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Irish Artist Blacksmith Association orgamise biggest event in the” year of craft “calendar!

The Irish Artist Blacksmith Association, through its volunteer board and dedicated membership, have achieved by banding together the biggest event in the” year of craft “calendar. The blacksmiths have risen to the challenges of the downturn and recession by coming together supporting each other at local events throughout the country. Last year they came together for the Ballylanders Pattern festival and created some bespoke seating for a newly acquired park for the village in Co Limerick free of charge. They created a mini wrestling ring to contain the bronze life size  sculpture of the great Dan O Mahony at a forge in down in west Cork. Similarly the year before 30 smiths from all over the country converged to Cootehall Co Roscommon where they created a tree sculpture “Branches of Unity” which has now pride of place in the village besides the Shannon. More recently they launched their “Year of Craft with an exhibition of Iron work at the Leitrim Sculpture centre.

On to the main event, the association have reached for the stars, and pulled off an extraordinary coup, where they have managed to get international masters from around the globe to come to Ireland and support and promote the work of the Irish Artist Blacksmith. These masters who usually deal with commissions that figure in the millions on hearing our call have given up their time and are currently designing a piece of work to be attached to the armature. Some of the top ten masters in their field are heading to Monaghan Town this June, names such as Francisco Gazitua(Chile),Tom Joyce(USA),Martin Breidenbach(Germany) ,Takyoshi Komine (Japan), Stephane Chevalier (France), Stephen Lunn (England) ,Adam Booth(Scotland), and Jim Horrobin (England).

This little know guild of the Crafts council of Ireland are pulling out all the stops to promote their skills and their work, and join with smiths from around the world to play their part in the Iron Renaissance, currently going from strength to strength worldwide.

The theme for the event ties in with Mark Keelings structure titled the “HIVE of Knowledge” currently being prepared at his forge in West Cork. These  renowned master smiths and their Irish counterparts will forge, and create a panel with their individual interpretation of “Knowledge and Learning” over the three day festival .The festival will take place in Monaghan Town Centre over the 24th to the 26th of June this year. Anyone with an interest in, architectural iron work, authentic restoration, design, art, tooling, metal, craft ,interior design this is a must to broaden your horizon. See for yourself what can be achieved by the skill, artistry and manipulation of iron and steel by these craftsmen and women. A demonstration of authentic restoration techniques will also be featured by leading Irish blacksmiths and their will be a hands on demonstration for the blacksmiths of the future with a one to one supervised kids demonstration.

This event came about, through contact through the Irish and British associations and the local Arts Officer Somhairle MacConail. The support and vision of Somhairle and his team and Monaghan Co Council is central to the event going ahead. The crafts council of Ireland are fully behind the event and in awe of the capabilities of this small dedicated volunteer group.

Smiths from around the country are joining, the closed blacksmith school in Belmullet Cearta Inneona are supporting with all their tooling, and there is a real buzz about the blacksmith community. Enquiries are coming in from Japan, the US, Russia mainland Europe and throughout the UK. It promises to be a spectacular event, the largest gathering of blacksmiths ever seen on this island. Pencil this weekend into your plans! For more information please visit  


The Picture Works Annual Art Competition

This the 3rd year of our annual art competition. The competition is open to all and is free to enter. 1st prize is a cheque for E500 as well as a City Card campaign worth over E9,000 and and i-Site campaign worth over E16,000.

City Cards are the free postcards you see in cafes and bars across Ireland. We have 300 racks and the winner will get 50,000 postcards of their winning image printed and distributed across Ireland. i-Sites are A1 poster sites in pub across Ireland and we have 1000 of them. The prize will provide great exposure to the winning artist.

Second prize will be chosen from a shortlist of 11 runners-up. The images will be put online and the public will vote for their favourite. The winner will also receive a City Card campaign of 50,000 postcards as well as an i-Site campaign of their winning images.

Only one entry per person is permitted.Deadline for entries: 21 June 2011, 12 noon.


Call for Submissions: IRL 2011 at IMOCA

Deadline Extension and Final Call for Papers, Panels, Workshops and Presenters:IRL 2011: In Real Life

Challenging, Changing and Hacking Practices of Human-BeingHosted by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art [IMOCA]

International Conference 13, 14 ,15 July;Exhibition opens Friday 15 July 2011

Extended Deadline for Submissions is 5pm, Friday 15 April 2011

IRL 2011: In Real Life is an interdisciplinary dialogue between artists, scientists, engineers, socio-political activists, hackers and others pushing beyond the typical, stereotyped or engineered boundaries and limits to lifestyles, technologies and systems to challenge what is possible today.  

Guest speakers include Dr. Henrik Scharfe and his geminoid project [ ] and activist Kate Bornstein [ ]

Briefs need only be 300 words max; all accepted papers will be included in an ISBN-registered book which will launch the new publishing programme of IMOCA.

More information and possible topics or areas of research and practice can be found at or .

Submissions or questions please contact: .Deadline: 15 April 2011, 5pm.


Call for submissions for The Gallery at Mountmellick Library

Call for submissions for The Gallery at Mountmellick Library, Mountmellick, County Laois.

Calling all artists working in any and all materials, media, styles, genres, themes and concepts to submit proposals for exhibitions for The Gallery at the newly opened library in Mountmellick. The Gallery aims to provide exhibition space to local, national and international artists. Submissions are welcome from new and emerging artists as well as established artists. The Gallery is part of the innovative new library which was opened recently by Laois County Council. Housed in a public building, the Gallery offers an exciting opportunity for artists to bring their work to a new audience.

Offering three interlinked but separate spaces, the Gallery encompases almost 80m2 of exhibition space.

Artists wishing to apply should download an application form and guidelines from

T: 057 8644572E:


Making Space Art Event Athlone 2011: Open Call

Making Space Art Event is an experimental art project which networks artists and creatives. We are creating a platform for contemporary visual art in Athlone. We are constructing a dynamic experience of contemporary art within the specific cultural context of Athlone that resonates locally. The event will take place on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May 2011 in the Civic Square, Athlone.

The Civic Square is a large, open, public space, over looked by the Civic Building (Town Council Head Quarters). We are looking for creative ideas of how to use the space or what could be presented here. We are looking for proposals of new or existing artwork/projects for this event. This is an outdoor site; any artworks must be durable and weather-proof. Some cover may be provided depending on the work. Please see our website for images of the space .

Selected artists will be required to do one site visit before the event, as well as install and set up own work. We would hope that participating artists would be present for either the Saturday or Sunday of the event. Artists are required to have their own equipment. Proposals could be for: artistic film/video, sound art, performance, installation, digital installations, sculpture, large scale photography, participatory artwork/projects.

Please include with your submission: Name, Contact Number, Website, Biography (one paragraph about yourself, act, team or project; to be used as part of Making Space publicity), Description of artwork /activity (one paragraph), and Artist Statement. Please include digital Images or link to work. Selected artists will be notified within one weeks of closing date.

T: 087 9501912


Deadline: Artists can submit proposals by email before 1 May 2011.


Arts & Cultural Projects at SHE-D, Dublin

SHE-D is looking for new members with innovative ideas to join its growing collective of creative voices in Dublin’s inner city. We are a centre with a strong environmental, holistic and creative, community focus. Current activities range from from photography, dance, workshops, cinema, cultural exchange, kitchen, garden, music and movement.

We are looking for artists, facilitators, technicians, curious creatives to join SHE-D. We offer a friendly open space with support for new members and groups. We invite you to come along and visit this unique cultural centre. You can become a member of the collective and avail of the facilities and take part in, assist and develop the cultural, creative dialogue with like-minded artists.If you have an idea for a workshop/event or if you want to see what we do, please get in touch or pop in this week for a visit:

SHE-D, 43 Gardiner Lane, Dublin 1.

T: 0877954727



Claremorris Open Exhibition (COE) – Call for submissions

A decision by the Arts Council to once again provide funding for the annual Claremorris Open Exhibition (COE) has been warmly welcomed by the organisers of this prestigious exhibition of contemporary visual art.

Since the exhibition’s inception in 1978 the Arts Council of Ireland has consistently been the greatest source of financial support for COE and this year’s grant is once again seen as an endorsement of both the exhibition and the ongoing work carried out by the organising committee.

Entries are now invited for COE '11, which will run for three weeks in September.

Deadline: Fri June 3rd

For further information please contact.  Marayde O'Brien E:  W:


Call for Entries: International Print Biennale 2011

The 2011 Print Awards is an open submission prize for British and international printmakers which encourages a broad spectrum of artists to gain exposure and exhibit with other leading artists in their field. The 2011 Print Awards is the centrepiece of the 2011 International Print Biennale.

The International Print Biennale was created by Northern Print in 2009 as the first major project in the UK for 20 years concentrated on the diversity of contemporary printmaking. The aim is to reward and promote excellence through showcasing the very best in new British and international printmaking through an extensive programme in Newcastle Gateshead of exhibitions, events, activities and an international symposium. With over 95,000 visitors this inaugural Biennale was a huge success and we are delighted to announce the 2nd International Print Biennale.

The 2011 Print Awards are open to all artists whose work encounters print. Works in any medium will be considered and is not restricted to 2 or 3 dimensional works.A panel of eminent artists, printmakers and curators will select approximately 40 artists to exhibit across major venues in Newcastle Gateshead. Exhibitions of the selected works will be shown at the Hatton Gallery, Laing Art Gallery and Northern Print from 17 September to 19 November 2011.

Artists are asked to submit a current CV, Artist’s statement and a maximum of 10 images. Entry fee is GBP25 or E30.

Deadline for Entries: 6 June 2011

For further details and to apply please visit:

For more information please contact Parker Harris on:T: +44 (0)1372 462 190E:


Moxie Studios: Call for Proposals

Moxie Studios is pleased to announce a new subsidized exhibition platform, and to put forth a call for exhibition proposals in the PLANE / SITE Galleries at Moxie Studios off Baggot Street in Dublin 2. Exceptional submissions will be offered waived gallery fees and related sponsorship packages as deemed fit.

Please send proposals for 2011-2012 to .

No post applications will be accepted or returned.



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

The Competition has three categories, Artwork & Photography, Poetry and Fiction.  Winners and finalists are published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual. Winners of each category receive £500 prize money (apx. â,¬570) plus other prizes. Entry to the Creative Works Competition is £10 (apx. â,¬11). The entry fee allows the submission of 2 images, 2 poems or 2 short stories.  The deadline for submissions is the 31st August 2011.

More guidelines on how to submit can be found online at 


This Is Not A Gateway Festival 2011: Open Call

This Is Not A Gateway is an independent organisation that brings together critically engaged individuals interested in ideas related to cities, including visual artists. They are seeking submissions for its 4th annual festival (23 – 25 September 2011, London). Proposals are welcome from anybody whose point of reference is ‘the city’. There is no fee to propose a project for the festival.

This Is Not A Gateway Festival is independent, critical, rigorous and productive – an open platform; an arena for criticality as well as proposition. Submissions are sought from a lived knowledge/experience perspective, as well as from the widest range of disciplines.

Deadline for first call: 5 May 2011

Festival Dates: 23 – 25 September 2011, London (UCL Slade Research Centre)

Previous formats have included exhibitions, round-table discussions, soapboxes, film screenings, walks, presentations, book and project launches. Participants have come from the fields of urban regeneration, economics, government, visual art, archaeology, activism, journalism, literature, architecture, planning, environmental protection, law, property, theory, housing, film, psychology, finance, philosophy, engineering, human rights & social justice.There is no fee to propose a project for the festival, however work must be critical and propositional.Contact Deepa and Trenton: t


Artists-Led Exhibition Opportunity

To celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of Cill Rialaig, former Cill Rialaig residents and other interested artists are invited to express their interest in participating in a series of artist-led exhibitions in partnership with the Urban Retreat Gallery in Dublin.For further information, contact  or 01 478 5159.


Call for Submissions: Irish Contemporary Ceramic Awards

The Mill Cove Gallery, Cork are calling for submissions for the Irish Contemporary Ceramic Awards. Submissions must be original and of a high standard, both in presentation and content. The work should not have been previously exhibited and created within the last 2 years.

Submission forms must be accompanied by photographs/CD (digital images) of the actual work with 2-3 images of each piece. Up to 3 works may be submitted. The submission fee is €10 for one piece, €18 for two pieces and €25 for three pieces, payable by cheque or postal order.

Forms must be completed and returned with images and fees to John Goode, Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, County Cork on or before 14 May 2011. Submission forms may be downloaded from the website but cannot be submitted online.

T: 02770393


Deadline: 14 May 2011


Apollo Gallery: Call for Submissions

The Apollo Gallery, Dublin, is currently accepting painter submissions. Please forward images of work / artist cv / website information to T: 01 6712609


Call for Submissions: Via Firenze Gallery, Bray

Calling all artists working in any and all materials, media, styles, genres, themes and concepts to submit proposals for our 2011 exhibition programme. Submissions are welcome from new and emerging artists as well as established artists. There will be a non-returnable submission fee of E10 per submission. If selected to exhibit there will be a charge of E50 per week, this fee will go towards PR, marketing, the catalogue and invitations. We take 20% commission on work sold during the exhibition. The gallery is located in a well established jewellers on the Main Street in Bray.For further information please contact


The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 competition is now open

The competition is open until 5pm on 31st July 2011.

This year a new video category has been introduced to further raise awareness of environmental and social issues. Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in amateur and professional environmental photography, and is one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world – receiving 4,500 entries from photographers in 97 countries in 2010.  EPOTY celebrates photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues. It is open to professional and amateur photographers of any age from anywhere in the world, and encourages entries that are creative, resonant, original and beautiful. Subjects include wildlife and marine life, environmental degradation, street photography and urban lifestyles, technology, landscapes and portraiture.  As always, the competition is completely free to enter and is open to international amateur and professional photographers of any age, encouraging entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, original and beautiful. The winning photographs come together to form the most outstanding collection of environmental, social and natural photographs in the world.

The 2011 competition categories are:

Mott MacDonald’s Changing Climates, The Natural World, The Underwater World, Quality of Life, A View From the Western World, Building Our Future (New for 2011), The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 16 & Under 21), Video (New for 2011).

Individual pieces are judged on impact, creativity, composition, originality and technical abilities. Winners receive cash prizes and all winning entries are displayed in the Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition, launched in London. Copyright is retained by the photographer.  See past winning entries, competition details and news coverage from 2010 at You can also watch a brief video of the 2010 Awards Ceremony. You can also keep up to date with any new developments by joining our Facebook group.

The competition will run until 31st July 2011, with judging taking place throughout August and September.


2011 Belfast Photo Festival: Call for Submissions

We are now accepting entries for the Belfast Photo Festival’s 2011 Open Submission Exhibition. The submission theme is left open and being keen to support all disciplines of photographic practice, we encourage entries from professionals, students and amateurs.Alongside opportunities to gain significant exposure in both Belfast and Derry City, many of those selected to exhibit will be awarded a published book of their work, courtesy of the photo book company Blurb.

For full details and terms & conditions, visit the festival website:

Entry fee for submissions: £7 per body of work (2 – 6 images)Deadline: 1 June 2011


2011 RDS National Crafts Competition Call for Entries

Deadline: 16 May 2011

The RDS National Crafts Competition has announced the call for entries for this year’s competition. The competition is one of the largest crafts competitions in Europe that brings an international panel of judges to Ireland to adjudicate a 20 category competition. It boasts a prize fund of E28,400 and is open to all craft workers and designers in Ireland including students and apprentices. It is also open to Irish craft workers based abroad. Entrants can also enter the RDS Student Art Awards should they meet the terms and conditions of the Awards.

Full details are available at


Queer as Political Exhibition – Open Call

Cork Feminista – in conjunction with Cork Pride – is calling for submissions from artists interested in exploring the politics of queer identities. Identifying as ‘queer’ is a transgressive act that challenges the dominant structures and stereotypes. We’re looking for work that explores ways that queer identities are inherently and overtly political.

T: 086 0853923


Deadline: Expressions of interest with details of the work, including format and/or dimensions, can be emailed to:  by 6 May 2011.

Deadline for completed work: 27 May 2011.

The exhibition will take place as a part of Cork Pride 2011 (29 May – 6 June 2011) at The Other Place, North Main Street, Cork.


Exhibiting at Turn-berlin

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

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

We are now big enough to be a representational gallery offering a full promotional package. More information on turn-berlin’s long term approach to developing artists is on the following link: Address: 
turn-berlin Gallery, Josetti Höfe, Rungestr 22-24, 10179 Berlin, Germany.

Deadline: Open.


Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre: Call for Submissions

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


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




Dunamaise Arts Centre, Call for Submissions

The Dunamaise Arts Centre invites submissions from artists for its open submission exhibition, ‘Level’, running 17 June – 30 July 2011.

Artists working in all mediums are invited to submit work for selection by guest curator Bernadette Madden.

Applications, including artist’s CV, CD with image(s) and hardcopy images of proposed work (& a stamped addressed envelope if return of materials is required) should arrive no later than 5pm, Friday 6 May 2011 to: Level Open Submission, The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

T: +353 (0)57 8663355


Deadline: Friday 6 May 2011, 5pm


Call for Submissions: The Braid Museum & Arts Centre, Ballymena

Call for Submissions for Craft exhibition at The Braid Museum and Arts Centre, Ballymena.Craft Northern Ireland and the Crafts Council of Ireland have designated 2011 as Year of Craft. During the month of August The Braid Museum and Art Centre will be celebrating this through a variety of events including a craft exhibition which will showcase the very best of craft in County Antrim.We would like to invite all craft workers living and working in Co. Antrim or from Co. Antrim to take part in this exhibition. Both emerging and established craft makers/applied artists are welcome to apply. All craft forms will be considered.

Your submission should include:- A CV which includes contact details, details of previous exhibitions, commissions and awards- An artist’s statement about the proposed work and dimensions of the work- 2 high resolution images of work to be selected- If you require return of images please submit a stamped addressed envelopeA short-listing of entries will apply and selections will be made according to our selection criteria:- Innovative use of materials and aesthetic vision- High standards of technical skill and design- Unique style/ signature of the individual maker

To take part in the exhibition please submit before 4pm, 10 June 2011 to:

Tríona White Hamilton, Assistant Curator, The Mid Antrim Museum at the Braid, 1-29 Bridge St, Ballymena, BT435EJ

T: 02825657161



Call for Work: Mamuska Dublin

La Cat Salons seeks artists for their next Mamuska Dublin event on Friday 10 June. A platform for short evolving and experimental performance and video art in the atmospheric Back Loft. Max duration of pieces is 10 minutes. Artist participation is free.Send your submissions to .Visit  for more information.

Deadline: 15 May 2011.


Call for Submissions: Croi Anu Creative Centre

Submissions are invited for an Open Exhibition on 27 May 2011. Each artist is required to provide an artists statement to give an understanding of what drives and inspired the work at this time. Each artist can submit 2 pieces of work.

Full details of requirements from .Croi Anu Creative Centre, Moone, Athy, Co Kildare.T: 059 8624854E:

Deadline: 13 May 2011


Paper Visual Art Journal: Call for Submissions

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

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


Educational Shakespeare Company: Call For Freelancers

ESC are currently recruiting for upcoming projects and are looking for experienced creative people to go on a Register of Interested Freelancers for various roles including Drama facilitator and Youth facilitator.

ESC is an award-winning arts education charity working in drama and film. They work alongside people who are marginalized for many reasons. For more information on the work of ESC, for full list of facilitators required and to apply please see


Irish Aerialists Seek Artist for Stage Design

Artist sought for stage design for a aerial performance by Irish Aerialists at ‘Phoenix Festival’Irish Aerialists will be working with the Phoenix Festival, in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 6 – 8 May 2011. Irish Aerialist will be performing in the centre of a big top tent on a purpose built stages rigged for aerial performance to take place over the course of the festival. We will be requiring artist to take on stage design for the course of the weekend. Some props are available currently but we will be requiring an artist who may be interested in working with local community groups in making props for the show. Interested parties should contact the Irish Aerialists on the number below. The position is voluntary but there is an allowance for food, travel and accommodation.

T: 085 146 86 33


Deadline: 28 April 2011


Cologne International Video Art Festival: Call for Entries

Cologne International Videoart Festival – Calls for entries

1 January 2011 – 31 December 2012

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

2. Let’s Save the World !?Let’s Save the World!? – is the theme of a special selection to be made in the framework of the nomadic festival project “CologneOFF 2011/2012 – videoart in a global context” which is not only appealing to work actively for the survival of our blue planet, but dealing with the questions what can be done to save the world and how can it be done, with environmental issues & sustainability, social & global responsibility and much more.Artists working with “moving images” are invited to deal with all these and many more questions in their experimental films and videoart, to contribute and submit to this call by using the entry form on –

Deadline for both calls: 1 September 2011


Think Carnival, Steam Punk, Travelling Show, Freak Show, Circus, Think much more, then, go wild with your submission!!  The Call Sheet

We are an international committee curating an alternative performance and exhibition tent at Flatlake Festival 2011. We are programming an exciting platform of projects celebrating alternative traditions and the avant-garde. For this tent we are looking for artists, performers, fashion designers/makers, and recent students from all over the world, interested in Live art, Performance, Burlesque, Steam Punk, Goth, Drag, Martial & Tattoo arts, Dancers (swing, contempory ect), Circus entertainment: Fire throwers, Acrobats, etc. Also, if you find yourself outside of genres, we'd particularly like to hear what you can do at Flat Lake Festival!

Do you have ideas and performances you’d like to deliver in a festival tent?


·         Performance (not requiring special technical conditions)

·         Audience workshops and interaction

·         Parades

·         Fashion catwalks

·         Readings/Lecture

·         etc 

If you can propose and deliver it – we are interested to hear from you. We welcome all proposals big, small, installation, performance, time duration, or longer interactive works for the duration of the 2011 Festival (Friday 03rd - Sunday 05th of June).

Submission Requirements:Maximum 500 words about your proposal (activity, time, resource requirements. Let us know what you do, how you deliver it, and what’s alternative about your work.)300 words about yourself, act, team or event; 6-8 digital images no bigger than 500K each of past events (w appropriate captions denoting venue and activity) Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 29th April 2011.

Email with proposal to:

A bit about the festival: Flat Lake Festival is situated in County Monaghan, Ireland on the stunning grounds of Hilton Park Estate. The festival takes place over one weekend, as an eclectic celebration of music, writing and visual arts. This year it’s pulling in big names from the US and beyond. We hope you can be part of this international troupe!

For your participation you’ll receive full access passes for the festival; (retail value €90 per person), on site accommodation (camping) and parking access plus one meals ticket, All selected artists are listed on the official Flatlake Festival website. And of course, You will have the opportunity to meet, and network with other artists, writers, performers, musicians, and organisers... or just chill by the bonfire and enjoy the live happenings. 

We will compile a list of confirmed participants on our website and promotional material so that audiences can start to find and look for their favorite performers at our tent.  

No direct sales of goods are allowed on the grounds, but you can promote your products and services.

Selected participants are responsible for all air and ground transport. The festival site is very easily reached by bus and flights to Ireland can easily be secured through various charter airlines to the following airports at Belfast, Dublin, Derry, and/or Cork.

We look forward to your proposals and seeing your work!

Contact information

Tel: Siobhan Harton 087 13 52 600



Flatlake Festival: Call for Submissions

Flat Lake Festival is situated in County Monaghan, Ireland on the grounds of Hilton Park Estate. The festival takes place over one weekend, as an eclectic celebration of music, writing and visual arts. This year it’s pulling in big names from the US and beyond.

The festival are looking for artists, performers, fashion designers/makers, and recent students from all over the world, interested in live art, performance, burlesque, steam punk, goth, drag, martial & tattoo arts, dancers (swing, contemporary etc), circus entertainment: fire throwers, acrobats, etc.For your participation you’ll receive full access passes for the festival; (retail value E90 per person), on site accommodation (camping) and parking access plus one meals ticket, All selected artists are listed on the official Flatlake Festival website. 

And of course, You will have the opportunity to meet, and network with other artists, writers, performers, musicians, and organisers… or just chill by the bonfire and enjoy the live happenings. We will compile a list of confirmed participants on our website and promotional material so that audiences can start to find and look for their favorite performers at our tent. No direct sales of goods are allowed on the grounds, but you can promote your products and services. Selected participants are responsible for all air and ground transport.

Submission Requirements:

Maximum 500 words about your proposal (activity, time, resource requirements. Let us know what you do, how you deliver it, and what’s alternative about your work.)

300 words about yourself, act, team or event;

6-8 digital images – no bigger than 500KB each – of past events (w appropriate captions denoting venue and activity)

Email with proposal to:

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 29 April 2011.


Galway Theatre Festival is now accepting submissions

Cometh the Spring, cometh the creativity! Galway Theatre Festival is now accepting submissions from theatre companies wishing to stage full productions at the 2011 Festival, which will be held from 25th - 31st October 2011. I have attached both the submission policy and the application form or alternatively you can click  to see the details online.


Blue Theatre Company: Call for Scriptwriters

As part of the Arts and Disability Networking Pilot in Galway, Blue Teapot Theatre Company is offering professional playwrights/screenwriters an opportunity to create a new work to be performed by an ensemble group of eight actors with intellectual disabilities.

Ultimately the company wish to see a work developed for the screen, but as a first stage, the premiere of the piece will be presented as a live performance reading in September & October 2011.The new writing project is being funded through the Arts & Disability Networking Pilot (Phase 2), a partnership between Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Galway City and County Councils. Please email Statement of Interest, short sample of previous work & CV to  

For more information see


In Sight of Raftery Festival 2011 - The Raftery Award

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

The Prizes:

1st Prize 750euro

2nd Prize 500euro

3rd Prize 250 euro

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

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


Title:  Journeying

Maximum 80 lines

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

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

Entry Fee: 5 euro per poem

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

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

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

3 copies of each poem must be provided to

Ms. Louise Lawrence,

33, Rathcluain Village,


Co. Mayo.

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

Deadline: August 31, 2011


2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition

Sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, McGinn’s Bar, Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames& Mike Cubbard.

In 2011 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual creative writing competition. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2011. The 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at a reading to be scheduled in Galway City Library in Winter 2011/12. Salmon Poetry will read without prejudice a manuscript submittied to them by the winner in the poetry category.

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

Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge.

To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2011 and not have a book published or accepted for publication in that genre. Chapbooks excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition.

The closing date is Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011. A longlist will be announced in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. A shortlist will be announced at the Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 25th. The winners will be announced at the Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 29th, 2011.

This year’s competition judge is Elaine Feeney. Elaine was born in Galway in 1979. In 2006 she won the North Beach Nights Grand Slam and in 2008 won the Cúirt Festival's Poetry Grand Slam. Elaine has performed at many venues including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Electric Picnic, The Vilenica Festival and The Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Her work has been translated into Slovene. Elaine lives in Athenry with her partner Ray, and sons, Jack and Finn. Her first full collection of poetry Where’s Katie? was published last year by Salmon poetry.

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


or see


The Cavan Summer Festival 2011 is coming!!!

It’s YOUR Festival…Be Part of it…Be part of CAVAN!

Volunteers Needed

Cavan Summer Festival needs volunteers to help with the festival – in many areas – to take part in the pageant, for costumes, floats, rigs, events, stewarding etc etc…over 16 year olds only.   Sign up for a great weekend’s craic – get a group together and help the community bring a fantastic festival to the town. Please leave your contact details with Donal Keogan in The Imperial or phone 0860650908.  


Fire Station Artists' Studios - studio residencies

The closing date for the next studio residencies at Fire Station Artists' Studios is open call Thursday 16 June 2011.

The Fire Station has subsidised residential studios that provide self-contained, secure living and working spaces for professional visual artists. The studios are let for a period of between one year and two years nine months. International artists may apply for shorter periods. Rental includes utilities, waste disposal, parking, internet access, full use of high end computers and access at subsidised cost to digital equipment including digital still cameras, digital camcorders and mini disc recorder tripods and more. There is no application form but artists should follow the guidelines as outlined on their website.

Further information

Full details on application process can be found on:


Art Swap Residency

Blue Drum is inviting Family Resource Centres to submit an application to host USA based artists Lyndsey Scott and Robert Longyear as part of Blue Drum’s Arts Exchange Residency. Robert & Lyndsey will travel to Ireland during May-July and stay in Ireland for just over four weeks each. During this time they will each be based in an FRC exploring new ways of engaging with family and community. The initiative is a new collaboration between Blue Drum and the St Louis's Arts Council's Community Arts Training Initiative, USA.

How to apply:

Please forward a letter (i) outlining why you feel your FRC would particularly benefit from an Arts Residency, (ii) an outline of previous art programmes undertaken by your Family Resource Centre, (iii) identification of a key worker and an artist (with CV) who will be willing to work with a USA artist and (iv) agreement to fundraise to cover arts materials for the duration of the residency.Blue Drum are currently investigating the possibility of an Artist and Community Worker taking part in a return residency in St. Louis. Therefore we are especially interested in Family Resource Centres who can locate artists who are willing to engage with Lyndsey and Robert during their stay and, together with the Family Resource Centre, propose ideas for a residency in St. Louis.

But I’ve never done this before!In recognition that some FRCs may have an advantage over others in terms of arts experience, and as a means of sharing experiences and connecting artists with Family Resource Centres, Blue Drum have begun a programme called Initiators in Community Arts which you will have read about in February's newsletter. Part of this process involves regional lunches where FRCs and artists will be invited to come together in an informal setting and introduce themselves and their work to each other.

You can see Lyndsey Scott's work at:  and Robert Longyear's work at:   

For further information contact Eleanor Phillips or ring 086-0261638


The Schoolhouse - Artist Retreat and Studio

IRD Kiltimagh Ltd. has just finished reconstruction works on the building known as the Old Schoolhouse at Circular Road, Kiltimagh.  The works concerned involved complete refurbishment of the property, which is recognised as being one of the first schools in the area after the time of the hedge schools. 

The property has been reconstructed as a fully pledged artist retreat and studio, and is intended to attract artists who wish to lease a property for a short period of retreat and creativity.  The facility comprises two single bedrooms, either of which can be used as a small area.  It has a large open plan living area, which again can be used as a work area.  It has modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.  Whilst refurbishing the building to a very high standard, such that it is a modern, bright building, care has been taken to preserve as many of the original features as possible. 

The refurbishment has been made possible by grant aid from Mayo North East Leader Partnership, and Brendan O’Shea, in particular, is thanked for his help in bringing the project to fruition.  In addition to this, the building contract was carried out by Tarpey Construction, who did an excellent job.

We are now taking applications from artists who wish to undertake a period of retreat, work on a commission or prepare for an exhibition.

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.


Irish Youth Choir: Call for Singers

The Irish Youth Choir seeks singers aged between 18 and 28 to undertake intensive training and professional development during its annual residential week from 25th June to 3rd July Auditions will be held in a number of locations throughout the country.

Please contact the Irish Youth Choir to find out the details of the audition nearest you. The audition will require you to perform one piece of your choice. An accompanist will be provided for you. You must provide two spare copies of your chosen piece of music, ensuring your music is in the same key in which you will be singing. Vocal exercises will be done to test your vocal range and musicianship.  If you would like to audition please contact  

Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC), University Concert Hall, Foundation Building, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Co. Limerick.  Tel: 061 234823 Email: aoic@ul.ieDSNT


Music Network seeks to recruit a Traditional Irish Group for 2011 Young Musicwide Award.   Andreas Ziemons,  (01) 671 9429

Music Network has announced the deadline for the YOUNG MUSICWIDE AWARD 2011. Young Musicwide is a unique professional development scheme designed to assist a selected group of Ireland’s brightest young groups at the beginning of their professional career. This year the scheme is open to traditional Irish music groups. Through an audition process, a young, traditional Irish music group with a proven interest in performance will be selected to participate in the Young Musicwide Award programme for three years. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 10th June 2011


Interference Online Journal, Call for Papers

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

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 May 2011 to

Deadline for Full Paper Submissions: 20 August 2011

Selected Programmes:

I Could Read the Sky – April 2013

Bealtaine 2013

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2013


Manchán Magan

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2013 – June 2013


Culture Night 2013

Countywide programme of cultural events – 20th September 2013

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

  More Mayo County Council and Local Government Websites