Image shown: Based on artwork by Selene Perez (2012 - Creativity Explored)

Artists from Ireland and abroad who are working in supported studio settings are invited to apply to Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship, an exhibition of contemporary art in Cork at the Crawford Art Gallery, the CIT Wandesford Quay gallery and Cork City Hall. This exhibition, commemorating the centenary, will build on the success of the 2013 Art of Inclusion exhibition in Cork that brought together the work of 50 artists from around the world. 

All the artists in the 2013 exhibition worked in supported studios – spaces offering opportunities to artists who may previously have been unable to develop their arts practice whether from a physical lack of access to materials, lack of opportunity or because of limited expectations of them.

The 1916 Proclamation declared its resolve to cherish ‘all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences … which have divided a minority from the majority in the past’. While 2016 is a time to remember the past, it is also an opportunity to re-imagine the future and to expand our perceptions of future possibilities for a brighter more equal society.

Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship aims to broaden the range of voices, visions, perceptions and approaches to creativity that the public engages with in cultural venues. It aims to engage the public with valuable knowledge and perspectives that are frequently absent from the world of art.


What is a supported studio setting?

A supported studio fosters and supports the individual practice of visual artists who benefit from accessibility supports to enable development of their professional development as artists.

Who can apply?

Artists who are engaged in a sustained arts practice in a supported studio setting. The exhibition is open to artists working in all visual media. There are no limitations of place, age or status.


The exhibition title ‘Perceptions’ is based on the premise that when we create spaces and opportunities to listen to a broad range of diverse intelligences, perspectives and voices, our knowledge, experience and understanding of the world is enriched. The exhibition aims to present a wide variety of perceptions and hopes to promote the concept of artists as engaged active citizens. It is hoped that artists participating will explore the theme’s varied definitions and will showcase original work.

Media and volume of work

The exhibition is inviting work in all visual media; for example, painting drawing, textile, sculpture, video etc. Artists are invited to submit up to four pieces.

How to apply

The application process, guidelines and application form are available at

Please note that work should already be in existence. There is no budget from the organisers for the artist to produce new works.

Deadline for applications: 19 February 2016. No applications will be received after this deadline.

The exhibition will take place from September to October 2016.

For further information email

Perceptions 2016 will also showcase some of the outcomes of the Expanding Realities project, a European Erasmus+ funded partnership. Over the next 2 years GASP Cork, Art in Motion (AIM) Bristol and Debajo del Sombrero Madrid will develop and exchange approaches to engaging the creativity and supporting the professional development of artists who have much to contribute, but face barriers in society and in the world of art.


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