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Open Submission


Dunamaise Arts Centre announces the opening of its


‘One artist to be awarded month-long residency in The Arthouse, Stradbally’

The Dunamaise Arts Centre, is delighted to announce the opening of the annual ‘Open Submission’ exhibition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise, on Friday November 14th at 7pm.

This year’s exhibition is featuring 30 pieces of art by 26 artists, carefully selected by guest curator, Geraldine O’ Reilly of Aosdána, out of some 50 submissions entered into the competition.

One selected artist will be awarded a month-long residency in The Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois, kindly sponsored by Laois Arts Office. This is an opportunity for the artist to develop their work in a professional studio setting, with full residency support. The winner of this opportunity will be announced by director of Dunamaise Arts Centre, Michelle de Forge on the night.

The Open Submission has become an exciting addition to the Dunamaise Visual Arts calendar sparking immense interest from both established and emerging artists all over Ireland and also locally from County Laois.

Geraldine O’ Reilly is a visual artist and printmaker, who has had many solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland, America, Australia, the UK and Europe. Her work is in many private and public collections and Geraldine has been commissioned to create new work for Offaly County Council and Dublin City Council. In 2004, Geraldine was elected to Aosdana for her contribution to the arts in Ireland.  

She says, “This exhibition represents a wonderful snapshot of the talent and diversity of artists that are working on their craft throughout Ireland and locally here in Laois. I have chosen a selection of work that I believe showcases the best of the talent of Irish artists and I am very excited about the exhibition and the collection of works on display for the public to enjoy.  I wish everyone that entered this competition the best for their future career as artists and we thank everyone who took part and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.”

The artists chosen to exhibit in this year’s exhibition include: Paul Bokslag, Allan Buckett, Conor Brennan, Robert Dunne, Rebecca Deegan, Aisling Conroy, Pamela de Bri, Aidan Flanagan, Conor Flynn-O’Donnell, Eileen Ferguson, Crona Gallagher, William Hamilton, Sharon Murphy, John Lalor, Lia Laimbock, Rosemarie Langtry, Paul McCormaic, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Bernadette Madden, Sue O’ Brien, Patricia Pachova, Margaret Ray, Zita Reihill, Paul Roy, Sarah Ryan and Andrea Woodgate.

The 30 works chosen for exhibition will be of mixed media and sizes. The exhibition will run until December 19th, 2014.  Entry is free and all members of the public are invited to visit the gallery throughout the month to enjoy this diverse exhibition.


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Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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