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Luan Gallery 2020 Open Call


Luan Gallery is currently seeking exhibition proposals to consider for the 2020 Gallery Calendar. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday May 13th 2019 at 5pm.

Contained within this document:

  1. About This Open Call
  2. Submissions Policy
  3. Submission Guidelines
  4. Gallery Mission
  5. Gallery Floor Plans


Open submissions for Luan Gallery's 2020 programme are now being accepted in response to the theme of Queer Migration.

Queer Migration: the movement of members of the LGBTQ+ communities from rural Ireland to urban centres questioning the presumed utopia of rural Ireland and issues of acceptance, oppression, Irish values and community mindsets. 

In light of the mass migration of people internationally and how this “age of migration is centrally implicated in the construction, regulation, and reworking of sexual identities, communities, politics, and cultures… and how sexuality constitutes a dense transfer point for relations of power” (Eithne Luibhéid Queer/Migration An Unruly Body of Scholarship), we are inviting artists to submit artwork that responds or addresses the concerns and questions inherent in the concept of Queer Migration.

Potential subthemes specific to the concept of Queer Migration may include: 

Migration | Loss | Grief |Growth | Healing |Adaptation | Identity|Transition| Temporality

Applications should include the following:

Cover letter

Artist CV and statement

Exhibition proposal


Links to audio visual or film works (if applicable)

Submissions should be made to with Queer Migration in the subject heading.



The support of artists 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 artists.  We wish to exhibit a wide range of diverse works representing practitioners from different disciplines and career stages. 




If you are an artist, studio/collective representative or curator and would like your work reviewed, please read guidelines carefully and:


ensure all documents are labelled as instructed

title the email as instructed

email your proposal to 


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:


Understanding  and response to theme

Suitability for exhibition in the space

Scope to develop educational accompaniments and enhance public engagement

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


Those making a submission should thoroughly familiarise themselves with Luan Gallery's mission, layout and facilities.


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

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: 




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 professionalisation 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. 


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