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Applications are now open for The Next Stage 2013, the artist development strand of the Dublin Theatre Festival. As before, this programme is open to national and international theatre and dance practitioners, including directors, actors, choreographers, creative producers and playwrights. Over 18 immersive days, participants are exposed to world-class art, talk with renowned directors, producers and artists and participate in master classes and workshops led by distinguished theatre-makers. Look at what past participants said about their Next Stage.

If you’re interested in participating this year, download an application form and return it with your CV to by Monday 12th August.


Deadline: 30th August  2013

The Dromineer Literary Festival Writing Competition is open for entries!  There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Flash Fiction.

Jean O’Brien will judge the poetry, and John MacKenna will judge the flash stories.

Entry Fee for poems is €5 euro for first poem, plus €3 euro per additional title.

Entry Fee for flash fiction €10 euro for each entry

Prizes awarded in each category is:

1st. Prize €500.00

2nd. Prize €350.00

3rd. Prize €150.00

For more information and to enter visit:



The Tailteann Nua Festival (the Limerick Gathering) offers the opportunity for a summer holiday celebration at the University’s spectacular campus where you can participate in music workshops, dance and literary competitions and gaelic games. For those who just want to enjoy a weekend of activity and entertainment with their family or friends, music sessions, concerts, storytelling and a superb line up of musicians will be on offer. For visitors who want to actively participate there’s a choice of workshops, a dancing competition, set dancing and ladies Gaelic football. For those who just want to spectate and enjoy the celebration there’s storytelling for adults and children, water sport activities on the River Shannon, heritage tours, music sessions, family events and concerts for all to enjoy. So whether you are an active participant in Irish culture or just want to enjoy it with family and friends we have put a fantastic line-up together for you.


For further information, please see our website at


eva International, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art, is pleased to launch the international open call for proposals for the 2014 edition, curated by Bassam El Baroni. Applications are invited from individual artists or groups in any medium and can be for the presentation of existing works or production of new projects. The online application process is now open and closes at 5pm on Monday 2 September 2013.

Commenting on the curatorial approach for eva International 2014 El Baroni said:

“I would like the 36th eva International 2014 to be reflective of the many complex questions that the current heightened global political moment raises. Are we witnessing the continuing dominance of old political narratives? While these old narratives may be slowly showing signs of cracking, what are the obstacles facing the emergence of new narratives? Rather than being any kind of curatorial concept, this statement is intended solely as a hint at a direction that will evolve and nuance as the project develops.”

Artists can make up to 2 proposals and there is a submission fee of €20 for 1 proposal or €30 for 2 proposals. eva International is a not-for-profit organization where submission fees support selected artists and contribute directly to artists’ production, travel, accommodation, transportation and exhibition budgets.

About Bassam El Baroni:
Bassam El Baroni is a curator and art critic based inAlexandria,Egypt. In 2005 he co-founded the non-profit art space Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), and was its Director until December 2012. In 2010, he was co-curator of Manifesta 8,Murcia,Spain, and is currently a PhD researcher in the Curatorial/Knowledge program at Goldsmiths,University ofLondon. El Baroni is currently co-curating the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF, with Anne Szefer Karlsen and Eva González-Sancho), that will open in September 2013 in Vågan,Lofoten Islands,Norway.

Please see or contact for further information.


Deadline: 7th August

Call for submissions of audio and video work responding to the notion of communication for ‘Signal to Noise’, a day-long multimedia event in September at Glor Studio, Ennis, Clare. All illuminated display media will be considered for inclusion including images/videos in light-boxes/light-box plinths etc, as exhibition will take place in darkened space.

Artists are invited to submit up to three works for consideration via links to online sources of the works included in the body of email to the by 7th August.

Please quote SILENCE in caps in the email title. Please also include links to artists’ cv/bio/resume and outline installation and equipment.

Selected artists must be able to deliver and collect any specific equipment necessary for their install.


Deadline: Friday August 30th.

The Workers Café is a project that will transform the Gallery at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios into a social space for discussion, skill sharing and debate from October 10th until November 2nd 2013. This experiment aims to provide the infrastructure for artists to earn money in ways which relate to their practices. The budget of the exhibition has been set aside to pay fees to artists who deliver workshops, talks and performances.

Inquiries into Labour, in both historical and contemporary contexts will be collectively addressed. The Workers Café will be an event-based exhibition that will deal with these ideas, but with a particular emphasis on real-world issues facing artists inIrelandtoday through an investigation of time as a unit of economy, acts of community, generosity and goodwill within a micro-economy.

The environment will be at once an artwork, a café, information centre and an events space. The café will become a hub in Temple Bar in which members of the public alongside artists can come to drink coffee, discuss, socialise, read and talk, as well as taking part in a series of daily curated events.

A daily programme of participatory events run by artists will focus: workshops, discussions, exchange, and skill-sharing. These are open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis, and cost just €5 each. Events will take place at 3pm daily or as announced. Details of daily workshops will be available online and in the gallery space during the exhibition. A series of artists information sessions, discussions and clinics, programmed in collaboration with Visual Artists Ireland, will also be available.

A temporary kitchen, called ‘The Hare’ after the SS Hare CWS – a relief ship which brought food to starving strikers during the 1913 lockout, will be set up to provide sustenance to local artists, workers and visitors. The Hare is led by artist Fiona Hallinan and chef Katie Sanderson, with alternating guest chefs, including artists involved in Workers Café.

TempleBar Gallery + Studios is now accepting proposals from artists to deliver workshops, talks and performances. Each proposed artist-delivered event should last approximately one hour, and take place predominantly in the gallery/café space. The fee for delivering one of the workshops will be €150.

If your workshop requires any special or extra materials, please specify these costs in your proposal. If you are interested in conducting workshop, please email a short proposal to: outlining your idea. If you require any extra information please email or call 01 6710073.

This project is part of a collaboration with theLimerickCityArtGallery, Belfast Exposed and the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lock-Out.


Deadline: 27th September at 4pm

Applicants should provide the following:

Up to 10 visual examples of their work (photographs, slides, digital images, (email or on CD will all be accepted).

Current Curriculum Vitae

Artist Statement

to Visual Art 2013/ 2014, YeatsArtGallery, YeatsMemorialBuilding, DouglasHydeBridge, Sligo,Ireland.

Telephone: +353 (0)71 9142693

Gallery Conditions Apply. Please enclose stamped addressed envelope for the return of visuals


Deadline: 31st August

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 is now open for entry, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year the competition is a celebration of visual art, inviting all artists to submit imaginative and innovative work that pushes the boundaries of their chosen medium. Committed to nurturing new and existing talent, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity to develop your presence in the international art world. Prizes include up to £1000 in cash, a group exhibition, six months studio space, six mentoring sessions and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, which has a readership of 140,000 worldwide.

Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Installation & Performance. Deadline for entries is 31 August.

For more information, please visit:



Deadline: August 5th at 12 noon

The TULCA 2013 Open Call is open to Irish and international artists working in all media. The curator is Valerie Connor, whose curatorial focus is centered on the practices and technologies of visionaries and dreamers, forecasting, prediction, foresight and data visualisation, old and new. Describing the context, she says:

 “I did a talk at an earlier Tulca, that started out as a reflection on international art biennials and became a consideration of the centrality of prediction technologies in our lives today: a time of advancing technological connectivity and predictive or foresight software underwriting actions in the now that affect all our tomorrows. Thinking of the world as essentially ‘data’ is being normalised rapidly outside of the ‘tech’ scene. The ‘socialisation of data’ is becoming a central part of what affects us in everyday life. To devise the curatorial context it is key for me to have the engagement of partners and artists in the discovery of shared points of interest. This approach needs and depends on activating friendships through conversation. Consider the focus for the Tulca 2013 Open Call, through the lens of this piece of dialogue scripted between Lieutenant Commander Data in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation and an episode character, suspicious of an android’s capacity for friendship” (watch it here


Q: Are you able to have friends?

A: Yes

Q: But you don’t have feelings do you?

A: Not as such; however, even among humans, friendship is sometimes less an emotional response and more a sense of familiarity.

Q: So you can get used to someone…

A: Exactly. As I experience certain sensory input patterns my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The input is eventually anticipated and even missed when absent.

Q: Like …

A: Yes…


Pre-existing work or proposals for new work will be considered for acceptance. Proposals for work that is of a live/ temporary/ experimental nature or engaged or situated in non-art contexts inGalwaycity are also welcome. Work cannot have been shown inGalwaypreviously.


To apply please e-mail applications that include a concise artist’s statement, artist CV, Project proposal (if applicable that does not exceed 500 words), examples of previous work (no more that 10 images). Videos to be sent as links to YouTube or similar (no more than 2). Proposals accepted by email only. Our email address is Please put TULCA OPEN SUBMISSION in the subject box

Further Information & Submission of application


Tulca 2013 Deadline: August 5th at 12 noon

Selected Artists will be notified via email on: August 12th


November 8th - 24th 2013
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The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published as part of CUISLE,LimerickCity's International Poetry Festival 23 – 26 October 2013.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has also been edited by Mark Whelan, Kevin Byrne, Patrick Bourke and Knute Skinner, Thomas McCarthy,Mary Coll and Jo Slade.

The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals inIrelandand celebrates its 38th Anniversary Edition in 2013.

This year's editor is Kerry based poet Paddy Bushe.

Submissions are being sought in both English and Irish.

How to Submit:
Send no more than 6 poems.
When submitting poems, write your name and address on each page.

Send poems to:
The Arts Office, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Merchant’s Quay,Limerick

Or by email:

Phone: 061 407363 or 061 407421
Please mark your envelope: The Stony Thursday Book

Closing date for submissions: Friday 16th August 2013.


Our curated slideshows generally consist of 20-25 artists, with each artist featuring up to five minutes of original work. In most cases, this is a slideshow of between 15 and 40 images. Every slideshow is set to music or an audio recording that the artist has selected. We generally accept all types of submissions, as long as the work can be represented fairly in a slideshow format. Pre-produced multimedia submissions are also welcome, as long as they fit within our guidelines and format.

For more information, and details on how to submit, please visit:


'Is álainn í an Ghaeltacht' - Comórtas Grianghrafadóireachta | Photo competition

Tá Údarás na Gaeltachta ag reáchtáil comórtas grianghraif “Is álainn í an Ghaeltacht” mar chuid dá ról leis an nGaeltacht a chur chun cinn mar áit álainn le cónaí, le hoibriú, le dul ar saoire agus le gnó a dhéanamh ann.
Tá muid ag lorg grianghraif a léiríonn saol na Gaeltachta.  Is féidir leis an ngrianghraf léargas a thabhairt ar radhairc, phobal, chultúr, thraidisiún, oidhreacht, spraoi, féilte/imeachtaí, úsáid teanga, nó aon rud eile a thugann léargas ar cheantar agus ar shaol na Gaeltachta.  Duais €500 & duaiseanna eile le buachan.
Tá tuilleadh eolais agus an fhoirm iarratais le fáil anseo.

'Is álainn í an Ghaeltacht'- Údarás na Gaeltachta are running a photo competition to promote the Gaeltacht as an ideal place to live, to work, to do business and as a holiday destination.

We are seeking photos that represent Gaeltacht life. Possible themes for photo entry could be representations of Gaeltacht landscape, community, events / festivals, culture, tradition, heritage and language etc.  First prize is €500.
Click here for further inforamtion and to download the application form


Signal Arts Centre | Call for Submissions for Solo Exhibitions 2014
Deadline: 30th August at 5pm.
Signal Arts Centre is now accepting submissions for solo exhibitions to be held in 2014.
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 €250 when selected



The Cockleshell Arts Centre, Duncannon, Co. Wexford, reviews applications on a regular basis  for those wishing to exhibit. Further information from Peter Murphy, Front of House Co ordinator, The Cockleshell Arts Gallery, Duncannon, New Ross, Co Wexford, Tel 051 389990       



The Dillon Gallery (Dánlann Dillon) Exhibition Programme | Call for Submissions

Dánlann Dillon, Cultúrlann, 216 Bóthar na bhFál, An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta,Béal Feirste,BT15 5DH.

The DillonGalleryis seeking submissions from artists willing to contribute to our exhibitions programme:
- open submission exhibition November December 2013. Emerging and established artists will be represented.
- solo or group show 2014.

Interested artists should review our website and submit a current CV, short exhibition proposal and images of recent work to or to: Visual Arts Panel, Dánlann Dillon, Cultúrlann, 216 Bóthar na bhFál, An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta,Béal Feirste,BT15 5DH.


Luan Gallery

Athlone’s Luan Gallery opened its doors to the public on 30th November 2012 following its official opening by Mr Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Luan Gallery is a purpose built modern facility incorporating the sympathetically restored Fr Mathew Hall.  The new site juxtaposes the late 19 century build with a modern glass section extending over a boardwalk area. The Gallery is currently exhibiting the work of acclaimed Irish and International artists from theIrishMuseumof Modern Art’s (IMMA) permanent collection. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Luan Gallery caters primarily but not exclusively for the visual arts, with an emphasis on meeting local audiences’ needs in terms of art exhibitions and engagement.  It targets both national and international projects ensuring a varied and engaging arts programme is delivered to the people of Athlone.

Luan Gallery aims to champion innovative, challenging and engaging arts practice.  The space is dedicated to progressing, strengthening and inspiring audiences’ engagement, perception and appreciation of traditional and modern approaches to the arts.  The exhibition and education programmes reflect this commitment. 

As an institution dedicated to nurturing the engagement with and understanding of visual art, Luan Gallery operates on a broad spectrum seeking to achieve its objectives through the provision of high quality collections, exhibitions, programmes and services. 

This facility represents a progressive and sustainable measure for the development of the arts in the region and aims to make positive contributions to the living culture of Athlone and beyond. 

Luan Gallery and the intrinsically linked Abbey Road Artists’ Studios work closely together, particularly in regard to educational initiatives and in the areas of access and inclusion.

The gallery is now taking open submissions from professional artists and curators as well as the amateur arts community. Full details are available on the website.

Gallery Opening Times:
Tuesday—Saturday 11—5pm
Sunday 12 noon—5pm

Contact: / T: 09064 42154.
Luan Gallery, Grace Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


Bainnlann Chúil na nGabhar Art Gallery | Open Call

Bainnlann Chúil na nGabhar Art Gallery, 66 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford.

Submissions need to include: A concise, clearly written artist statement, CV and a proposal. Gallery does accept group applications.

Address submissions to: Open Submissions, Bainnlann Chúil na nGabhar Art Gallery, 66 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford.


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

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,LimavadyBT49 0HA(marked for the attention of the Arts & Cultural Services Officer)


Deadline: Ongoing


The 8th International Arte Laguna Prize, based in Venice, Italy and dedicated to contemporary visual art, is open to artists with no limits of age or nationality, offering a finalists collective exhibition at Venice Arsenale, artist in residence programs, personal and collective exhibitions, participation in international festivals, collaborations with companies, publication in the official catalogue and a network of opportunities.

Deadlines: 9th October and 30 October 2013

For more information on the 8th Arte Laguna prize please click here.



The 6thHugh O’Flaherty Memorial Week will take place in Killarney between Sunday October 27th and Sunday November 3rd 2013.

The Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society has three elements to its Mission Statement – the third one of these is:

Through the Annual Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Weekend we will ensure the continuous promotion of the inspirational story of the Monsignor, through various art forms i.e., Drama, Literature, Film and Art, etc.

For the past three years and again this year, the Memorial Weekend Programme will include a dramatic performance related to the event.  As in the 2012 Memorial Weekend, the Society is again going to extend further into its Mission Statement and include Literature and Visual Art. This will be done through a series of open and confined competitions

NB: This year we have extended the Essay Competition into the Primary School category.

The Memorial Society invites entries across the five categories detailed below, embracing literature and visual arts (further categories may be added in future years).

All entries will be independently assessed and a shortlist will be selected in each category which will be exhibited as part of the 2013 Memorial Week Programme. From these short lists, one winner will be selected per category and the winner will receive a framed scroll and a cash award.

The Competitions open on Friday April 5th and from that date, the Rules & Conditions for each competition will be available on and on   Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form, a copy of which will also be available on or

Hard copies will be available from the office of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, 2nd Floor Tourist Office,Beech Road..

The Categories and basic requirements for this year are:

  • Hugh O’Flaherty Open Art Competition
    • Entrants are invited to submit a painting or drawing which they believe represents the Monsignor as he went about his humanitarian work inRomeduring the latter years of WW2.
    • Entries should not be framed.
    • Open competition
    • Lower age limit of 16 years (On the closing date for entries Sept 20th 2013)
  • Hugh O’Flaherty Secondary School Essay Competition
    • Entrants are invited to write an essay; no more than 750 words in length on a humanitarian theme in which you write about what you believe can be learned from Monsignor O’Flaherty’s selfless actions.
    • Confined to 2nd Level School Students (At date of submitting entry)
  • Hugh O’Flaherty Primary School Essay Competition
    • Entrants are invited to write an essay; no more than two handwritten or one typed page, onwhy Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty is considered a Hero.
    • Confined to Primary Level School Students –5th / 6th Classes (At date of submitting entry)
  • Hugh O’Flaherty Open Essay Competition
    • Entrantsare invited to write an essay on the theme of the Monsignor’s work and legacy and his inspirational example in today’s world. The adjudicators will be looking for entries that articulate a keen, imaginative sense of the Monsignor’s actions and your perspective on how his bravery of character can be pursued by a person, a community or by an organisation today. 
    • Lower age limit of 16 years.(On the closing date for entries Sept 20th 2013)
  • Hugh O’Flaherty Open Poetry Competition.
    • In 1994, Poet Brendan Kennelly penned a poem titled “Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees”. This poem was specifically written to mark the planting of a Grove of Italian / Mediterranean Trees in Muckross Arboretum to commemorate the Monsignor. Entrants are invited to compose a poem on the theme of the Monsignor’s work and his legacy.
    • Open Competition
    • Lower age limit of 16 years.(On the closing date for entries Sept 20th 2013) 
  • Closing Date for Entries:

The Closing Date for receipt of entries for all categories is 5.00.p.m. on Friday September 20th 2013.

  • Literary Entries:

Literary Entries together with completed Entry Forms must be delivered by the above deadline in a sealed envelope to:

Hugh O’Flaherty Competitions

c/o Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce

2nd Floor Tourist Information Office

Beech Road



Alternatively, Entries and completed Entry Forms may also be submitted by the above deadline to

  • Art Entries (No Online Entry Option):

Art Entries together with completed Entry Forms should be delivered by the above deadline to:

Hugh O’Flaherty Competitions

c/o Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce

2nd Floor Tourist Information Office

Beech Road




2013 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition | OPEN TO POETS & FICTION WRITERS WORLDWIDE 

Closing date: Wednesday, August 7th

In 2013 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers inIrelandand internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2013. The 2013 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader atIreland’s leading literary reading series, the Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway City Library, on a date to be scheduled in Winter 2013/14. Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry category. Doire Press will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript of short stories submitted to them by the winner in the fiction category. In two new additions to the prize this year the overall winner will receive a hamper of books from the famous Kenny’s Bookshop of Galway, Ireland and the winner in the poetry category will have one of the poems from her or his winning entry published in the January 2014 issue of Skylight 47 magazine.

Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition,3 Carbry Road,Newcastle,Galway,Ireland with an accompanying SAE. Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or story. Put your contact details on a separate sheet.

Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge. To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2013 and not have a book published or accepted for publication in the genre in which you enter. Chapbooks excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. The competition is open to writers worldwide. We accept payment in Dollars, Sterling, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars and so on. Writers from outside the Euro area can calculate the payment for their entry here

The closing date is Wednesday, August 7th, 2013. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 29TH.  The shortlist will be announced at a special Over The Edge Culture Night event at Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway on Friday, September 20th, 7pm. The winners will be announced at the  October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 31st 2013 (6.30-8pm).

For further details contact Over The Edge on 087-6431748,


or see

Major Sponsor: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,

other sponsors to date: ISupply,Quay Street; Ward’s Hotel, Salthill; Kenny’s Bookshop & Derek Nolan T.D



Sponsored by the 1913 Lockout Commemoration,Dublin UNESCO Cityof Literature,

DublinCity Council,Dublin City Libraries and ICTU

Organised by the Irish Writers'Unionin partnership with the Irish Writers' Centre.

We are delighted to announce the 2013 James Plunkett Short Story Award for new and emerging writing talent. James Plunkett was known as one ofIreland's greatest social commentators. A founder member of the Irish Writers' Union, James Plunkett's seminal work,StrumpetCity, still stands as one of the great Irish works of the 20thcentury. This year, it is of particular importance as it allows the reader to access the story behind the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

The Award will be presented on 16th October 2013 at the Irish Writers' Centre.

1st prize: €2,000

2nd prize: €1,000

3rd prize: €500

Winners will be chosen from 9 shortlisted candidates.

The final shortlist of 9 will be generated as follows:

In the course of the year, there will be three separate competitions - each of which will lead to three winning authors being invited to read their stories at a public reading in the Irish Writers' Centre. The readings will be presented as the James Plunkett Readings and the three winning authors promoted as being short-listed for the James Plunkett Award. There will be a separate guest judge, an established short story writer, for each of these three competitions. The guest judge will speak about the stories on the night, about the short story in general, and give a guest reading from his/her own work. A fourth guest judge will select the Award winner, runner-up, and third-placed prize-winner from the nine shortlisted candidates chosen at the three previous events.

The Competition was formally launched in December by Kevin Barry at an event attended by President ofirelandMichael D. Higgins.

In addition to the prize fund and the chance to speak alongside an established writer, the winners will be invited to speak at events organised by the Dublin City Library Service towards the end of the year as part of their promotion of Plunkett's Strumpet City as the 'One City, One Book' title for 2013.

Discussions are also taking place with a major publication about the possibility of publishing the winning entry. Details will follow when confirmed.

Competition Deadlines:

Third James Plunkett Reading Wed 16 Sept
(Closing date for entries 16 Aug)

Presentation of Awards Wed 16 Oct

Entry Fee: €5 per entry


MART: Call for Submissions
MART is host to Ireland’s largest on-line video art gallery and collection of Irish Visual Artists working in New Media, Installation, Sculpture, Experimental Film, and Performance. MART was set up by Ciara Scanlan & Matthew Nevin in 2006 with an inclusive ethos and has worked with over 300 artists through 27 exhibitions across Ireland, UK, Europe & USA. Mart is working on a National and European programme of exhibitions for 2012/13; we will also be announcing the start of a new initiative later this year. If you work in one of our represented disciplines and wish to be part of our upcoming programme of events, we have an ongoing submission process which includes joining the website. For more information on how to join please E: for submission guidelines.  For more info on MART visit: | |!/MARTart



The Achill Heinrich Böll Association are accepting proposals from artists and writers for residencies at the Heinrich Böll Cottage onAchillIslandin 2014/15.

To apply for a residency please write to; John Mc HughAbha Teangaí, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co Mayo. Ireland.
Please send examples of work, a short cv and include a letter of interest which details preferred dates.

Applications to be received before the end of September.

Further details: 086 2325516.


The Custom House Studios are now inviting submissions for exhibitions and use of studio space for 2014 and 2015

The Studios complex houses 7 artists’ studios, a printmaking studio and two exhibition galleries. These facilities are housed in a historic restored Customs House building on the Quay inWestport, on a prominent waterfront street.


The studios are located up stairs overlooking the harbour.  All studios have daylight and 24hour access.


The main gallery is located on street level with good daylight. The second gallery is located upstairs and has good daylight. The gallery enjoys high visitor numbers.

Applications are invited for;

Studio Occupancy

Artists are now invited to submit proposals for yearlong use of Studios in the years 2013 and 2014, as well as for short term use of studios during the years 2013 and 2014.


Artists and curators are now invited to submit proposals for exhibitions atCustom House Studiosgallery during and 2014 and 2015. 

Selection for studios and exhibitions is by an independent panel of artists.

Submissions due for studios and exhibitions by the 30th September 2013

To apply please send letters of interest, CV, and documentation of work on a CD or photographs to:   

Manager,Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co.Mayo,Ireland.



The Belfast Print Workshop, initially known as Endhouse Print Workshop, grew from the activities in the early seventies of a group of artists and printmakers who were interested in establishing a workshop inBelfast.

A constitution was drawn up and an etching press purchased. Endhouse Print Workshop was taken under the financial wing of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1977 and its name then changed to Belfast Print Workshop. In addition to funding the purchase of equipment and staff, the Arts Council also offered space in what was then its headquarters, Riddell Hall, a former student Halls of Residence, built in 1913.

Belfast Print Workshop is a space in the North of Ireland where professional printmakers can share facilities, materials and ideas with each other. They have the opportunity to sell their prints through an integrated gallery and online to a worldwide audience. We welcome artists keen to learn printmaking techniques either through exchange, residency or as new members.

In 2003 the workshop moved toCotton Court, a former Bonded Warehouse, placed in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in centralBelfast.

About this Residency

This Artist-in-Residence Programme is seeking an artist printmaker with at least 2 years' professional experience from theUKorIreland:

Duration: The residency will last for 3 consecutive weeks. (Commencement date negotiable from January the 6th 2014 but the residency must be completed before the 31st March 2014).

Artist Stipend:  £600 sterling.  This fee will be divided into three equal instalments paid at the end of each week. The residency does not include accommodation or travel expenses.  Whilst Belfast Print Workshop will endeavour to assist the artist in every way to secure affordable accommodation, the selected artist must make their own travel and living arrangements. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the selected artist. 


The recipient artist will be required to give a demonstration and provide a talk on their practice during their residency,

The recipient will donate one work from each edition produced to Belfast Print Workshop’s Archive and editions for fund raising.

The selected artist will not be an employee of the studio or its funding bodies, and any taxes or contributions that may be due from any fees paid are the sole responsibility of the artist.

All applications and accompanying materials must arrive by 4.00pm Friday

23th August 2013. 

How to Apply:  Information and application forms are available by request


By post:BelfastPrint Workshop,

Cotton Court,

30-42 Waring Street,



By Telephone: 02890231323

Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs
Banff Artist in Residence programs offer independent periods of study where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore. Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24 hours a day, as well as use of Visual Arts facilities including printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. BAIR offers short and long-term opportunities to work at a remove from the constraints of everyday life. For more information and to apply: Office of the Registrar | Email: |

Artists Residencies

The Gyreum in tandem with Foras na Gaeilge is offering Arts Residencies to speakers of Irish or those working through Irish or bilingually.  The Gyreum is a round wooden  hilltop "arts fortress," "acoustic perfect" with easy access to inspiration.  
This suits sculptors, painters, ceramicists, composers, song writers, choreographers, calligraphers, dramatists + actors, puppeteers, poets, prose writers, film directors, editors, academics and architects.  There are two well lit spaces for painting etc.  There are five rooms that can be used as single/ double or triple usage.  As a workshop accommodation space we can roof 25 people.
Cost of Arts Residency is €30 per day with all meals covered, €150 per five day week.
A team of two or more or couple who can share a room would be €25 per day each. €125 per week.

Colum Stapleton
Gyreum, Corlisheen, Riverstown, Co Sligo
+353 71 9165994
087 3280 789

The Schoolhouse - Artist Retreat and Studio, Kiltimagh

IRD Kiltimagh Ltd. is taking applications 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.

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.

For more information see:

Raggle Taggle Consortium Limerick | OPEN CALL for Residency

Three month placements directed to graduates who wish to continue their practice after Degree Show.  Contact email for further details and application for Work plan.


56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin1

T: +353 1 8182039

MadArt Gallery is looking for designers, jewellery makers, crafters, fine artists to help them to promote and sell their work. We want to create a unique collection filled with fabulous and truly original, professional art from handmade jewellery and accessories to paintings, prints, drawings, cards, furniture, clothes, ceramics…and much more (any ideas?)

All works of participating artists will be featured on the online store.

Craftfair 13 Call for participants
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery will host an annual Craft Fair from Friday 8 November – Sunday 10 November 2013. Craft artists interested in participating are invited to submit an application by post marked for the attention of Catherine McEntee, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork or by email to no later than Sunday 7 July 2013.

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