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The National Museum of Ireland invites proposals for On Sight 2015.

Proposals are invited from experienced community artists to design, produce and install a temporary visual artwork to be displayed for a minimum of 12 weeks in and around the grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, home of the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life. Last year, more than 62,000 people visited the Museum during the On Sight exhibition. It added greatly to the visitor experience particularly for families who explored the grounds through the On Sight trail.

Closing date for submission is 12 noon on Friday 20th February, 2015.

Full details of application below.


The exhibitions at the Museum of Country Life portray the lives of ordinary people who lived in rural Ireland in the period 1850 to 1950. Emphasis is placed on the continuity of lifestyles, which were established for several hundred years and which lasted well into the 20th century.

The museum is situated in the grounds of Turlough Park House a short distance from the town of Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Turlough Park House was built by Charles Lionel Fitzgerald in 1865. The gardens have been restored by Mayo Co. Council. Many fine mature trees, a legacy from the eighteenth-century parkland, enhance the nearly 30 acre gardens. The original turlough, dry lake, was landscaped into a permanent lake and is another attractive feature of the gardens.

On Sight is an artist-led initiative which sees the installation of artworks around the grounds of Turlough Park, on exhibition between May and September. Each year the Museum focuses on a theme, intended to enhance visitors’ experience of Turlough Park. The On Sight exhibition reinforces this theme by offering a site-specific, thought-provoking visual reflection, related to the Museums’ Irish Folklife collections. Artist will have the opportunity to discuss the collection with a curator. Artists also have the opportunity to work alongside other artists in the development of their work.

Artist Commitment

If successful in this commission the artist will also be required to:

1. Participate in artist group events

a. Be available on March 3rd for group walk around the Grounds for site selection and discussion of exhibition concept.

b. Should you wish to work on site during the week of April 13th limited marquee space is available. This will be allocated on a first application basis. Other limited outdoor space is also available.

c. Be available for a date in the second half of Mayfor artist group tour (date to be arranged) for On Sight Artists and Museum and Mayo County Arts Office staff.

2. Artwork must be robust and suitable to be displayed outdoors for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Installation to be completed by Monday May 18th. Officially opens to the public during Féile na Tuaithe Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May. Project runs until late-September (date to be confirmed).

3. Work with the project team to ensure suitable site selection and suitable materials, and conforming to on site health and safety requirements

4. Work with the project team to provide description of artwork concept and materials, at agreed times.

5. Artist statement for inclusion in marketing material and exhibition labels.


Funding up to a maximum of €700 will be awarded accordingly to each successful artist. Funding is to support all associated costs including travel, materials, participation in designated On Sight 2015 events, installation and removal of artwork. Note: Payments are made through the NMI payroll (not as NMI employees). Payments are subject to all statutory deductions; levels of deductions are based on each individual’s personal tax situation.

Selection criteria

• Artistic Merit

• Previous experience / demonstrate ability to carry out the project

• Value for money

Proposals should contain:

• Completed Application form

• CV

• Samples of artists work and description of artistic process/approach to a site specific work.

Submission of completed proposals:

Return proposals to Rosa Meehan , National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.


by 12 noon on Friday 20th February, 2015.


Rosa Meehan : Tel: 094 903 1756; email:


Jane O’Sullivan: A Passionate Silence. Curated by Alice Lyons

 6th feb-28th march

White stoneware sculpture,paper rose,antique glass dome, damask fabric square, transferware plate

From a carefully curated combination of handmade and re-appropriated found objects, Jane O’Sullivan creates works of poignant reflection. A thready impulse is at work here, and part of the fascination is the innovation shown in the methods for stitching and layering together various materials, images and ‘beloved objects’. A delicate Victorian sensibility is countered by a roguish punk ethic in a tough commitment to making, which also includes limited edition artist books, zines and garments. Jane O’Sullivan was born in England and moved to Ireland in 1990. She has studied as an artist/maker in Theatre and Fashion and graduated with a BA in Fine Art from GMIT.

O’Sullivan lives and works in County Mayo.

Gallery opening hours:

10am to 5.30pm Tuesday-Friday :: 10am to 5pm SaturdaySky Academy Closing Date 5 March: €38k to an artist 18-30

Thursday 5 March is the closing date for the Sky Academy Scholarships. An artist aged 18-30 and based in Ireland for 5 years or more will be among this year’s Arts Scholarship winners, receiving an investment of €38,000 plus high level mentoring – giving the time and support to develop their creative practice and take their career to the next level.
Applicants need to be a member of, which is free to join, and can submit either a written or filmed application in the categories of visual art, theatre, dance, music, creative writing (excluding film or TV scripts) and creative producing. Applications will be assessed by industry professionals, including Irish Ambassador Kris Nelson of Tiger Dublin Fringe, with winners announced at the South Bank Awards in June 2015. More information here.


Voluntary Arts

Job and volunteering opportunities at other organisations

Platform Arts – 2015/16 | Open Call for Exhibition Proposals

Platform Arts is currently accepting proposals from artists and curators, working in any media or discipline to be included in its 2015/2016 exhibition and events programme.

As an artist-led gallery and studio group, Platform is dedicated to promoting access to local and international contemporary art in Belfast. Our main gallery, at roughly 209m2, benefits from a very adaptable framework and our Unit project space provides opportunities for smaller interventions, exhibitions and installations. These spaces can be naturally lit or fully enclosed to the white cube aesthetic and this versatile nature facilitates a base for a broad, multidisciplinary exhibition programme. Event proposals will also be accepted and considered for inclusion within external festivals and events.

Completed proposals should be emailed as a single .pdf file to, no later than 6pm on Saturday 28th February 2015.

Please include ‘Exhibition Proposal: [Artist Name]’ in the subject line of the email.

Consult our website for submission guidelines.

- See more at:


Do you have what it takes to become Landscape Artist of the Year 2015?

This new competition is an evolution of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and is being filmed in association with the National Trust. Painting from some the most iconic locations around the country you could win a £10,000 commission for the National Trust’s permanent collection.

The competition is open to professional and amateur artists, and whether you choose to paint a city, a lake or your garden, your entry can be in any style and any material (excluding photography, video, sculpture and all forms of digital media). Even collage and mixed media are allowed - so don't limit yourself!

Apply via

The closing date is 12pm Friday 20th March


Tin Jug Studio, Birr, County Offaly

July and October 2015

Following a successful pilot in 2014 in which writers Mary Russell, Iggy McGovern and Orfhlaith Foyle were the inaugural recipients, applications are now sought for the 2015 Writers' Residency in Birr, Co. Offaly.

This residency/retreat is in the Georgian heritage town of Birr. The opportunity is for professional writers who are seeking a short break from daily routines; it is for those who feel the need to re-invigorate themselves into completing current work; and it is also for writers who may simply need inspiration, through a change of place and stimuli.

What is Included: The bursary provides for 4 writers to receive one week's accommodation in St. Brendan House/Tin Jug Studio with breakfast each morning and two evening suppers provided.

Length of Stay:  6 nights/7 days

Dates:  JULY Monday 6th - Sunday 12th July or OCTOBER Monday 5th to Sunday 11th October.

Some flexibility of a day or two either side of these weeks could be accommodated.

Facilities: WiFi internet connections throughout, a small writing table in each of the bedrooms and an elegant drawing room with a writing desk. Herbal teas and biscuits are available in the guest area at all times. Writers may prefer to work in the studio or gallery or nearby library.


I wasn’t staying in the castle but it felt like it. I had a bedroom that was straight out of ‘Pride & Prejudice’, there was a roaring fire in the drawing room, and the food was Michelin worthy! Iggy McGovern

A great opportunity to write in such evocative and inspirations surroundings... your time was utterly your own at this residency. It actually resembled a retreat. There were no caveats. No demands to ‘pay for your supper’, a special thank you to Rosalind for making it such a marvellous experience. Her attention and care of the writers was superb. Orflaith Foyle


Birr is in South Offaly, in the heart of Ireland. It is recommended to come by car in order to have the option of exploring the area around Birr. It is on a direct bus route from Dublin by Kearns. The closest train stations are at Tullamore and Roscrea. Transport/travel costs are the writers’ own.


The residency bursary is open to professional published writers of any genre such as literary fiction, poetry, playwrights, journalism or travel writing. There are four places available, for newly published or experienced writers. International writers may apply, and as above, their travel costs are their own.


A short outline of why you would like to – or need to – spend a relaxing and inspiring week of writing in Birr.

Complete application form (please see link)

Full CV

Sample copies of some published work.


Applications will be assessed by three people including a published author and arts manager


Applications are preferred in hard copy (so as to include samples of published work) to:

Writers Residency Week, Arts Office, Offaly County Council, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Hard copy publications will not be returned without an appropriate SAE

Applications may also be accepted by email, with appropriate links to published work.

Inquires are welcome to; or 057 9357400



Culture Ireland hopes to present a vibrant, contemporary and high quality programme including a range of events across artistic disciplines in key territories (for example US, Great Britain, Canada, Australia) and in other locations where there are strong links to Ireland and its history and tradition. Proposals for tours to multiple locations are welcomed.
The programme will engage primarily with contemporary artists and influences, while reflecting on Ireland's cultural journey over the past one hundred years. The aim is to showcase Irish artistic excellence in partnership with significant international institutions, venues and festivals and build on Ireland's global cultural connections.

There will be special focus on key cultural dates such as St Patricks Day and Bloomsday as well as dates of historic relevance. The focus period will be March- June 2016 with scope for less heightened activity throughout the rest of the year.

Outline projects are requested to be submitted by Monday 23 February to enable their inclusion in advance planning and budgeting. Further proposals may be considered on a rolling basis at a later stage, if funding permits.
Applications may be made by Irish artists and companies or by international presenters, and should include as much budget information as possible, including supplementary material if needed.

The submission should be no longer than one page, submitted to, entitled Commemorations 2016 and should contain:

* An outline of the concept of the proposed presentation
* A description of the media you propose to deliver the project
* An outline of your approach to the practical realisation of the presentation
* A list of the proposed participants if relevant
* An outline of how your proposal will showcase Irish creativity development over the past centenary and/or highlight Ireland's contemporary creative strengths.

Closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday 23 February 2015



Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are proud to announce the launch of their fourth joint poetry competition. Applications are now invited from published and unpublished poets writing in English and Irish, as well as from spoken word poets. 

Closing date: Friday 13 March 2015 

Business to Arts is accepting applications for an 18-month extention to the New Stream Partnership with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. From 2012-2014 23 organisations saw significantly positive results in the areas of Strategic Planning, Artistic Programming, Marketing, Board Engagement, Management and Fundraising. The intensive programme is subsidised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, and The Ireland Funds. Closing date for applications is 5 March. More details here.

Open Call to Artists and Galleries for Deloitte purchase programme

While refurbishing its client reception areas on Earlsfort Terrace, Deloitte Ireland is working with Business to Arts on an open call to artists, galleries, and representative bodies to submit work from which a panel of local experts will select approximately 10 artworks across multiple disciplines for purchase, becoming part of Deloitte’s art collection. Full details are available in the Submission Criteria & FAQ and Entry Form. Closing date for submissions is 18 February.


Integrated Dance Training Intensive for professional dancers and people with disabilities

This is a unique training opportunity for people with physical disabilities who would like to train as professional dance teachers and performers, and for professional able-bodied dancers, who would like to train in Integrated Dance.

This six day intensive training will take place over three weekends in Cork City:
14 – 15 March
21 - 22 March
13 – 14 June

The training will include:

  • Best practice in Integrated Dance
  • Developing Integrated practices in a variety of settings
  • Using contact improvisation in an Integrated setting
  • Intensive Interaction. A unique opportunity to learn methods of working with service users who have severe-profound disabilities

Early Bird by February 20th €350
Regular Price by March 10th €390
Payment in 3 installments (€140 payable at beginning of each weekend) €420

No one turned away for lack of funds - please contact us if you'd like to attend but need to do a work exchange with Croi Glan

Please contact for more informaiton and bookings.

The WHAT Arts and Health Library: Call for material

The WHAT Arts and Health Library is a national resource for learning and research in the field of arts and health. Managed by WHAT (the Waterford Healing Arts Trust), the focus is on high quality artistic interventions into health care contexts, related research and evaluation.

WHAT is looking for new and relevant material for its library. If you have published something in the field of arts and health, or completed a piece of research, and would like to include a hard copy of this in the WHAT Arts and Health Library, please post it to:

The WHAT Arts and Health Library
WHAT Centre for Arts and Health
University Hospital Waterford
Dunmore Road

If there are costs involved for WHAT in terms of purchasing the publication and/or postage and packaging, please email these to Please do not send any publication without clearing related costs in advance.

If you have a soft copy of the publication that could be made available on, the national arts and health website, please email it to .

For further information, phone 051-842664 or email

2015 Epic Awards
UK and Ireland's largest amateur cultural award opens for nominations. Run by Voluntary Arts, the Epic Awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the amateur cultural sector. The 2015 Epic Awards are now open for entries and groups have until 16 March to nominate themselves.

The Journal of Music: Call for Article Submissions

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 5.00pm

A unique voice from Ireland providing commentary on music in the world, The Journal of Music had over 130,000 readers in 2014. Thanks to the continued support of the Arts Council, The Journal of Music is now seeking submissions of articles from new and established writers.

We welcome articles on all musical topics and relating to any musical genre. Our key requisite is that the writing be of a very high standard and yet be accessible to a wide audience. We seek articles that explore the fine detail in music but which also articulate its wider significance to our readers. The Journal of Music is not an academic journal but rather a magazine of music and ideas. We seek music journalism that is informed, engaging, passionate and brave.

Read our call for submissions here.

Waltons Music for Schools Competition

The Competition

Now in its fourth year, the Waltons Music for Schools Competition is a national competition and celebration of music in Irish schools. The competition awards a total of €10,000 worth of vouchers for musical instruments, accessories, books, music technology or PA equipment from Waltons Music, to be divided among six winning primary and post-primary schools, including two first prizes of €3,000 vouchers, and music groups from twelve finalist schools will have the opportunity to perform before their peers and distinguished adjudicators in the National Concert Hall on Monday, 11 May 2015!

To enter your school in the 2015 Competition, please send, by Friday, 13 February 2015, an entry form, photo and video of a single piece or song, performed by an instrumental, vocal or mixed group from your school (maximum 45 performers), that in some way addresses the Competition theme of ‘Why Music’. It can be in any musical style or combination of styles – classical, popular, traditional, jazz, etc. – and can be performed by any combination of singers or instrumentalists you choose. Anything goes!

This is an opportunity for you to work with any combination of students to develop a creative and original musical project that has learning potential at every stage of the process.

Further information at

Yeats 2015 Architecture Competition

‘…of Clay and Wattles Made’

An Open Submission International Architectural Competition Inspired by Yeats’ Poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ – Also open to artists

Presented by the Institute of Technology Sligo in association with the Model, Sligo, Yeats 2015, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd, and Sligo County Council

Submissions are invited for conceptual interpretations of WB Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. An International Architectural Competition open to regional, national and international practitioners of architecture and art, proposes a poetic architectural intervention for the island of Innisfree which will mediate between Yeats’ poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas.

The winning design will be constructed on the island for 13th June 2015, as a realisation of Yeats’ vision – a gift on his 150th birthday.

For further information and to download a brief view website

Award value €30,000

Deadline for Submissions 17.00 hours, 12th March 2015

axis: Ballymun 2016/2017 Gallery Programme | Call for Submissions

axis: Ballymun is delighted to invite submissions from artists who are studying in, living in, working in, have a connection to or are originally from North Dublin. There is a focus on promoting artists and creative professionals at the beginning of their career. This call for submissions is open to artists working in across all mediums.

To apply please send:
– Images of your work (min 3 – max 10) in jpeg format.
– An Artists CV/Bio (PDF format)
– An Artists Statement (PDF format)
All applications can be emailed to

Submissions are ongoing.

There are two exhibition spaces in axis, the café gallery and the Mezzanine gallery. They can be used individually by different artists or one exhibition can fill both spaces. Dimensions available on request or please organise a visit to the space.

axis is a centre for excellence with a community at its heart, a venue and a resource for the community and the city. axis is a hub of creative activity for arts professionals and community members alike. As a creative, social and cultural institution, axis programmes at the point of excellence and inclusion setting an international standard of multidisciplinary arts practice and of the arts in participation.

By embedding the community at every point of the artistic journey axis seeks a new type of practice that underscores the relationship between vocational and professional, adding value to audience, participant and practitioner.

Summer Open Submission Exhibition at glór

glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare

glór is delighted to invite submissions from artists, both established and emerging, who are resident in, or from, Co. Clare. The exhibition will be held at glór and will open on Wednesday 1st July 2015.

The exhibition will be selected by an independent curator and decisions are final. A curator’s award of €500 will also be made.

More than one piece may be selected for exhibit from successful submissions.

The exhibition is open to wall mounted work only (could include 2D&3D).

Please note that work in other formats, including digital, is not eligible.

Submissions & Queries to

Project Space at PP/S | Call for Submissions

Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

Submissions guidelines are now available for artists/groups who are interested in proposing artist-initiated projects, exhibitions, events or performances in the PP/S project space, to take place alongside our own curated programme. Submissions are ongoing.

We are seeking proposals from creative, motivated and professionally minded groups and individuals. Participants are welcome to experiment with presenting their work in the context of an established gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards do-it-yourself initiatives and the professional development of emerging artists. PP/S are committed to accessibility, with very competitive rates for artists. All projects are self-directed by the individual/group, but PP/S provide supports such as promotion (alongside own publicity) and invigilation.

The space can also be hired out weekly to use as additional very-large-scale studio space ahead of exhibitions and offsite projects, and for other arts areas, such as film, photography, theatre, for readings/rehearsals/auditions/shoots, etc. (please contact us for further info).

Please visit the ‘get involved’ page guidelines and submission form, or email info@pallasprojects for more information.

Completed forms can be sent to with the subject line: ‘Project Space Submissions’.

Exhibition Opportunities at Mountmellick Art Gallery

Mountmellick Library, Mountmellick, Co. Laois

Mountmellick Art Gallery at Mountmellick Library is housed on the first floor of the library.

The 80m2 space is bright and spacious. The main room has curved glass walls and there are two additional smaller rooms. Exhibition changes monthly. We welcome applications from professional and amateur artists and we try to provide the public with a diverse range of artistic styles and media for their viewing.

Application form is available on the gallery website.

Seeking voices for the Irish Youth Training Choir

Last year, 2014, saw the national Irish Youth Training Choir’s first training course. IYTC provides young singers aged 14-17 with the opportunity to train with leading vocal and choral professionals during a weekend residential summer course and performance for Irish Youth Training Choir. After this they can expect to progress on and train in a week long residential Irish Youth Choir course for ages 18-28.

Last year we had members from Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford and we aim for an even greater representation of counties in 2015.

During the weekend residential course, members participate in a daily routine of physical and vocal warm-ups, sectional and full choir rehearsals - a complete singing experience! Sports and recreational activities are organized as part of the course.

  • Applicants to IYTC must be born or resident in Ireland.
  • Aged 14 - 17 during the June 2015 course you may apply for Irish Youth Training Choir.
  • Have relevant choral/singing experience
  • Have a nominating music teacher or relevant equivalent
  • In exceptional circumstances people not fitting these criteria may be considered.

The Irish Youth Training Choir, seeks singers to apply countrywide, aged between 14 and 17 for Irish Youth Training Choir 2015. Applicants must be available from Thursday 25th June to Sunday 28th June inclusive.

Application forms and further information are available from or call 061 234823.

Mayo International Choral Festival.

May 20th -24th 2015

Please note both International and National Choirs -

2015 festival entry closing date is January 31st 2015.


The Galway Film Fleadh 2015

Call for Entries 2015

The 27th Galway Film Fleadh wghich will run from July 7th to the 12th 2015 are now accepting entries for the Feature Films category. The deadline for entry is Friday March 27th 2015  along with an earlybird deadline of February 27th 2015.

Check out Galway Film Fleadh for further details.


‘CONFLICTED BODIES’ – Corp_Real International Symposium at Galway Dance Days Festival 2015 | Call for Submissions   Recently updated !

March 27-29 2015
NUI Galway & locations in Galway City

What is the impact on the body (and dance/performance) of living in conflict environments? What impact can dance/performance have in changing such circumstances? Art about, of and against conflict has always existed, but it is only recently that recognition has been given to the particular significance of movement, and dance, in foregrounding the body as the locus of instigation, experience and resolution of conflict.

Cultural conflicts appear to have greatly increased across the globe in the past 25 years, and conflict is more likely to break out where there are cultural divides. In situations of cultural conflict and inequality, bodies have great import in making visible the ignored and denied, in contradicting dominant narratives, and empowering self-determinism. Witness the uses of creative movement as a means of political engagement, such as the 2012 Flamenco Flash mobs protesting in Spanish banks, and Erdem Gundüz’s 2013 Standing Man protests in Turkey.

It is interesting to note that recent contemporary dance and performance art initiatives continue in the Middle East despite conflict and include international festivals and platforms such as Transdance Festival, Cairo, Bipod International Festival of Dance, Beirut, Ramallah Festival, Palestine to name but a few. In addition, many artists directly engage with socio-political conditions, and focus on gender experience and visibility. The multi-disciplinary artist Rima Najdi’s alter ego Madame Bomba, for example, wanders Beirut dressed as a suicide bomber, and the Syrian artist Noura Murad’s Leish Troupe’s Identity Project examines gender-specific codes, rituals and attitudes in developing a theory of the Arab body and identity, while in My Paradoxical Knives (2011), the Iranian artist Ali Moini spins his near-naked knife-draped body close to his audience.

In many jurisdictions where conflict exists, participative dance projects aim to address trauma, and return to citizens a sense of identity and empowerment. Dance and body-based performances address questions of social justice, social transformation, conflict resolution and trauma healing. Research in different fields, including neuroscience, philosophy, conflict resolution, and dance movement therapy, are increasing understanding of the role of the body, and of embodied creative practices in conflict situations. For example, the four-year “Dancing at the Crossroads” conflict transformation and dance project examined embodied praxis within conflict resolution, highlighting “our bodies as paramount in both the origin and transformation of all conflict”, and arguing that creative movement, with its focus on relationality, receptivity and empathy, makes an important contribution to conflict resolution.

If conflict causes a state of disconnection from the body, and embodied artistic practice can address this bodily disempowerment and offer the potential for creative resolution, in what way are artists using this refined knowledge? How do artists evaluate, justify and disseminate their socio-politically engaged work? What goals do artists express and how do they assess them? In what ways can body-based transformational art be foregrounded?

What conflict lies within the creative practice itself, and between practitioners? Exploitative and dangerous working conditions are not uncommon. Helena Waldmann’s 2014 work Made in Bangladesh, for example, draws attention to the similarities between the precarious living conditions of dancers and garment workers. If artistic works are made in such conditions of inequality, how does this affect aesthetics of conflict, equality, identity and peace?

We welcome submissions from scholars and practitioners with a focus on body-based enquiry that engage with, but are not limited to:
• dance as embodied conflict resolution
• the body and censorship
• dance, the body and neuroscience
• dance, the body and conflict resolution
• conflict in the conditions of artistic creation
• interpersonal and intercultural conflict
• body-based inquiries into conflict and justice
• making art with traumatised communities
• work that actively aspires to transform political and social conditions
• corporeal experiences in different cultures

We are committed to providing a supportive forum in which to share knowledge and experiences – and to question and reveal and discuss problems and challenges. We are interested in engaging with artists and researchers who foreground the body and movement in their work. As in previous years our focus is on trans-disciplinary research and we are keen to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange in disciplines related to performance, dance, film and the visual arts, and in fields including but not limited to politics, sociology, neuroscience, dance/movement therapy and conflict resolution. We are open to different and experimental formats of engagement, within time and space constraints. Paper contributions should be a maximum of 20 minutes, and other formats up to a maximum of 30 minutes.

To make a proposal please send
• the title of your contribution
• a 250-300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics
you wish to explore and how)
• a short biography
• images and weblinks, if relevant
• AV and/or space requirements
• date/time availability
to the symposium curators at by Friday 6th February 2014


Writing Competitions

A comprehensive list of Writing  competitions can be found on the following websites:

Poetry Ireland Website -

Irish Writer’s Centre -

The David Burland Poetry Prize 2015

Welcome to our 9th Annual Competition | Closing date: 31 May 2015

Winning Writers will have their work published in the Second volume of ‘Poetic Art’ 2015 / 2016, and the Winning Poem will also be published on this website.

Submit your unpublished and original work and forward by post to Anna Burland Services UK.

Submissions open to Poets worldwide writing in English, and poems may be in free style and any length.

Competition Rules/application form and further information available at


Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2015

Open for Submissions until: 28th February 2015

Results: 10th April 2015

This is an opportunity to attempt what is one of the most difficult and rewarding tasks - to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less. The Flash Fiction Stories are wonderfully entertaining to read and challenging to write, but we love it and so do the readers of our Anthology. This is a chance to get a story, however small, into this year's Fish Anthology.
The Fish Flash Fiction Prize has been an annual event since 2004. To view our catalogue of anthologies containing the winning stories from previous flash fiction competitions and to read extracts, click Fish Books.

Bret Anthony Johnston, short story writer and author of the internationally acclaimed Corpus Christi: Stories (Random House, 2004), is the judge of the 2015 Prize.

If you would like to refine your flash fiction writing skills, you might like to take advantage of the Flash Fiction Writing Course.

Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

Summary Flash Fiction Contest

Prizes Flash Fiction Contest

Rules Flash fiction Contest

Entry Fees Flash fiction Contest

How to Enter Flash Fiction Contest


The Fish Poetry Prize | Open for Submissions until: 30th March 2015

Results: 15 May 2015

The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Previous judges include Billy Collins, Brian Turner, Leanne O'Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Peter Fallon, Matthew Sweeney and Paul Durcan.

This year's judge, Nick Laird, novelist and author of three books of poetry: To a Fault, On Purpose and most recently, Go Giants. Nick will be selecting the 10 poems to be published in the 2015 Fish Anthology. 
The anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.

Fish Anthologies containing the winning poems from previous poetry competitions.

Read poems published in previous Fish Anthologies.

The Mentoring Service is for poets who require dedicated of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

Critique Service is for poets who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

We also run a ten week online Poetry Writing Course.

 Shower of Kunst | Call for Submissions

Shower of Kunst seeks to support artists and writers in developing new discourses around visual art in Ireland. Those which find some shared ground or agreement with our ethos are particularly encouraged.

Shower of Kunst is a critical online journal founded in 2009. We believe in developing a strong and healthy discourse and community in the Visual Arts.

Recognising the vacuum that exists in Irish visual arts writing, our goal is to challenge the prevalent mode of art criticism. We place a strong emphasis on the political and embrace an approach to reviewing that is more akin to the academic critique. We are not interested in the default position of arts writing as essentially advertising copy for the artist and gallery, i.e. the conventional positive read of the artists intentions dressed loosely in philosophy. But instead offer a candid gaze that asks questions and makes suggestions.

What we publish:
Primarily reviews of art exhibitions in Ireland, but also international ones. We are open to opinion pieces, rebuttals to other writing, and responses to events that affect artists or our community. In fact we’d like to encourage it. We are looking for new content, so usually don’t publish pieces that are already published, or are about to be. Look over the variety of previous articles at

House style:
We appreciate an honest opinion. We think your insight and candor is going to be more important to the development of Irish Visual Art than just another well written piece. Of course getting both right is best.
We prefer pieces around 1500 words, although understand that this can vary in either direction if appropriate. Concision is hugely appreciated, so please try to be straight forward and to the point. Walk us through the show; assume we know nothing and literally re-view the exhibition. Feel free to make comparisons to other disciplines outside of art (movies, architecture, music, books, blogs, etc.).
We are open to new approaches, styles, and formats, especially those which utilise online tools, technologies, and potentials.

Technical guidelines:
• Use .doc or .odt format.
• Spellcheck before sending us anything.
• Italicise all titles of works.
• Use a serifed font like Times New Roman.
• Begin your article using the following template:
• Use a serifed font like Times New Roman.
• Begin your article using the following template:
Show Title: subtitle
Artist, or Artists Names. Curated by a Curator
Venue or Location, City
1 – 15 Month 2016
Review by [Your Name] Start of your article….
• If suitable, we will send you an edited version with a new file name (e.g. yourfile-edit1.doc). The feedback on your piece will be in comment form ( Corrections will be made to the text as needed for clarity. Please respond to the comments within the document and make changes directly to the text, before returning it back to us. Again with a correspondingly updated file name (e.g. yourfile-edit2.doc).

Application process:
Email your article or review to and we’ll get back to you.
Unfortunately, at present we cannot pay writers. Shower of Kunst has been an a non-funded and voluntary organisation since its founding 5 years ago.


Papergirl Belfast | Call for Submissions

Papergirl is an uncurated, completely inclusive project, so anyone can take part. You don’t have to be from Belfast to participate, Papergirl is open to local, national and international artists. Both emerging and established artists are invited to get involved and all work submitted will be featured in an exhibition at PS2 Belfast. After the exhibition is taken down, the work will be distributed at random to the public.

We invite visual artists, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, poets, short-story writers, crafters, and zine, comic and sticker makers to submit their work. There are no guidelines as to medium, the only real requirement is that the piece be flexible enough to be rolled up.

Papergirl Belfast has an open call for entries that will run until 1st May 2015.

Impressions 2015 – Call for Submissions

Open Printmaking Exhibition in association with Galway Internationals Arts Festival

Submissions close  Apr 10th 2015

Online submissions to .  Maximum of 3 entries no larger than 500kb per entry. 

Further information from

Belfast Photo Festival | Call for Submissions

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artist’s (using photography) and photographer’s the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field, with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazine Abridged. The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £1,000.

The theme has been left open to remove any restrictions; submissions must be photographic or lens-based but we also encourage incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc).

Artists will benefit from:
– Awards and cash prizes
– Exhibition exposure at the Festival’s main city centre gallery
– Inclusion in the special Festival issue of Abridged Magazine
– Long term Festival representation and promotion
– Exhibition alongside some of the biggest photographic names as part of the major photographic event
– Publication
– Being seen by a substantial number of visual arts professionals and the media
– Having their work viewed by an international panel of influential experts in the field of photography

Deadline: 6TH MARCH 2015

The Excel Gallery – Artistic Programme | Call for Submissions

The Excel Gallery, Excel Centre, Mitchell Street, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary

The Excel Gallery is now looking for submissions for exhibitions to take place in its gallery space from April 2015-March 2016. 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
D) submissions should be marked ‘Gallery Submission’ and posted to the above address.

We are taking submission on an ongoing basis

A floor plan of the Gallery and further details available at 062-80520

 Exhibition Opportunity at Waterside Theatre

Waterside Theatre, Glendermott Rd., Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT47 6BG

Calling all artists who would be interested in exhibiting their work in Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre Derry~Londonderry (32 metres of hanging space using the Boyer Picture Hanging System).

For more information on how to apply, please ring 02871 314000 or email



Irish painters are invited to submit works for exhibition in Duke Street Gallery, Dublin 2.

Each submission must include a current C.V and 5-10 images, or a link to the artist’s website.

Duke Street Gallery specializes in the work of Irish art on an international scale, and selected artists will benefit from having their work presented to this vast audience.

Email your submission to:


Mill Cove Gallery: Ceramics Commission Opportunity

15 ceramic artists 

10 exclusive works from each artist

The commission is open to all artists living in Ireland (32 counties)

Closing date for submissions is 27th February 2015

The commission for 10 pieces that will be based on a similar type of piece or design - obviously each piece will be different and signed and numbered but originating from 1 or 2 designs. The aim is to have the highest quality,  exclusive Irish Ceramics at the gallery

Full details on :

Exhibit at Leixlip Library Gallery Space

Exhibit your work at Leixlip Library gallery space! Come and visit us Leixlip Library, Captains Hill Leixlip Co. Kildare, ring 01 6060050 or email

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, Limavady BT49 0HA (marked for the attention of the Arts & Cultural Services Officer)


Deadline: Ongoing

Custom Houses Studios accepting applications for use of studios and exhibitions

Custom Houses Studios is an artist led, studios and gallery in Westport Co Mayo with 7 studios, a print room and a gallery space. 

Studio Contracts 2015

We are now accepting applications  for use of  studios for short term  contracts  (1 – 3 months)  in 2015.

Please send letters of interest, CVs and  10 images arranged  in one pdf file by email to

Please send internet link to view video files.

Closing date;  open

Studio contracts & Exhibitions 2016

We are now inviting   submissions for exhibitions  and use of studios in  2016 .

Submissions due for exhibitions by the 31st August 2015.


Please send letters of interest, CVs and  10 images to;

The Manager

Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo

Selection is by peer panel of Artists.


Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist in conjunction with the Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, and so on. Artists are not obligated to lecture at our facility, though we hope that the artists are friendly and accessible to local artists and students. Work by each Artist-in-Residence becomes a part of the Light Work Collection and is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work.

Questions? : Questions about the facility may be directed to and questions about the application process or residency can be sent

Deadline 1 July 2015

For information about our facilities, see


Artist Residency at Cow House Studios | Call for Applicants

Cow House Studios, Enniscorthy Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Since 2008 Cow House Studios has provided residency opportunities to professional artists during the Autumn. These residencies offer a valuable support structure for emerging and mid career artists, and bring critically engaging contemporary work to our rural community. With the support of Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre this programme now partners with an Irish curator to provide crucial context for both the selection of the artists and exhibition of their work. For the 2015 residency RGKSKSRG, the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain, will be our first collaborators.

There is no fee for the 2015 residency. This programme is generously supported by Wexford County Council and Cow House Studios. Artists are responsible for food, materials and travel expense. Cow House Studios provide shared accommodation, transportation to nearby towns for groceries and materials twice weekly, and twenty-four hour access to the studio and facilities along with a €500 stipend. Individual spaces are provided and the 343 m2 (3700 ft2) open plan space contains woodworking tools, a darkroom and computer lab.

Please visit our website for more information and application details.

Cló & The Living Archive: Call for Applications for Artist in Residence Programme

Artist in Residency Autumn Programme at Cló & The Living Archive Print Studio

Cló & The Living Archive invites applications for the following:

Artist in Residence Programme.
This programme offers accommodation in Cló Ceardlann’s artist-in-residence house and full technical facilities at their workshop based in scenic North West Donegal, IRELAND. This residency is offered on a self-funded basis. We will help interested applicants to apply for funding.

Interested applicants should forward their C.V. and a detailed proposal to

For an information pack please contact Leanne Mc Laughlin at 07495 – 31271 or e-mail

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:

 Ross Fine Art: Craft Makers Open Submission

closes 20 February 2015

Ross Fine Art has recently opened a new gallery in the heritage town of Ramelton, Donegal and in doing so have expanded our portfolio by launching The Craft Boutique…excellence in craft.

The Craft Boutique shows work by some of the finest craft makers in Ireland and overseas with emphasis on the unique and beautiful product. Due to its phenomenal success we have decided to expand on this and are in the process of making space for the work of up to 10 new craft makers who respond to this call. This is an opportunity to have your work shown in one of the most stunning Gallery/ Craft Boutiques in the country.

We are making an open call for submissions from graduate, emerging or established craft people working in all mediums.

If you would like to have your work considered to be shown with us on an ongoing basis applications may be made by email or post.

For further info contact:  / phone 074 9151926 or  mobile 087 2332985


Creative Enterprise Offices

As part of the Northwest’s creative hub, The Model, home of The Niland Collection houses six Creative Enterprise Office Spaces.

Suitable for media, film, design, music or other creative industries, these workspaces are available for rent. Professional creative enterprises are prioritised but all interested parties are welcome.

All Creative Enterprise Office Spaces have access to broadband.

For more info contact
Emer McGarry
Deputy Director
The Model,
The Mall

(071) 914 1405

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