Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to invite submissions from artists who have studied in, are living in, working in or originally from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County for the biennial Open Exhibition to be held in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire from the 13th of December 2019 to the 26th of January 2020. The 2019/20 exhibition will be selected by Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlanes Gallery and the theme is Utopia/ Dystopia.
“A utopia is a perfect world. In utopias, there are not problems like war, disease, poverty, oppression, discrimination, inequality etc, while a dystopia, on the other hand, is a world in which nothing is perfect. The problems that plague our world are often even more extreme in dystopias. At this moment in the 21st century and in a complex world of extremes and oppositions what does this mean for artists now…” Aoife Ruane, Highlanes Gallery
Please note: there is a submission fee of €10 to apply.
Submission of entries: Original artworks must be submitted to dlr LexIcon (Municipal Gallery, level 3) on Thursday 21st of November between 10am and 7pm or on Friday 22nd of November between 10am and 4pm. Unselected artworks must be collected on Wednesday 4th of December between 4pm and 7pm or on Thursday 5th of December between 10am and 5pm.
A launch will take place on Thursday 12th of December for selected artists and invited guests. dlr County Council will present an award of €1,000 to the overall winner of the Open Exhibition and two runner up prizes of €250 each. The decision of the Selector shall be final. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Learning Programme including talks, tours and workshops.