, residential accommodation, a private studio with broadband and access to all facilities at the Centre is provided. Period of residency is for 8 weeks.

Notification by: Friday 22 December 2017

For more information, please see our website and download the Guidelines at:

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim
T: 071 9855098