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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Conor Walton-Allegories of Painting

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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents

Allegories of Painting



14th September - 13th October 2012

Dunamaise Arts Centre is honoured to present Conor Walton’s ninth solo-exhibition which was opened in the gallery by Carey Clarke PPRHAon Friday 14th September at 7pm.

Allegories of Painting is an exhibition of figure paintings by Conor Walton exploring themes that reflect upon the nature and power of painting itself. The artist conceives these pictures as painterly 'acts of faith' and challenges himself to realise the potential of his art while symbolically commenting on the process.

Conor’s work is considered to be defined by a concentration of thought and dedication to skill in composition as well the exquisite and expert application of paint.  His captivating still lifes, portraits and landscapes are worlds of their own, worlds that tempt you to walk into them, and connect even deeper than their beautifully wrought surfaces.

 Walton says that his artworks play complex games that seek to “provoke thought, to stir up the mental sediments, to sum something up. The idea that a painting can be a microcosm, a compressed or metaphorical image of the world, complete on its own terms, is what interests me.”

Currently based in Wicklow, Conor Walton (b.1970) studied painting at NCAD, winning the Taylor Prize in 1993, the year of his graduation. After further studies in the UK and Italy, Conor returned to full-time painting in Ireland in 1996. Five solo-exhibitions followed with Jorgensen Fine Art in Dublin. Since winning 3rd Prize for Painting at the Florence Biennale in 1999, Conor has developed an international career and now exhibits widely outside of Ireland, with recent solo shows in the UK, Denmark and Norway. His portraits have won prizes at the BP Portrait Award and Portrait Ireland (both 2005) and his works are found in public and private collections worldwide.

All are welcome to visit our gallery and Conor Walton’s exhibition will continue until 13th October 2012.

The Dunamaise gallery is open daily Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Guided visits to the gallery by school groups or organisations can be arranged by contacting the Dunamaise Box office on 057 866 3355.

Culture Night

CULTURE NIGHT 2012 - Conor Walton gives a talk to Art Students from Abbeyleix College of Further Education.

Conor will also give a talk in the gallery at 10am on Thursday 11th October. If you are interested in coming along please let us know.


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Level Open Submission

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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents



The Dunamaise Arts Centre will open level, its fourth Open Submission exhibition on Friday 20th July at 7pm featuring work by selected artists.  An exciting development in the Dunamaise visual arts programme, both in its approach and its curation, the exhibition will feature pieces by 18 artists which have been selected by guest curator and artist Jock Nichol.


The artists exhibiting include Pat Fitzpatrick, Aidan Flanagan, Maeve Coulter, John Cullen, Mary Cullen, Angela Fewer, Lorraine Walsh, Bernadette Madden, Aisling Conroy, Judy Carroll Deeley, Tony Gunning, Martina O’Brien, Anna Marie Savage, Sheelagh McShane, Aoife Hand, John Busher, Kevin McCann, Dave West.


An overwhelming and impressive number of applications were received earlier this year, both from established artists all over Ireland, as well as local and emerging artists.  The 18 pieces exhibited are of mixed media and sizes by artists from the length and breadth of the country.


The exhibition will run until 5th September 2012.  Entry to the exhibition is free and all members of the public are invited to the gallery to take a look at the work.

Joe Hogan

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An exhibition of non functional baskets by award winning basket maker Joe Hogan opened on Friday September 9th.


On opening night, Joe gave a talk on the tradition and contemporary practice of basket making and was a wonderful opportunity to meet this remarkable basket maker and gain an insight into his practice.  To view pictures from the talk and opening click here.

"I was drawn to basketmaking because willow growing provided an opportunity to live rurally and develop a real understanding for a particular place . Over the last 30 years I have found it a very satisfying occupation. I aim to make work to my own standards since this is what is fulfilling and keeps me wanting to spend time in my workshop. I take some time each year to try new ideas and to make new designs but I also value repetition and the fluency it develops.

For the past 10 years or so I have become increasingly interested in making non-functional baskets, some of which involve the use of found pieces of wood. I also sometimes use twigs with cones or catkins on them. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection to the natural world." Joe Hogan, 2010


Ruth McDonnell

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An Exhibition by Ruth McDonnell

The Dunamaise Arts Centre presents The Enhanced Sign, an exhibition of new paintings by Ruth McDonnell which was opened during afternoon tea and conversation between the artist and Commissioning Editor RTÉ Television, Sheila de Courcy on Saturday 5th November. A drawing workshop also took place with Ruth McDonnell on the same day at 10.30am-12.30pm.

The paintings in this exhibition are informed by the visual language of cinema. By selecting films that have left a personal impact McDonnell explores those details that define character, location and period.

In lens-based media props and costumes are employed as devices to serve the narrative or used as metaphors to enhance visual meanings.

By isolating these objects and removing them from their original context, location and accompanying soundtrack the interpretive process is multiplied, each viewer participating in evoking new sets of personal memories and unique conclusions.

Ruth McDonnell studied at the NCAD and The Medway College of Design in Kent.  She worked as a Production Buyer in the Design Department in RTE for many years while exhibiting widely as a textile artist. In 1996 she began a Fine Art Diploma in Dun Laoghaire IADT then went to DIT where she was awarded a BA in Fine Art in 2002.

She has undertaken a number of residencies. Awards include the Student Printmaking Award by the RDS, Thomas Dammann Jr travel bursary. The Arts Council bursary 2004 and 2008.  She has participated in a diverse range of selected group exhibitions and her work is featured in public and private collections

This exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre is her second solo show and will continue until 3rd December.  

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The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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