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Open Submission

Exhibition 2024

Call for submissions



Curated by Rowena Keavney

“A Place is only a Place?”


A sense of community is found in the connections people make to each and their environment, consisting of memories, experiences, attachments, cultures and generations making a place more than a physical space. Place is more than just a location, an Eircode or a spot on a map. A sense of place is a unique set of qualities and characteristics- visual, cultural, natural and

social- that provide a meaning to a location.


Exhibition | 2 - 9 August 2024

We are very pleased to announce that one of the selected artists will be awarded a solo exhibition in 2025.


Submission Guidelines


This year we are returning the focus to in-person hand in. If you are unable to bring the work to Birr, we will accept on-line submissions using the link, but in-person is preferred.

In person delivery

At Old Mary's Flowers, Main Street Birr, on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July, 11am -1pm, & 2pm-5pm.


We are accepting 2D & 3D works for selection. Please note we

have limited capacity for digital work.

Please print the labels below for in-person hand in

Option 2: ONLINE

Complete the form by clicking the button below. by Friday July 12th. 

If you are unable to use the link, please submit to with Open Submission in the subject line. Please include Title, size, medium, year. Label the image with YOUR name followed by artwork title)

Key Dates

  • Monday 8 July / Deadline for online submission

  • Saturday 13 July / In person hand in – please ensure work is CLEARLY labelled and ready to hang

  • Monday 22 July / Applicants notified

  • Saturday 27 JulyDelivery of on-line selected artworks. 11-1pm, 2pm-5pm Collection of unselected work

  • Friday 2 August 8pm / Official Launch

  • Friday 9 August 6pm / Exhibition closes

  • Sunday 11 August / Collection of work 11am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

  • Monday 12 August / Collection of work. By appointment


Rowena Keavney 

Rowena is a visual artist & art therapist. Her work uses digital media and socially engaged practice to explore the diverse issues surrounding social inclusion, disability, and access to cultural participation by marginalised groups. Rowena is deeply committed to working in an arts in health context and is an arts facilitator with Anam Beo, an arts, health and wellbeing organisation working with older adults in residential and day care settings in Co. Offaly. Rowena has a special research interest in the use of technology in art therapy and is also the co-editor of Polyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.

Collection of work

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