Arts Council invites artists to submit work for its Collection – closing 26 Feb

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is inviting applications to its Collections Open Submission Programme.

This scheme invites artists to put forward a piece of their artwork which the Arts Council will consider buying for its Collection. Priority will be given to work which is high quality, challenging and innovative, as well as work from emerging artists and from those whose work is not currently represented in the collection.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland recognises the importance of purchasing contemporary work as a vital support mechanism for artists and does so annually through its Collections Acquisition Scheme.  Art works included within the Collection can then be shared with audiences across Northern Ireland and beyond in public galleries as well as in schools through the Arts Council’s Loan Scheme.

Artists can submit work in all visual media for consideration, including painting, sculpture, craft, print, photography, as well as digital and video work. Only works up to a maximum purchase price of £5,000 will be considered.

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council commented: “This open call for submissions is a fantastic opportunity for artists to submit an example of their work to the Arts Council and potentially to have their work held as part of a public collection. This programme is open to artists at all stages of their career from new and emerging, through to those more established in their practice.”

The Collections Acquisition Programme is open from now until 16:00, Friday 26th February 2021. Applicants will initially be invited to submit an application form, an image or a digital video clip sample of the work to be considered, as well as an Artist Statement and History of Artistic Practice.

To find out more and how to submit your work go to:

In addition to the Arts Council’s Collections Open Submission Programme, the Northern Ireland Civil Service will also be inviting submissions for its Collection. Artists may submit artworks to both organisations for consideration, we would advise that you submit different works to the two schemes.  Further details of this scheme will be announced shortly by the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

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