Siobhán Mooney


Belfast Open Studios, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for the public to come and see how artists work and to take a glimpse into their creative processes.

Belfast is home to over 250 professional artists; painting, drawing, performing, filming and creating. A public open day on Saturday 21 October will enable you to see behind closed doors, in nooks and crannies of the city, artists are at work developing the seeds of ideas that result in artworks often shown in galleries, museums, art centres, artist-led spaces and various venues.

Fifteen studios across the city are opening their doors from 14 October to 5 November for this unique, free event. We’re delighted to welcome four new studio groups to the Open Studios portfolio: Belfast Bankers in the East, Duncairn Arts Centre in the North, Studio Souk in the city centre and Embrace Studios in the West, who will be launching their brand new space and programme during Belfast Open Studios. Other participating studios include: Array Studios, Artists at the Mill, Cathedral Studios, Creative Exchange, Digital Arts Studios, Flax Art Studios, Lombard Studios, Orchid Studios, Platform Arts, Pollen Studios and QSS Bedford Street.

Accompanied by an extensive workshops and events programme, including a Visual Artists’ Caf’ which introduces the different spaces and initiatives to the public and peers, a series of talks, Speed Curating and Clinics events; this is the most packed programme to date. Belfast Open Studios is delighted to partner with Belfast International Festival for the sixth year in a row and to represent its primary visual art programming. All event tickets can be purchased through the Festival website.

Sponsored by local artisan tea makers Suki Tea, Belfast Open Studios events offer a warm welcome to all with a cup of Belfast Brew on arrival before they take a relaxed and informative stroll around the various studios, open from 11am to 5pm.

Belfast Open Studios is grateful for the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Belfast International Festival, The British Council and Arts & Business NI.

Additional information is available at

Belfast Open Studios | Saturday 21 October 2017

National Audience Research: The Going Out Survey

Arts + Disability Ireland is conducting a large scale survey in collaboration with both disability and arts organisations this May. The research aims to understand how people with disabilities engage with arts and culture in Ireland.

Arts + Disability Ireland (ADI) is working towards all arts, and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for audiences with disabilities. We therefore need a better understanding of how people with disabilities across Ireland engage with culture in its broadest sense, including the arts. This survey will help.

The Going Out Survey is the first large scale quantitative research in Ireland looking at how people with disabilities engage with the arts. It is an online survey designed and distributed in partnership with disability organisations. It asks:

  • how often people go out
  • what they do when they are out
  • motivations and barriers to going out
  • hopes and preferences
  • how people find out about opportunities to go out

 If you would like to help us, please take part in the survey. It will take you about ten minutes to complete. Just click on the link below to start: |


National Audience Research: The Going Out Survey | Arts+Disability Ireland ...

The Dean and faculty committee of The Burren Collage of Art, Co. Clare have chosen recent MFA graduate, Sherry Erskine, as the recipient of this years Visual Artists Ireland Student Membership Prize.

This is the first of the VAI Student Membership Prizes to be awarded for 2017. VAI invited several Art Colleges in Ireland to select one graduating student from their college to receive a Membership Prize.

The Prize will give the graduating student one years free membership of VAI which will be of great benefit to the student in their first year establishing an independent practice. Adjusting to working without the support of college and peer guidance can be challenging for a recent graduate. The resources available to through VAI can make this transition smoother for graduates and the Membership Prize entitles them to full professional membership benefits, which include:

  • VAI Help-Desk: advice service for visual artists that covers the wide range of professional concerns being experienced by artists today.
    Professional Development Workshops: a wide range of professional development training throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars and talks.
  • VAN: receive the Visual Artists’ News Sheet by post (6 issues per year). The VAN is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally.
  • Equipment Hire: affordable access to projectors, video editing, cameras, computers and other equipment.
  • Get Together: Irelands national day for visual artists with speed curating, clinics and talks.
  • Members Directory: your  personal profile, image and contact details in the Members Directory on the VAI website
  • The Manual: a comprehensive on-line information resource covering all aspects of professional development.
  • Membership Card: entitles you to discounts at a wide range of art material suppliers and service providers
  • Studio Exchange Programme: VAI members can register with Artelier for studio exchange with peers anywhere in the world.

For more information on membership benefits and to join for the annual rate of €50/€25 (concession/unwaged) visit:

Sherry Erskine Wins VAI Student Membership Prize for The Burren ...

Deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017
Based at R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn BT27 4XE

Project Manager (freelance) required for THE ART OF LINEN Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale 2018
August/September/October 2018

Flat Fee Phase 1 (incl.) £6,000
Timeframe June 2017 – November 2018
Phase 1:  2 days weekly June 2017 – November 2017 (6 months)
Phase 2:  Dec 2017 – November 2018 Full time (funding dependent)

Purpose of contract:
To lead the development, delivery & evaluation of THE ART OF LINEN Northern Ireland’s first Linen Biennale 2018.

The post holder would:
Work alongside the small, dedicated team at R-Space and
(i) Compile and submit funding applications & explore sponsorship opportunities
(ii) Manage and maintain all the administrative and production aspects of the Linen Biennale: files, accounts, policies, communications, finance (incl. spreadsheets), reports, minutes, contracts and databases.
(iii) Be responsible for the continuing development, production and delivery of events, exhibitions and workshops.
(iv) Contribute to the strategic research to establish creative partnerships province wide.
(v) Manage & complete the evaluation to inform the second Biennale in 2020.

The post holder would also be required to:
(i) Travel to on-site inspections and project manage events
(ii) Liaise with artists, contributors and venues
(iii) Manage the marketing and publicity around all events
(iv) Report to the R-Space Board

Person Specification:
The successful applicant will have actual and demonstrable experience in the following areas: (i) Fundraising (ii) Event / Festival management (iii) Project and people management (iv) Arts & Culture sector or visitor attraction venue (v) Interest or knowledge of textiles / linen (vi) Comprehensive IT skills including professional experience in the use of all Microsoft packages.
Have access to a car or other means of transport.

Apply by email or hard copy, with 1 page CV and a 1 page description of how you meet the Person Specification.
Deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017 with interview meetings by appointment Mon 8 May.
This role is supported by ACNI. R-Space subscribes to equal opportunities

E:,, T: 028 92663179

Project Manager (freelance) | Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale 2018

Deadline: 19 May 2017, 5pm
Residency Opportunity: Resort Residency: Case Study III: Revelations, Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane, Fingal, 2017

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is seeking expressions of interest from Artists & Curators to engage in a short term residency opportunity at Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane.
Resort Residency/and associated commissioning programme Resort Revelations has evolved from the initial invitation to artists, curators and academics to spend week long periods at the mobile home park gathering, processing and engaging with the local area and it’s people, as researchers and holiday makers. The week long residencies focused on process, sharing of findings and the incubation of new projects. The Resort Revelations programme provides the resident an opportunity to return to the area and present new work during the local Bleeding Pig Festival at various locations in Portrane.
What stood out from the experience of previous participants was the wealth of history, beauty of the area and the willingness of those from the area to engage with the residency programme.
This year we have an opportunity for a limited set of residencies, which continue to offer the successful candidate the opportunity to explore and consider their practice within this unique and supportive context.

Must be available in flexible periods from July – September
– Opportunity is open to Artists, Curators/ those wishing to collaborate/research
– A fee of €500 euro will be provided for the week long period
– The Mobile Home is located at Lynders Mobile Home Park, The Quay, Portrane,Fingal, Co. Dublin and is fully fitted out with two rooms available 1 double room and 1 single room
-The public event – Resort Revelations at the Bleeding Pig Festival which will take place in September 2017 and will feature new projects by previous residency participants.
– Assistance and introductions to local groups will be made and facilitated for the resident to gather information.

Those wishing to avail of the residency must submit an expression of interest which demonstrates their interest in engaging with Portrane/Donabate through this residency. A maximum of 500 words/A4
A Recent C.V/Biography/with reference
Links or Images must be contained within a pdf document to demonstrate previous work.

Deadline for Expressions of interest May 19th 2017 submitted by email by 5pm
For further information please visit

Open Call | Resort Residency, Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane, ...

24 April 2017

‘Unchain Our hearts’ are looking to commission between 5-40 blown glass hearts, we would like the artists to produce the works in their own style, at a minimum of 40cm in diameter/ height.
The glass hearts will be displayed weighted by heavy chains, with a central 3d printed replica heart inside that will work with light & audio. We have 2 festival locations confirmed in England & Scotland, & look for the project to organically grow.

The project is about connection, collaborating, communication & unity through diversity. We are living in turbulent social, political, economic times & I feel compelled to bring artists together to bring social change or provocation through Art.

We will commission each heart and are looking for participants globally, but will start with the much closer to home issue we are all trying to deal with.

Many Thanks for your time and we look forward to hearing from you. Please get in touch for further detail, each commission will be cost at the artists specification upon dimension/ time developing/ travel/ materials.
At the ‘heart’ of the project is celebrating individuality yet connecting in unity. We want diversity, we want your own stamp on your work.

We are in talks to exhibit in central Edinburgh & as part of Hull’s city of culture, tbc.–europe/1208

Unchain Our Hearts | Call for Glass Artists

Deadline: April 17, 2017

OPEN CALL – AaBKC Residency Fall 2017
Aarhus, Denmark

August 14 – September 22, 2017
Eligibility: Visual Artists (excluding Danish citizens and residents of Denmark)
Focus: Networking

Aarhus Center for Visual Art (Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, AaBKC) invites international visual artists to apply to AaBKC Residency’s Fall 2017 program.

The aim of AaBKC Residency is to introduce international artists and curators to the visual arts scene in Aarhus, Denmark – the second largest city in Denmark and designated European Capital of Culture 2017.

Specifically, the program facilitates networking as a mode of artistic research.

AaBKC Residency’s Fall 2017 program invites one international artist to live and work in Aarhus from August 14 – September 22, 2017, where s/he will have an opportunity to meet local artists and arts professionals, visit artist studios and exhibition spaces, and participate in networking meetings and cultural events. By focusing on networking, AaBKC Residency facilitates short- and long-term professional development, allowing artists to broaden their knowledge base, develop new and meaningful professional contacts and relationships, create future work opportunities, refine their networking skills, and build other vital professional capacities.

In addition to exploring the arts community of Aarhus, AaBKC Residency also gives visiting artists the time and space they need to conduct research, produce art, or engage in other self-directed work, as desired. We do not expect a specific product or exhibition as the result of the residency, but wish to provide residents with the necessary resources to make the most of their time in Denmark.

Living accommodations, work space (desk space and public studios), and a small exhibition space will be provided. AaBKC staff will also offer comprehensive administrative support throughout the residency, working with the selected artist to develop a residency program tailored to his/her specific interests and professional goals, offering professional counseling, and introducing the resident artist to relevant networking partners.
6.000 DKK stipend and 2.500 DKK travel support will also be available to the artist.

Emerging and established artists are welcome to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong desire to expand their network of artists, curators, gallerists, and other arts professionals.

For more information please visit:

Open Call | Residency at Aarhus Center for Visual Art, ...

Easter Monday, 17 April 2017
South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Ireland 101 Years On – Panel Event with Guest Speakers
Cruinniú na Cásca at Rua Red, 6 to 7.45pm | Free Event

South Dublin County is made up of 120 different nationalities. The panel will look at the new Ireland of 2017 and the new Irish 101 years on from the Easter Rising. Does remembering and reflecting help us to reimagine a new future for a new Ireland or does it further dislocate and distance our new population?

For more information visit:

Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall Artist Talks
Cruinniú na Cásca at Rua Red, 3 to 4pm | Free Event

Orla Ryan, Brian Hand and Alanna O’Kelly will deliver a talk on the Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall project.

For more information visit:

Cruinniú na Cásca Talks at Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin ...