Annual Open Submission Group Show CLOSED

Now launching our 2020-21 Annual Open Submission Group Show where 1-2 pieces can be submitted for selection by a guest curator. This show is suitable for artists at all stages, building their portfolio and body of work towards future solo shows, or keen to exhibit in a group setting in Dunamaise Gallery.

Annual Open Submission Group Show 2020/21 call for submissions is NOW CLOSED.


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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Artist's Showcase Terry Conroy

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An Exhibition of landscapes and wildlife photography by Terry Conroy

All prints are available to buy from Treasures Shop on Main St or from our box office


Framed 16x12 prints €60

Jen Donnery Mater Materia

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poster Jen Donnery

Jen Donnery Mater Materia
Mater Materia questions the persistent belief that a “good” artist must be entirely devoted to their practice; that a “good” mother must give herself to the act of raising her children, and that one role excludes the other.
The intention of this body of work is to evoke empathy around the challenges of maintaining an artistic practice and sense of identity within the context of motherhood; Jen Donnery Mater Materia
9 October – December 2020

Children of the Free State

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by Annie Holland

Children of the Free State

14 August - 19 September, 2020

In the past 2 years, Laois artist, Annie Holland has begun conversations with older people from rural Laois born before or just after 1922, taking photograpic portraits and engaging in conversations about the past and the present. These conversations create the framework for the exhibition ‘Children of the Free State’ which takes place at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise from 14 August to 19 September 2020.

Using photography and video, Annie focuses on how the process of documentation and storytelling can itself create space, physically and emotionally, for real dialogue and the narration of personal stories - past and present. She also explores old family photos, dating back generations, as the only tangible bridge that connects the past with the present and her photographs that will connect current and future generations.

Speaking about her work, Annie says: 'I believe that the past of any human being is never permanent, but constantly being reconstructed in the present.’

The project offers an enquiry and perspective into ‘A Sense of Place’ the overarching theme of the Laois Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 – 2022. It encompasses and articulates our socio-cultural heritage through a range of art media. The photographic and video materials will form part of the Laois County Library Digital Repository and Archive.

Supported by Dunamaise Arts Centre and Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2018-2022 in partnership with Laois County Council.

Link to Annie's blog where there is more information and images from the install.

Link to more images from the exhibition

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Graduate Show

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Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Graduate Show

Annual Art/Craft/Design Exhibition 

Official Opening Friday 8th May, 7pm | Exhibition runs until 6 June

Students of QQI level 5 & 6 courses present work in a variety of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, sculpture, drawing, print and painting. This year students will be exploring various themes facilitated by visiting lecturer. An exciting blend of contemporary art from emerging artists working and living locally. Instagram logo @acdabbeyleix for insight on all art courses.

Funded by

The Arts Council


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

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