Exhibitions

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).  

High Tide

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Hazel Egan

‘High Tide’ is a response to climate change and global instability. Due to pollution and the excessive burning of fossil fuels the natural balance of everyday life is disrupted as ice caps melt and sea levels rise. The damaging effects on the environment are becoming more and more extreme. Egan’s practice draws on the threat of drastic change and the anxiety of an uncertain future. Dualities in the work such as strong and fragile, light and dark embody the tension of transformation and the strain of remaining within a limit.

Exhibition runs 25 July - 27 August

Reception on Wednesday 23 August, 7pm, as part of Heritage Week   

30 YEARS, ARTISTS, PLACES

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Major Touring Irish Art Exhibition

Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise is proud to present the finale of the 30 Years Artists Places exhibition, after an extensive national tour, from Monday 10 June to Saturday 15 July.

Following an 18-month national tour to venues in Clare, Mayo, Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Cavan, Louth, Dublin and Donegal - the exhibition, curated by Muireann Ní Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer- is a must see at Dunamaise and features an extraordinary line up of Irish artists.

This exhibition is a collection of artworks owned by Local Authorities across Ireland and marks 30 years since the first local authority arts officer was appointed in Ireland. The works speak of places, people and home which reflect upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past. Renowned artists such as Tony O'Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Seán McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Seán Cotter, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition.

On 29th June at 3pm at Dunamaise Arts Centre, a panel discussion to mark the exhibition, entitled Collecting Who for What, will be chaired by Cliodhna Ní Anluain with contributions by Cristín Leach, Jacquie Moore, Kevin Kavanagh and Seán Cotter. A musical response to the exhibition by Andreas Balke will also take place. Admission is free and all are welcome.

On the same day at 5pm, Liz Meaney, Arts Director (Performing & Local Arts, Arts Council of Ireland) is Guest Speaker at the reception to mark the conclusion of the exhibition.

This is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists, but for the stories of how they each came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities - therein lies the real narrative - the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by local government for the past 30 years.

A beautiful souvenir catalogue, with details of each of the artworks accompanies the exhibition and is available for €5.

School visits available on request.


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.

30 YEARS | ARTISTS | PLACES




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

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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.

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

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The Arts Council Laois County Council