Open Call – Deadline 5:30pm 26 Nov 2016

Visual Artists Ireland, in Partnership with Dublin City Council and AICA Ireland, is inviting submissions for the 2016 Critical Writing Award.

The work will be judged by J.J. Charlesworth (AICA UK, Associate Editor,, Sheena Barrett (Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council), and Noel Kelly (President, AICA Ireland, Director, Visual Artists Ireland). The winning writer will have their piece published in The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, receive a fee of €500, and join The Visual Artists’ News Sheet panel of art writers. They will also be invited to be part of the LAB Gallery’s 2017 programme, with a €300 writing commission. Previous winners have included James Merrigan, Rebecca O’Dwyer and Joanne Laws.

Award submissions should be a 1200-word critique of an exhibition, event, festival, public artwork or similar that has taken place in Ireland during 2016. Applications should also include full contact details.

Submissions should be sent to with CRITICAL WRITING 2016 in the subject line.

Applications should reach VAI no later than 5:30pm Friday, 26 November 2016. Late applications will not be considered.vai-logo

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