Visual Arts

the arts column: January 22nd


This week we’ve got details on tours, open calls, submission deadlines, exhibitions and more.

As always, if you have an event, talk, exhibition, or would like to recommend one please get in touch via aidan[at]


Quiz | Basic Space @ Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Next Wednesday, January 29th, sees the second iteration of David Fagan and John Waid’s Self-Improvement Quiz. The duo, in conjunction with Basic Space, have created a unique quiz that consists of “a series of questions, and tasks, most requiring no general knowledge.” The quiz will be hosted by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in their Studio 6 space, with doors at 6:30 pm and the quiz taking place from 7 pm until 8:30 pm.

There is a donation of €5-€10 per person, with all monies raised going towards Basic Space’s 2020 Programme, with the winning team receiving a “stunning novelty prize”. Tables can be booked here free of charge, with donations taken on the door.


Tour | Live Audio Described Tour at Butler Gallery

This afternoon from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm Butler Gallery are hosting a Live Audio Described Tour of their current exhibition A Most Favourable Soil. The exhibition is the final in the gallery’s space in Kilkenny Castle ahead of their move to Evans’ Home. The tour will be led by Fala Buggy, a trained description facilitator, and Hollie Kearns, Learning and Public Engagement Curator, as interpretation facilitator. If you’re interested in attending please contact Hollie at 056 7761106 or email

You can read more about the exhibition online here.

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Studio Space | MART, Dublin

MART have advised that there are a number of studio spaces available in their Dublin 6, 8 and 12 locations. Spaces available are for both solo and shared occupancy with those interested advised to email

You can find out more about MART online here.

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Open Calls + Launch | PhotoIreland

PhotoIreland have announced details of three open calls, a crowdfunding campaign for a new publication for 2020, along with a launch for their programme for 2020.

  • The first open call deadline is February 2nd and is for the foundation’s TLP Editions series. 25 editions have been published so far, including work by Mark McGuinness and Robert Ellis, with 200 copies of each – you can find out details on the TLP Editions here
  • The 2nd deadline is for FUTURES, a cross-European initiative that sees 11 European partners, of which PhotoIreland is Ireland’s partner, come together to highlight selected artists – previous submission from Ireland include Megan Doherty and Ciaran Óg Arnold. Those interested in taking part must register their interest, for free, by March 1st – you can find out details on FUTURES here
  • March 1st is also the deadline for the 3rd open call, which is for the How To Flatten A Mountain Arts Residency, run in conjunction with Cow House Studios. The residency will take place across 12-days in Wexford, with the output being shown at this year’s PhotoIreland Festival – you can read more info on the residency here

As well as these three initiatives, PhotoIreland have announced details of a crowd-funding campaign for a new journal on photography titled OVER. You can view that campaign here, and make sure to head down to their base in The Library Project next Saturday, February 1st for the official launch of their 2020 programme.

Image result for LUX critical forumOpen Call | LUX Critical Forum, Cork

Cork-based LUX Critical Forum have announced that they are seeking applications for members. The forum, which is in partnership with both aemi and Critical Forum Dublin, is a group of artists, critics, curators and filmmakers that was established in 2019. The group meets every two months at The Glucksman Gallery with presentations by group members and/or invited artists with a focus on group discussions around films and the moving image.

The deadline to apply is next Friday, January 31st and those interested are encouraged to send a short (less than 100 words) description of their practice to

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Membership | Graphic Studio Dublin

Graphic Studio Dublin are open to applications for new members. Those interested can opt for full membership (with 24/7 access) or open access (supported by staff with restricted hours) with both able to avail of facilities for etching, carborundum, screenprinting, photo intaglio, woodblock, linocut, lithography and letterpress. The studio, which is Ireland’s oldest printmaking studio, have advised that graduates can avail of a 60% discount with more details on the application and costs available online here. Closing date is next Friday, January 31st.

Exhibition Opening | Belfast Exposed

This coming Thursday, January 23rd sees the opening of a new exhibition in Belfast Exposed. Titled Inside Out, the exhibition features the work of 15 photographers from China’s Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and coincides with Chinese New Year which takes place on January 25th. The show provides a rare and vital insight into how artists are responding to issues in Chinese soceity, touching on themes of history, identity and memory.

The opening of Inside Out takes place from 7 pm until 9 pm, and runs until March 21st. You can find more info, including a list of participating artists, online here.



If you have an event, talk, exhibition, or would like to recommend one please get in touch via aidan[at]

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