Annual Wexford Lions Club Exhibition 2024
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
We are delighted to announce that submissions for our Annual Open Submission Exhibition in association with Wexford Lions Club is now open and canvases are now available to purchase at Wexford Arts Centre Box Office. We invite submissions from local artists and anyone with an interest in art regardless of their level of skill or previous experience.
The Annual Wexford Lions Club Exhibition celebrates local talent and offers a platform for artists who are at various stages of their careers as well as those with an interest in art who wish to see their work realised within a gallery context. For this reason, it is an important show within the Wexford Arts Centre’s visual art programme. The Exhibition will be on view in the lower and upper galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Tuesday 16th January – Friday 9th February 2024 and will officially open on Saturday 13th January 2024 at 2pm.
As a result of the tremendous success of last year’s show and the remarkably high-quality work received, the theme for the 2024 Lions Club exhibition has again been left entirely open. The open brief allows participants the freedom to create exciting and original artwork, and to tell their own stories. These stories or experiences can be related through a varied range of subjects such as urban and rural narratives, abstraction and even pure imagination.
Also, this year we will again feature the Young Lions gallery, dedicated exclusively to the work of young, budding artists. Young artists are encouraged to experiment with all types of mediums and objects – paints, glitter, buttons, transfers; Lego…the list is endless. As the Lions Club International celebrated its centenary in 2017, a Perpetual
Children’s Trophy will be awarded again this year to a Young Lion for a work that explores the history and/or reflects on the aims and overall ethos of the organisation.
Wexford Lions Club has served the community of Wexford since 1979 and provides support to the local community. This support may be monetary, such as food vouchers at Christmas for families and individuals in need, or by giving their time to assist community projects such as The Trabolgan Holiday Project and The Message in a Bottle Project and the Carer’s Weekend Project is a project where carers are treated to a weekend in Ballyvaloo Centre and are provided with counsellors, reflexologists, and motivational speakers.
Interested persons are asked to visit Wexford Arts Centre where canvases are available to purchase and will be available for collection. Please note that places are limited, and you must purchase your canvas at Box Office at Wexford Arts Centre to secure your submission.
Applications are limited to one per person and as the number of artists participating in the exhibition is limited, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Exhibitors must complete a submission form which will be issued upon receipt of purchase.
The deadline for submission of completed works is Tuesday 9th January 2024.
Exhibition entry fee is €10.00 per applicant. All artworks must be submitted unframed on or before this date and on the board/canvas provided by the arts centre. Please note that we cannot accept any other canvas type.
We welcome all submissions and encourage you to consider gifting a canvas this Christmas!
Due to the limited exhibition spaces, we will not present sculptural works in the exhibition. We wish to thank all those who submitted sculptural works in the past.
Wexford Arts Centre & Wexford Lions Club would like to thank Spectrum Art & Framing, Light and Shadow Wexford, Helen McClean and Wexford County Council for their ongoing and generous support of this exhibition. For further information on the exhibition please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lions Club Awards Winners 2023
Children’s Award Winners
- Under 6 – Sofia Ennis ‘The Owl on a Branch’ (Crayon)
- 7-9 years – Finley Anderson ‘The Kracken’ (Mix-media)
- 10-12 years – Sonnie J. Lowney ‘Fierce & Mighty’ (Acrylic)
- 13-15 years – Catherine O’Leary ‘Mothers Little Helper’ (Pencil & Paper)
- 16+ years – Zoe Wright ‘Segmentation Error’ (Watercolour)
- The Perpetual Trophy Award – Holly Jane Doyle ‘Amanita Muscaria’ (Aged 10-12)
- Helen McLean Portrait Award – Amber Marnick ‘Family Game Night’ (Watercolour)
- Wexford Arts Centre Selected Work – Emily Marriott ‘An Abundance of Madness’ (Aged 13-16)
Adult Award Winners
- Overall Winner – Paul Whelan ‘Spanish Flu’ (Pen, Ink & Acrylic)
- Merit 1 – Gayle Daly ’in Jenna’s Light’ (Acrylic Painting)
- Merit 2 – Catriona Brady ‘Achill in August’ (Gouache & Pencil)
- Merit 3 – Patricia Gallon ‘Solitude’ (Painting)
- Bio Diversity 1 – Aine Marriott ‘Carrigfoyle’ (Textiles)
- Bio Diversity 2 – Carmel Frawley ‘The Meadows’ (Oil Painting)
- Helen McLean Portrait Award – Margaret Murphy ‘Girl amongst the Bluebells’ (Acrylic Painting)
Wexford Arts Centre would like to thank our sponsors and partners, Spectrum Art & Framing, Jonny Murphy of Light and Shadow Wexford, Helen McLean and Wexford Co. Council, along with all the team at Wexford Arts Centre for bringing this show to life.