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The Caterpillar Short Story Prize 2015

A short story written by an adult for children aged 7-11.

Prize: €1,000 and publication in The Caterpillar

Word limit: 2,000

Subject: Any

Deadline: 30 September 2015

See for more details.


ARTFarm Residency 2015 | Open Call

126 Artist-Run Gallery and Sheila Flannagan are pleased to offer residency opportunities to two emerging artists to take place from 15th-30th June 2015 in the rural setting of ARTFarm. The two week concurrent residency is open to two individuals or collectives and includes a contribution to materials and costs of €200per residency. The successful applicants will be selected by the board of 126. Preference will be given to early to mid-stage artists with experimental contemporary art practice. Set in the townland of Cloonkeen ARTFarm provides emerging artists with a chance for often elusive solitude. Nestled between the ‘Mass Rock Pathway’ and a ‘Lisheen’, surrounded by a rural community facing challenges of state-resource reduction, and diversity; ARTFarm presents artists with diverse areas for creative investigation. 
We’re seeking artists who will engage innovatively and sensitively with the local community or investigate the environment surrounding ARTFarm via their practice. Artists are asked submit the application form available  online and up to 10 images of work (max size: 24MB) to: by May 19th 2015, with the subject line: ARTFarm Residency 15. Applications will be assessed under the following criteria: innovative emerging art practice, quality of the application and engagement with the social context or site specificity of ARTFarm. Successful applicants will be notified by 26th May 2015. About ARTFarm:

The ARTFarm is an Artist retreat space situated in a remote rural setting in the townland of Cloonkeen, 5km from Newbridge Village in North East County Galway. It is a place of quiet and solitude. It consists of an old style country cottage, separate large studio space and hay-barn. Artfarm aspires to bring artists to this rural area with an aim to increase arts awareness and participation in the region.  The long term goal is to navigate towards explorations of Art in a Rural Context, Socially Engaged Art Practice in remote communities, Contemplative Art Practice and Ecologically Sustainable Art Practices.

Art Residencies were first established here in collaboration with 126 Artist-Run Gallery in Galway City in 2013 to give artists the space to completely escape the everyday chaos and totally immerse themselves in their art without distraction.
For information about previous artists in residence at ARTFarm click here


No of Residencies



Country cottage (self-catering), Living Area, Double Bedrooms, Kitchen, Bathroom (shower), Solid Fuel, Water and heating, library, world-cinema DVD library.


Basic Tool Kit


800 sq ft. Workshop, studio, 3 bay hay barn, 2 acres outdoor green space.

Application Type



By Committee


2 Weeks






Not permitted

Contribution to Materials and Expenses

200 (per residency)

Dates Available

15-30th June 2015


MAYO SINGS IN MAY! - Fantastic line up for the fourth Mayo International Choral Festival 2015

Thurs 21st - Sun 24th May, 2015.

Tickets on doors and from local outlets

Over 1000 singers will take part in the third Mayo International Choral Festival, performing songs from many genres, including jazz, pop, folk, barbershop, sacred and gospel music. Mayo in May - the mecca for all music lovers!

The fourth festival, the only county-wide choral festival in Ireland, will take the form of 37 International, National and Mayo choirs participating on a competitive and non-competitive basis. The event will include a number of evening and daily county-wide performances, as well as competitions and workshops. For visitors - friendship, relaxation and a memorable Mayo experience is ensured, allowing audiences and choirs to meet with other choirs and locals, relax and enjoy a great weekend in the beautiful West of Ireland.

Choirs from Mayo and local community groups will assist with the coordination of the events. International choirs include: from the US – the Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, from England - the English Chamber Singers, from Portugal – Voz Nua and from Scotland – the Oban Gaelic Choir.

The festival continues to honour Mayo’s heroes and heroines in song and this aspect of the festival includes a presentation by Anne Chambers, on the life and times of the famous Mayo-born Soprano, Margaret Burke Sheridan in Castlebar (Mayo County Library), on Thurs 21st May.

Five community concerts will take place all over the county, with local and visiting choirs performing at each – Friday 22nd May sees the festival opening concert in Ballintubber Abbey and other concerts on Friday include concerts in Ballina, Newport and Swinford, and a concert in Westport on Sunday evening. Many of the concerts support local charities.

Saturday sees the adjudications of the competing choirs in Castlebar, which is open to the public. It’s a great chance to see all the choirs singing at their best! In between the competitions, choirs will perform short outdoor street performances and also at Mayo Memorial Peace Park, weather permitting. At 8.30pm on Saturday evening, the prize-winning choirs will perform at the Gala Choral Concert, in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, during the Premier Competition, and will include a guest appearance by Tenor Sean Costello. At the close of this event, all the choirs will sing two songs, as a massed choir, the highlight of the festival, with over seven hundred of a choir taking to the stage in previous years. Concert admission includes immediately afterwards, the post-concert entertainment and afterglow at the festival club in the CaféBar at the Royal Theatre and is a great opportunity to meet the choirs. On Sunday, everyone is invited to sing at the Dawn Chorus at Lough Lannagh Carpark, Castlebar at 8am – for those rising early or for those going home from the celebrations the night before! The festival closes with a concert in Westport, at 8pm..
The festival has the support of Mayo County Council and Failte Ireland.

For more information, log onto or 
Over 1000 singers in the following choirs:

• Athlone A Capella, Westmeath • Ballina Chamber Choir • Ballintubber Abbey Choir • Blade Four, Castlebar • Capella, Dublin • Capella Ladies Choir, Dublin • Castlebar Gospel Choir • Celtic Choristers, Dublin • Cill Áodaín Choral Society, Mayo • Cór Mhaigh Eo • Dublin Male Voice Choir • Enchiriadis Chamber Choir, Dublin • English Concert Singers, England • English Concert Singers Female Ensemble, England • English Concert Singers Male Ensemble, England • Ev’ry Voice, Mayo • Gracenotes, Mayo • Laetare Vocal Ensemble, Dublin • Marine Institute Singers, Galway • Mayo Male Voice Choir • Mayo School of Music Youth Choir • Men’s Shed Choir, Castlebar • Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, USA • No Half Measures, Sligo • Note-Orious Four, Sligo • Oban Gaelic Choir, Scotland • Park Singers, Dublin • Park Female Singers, Dublin • Sandbars, Sligo • Seasharps, Dublin • St Marys College Singers, Dublin • Swinford Church Choir • Tone Cold Sober, Sligo • Vocalessence, Mayo • Voz Nua, Portugal • Western Voices, Galway • Westport Childrens’ Choir • Westport Singers

Also a number of guests and solo artistes will perform, including the 30-strong Nebraska Wesleyan University Symphonic Band, Francie McNicholas, Sean Costello and CODA.

Bígí Linn!

For more info see or facebook/mayochoral

Tickets: On door(s) and local outlets. Tickets for the Gala Concert at the TF Royal Hotel Reception 094 90 23111 and

The festival office (open from May 21st) is located at the front entrance to the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.


René Böll  Exhibition of Paintings The Cilliní of Achill and Currane     

Achill Sound  Hall

Open every day until May  9th 12.00 – 5.00pm                                                    

The cilliní are found in many places on the island that already served as memorial sites in the past – visible through their stony traces, but evading recognition by those who do not know what these loosely scattered stone signs refer to. Traces in the visible of something absent which is nevertheless tangible, present; a simultaneous visibleness and invisibleness in which the history and the landscape of the island are interwoven.

For many years René Böll has engaged with these abandoned places in photographs, writings and oil paintings, in which he traces the particular atmosphere of the sites. Through his work he would like to provide a memorial to the children and to those buried anonymously and to reinstate them in people’s memories. (Translation by Rosemary Little).


Programme Coordinator - West Cork Music

West Cork Music is looking for a Programme Coordinator to join the team. The successful applicant will work with the CEO in the programming and organisation of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. One of the main roles will be the extensive reporting and application requirements of multiple funding bodies. A further responsibility will be to manage the West Cork Music web-site and to continue to develop the West Cork Music archive.

Applicants for this post must have their own transport and be prepared to be based in West Cork. Apart from the CEO there are 3 full-time staff with responsibility for finance, box office and marketing.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival consists of nearly 70 events over nine days including 38 concerts featuring major international artists, masterclasses, an exhibition by instrument makers, interviews and talks.

Initially the contract will be for 18 months starting in August with a three-month probationary period. Remuneration will be according to qualifications for a full-time post.

Closing date for applications will be Monday 22nd June. Short-listed applicants will be informed by 10 July with interviews following within a week.  

Main Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Produce and process all correspondence and contracts for artists involved in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Masters of Tradition.
  • Liaise with agents and musicians and organise travel and accommodation as appropriate
  • Monitor and provide evaluation and documentation of events, in line with funders’ requirements.
  • Ensure web site and social media are updated and relevant
  • Manage the planning and coordination of logistics for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Masters of Tradition Festival
  • Liaise with CEO and Festival team in meeting multiple deadlines
  • Plan and coordinate the administrative and logistical requirements for meetings, workshops and events
  • Build and maintain relationships with local businesses and partners 


  • Experience in event management, arts administration and grant applications
  • Knowledge of and interest in chamber music a distinct advantage
  • Ability to manage spreadsheets and contracts with strict attention to detail
  • Ability to manage deadlines while working as part of a team
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours
  • Experience in managing web sites and social media
  • Candidates would be expected to have relevant third level qualifications

Applicants should submit a detailed current CV, with two references and cover letter by e-mail to on or before Wednesday 22nd June


Dance Ireland - Programme Manager

Dance Ireland is seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated Programme Manager to develop and manage the organisation’s artistic programme, with special responsibility for membership.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the key strands of this role are:

Dance Ireland Artistic Programme

Be responsible for planning and implementation of the training and development programmes – which includes morning class, guest teaching residencies, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, New Movements, Dance Talks and events; Manage peer panel selection process (Awards, Bursaries and Platforms).


Represent and respond to the needs of members;

Encourage active member participation;

Organisation of professional development and information seminars;

Research into areas concerning the membership.

Lobbying, Advocacy and Representation

Draw up, activate and contribute to lobbying and advocacy campaigns regarding issues and concerns of the membership and the dance sector;

Represent the organisation at national and international dance events, seminars and conferences, and networks.

Other duties

Assist in the preparation of grant applications;

Be responsible for the programme budget;

Be responsible for artistic contract staff in line with organisational policies and procedures; represent and respond to the needs of artistic contract staff;

Prepare for/attend Board meetings, as required;

Be willing and able to travel (national and international) as required.

Skills/competencies required

Thorough knowledge of the dance sector in Ireland;

Familiarity with national and international dance trends;

Ability to prioritise workloads;


Ability to manage and deliver projects;

Ability to manage budgets;

Strong organisational skills;

An ability to work on your own initiative;

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.



Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role.



Terms of employment

3-year fixed-term (renewable) contract with a 6-month probation period.

Closing date

Friday 29 May at 12 noon.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Monday 29 June with asecond interview scheduled for Tuesday 30 June (if required).

Start Date

Early August or as soon thereafter.

Application process

Please forward a copy of your current CV and an accompanying letter of motivation, outlining your reasons for applying, by email only to the Chief Executive: Paul Johnson, at (with Programme Manager in the subject line) by 12 noon on Friday 29 May 2015.

T: 00353 1 855 8800




Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival 2015 – Festival Launch

2015 will see the 9th installment of the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival; it will be the biggest and the most ambitious festival to date.

On Friday, May 15th the festival will be officially launched in Mcging's Pub,High Street,Westport at 9:30pm.

Music on the night will be provided by Sligo Based band Old Hannah 

The festival takes place on June 12-14 2015. 

More Information -


Emerging Visual Artist Award 2015 - Call for Applications

Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Council are pleased to announce a call for submissions for their annual Emerging Visual Artist Award. 
The Emerging Visual Artist Award is a partnership initiative between Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council.   The initiative supports promising visual artists in Ireland with an award of €5,000 and a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre.  It aims to recognize and support the development of committed emerging artists, in kick starting their career and achieving professional recognition.
The successful recipient will be required to create a new body of work during the period October 2015 – December 2016, which will be exhibited at Wexford Arts Centre during January – February 2017.
Who is eligible to apply for the Award?
- Applicants practicing any visual art form are eligible to apply;
- Applicants must have resided in Ireland for a minimum twelve month period to be eligible to apply;
- Applicants cannot be enrolled in an undergraduate programme in their art form at the time of the application deadline;
What selection criteria will be used?
- Applicant’s demonstrated commitment as a serious professional to her/his art form;
- Overall excellence of the applicant’s art work;
- Demonstration of exceptional talent;Submissions must be emailed to and include the following:
- An up to date CV;
- A work statement detailing themes, working methods and medium – 300 word limit;
- A proposal in relation to the body of work which will be undertaken – 350 word limit;
- Timescale breakdown – research, production, delivery;
- Budget breakdown – materials, travel, studio hire, etc.;  
- Examples of work to date i.e. documentation in the form of 10 jpeg images; 
Full details for each image is required, i.e. title, medium, measurements, date of work. Three copies of each film, video or audio work can be sent by post to: Emerging Visual Artist Award, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford Town or alternatively links to video and/or audio works can be emailed.
Notes on submissions:
Please adhere to the following notes whilst preparing your application:
- Please format all information in one document and keep to the word limit on the artist statement and proposal;
- Please save each Jpeg image with the following details: Artist’s Name_Title_Medium_Dimensions_Year (for example: NoelSmith_LandscapeInBlue_AcrylicOnWoodenPanel_43x30cms_2015);
- If sending film, audio or video work please label with your name and contact number, work title, and duration;
 - Do not submit any hardcopy material including catalogues, invitations, artist books, etc.
Please enclose a €7.50 processing fee with your application.  Cheques should be made payable to Wexford Arts Centre, or you can ring the Box Office at Wexford Arts Centre on +353 (0)53 9123764 with your debit card details.
The deadline for receipt of email submissions is 4.00p.m. Thursday 4th June 2015. For gallery plans and images please log on to


HSE National Lottery Grants

The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the following terms:
1. Respite Care Grant Scheme
2. National Lottery Grant Scheme
Applications are invited from groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services for once off funding for viable projects (non major capital projects) which can be completed within a reasonable period of time.

The closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday May 29th 2015

Mayo Lottery Application Form 2015.pdf (size 530.9 KB) 
Return completed application forms to
National Lottery Grants, Mayo Health Services, HSE West, St. Mary's HQ, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Phone: (094) 9042233 Fax: (094) 9025957


Art Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award ’15 - Burren College of Art

Burren College of Art is once again inviting artists to submit applications for the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award ’15. We are looking for recent graduates and emerging Irish artists who are highly motivated and would like the opportunity to receive the following:

  • A large artist’s studio for the month of September 2015 with access to all college facilities.
  • Partake in a group show in two venues: BCA Gallery / G126 Galway
  • Opportunity to gain teaching experience at BCA.

We welcome applications from artists working in any medium including: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Performance Art, Mixed Media and Video.

Four selected artists will receive a free one-month residency, including individual studio space and access to all college facilities for Sep 2015. They will curate and organise a group show based on their time in the Burren and their shared experience, which will be held in the BCA Gallery in 2016 and will travel to G126 Gallery in Galway. Suitable candidates may also get the opportunity to gain some teaching experience, with potential to give visiting artist talks to BCA students and provide tutorials.

There is a €5 submission fee, which will cover administration costs. If selected, artists must be willing to pay a one-off fee of €150 to cover housing and utilities costs in Ballyvaughan for one month, and are responsible for covering their own food and material costs.

Submission Process:

To be considered for application, please follow the two steps:

Step 1: Complete the payment of €5 via the following link

In the invoice number box please enter:  EIARA15_Applicants_Name

(e.g John Doe would enter EIARA15_JOHN_DOE)

Step 2: E-mail the following to

A PDF or Word Document (Max 4 Pages) to include CV, Artist Bio & Statement & a short paragraph proposing why you want to partake in this residency and what you intend to work on (Max 400 words).

Images sent separately to support application:
- max.10 j-peg images.
- max. 1MB/each.
- Pixel Dimension: 800 pixels longest side

The deadline is Tuesday June 2nd at 5pm.

Successful applicants notified by July 1st.

Residency takes place in Sep 2015.

Exhibition in BCA & G126 in 2016.


ARTISTS PANEL - Open Call to Artists to join a Panel of Artists with Dublin City Council Arts Office        
Dublin City Council Arts Office wants to establish a Panel of Artists in 2015 for a period of three years. While the Panel will be advertised annually to accept new members, those artists who apply by Tuesday 2nd June and who are successful, will be included on the panel for a three year period.

Artists are invited to apply by completing the Application Form, which is available with Guidelines/Terms on the eTenders website.  You must first register on etenders by clicking HERE 
Any queries please contact Gary Sullivan on 01 2223938

Existing Members of the Panel
We wish to notify existing members of the Panel that you must update your profile by completing the application form.

New Applicants
New applicants will be assessed and shortlisted for inclusion on the panel on the basis of information received (see the ‘Guidelines/Terms’ document). Clarification meetings may also be required.

 All applications must be:

  • Supplied in hard copy only (2 copies)
  •  Marked -  Artists’ Panel
  • Addressed to: Catherine Neville, Arts Office, Dublin City Council, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

 The latest date for receipt of applications for this notice is 12 noon on Tuesday 2nd June 2015. 



Dublin City Council Art’s Office is pleased to announce an open call to Irish and international Artists’ and Arts Organisations interested in applying for 7 Albert Cottages and St. Patrick’s Lodge Residential Artists’ Studios. Both spaces are available to rent from September 2015.

To apply for a residential studio please send a cover letter detailing your proposal, a work plan outlining ideas for the residency; the requested duration of your residency, a current Curriculum Vitae & artists’ statement as well as any supporting documentation relevant to the proposal. Applications must be made in hard copy format only, without binding of any type, digital applications will not be accepted. Dublin City Council Arts Office recommends that all applicants consider the priorities and goals of the Arts Plan ( when making their proposals.

More details of the accommodation can be found in the on line galleries at For further information contact: /t: 01 222 7843

Applications should be sent to Victoria Kearney, Dublin City Council Arts Office, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, and marked “Residential Spaces Open Call 2015”. All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 8th June 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.


Tiny Shows/ Seónna Bídeacha

Do you have an idea for a show for children?
Do you want to explore that Idea?
Do you want to work with new art forms? 

Tiny Shows/Seó Bídeach is intended to be a safe space where artists and theatre professionals can experiment with new skills or new roles in a developmental context.
This experimentation will allow for ideas for shows for children to be given an early stage exploration.
The idea is that 3 people come together on Friday morning, they play and experiment in a supported environment until Sunday evening where they will then show/share what they have achieved.
Each Tiny Show/Seó Bídeach concept selected will be allocated 500Euros for their weekend residency.
The weekend residence will take place on an agreed weekend between June – December 2015.
We will encourage people to
·      try new early stage seed ideas,
·      to change roles e.g actor – director, technician – actor,
·      explore working with new people
·      explore working with new media
·      explore working with text
·      explore working with live music
·      explore dance
·      explore puppetry
·      explore clown
·      explore mask
The expected outcomes of this initiative are as follows:
Artists will explore and gain experience with new theatrical forms
The residency will lead to the development of new work for children.
The residency will allow artists to explore work for children

Please contact Joanne Beirne, if you have any further queries.

Irish Times – Short Story Competition

To mark Africa Day, Irish Aid has teamed up with The Irish Times on an Africa-themed writing competition seeking short stories or poems from children and adults alike.

Stories should be about an African experience in either Africa or Ireland.

Primary school children can submit a piece of up to 250 words and secondary school students of up to 500 words. The word count for entries from adults is 2,000 words.

The closing date for entries is 15th May and the winners will be chosen by Irish Aid and The Irish Times. The winning stories will be published on on 24th May and winners will receive a selection of books to the value of €50 each. There will also be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Sean Sherlock, TD, said: “We are delighted to team up with The Irish Times for this competition because of the platform it gives to African writers of all ages. Creative expression is very important for everyone and we look forward to reading these stories.”

Assistant literary editor of The Irish Times, Martin Doyle said: ““The Irish Times is delighted to mark Africa Day by celebrating Africa's rich literary tradition on on 24th May, and through our writing competitions helping to foster a new generation of storytellers.”

If you fancy having your story published on the Irish Times website, or you know somebody else who might, you will find all details on how to enter here:


Art and Agriculture II and Agri_Culture

Art and Agriculture II and Agri_Culture are two research-based residency projects involving collaborative engagement between artists and diverse agricultural contexts found both locally and around the world. The projects have emerged as an exploratory partnership between Roscommon Arts Centre and the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, based in Counties Roscommon and North Leitrim.
Taking the proximity of these Centre's to regional agricultural shows and marts, artists are invited to explore these specific contexts as well as (and/or) respond to wider agricultural settings and practices prevalent globally or which represent wider social tendencies and landscapes of concern.

Residency Outline
Artists are invited to submit a Residency Proposal that outlines specific areas of social, cultural or environmental interest and its collaborative potential. Proposals should also summarize the artistic approach, processes involved and any relevant technical information. Potential exhibition outcomes should be noted and these will most likely take place at the end of the research period during the agricultural shows.
Residency outcomes can take the form of an exhibition, a talk, performance or public event and may engage with various publics and the Agricultural community.
Residency Fees
Artist/s selected for the Art & Agriculture II LSC residency will be provided with free accommodation, studio and gallery and access to technical facilities. A €2,500 residency fee is provided to the successful artist and is budgeted by them in a Residency Proposal. Eligible costs may include living expenses, artist’s fee, materials, travel, specialised equipment, technical support. The budget is only an approximate guide that demonstrates that artists have considered the feasibility of their project.
Artist/s selected for the Agri_Culture residency at Roscommon Arts Centre will be provided with a residency fee of €2,300 and an additional €500 towards travel and accommodation. They will have full use of the gallery in the arts centre as a production space for the duration of the residency, with a view to this research period informing a public outcome/exhibition/ event at both Roscommon Arts Centre & Leitrim Sculpture Centre. 
Residency Dates
The two research residencies will take place between the following dates:
Leitrim Sculpture Centre: 22nd June – 26th July
Roscommon Arts Centre: 22nd June – 26th July
Exhibition Openings:
LSC:  25th July
Roscommon Arts Centre: 14th August
The work developed by each artist will be shown in both exhibitions, curated by both Sean O'Reilly & Linda Shevlin. Key events that coincide with these exhibitions are the Manorhamilton Agricultural Show 25th and 26th July and the Roscommon Agricultural Show 15th August. Applicants are also encouraged to consider ways of engaging, interacting or collaborating with these events in their proposals. Application Requirements
There is no application form and submissions are in the form of a Residency Proposal that should include the following:

  • A Residency Project Proposal (max 1 x A4 sheet). This is a vital part of the application and should be as clear as possible.
  • Between 6 - 10 images of previous work with description, material, size, date etc.
  • Video works should be provided via links on YouTube or Vimeo
  • CV or Bio and a ½ page artist’s statement (general interests / approach)
  • An approximate budget breakdown.
  • A suggested timeline for the project, if relevant.

Artists can state a preference for a residency location or apply to be considered for both.
Selection Criteria:

  • Quality of previous work and the capacity of the artist to deliver the proposed residency.
  • Quality and relevance of project proposal to this residency scheme.
  • Innovation within artistic approach.
  • The capacity of the proposed project to support the artist towards the creation of new work and/or in the development of their practice.

 The most preferable way to send proposals is as an email:
Email as one .pdf attachment no larger than 20MB to: and also to
Or as separate files as .pdf, .doc, .jpeg, .zip or .ppt. (Total max 20MB). Artists who send in more than 20MB worth of material will have their application disallowed.
Links can be listed to Dropbox etc, video work and websites but make sure there is no time limit to view files such as with services like ‘WeTransfer’ etc.
No descriptions of work should be put in the body of the email as the panel will only see the .pdf application document or other attachment.
Please put in the subject line of the e.mail:
‘Art and Agriculture-Residency Application - and your name’  Deadline: 5th June. Notification by 12th June
For further information on the two Centres see and  


Fire Station Artists’ Studios Workshops Summer 2015

Our professional development skills programme is constantly responding to the changing needs of professional visual artists and utilises Fire Station’s Sculpture Workshop and Digital Media facilities. This programme is constantly being added to and updated – please refer to Fire Station’s website.

Publication Design: InDesign and online publishing - David Joyce
Date: 22nd - 23rd May 2015 (10am - 5pm and 10am - 1pm)
Price: €60 

A practical guide to design and layout of a publication using InDesign and publishing online with ISSUU. Will cover planning, design, layout and working with text and images nad getting a publication online using the free digital publishing platform ISSUU. Includes basic design principles and layout techniques using InDesign. InDesign us a desktop publishing software produced by Adobe to create posters, flyers, brocures, magazines, newspapers and books.

Creating Sound to Moving Image - Karl Burke
Date: 20th - 21st June 2015 (10am - 1pm)
Price: €60
An introduction to audio recording, editing and processing. A two day practical workshop where participants are introduced to the key aspects of creating sound for moving image. Using freely available open source software, the course aims to provide artists with the essential skills and practical knowledge to achieve quality results independently. This will involve two key aspects; environmental sound and sound tracking:
Mould Making Workshop - Level 1 - Ciaran Patterson 
Date: 7th - 8th July 2015
Price: €100
Introduction to the various stages and materials used in the mould making process; starting with the basics, making a two piece plaster mould to using silicon rubber and more advanced techniques for mould making. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials such as wax and resin. No experience of mould making is required. All materials will be provided.

Mould Making Workshop - Level 2 - Ciaran Patterson 
Date: 22nd - 23rd September 2015
Price: €100
This workshop focuses on the process of mould making and casting objects for a foundry. More advanced mould making processes will be discussed and demonstrated. The process of preparing waxes for bronze casing in a foundry will direct this workshop with an opportunity to visit a working foundry. Requires some experience of mould making. All materials will be provided.

Introduction to Welding - John Carrick
Available Dates: 12-13 May; 16-17June; 14-15 July; 11-12 August; 15-16 September; 20-21 October; 10-11 November; 8-9 December 2015
Booking for this course is on a first come first served basis. More courses may be offered in 2015 depending on demand and the availability of the tutor.
Price: €250
This unique on-to-one welding course is delivered over two days by a master metal work craftsman with over 50 years' experience. It will cover the basics of welding for beginners and includes:

  • Introduction to use of the welder
  • use of different materials
  • silver soldering techniques
  • braising
  • basic health and safety.

This workshop can also be adapted based on the needs of participants.

For further information on all our workshops and to book go to
Email:  Tel: +353 1 8069010


PhotoIreland International Portfolio Reviews: Call for Applications

Please note there is a 25 euro fee to apply and a 120 euro fee if you are selected for review

PhotoIreland Festival’s portfolio review weekend will take place the 3rd of July 2015 in Dublin city, representing a unique opportunity for emerging artists worldwide to highlight new photographic projects and meet with international professionals to further their careers. The winner of the portfolio reviews weekend will be offered a solo exhibition next year, during PhotoIreland Festival 2016.

Follow the link to see this year’s list of portfolio reviewers and to submit your portfolio!

Deadline: 17th May 2015
For guidelines and to submit, CLICK HERE
Further information:


All of Us or None – Responses and Resistance to Militarism: Call for Artists Submission

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has created a new, nationally touring poster exhibit called All of Us or None: Responses and Resistance to Militarism. The exhibit will launch in June and is already scheduled to travel to Chicago, Greensboro, Providence, and San Francisco with many other stops anticipated. We are looking for some additional work to include in this show.

From Ferguson to Gaza, we can see how militarism directly impacts all of our lives. Militarism refers to physically violent and coercive ways of settling conflict or maintaining control what we see in the everyday actions of armed security forces such as the military, militia, police, border enforcement, and school security. But do militarist policy decisions actually keep our communities safe and secure? What if we instead invested in the things that help communities, countries, and the globe thrive? Our new nationally touring poster exhibit will explore these issues.

We are looking for additional work for this exhibit exploring these themes through the lens of prisons and immigration, especially.

Work must be sized 22×28″ and Hi-res digital file uploaded to our site by June 1.
Submit work here:
Further information:

Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy: Call for Reviewers

The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy is now seeking expressions of interest for reviews of the following recent publications:

Hocking, Bree, T. (2015) The Great Reimagining: Public Art, Urban Space, and the Symbolic Landscapes of a ‘New’ Northern Ireland. Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Smith Maguire, Jennifer and Matthews, Julian (2013) The Cultural Intermediaries Reader. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Hewison, Robert (2013) Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain. London: Verso.

Interested reviewers should email: by Monday with a brief statement of interest and a short bio / CV.
Final text approximately 2,000 words, will be due June 2015.
Style guidelines and further details may be found at

Deadline for expression of interest  11 May

Sirius Arts Centre, April 2016 – March 2017 Programme | Call for Submissions

Sirius Arts Centre is now accepting proposals for projects for its April 2016 – March 2017 gallery programme.

Sirius is an arts centre that serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art. It offers developing opportunities for both emerging and more established artists from Ireland and abroad.

Sirius Arts Centre is interested in working with contemporary artists, both emerging and established, Irish and international. Sirius has developed a strong reputation in the area of contemporary photography, promoting Irish photographers at home and abroad and presenting the work of international photographic artists. However, Sirius also has a long history of presenting a wide range of interdisciplinary contemporary art and is currently especially interested in working with artists through a highly collaborative process and in the dialogue between artists, curators, communities and audiences.

Deadline Friday June 26th 5pm.

Applications can be sent by email or by post. Please send applications by Friday June 26th 2015 to:

Sirius Arts Centre, The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co. Cork

Or to (with the subject heading ‘Submissions 2016’)
Please go to for more inform


York Road, Belfast, Building Peace through the Arts Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

Building Peace through the Arts
Arts for All, York Road and potential second site tbc – Public Art Commission

Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. Arts for All, York Road, Belfast seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for the artwork is up to £40,000 (inclusive of VAT).

Applicants are requested to read the full content of the Artist Brief, CLICK HERE, carefully as it contains important information pertaining to all stages of the commission.

The project seeks to develop a legacy artwork reflecting past and present aspects of life in north Belfast and hopes for what a future north Belfast society might look like. The Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme themes are community cohesion, regeneration through the arts, positive relations at the local level, peace and reconciliation, connecting communities. This project aims to build community cohesion between the Tiger’s Bay and New Lodge areas. These are areas which have many issues arising from the conflict and the legacy of the conflict. Sectarian tension is high and there have been a number of race attacks in the Tiger’s Bay area over the last year. Ideas coming out of the consultation period are for an art work which reflects north Belfast’s rich history while looking forward to a culturally diverse future north Belfast which is welcome to people from all backgrounds.

Stage 1 Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest are sought from artists (or a team of collaborating artists) to deliver a piece of public art. Shortlisting will be based on the information provided (see Appendix A in the Artists Brief) using the evaluation criteria set out in Appendix B in the Artists Brief. Please read Appendix A carefully and comply fully with the requirements. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on 28th May 2015. The selection panel will consider submissions received by this deadline and select up to three artists to go forward to Stage 2 of this process.

Stage 2 Proposal
£500 will be made available to up to three artists/teams who will be invited to present their proposals to the selection panel. The proposal must include; sketch designs, visualisations and/or a maquette as well as an explanation of the concept for the artwork, how it relates to the theme and how the artist/artist team would approach its design, fabrication and installation. Details of maintenance requirements and lifespan expectations should also form part of the presentation.

The artist/artist team must demonstrate how the work can be implemented within the allocated budget and details of the anticipated duration of the project with timescale broken down into research, production and delivery. The selection panel aims to select one artist / team to undertake the commission.

Arts for All and the wider steering group will be at the heart of this project and the selected artist/artist team must demonstrate how they will work with the community to develop a sense of ownership/pride in the piece and the environment and most importantly help create a shared space for all. Therefore the artist/artist team must also outline the approach they will take to engage and work with the local community and showcase the successful project.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to:
Heather Floyd, Arts for All, 23 York Road, Belfast BT15 3GU

Please note that all submissions should be posted in hard copy
The application must be submitted no later than  12 noon, Thursday 28th May 2015
Applications must be in English and prices in £ Sterlinginclusive of VAT

St. Mary’s National School, Saggart, Co Dublin, Percent for Art Commission: Call for Artists’ Proposals

St. Mary’s Public Art Working Group wish to commission two artistic projects under the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’, funded by the Department of Education and Science;

A Participatory Art Project and a Participatory Dance Project

St. Mary’s National School is a primary school situated in the historic village of Saggart on the outskirts of south Dublin. With 530 students, the school strives to provide a caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the educational, cultural, intellectual, creative, spiritual and physical needs of the pupils and teachers are identified and addressed.

Applicants are requested to read the full content of the relevant artist brief carefully as it contains important information pertaining to all stages of the commission.

For the brief for the Participatory Art Project, CLICK HERE.
For the brief for the Participatory Dance Project, CLICK HERE.

Stage 1
Artists are invited to express their interest in being considered for this project at the first stage of this commission. Artists may do this by completing the application form and submission of a CV and images/details of recent relevant works/projects. The closing date for receipt of Stage 1 completed application form together with supporting documentation and material is 12 noon, Friday 26th June, 2015.

Stage 2
From the completed Stage 1 applications; a shortlist of artists will be selected by panel jury. This panel, whose decision is final, has the right to clarify any issue which may arise in the course of selection. Stage 2 short listed artists will be paid a concept development fee of €150 to work on a detailed proposal for final selection. A further brief will be given and a site visit is expected at this stage.

Selection Panel
The Selection Panel will consist of two members of the Public Art Working Group and three professional artists and will be chaired by the Project Manager.
St. Mary’s NS reserves the right not to proceed with any submissions received.

For any queries:
T: + 353 87 238 9591

Proposals must be marked, as appropriate:
Per Cent for Art Commission – Participatory Art Project
Per Cent for Art Commission – Dance Project
Please note that all proposals should be in hard copy only and sent to
The Principal, St. Mary’s National School, Saggart Village, Saggart, Co. Dublin
Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is no later than 12 noon, Friday 26th June, 2015


Fingal County Council Public Art Commission – Fingal and the Fight for Irish Freedom

Fingal County Council seeks proposals from artists who wish to reflect on the themes, activities and characters that feature in the Fingal experience of the 1916 rising. The commissioned artists will have the opportunity to work with the county archive, commemoration committee experts and connect with local knowledge and individuals closely associated with and engaged in current research around the 1916 activity in Fingal.

Budget €35,000

Applicants are requested to read the full content of the Artist Brief, CLICK HERE, carefully as it contains important information pertaining to all stages of the commission.

Fingal County Council are seeking project proposals from artists working across all art forms, including, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre, and visual art and across all media – drawing, photography, print, writing, film, performance, composition and song, choreography and more. The invitation is for artists to make new work which will respond to the Fingal experiences of the 1916 rising. A dedicated and expert commemorations committee is currently in place who can provide information and production support for the awarded artist. An extensive and detailed programme of activities has been announced for Fingal 2016, the artist/s may wish to tie into some of the resources or targeted audiences associated with this programme. It would be preferable that the work would be realised in time for the Fingal 2016 celebrations which are due to take place in April 2016.

We are especially interested in the proposal/s that best reflect the national commemorative prinicipals, to Remember, Reflect and Re-imagine the events leading up to the 1916 rising in Fingal.

Artists are welcome to attend the planned commemoration information sessions on
Tuesday 5th May, Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Dublin 15 , 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 7th of May Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords,7pm -9pm

Selection Process
Stage 1
Artists/arts practitioners are invited to submit an initial project proposal, outline budget , a C.V and samples of previous work or supporting documentation. A selection of artists will be shortlisted to stage 2.

Stage 2
Shortlisted artists (to a maximum of 5) will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal and budget and paid a €500 fee to develop the idea further.

Further information please contact:
Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator
T:01 8708449

Proposals should be marked Fingal 1916 Public Art Commission C/O Caroline Cowley to:
Arts Office, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Please note that all proposals must be in hard copy
 no later than 11th June 2015 at 5pm, 2015




American artist and printmaker Joel Feldman will give a 4 day printmaking workshop and  a public Lecture at Custom House Studios at Westport Quay.     Places are limited booking essential.

Printed Places is a workshop intended to identify ‘place’. The place may be as intimate as a small corner or niche on a street or as general as the street itself or a section of beach, wood, or area of turf.

The means that we will employ for the session will be in two segments. The first will consist of locating a place of interest, finding appropriate ‘printable’ materials, and leaving a discrete note indicating that materials were taken. The format and look of the note will be left to the artist’s discretion. The only proviso is that the note is left in a legal and non-obtrusive manner.

The second segment will entail found object and collagraphic printing. A collagraph is a print made from a constructed printing surface. Surfaces may be constructed from a myriad of materials ranging from cloth------to cigarette butts or leaves -----bark and other natural surface. Virtually any surface that can be inked can be printed (though for obvious reasons all cannot be press-printed).

A variant to the project would be a range of prints that explore and identify the surface characteristics of chosen materials such as wooden planks (boards), cardboard, paper, mesh, nets, etc. In this case the notion of ‘place’ would be interpreted as that space occupying an object that could be hand held. For example a wooden plank can be treated and printed in such a manner as to be more ‘photographic’ or representational of the wood being printed than an actual photograph

We will explore possibilities in both relief and intaglio printing, constructed printing surfaces, and printing with multiple cut plates.

The goal of this session will be to produce a series of prints that in some way identify a particular place or range of materials that will be shown at the Custom House in November 2015. The show will be both aesthetic and (using the term loosely) archaeological.

Places are limited to six participants – booking essential  € 120 plus materials. Course last 26 hours.

                             1. Wednesday    July    8th            10.00am –  5.00pm  

                             2. Wednesday   July 15th            10.00am  – 5.00pm.

                             3. Wednesday   July 22nd             10.00am  – 5.00pm.

                             4. Wednesday   July 29th             10.00am  – 5.00pm.

Includes Public talk and lecture Joel Feldman.

Student / participants will have access to the print studio  between classes on a booking basis,  to work on developing course work.

Costs; €120 plus materials.    Limited spaces.         Booking essential. 098 28735.



Soap Ground/White ground Etching Course Over two Weekends with Susie Quinn

This course is an introduction to soap ground, a very versatile soft ground which can be applied like paint.  It can give a wide range of tones on one application and one etc.

It is very much a ‘you get what you see’ technique.  The thicker, the whiter the ground, the lighter the etch.  The course is for artists with a basic knowledge of etching.

Course 2 over two weekends.                 

Day 1: – Saturday June 13th   Introduction to soap ground, making up of soap ground and demonstration of making up of Edinburgh Etch.

Day 2: – Sunday June 14th : Using of soap ground and etching.

Day 3: – Saturday June 20th  : Proofing and Printing.

Day 4: – Sunday  June 21st: Time to Experiment and work on own projects.

11am – 4pm  each day.

Cost:     €120.00 plus materials.

To book contact 098 28735.

Six places for this workshop.


Soap Ground/White ground Etching Course with Susie Quinn

This course is an introduction to soap ground, a very versatile soft ground which can be applied like paint.  It can give a wide range of tones on one application and one etc.

It is very much a ‘you get what you see’ technique.  The thicker, the whiter the ground, the lighter the etch.  The course is for artists with a basic knowledge of etching.

Course 1 over 4 weeks.                             

Day 1: – Friday June 12th   Introduction to soap ground, making up of soap ground and demonstration of making up of Edinburgh Etch.

Day 2: – Friday June 19th: Using of soap ground and etching.

Day 3: – Friday June 26th : Proofing and Printing.

Day 4: – Friday 3rd July: Time to Experiment and work on own projects.

11am – 4pm  each day.

Cost:     €120.00 plus materials.

To book contact 098 28735.

Six places for this workshop.


John Brady - Drawings at Ballina Arts Centre

Official Opening 15th May, at 8pm

John Brady produces work which is a playful mix of contemporary concerns, personal motifs and the everyday. From his early days studying in Art College Brady has always been fascinated by the notion of art as a language. 

The inherent paradoxes involved in making art in contemporary West of Ireland have resulted in a body of work that continues to evolve in response to these concerns. He studied painting in GMIT Galway and later in the Crawford College of Art, Cork and completed his Winchester Masters in European Fine Art programme at Barcelona Campus, Spain.

This exhibition comprises a series of sketchbook drawings completed on his travels in Europe and Asia.

Drawings runs until 4th July. Admission: free


Mayo County Council - Arts Acts Grants

For Mayo based groups/organisations seeking assistance with activities/events which stimulate public interest in the arts, promote knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or assist in improving standards of the Arts in the County.  Arts Grants are awarded to groups and individuals who satisfy the policies of the Council in relation to the development of the Arts in the County.


Friday June 12th 2015

Maximum amount awarded:

Maximum awarded to date is €5,000, minimum amount awarded €150

Application procedure:

Arts Acts Guidlines Bi-Lingual  

Arts Acts Application Form Bi-lingual


Invitation to submit to ‘New Beginnings’

Northwest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride’s 10th Multi Media Exhibition

In celebration of the tenth year of Pride in the Northwest, NW Pride calls artists of all persuasions to submit to New Beginnings at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Curator Denise Clarke

Submissions are welcomed in all media from artists of any gender or orientation who uphold Pride’s ethics of equality and inclusion.

Exhibition runs from August 6th – 26th

Submissions should be made by email, including a JPEG or TIFF image of each piece; title, medium and price; and a 50-word artist biography to

Submission fee of €5 payable after acceptance



Westport Poet nominated for the Pigott Prize

Ger Reidy’s highly anticipated third collection of poems, Before Rain, published by Arlen House has been shortlisted for the Pigott Prize. 

Adjudicated by John Boland and Gillian Clarke the shortlist includes:

  • From Elsewhere by Ciaran Carson
  • Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes
  • Before Rain by Ger Reidy
  • One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon
  • The Rooms by Peter Sirr

The €5,000 award is for books of poetry written by Irish writers and has been generously supported by industrialist and philantrophist Mr Mark Pigott KBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR Inc. 
Ger Reidy has won several national poetry competitions. His previous collections are Pictures from a Reservation (now in its second printing) and Drifting Under the Moon. Ger will also be reading from his new collection on the night. 
“Reidy’s poems fizzle like fireworks... [he] makes much out of his Mayo locales, but not for reasons of identity or belonging... more as building blocks for direct lyrical statements which often leave the reader astounded at how much philosophic weight Reidy can give a short 15-20 line poem... Reidy’s poems echo the grounded concision of Larkin... Perhaps a happier comparison would be R. S. Thomas whose poems attain an astonishing lyrical amplitude out of the slightest of rural subject matters, as Reidy’s do here.” - Benjamin Keating, Poetry Ireland Review
“Poetry... peppered with hard-hitting musings on the perennial problems that have bedevilled life on the fringe.” - Irish Times
“There is a quietness, a poetic reserve... The images are fresh and the emotions uncompromisingly honest.” - Dermot Healy, Cyphers

The winning collection will be announced on the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday 27th May 2015.


Art Exhibition in Ballyhaunis by Prisma Artists

Prisma Artists Invite you to joing them for the opening of their 2015 Exhibition.  The exhibition, entitled ‘Wonders of the Earth’ takes place at the Friary, Ballyhaunis on May 30th at 2pm.  Open on the following days from 2-6pm – May 30 & 31 and June 1, 6 & 7. 


Life Drawing @ Ballina Arts Centre

A Life Drawing Group meet at Ballina Arts Centre meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am (until 1pm).  Cost : €10 per session.  All welcome. 


The Westport Chamber Music Festival present a concert with Elizabeth Cooney (violin) and Finghin Collins (piano)

Concert on Sunday 19th July

8.00pm Holy Trinity Church

Schubert:  Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, "Grand Duo"
Szymanowski:  Mythes for Violin and Piano,Op.30
Elgar:  Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op.82
Szymanowski:  Notturno and Tarantella, Op.28

Tickets €20 will be available at the door or can be reserved by emailing
The concert is part of a tour including Castletownsend, Galway Arts Festival and Listowel in July and Clifden Arts Festival, Waterford and Dublin in September.  The tour is funded by an Arts Council Touring award.


Westport Festival of Chamber Music  2015

The 2015 Westport Festival of Chamber Music will take place on Friday-Sunday 11-13 September.  Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney (artistic directors) will be joined by Irish based soprano Sylvia O'Brien and violist Simon Aspell (from the Vanbrugh Quartet), from the UK Priya Mitchell (violin), Guy Johnston (cello) and Charles Owen (piano) and Spanish clarinettist Jose Franch-Ballester.  

The Festival will open with a concert in Westport House, sponsored by Nephin Irish Whiskey.  On Saturday the Young Musician concert will be performed in Holy Trinity Church by cellist Sinead O'Halloran and pianist Gary Beecher, who performed in the first Westport Festival in 2013.   The 8.00pm concert will also take place in the Church.  The final concert on Sunday 13th at 3.00pm will be held in the newly renovated Westport Town Hall.  We are delighted to have a third venue and the musicians will rehearse there from the Wednesday.  The Town Hall stage is big enough to accommodate the final work, Dvorak's Piano Quintet.

The free event this year is at 12.30pm on Sunday in the Clew Bay Hotel, where Gary Leahy will chat to a few of the musicians about their instruments.    Full programme details are here.

A notice that on-line booking opens on Monday 1st June will be circulated then.   Hotel offers are listed here.  Bookings should be made directly with hotels.

As in previous years, donations are vital for the success of the Festival and we ask you to consider becoming a Patron or Festival Friend.  Grant-aid, though much appreciated, is inadequate to present a Festival of this standard.   The Festival Committee is deeply grateful for all donations, which will be acknowledged on the Festival Programme and website.   Patrons and Friends get priority booking up to 1 June and can indicate their preferences at email contact below.

If you would like to have a printed programme posted to you or have any queries, please contact me.

Festival Committee:   Neil Mooney (chair),Jacinta Dwyer, Gary Leahy, Cuala McCann, Ger Reidy, Oliver Whyte.

The Festival is grant aided by The Arts Council,  Mayo County Council and Fóras Éireann  


SUMMER CAMP 2015 shows for Stagecoach

We are delighted to announce our SUMMER CAMP 2015 shows for Stagecoach Galway, Clare & Mayo and whether you have a four or fourteen year old, we have something for them!

These are some of the best weeks in our calendar and your child doesn't need to be a Stagecoach student to attend. We guarantee quality training with garda vetted professionals and fantastic memories by end of week for students, family and friends. 

Camps are filling quickly! much faster than last year, so our advice is to reserve your child's place with a 50 euro deposit today at 091 556274 or go to for more information.


Week 1, 13th to 17th July 2015, ST MARY'S COLLEGE, GALWAY



This will be an unforgettable show and a fun filled week with this Musical classic based on Alice in Wonderland. Do all you Mad Hatters know this year is the 150th anniversary?!


Week 2, 20th to 24th July 2015,  SHS WESTPORT,


6 to 16 YEAR OLDS

A tale of tights, fights and footlights with our own tribute to Robin Hood! This is a brilliantly funny version with great dance routines, cracking songs to learn and will be one of our summer camp highlights this year guaranteed. If you live in Mayo, don't miss it!


Week 3 27th to 31st July 2015, Cois na hAbhna, Gort Rd, Ennis


6 to 16 YEAR OLDS

If the weather is good in Ennis, we'd love children to perform this show in the stunning gardens at the back of Stagecoach Clare's resident venue!. Another classic week however and our Clare Camps are hugely popular and sell out each year.


Week 4, 4th to 8th August, 2015, St Mary's College, Galway



Our week 4 camp at St Mary's College brings an advanced and intensive musical theatre experience for teenagers. Based on New York's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts, this high octane global phenomenon will set pulses racing for the audience on Saturday evening. For teenagers, young adults and families, it's as good as it gets!

091 556274

*Stagecoach is a registered trade mark of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools Limited.

 We also run shorter camps for 4 to 6 year olds on most of the above weeks, typically 9.30am to 12.30pm from just 89 euro per week.

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Visual Artist Alice Maher announced as recipient of first Visual Artists Ireland Members Award 2015

Acclaimed Irish visual artist Alice Maher has been named as the recipient of the first Visual Artists Ireland Members Award. The announcement and presentation took place on Friday, 15thMay at 5:30pm during Visual Artists Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists – Get Together which took place in The Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The presentation was made on behalf of Visual Artists Ireland’s membership by Noel Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Visual Artists Ireland.

Kelly stated that “This award recognises the significant contribution made by Alice to the development of the visual arts in Ireland. The award is made on behalf of our membership as an acknowledgement by Alice’s peers for the work and service that she has offered both through her practice and her remarkable dedication to supporting her fellow artists.”

Alice Maher was one of ten artists nominated by members of Visual Artists Ireland. The nominations were open to any visual artist working and/or living on the island of Ireland. The vote was by secret ballot and was conducted earlier this year.

Kelly continued “We hope that each time Alice sees this piece of blue glass that she will remember the very high esteem that we all hold her in.”

For further information, please contact:

Noel Kelly
Chief Executive Officer / Director
Visual Artists Ireland
Central Hotel Chambers
7/9 Dame Court
Dublin 2

Phone (01) 672 9488
Mobile (086) 247 1114

Mon to Fri, 9:30am to 5:30pm


A bloody slaughter — a tainted inheritance — a dark secret

After one of the bloodiest massacres in Irish history, John Bodkin is accused of fratricide in an earlier conflict fuelled by a row over inheritance. At an infamous trial, John refuses to plead either innocent or guilty to the murder of his brother, Patrick. Only his betrothed Catherine, the beautiful daughter of Lord Athenry, knows why. She is the keeper of a dark secret, which John insists must be kept hidden, even if it costs him his life.

Based on a true story, my third historical novel explores a tale of treachery, greed and romance in 18th century Ireland. The Story of the Bodkin Murders is available from Club Lighthouse as an e-book, and from and in both paperback and Kindle formats.


Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship

The 1916 Proclamation declared its resolve to cherish “ all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences ... which have divided a minority from the majority in the past”

In September 2016, as we commemorate the centenary, exciting  variety of exhibitions and events will challenge this resolve bringing colour, energy, imagination and discussion to Cork City. While 2016 is a time to remember the past, it is also an opportunity to re-imagine the future and to expand our perception of future possibilities for a brighter more equal society.

Cork City Council Arts Office, Crawford Art Gallery and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design are building on the success of their 2013 Art of Inclusion exhibition that brought together the work of 50 artists from around the world to exhibit in Cork City. All the artists worked in supported studios – spaces offering opportunities to artists who may previously have been unable to develop their arts practice whether from a physical lack of access to materials, lack of opportunity or because of limited expectations of them.

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship aims to broaden the range of voices, visions, perceptions and approaches to creativity that the public engages with in cultural venues. It aims to engage the public with valuable knowledge and perceptions that are frequently absent from the world of art. The project is based on the premise that, when we create spaces and opportunity to listen to a broad range of diverse intelligences, perceptive and voices, our knowledge, experience and understanding of the world is enriched.

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship will call for submission of work in early 2016, from artists who are working in supported artist studio settings worldwide. It also invites expressions of interest from venues across Cork City who may like to showcase work.

The exhibition will also showcase some of the outcomes of the Expanding Realities project, a European Erasmus + funded partnership. Over the next 2 years GASP Cork, Art in Motion (AIM) Bristol and Debajo del Sombrero Madrid will develop and exchange approaches to engaging the creativity, and supporting the professional development of artists who have much to contribute, but face barriers in society and in the world of art.

Artists and organisations presenting work will be involved in public engagement events, tours and workshops with the opportunity for schools, community groups, and member of the public to get involved.

Those who may be interested in being involved or who would like further information or visuals please contact



Cork Arts Theatre runs an annual playwright’s award hosted, organised and sponsored by the Theatre. Celebrating 35 years this year; to date over 800 new plays have been submitted and judged, over 150 have been performed and 6 have been published. Submissions are now being accepted for the next One Act Playwright Awards.

Application form with full details on how to apply and a copy of the rules can be downloaded on the website, (alternatively application forms & rules can also be obtained by calling 021 4505624). The entry fee is €25 per script.

Deadline for entry is 31st May 2015

There are two different categories of Award: Established Writers (category A) and New Writers (category B). Both recipients of category A and category B Awards will receive an award and have their play produced.

All writers will be invited to Writers' Day, when they will receive an in-depth adjudication of their work. The winning plays will also be announced at this event. This will take place in early Autumn.

The winners in each category will receive a full production at the Cork Arts Theatre during Writers' Week with each play getting a minimum of two performances. Full technical support will be provided and production companies and directors will be engaged to work on the scripts for staging. Directors are encouraged to consult with the authors during the rehearsal period.

Link for application form:


There is No Alternative
126 Artist-Run Gallery in partnership with Ormston House, is delighted to launch a joint call for submissions to members of both organisations for an exhibition opportunity at 126 Gallery in Galway later this year.
In preparing submissions, we invite our members to read the following texts co-authored by Davies, Dillemuth & Jakobsen which are available online for free:
There is no alternative #1
There is no alternative #2

During the exhibition, we will host an event at 126 Gallery inviting members of both organisations to reflect together on the purpose and value of both membership schemes, taking an earnest approach to questions described by Davies, Dillemuth & Jakobsen as a bogus consultation process: What work can we do? How do we find alternative ways of thinking about production and labour? How can we act collectively?

There is No Alternative will be the fifth edition of Primary Resource, an umbrella project initiated by 126 Gallery following the 126 FOOTFALL research on artist-led organisations in Ireland.
About Primary Resource:
Primary Resource is a curatorial project taking place in 126 throughout 2015 that aims to make a practice-based response to the 126 FOOTFALL research report that was published in March 2015. FOOTFALL began a line of enquiry into what separates the activities of artist-led organisations from those of other art institutions in Ireland and what role they play in artists’ careers. For Primary Resource, we invite five diverse artist-led organisations to react to the 126 FOOTFALL research and findings through their own practice. These five responses may take varying forms and will take place in the 126 Gallery space throughout 2015. Each organisation’s response to one curatorial arc will contribute to a process that can be critically viewed as a whole.
Information on Ormston House membership here
Information on 126 Gallery membership here
Information on the FOOTFALL research here
Please send your submission(s) via email with the subject line: "There is No Alternative"
Via email to: 
By post (with return SAE) to: There is No Alternative, Ormston House Gallery, 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick City.
There are no guidelines for submission.
You can send us as much or as little information as you like and in any format you choose.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 26 June 2015 at 5pm.


International Directing Workshop

July 6-11 - Intensive summer school recommended to directors, choreographers  and artists interested in learning about ensemble building, directing, structuring the rehearsal process,  applying new techniques and methodologies, networking with practitioners from different countries and finding future creative partnerships with like-minded people.

The training is designed as the multidisciplinary intensive lab with participation and practice together with performers from different parts of the world and various artistic techniques. 

The working language is English.

Participants can receive Certification.

Travel information: 
Nearest airports: Graz or Vienna. From the airport participants can take a train.

To see full program details and application, please visit:


Open House Dublin Coordinator

Open House Dublin will take place from 16 to 18 October this year and we are looking for our Open House Dublin Coordinator.

The OHD Programme Coordinator is core to the team organising OHD and is responsible for delivery of the programme. The OHD Programme Coordinator is the main port of call for all enquires related to Open House and is the main contact for the building owners, tour guides and partners.

The coordinator will be responsible for communicating the message about the OHD programme and update the public on progress on the lead-up to OHD via social media and other channels.

To read more about the role and download the job description please visit

Deadline for applications is Thursday 28 May 2015, 2pm.

Community Arts Partnership seeks ‘Landmarks’ Project Co-ordinator

Community Arts Partnership, 3-5, Commercial Court, Belfast BT1 2NB

Community Arts Partnership is offering an exciting opportunity to be part of our highly productive and influential organisation. Working in an busy but creative environment, we are looking for a team player, capable of not only developing to their fullest potential, but in the process, assisting individuals, communities and organisations reach theirs.

We need a dynamic, self-starter, who can assist CAP and indeed, the widest arts sector, realise new ambitions and understand the transformative impact of community arts practice as well.

Our Landmarks Project Co-ordinator must be a resourceful, multi-tasker, capable of running a team of artists across a region-wide programme and supporting communities to development their creative capacity. Skilled as a visual artist and facilitator, the successful candidate must co-ordinate people and budgets, against very tight budgetary and time constraints as well.

CAP is an extremely diverse working environment, managing and growing a region-wide workshop programme across a host of disciplines, but also providing and creating a comprehensive range of information and advocacy services and partnerships, regionally, nationally and internationally.

If you support socially inclusive arts practice and you think you fit the bill, or perhaps know someone who does, please have a look at the job description in detail and make an application.

The forms should be completed in black ink and must be returned to: Julianne Skillen, Development Manager, Community Arts Partnership, 3-5, Commercial Court, Belfast BT1 2NB

Or email: with signature page scanned

Forms are available here:


Science Gallery, Dublin: Open Call for Artists Proposals

The Science Gallery Dublin is looking for Artists proposals for Trauma, an international, open-call exhibition and events programme that will explore biological, psychological, societal, and cultural trauma. We’re looking for artists, scientists, doctors and designers to propose exhibits, artworks, and projects that connect with the emotional upheaval of trauma on a physical, biological and psychological level.

Trauma: a sudden, violent, stressful and disturbing event, often a physical injury can be short-lived or long-lasting with impacts that range from deeply personal to universal. Artistic reflections on trauma are amongst the oldest human creations, yet they examine the same topics as cutting-edge neuroscience. At this fuzzy boundary between brain and body, pain and survival, memory and self, individual and collective, trauma comes in many forms. How does trauma affect the brain, the body, the national psyche, or all three? How do buildings and artworks record the traumas of our past? How do we bounce back after a trauma, and how is our understanding of trauma’s effects changing?

Trauma will also coincide with the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Easter rising, and raise questions about how society as a whole experiences trauma, how cities can show scars, and how social fabric can fray, tear, and ultimately be reinvented. At a unique time of commemoration, Trauma will offer a deeper understanding of the way we as organisms, individuals and even nations experience pain, loss, injury and ultimately recovery.

Deadline 4th June 2015 4pm

Further information and submission details:


Inspirational Installations for Babyday, Belfast: Calls for Expressions of Interest

 Replay Theatre Company invites contemporary artists with experience of delivering high quality installation projects to submit a tender application to produce an Inspirational Installation for BabyDay. We welcome applications from individual artists or groups.

BabyDay is about hope. It’s about how crucial early years art is. It’s about how the experiences that you have in the first 3 years of life don’t just affect behaviour, they change how neural pathways are formed. So we believe these experiences should be playful, joyful, imaginative and creative. We wish to commission four playful Inspirational Installations that will magically appear in the four corners of Belfast for BabyDay. These site specific temporary artworks could be inside or outside and could be created by artists from any discipline.

The successful artist/artists will be inspired by the aims of BabyDay and Creative Belfast. As with all of Replay’s work the proposal should include an element of creative consultation with the community. This may take many forms and the successful artist should outline how they intend their work to incorporate this. Replay carry out a diverse and innovative range of creative consultations and we will consider a range of proposals from artists. Successful artists will also be responsible for the administration of their project.

The budget for delivery of the project is £3,000 inclusive of all materials, equipment and expenses.

Deadline: 11am on Thursday 4th June 2015

For further details please request the BabyDay 2015 Terms of Reference from:
Jen Shepherd, Project Manager:
Skainos Square, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Children’s Art in Libraries Programme, Seeks Curator/Artist Proposals

In 2015 the Children’s Art in Libraries programme is offering a rare opportunity to a curator or artist to create an engaging visual arts exhibition for children that will stimulate both their curiosity and imagination. The Children’s Art in Libraries programme (CAL) is a unique initiative directly influenced by its distinctive context that seeks to provide innovative high quality arts experiences for children of all ages. CAL is an initiative of the Dublin City Council Arts Office and works in partnership with Dublin City Public Libraries to deliver innovative programming for children across a broad range of art forms.

Further information; please contact the Children’s Art in Libraries Programme Co-ordinator, Irma Grothuis on 086-820 5949, mornings only.
Deadline: Friday 5th June 2015


Hospital Arts Festival 2015: Open Call to Artists

Please Note A Submission Fee Applies

Submission for the visual arts section of Hospital Arts Festival 2015 is now open.This year we will be working in collaboration with guest curator Moran Been-noon.
With consideration to the heritage of Hospital’s 800 years, ideas in the relation to the concept of Land, Labour, Industry are welcome for this year’s festival.

Also, For One Night Only, a video open call specifically for film, video and animation shorts, invites artists to submit, electronically, video works of no longer than 15 minutes, with the narrative relevant to the overall working theme for Hospital Arts Festival 2015, Land, Labour, Industry.

Please include the following information with your submission:
– Name of Artist/Title of Work/Medium/Dimensions (where applicable)/Artist Statement/Artist Website/Artist CV
– Works in any medium can be submitted
– Digital images or samples of the works must first be emailed to:
– Acceptable formats are jpeg/mp4/avi/wav
– For visual work, jpeg image size must not exceed 1MB per image with a maximum of 10 images
– Each jpeg image must be labelled in the following format: artist surname_artist forename_project title
– Video or sound works may be transmitted by email link to the work, OneDrive, Dropbox, or WeTransfer
– Please note that the organisers require all selected video works to be submitted on DVD

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee of €10 payable by Paypal:
Please include your Paypal receipt number or forward on email acknowledgment of the payment with your submission
Deadline: Monday, 20 July at 5pm

Further information:


Photo Ireland 2015: ‘EXPOSED’ – Photography Exhibition at Hive Emerging | Call for Submissions

25 Michael Street, Waterford

Deadline: Friday 5th of June, 5.30pm

To coincide with this year’s Photo Ireland Festival, Hive is due to launch a photography based exhibition this summer. We are staging an open call for current photography based artworks by emerging artists to compile a group exhibition which will exemplify the contemporary practice of emerging photographers in Ireland & abroad. There is no overriding theme to these submissions or limit to the number of submissions by any one artist.

Artists, when applying, are requested to submit:
– an artist’s CV
– images of work (as attachments) including medium, dimensions, price & hanging specifications (within the file title)
– a concise statement outlining the artist and their current/submitted work

Art, Memory, Place Research Seminar at IMMA: Call for Papers
Friday 13 November, 2015

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Art, Memory, Place Research Seminar

Memory is one of the keywords which shapes and defines contemporary discourse on the past. Referred to within the academic sphere as memory studies, memory is a broad, interdisciplinary field, encompassing artworks, museums, commemorative practice, texts, conferences, seminars, publications and journals concerned with the subject of memory and remembrance. There is a growing interest in memory studies across a wide range of disciplines including history, cultural studies, anthropology, visual culture, sociology and political science. In the context of this turn to memory or the memory boom, and specifically in the context of the decade of commemoration in Ireland, this seminar aims to focus on the role of art and artists and to situate this work within a wider context of memory studies discourse and practice. Focusing on developments in contemporary art, this seminar aims to provide a forum for emerging post-graduate researchers and scholars to present their research as it relates to the topic, art, memory and place.

While all paper proposals will be considered, the organisers would like to encourage applicants to take account of one or more of the themes listed below:

• Artists and artworks addressing the subjects of art, memory and place
• Artists and artworks that challenge the discourse of memory and remembrance
• The changing contours of memory – plurality, hybridity and contestation, etc.
• The dematerialisation of the past
• The politics of memory
• The geographies of memory
• Curating memory
• Nostalgia
• Shifting memories and transforming identities
• Collective versus individual memory
• Transnational memory
• The globalisation of memory
• Against remembrance
• Commemoration: mourning or celebration?
• The relevance or role of the memorial genre in contemporary experience
• New strategies and new modes of representation

Researchers from all related disciplines are invited to apply however the emphasis is on visual culture and modern and contemporary art. We are interested in particular in presentations which focus on contemporary experience and which foreground the relationships between art, memory and place.

Paper contributions should be 15 minutes maximum.
A selection of papers may be compiled into an online document.
To make a proposal please send:
A 400-word abstract with title – for a 15-minute paper and include: Presenter’s name, institutional affiliation (optional) and contact details;:A short description of research project (one paragraph) A short biography – max 200 words

Deadline for abstracts: 2 June 2015
Deadline for final papers: 1 September 2015
Please send your abstracts and for further information:



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