Exhibitions

Call for Exhibition Proposals

Dunamaise Arts Centre Call for Exhibition Proposals for our 2018/2019 Visual Art Programme is now closed

Applications are welcome outside of the call for proposals, but please note that Gallery exhibitions are set for the 2018/2019 period. Applications invited 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:

  • Completed application form
  • 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 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.

Annual Open Submission Group Show

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).

Annual Open Submission Group Show 2018 call for submissions will open during the Autumn Season. Details will be announced on this page.
See HERE for details.

Artist Showcase at Caffe Latte

Less formal, month long presentations of a small number of works, suitable for a family audience and a cafe setting. Details here.

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Open Exhibition

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Open Exhibition

15 November - 4 January | Exhibition Reception on Friday 15 November, 7pm

This year’s Open Submission Group Show will feature artworks selected by a guest curator.

This showcase offers an opportunity to create exciting visual dialogues and conversations from the breadth and depth of artistic expression by emerging and established artists who take part.


Submissions on Monday 11 November. Details & application form available for download here

A month long Residency at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally will be awarded to one of the selected artists. Supported by Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office.

This years Guest Selector will be Robert Armstrong

Robert Armstrong was born in Gorey and attended the National College of Art & Design in Dublin 1969 – 1974. In 1983 he and others co-founded Temple Bar Gallery & Studios in Dublin. He began to teach painting at NCAD in 1991, eventually becoming Head of Painting Department in 2002. He retired from this post in 2018. He has exhibited regularly in Ireland and abroad, and is included in many public and private collections. He is subject of a number of publications, with essays by Aidan Dunne, Declan Long and Colm Toibin. He lives and works in Dublin and is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.


Our Choice, Our World

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Young Curators Project

20 September - 9 November

5th and 6th class children from Scoil Bhríd, Mountrath will work with professional curators, artists and Dunamaise Gallery to take part in this new creative project. Working together with Dunamaise and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin - Pupils selected work by established artists which is presented in an exciting new exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre. A related programme of talks and workshops for schoolchildren and families will be programmed alongside the exhibition.

Supported by Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council

Creative Space at Dunamaise Gallery

Children of all ages are invited to respond throughout the exhibition and visits from other schools are welcome. Class and Family Activity Sheets will be available from the Box Office and FREE artist led workshops encouraging creative expression and exploration include:

FUN ART WORKSHOPS

inspired by the exhibition!

Sat 2 Nov, 2pm for families.

Wed 30 Oct, 4pm for ages 7+


INSPIRED STORYTELLING

Tell tall tales from your

imagination, sparked by the artworks on display

Sat 9 Nov, 2pm

Journeys

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Spikey Jar Collective | Journeys
Mixed Media by Doreen Bourke, Textile Art & Painting by Janet O’Grady, Nora Reilly, Kate O’Brien, Mel McNally
A group of Laois based contemporary artists present work inspired by their diverse backgrounds and interests and wide ranging experiences.
Exhibition runs 9 August - 15 September | Exhibition Reception Thursday 15 August, 7pm

Lost images of the Nacirema Tribe

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by Darina Meagher| Lost images of the Nacirema Tribe
Exhibition runs 28 June - Fri 2 August | Artist Talk & Reception Saturday 13 July, 3pm
Important artefacts discovered in a disused attic space at Dunamaise have been curated by award winning artist Darina Meagher. The long lost images are presented to enlighten and expose an astonishing ancient tribe and their disturbing body rituals. They authenticate a major anthropological study* from the 1950’s by an eminent anthropologist. Come and explore these artefacts and their supporting materials which have baffled all local historians!
(* “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” by Prof. Horace Milner, Published in The American Anthropologist, vol. 58 (1956), pp. 503-507)

Funded by

The Arts Council

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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

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