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FUTURES: Open Call for Irish Talent 2024

By 11/12/2023January 17th, 2024Futures Photography, News, PhotoIreland
FOMU FUTURES event November 2023

Image: FUTURES Meet Up Event 2023 at FOMU, Antwerp. Image Credit: Monday Agbonzee Jr.

The FUTURES Open Call for Irish Talent 2024 is now open and it will close midnight Sunday 14th January 2023.

The submission to this opportunity is free and open to artists based on the island of Ireland, and those Irish artists practicing abroad, working in photography at any level, who feel their practice is at a suitable stage to avail of this opportunity. We are looking for contemporary, lens-based artists, regardless of your CV or experience, but we want to see dedication and serious intention to your practice. We strongly recommend for each applicant to review the practice of the previous artists we invited to participate in the platform to understand this call better.
Alongside PhotoIreland, the selection process involves a guest jury:
  • Sarah McAuliffe, Curator, Royal Hibernian Academy
  • Adrian O’Carroll, Photographer

What does PhotoIreland and FUTURES provide

  • A participation fee of €500
  • Futures Conversations with international professionals, online and in-person
  • Travel, accommodation, and per diem for artists is covered for participation in the Annual Event. The Annual Event of 2024 takes place at the 13th ORGAN VIDA International Photography Festival in Croatia.
  • Participation in the programme of the Annual Event, including talks, workshops etc.
  • Opportunity to apply to the internal open call for the annual travelling exhibition (2024 launching at ORGAN VIDA International Photography Festival in Croatia)
  • Opportunity to apply for a mentorship session with FUTURES member organisations
  • Access to exclusive Magnum workshops especially developed for FUTURES artists.
  • All FUTURES artists are featured online at
  • All artists are promoted via the FUTURES social media channels and the annual publication

Application Process

Please submit your work by emailing a single PDF file to, with the information listed below.
Please mention FUTURES in the subject heading of your email.

  • A description of your latest/current project with text (max. 500 words), images, year(s) of project, location(s) of project.
  • Brief information of your past projects (links are accepted).
  • A comprehensive CV, including a short bio in third person (max. 200 words).
  • Image Requirements: Low Res at 2000px on the longest side, at 144dpi

If selected, you will be required to send the below. Please do not send these as part of your application, but rather make sure you have the below available to send

  • If selected, you will be required to send a selection of 15 images from your latest or current work within a week. High Res Image Requirements: 300dpi, TIFF, 4500px
  • If selected, you will also be required to send a portrait. High Res Image Requirements: 300dpi, TIFF, 4500px

The deadline for submissions is midnight Sunday 14th January 2024. We do not extend deadlines, so it is very important you give yourself plenty of time in case of technical errors, or to ask any questions, as problems cannot be resolved in the final few hours of the submission.


Deadline midnight Sunday 14th January 2024
Confirmation of receipt within 48 hours
Jury Process 15-24 January 2024
Communication of Results 25-28 January 2024
Final Materials (if selected) 29-31 January 2024

About the FUTURES Platform

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, FUTURES is a platform focused on amplifying emerging talents in photography in Europe. Since 2017, the aim of FUTURES is to pool the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists. The current members of the platform are CAMERA (IT), Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie (FR), Ci.CLO (PT), Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK), Der Greif (DE), FOMU (BE), FOTODOK (NL), Fotogalleriet (NO), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), Fotograf 07 (CZ), ISSP (LV), Organ Vida (CR), PHotoESPAÑA (ES), PhotoIreland (IE), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre (HU), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE), and Void (GR). FUTURES is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Since its inception, PhotoIreland has been the platform’s Irish member. Being invited as funding member was a clear sign of recognition of our work and ambition, and it has given us the opportunity to work in cooperation with many respected organisations, accessing and supporting exciting contemporary practices by artists and curators, while allowing us to promote Irish artists in the European arena.

In addition to the many local event and opportunities organised by each FUTURES member, FUTURES members and artists are brought together at one annual collective event. The format and events change every year and in the past have included our presence at Unseen Amsterdam, involving a showcase of all the Futures artists, a special exhibition of a smaller selection of Futures artists, portfolio reviews, special Futures magazine publication, in addition to events like artists and members talks, networking opportunities etc.

Beyond this work, the platform artists are promoted online, in publications, and have a profile page on the FUTURES website, as can be seen at

To date, PhotoIreland has put forward 30 artists for the platform. They are: Aindreas Scholz, Aisling McCoy, Aoife Herrity, Audrey Gillespie, Barry W Hughes, Becks Butler, Cian Burke, Ciaran Óg Arnold, Clare Lyons, Dorje de Burgh, Emilia Rigaud, Emma O’Brien, Garry Loughlin, George Voronov, Jamin Keogh, Jialin Long, Mark Duffy, Mark McGuinness, Megan Doherty, Miriam O’ Connor, Niamh Barry, Patrick O’Byrne, Pauline Rowan, Phelim Hoey, Róisín White, Ronan McCall, Ryan Allen, Shia Conlon, Vera Ryklova, and Yvette Monahan. These Irish FUTURES artists were selected having carefully considered their practice and their career.