Signal Arts Centre’s open exhibition will take place from August 14 to 27, with a €1,000 prize for ‘Best in Show’.
The winner will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, August 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Over the last 250 years ‘Open Submission’ exhibitions have become established as an essential element of Arts infrastructure. They act as one of the most accessible routes for artists to have their work seen by the public and are almost invariably amongst the stepping stones in an artist’s career.
When Joshua Reynolds established the Royal Academy (RA) in the 18th century, one of his goals was the establishment of an annual exhibition which would be ‘open’ to all artists for submission. The first such exhibition took place in 1769.
In Ireland the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) did likewise and over the years others have developed such as E.V.A., Claremorris, Oireachtas, Living Art, Iontas etc. These exhibitions provide an opportunity for artists to come together as a community to show and sell their work.
The Signal Open Exhibition is now in its 5th year and has become an annual event in artists’ calendars.
Organisers have been delighted by the response and the quality of work submitted each year.