Category: Opportunities Ireland

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.

Open Call | Easter Snow Gallery Programme at Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Closing Date: 31 August

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is now accepting submissions for art/photography exhibitions in their Easter Snow Gallery during 2018. When submitting your application please include the following:

Artists CV (Art related only)
A minimum of six images in digital formal clearly market with your name and title of pictures
Artist Statement

All submissions should be sent by post to: Colette Lawless, The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin.

Artist fee of €100. The gallery will provide wine and soft drinks and printed invitation for exhibition launch.

Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin
T: +353 (0)1 802 0898

Sounds of the Shore project seeking artist specialising in sound recording   Recently updated !

Application deadline: Friday 23 June

Lough Neagh Landscape partnership working with Antrim and Newtownabbey Council are looking for a creative artist, specialising in sound recording, to lead four workshops for our Wetlands and surface tension project – Sounds of the Shore.

The commission is to design a workshop that will engage with local communities, and record sounds using devices like smartphones. We hope to encourage new sound recordists to record the wildlife sounds of the Lough Neagh shoreline, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Rivers for our project.

Exploring nature through sound allows us to learn and recognize things we may not have noticed before. By engaging and focusing on sounds it allows us to connect what we hear with what we see. It also enables us to identify the many different sounds of nature. How the wind through the grass can sound slightly different than the wind through a wet woodland. It begins to help us identify not only bird sounds, but that there are different kinds of birds. And once we hear and identify the different sounds and songs, our innate curiosity leads us to learning visually where these sounds come from. We also have sounds that take us back to a favourite memory or connect us emotionally with the landscape around us.

This project is about engaging with the local community and capturing sounds that are important to them, why these sounds are important and how they make them feel. It should also help people to connect with the rich biodiversity in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area.

From the dawn chorus through to the sound of the water lapping at the lough shore what do local people value about their landscape?

A fee in the region of £1000 (including travelling expenses) is available.
Please provide samples of your work in a PDF document to
For further information please contact Siobhan Thompson 028 3831 1688.

Open Call for Papers | Light Moves Festival of Screendance Symposium, Limerick

Deadline: 10 July

Light Moves Festival of Screendance symposium ‘Screendance Through the Senses’ announces its open call for papers and presentations. The symposium sits within the festival which is happening from 2-5 Nov in Limerick and encourages artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.

The 2017 symposium invites screendance makers, spectators, advocates, and academics to examine the forms and approaches that enable this field’s diversity and vibrancy. We particularly welcome presentations that are discursive and interactive including workshop type formats, group/panel discussions, demonstration events, as well as paper presentation formats.

Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:
1. Structures, orthodoxies and strategies.
2. Beyond the Image.
3. Genre, Movements, Orientations and Contexts

Proposals for presentations/papers should be emailed in .doc/.docx format only to:

Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include:

• The title of your presentation
• A maximum 300-word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how)
• Preferred presentation format/approach
• A short biography
• Website links supporting proposal, where appropriate

Proposals from practitioners and scholars should be for maximum 20-minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome. Full details available at

Open Call | Proposals for Circe Pavilion Events, The Treeline Project, Dublin

Deadline: Friday 23 June, 3pm

Open to all art forms, community groups, critical thinking and cultural and ecological activism.

The Treeline Project aims to create a green corridor on James Joyce Street with a variety of trees listed in a passage of Ulysses. As part of the project, we are building a provisional pavilion in Liberty Park, Foley St., Dublin 1.

It will be launched on June 30th and will run until August 13th

The intention of the Circe Pavilion is to create an open space that can be used by any group. The pavilion promotes the use of public space as an area for all disciplines of art, community groups, critical thinking and cultural and ecological activism. All events and use of the pavilion are free.

Public space is an important place for freedom of expression and is often linked with the functioning of democratic politics. The ethos of the Pavilion is to activate a creative space in the city that is open to all.

The Circe Pavilion will be open from 10am to 8pm. We have slots of 2-3 hours during the week and of 4-6 hours during the weekends. During the weekend, we particularly welcome family friendly events especially on Sundays.

If you have a proposal or are interested in using the pavilion, please contact us at

Proposals are informal and should include:

  • Contact name + contact details (email + phone)
  • Organisation (if applicable)
  • Event proposed
  • Preferred times and days

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

Deadline: Monday 10 July

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 Baltimore and the Islands Region
The next instalment of the Regions series will feature the Baltimore and the Islands Region.

Artists living and/or working in the Baltimore and the Islands 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 3 August – Wednesday 30 August 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 please contact Alison on 028 22090 or

Open Call | Exhibitions at The Ivy House, Dublin

Application deadline: 31 July

ART at THE IVY HOUSE is currently looking for exhibition proposals from artists for solo, two-person or group exhibitions for 2017-2018.

• All 2D or wall mountable work acceptable including: painting, print, drawing, photography, digital print etc.
• Art at The Ivy House exhibitions run for three months
• There is no commission on sales
• Artist is responsible for transport of work
• Artist is responsible for installation of work

Artists interested in exhibiting at The Ivy House should submit:

1. 8-10 images of recent work (photographs/ jpeg files)
2. Artist Curriculum Vitae
3. Artist’s Statement/ Exhibition Proposal

Please send applications to:
By Email: Claire Halpin, Exhibition Coordinator,
By Post: Shane Carthy, Art at The Ivy House, The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant, 114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Open Call | Recent Graduate Exhibition at The Ivy House, Dublin

Application deadline: 31 July

ART at THE IVY HOUSE is currently looking for proposals from recent graduates for forthcoming Recent Graduate Exhibition.

• All 2D or wall mountable work acceptable including: painting, print, drawing, photography, digital print etc.
• Art at The Ivy House exhibitions run for three months
• There is no commission on sales
• Artist is responsible for transport of work
• Artist is responsible for installation of work

Artists interested in exhibiting at The Ivy House should submit:

1. 8-10 images of recent work (photographs/ jpeg files)
2. Artist Curriculum Vitae
3. Artist’s Statement/ Exhibition Proposal

Please send applications to:
By Email: Claire Halpin, Exhibition Coordinator,
By Post: Shane Carthy, Art at The Ivy House, The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant, 114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Open Call | UNISON Art Competition and Exhibition

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday 6 July, 5pm

UNISON is the UK’s largest public service trade union with 1.3 million members, over 40,000 of whom work in the public and private healthcare, education and the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland. Promoting the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in workplaces and in society more generally is an important area of our work.

We would like to invite submissions from artists on the theme of ‘Pride + Visibility’. A selection of pieces will form an exhibit during Belfast, Newry and Foyle Pride Festivals as well as forming a travelling exhibition in public sector workplaces in Northern Ireland from September to December 2017.

Prize Fund : Winner £1000 Runner Up £400

Submission Guidelines :

  • No larger than L 100cm x W 100cm x D 30cm (40’ x 40’ x 12’ approx)
  • Any media (but must be suitable for a travelling exhibit)
  • Please submit your proposal as a single PDF document to . Those shortlisted will be required to submit their artwork for final selection and prize award.

Judging Panel :
Patricia McKeown, UNISON Regional Secretary
Martin McConnellogue, Chair UNISON NI LGBT Committee
Bronagh Lawson, Creative Change NI
Ben Crothers, Curator / Collections Manager, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
Ruth McCarthy, Artistic Director Outburst Queer Arts Festival

Open Call | EVA Curatorial Scholarship

Application deadline: Thursday 8 June

Applications are invited for the 2017–2019 EVA International Curatorial Scholarship: MA Practice-Based Research in Curatorial Studies at EVA International in partnership with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT.

EVA International is offering a Research Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake practice-based research within EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of contemporary art, working closely with the Curator, Director and international artists towards the 38th and 39th editions of EVA International in 2018 and 2020 respectively. The successful candidate will receive a Scholarship to undertake a 2-year MA by Practice-Based Research through Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT based within EVA International. The Scholarship Award will cover Student Fees, a monthly stipend as well as travel and training allowance, provided by EVA International in partnership with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT.

Scholarship Conditions

  • Master of Arts, 2 years full time
  • Fees for 2 years and a stipend to the value of €8000 per annum (students from outside the EU will have part fees paid)
  • 35 hours per week required working in the EVA International offices in Limerick City during office hours

For more information and to apply online:

Open Call to Derry + Donegal Artists | Art in Mini Group Exhibition, Donegal

Application deadline: Monday 31 July

Artists from across Derry and Donegal are invited by Stephen Shaw Art and Sinead Smyth to take part in a North West Mini Art Exhibition by creating a mini image (maximum 7 inches / 18cm) on a board or canvas on any theme.

Please send 3 examples of your work to / for consideration by Monday 31st July 2017. Please ensure the 3 images you send for consideration can be connected with each other in some way.

Art should should be presented framed and/or ready to hang. Please note this is a mini-art exhibition, the art dimensions (not including frame) should have a maximum size of 7″ / 18cm on the longest side. e.g 7″x 5″ or 7″x7″

The organisers ask artists to please note that works submitted should be sensitive to the venue which is community and family oriented. While artists are asked to submit three pieces of work, it may not be possible to show all works submitted. Please note this is an unpaid opportunity.

Location: Gleneely, Co. Donegal
Date: September 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Please contact Stephen Shaw or Sinead Smyth by email for further information.

Open Call | INSIDE [CRAFT], Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon

Application Deadline: Friday 23 June, 5pm

An exciting new initiative, Creative Connections instigated by Local Enterprise Offices of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon has recently resulted in the formation of a regional new craft network for Counties Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon.

Under the brand INSIDE [CRAFT] it will develop an assortment of exciting events and happenings over the coming months, including a website, a craft trail and a series of pop up retail experiences.

They are currently accepting applications to participate in the 2017 Inside [Craft] Craft Trail.

The aim of the Craft Trail is to make craft businesses more visible to the Irish public and tourist visitors, thus enabling potential customers to access and purchase craft, applied art and design more easily.

The Craft Trail, as a printed and online resource, will provide year-round promotion. Those businesses who meet the criteria for inclusion in the Craft trail it is free to have your business included in the Inside [Craft] first publication this summer.

For more information and application details see:

Open Call | Galway County Council Culture Night 2017

Application deadline: 7 July

Culture Night is an annual event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. It will take place on Friday 22nd September 2017 from 5pm and continues late into the night.

Galway County Council in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs have a small funding pot for events. Some events may not require funding, others will.

If you require funding for your event you should complete Part C of the application form. Applying for funding does not guarantee that your event will be funded. You will be notified if you have been successful by mid July 2017.

For more information and to download application form:

Open Call to Kerry Based Artists | Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase 2017

Application deadline: Friday 9 June, 1pm

Kerry County Council is inviting submissions to the Visual Artists’ Showcase for exhibitions in 2017, with a possibility of a 2018 show.

Following the success of the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase in 2015 and 2016, Kerry County Council Arts Office invites visual artists to submit applications for its Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase 2017.

This initiative is jointly supported by Kerry County Council and the Arts Council and recognises local talent and the importance of providing exposure for visual artists in Kerry.

This opportunity is open specifically to qualified visual artists who are originally from, or resident in, County Kerry. Please refer to the criteria and eligibility section below for further conditions of entry.

For an application pack please email:, with Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase in the subject line or call 066 71 83541.

Criteria and Eligibility
• Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.
• Applicants must complete all sections of the application form.
• The opportunity is open to professionally qualified* artists originally from, or resident (for at least 2 years) in, County Kerry.
• Artists must not be enrolled in undergraduate courses.
• Works submitted for consideration must have been created in the past 18 months.
• Due to the nature of the exhibition space the following size restrictions apply:
2D = 5’x5’ unframed and 3’x 3’ framed with glass.
All 3D work over 3’ x 3’ x 3’ will be subject to weight restrictions, please give weight and size of work on your Image List Sheet where applicable.
• No hard-copy material will be accepted (catalogues, invitations, artist books, etc.).
• Please label each Jpeg image with the following details:
Artist’s Name_Title_Medium_Dimensions_Year, for example: JohnSmith_BlueLandscape_OilOnWoodenPanel_43x30cms_2013
• Please label each audio or video work with your name and contact number, work title, and duration, and include an additional image of same as displayed artwork.

*Hold a relevant undergraduate degree in a Fine Art discipline, be a member of Visual Artists Ireland.

Phase 2 Open Call | Belshaw’s Quarry Sculpture Park, Belfast

Application deadline: 11 June, midnight

Whitemountain + District Community Association (WDCA) has launched a second phase to a unique geologically themed sculpture park project at Belshaw’s Quarry National Nature Reserve located on Benson’s Rd, Lisburn, Co.Antrim, BT28 3UU.

Phase two will focus on the human aspects of the quarrying of limestone, the materials, the flora that grew in the disused quarry and the theme of townlands. Each sculpture is envisaged being a little larger than the size of a person. The budget per sculpture on average is anticipated to be £10,000 to 12,000 each.

The approximately 3 hectares in area disused former Limestone Quarry site is open 24/7 to the public and is owned by Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). The site is classed as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) due to the number of publically accessible geological features spanning over 200 million years of Earth’s history. The sculptures will act as a unique way to connect art and geologically influenced matter.

To receive a full briefing pack, please email and then advise your expression of interest before midnight 11 June including some brief details of your past work in open public spaces. A site visit will be held on 21 June.

Deadlines per sculpture will be commensurate with the overall project schedule but contract awards may be as early as late September 2017 so that installation can be in late March 2018.

Open Call | Destination C.Q Window Exhibition, Belfast

Deadline for submissions: 3 July

Destination C.Q Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking submissions from Painters, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Printmakers, Photographers, Fashion Designers, Sculptors and more to exhibit their artwork for sale in prominent street-facing windows of venues around the Cathedral Quarter.

Destination CQ BID is committed to supporting the identity of the Cathedral Quarter area as Belfast’s cultural heart. We know our artists help define the fabric of the city, nowhere more so than the Cathedral Quarter with so many galleries, street art and arts groups based within our district. Not everyone may get to enter a gallery every day, so we want to bring the gallery to them and make art an accessible part of everyday life.

The Cathedral Quarter is not just shops, bars and hotels but music venues, charities, art galleries, museums and churches. It’s this eclectic mix that makes the Cathedral Quarter one of the most exciting parts of Belfast.

Some of the venues who have already offered their windows include: The Merchant Hotel, Tivoli Barbers, Ink Monkey, Velo Café, Noblett’s Of North Street, Belfast Central Library, The Irish News, Oh Yeah Music Centre, Saint Anne’s Square Pizza Express, Direct Wine Shipments, Cathedral Graphics, Bullitt Hotel and PS Squared Gallery.

The exhibition will launch as part of the area’s First Thursdays initiative with Late Night Art on August 3rd 2017.

Email submission to

Deadline Reminder | No One Shouted Stop! Exhibition at Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

Application deadline: Monday 5 June

Charlestown Arts Centre, Co. Mayo, are seeking applications from visual artists wishing to exhibit as part of The John Healy Weekend, November 2017. The famous journalist and Irish Times writer, John Healy (1930–1991), a native of Charlestown, wrote a book based on the economic and social decline of rural life in the West of Ireland. In 1968, ‘No One Shouted Stop’ (Death of An Irish Town) was published. The book illustrated the difficulties faced in a time of widespread poverty and mass emigration and was highly critical of government policies towards rural areas such as Charlestown.

The 2017 John Healy Weekend is a commemoration to the life and work of Healy, but more importantly, an opportunity to look at how rural Ireland has changed in the last 50 years, reflect on these changes, and ask where we might go from here. Charlestown Arts Centre invites proposals from contemporary visual artists working in any discipline to exhibit in the Arts Centre in November 2017. Proposals should address the themes raised in ‘No One Shouted Stop’ examining issues such as Rural Decline, Migration, Politics, Land, and the Future. Artists are welcome to apply for a solo exhibition or to submit a collaborative proposal to exhibit as part of a group.

This is a paid opportunity. Interested artists should send a copy of their CV, a short Artist Statement/Exhibition proposal (Max 500 Words), Budget (max €500) and up to ten images of their work, in one PDF File to Tel: 083 8228279

Charlestown Arts Centre, Barrack Street, Charlestown, Co. Mayo.
T: 083 8228279

Open Call for Online Magazine | Tales From The Forest Issue #6, #7, #8

Tales From The Forest is a quarterly online magazine. A new issue is available every 3 months, and usually a new theme is announced with the same frequency.

HOWEVER, issues #6, #7 and #8 will be handled differently. They will be available 3 months apart, but the themes will be announced now.
This is to allow artists and writers a unique opportunity – to serialize their work into a triptych form across 3 individual issues.
We accept and encourage individual submissions to each issue. That said, if you feel like making art that tells a continuous story or writing a story that massively exceeds our usual wordcount, now is the time.

Issue #6: “How It Begins” – To allow a triptych format, the sixth issue will be focused on beginnings. The first words spoken, the first meeting, the first time something appears or disappears. The Start Of Something. Deadline September 3rd 2017.
Issue #7: “Continuity” – The midpoint. Send us art and stories that started elsewhere (in issue 6, or not), send us re-occurrences, send us the realisation of things changing or staying exactly the same. The Middle Of Something. Deadline December 3rd 2017.
Issue #8: “Ever After” – The ending. We want to see how things fall apart or come back together. Happy or sad, alive or otherwise, “fare thee well” or “come with me.”

Stories: Max 1,500 wordcount for individual pieces, 4,500 for a piece that spans all 3 issues.
Art & Poetry: No limitations.

Submissions to This is unpaid, with no entry fee. We are open to work that has been printed elsewhere. We maintain the right to publish and archive your work. All other rights remain with the author or artist.