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Between the Sights of the Sun

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival  is seeking submissions for the exhibition entitled Between The Sights of the Sun.

Curated by Maeve Mulrennan.


This year's title and theme takes this line from Seamus Heaney's celebrated poem 'Bogland'. As well as connecting specifically into the context and spirit of Heaney's poem, the title also evokes wider interpretation.


Artists are invited to consider landscape in relation to time, or the incidental moments that make up a lifetime. Séamus Heaney's Bogland also carries contrasting imagery of sinking, melting depths underfoot , inwards and downwards, against the horizon and sun. His poem considers the bog's ability to preserve and hide, and in this and  other bog poems links identity and creativity to our relationship with our boglands.


In 2022, our boglands are a site of conflict, building on centuries of conflict preserved in the peat-like chrysalises.

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Photo by: Stephen Cunniffe

Meet Maeve Mulrennan

Maeve Mulrennan is Assistant Arts Officer in Cork County Council.


Prior to her appointment she was the Visual Arts Curator in Galway Arts Centre from 2006  - 2020.


She has also worked on projects for Dublin City Council Culture Company, EVA International Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office and Cavan Arts Office. She lectured in Visual Art and Arts in Education in Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway from 2009 - 2018.


Maeve also writes short fiction, with her story 'Known To the Gardaí' shortlisted for the 2021 RSL VS Pritchett Short Story Prize and 'The Blood Cure' winning the Over The Edge New Writing Award in 2018. Maeve holds a BA hons.  in Fine Art (Painting) from Limerick School of Art and Design, BA hons. in English Literature  and h.Dip in Arts Administration from NUI Galway and an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT Dun Laoghaire. 

How to submit

Artists are now invited to submit artworks for consideration.


Our curator will select works that respond to the title and can be accommodated in the exhibition space.


Artists submitting video or audio works may be asked to provide installation equipment.


Artists will be informed by: Friday 7th July

Work will need to be brought to the exhibition space on the Friday 22nd  or Sat 23rd July 2022 between 11am - 1pm , 2pm - 5pm

There is no submission fee. Exhibiting artists will be paid a fee.

Friday 1 July

To submit

Artists are invited to submit a maximum of 2 artworks.

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