Category: Opportunities Ireland

Open Call | Catalyst Arts Members Show 2017

Deadline for delivery of work: 3 May 5pm

TESTING aims to give space to explore alternative perspectives and new approaches within your practice. We want you to play devil’s advocate with your usual working method, tease it, play with it, wriggle around it, blow it up and stick it back together, trick it and confront it. Without testing new ideas we run the chance of getting too comfortable and of missing that which could possibly lead to a more creative outcome. For this show we ask our members to see Catalyst Arts as a testing ground for experimentation and to showcase new perspectives and possibilities within your work.

Each member is eligible to submit one proposal of work in any medium that you feel tests and explores the boundaries of your practice.

To be part of TESTING applicants must be a members of Catalyst Arts. For further information on membership see:

Terms and Conditions:
Due to the large amount of submission annually received applicants must consider the following specifications:

  • Maximum dimensions for canvas and prints are 2.50×2.50 meters.
  • Sculptures and installations must be no larger than 3 meters cubed.
  • If you wish to submit a video work all technical equipment must be provided.

The submitted work must be delivered or posted to the gallery on the 2nd and 3rd of May between 11am – 5pm.

Exhibition runs from 4th to 11th of May, opening on Thursday 4th May, 6pm.

Dates for de-install and the collection of work are the 12th and 13th of May between 11am – 5pm. All work must be collected on these days.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the gallery via email at

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

Open Call For Ideas| Hack the Brain, Science Gallery Dublin

Deadline: 8 May 2017, 5pm

Hack the Brain Dublin is an immersive, creative hackathon weekend in Science Gallery Dublin which aims to get artists, designers, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, developers and engineers working together in transdisciplinary teams to develop ideas into prototype artworks, objects, inventions or interfaces which use or harness brain signals and brain-computer interface (BCI) technology.
Science Gallery Dublin invites you to submit your proposal for a project to be undertaken at the Hack The Brain Hackathon over the weekend of June 9th—11th, 2017. Science Gallery Dublin can provide travel and/or accommodation support up to €500 for the 6 successful applicants (terms & conditions apply to this non-transferable travel bursary).

Projects should relate to an artistic goal and show a relevant connection to artistic expression, as well as a concept based on scientific evidence and valid neurophysiological parameters. EEG headsets will be available for use by the teams and mentors will be on hand to provide guidance in the use of the hardware and software. At the start of the weekend teams will be formed, and they will spend the weekend developing a prototype of the project that you proposed with your leadership. At the end of the weekend all teams will pitch their work to a jury and the public.
6 winning ideas will be announced on 16th May 2017.

The hardware available for teams to use will include EEG caps, wireless amplifiers and electrodes from Brain Products GmbH, and Enobio headsets from Starlab; VR Oculus Rift, 3D printer, audio speakers, data projectors etc.

All details available at:

AtHomeStudios | Next Meeting and Call for New Members

AtHomeStudios is currently looking 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, socialise, 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 9 May, 10am -12 at the VAI Offices, 4 Oliver Bond St., Dublin 8. All welcome but spaces are limited so please RSVP to

For more information visit

Open Call | Artist in Residence, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 3   Recently updated !

Closing date for applications: Thursday 25 May

Marino Institute of Education, an associated college of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is delighted to advertise for an artist in residence at MIE supported by the Arts Council. Over the past decade, MIE has significantly increased student numbers, broadened its programme offering in teacher education and education studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With this in mind, this artist in residence will further develop MIE’s arts rich status and enhance curriculum visual arts programme provision for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The appointment of Artist in Residence is for one year, beginning 1st September 2017 to 30th June 2018.

The successful applicant will be paid a fee of €15,000 for the year.
Applicants may express an interest in continuing the residency up to a maximum of three academic years.

We welcome applications from professional artists with a track record in visual arts; a demonstrated interest in creating work with or for children; and an interest in developing their practice in an education setting.

The artist in residence will have the opportunity to:

• Complement current provision on a number of visual arts/ arts in education modules across a number of programmes
• Orchestrate arts rich experiences for broader campus community including students, primary school children and campus community
• Share their observations regarding the impact of the residency on student teachers and other participants as part of ongoing research in arts in education
• Evolve their current practice and nurture their professional skills as a contemporary visual artist
• Share his or her evolving practice with the campus community through display, presentation, workshop and digital communication


Open Call | 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.

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

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

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

Deadline: Monday 15 May

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 Mizen Peninsula

Open Call | Time To Change – NI Mental Health Arts+Film Fest   Recently updated !

Deadline: 27 April 2017

TIME TO CHANGE: Group Exhibition
Arts & Disability Forum (Belfast). Exhibition will take place from 16th May to 16th June 2017

NIMHAFF is a growing festival in its 4th year, set up to celebrate mental health, challenge stigma around it and fight inequalities. The creation and enjoyment of art contributes hugely to the recovery and thriving of many people who experience mental-health difficulties; our programme – including this group art exhibition at Belfast’s Arts & Disability Forum – will highlight and champion arts-driven wellbeing.

The 2017 festival theme is Time to Change: We invite visual artists – especially those who have experienced mental health issues – to submit artworks broadly exploring this theme. The chosen artworks will be part of a group show curated by artist Ciara O’Malley and Hugh O’Donnell, Outreach Arts Officer with the Arts& Disability Forum, with the help of an experienced panel.


Open Call | Temporary Gallery Space at Cruthú Arts Festival, Longford   Recently updated !

Application deadline: Friday 19 May

The Cruthú Arts Festival programme features a mix of visual art, street art, music, theatre, and literary events. The Temporary Gallery Space Competition has been an integral part to this festival from its inception, the festival is now in its fourth year. The festival is looking to incorporate a broad range of visual art forms, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and film.

Successful applicants will be allocated a shared venue free of charge with insurance covered by the festival for the duration of the festival. These pop-up spaces are located in vacant retail units situated throughout the town, which can be used to display existing works, house specially-designed installations, or be transformed into unique conceptual spaces.

While the festival will endeavour to facilitate as many artists as possible the spaces are limited. Submissions will be evaluated by The Cruthú Arts Festival Committee and the successful final selection will be contacted by email.

The festival takes place in Longford over four days, starting Thursday, July 27th, to Sunday, July 30th.

Please note:
It will be the artists’ responsibility to prepare their exhibition spaces and to clear the space afterwards, leaving them in good condition on the Monday following the festival. Cruthu will provide some labour, paint and materials to assist in bringing temporary spaces up to exhibition standard. Artists must be in attendance and invigilate their own exhibition during the festival. There is no artist fee paid to exhibiting artists. There is a 10% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. Food and refreshments are provided for artists for the duration of the festival.

Submissions and queries by email to

Open Call | Artist Incubation Space at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

Deadline: Wednesday 24 May at 12 noon.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE – An arts and health residency for Kildare County Council and Riverbank Arts Centre. Operating Dates: Saturday June 24th – Saturday August 12th.
We are offering artists from or living in Kildare with all levels of experience an opportunity to use the McKenna Art Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre as their own studio for short or long periods of time throughout 2017. Artists can apply to use the space for 1 day to three consecutive days and up to four days a week for six weeks. Availability of the incubation space will be dependent on application.
Artist fee will be paid to successful candidates.


Open Call | Cabinet of Wonders #4, Linenhall Arts Centre

cabinet-of-wondersClosing date for submissions: 1 May

Submissions are sought from artists and guest curators for the fourth outing of ‘The Cabinet of Wonders’, to be installed in June 2017 in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

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

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

Catalogues from Cabinet of Wonders #1 and #2 are also now available to view on the Linenhall website:

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 | Maturity in Art Exhibition, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Deadline: Saturday 29 April 2107
58A Main Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway

As part of the Bealtaine Galway Festival 2017 and with support received from Galway County Council, Loughrea School of Art are hosting an art exhibition entitled ‘Maturity in Art’.

The exhibition will open on Sunday 7th May from 2 – 6 pm at our premises on Main Street, Loughrea and will include work by local artists who came to art later in life.Entry to the exhibition is free and the work will be on display until Saturday 13th May.

If you are a mature artist or know a mature artist that might like to include a piece then there are a few ways you can contact us:
E:, T: 091 841886
Call in and see us at our premises on Main Street, Loughrea (above Spectacular Opticians)

See our website for terms and conditions:

Open Call | Live Collision International Festival 2017

Application deadline: 5 April 2017

Live Collision invites applications for 1 of 3 BITE SIZE // SCRATCH performances selected via open call.

If you have an idea for a new work and you are a performance maker, company and/or collective or artist(s) working in any discipline presenting work in a live performance context, this opportunity may be for you.

Event date: 20 April 2017 as part of BITE SIZE // SCRATCH at LIVE COLLISION INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2017: Part 1 at Project Arts Centre.

BITE SIZE // SCRATCH is a ‘curated’ fast and furious look at the current new blood / next generation artists who are making dynamic new work in Ireland. It is also a platform for established artists to explore new ideas through a context and environment that is risk based and supported. Live Collision invites artists and/or companies to present as part of BITE SIZE // SCRATCH while simultaneously inviting our audiences to experience work at varying stages of ‘readyness’.

Please note the purpose of BITE SIZE // SCRATCH is for artists to actively explore and pursue the creation of new work in an exploratory way with a set of provocations or points of enquiry, proposed to our live audience, which are genuinely sought to further the development of new work.

For more information and to apply see:

Open Call | 126 Annual Members Show 2017, Brainchild

Application deadline: 15 April, 5pm

126 Artist-Run Gallery invite submissions of works in any medium by artists within our membership for the 10th Annual 126 members’ show, which will be held in both 126 Gallery in Galway and The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum, USA. This open call is particularly exciting as we will also offer one of our members a month-long residency opportunity at WCU in October of this year.

This year ‘innovation’ will be the basis for selection: some of the most respected artists in history were innovators and through developing new techniques and new styles, they were able to enhance art by making expression easier, clearer, or more recognisable. The starting point, the ‘brainchild’, is the product of one’s creative effort and this year 126 simply ask that work is new, experimental, fresh, and innovative with the intention of pushing boundaries within the art world.

Basic Space Seeking New Co-Director

Application deadline: Friday 21 April

Basic Space is a contemporary art organisation, operating from a gallery/studio space in Temple Bar, Dublin, with a programme of residencies, exhibitions, and educational events in collaboration with institutions throughout Ireland and the UK.

Basic Space seeks to appoint a Co-Director responsible for the management, development and administration of the organisation with an emphasis on visual art and educational programming. The successful candidate will have a particular responsibility to maintain and develop collaborations with institutions and practitioners nationally and internationally. Basic Space looks to expand its operations and continue to provide space and opportunities for artists and contemporary art practitioners more broadly. The ideal candidate should have the vision and ambition to craft and implement a successful policy and programme as a part of a team.

This is an unsalaried position, requiring a minimum commitment of 15hrs a week. The Co-Director will be paid a fee per project in addition to work-related expenses.

To apply please provide a CV and a brief proposal of your vision for Basic Space focusing on residency, visual art and education programming and development. The candidate should have a background as an artist, curator or art writer/researcher/critic but all applicants will be considered on their individual merit.

Please send your application to with the Ref: Co-Director App 2017

Open Call for Photographers | Portfolio Meetings with Source Magazine

Saturday 13 May Nerve Centre (in Collaboration with Remote Photo Festival). Submission deadline: 6 May
Saturday 3 June Source Office Belfast in collaboration with Belfast Photo Festival 2017. Submission deadline: 19 May

As part of research for future issues Source Magazine is holding two meetings with photographers to find out about new photographic projects. The meetings are an opportunity to directly introduce a new piece of work to one of the editors. This is one way Source finds new work for publication in the ‘portfolio pages’ section of Source Magazine. (Open to photographers from or making work in the UK or Ireland).
If interested in attending, email a pdf with up to 10 images (PDF Files no more than 30 Mg) and contained within it up to three paragraphs of text that give a background to your new work along with your name, contact phone number and web address. Submitted work will then be shortlisted (see submission deadlines below) and subsequently Source will arrange up to eight, half hour, meetings on the day. Please see submission deadlines outlined below.

For more details of the process see

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

Deadline: Monday 17 April 2017

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 Dunmanway and Drimoleague Region

Open Call | Collective Exhibition at Gallery X

Deadline for submissions: 31 May

The next collective exhibition at Gallery X, titled Cock and Pussy, would like to celebrate the parts of our bodies around which most of our lives revolve, and yet which are most often hidden away and forgotten.

This is an exhibition against shame, because shame is the parent of repression. Gallery X want to celebrate freedom, joy and pleasure.

Gallery X are looking for works that are graphic and joyous. In accordance to the principles of GalleryX, the works must be skilful, daring and accessible. Gallery X would also like to avoid banal exploitative material.

Send your proposals with jpgs to – either pictures of the actual works you are proposing, or stylistic examples of what will be provided.

Selected artorks must be supplied ready to hang by 20 August. Exhibition will open 31 August.

GalleryX, 65 William St S, Dublin 2
T: (01) 549 1630

Call for Speakers | Digital Transformations Conference, Co. Leitrim

Deadline: 30 April 2017
Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim

Conference takes place on 14 and 15 October 2017.
This conference looks at the cultural impacts of the emerging digital society – a society in which human relations are dependent on digital technology. These technologies are providing new challenges and opportunities for artists, but also for people in general, who need their artists to help them understand its impacts and to preserve cultural identity in the face of these profound changes.
Issues the conference hopes to explore include authorship, memory, automation, copyright and commodification, politics and ideology. The conference seeks to bring together artists, people in creative industries, the tech sector, higher education, and people involved in the formulation of arts policy in Ireland.

We are looking for people that can make an engaging contribution to this debate – either through simple presentations/lectures, or something more interactive.

Open Call | New Lodge Arts Artist in Residence 2017, Belfast

Application deadline: Friday 24 March, 12noon

New Lodge Arts is seeking to employ an Artist in Residence for a one year placement starting in April 2017.

New Lodge Arts provide innovative, fun and educational activities that stretch right across the community and political divide in north Belfast delivering over 800 workshops per year. Working with approximately 3,000 children, young people, and their families from across Greater New Lodge and North Belfast, New Lodge Arts has embedded itself at the heart of North Belfast. With a strong community focus and a passion for supporting the needs of young people within the area, New Lodge Arts continue to strengthen and develop their annual arts programme in order to tackle the real issues that affect young people in north Belfast.

Purpose of the Artist in Residence Programme:
New Lodge Arts is interested in exploring, through this residency, the relationship between artist, community and place, where the meaning of the work is implicit; obvious rather than hidden. The residency will creatively investigate approaches to working effectively within a community context to platform the views and concerns of local people, so that through this process they have might an impact on their environment. The residency will be collaboration between artist and community rather than artist delivering to the community.

The Artist in Residence will work in a community context. S/he will understand the community, or the context of place, and through collaboration, negotiation, discussion and forming relationships with the community, will articulate ‘a sense of place’. They will take on the role of facilitator, collaborator and participant with a weekly presence of at least eight hours per week in the community. The artist will bring their skills and ability to communicate while the community will bring their knowledge, ideas, aspirations and dynamic. The work created will have a connection with the context whether people or place.

The artist will connect to nearby community facilities (e.g. The FabLab) and contribute their skills and expertise to the New Lodge Arts programme.

The scheme will run from April 2017 – March 2018
The Artist in Residence will be expected to spend at least 8 hours per week within the Culture Shop or delivering programmes locally. This will be agreed with the Arts Programme and Operations Manager.

£6, 000 (inclusive of VAT and all expenses)

Submission Details:
All prospective candidates are asked to submit their CV (no longer than 3 pages), some examples of your work and a letter that demonstrates your competency to the following areas;

1. Arts Experience – professional (300 words)
2. Community Arts experience (300 words)
3. Working on own initiative to deliver project goals (100 words)
4. Leading project work – liaising with project team (100 words)

For full details visit:

Submissions and queries to:
Anne Delaney, Arts Programme and Operations Manager

Open Call | Féile an Phobail 2017, Belfast

Application deadline: Thursday 6 April

Artists are invited to submit expressions of interest for consideration in our August Féile, Irelands Biggest Community Arts Festival and Summer School. This year’s August Féile will run from Thursday 3rd– Sunday 13th August.

The theme of this year’s Féile will be Rights and Revelry, regarding, but not limited to, cultural rights, Acht na Gaeilge, LGBT, newcomer communities, etc.

Féile will be hosting exhibitions in a number of key venues in the City during August, and would be delighted if you would consider submitting an exhibition for this year’s August Féile. Submissions of non-themed exhibitions are also welcome.

Artists will be given a space to exhibit but there is no financial support available. Insurance and transportation of work are the responsibility of the artist. No commission charged on sale of work.

Artists must be available to instal works in the week leading up to the exhibition and on the day after the exhibition closes, to dismantle and collect their work.

Expressions of interest to include:

• Description of content/ theme of exhibition
• Short artist biography with contact details including telephone number
• 6 images
• Size and dimensions of exhibition

If interested please contact: Deirdre Mackel by email: