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PhotoIreland Festival 2021: Open Programme Call

By 20/03/2021June 21st, 2021News, PhotoIreland Festival
Open Programme
Image: CANON Open Programme 2013


The call for proposals for the PhotoIreland Festival 2021 Open Programme is now open.
The Open Programme participation is free this year, due to an increase in the festival’s public funding.

If you are planning an event during, or running into, July related to Photography or Visual Culture happening anywhere in Ireland, then join the festival celebrations! We welcome submissions from individuals and organisations of all possible formats for events such as exhibitions, installations, performances, screenings, talks, workshops, etc., whether in real life or virtual.

All Open Programme events are featured on the festival website and promoted through the festival’s social media. The festival schedule will be available online after the launch, and though it we will communicate any unforeseen changes and closures. PhotoIreland will launch a publication after the festival is completed providing a critical review of the content provided, and it will include a list of the Open Programme participants.

If you wish to submit your event for consideration, please fill in the OPEN21 Submission Form to gather all the necessary details. Please note that you must have secured a venue (if applicable) for your event or exhibition before you submit – if you are looking for a venue, we always recommend to start by looking at the previous PhotoIreland Festival editions.

All submission forms must be sent to before the deadline: midnight 2 May 2021.
We advise that you submit well ahead of the deadline. We cannot guarantee a response over the weekend or close to the deadline, so if you have any issues or questions, they may not be addressed on time and may cause the submission to be late. If in any doubt, just submit!


Submission Deadline midnight GMT Sunday 2nd May 2021
Response within 72 hours


How many images should I submit and what are the technical requirements?
We ask for a maximum of 20 images per submission to be submitted. All technical requirements are outlined in the application form and checked upon receipt of submission, so we ask all applicants to adhere to these, as otherwise you will be asked to re-submit the images.

I am not certain if my planned event will be able to take place, should I submit anyway?
Yes, you have until the 2nd May to submit. If the event is cancelled after submission, or date are changed, just let us know before we publish and promote it.

When will you begin promoting the Open Programme events?
We begin promoting Open Programme events a week before the event is due to take place. The PhotoIreland Festival 2021 website will go live in early June.

I want to submit more than one event, do I have to send separate submissions?
Yes, please submit one form per event.

Will the Open Programme be promoted in print too?
The festival schedule will be available exclusively online, so that we are able to update any unforeseen changes immediately. There will be a publication after the festival, reflecting on the festival programme.

Does my submission have to relate to the festival theme?
No, the Open Programme is a way to promote and celebrate the many disciplines and practices on the island and therefore does not need to relate to the Main Programme.

What is the plan for PhotoIreland Festival 2021?
The programme for the festival will launch in April, keep your eyes peeled on the news!