Open Call | Marsh’s Library, PhotoIreland Festival 2017 (Submission Fee)

Deadline: 10 April, midnight

PhotoIreland Festival invites national and international, emerging and established photographers to submit to the 8th edition of the PhotoIreland Festival, taking place in May 2017. This year, rather than a particular theme or concept, artists are invited to engage with a particular space: Marsh’s Library.

When it opened to the public in 1707, the Marsh’s Library was the first public library in Ireland. Unchanged for three centuries, the perfectly preserved Marsh’s Library of the early Enlightenment, houses more than 25,000 rare books, and famous readers have included Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce.

One selected artist will be exhibited at Marsh’s Library as part of the main exhibitions of this year’s edition.
Please note there is an administration fee of €10 per submission.

Submitting artists are invited to find out more about the Marsh’s Library, appreciate and engage with this specific space, and tease out associated themes. Artists are urged to think critically and objectively about the submission, considering but not limiting themselves to these suggested topics: history, archives, libraries, literature, authorship, re-contextualisation and researched-based projects.

PhotoIreland Festival will pay artists fees to the artists selected according to standard guidelines and individual agreements with each artist.

PhotoIreland Festival will cover the costs of designing, printing and distributing any materials. PhotoIreland Festival will cover no costs incurred in regards to travel, accommodation, subsistence, and so on, unless otherwise stated.

To submit, first download the MAIN 17 Submission Form from the festival website, and read the terms and conditions in full:

Proceed with the fee payment via bank transfer or PayPal. Finally, fill in all the details in the form and email it to with MAIN 2017 as the subject.
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