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The fifth an­nual Sig­nal Open ex­hi­bi­tion takes place at the Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre be­tween Au­gust 14 and Au­gust 27.

The Best in Show will be awarded €1,000 and will be an­nounced at the ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing on Fri­day, Au­gust 18, at 7 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.

One of the found­ing mem­bers of the Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre, Jim Mor­ri­son, had al­ways dreamed of cre­at­ing an ‘Open Sub­mis­sion’ ex­hi­bi­tion where the sub­mis­sion process was open to ev­ery­one who may not have ex­hib­ited any­where be­fore. He be­lieved there is a huge amount of tal­ent that goes un­recog­nised and felt that an op­por­tu­nity should be there for all artists to ex­hibit their work.

The first Sig­nal Open was in Au­gust 2014. Jim al­ways took great plea­sure when an un­known or up-and-com­ing artist was suc­cess­ful in their sub­mis­sion and he could not have been prouder than when he an­nounced the ‘Best in Show’ at the ex­hi­bi­tion open­ings each year since then.

This year, the 5th An­nual Sig­nal Open, will be all the more poignant be­cause Jim passed away sud­denly on July, 10, 2017. He would have said ‘ The show must go on’ and would have been ex­cited by the re­sponse and the qual­ity of work sub­mit­ted for this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion.

ABOVE: Sheila Clarke leafs through the replica of the Book of Kells; RIGHT: Fo­lio 28V – Por­trait of St Matthew; BELOW: Fo­lio 182v and 183r from St Mark Gospel show­ing the text ‘Erat Autem Hora Ter­cia’ (now it was the third hour)

Ac­tress Fiona Bawn Thomp­son on stage.

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