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Open Call


  • Deadline 1 April 2021

The Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow Annual Open Submission and Art Award.

This year’s ARTWORKS Open Submission invites submissions on the theme of Woman in the Machine by artists who are working at the intersections between art, technology and new media. It invites submissions that respond to our current technological moment and the effect that the evolving digital world is having on life and practice.

ARTWORKS 2021 is open to visual and performing artists; artists making electronic music, large scale sculpture and digitally native projects. 

Artists are invited to submit work in any medium for selection. The 2021 exhibition titled Woman and the Machine will be presented in the galleries at VISUAL and at the Braun Factory site in Carlow from June 11th 2021 and online here and at All artists selected will receive an artist’s fee.

This programme will exist in the galleries at VISUAL, at Braun and on a dedicated website.

The works selected from open call will be part of a larger summer programme of film, talks, performances and electronic music commissions.

Selectors: To be announced soon


  • Submission deadline is Thursday 1st April 2021 @5pm 
  • All work submitted must have been completed between 2019 and 2021
  • Film-based work may be submitted as part of the online process (YouTube or Vimeo link).
  • Digitally native, performative work, large scale work and/or outdoor work can be submitted.
  • 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/film work for publicity and digital presentation purposes.
  • To submit piece(s) please apply here.
  • Submission of €10 per piece via the Paypal. A submission is only considered complete on receipt of payment.

Carlow Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place in Carlow and is the first of the summer arts festivals in Ireland. We choose transformative art, diverse perspectives and inclusion for all in the act of discovery. We embrace the world of virtuosic artists to resonate, inspire and collaborate with our community. We champion accessibility while introducing our audiences to new art forms and cutting edge work. We create a vibrant temporary community that opens up horizons: creating space for discovery, delight and disruption. We insist that the arts are for everyone.