Siamsa Tíre

Exhibiting at Siamsa Tíre

Visual Arts Programming at Siamsa Tíre

From October to the end of April, the gallery spaces host the work of local, national and international artists. During the annual Festival of Folk from May to September, the gallery hosts exhibitions examining the history of the National Folk Theatre or installations which reflect on the nature of folk theatre. Since 2017, we have also run a Visual Artist in Residence programme during three months of the summer.  The residency for 2019 focused on the threat of Climate Change - A Question of Degree: Coastal Communities and Climate Change.

The programming focus for the gallery spaces, outside of the festival of folk, has a particular interest in the resonance between folk culture and contemporary visual culture as well as supporting local artists. Supports for artists who exhibit at Siamsa Tíre include material grants, research programmes, residencies, and artists’ fees. Priority is given to the following:

Professional Artists, with particular interest in those making work locally and work which explores Folk Culture.

The annual Visual Arts programme at the Gallery includes initiatives curated by Siamsa Tíre, projects co-ordinated by invited curators and proposals selected from submissions made by artists or artists groups.

Siamsa Tíre is also very conscious of limiting the impacts of our activities on the environment, particularly in terms of climate change and our carbon footprint.  To this end, we set up the Greening Siamsa initiative in 2017 and have worked since then to reduce our carbon footprint by 40%.  We welcome submissions from artists addressing issues such as climate change, biodiversity and the Anthropocene.

Exhibiting at the Gallery, Siamsa Tire

The Gallery at Siamsa Tire currently operates an Open Submission policy and accepts applications from artists to exhibit.  Priority will be given to those that fulfill the programming policy criteria and applications are encouraged from emerging, mid career and established professional artists who are local or wish to engage and work locally. 

The organisation is also open to group submissions and happy to discuss ideas with artists who wish to curate a series of exhibitions that meets with Siamsa Tire’s programming priorities. 

Artists are requested to send a proposal outlining their project to the Selection Panel along with brief costings and examples of previous work and CV. Electronic submissions are acceptable (as well as postal applications) and links should be provided where appropriate.  

Siamsa Tíre has also a particular interest in environmental concerns, and in particular the challenge of climate change.  Proposals by artists whose work interrogates these themes or who wish to work with local communities to address these themes will be very welcome.

Proposals which demonstrate evidence of a strong link with the locality, or which investigate themes in a collaborative way, will be prioritised.  Proposals will be considered annually in December and any submissions will be responded to before the end of January in the following year.

For further information or to submit a proposal please contact Róisín McGarr, Executive Director by email ( or at our postal address, Siamsa Tíre, Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry.  Please note, very large files may not make it past our server.  Any artists submitting proposals which include large files should contact us in advance at the above email address or follow introductory email with WeTransfer/Dropbox file.

Download a PDF of the Gallery plans here