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LUAN GALLERY 2019 OPEN CALL

Luan Gallery is currently seeking exhibition proposals to consider for the 2019/2020 and possibly early 2021 Gallery Calendar. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday April 30th 2018 at 5pm

Contained within this document:

  • 1. Submissions policy
  • 2. Submission guidelines
  • 3. Gallery Mission
  • 4. List of Previous Exhibitions
  • 5. FAQs
  • 6. Luan Gallery Floor Plans

1. LUAN GALLERY PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS POLICY 

Luan Gallery seeks to engage with designers and photographers for the 2019/2020 and possibly early 2021 programme.  In addition to working with visual artists, Luan Gallery wishes to extend its programme to include practitioners and studios in the areas of photography & graphic design, fashion, textile & accessories design and furniture, interior & object design.

The support of artists and designers and the provision of exciting programming are paramount to the operation of the space. Submissions are reviewed by an independent selection panel, in collaboration with gallery management and curator and subsequently their recommendations are made for approval to the gallery Board of Directors for the upcoming exhibitions programme. From here the annual exhibition programme is developed. 

We are eager to learn about work by local, regional, national and international designers and curators.  We wish to exhibit a wide range of diverse works representing practitioners from different disciplines and career stages. Both traditional and contemporary submissions are welcome. 

Please note that the majority of exhibitions programmed at Luan Gallery feature the work of 2 or more artists (see pt.4: List of Previous Exhibitions)

2. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

It is recommended you read these guidelines carefully.

If you are designer, photographer, studio/collective representative or curator and would like your work reviewed, please:

Submissions are accepted for both solo and group shows and can be made by artist, curator or representative.

Selection criteria for submissions may include but is not limited to:


Suitability for exhibition in the space
Scope to develop educational accompaniments and enhance public engagement
Timeliness to exhibition cycle and potential for audience resonance
Relevance of work to local environment and audience
Professional skill, proficiency of work and previous exhibition experience where relevant
Accessibility, purpose and innovation of submission
Materiality and functionality of submission where relevant
Suitability to Gallery’s mission and objectives

Those making a submission, should thoroughly familiarise themselves with the Luan Gallery’s mission, layout, facilities and past exhibition programmes prior to application. 

Please note:

All submissions must adhere to the outlined application requirements
Luan Gallery will only review original submissions.  It is therefore advised that artists submit ideas once only
Owing to the volume of submissions received, applicants may not receive an individual response
Luan Gallery’s aim is to programme and deliver a diverse exhibition cycle and opportunities for inclusion in our exhibitions are extremely limited
Artists should make their submissions via the appropriate channel. Those who do not submit through the appropriate channel for their practice may not be considered
If you are unsure as to which channel you should submit through, it is recommended you review the FAQs if your are still unsure, please contact the gallery prior to making a submission
Once received, it will take a number of months before hearing if a submission was successful or not. We appreciate your patience with this
Artist’s may be requested to attend a site visit to gallery and show a selection of existing work

We wish you luck with your submission and look forward to reviewing your work!
Should you have any questions please e-mail us at:
info@luangallery.ie

3. GALLERY MISSION

Luan Gallery is the midlands municipal visual art gallery. Aiming to champion innovative, challenging and engaging visual arts practice, we are dedicated to progressing, strengthening and inspiring audience engagement and understanding of traditional and modern approaches to art. We believe in the value of the arts and as such, are dedicated to working towards the professionalization of the industry in Ireland. Our programmes and policies reflect this commitment. 

As an institution dedicated to nurturing the engagement with and understanding of visual art, Luan Gallery operates on a broad spectrum seeking to achieve its objectives through the provision of high quality exhibitions, programmes and services.  

Luan Gallery, as a municipal space, is aware of the role the arts play in determining, clarifying and shaping culture and identity at local, regional and national levels and aim to make positive contributions to the living culture of Athlone and the greater midlands region. 

4. PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

For a full list of previous exhibitions, please visit:

http://www.athloneartsandtourism.ie/luan-gallery/

Previous exhibitions include:

Borrowed Memories selected works on loan from IMMA as part of the National Programme

REMASTERED
 Selected works from the Visiting Artists’ Programme on loan from the
Graphic Studio Dublin

DE_Cline contemporary installation works by Paul Quast

Meat Option new painted works by Sean Guinan

Delicate Matter an exhibition of conceptual craft by Liz Nilsson, Jennifer Hickey and Karen Donnellan

Between a Rock and a Hard Place a solo exhibition of sculpture by Mel French

Construct a group mixed media exhibition on loan from the OPW and DFPNI

McCormack an exhibition of film, painting and music featuring the Sir William Orpen portrait on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland

Lullaby a selection of paintings and drawings by Patrick Graham

Frame x Frame an exhibition of animated works by Irish and International animators

An Afterwards an exhibition of installation and 2D works by Mark Garry

Water Table an installation by Marie Hanlon

SO MUCH WATER [so] CLOSE TO HOME a selection of paintings and drawings by Bernadette Kiely.

FAQ’s

Q1: I am a professional fashion and textile designer and wish to have my work exhibited in Luan Gallery. Is this possible?

A1:  You should make a submission via the Professional Designer channel. Please let the gallery know if you are willing to also be considered for a group show.

Q2: I am a professional furniture designer and wish to have my work exhibited in Luan Gallery. Is this possible?

A2:  You should make a submission via the Professional Designer channel. Please let the gallery know if you are willing to also be considered for a group show.

Q3: I am a professional accessories designer and wish to have my work exhibited in Luan Gallery. Is this possible?

A3:  You should make a submission via the Professional Designer channel. Please let the gallery know if you are willing to also be considered for a group show.

Q4: I am a professional object designer and wish to have my work exhibited in Luan Gallery. Is this possible?

A 4:  You should make a submission via the Professional Designer channel. Please let the gallery know if you are willing to also be considered for a group show.

Q5: I am a photographer and wish to have my work exhibited in Luan Gallery. Is this possible?

A 5:  You should make a submission via the photography submission channel. Please state if you are a professional or amateur photographer. Please let the gallery know if you are willing to also be considered for a group show.

Q6: I am a graphic designer and wish to have my work exhibited in Luan Gallery. Is this possible?

A 6:  You should make a submission via the Professional Designer channel. Please let the gallery know if you are willing to also be considered for a group show.

Q7: I am a member of a designer collective comprising both professional and amateur designers. We wish to apply for a group show. What do we do?

A7:      You should apply via the Curatorial Submission channel where you can describe the type of show you have in mind and the artists selected for the application

Q8: I am a member of an established professional designer studio, we wish to make a submission for a group show, how do we do this?

A8:  You should make a submission via the Curatorial Submission channel, describe the show you have you mind and the artists involved in the submission

Q7:  I am a member of a photography collective comprising both professional and amateur photographers. We wish to apply for a group show. What do we do?

A7:      You should apply via the Curatorial Submission channel where you can describe the type of show you have in mind and the artists selected for the application

FLOOR PLANS

Luan Gallery has 3 main gallery spaces. The New Gallery, The River Gallery and The
Library Gallery. Luan Gallery has a further Gallery space downstairs called the Boardwalk Gallery which is used to show work by community based art groups.

New Gallery and River Gallery floorplan

Library Gallery floorplan