Pic. John Allen






Kinsale Arts Festival accepts submissions from artists under the following three programmes. Submissions to all programmes will open again in 2014. Please sign up to the mailing list and / or follow us on Facebook / Twitter to receive announcements.

Please note that the main festival programme is curated and in most cases, participating artists will have been invited to present their work. If you wish to submit a proposal, you are welcomed to send this to and we will be in touch if its of interest for the programme.



Now Wakes the Sea is an annual open submission exhibition for emerging Irish visual artists. Judged by an independent panel of selectors, the exhibition aims to provide an important international platform for new and emerging contemporary artists. Applications for this curated strand of the programme are welcome from all those who have not yet had a major solo show.

Selected artists will exhibit as part of a group show within the main festival programme, with a solo show offered to an overall winner, selected by the panel, for 2015 . For more information, click here.




Each year, we invite local and early stage visual artists to exhibit their work as part of the Walking Gallery. Local shops and businesses lend their street-facing windows to the festival as temporary exhibition spaces for artists to exhibit and sell work to a captive festival audience, promoted through the Artist Trail brochure. This programme is not curated and numbers for the gallery are finite. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to submit, please send samples of your work along with contact details, relevant links and any other supporting materials, to




The Artists Trail offers festival visitors the opportunity to travel to artists’ studios and galleries in and around Kinsale – many of which are specially opened to the public for the duration of the festival only. Guided bus trips are scheduled for visitors to easily explore the trail from Kinsale. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists in the spaces and places where they create their work, and gives visitors a chance to purchase original home-grown art.

For artists’ studios or galleries who wish to be included in the Outer Trail please contact for more information.


A free Artists’ Trail Map is produced each year which outlines details of artists involved in both the Walking Gallery and Artists Trail. This is freely and widely made available to members of the public.