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Clifden Arts Festival 2024 Visual Arts Exhibition Open-Call

By January 30, 2024January 31st, 2024No Comments

How to participate in the Visual Arts Programme at Clifden Arts Festival.




Deadline for receipt of applications 5 pm 15th April 2024.

Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

All applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-May.



Artists are asked to provide in PDF format:

  • Current address and contact details including website and/or Instagram account of the proposed artist or group co-ordinator.
  • Description of the proposed exhibition (500 words max) to include exhibition concept/theme, sizing of the work and number of pieces, ideas or artworks to be exhibited, which includes how the proposal addresses some or all of the listed criteria. (see policy doc)
  • Artist’s statement (300 words max) which outlines the practice of the artist(s), current research themes and interests.
  • Up-to-date CV of the artist/group
  • At least 3 and no more than 6 images. Digitally submitted images must be of high quality, no less than 1MB and no larger than 3MB per image. Images should clearly depict the work.  Please label files with artist’s name, title of work, medium and size.
  • All applications will be made via email at


Information on the Festival and the Visual Arts

The Clifden Arts Festival is Ireland’s longest-running community arts festival and will be 47 years in operation in 2024.  Dates for this year are 19th to 29th September.

We invite professional artists (individuals and groups), art organisations, and community groups to apply to exhibit their artwork at the festival.  The Festival is keen to support local artists, studios and collectives. We also see it as our remit to provide our community with exceptional bodies of work from further afield.

The curated programme seeks to create diversity, and accessibility and show work in a broad range of genres, styles, subject matter, traditional, digital and media.

The Visual Arts programme relies heavily on the donation of space by local businesses, municipal and outdoor spaces e.g. exhibition spaces in cafés, restaurants, hotels and other Festival venues which may lie outside of town.  Applicants should be aware that we do not have solely dedicated gallery spaces, except the West Connemara Sports and Leisure Centre* our venues cannot accommodate large-scale work.

*The West Connemara Sports and Leisure Centre which also operates as our main concert hall venue with audiences of up to 480 for each gig. We are specifically looking for large 2D works or an extensive body of work for this venue.

All work selected must be ready to hang by Festival time.

It is strongly recommended that you familiarise yourself with the CAF Visual Arts Policy before making your application.

 CAF Visual Arts Policy is available here



2023 Festival Programme