NLA IV: 2013 New Living Art Exhibition

curated by Emmanuelle Marion

Applications now accepted for Round 2- deadline is Sunday 21st July – Apply Now or Download Form


In 2010, IMOCA established a new opportunity for local artists in honor of a similar pursuit taken up by artists many years ago.

In 1943, a group of artists rebelling at the closed, conservative, ‘tennis club’ institutions for art, decided to stand together and do something about it. The Irish Exhibition of Living Art, which was arguably sparked the atmosphere that allowed many or most of the opportunities available to Irish-based artists today- The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the Percent For Art scheme, among others.

The very nature of contemporary art has changed so much since the declaration of the name, ‘Living Art,’ that a current reading of it could easily confuse it as just performance-based work, although it originally was a reference to the simple fact that these artists were still living and producing work.

By its dissolution in the 1980’s, The Irish Exhibition of Living Art had already exhibited a significant force on Irish art, and had successfully managed what many institutions fail to do- make way for newer memes and ideas. In 2010 the first New Living Art exhibition was launched,  and included over 30 Irish artists. It was a celebration of, and a bridge between, the artists of the past who had the courage and drive to create their own opportunities when presented with no other alternative, and the artists who, today, are taking every opportunity that is now available.

Every year we offer a carte blanche invitation to a new curator or team, so that the even the design, selection and presentation formats of the exhibit continue to be tested and evolve alongside the New Living Art on exhibition. The only irrevocable rule will be that the NLA, despite whatever solicitation, will always continue to have an open call for artists and work, indiscriminate of status, degree or station.

in 2013, to celebrate Ireland’s presidency of the EU council, our selected curator Emmnauelle Marion has additionally invited an impressive selection of European artists to showcase their work alongside their Irish peers. Marion is Co-Director of D.Ploy Dublin, and Curatorial Director of Bio.Space033, a multi-disciplinary creative space in Dublin. Marion has been working in Cultural Policy and international arts management for almost 15 years both in Ireland and abroad. Her curatorial vision will see the NLA IV continue to develop as a multi-venue exhibition and grow as an event of international interest on the occasion of Ireland’s EU Presidency.

The Theme for The NLA IV

In 2013, as Ireland commemorates the Dublin Lock-Out* and actively engages in a new phase of our common European future, now is the time to assess our social and political inheritance. Hence, The NLA IV will be curated according to the theme, “Locked In / Locked Out.”

This exhibition is about uncovering the landslides that are dramatically impacting our future, whether individual or global, constructive or destructive. It is about the unsaid, the taboo, the cursed, the left out. It is about dark secrets and fake mea culpas, volte-faces, betrayals, unfulfilled promises. But it is also about belonging, perseverance, self-sacrifice, struggle, resilience, metamorphosis and the human capacity to care for the weak and the ill.

The theme Locked In / Locked Out invites participating artists to address those shifts in perspective and to unveil the essence of a new world through universal notions of identity, power and justice.

We are looking for a wide range of creative talents in the following areas of practice:

  • Visual and plastique arts
  • Lens-based media
  • Digital media and new technologies
  • High-end crafts, design and architecture (including landscape)
  • Written word
  • exhibits, site specific work and public art
Priority will be given to new works or works that have not yet been exhibited in Ireland.  Artists and makers can submit either specific artworks, submit a specific proposal, or register a general interest in working with curator on developing a new piece based on their practice.

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday 21st July

Review of Submissions:July

Deadline for completion of work: 29th September

Review of work: 1 -4 October

Set up of work:14th -27th October

Public Launch of NLA IV: 7th November 2013


Applications now accepted- deadline Sunday 21st July – Apply Now or Download Form

-Please note there is a €20 Application and Administrative fee-

*The 1913 Dublin Lock Out was the country’s major industrial dispute: