Announcing ART WORKS, the Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow Annual Open Submission and Art Award.

Artists are invited to submit their work in any medium for selection. The 2018 exhibition will be presented entirely in VISUAL’s Main Gallery, Carlow from 6 June – August 31. All artists will receive an artist's fee.

This year’s Art Works Open Submission invites artists to submit work that considers farming, sustenance and encounters with the land.

The final selection of artist’s works will be presented in the Main Gallery at VISUAL

There will be two awards, sponsored by Hotron, for outstanding work presented:

The ART WORKS Award of €3000, will be presented for the most outstanding work in any medium.
The Éigse Prize of €1000 will be presented for work by a recent graduate (2016/2017/2018) selected for the most outstanding work in any medium.

Sean Kissane, Curator of Exhibitions, IMMA, artist Orla Barry and Emma-Lucy O’Brien Curator, VISUAL


  • Submission deadline 27 February 2018 @midnight
  • All work submitted must have been completed between 2016 and 2018. 
  • Submitted work must be available for sale.
  • Film-based work may be submitted as part of the online process (YouTube or Vimeo link). 
  • Performative work and large scale work will be considered.

Work is accepted for exhibition on merit. Copyright of all work is the property of the artist. Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL, Carlow reserve the right to photograph work for publicity purposes.



Application form available below.



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