Open Call for Visual Artists for Cork Midsummer Festival 2020

Open Call for Visual Artists for Cork Midsummer Festival 2020

Cork Midsummer Festival and Visual Arts Curators in Residence, Pluck Projects, are delighted to invite submissions from artists either from Cork, or based in Cork to their new programming strand FALL/OUT for June 2020.

Deadline is midnight, 13 December, 2019

Building on Pluck’s presentation BURN/OUT which was part of the 2019 festival, FALL/OUT will draw on this loose exploration of the implications of climate catastrophe to think more broadly about the notions of consequence and disaster, provocation and reaction, major changes and their aftermaths. We invite artists to take these ideas as a starting point for response and encourage unexpected interpretations.

These could include:

  • Projects that conceive of FALL/OUT as a formal device
  • Conceptual responses to the title or the ideas it generates (whether these be - for example - large-scale social issues; intimate, personal interpretations of the idea of fall out; or ideas that connect to pop-culture, politics, digital landscapes etc)
  • Performance, visual practice (including paintings, drawing, lens-based work, sculpture, installation), sound art, film and video, durational works, site-specific works, workshops and/or social praxis

Pluck Projects are actively seeking venues in the city in which to exhibit/locate the work of successful applicants during the Festival.

Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland’s largest multidisciplinary arts festivals, uses Cork as its backdrop and inspiration with events happening in venues, spaces and unexpected places across the city. It provides a unique platform for national artists at all stages of their careers, presenting bold and innovative work that engages audiences of all ages. While rooted locally, including an annual programme of socially-engaged and participatory events, the outlook is global with inspiring international artists and the exploration of burning topics both essential to Midsummer. The programme is developed in collaboration with many of the city’s arts organisations and institutions. Working alongside our visual arts partners in the city, this newly created curatorial residency and open call opportunity is an exciting step in the development of our visual arts strand at the Festival.

Formed in 2014 by Sarah Kelleher and Rachel Warriner, Pluck Projects work closely with artists to realise ambitious exhibitions of innovative and avant-garde work. To date, Pluck have produced exhibitions including Alice Maher's Vox Materia at the Source Arts Centre in Thurles and the Crawford Gallery of Art in 2018, Gaol Break by Angela Fulcher in Cork's City Hall in 2017,  New Work from Glasgow at the Windle Building, UCC as part of the Cork International Film Festival’s Visual Arts Programme in 2015,  and curated a strand of The Land of Zero at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 2015. For each project, Pluck seeks to promote the work of outstanding artists through creative curation and critical engagement.

Utilising the specific context of Cork Midsummer Festival, we are particularly interested in proposals that demonstrate a capacity to engage with broad and diverse audiences, and that offer unique perspectives relevant to Cork.

Successful applicants will receive an artist’s fee of €500 and a budget of up to €400 for production costs. There is no application fee.

Projects will be assessed according to the merit of proposals and their relationship to the theme. We encourage applications from artists at all stages of their careers.

To apply:
Email your proposal as a single PDF file (max 10mb) to with “FALL/OUT Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line of the email. Please make sure your proposal includes the following:

  • CV: Max 2 pages. Containing name, address, email and website (if available)
  • Artist Statement: Max 200 words
  • Proposal Summary: Please provide a summary (max 500 words) of the project you are proposing, how it relates to the theme of FALL/OUT, and a description of the final work
  • Supporting Material: Max 10 items which could include:
  • Examples of work including details of material, dimensions, year of production
  • Links to video and audio (please do not include audio or video files in submission)
  • Letters of agreement, for example from a group you plan to work with or a particular venue for site-specific work. There is no need to include letters of support with this application unless they are directly related to the proposed project

Cork Midsummer Festival and Pluck Projects are committed to equality and to facilitating access for all artists regardless of circumstances. If you have any questions about the application, or details of funding and support, please contact Sarah Kelleher and Rachel Warriner at

Deadline is midnight, 13 December, 2019