Open Call | The Parted Veil: Commemoration in photographic practices, The Glucksman, Cork

Deadline for receipt of applications: Thursday 6 September, 5pm.

As a memento, a keepsake, or a document, photography has a close and significant relationship to commemoration. In capturing moments of personal value, the photographic image becomes a record of our shared past, a visual chronicle that is both private memory and public history.

The Parted Veil: Commemoration in photographic practices will be an exhibition of Irish artists who use the photographic image to consider ideas of remembrance and celebration, and especially to reflect how intimate experiences express the wider events shaping our contemporary world. A dedicated publication will accompany the exhibition and will feature
artworks from the exhibition, texts from Irish poets and contextual essays by the curators. The Glucksman invite contemporary artists from across the island of Ireland to submit photographic works for inclusion in the exhibition. The proposed works should explore the the relationship between the photographic image and commemoration, the importance of individual perspectives to national discourse, and how our collective memory is shaped through photography.

As part of the Decade of Commemorations, The Parted Veil: Commemoration in photographic practices will take place at the Glucksman, University College Cork, from April – July 2019. An extensive program of curated events, courses and workshops will accompany the exhibition.

To apply to the open submission, artists must submit the following information by email to

– Up to 5 images of photography-based artworks. Please indicate title, medium,
date and dimensions of the printed images in the file names.
– Statement indicating relevance of the proposed artworks to the exhibition theme
on a single A4 page. Longer submissions will not be considered.
– CV demonstrating professional qualifications and experience (3 page maximum).

Selected artists will be paid an exhibition fee of €500. Additional support will be made available to cover agreed production, framing or transport costs of artworks to the Glucksman, University College Cork.

There is no fee for submission. All jury decisions are final and will be communicated via email to all applicants. No correspondence will be entered into by the panellists in relation to the selection of artists for the exhibition.

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