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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:
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:


Limavady Borough Council,7 Connell Street,LimavadyBT49 0HA (marked for the attention of the Arts & Cultural Services Officer)


Deadline: Ongoing


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


Suiomh Nua Do Na hEalaiona Gaeilge / Call for Gaelic Artists and Support Workers

Tugann POBAL, le tacaíocht ón Chomhairle Ealaíona TÉ, cuireadh d’ealaíontóirí a sonraí a chlárú le suíomh ealaíon na Gaeilge nua a bheidh dírithe ar na healaíona Gaeilge.

Rinne POBAL iniúchadh ar na healaíona Gaeilge agus fuarthas amach go mbíonn sé deacair go minic do dhaoine ar suim leo ealaíona Gaeilge teacht ar sholáthraithe nó daoine teicniúla san earnáil le Gaeilge. Tá obair mhór mhaith déanta ar an cheist seo ag eagraíochtaí dá leithéid ‘Ealaíon  na Gaeltachta’, ach go fóill tá bearnaí san eolas maidir le healaíontóirí Gaeilge.

Ba mhaith le POBAL roinnt de na bearnaí seo a dhruidim agus a chur le poiblíocht agus le heolas ar na healaíona Gaeilge.
Thabharfadh sé seo deis do níos mó daoine fáil amach faoi dtaobh dóibh agus deis a thabhairt d’ealaíontóirí áirithintí a fháil. Is féidir le duine ar bith an fhoirm chlárúcháin a íoslódáil ó shuíomh idirlíne

POBAL ag , sa nuacht is déanaí.

Bheadh POBAL buíoch do dhaoine dá dtiocfadh leo iarraidh ar dhaoine eile a bhíos ag obair san earnáil clárú leis an suíomh seo
fosta amhail innealtóirí fuaime, teicneoirí soilsí, tógálaithe seit agus duine ar bith eile a bhfuil nasc acu leis an earnáil.

Má tá ceist ar bith ag duine ar bith ná bíodh leisc teagmháil a dhéanamh leis an Chomhordaitheoir na n-ealaíon Gaeilge,
Cormac Ó Briain  ar 028 (048) 90438132 nó .

POBAL is presently collating a database of all Gaelic language artists fromIrelandand alsoScotland. The purpose being to strengthen Irish language arts.

A lot of great work has been done on this subject and great efforts have been made by organisations like ‘Ealaín na Gaeltachta’ to create a comprehensive and accurate database. However much of that work is based in Gaeltacht areas. There still remain gaps as regards accessing information.

POBAL would like to help close these gaps and give artists an opportunity to let those with an interest in Gaelic arts find out about their work.

We would be thankful to artists and also others who work in the sector (Lighting technicians, sound engineers, set builders etc) if they could register with our database by visiting and going to ‘Nuacht is déanaí’ where they will find a registration form which can then be sent back to us.

When POBAL did an audit of Irish language arts one of the biggest difficulties for those interested in Gaelic arts was finding practitioner’s details. Art companies also have this problem regarding support when they try to find people with the right skills for shows and productions etc.

If you have any questions you can contact POBAL’s Gaelic Arts Coordinator, Cormac Ó Briain on 028( 048) 90438132 or on


Call for Submissions: The Joinery Programme Spring 2012

The Joinery is currently seeking submissions from artists or artists groups for their exhibition programme from February 2012 onwards. Successful applicants will be invited to rent the space for one or two weeks. Interested artists should send a full, detailed proposal, bio / statement, along with five or six good quality images or video.  Please send submissions to: Miranda or Marysia at Please write ‘Submissions Spring 2012’ in the subject box.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 December 2011.

The Excel Gallery Call for Submissions

The Excel Gallery, Excel Centre, Mitchel Street, Tipperary Town, Co.Tipperary,Irelandis now looking for submissions for exhibitions to take place in its gallery space in 2012. The gallery welcomes innovative and challenging proposals from established artists and from artists who wish to present a debut exhibition. Group submissions are also welcome.

Submissions should include:
A) 8 slides (or a CD with six images) of recent or previous work
B) an Arts-related C.V.
C) and an exhibition proposal relating to the artists intention for the show

A floor plan of the Gallery and further details about current exhibitions are available on the highlighted links.

Contact: Mary Alice O'Connor, Gallery Administrator, Tipperary Excel Gallery, TipperaryExcel Centre, Mitchel St., TipperaryTown.
T: 062-80520

Deadline 31 Jan 2012

Signal Arts Centre: Call for Submissions 2013

Signal Arts Centre is now accepting submissions for exhibitions to be held in 2013.

Closing date for submissions: Friday 30 March 2012, 5pm.

When submitting your application please include the following:
• A minimum of six images (clearly marked with your name and title of picture), photographs or images on CD (all images should be suitable for print reproduction (300dpi) jpeg format, not exceeding 5mb in size)
• A submission proposal – covering what you would hope to exhibit if you are successful. Include proposed sizes of work where possible.
• Artists CV (art related only)
• Artist Statement (for PR purposes)
• Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you require your photos etc. returned to you.

Please feel free to call into the gallery at any time to assess size, dimensions etc. We usually hold openings every two weeks on a Thursday or Friday evening that you would be more than welcome to attend, no invitation necessary, just ring and ask any of our staff if we have an opening that week.

There is an exhibition fee of E250 when selected.

Contact: Signal Arts Centre, 1A Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
T: 01 2762039


Abridged 0 - 25: Silence - Submission Call

To those who have ever known sound, true silence can be but a myth. It is a phantasm, and something to be feared, for in silence we are vulnerable to our own conscience and its persistent echoes of memory, desire and confusion; we lose the means of dismissal and voluntary ignorance and become vulnerable. In silence we are naked, stripped of the sound layers we have used to define ourselves to outside eyes, a defensive muffling of truths. Today we abjure silence, avoiding its solitude. We are in a constant conversation with an ultra-social and info-overdosed humanity repeatedly relaying sculptures of mundane phrases that numb us to the experience of meaning. We dare not lie still enough to stir or coax the phantom film reels of our past from their shadows. Instead we light fires, shouting and stamping our feet to drive back the dark and its inhabitants. It is our fear of the silence of the void, the vacuum. Humanity cannot see nothingness but we run from it, choking the subtle sound of our own breathing with the bustling of contemporary life where everything is virtual and reality utterly abandoned. We convince ourselves we grow by sponging up the noises of the clattering world that engulfs us. In silence we are trapped as we are made to face the cold starkness of what we feel is missing, or the fierce jab of what we long to erase. We stand in silence and we stand in a room of mirrors. A ticking clock is a heartbeat.

Abridged, the poetry/art magazine is looking for submissions for its Silence 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 submission is Jan 14th.

…lay me down the long white line, leave the silence far behind…

Abridged is Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Call for Submissions: Contemporary Irish Works on Paper, New York

‘Contemporary Irish Works on Paper’ – Spring 2012 exhibition inNew York

The Lockhart Gallery at the State University of New York at Geneseo is looking for submissions for its spring 2012 exhibition, ‘Contemporary Irish Works on Paper’. All pieces must be on paper and no larger than 16 x 20 in.

For further information please contact Corinne Smith, gallery co-ordinator at SUNY Geneseo.

T: +1 (585) 245-5813

Deadline: December 2011


Call for Submissions: CAFKA13, Kitchener, Ontario

The Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) is an artist-run organization that produces an international biennial exhibition of contemporary art projects in the public spaces of the Waterloo Region. Through the exhibition, lectures, tours and related special events, CAFKA develops opportunities to learn about contemporary art and participate in its making – creating memorable experiences and contributing to the creation of an engaging, animated and stimulating urban environment.

CAFKA wants to hear what artists are thinking about and what drives their practice. The theme of the Spring 2013 biennial exhibition will therefore be determined by the topics and content identified within the proposals. Further, CAFKA seeks artists who are able to respond to the specific features of the local urban landscape and culture as sites of critique and reflection from a global perspective.

CAFKA is inviting proposals for new or existing works that engage the public and a diverse audience. Works in all media will be considered including sculpture, performance, video, audio, installation, photography, painting, drawing, and digital media.

Artist Fees paid for Visual and Media Art Projects: $2,000 CAD, plus travel expenses. Wherever possible CAFKA will work with artists to source the donation of materials to help offset production costs. Video and one-time performance fees are paid in accordance with CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens).

For more information and submission requirements, visit

T: + 1 519 744 5123
Deadline: 31 December 2011


Call for artists Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery 2012

Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery are inviting proposals for their 2012 program. The closing date for 2012 proposals is December 16th 2011. 

In the past few months Limerick Printmakers have relocated to a new home on 5a Sarsfield Street Limerick, the former home of O’Sullivan’s Shoes which was a city institution.  

The Gallery is to the front of the building (Street Facing) while the studios are at the back. 

This location is a prime retail area in the city centre and visitor numbers have significantly increased due to the location and visibility. 

The back gallery wall separating the gallery from the studio is movable, which allows the public direct access to the studio. 

So artists can direct which option they would prefer.

Imagery and Gallery dimensions are available on the gallery section of our website

This submission is open for artists or curators working in any medium and can be for group, joint, or solo exhibitions. We also invite proposals from other studio groups.

Proposals might include some of the following elements:

 ·      Promote printmaking as vibrant and contemporary visual art

 ·      Show innovation and ambition

 ·      Involve or engage with the public

 ·      Use the printmaking facilities at Limerick Printmakers

 ·      Interact with studio members of Limerick Printmakers

Artists are invited to email or post the following to the gallery on cd (jpegs) or in hard copy (please note that proposals must be in English):

 ·      a cover letter detailing the proposed exhibition  

 ·      a current c.v. 

 ·      a statement of work (no more than 400 words) detailing the concept behind the work and how it was/is to be made

 ·      if required, type of technical support or facilities needed from Limerick Printmakers (i.e. use of studio)

 ·      visuals (jpeg or pdf’s) of the actual work or proposed work with all titles, medium, dimensions and year clearly labeled

 ·      if submitting jpegs or pdf’s also enclose a list of work with all artists names, titles, medium, dimensions and year

For more information please contact Kate Wrixon, Arts Administrator on 061 311806 or email at


NCAD Gallery: Call for Proposals from NCAD Graduates 2009-2011
The committee of the NCAD Gallery invites exhibition proposals from NCAD alumni of all faculties, who graduated in the years 2009, 2010 & 2011. The written exhibition proposal should detail plans for an exhibition/ installation, to take place at the NCAD Gallery in June 2012.
Proposals will be accepted from individual artists/makers, curators, writers or those wishing to organise a group exhibition. In the case of group or curated exhibitions, the curator/organiser and all proposed artists must have graduated from NCAD within the designated time frame 2009, 2010 or 2011.
All proposals must be accompanied by a CV and relevant visual support material including digital or printed photographs and should indicate clearly the nature of 
the work[s] and a rationale for showing in the context of NCAD Gallery.
Proposals must reach NCAD Gallery by Monday 15 January 2012.
Please post your proposal to Anne Kelly, NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
If you require further information please email


Jan 11th - Feb 4th, 2012
As part of our continued commitment to support our membership, 126 is delighted to announce an call out for its 5th Annual Members’ Show. 126 is grateful for the financial and moral support of its members and each year offers this special opportunity to exhibit their work.

This years project will allow all 126 members to deliver a single new piece of work to the gallery, without fear of censorship or rejection. The show will be inclusive, making no distinction between artists or selection of works. 126 will adhere to this framework in an attempt to explore curatorial models and boundaries, and experiment with exhibition formats.
126 will accept work in any medium and in any (reasonable) size. It is not necessary to make a written submission, however if you feel that your piece may have specific or unusual installation requirements, it is advised that you contact 126 beforehand, so we may make all efforts to accommodate the given piece. Work may be delivered to 126’s Queen Street premises from the 11th January onwards, or at any point during the exhibition (see dates below).
The only condition to take part in the exhibition is that you are a current 126 member. 126 annual membership costs €10 for waged or €5 for students/unwaged. You can become a member of 126 by dropping in to us in person, posting on a completed membership form and fee (attached), or by using the PayPal function on our website. Membership forms can be downloaded here.
The Annual Members’ Show is a vital part of 126. It is open to all members and is a great opportunity for emerging artists. We also encourage members to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.
11th - 14th January, 1pm - 6pm
18th - 21st January, 1pm - 6pm
25th - 28th January, 1pm - 6pm
Wednesday 1st February, 7.00pm - 9.00pm


MadArt Gallery Open Submission Call 2012

We are looking for creative people with strong passion, unique style, interesting technique and good ideas. Artists showing their works at MadArt don't have to be art collage graduates but they definitely have to be experienced in the specific area of art. We are interested in many different types of creativity: street art, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, graphic, textile work…

Please send some samples of works you would like to exhibit at MadArt and SHORT information about you to

All proposals have to be send before the 31st of January 2012.
To get more information about MadArt Gallery please visit


The Dock - Open Season Submissions

Calling all artists based in The North West. Time for The Dock's infamous Open Season Exhibition has arrived if you are interested in submitting work please go to to download a submission form. Work has to be with us by the 2nd of Dec please.

Address: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim
T: 071 96 508 28
Deadline: 2nd of Dec 2011

The Ark: Call for Creative Practitioners Interested in Artscience

The Ark in association with Science Gallery's summer exhibition HACK THE CITY In celebration of Dublin City of Science 2012 Working Title:  Awakening Curiosity' 'Exploring nature, biodiversity and the world around us'

Call opens: Wednesday 16th November 2011
Call closes: Friday 6th January 2012
Decision notification: Tuesday 31st January 2012
Draft Exhibtion Dates: May – August 2012
[Schools programme: May – June / Public: June – August]
Audience: Children (aged : 2 – 12 years, school groups, families, teachers, artists, scientists, general public, international visitors)

TheArkwelcomes submissions for both existing and new work from artists, designers, engineers,  scientists and everyone in between, in any and all media.

We believe both art and science are fundamentally creative at the core. Crossover learning between science and the arts provides a kind of catalyst to innovation that sparks passion and freedom to pursue and realise challenging ideas.

We want to show how innovation is often catalyzed by those who cross a conventional line so firmly drawn between the arts and the sciences. So next May as part of Dublin City of Science 2012, The Ark will present a unique and exciting multi-disiplinary artscience exhibition designed to celebrate where science and art meet.

The theme we have chosen is AWAKENING CURIOSITY 'Exploring nature, biodiversity and the world around us'. TheArkasks 'what happens when we cross-pollinate the themes of nature and our environment, art and science? We believe creativity is inherent in science and we would like you to explore this crossover 3rd space, viewing the traditional art-science barriers as a zone of creativity we call artscience.

The potential in fusing art and science in a children's exhibition excites us, and we urge you to consider our theme, the use of art and science, and the mediums of art, craft, film, design, dance, theatre, music, sound, light, experimentation and technology. We would also like submissions to preserve our core principles when preparing an exhibition for 2-12 year olds; sight, smell, touch, texture, colour, stimuli, shape, size, height, quirkiness, playfulness and always challenging.

The aim of the exhibition is to stimulate and awaken the curiosity of children, through rich, high quality inter- disciplinary experiences. We will work with renowned Irish and international practitioners to explore the connections between art and science within the theme of nature, biodiversity and the environment, to

Submitted written (hard or soft copy) submissions for inclusion in the exhibition will be evaluated on criteria  including: relevance to the theme, artistic interest, science and/or technology interest, relevancy to the ages  2-12, potential to engage and enthuse a broad public, participant's background, costs, and ability to deliver  the exhibition piece.  We encourage artist / scientist collaborations, artists with a science background or scientists with an art background, to investigate creatively what happens in this new space we call  artscience!

We are also looking for digital submissions. If your idea is a web-based or mobile phone application, then we would like to hear all about it.

Each project needs to be delivered within a maximum budget of up to €5,000 if exceptional, sliding scales thereafter on projects, starting from €1,000. If your proposal costs more than €5,000 we will mark for consideration.

Submissions must be received no later than Friday 6th January 2012 at 12 noon by email or hardcopy to be  considered for inclusion. TheArkwill contact those selected for inclusion by Tuesday 31st January 2012.

Applications to be sent to:   Karen Walshe, The Ark, Eustace Street, TempleBar, Dublin2 / or email to

Deadline for applications is Friday 6th January 2012 at 12 noon.

Further details and application procedures can be found on


Curatorial Residency Program at Node Center, Berlin

Node CenterBerlinannounces its Curatorial Residency Program designed for emerging curators who wish to expand their professional practice inBerlin.

NodeCenterwas created in order to offer a platform to teach, experiment, and investigate subjects related to curatorial studies and contemporary art practices.

The Center's core activity stems from the 12-week long Curatorial Residency Program that offers its participants the possibility of expanding their work experience, with professional feedback and technical support, by developing projects inBerlin.

The program allows resident curators to develop specific theoretical-practical research during their residency, which will include a participation on a publication and the curation of a final show. The residency is reinforced with activities such as studio visits, workshops, seminars, meetings with art professionals and visits to exhibition spaces. Participants will also have an active role in organizing seminars, workshops and guest lectures.

Each year, Node focuses on a key topic that questions inherited curatorial practices and that invents new ways of creating knowledge by finding new possibilities in the exhibition process.

During February – May 2012, the line of research 'The logic of the limit: transversal curatorial processes' will be examined for the third and last time.
Application: An online application form and additional information can be found on the Center's website: /

The deadline for the February – May 2012 session is December 10th, 2011. *Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview.

Admission requirements:
An academic background in one of the following areas of contemporary art is required: curatorial studies, theory and philosophy of art, art history, art management, and/or art production; visual arts, fine arts, arts and new media; or equivalent work experience within an Institution, or with projects developed as an independent curator.

Program Fees:
• 1 initial deposit of 670 EUR
• 3 monthly payments of 750 EUR

To formalize your enrollment upon acceptance, you will be asked to make an initial deposit payment of 670€ by January 9th, 2012. This deposit will be credited towards your tuition balance.

For further information, please contact us at:

NoguerasBlanchard Curatorial Open Call 2012

The “Curatorial Open Call 2012″ invites individuals or collectives to submit a proposal for curating an exhibition at NoguerasBlanchard inBarcelonabetween June and July of 2012.  Application deadline: December 31th, 2011

NoguerasBlanchard is pleased to announce a Curatorial Open Call 2012, which invites individuals or collectives to submit a proposal for curating an exhibition at NoguerasBlanchard inBarcelona. The successful proposal will take place between June and July of 2012.

For four years now NoguerasBlanchard’s exhibition program has included in the month of June an exhibition proposal by a guest curator. In order to continue this line, to expand artistic horizons and provide a platform for curatorial practice and the making of group exhibitions, we launch our Curatorial Open Call 2012.

The selected curator/s will receive a maximum of €4.000 in concept of honorarium and exhibition production budget. NoguerasBlanchard will provide administrative and production support, design and mailing of the press release/invitation card and an opening reception.

Full details at:
For any enquiries, please e-mail Zaida Trallero at


Creative Quickies as part of JOLT at Studio THT

Do you have an idea for a play, or even an idea of an idea?  We are looking for new, original theatrical notions for an evening of Creative Quickies on 10th December. We’re not after anything finished, polished or perfect, just an expression of something different that you would like to develop.

The JOLT panel will select one performance from this, or a future Creative Quickies evening, to go into development for production in the new year. This production will take place at the Town Hall Studio following sit-in rehearsals and feedback, with full PR and administrative support from JOLT.

All you need for Creative Quickies is a fresh approach, some performers and a piece no longer than ten minutes. Don’t worry about costume, props and set, be as economical with time as you can and focus on the substance rather than the extras.  We are looking for something different. Something exciting. Something new. Be ambitious! Be creative! Be quick!

If you would like to be considered for Creative Quickies please email with a short outline of your idea and why it fits our brief before Friday 2nd December. Please include contact details.


New service for VAI Members - International Studio Exchange with fellow artists around the world

We are pleased to announce a new service available to paid members of Visual Artists Ireland.  In partnership with Artquest, VAI has negotiated places for members on their Artelier international studio exchange.  Artelier is for professional visual artists to arrange free studio exchanges with their peers anywhere in the world.

Membership of Artelier is by 'invitation only' to ensure it is only used by professional visual artists and is safe for members. Members can request an invitation by contacting us through our Artelier webpages.

This is a great opportunity to meet fellow artists around the world and potentially find artists with studios looking to exchange with the city you live in.  You can also find and arrange free accommodation or a studio on holiday or when working overseas, or indeed, find someone to look after your studio or apartment while you are away.

Artelier keeps your exact location and personal contact information private until you choose to let individual artists know where you are.


Call for proposals: E-MOTIONAL Bodies & Cities

ArtistNe(s)t Residency Programme 2012
Established in early summer 2011, the two-year mobility and artistic exchange dance programme E-MOTIONAL Bodies & Cities, supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007 – 2013,  is currently launching a new strand of activities – the international ArtistNe(s)t Residencies. The programme aims to offer support to the development of new work by young and mid-career choreographers and is addressed to artists based in the 6 participating countries of the project: Romania, Cyprus, Ireland, Latvia, United Kingdom, and Turkey.
Choreographers, either alone or with a collaborator from any artistic discipline, are now invited to submit proposals for a 4-week residency to work on an ongoing project, start a new project, or work with local artists.
Full details of the call – including destinations of the residencies, format of the residencies and particular conditions can be found here.
Further information about E-MOTIONAL can be found at


Acme Studios Fire Station Live / Work Residency

Acme Studios is offering a three-year work/live residency as part of its Fire Station Residency Programme inEastLondon.

Please note this residency programme is open to artists from anywhere in theUKand artists from ROI if living in theUKfor the past 5 years.

The rent for the 550 sq ft work/live unit is £460 per month plus council tax and electricity.

In 2010, twelve artists were selected from a national submission for the five-year programme. One of the original artists is leaving to take up another opportunity and as a result Acme has created a three-year residency which will run from 1 March 2012 until February 2015.

Located in a former fire station bought in 1997 and converted with funding from the National Lottery and other sources, the programme is one of the most directly supportive schemes for artists intheUnitedKingdom, providing combined studio and living space at low rents.

The fixed-term residency scheme is intended to allow artists more time to concentrate on the development of their work and professional careers, and less time working to survive.

Artists aged 23 or over (on 1 November 2011) from anywhere in theUKmay apply. The rent for the 550 sq ft work/live unit is £460 per month plus council tax and electricity.

This combined living and working space, for single occupation, will be let to an artist selected from open submission. Applicants will need to demonstrate economic need and how the opportunity will benefit their creative practice.

For information and to make an online application visit:

Deadline: 16 December 2011

We cannot deal with any telephone enquiries unless, as a disabled person, this will prevent you from applying. In this event please contact Jack Fortescue on 020-8981 6811,


Cow House Studios is now accepting applications for their 2012 residency programme.

Applications are open to Irish and international visual artists working in any medium. Following the ten week residency all four artists will exhibit in a group show traveling to the Wexford Arts Centre and Monster Truck Gallery.

Applications are due by February 29, 2012.
Further information available at:


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, fromIreland 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 March 15, 2012.

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


Alliance Francaise Photographic Award

After last year’s success, submissions are being sought again from artists working in Irelandwith a particular interest in photography, for a new exhibition in spring 2012 inspired by the particular multi-use context of the our Gallery which is also a café space. Artists will be shortlisted by the Advisory Committee of the Gallery of the Alliance Française and from this exhibition a winner will be selected.
In 2011, Joby Hickey, Doreen Kennedy, Roseanne Lynch & Jean-Luc Morales were selected to exhibit at the AF and our first award was given to Roseanne Lynch. See the details here.

Prize: Return flights toParisprovided by the Alliance Française Dublin for a two week stay in 2012 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais inParis, sponsored by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, and a €500 grant, sponsored by the Ireland Fund of France. In addition, should the winner not be a French speaker, the prize will include a French course at the Alliance Française Dublin prior to the trip. Terms & conditions apply.

Submission deadline: December 1st 2011

Competition Exhibition, Françoise Brung, Alliance Française Dublin , 1 Kildare Street, Dublin2
T: (01)638 1447


Fish Short Story Prize

The deadline for the Fish Short Story Prize had been extended to 6 December. The website will stop taking entries at midnight GMT on that day. This is to facilitate writers who are unfamiliar with the new Fish website and have had difficulties submitting their stories. So if you haven't had time to submit your story this year, here's your chance.

Please note that the website has been updated since last July, and so writers who were registered with Fish previously will have to re-register under the new system. We apologise for any inconvenience. There is a link to a video on the Registration Page explaining the process.


The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 

Winners will be published in Southword Journal which has previously showcased Billy Collins, Sinéad Morrissey, Martín Espada, Greg Delanty, Tess Gallagher, Matthew Sweeney and Brian Turner amongst many other respected literary figures. This is a prize for single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of 1,000 Euro (on 5 September 2011 approx. USD 1430 or GBP 875) and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to 600 Euro and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Literary Festival. The author who takes first prize will have the chance to read the winning poem at the Cork Spring Literary Festival in February 2012. There will be a second prize of E500, third prize of E250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’’s standard fee of E30. The deadline is 18 December 2011 and this year's judge is poet Patrick Cotter. ( ) More information, including submission guidelines, may be found on our website: . Queries are welcome at


Ballymaloe Poetry Prize (in association with The Moth)

First prize: €2,000

Second prize: €1,000

Third prize: €500

The three winners will also be invited to read at a special award ceremony at Ballymaloe House in Co. Cork, Ireland, in March 2012, and their poems will feature in the spring issue of The Moth.

The entry fee is €6 per poem (or €7.50 per poem if you’re paying by money or postal order), and you can enter as many poems as you like.

The competition will be judged by Matthew Sweeney, whose last collection was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and The Irish Times/Poetry Now Award.

Closing date 31 December 2011

You can enter online at, or write to:

The Moth,TheBog Road, Dromard, Cavan

for an entry form and rules


Touring Art & Craft Show Seeks Artists

I have started a project called ‘Art & Craft on Tour’. Basically it is a showcase of 50 outstanding Irish artists, doing a tour of sorts inIrelandandNorthern Ireland. We are holding an new 3 day exhibition in every town in the countries, one every two months, increasing to one a month very soon. I have also organised an Artists Dinner at all venues which is a great way of networking and making new friends.

20 – 22 January 2012: The Clarion, Sligo
13 – 15 April 2012: Everglades Hotel, Derry
22 – 24 June 2012: The Europa Hotel,Belfast

All exhibitions are art & craft and cost E150 each with the exception of theBelfast gig which is E200 and the Ballybofey which is E100 for two days. At each exhibition you get an 8x4ft booth (consisting of one 8x8ft back board, and two 8x4ft side boards).

Contact Terrie Burton, Donegal Art Festival
T: 087 741 2975


MA-Curatorial Studies Shinnors Scholarship at Limerick City Gallery of Art, LCC with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT


LimerickSchoolof Art & Design, Limerick Institute of Technology

A unique opportunity for practice based research with Limerick City Gallery of Art, a leading Irish institution for the curation and celebration of artistic creativity, past, present and future. The Shinnors Scholarship model has run successfully at Limerick City Gallery of Art for over six years.

This scholarship is a joint initiative of the Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT and the Limerick City Gallery of Art, part of Limerick City Council. The successful applicant will receive a Scholarship to undertake an MA by Research at Limerick School of Art and Design over a two-year period and be based predominantly at the Limerick City Gallery of Art. The funding for the project is provided by a scholarship donated for this purpose by the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

The is a unique learning opportunity for the successful applicant on a day-to-day basis to study and engage with all aspects of the City Gallery's core activities including the Exhibition Programme, the Permanent Collection, the Outreach and Education Programme. The culmination of the scholarship provides for the submission by the student of an MA thesis based on the development of some aspect of the gallery's programme by the student as a personal project.

Shinnors 2011 Information Sheet (pdf)

Shinnors 2011 Application Form (pdf)


Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


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

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

  More Mayo County Council and Local Government Websites