Previous Exhibitions

Open Submission 2021

A Year of Magical Thinking


…to our first Virtual Open Submission Group Show. We’d love to be welcoming you into Dunamaise Gallery right now, for a social & buzzing reception, elbow to elbow with some of our finest artist and exhibition visitors enjoying our favourite beverages, but alas it wasn’t to be. However, we are really delighted that, instead of having to cancel this important and popular exhibition, we have found a way of sharing artists work at a safe distance through our brand new virtual gallery. 

Huge thanks are due to participating artists and our Guest Curator, Monica Flynn, for adapting to online submission and selection, and to my Dunamaise staff team for preparing this exhibition with the same care and enthusiasm as a live gallery opening.

Work in a range of media by artists from all over Ireland has been carefully curated, set out in themed sections across our Virtual Gallery. Most of the work is for sale and we always encourage people to snap up any beautiful artwork that catches your eye, that will give you a lifetime of pleasure; to display in your home or business;  brighten your home office or perhaps even add an interesting facet to your Zoom background this year!

The fantastic prize of a month long residency at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally – to be taken up as circumstances allow - is a rare opportunity for a selected artist to focus on creating new work in state-of-the-art studio facilities and a supportive environment. Dunamaise gratefully acknowledges the support of Laois Arts Office, in awarding this prize.

While we’re all staying safe at home for now, we’re missing you lots and keeping busy ‘Working in the Wings’.

We will continue investing in artists, sharing exhibitions online, hosting artist talks, professional development workshops and art classes online until we can welcome you  back into Dunamaise Arts Centre once again.  

Keep in touch through our e-newslettersFacebook , Twitter  or Instagram and visit for updates and other wonderful events, including further virtual exhibitons.

Michelle de Forge, Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre

Download the full catalogue HERE

Simply click enter exhibition to browse however to follow the catalogue layout please select  Start Guided Tour

Artist's Showcase Terry Conroy

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

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

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

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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