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Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Annual Open Submission and Art Award

23 July - 18 October

For ARTWORKS 2020 artists were invited to take inspiration from John Tyndall, the Carlow Scientist who discovered why the sky is blue. Tyndall is understood to be one of the founders of climate science. 2020 marks the bicentennial of his birth in Leighlinbridge, Carlow.

Selected Artists: Chloe Brenan, Amber Broughton, Nuala Clarke, Helena Gorey, Paul Hallahan, Ramon Kassam, Vera Klute, Ruth Le Gear, Christine Mackey, Jonathan Mayhew, Stefana McClure, Siobhan McDonald, Sorca O'Farrell, Kiera O'Toole, Magnhild Opdøl,  Helen Robbins, Ciara Roche, Emma Roche, Bernadette Tuite, Shipsides and Beggs Projects and Lee Welch.

This year’s open call invited artists to submit work that responds to the theme of climate and our natural environment. This exciting summer exhibition gathers a diverse selection of ideas and work from artists working nationally and internationally. Presenting work in film, painting, sculpture, new media and photography, ARTWORKS 2020 celebrates contemporary visual art and its potential to engage in new ways with our heightening awareness of environmental change.

ARTWORKS 2020 was selected by Carlow Arts Festival Director Jo Mangan, VISUAL Artistic Director and CEO Emma Lucy O' Brien and New York based artist and activist Katie Holten.

There will be two awards for outstanding work: The Artworks Award, presented for the most outstanding work in any medium and The Éigse Prize presented for work by a recent graduate selected for the most outstanding work in any medium.