Guest Curator: Open Call
Ormston House is seeking exhibition proposals from curators through our free Membership Scheme as part of our artistic programme in 2023. For this opportunity, we invite members to submit proposals to curate a solo or group exhibition to take place from November 2023 to January 2024 in Limerick City.
Curators based nationally or internationally at any stage of their professional career are invited to submit. Ormston House welcomes proposals that take the diversity of Irish and wider society into consideration. Members with access requirements can send access queries to firstname.lastname@example.org up to one week before the deadline. You must be a member of Ormston House to submit; you can join our free Membership Scheme here.
There is no theme to this open call. Ormston House will provide a curator’s fee of €3000 and an exhibition budget of up to €10,000 which can be used to exhibit existing artwork(s) and/or the completion of work-in-progress for exhibition. Proposals with a lower budget are also eligible, but artist’s and curator’s fees must be included separately from all delivery budget lines (e.g. accommodation, travel, materials, production, transport, etc.). A budget breakdown is required when submitting your application.
If your proposal requires specialist technical support, please include this in your budget. The team will support the curator in all aspects of exhibition delivery including preparation, installation, documentation, and facilitating the opening reception. If your proposal requires specialist technical support, please include this in your budget.
For more information please visit our FAQs.
The deadline for proposals is 30 June at 12pm. Late submissions will not be processed. Submissions exceeding 40MB will not be processed. The selected curator will be notified in mid-July, and the exhibition will take place from early November 2023 until late January 2024 (exact dates to be agreed).
The exhibition will take place at Ormston House, 9–10 Patrick Street, Limerick City, V94 V089.
Please email proposals to email@example.com with the subject heading: “Exhibition proposal”. Proposals should be submitted in a single PDF document (max. 40MB).
• Curatorial proposal (1 page): What is the exhibition about? Who is involved?
• Documentation and/or links to proposed artworks (please ensure all links are active and required passwords are provided)
• Biography of proposed artist(s) (up to 250 words per artist)
• Work statement of proposed artist(s) (up to 250 words per artist)
• A detailed budget breakdown
• Letter confirming availability from each artist involved
• Documentation of previous curatorial projects
• Access requirements (see Examples of Access Docs)
• Installation notes and/or technical requirements
• Other information you think is important
In order to keep administration costs to a minimum and the Membership Scheme free, we will not be offering feedback on individual submissions. For advice on preparing proposals, please see Visual Artists Ireland guidelines here.