An Gailearaí in Co Donegal is urging visual artists from across Ireland to submit their work to a new all-island competition which has just been launched. “Ciall” aims to capture a sense of the Gaeltacht through visual art, says director Una Campbell but is not aimed exclusively at Irish speakers or those who live in the Gaeltacht.
“The notion of a Gaeltacht “sensibility” is well explored in literature, song, dance, poetry, drama, and film but this has not really been done within the visual arts. If you are a visual artist, what does it mean to be from the Gaeltacht or to have a connection with it? Can you express this connection through your art? Does a “sense” of the Gaeltacht influence or inform contemporary visual art practices?”
Campbell says An Gailearaí is seeking to get people talking about these issues as well as encouraging artists to submit their work. Entries close on 25th February. For details see www.angailearai.com .