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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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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Aisling Conroy

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Transcendental Spaces and Zones of Autonomy

Friday October 7th - 30th

Working with notions of the infinite and with transcendental spaces,Aisling's work explores human perception within an autonomous zone. Her work uses artificial and optical illusionary methods to create a space of sensory experience. With this, the work engenders a sense of false transcendence and uses these sensory elements as catalyst to transcend the participant within in the space. Aisling's practise has been drawing ideas from colour theory,sound technology,meditation and Yogi Art .She is a multi-disciplinary artist using drawing,print,sculpture, sound and installation.

Friday, October 7th at 7 pm
Admission free, all welcome

Level - Open Exhibition

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The Dunamaise Arts Centre will open its third Open Submission exhibition with the new name ‘level’ on Friday 17th July featuring work by selected artists. An exciting new development in the Dunamaise Visual Arts programme, both in its approach and its curation, the exhibition will feature 28 pieces which have been selected by guest curator Bernadette Madden. The artists exhibiting include Cora O’Brien, Brendan O’Flaherty, Bernie Masterson, Bennie Reilly, Conor Walton, Aoife Barrett, Stephen Lawlor, Joe Dunne, Bridget Flinn, Mary Burke, Stephen Lawlor, Eoin MacLochlainn, Lorraine Walsh, Joe Dunne, Cora O’Brien, Myra Jago, Paul MacCormaic, Heidi Nguyen, Maria O’Brien, Angela Fewer, Eileen Mills and Balazs Keresztury.

Bernadette Kiely - Quay - work from the river

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Riverbank-fog-oil-on-canvasFebruary 18 - March 19, 2011

The quayside in Carrick on Suir where Bernadette Kiely grew up informed her deep connection and fascination with ‘the river‘, her life being regulated by the constant presence and flux of the river Suir. From a young age she often witnessed heavy flooding on the quay and the powerful natural force of the river imprinted itself strongly on her mind.
Since then Kiely has moved from the banks of the Suir to the quayside of the Nore, a fast moving volatile river, also subject to regular flooding. While she makes work based on the elements of air, fire and earth including growth and decay in nature it is to the element of water in the form of the river she consistently returns, making drawings, paintings, photographs and more recently video.

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