Exhibitions

Call for Exhibition Proposals

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

Applications are 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 2017 call for submissions now live. 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.

Apply via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Portlaoise Camera Club Exhibition Opening

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Laois through the Lens

Portlaoise Camera Club

March 22nd to April 27th

Portlaoise Camera Club (PCC) will hold an exhibition in Dunamaise Arts Centre later this month and throughout April. The title of the exhibition is “Laois Through a Lens” and consists of 33 photographs. The style is environmental portraiture and includes images of people throughout the County. A short caption of what the area means to the person will accompany each picture. We in PCC are very excited by this project and we hope people will enjoy the experience.  The exhibition is being launched at 7pm on Friday 22nd March. All are welcome, so come along and bring your friends.

Environmental portraiture featuring people and places across the county, accompanied by short texts by the subjects on their connections to featured locations.   

Portlaoise Camera Club members are very excited by this project and hope people will enjoy the experience! All are welcome to the opening, so come along and bring your friends.


Portlaoise Camera Club

Carol O'Connor

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Until Friday 15th March

The work in the exhibition “A Longing” stems from two years of work and is the first major body of work since her degree show at NCAD.  The paintings represent all that has happened to her in that time and also reflect her view of the broad and accelerating changes in the world around us.  Colour plays a pivotal role in reflecting desires, fantasies and the hope for an optimistic future.  Images are collected from magazines, papers etc and are often inspired by literature, news stories and personal experiences.

Carol has a B.A honours degree from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this she worked for a number of years as an administrator in the Toradh Gallery and as a youth arts worker. She has had three solo exhibitions in Ireland, most recently in 2009 in the Solstice Arts Centre in Co. Meath and in the Watergate gallery in Kilkenny in 2010. She won the ‘Going Solo’ art award from Meath County Arts Office in 2009 and she has work in the collections of Axa Insurance, the Office of Public Works, Meath Co. Council and Bank of Ireland.

At the opening of Carol O'Connor's exhibition...

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Fiona Clancy

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Fiona Clancy - Art Quilts



Shapes, Colour, Threads, Repetition, Pieced, artquilts
Traditional, Lines, Ideas, Tactile, Random, Intense, 
Free, Stitch, Fabric, Abstract, Contemporary, 
Self Expression, Travels, Layers, Patterns.

Friday 11th January - Sunday 10th February 2013

Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present an exhibition of contemporary art quilts by Laois based artist Fiona Clancy, opening in the gallery on Friday 11th January and continuing until Friday 10th February.

The exhibition comprises of fourteen quilts in various sizes up to 2 metres wide, each designed, hand-dyed and sewn by Fiona. The handcrafted details and designs in each quilt are very evident in each as they draw upon Ogham, ancient scripts, stone walls and grids. Fiona has also drawn inspiration, particularly with the colours she uses in her quilts from her travels thoughout South America, from which she has just returned.

Fiona Clancy from Naas, Co.Kildare is living in Laois for the last 12 years. Having studied Fashion Design in the Grafton Academy originally, Fiona continued her studies with a course in quilting ten years ago and has been making quilts ever since. She also studied ceramics at Abbeyleix College of Further Education and is now a member of Spikey Jar Studios, a women’s art group of past pupils of the college who create textiles, painting, mixed media, photography and ceramics.

Fiona Clancy’s exhibition of contemporary art quilts will continue until Friday 10th February and all are welcome to visit the gallery. A price list is available from the Dunamaise Arts Centre.  Schools are also welcome to attend the exhibition and/or to meet the artist in person for a talk about her work.

Craft Exhibition & Pop-Up Shops

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Invitation to All:

Craft Exhibition

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.

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