Call for Exhibition Proposals

Dunamaise Arts Centre Call for Exhibition Proposals for

our 2016/2017 Visual Art Programme has now ended.

Despite the upcoming selection being set for this period, applications are invited on an ongoing basis from professional, full-time artists, emerging artists and amateur artists working in various media/disciplines to display work in the Gallery in the future or as part of the Caffe Latté monthly artist showcase.

Submissions must include:

· A concise outline of the proposed exhibition

· Artist CV / statement

· Images of recent / proposed work

(Full Gallery application guidelines; details on criteria; eligibility; venue provisions; selection procedure and the 2016 Application Form available here)

Applications may be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please note that file size of more than 5MB will not be accepted by this email address.

Digital applications via email are preferable. However, hard copies will also be accepted by post to: Visual Arts Programme, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church St. Portlaoise, Co Laois.

Please note we also have an Annual Open Submission Group Show where 1-2 pieces can be submitted for selection by a guest curator. This may be preferable for emerging artists building their portfolio and body of work towards future solo shows. (Separate application process).  


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Major Touring Irish Art Exhibition

Following an extensive 18-month national tour to venues in Clare, Mayo, Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Cavan, Louth, Dublin and Donegal, this is a must see at Dunamaise. It is an extraordinary line up of Irish artists, who rarely find themselves curated into one room. The accompanying souvenir catalogue gives details on each artwork.

Artists include; Tadhg McSweeney, Jane McCormack, Theo McNab, John Minihan, Frances Leach, Jan Voster, Julie Merriman, David Stephenson, John Kindness, Constance Short, Roisín McGuigan, Robert Ballagh, Tony O’Malley, Lisa Fingelton, Padraig Cunningham, Seán Lynch, Gary Robinson, Seán Cotter, Jenny Brady, Cora Cummins, Ronnie Hughes, Micky Donnelly, Naomi Draper, Seán McSweeney, Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly, Alice Maher, Patric Stevenson, Norah McGuinness, John Shinnors, and Vanessa Donosa López.

Public Gallery Tour Saturday 10 June, 12pm. Booking essential. School visits available on request.

To mark the closing of the exhibition there will be a Reception and Seminar, in the company of participating artists, arts institutions, arts officers and Irish Art collectors on Thursday 29 June. Funded by The Arts Council www.localartsireland.ie

Curated by Muireann Ní Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer

Exhibition runs 10 June - 15 July

Reception on Thursday 29 June, 5pm. Guest Speaker Orlaith McBride, Arts Council Director

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre

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Annual Art/Craft/Design Exhibition

Students of QQI level 5 & 6 courses present work in a variety of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, drawing, print and painting. Work explores concepts of self-identity urban spaces, sub conscious/conscious, memories and psychogeography. An exciting blend of contemporary art from emerging artists working and living locally. See art.abbeyleixfec.ie for information on all art courses.

Official Opening Friday 5 May, 7pm | Exhibition runs until 5 June


Sharon Murphy STAGES

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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents

Sharon Murphy | STAGES

A new exhibition of photography, video and vocal testimony by Dublin-based artist Sharon Murphy, whose practice is rooted in performance.

Set in the world of contemporary dance this work is an extended intimate portrait of young performers as they move, stand still and move again making their mark in the dance of life. 

It reveals uncanny tensions between adolescence and adulthood, individuality and uniformity, strength and vulnerability, inner truth and outer performance.

Stages was initially conceived during a year-long artist’s residency (2015-2016) with Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dance Ireland.

Exhibition runs 9 March - 30 April

Official Opening by Mary Nunan, choreographer & performer, on 9 March, 7pm. 

All Welcome.

Printmakers Council presents Pushing Boundaries

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This collection presents the very best of printmaking practice, embracing all forms of contemporary and traditional original printmaking, from over fifty artists. The exhibition includes film, installation, sound pieces and artists’ books, pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘print’ and covers a range of concerns from the political and social, the aesthetic and formal, to the self and the personal, creating a dynamic dialogue with other contemporary art practices. www.printmakerscouncil.com. This exhibition tours to Dunamaise via Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin.

Exhibition runs 12 January - 18 February

Official Opening by artist Geraldine O’Reilly, Aosdána on Thursday 12 January, 7pm.

All Welcome

Take Part! Upcoming Workshops & Printmaking Classes for Adults and Children! Contact us for details.

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries: info@dunamaise.ie

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council