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Call for Applications: Arts Council of Ireland Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme 2012

Visual Artists Ireland, on behalf of the Arts Council, invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €30,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. In keeping with the Council’s policy document ‘Visual Artists’ Workspaces in Ireland – A New Approach’, it is continuing this scheme with the aim of assisting group studios throughout the country to provide the best possible environment for working visual artists and, where feasible, to enable a level of subsidy for resident visual artists.The scheme will award grants of up to €30,000 towards running costs such as light, heat, rent, artists’ development programmes, administration and/or appropriate salary costs (capital costs cannot be applied for through this scheme). The funding will be a once-off grant for 2012. There is an overall total available fund of €230,000.

How to apply:

The scheme is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council. Applications should be sent in hard copy and electronic format (Word format) to:

Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme 2012, Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Court, Dublin.

Please note that incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

Queries & further information: Damien McGlynn,Visual Artists Ireland T: 01 6729488

Deadline: The closing date for the Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme 2012 is Thursday 15th September 2011 at 5.30pm.



The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.               




Custom House Studios are now inviting   submissions for exhibitions and use of studio space for 2012 and 2013.

The Studios complex houses 7 artists’ studios, exhibition space, and print studio.

These facilities are housed in the historic Customs          House building on the Quay in Westport, Ireland.

Studio Occupancy

Artists are now invited to submit proposals for year long use of Studios in   2012 and 2013.

Artists are now invited to submit proposals for short term use of Studios during the years 2012 and 2013.


Artists and Curators are now invited to submit proposals for exhibitions at Custom House Studios gallery during 2012and 2013. 

Submissions due for studios and exhibitions by the 30th September 2011

Please send letters of interest, CVs and documentation of work and 8 – 10 images to:    The Manager.  Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.


Professional Artist Studio Scheme at Arthouse, Stradbally

The Professional Artist Studio Scheme at the Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois deadline has been extended. Developed by Laois County Council the scheme is intended to support a professional artist to develop their professional practice.

The Scheme includes:

· A studio with separate accommodation at a rent of E200 per month for a one-year period, which may be extended at the discretion of Laois County Council.

Light and heat are extra.

· Administrative and curatorial support through Laois County Council Arts Office.

· Inclusion in exhibition programme with Laois County Council.

· Services offered within the complex include an exhibition space, music rehearsal space, kiln, garden space a digital room and library facilities.

· Digital equipment includes: Mac Pro, Samsung EX 1920W Monitor, 40”LCD TV.

Applicants may be short-listed and invited to attend an interview in a week from the closing date . Before the final decision is made, copies of relevant educational qualifications will be required.

To apply:

Application forms and further information about the scheme are available from The Arts Office, Laois County Council:

T: 057 8674342/44 E:

Applications should be submitted by Friday 12 August 2011 to the Arts Officer, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. (No email applications accepted)


6th International Arte Laguna Prize

Deadline: 11 November 2011

Application fee: E50 for one work, E90 for two works.

Total Prize amount: E170,000 (The winning artworks will remain of artists’ property)

Sections: painting, sculpture, photographic art, videoart and performance, virtual art

Participation: open to all the artists, without any constriction and with free topic

Collective Exhibition: Venice.

Finalists: 110 Artists.

Special Prizes: Personal and Collective Exhibitions, International Festivals, Artist Residencies  (Loft Miramarmi, Carlo Zauli Museum, Glass School Abate Zanetti, Art Stays, iaab).

Business for Art: STILE Original Design

Prize Curator: Igor Zanti – Art Critic

Jurors:Alessio Antoniolli – Director Gasworks of London, Chiara Barbieri – Publications Director, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Gabriella Belli – Director MART of Trento and Rovereto, Ilaria Bonacossa – Freelance Curator, Soledad Gutierrez – Curator at MACBA Barcelona, Kanchi Metha – Curator Indian Pavillon Prague Biennale, Ludovico Pratesi – Director Centro Arti Visive Pescheria of Pesaro, Maria Savarese – Freelance Curator, Ralf Schmitt – Director Preview Berlin, Alma Zevi – Art Critic.


T: +39 041 5937242 – int 4




The 2011 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition is now open for entries! Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all artists, photographers, writers and poets to submit their work into the Creative Works Competition, Now in its fourth year, the competition is dedicated to celebrating and championing creative talent across the disciplines and welcomes entries from poets and writers as well as artists working in any medium, including sculpture, textiles, photography, ceramics, paint, digital art and more!

·      The Competition has three categories, Artwork & Photography, Poetry and Fiction. 

·      Winners and finalists are published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual.

·      Winners of each category receive £500 prize money (apx. â,¬570) plus other prizes.

·      Entry to the Creative Works Competition is £10 (apx. â,¬11).

·      The entry fee allows the submission of 2 images, 2 poems or 2 short stories. 

·      The deadline for submissions is the 31st August 2011.

·      More guidelines on how to submit can be found online at


Exhibiting at Turn-berlin

Turn-berlin is an artist funded space, with a large gallery in the middle of the biggest concentration of art in Europe. We are working to find the most effective ways of progressing an artists name and reputation. By introducing a more integrated approach we can be more effective and develop wider opportunities.

The intense experience of showing work in a gallery is the best way to have work seen. To get the most from  exhibiting which can be a relatively short event, to include it as part of a comprehensive package gives more considered exposure. Developing a name is the only way forward, it takes time and a lot of determination. This is why many artists are finding new ways of being seen. If you don’t exhibit you are only doing half of the job, but taking a positive approach to exhibiting should include other forms.

We are now big enough to be a representational gallery offering a full promotional package. More information on turn-berlin’s long term approach to developing artists is on the following link:

Address: turn-berlin Gallery, Josetti Höfe, Rungestr 22-24, 10179 Berlin, Germany.

Deadline: Open.


Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre: Call for Submissions

Due to open in Autumn 2010, the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre is a multi-purpose arts centre featuring exhibition galleries, community workshop rooms, 215 seater theatre, dance studio, storytelling/ presentation area and outdoor town square for external events and performances. We are currently seeking visual artists to contribute to our gallery programme which will include local, national and international artists. Artists working in any media are welcome, as are both emerging and established artists. Interested artists should submit a current CV, statement and a minimum of 8 images of recent work. Please also indicate interest and capacity to participate in accompanying gallery education and community activities if applicable. Requested items should preferably be emailed to or posted to:

Address:Limavady Borough Council, 7 Connell Street, Limavady BT49 0HA (marked for the attention of the Arts & Cultural Services Officer)




Call for Submissions: The Carnegie Arts Centre 2011/12

The Carnegie Arts Centre in Kenmare is currently seeking submissions from both emerging and established artists to develop its visual arts programme for 2011/12. The Carnegie is looking to offer a challenging programme of contemporary visual arts to the community and we welcome proposals from individuals or groups of artists working in any media.Interested artists should send applications either by email or post marked ‘Submissions’ containing a short CV and a proposal or statement along with good quality images or video and, if possible, a website address. (Please send an SAE if you require return of your material)The Carnegie Arts Centre, Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Co.Kerry.

T: 064 6648701


Deadline: Ongoing


Call for Entries: Salon Art Prize 2011

Salon Art Prize 2011- Call for entriesExhibition dates: 7 – 29 October, 2011The Salon Art Prize 2011 is the fifth annual open submission exhibition produced by Matt Roberts Arts at our gallery on Vyner St in East London. We will exhibit up to 100 artists and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Salon Art Prize we will be offering a separate prize of GBP1000 for each exhibition category: Painting, Sculpture and Installation (including sound) and 2-D Media.

This years’ Selectors are:Patricia Bickers (Editor, Art Monthly)Pippa Hale (Director, Project Space Leeds)Robert Leckie (Exhibitions Curator, Gasworks)Matt Roberts Arts is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 to create opportunities for artists in new locations and contexts. Matt Roberts Arts offers support to creative practitioners by providing a range of professional development programmes and national and international touring exhibitions.

In order to apply you will need to send three images of works you would like to submit to and pay an associate membership fee of GBP10 via our website

The deadline for applications and payments is: 5pm (GMT), Saturday 13 August 2011.To apply please see

WHAT: Call for Expressions of Interest‘Body Conscious’

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is one of Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programmes based in Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH). We host four exhibitions of contemporary art a year in WRH including exhibitions with a healthcare focus. WHAT is concerned with all the various meeting points of the world of Health and the world of Art, and, in this regard, there can be few greater shared concerns than the body.

We would like to hear from artists who are exploring the body as subject matter with a view to curating a series of exhibitions from 2012 – 2017 under the title ‘Body Conscious’. We are looking for more than observational studies. We are interested in fresh perspectives on the body, possibly but not necessarily based on personal experience of illness and treatment, that have the potential to generate dialogue within the health field.

Please send five captioned jpegs of relevant artwork, including work in progress, a one-page artist’s CV and a short artist’s statement outlining your artistic interest in this subject (max 200 words) to Mary Grehan at the address below or email to to arrive no later than Wednesday 31 August 2011.

Please post a stamped addressed envelope if you wish to have your material returned to you.Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Waterford Regional Hospital , Dunmore Road, Waterford

T: 051 842664


Deadline: 31 August 2011

Call for Submissions: Revolver Programme at Wexford Arts Centre

Wexford Arts Centre has developed a new strand to its exhibition programme. Through the Revolver Programme, artists and curators are invited to apply for solo and/or group exhibitions with particular emphasis placed in receiving submissions for curated group shows. A panel of suitable qualified persons will oversee the selection of exhibitions and we would encourage collectives, groups or studios to apply. Submissions will be considered on the basis of artistic merit and with consideration of the wider remit of Wexford Arts Centre’s visual arts programme. Auxiliary events such as artist/ curator talks will be encouraged and coordinated to coincide with the exhibitions.

The Revolver programme will also be open to artists from South West Wales under the Coracle – Wales Ireland Interreg collaboration project. The Coracle programme aims to provide opportunities to exchange expertise and ideas between creative & cultural arts practitioners, academics and students. Coracle’s broader aim is to maximize the economic, social and cultural value of the creative and cultural arts to the regions of South West Wales and South East Ireland.

Exhibitions will run in one month periods throughout 2011/12 starting in December of this year and whilst Wexford Arts Centre will provide administration, promotion, and curation and technical assistance, there is a nominal charge to help cover the costs of running the galleries.Upper gallery: E160.00 (E40.00 per week per four week exhibition run)Lower gallery: E240.00 (E60.00 per week per four week exhibition run – costs can be shared if you are selected for group exhibition).

Submissions must be emailed to and include the following:1) An up to date CV with primary residence noted;2) A statement about your work detailing themes, working methods and medium – 300 word limit;3) A proposal in relation to the body of work which you intend to exhibit – 350 word limit;4) Examples of work to date i.e. documentation in the form of 10 jpeg images. Full details for each image are required, i.e. title, medium, measurements, date of work. One copy of film, video or audio work can be sent by post marked as REVOLVER Programme.

For full details, contact

126, Artist Run Gallery: Call for Submissions 2012

126, Artist-run gallery, is currently accepting proposals its 2012 artistic program. 126 values work that is risk-taking, experimental, in-progress, and otherwise not normally represented by commercial galleries or established institutions. The gallery seeks to present a diverse program, ranging from established to emerging artists, from international to local practitioners and from conventional to new medias.I

f you would like to be considered, please send a concise proposal, an up-to-date CV and no more than 10 images of recent work.

Proposals may be sent by email to: or in the case of hard copy proposals, may be sent to:126, Artist-run Gallery,Queen St,Galway, Ireland

(Please enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of proposals, and all images should be on on CD that is Mac compatible)

T: +353 91 569871



Call for Submissions: Droichead Arts Centre 2012/2013 Programme

Droichead Arts Centre is seeking artist submissions for its 2012/2013 Visual Arts Programme. The Submission process is open to both solo and group proposals. If you would like to be considered, please submit your proposal by 30 August 2011.

Those submitting work should read Droichead Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Policy to establish if their work is in fitting with the organisations overall artistic policy on – Visual Arts Section.

Open Submission Call: Gallery9, Wexford

Gallery9 is a new artist run studio/exhibition space situated in Wexford town and is seeking applications for its visual arts programme.Email submission only. All applications must include examples of previous work (this may be submitted as links to websites or other online content, links to online content must be clearly labeled and context given) a concise artists statement, max 6 images of work, a CV and proposal (if applicable).Unit 1, 9 Westgate, Wexford Town, Wexford.

T: 086 3216006


Deadline: 25 August 2011

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust: Call for Submissions

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is now accepting submissions for its 2012/2013 exhibition programme.

Interested artists/curators should submit proposals which must include:· Artists Statement· Proposal· An up to date CVApplications are accepted by email or hardcopy. All applications must include examples of previous work. Images or representations in PC compatible DVD or CD format and should be accompanied by an image list with titles, medium and dimensions clearly labelled. Submissions will not be returned unless a stamp addressed envelope is included

Proposals should be addressed to:

Margaret Flannery, Arts Officer, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway.

T: 091 544979


Deadline: Friday 25 August 2011


Call for Submissions: Iontas Art Gallery , Castleblayney

The Iontas Art Gallery in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan calls for submissions for the period June 2012 – May 2014. Closing date for submissions is 30 November 2011. Artists are required to provide a proposal for an exhibition, a C.V., images of current work and images of proposed work.To be sent to Carmel Rudden, Iontas Centre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

T: 042 9753427


Deadline: 30 November 2011

Call for Submissions: Jam Art Factory, Dublin

Jam Art Factory are currently accepting open submissions for 2011. We are situated on busy Patrick Street, Dublin between St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church . We work with up and coming and established artists.Those interested in exhibiting, email:

Deadline: December 2011


Call for Submissions: Film Works on DVD

For the duration of the Dublin Contemporary 2011 films from various artists will be shown in the reception area of the Cross Gallery with the monitor showing out towards the window of the gallery thus including a pedestrian audience along Francis Street. The viewings of these films will be dictated by the gallery and could be several films in one day or a film a day.

Please send dvd to Mark St.John Ellis at the address below: Mark St.John Ellis, Curator / Director, Cross gallery and nag, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.

T: +353 1 473 6978

E: Film Competition presents ‘Inspire a Generation’. A film competition to promote positive attitudes to mental health. Individuals are asked to create a short film or animation (90–180 secs) exploring mental health topics, and how we can get through tough times.

The competition has two stages:

1. Submit a brief on proposed video, including a storyboard of scenes. Briefs will be reviewed by judging panel based on message interpretation, creativity and production plan.

2. The successful submissions will be invited to produce their video project. These teams will then compete for the prizes outlined below.Films will be featured on, accredited to the film-maker.


1. E2,000 and an internship with leading Irish Advertising Agency Cawley-Nea

2. E1,0003. E500

Who can enter: Individuals aged 18+ who are resident in Ireland . This competition is best suited to film or animation graduates with experience in developing short multi-media pieces.

Deadline for submission of initial proposals to 30 June 2011

Closing date for invited film submissions: 1 September 2011

Awards: October 2011


Paper Visual Art Journal: Call for Submissions

Paper Visual Art Journal is currently seeking submissions from writers, artists or curators who would like to contribute an article, review or essay for publication online.  To submit, please send the text along with some good-quality images if possible to Niamh at: .

Paper visual art journal is an online publication for contemporary art. Paper recognises the vacuum of critique and dialogue that exists for the emerging artist or artist group, between graduate and established art practice in Ireland. The emphasis, at outset, is to address this.


Cologne International Video Art Festival: Call for Entries

Cologne International Videoart Festival – Calls for entries1 January 2011 – 31 December 2012

1. Football – Soccer – Fussball

In 2012, in Poland and Ukraine the European Football Championship will be held showing once again how deeply rooted football is in the contemporary society. Cologne International Videoart Festival is looking for work dealing with football as an artistic topic for its nomadic festival project CologneOFF (2011/2012) – videoart in a global context for experimental films and video art.Football is a complex social phenomenon, which is more than worth being reflected in new forms of contemporary art. CologneOFF is inviting film- and videomakers all over the world to contribute and submit experimental films and video art by using the entry form on –

2. Let’s Save the World !?Let’s Save the World!? – is the theme of a special selection to be made in the framework of the nomadic festival project “CologneOFF 2011/2012 – videoart in a global context” which is not only appealing to work actively for the survival of our blue planet, but dealing with the questions what can be done to save the world and how can it be done, with environmental issues & sustainability, social & global responsibility and much more.

Artists working with “moving images” are invited to deal with all these and many more questions in their experimental films and videoart, to contribute and submit to this call by using the entry form on –

Deadline for both calls: 1 September 2011


Abridged 0 - 23: Desire and Dust Sumission Call

Abridged, the poetry/art magazine is looking for submissions for its Desire and Dust issue. A maximum of 3 poems may be submitted of any length. Art can be up to A4 size and can be in any media. It should be at least 300 dpi. Submissions can be emailed to  or posted to: Abridged c/o The Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry BT48 6PU. Closing date for submissions is 08th September

Abridged is Gregory McCartney (Project Coordinator) and Maria Campbell (Editor)


In Sight of Raftery Festival 2011 - The Raftery Award

This year, the festival is pleased to announce the introduction of a new poetry competition to be held during the festival in November 2011. 

The Prizes:

1st Prize 750euro

2nd Prize 500euro

3rd Prize 250 euro

There will be 10 shortlisted entrants who will be notified by the end of September 2011.  Shortlisted entrants will receive free accommodation plus 50euro expenses. 

N.B.  It is a condition of entry that all finalists will be available to read their work in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, on the night of Friday, November 11th, 2011, during which the winners will be announced.  In certain circumstances, the Coordinator and judges may consider an alternate reader.


Title:  Journeying

Maximum 80 lines

Each poem should be 1.5 or double spaced on one side of the paper only.

All poems should be original work, not published previously in any form/format.

Entry Fee: 5 euro per poem

Your name and contact details should be on a separate sheet and must not appear on the same page as the poems.

Alterations to poems, once submitted, will not be accepted.

The judges decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding same.

3 copies of each poem must be provided to

Ms. Louise Lawrence,

33, Rathcluain Village,


Co. Mayo.

If you wish your work returned to you, please provide a S.A.E.

Deadline: August 31, 2011



Irish playwrights, established or aspiring, are being set  an unusual writing challenge this summer.  A nationwide call for new 10 Minute Plays on themes relating to the environment is currently taking place. 

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, in co-operation with Offaly Arts Office, Jasango Theatre, Offaly, and Selkie Theatre, U.S.A  are pleased to announce the debut of Bo Leictreach:

The GreenPlay Festival, an exciting new festival showcasing new 10 Minute GreenPlays by Irish playwrights. 

Bo Leictreach takes it’s inspiration from Selkie Theatre’s Electric Cow: The GreenPlay Festival, a popular new festival hosting site-specific performances of  short green plays that recently debuted in a historic grist mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area).  Elecrric Cow was inspired by regional playwrights attending the monthly Selkie Seisiuns playwriting workshops at Arts Lehigh, Lehigh University, who noted the lack of contemporary plays addressing environmental issues.

Playwrights are asked to submit their scripts for adjudication by August 17th to Plays must be variations of eco-green themes and no longer than 10 minutes in running time. All topics are on the table, from climate change, Irish fracking, nuclear power, recycling, to wind farms, organic veg, and greenwashing, etc, etc.

Those plays chosen (8-10) will receive a workshop/rehearsal process, and be presented in a full concert reading at the Birr Theatre & Arts Centre as the highlight of the Festival.  Jasango and Selkie are proud to co-produce this exciting new opportunity for artists to give voice to our hopes, fear and dreams for this planet that  we all call home.  

Bo Leictreach takes place in Birr over the weekend of September 10th/11th.   Budding writers and theatre artists can also participate in writing workshops, including  “Writing for Theatre”  and “ Harvesting Memories for Monologues”.  These workshops will be facilitated by American Theatre practitioners George B. Miller and Kate Scuffle of Selkie Theatre.  Workshops and performance tickets can be booked at Birr Theatre

For more information, contact, or and   Also see, and .  All three can be found on Facebook as well; Bo Leachtrach and Electric Cow also have Facebook pages. 


National Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31st Oct 11

Now in its 34th year, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry competitions. The judges this year are Colette Bryce, John Glenday and Jackie Kay. Winners include both established and emerging poets and for many the prize has proved an important milestone in their professional careers. Add your name to a roll-call of winners that includes Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Duhig, Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott and Tony Harrison – and have your work published in the Poetry Society’s leading international journal, Poetry Review. The prizes are: £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100. The deadline is 31st October. Enter online or download an entry form at  


Interference Online Journal, Call for Papers

Interference has launched a call for papers for its second issue, A Sonic Geography: Rethinking Auditory Spatial Practice, to go online in Winter 2011.Interference is a biannual online journal in association with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (Gradcam). It is an open access forum on the role of sound in cultural practices, providing a transdisciplinary platform for the presentation of research and practice in areas such as acoustic ecology, sensory anthropology, sonic arts, musicology, technology studies and philosophy. The journal seeks to balance its content between scholarly writing, accounts of creative practice, and an active engagement with current research topics in audio culture.Full brief can be found at for Abstracts: 15 May 2011 to

Deadline for Full Paper Submissions: 20 August 2011


3rd Annual WOW! Awards

Submissions are now open for the third annual WOW! Awards. For full submission details log on to

The WOW! Awards are particularly attractive to those who have a short publishing record and to the emergent writer seeking a more open publishing opportunity. We encourage such writers to submit their work in poetry and fiction for the WOW! Awards. Closing date is October 1st.


The Poddle: Call for Submissions for Hand-Printed Book

The Poddle is a Dublin-based publication that brings new, imaginative words and pictures to the surface and we are now inviting submissions of fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, photographs and illustrations of any genre. Our first edition will be screen-printed and individually bound with our own four hands and will follow the theme of ‘Long Way Around’. Submissions are accepted up to 31 July 2011, to be released in September 2011.

The Poddle will go places we don’t yet know about and, in part, that’s going to be determined by the people who come with us. So, leap in! Show us what you think is worth your time and imagination.

Send all submissions based on our theme of ‘Long Way Around’ as attachments to with ‘Edition 1 :’ in the subject line and a short bio in the body of the email. Please only send pieces that have not been previously published. We will respond in person to all submissions.

Photography/ illustration: For visual submissions, send up to three small preview files (jpeg, under 5mb), black & white onlyProse: flash fiction and non-fiction up to 1,500 words. Short stories and non-fiction up to 3,000 words. Poetry: up to 5 poems or three single-spaced pages

T: 087 7776526 (evenings)



The Beara Writing Experience

To mark the changes in the year, The Beara Writing Experience runs writing workshop retreats to coincide with the Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolg, Bealtaine and Lughnasa.  In the vast quietness of the Beara Peninsula, you become aware of the rhythm of the year.

Lughnasa Writing Retreat 5-7 August 2011 Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat

Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland

The next writing workshop retreat from The Beara Writing Experience will take place around the festival of Lughnasa, which marked the year’s turning.   Looking backwards, Lughnasa was a presentation of the first fruits; looking forward, it marked the earth’s slow decline to winter. 

Beginning and experienced writers alike will find new perspectives and inspiration by being fostered and encouraged in the beauty and tranquility of the Beara Peninsula.  For booking, and rates, contact Sue at .


Call for Residencies: Cló Ceardlann, Donegal

Cló are now accepting residency applications on an ongoing basis. Applications should be made to Cló residency programme and should include an up to date CV, a detailed proposal and images of work in jpg format. We would like to get applications from people who are interested in contemporary art and culture, and who are interested in the unique landscape and language of the Gaeltacht.

Our Artist in Residence Programme offers accommodation in Cló Ceardlann’s artist-in-residence house and access to the workshop based in scenic North West Donegal. This is offered on a self-funded basis and offered residencies. On our part we request that you donate a piece of work made during your residency for the house and one print from each edition for the workshop archive.

The cost per week for a residency is E200.

For further information or an application form, please contact Cló.T: 074 9162800E:


The Schoolhouse - Artist Retreat and Studio, Kiltimagh

IRD Kiltimagh Ltd. is taking from artists who wish to undertake a period of retreat, work on a commission or prepare for an exhibition, in our modern tastefully refurbished Schoolhouse Artists Retreat and Studio. The facility is let on a self catering basis and applications for tenancy are welcomed from all disciplines particularly visual and literary Artists.  Applications for Tenancy should be by way of Covering Letter and CV. The Covering Letter should specify in detail, when and how you propose to use the studio, emphasising work being undertaken on a commission, preparing for an exhibition or other works. Each Application will be assessed on its merit by a selection committee.

Further details on the building and the residencies, are available from the IRD Kiltimagh Ltd. website, by following the links on the front page and also by visiting the IRD Kiltimagh Ltd. Facebook page.  A full album of photographs is available and the brochure for this facility can also be downloaded.



The Cill Rialaig Project in southwest Kerry invites applications for residencies for November 2011 to December 2012.

Built out of the ruins of a 1790s pre-famine village atop a cliff face overlooking the Atlantic, Cill Rialaig offers artists, writers and other creative professionals an opportunity to get away from everyday career pressures and the demands of 21st century life in order to focus entirely on their artistic practice.  The purpose of Cill Rialaig is to foster creativity and excellence, to provide a place to work and regenerate.  To that end it operates a multi-disciplinary residency programme.  While residents are primarily visual artists, they also include photographers, writers, poets, screenwriters, applied artists, musicians and composers, architects, and their peers, from Ireland and abroad.

Cill Rialaig is located in a very remote Gaeltacht area.  Its cottages are living-work spaces that provide for residents’ essential work and living needs.  They are very simple without modern accoutrements of television, telephones or internet.  The remote location means that there are very few distractions other than the landscape; it is a true retreat.

Residencies are offered free of charge, although there is a small service fee for utilities.  Residents provide their own transportation, food and supplies.  The selection committee meets twice a year, and the next deadline for applications is September 15, 2011.  The following deadline is March 15, 2012.

Please contact Mary O’Connell at for information about applying.


Residency Opportunity in Berlin

Do you want to live in Berlin for a short period of time? Are you looking for a place to stay, to work and maybe to present your projects? We are offering our tiny institute to you.The Institut Für Alles Mögliche (Institute for Everything Possible) is a cozy live-in studio in Schererstraße in Berlin Wedding. It was founded in June 2010 by Katharina Sickert and Stefan Riebel and is an interesting space to live, to work and to exhibit in.

From July 2011 this experience is open to artists from around the world. It will be available for residencies between 1 week and 3 months, depending on individual needs.If you are interested in being part of this, simply contact us via e-mail and include the following information:* Your full name* Country of current residence* Your age* How many people will come with you* How long would you like to stay* What dates would be best for you* What is your main artistic discipline* What is your plan for berlin* Some images of your work (attached photos or links are good)* How did you hear about this opportunity* You read, understood and agree to the terms of i-a-m*residency.Simply copy and paste the list and send it to  


Open Call for Works: Biennale of the Art of Metal, Vilnius

Open Call for Works for the first international biennale of the art of metal, ‘METALOfonas’, Vilnius.All artists working in metal art and similar fields are kindly invited to apply for the participation in the international metal art biennale METALOfonas. This year’s topic is Vilnius. This topic is inviting artists to take new, challenging approach towards the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and is suggesting finding new ways of expressing its face. The clichéd image of Vilnius, created in Soviet times, consisted of Gediminas tower and sometimes that of the TV tower, is somewhat out of date. One should remember that Vilnius is not only the architecture (which can too be revised). Vilnius is famous with its rich cultural life, theatre performances, exhibitions, concerts, fairs, but also political-civic movements, meetings, protests, politicians and governmental institutions. Therefore the artists are invited to interpret this town from different perspectives, regarding what particularly had caught their eye. Most important in this is to find new, ! original, challenging way of expression.

Organizers: Branch of metal artists of Lithuanian Artists AssociationDates/Location: 11 October – 10 November 2011 at LDS galerija vitrina (Vokiečių 2)

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: 15 August 2011Proposal should include: contact information, CV, 5 pictures of previous works (with descriptions) and the proposed work for the biennale, which consists of good quality picture and description.Requirements for the work: Jewellery or object. Size up to 50/50 cm. Created in 2010-2011.Application and questions should be sent to:

Selected artists will be notified by email. Originals of selected works should reach organizers by 1 of September 2011.

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Institute for Cultural Diplomacy – Events – Call for Applications:

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is currently accepting applications for the events outlined below, all of which will take place in London and Berlin during July/ August 2011. The Programs will bring together young professionals, students and scholars, governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, group discussions and cultural excursions featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, the arts, academia, media, and business.

The Language of Art & Music - "A Three Piece Puzzle: The Relationship between Culture, International Relations and Globalization over the next Two Decades"

(International Conference, London , August 25th - 29th, 2011 - Held Parallel to “The Notting Hill Carnival 2011”)

Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders (ACD)

(Weeklong Seminar, London , August 22nd - 29th, 2011 - Held Parallel to “The Notting Hill Carnival 2011”)

The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy - July Session

( Berlin , Weeklong Seminar, July 25th – 31st, 2011)  

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Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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