Heads up: application date for Sculpture in Context coming up.

Fiona Leech

Sculpture in Context is a large outdoor and indoor sculpture exhibition taking place in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin every year. the exhibition was set up in 1985 by sculptors whose aim was to work on behalf of fellow sculptors to provide space for exhibiting work of sculptors in venues outside of the normal gallery context.

It has been successful in that aim over the years and and is a very popular event every autumn where visitors can see the magnificent gardens and chance upon art works around every corner.

The Botanic Gardens is a huge space for a sculpture exhibition and that gives the organisers leeway to welcome new and unknown artists and makers as well a better known names. This makes it a great place to dip your artistic toes into applying to show your work to a wider audience. There is a lot more space outdoors than indoors, so you have a better chance to be accepted with outdoor works. Some felted art will be fine to stay out doors for the couple of weeks the exhibition is on for. Otherwise you may want to look at some kind of weather proofing of your work. If this is an area you are interested in, get in touch and we can do another blog post on the subject, or discuss it at one of our Sunday sessions.

As far as we know, only three members exhibited at last years exhibition: Fiona Leech, Ramona Farrelly and Annika Berglund. If we missed one of our members exhibiting, get in touch and we will add your work to the next blog.

Ramona Farrelly

So, we suggest you give it a try this year!

Here is all the important information:

Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and the most important sculpture exhibition in the country. The annual exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience and is the highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar.  Sculpture in Context is a key event for both public and private buyers of all levels.

Open to all artists working in three dimensions in any medium. Proposals may be durable or time-based artworks, including performance or video.

Important Dates- Sculpture in Context 2022

Submission Deadline – Friday 8th April

Artists Notified – End of May

Outdoor & glasshouse Installation– Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August from 5-9pm

Gallery Drop off – Saturday 27th August from 11am to 2pm

Opening – Wednesday 31st August

Exhibition Take down- Saturday 8th and Monday 10th October (See details below)

Exhibition Dates – Thursday 1st Sept to Friday 7th Oct

Site Visit

If you would like to visit The National Botanic Gardens to see the venue; the gardens are open to the public seven days a week, admission is free.

Important Changes

Over the last few years as the exhibition has grown, our running costs have risen. To help cover these costs we have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure that Sculpture in Context continues to successfully support artists and promote sculpture in Ireland.

We have introduced a new entry fee of €15 per entry (max. of 3 entries) and new commission rates- 25% commission on all work up to a value of €15,000 and 20% commission on all work above €15,000.

New Installation Details- In line with the National Botanic Gardens new health and safety requirements ALL outdoor and glasshouse work will be installed outside public opening times.

Outdoor and glasshouse works- Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August from 5-9pm

Gallery works- Drop off to gallery on Saturday 27th August- 11am to 2pm

Entry forms and conditions are attached. Applications by email to info@sculptureincontext.com

Please send all information in one pdf attachment only using your surname and first name in the file name ie.  ‘Smith_John_EntryForm2022.doc’

Applications by email to info@sculptureincontext.com.  Please send all information in one pdf attachment only.  Complete all relevant sections on the attached Entry Form and include additional pages with the following:-

1. Two Images or drawings for EACH proposed sculpture

2. Written description of sculpture to include details of materials, dimensions and proposed method of installation (max 500 words).

3.Two images of previous work

Payment of Entry Fee can be made to Sculpture in Context by bank transfer. Please use your surname and first name as a reference on all transactions. Bank details can be found on the entry form.

We have tried to make the entry process as easy as possible, but if you are struggling with internet issues (submission or payment) please contact us at info@sculptureincontext.com  directly and we can make alternative arrangements for you.

All enquiries regarding the exhibition and/or siting must be directed to the Sculpture in Context Committee at info@sculptureincontext.com

Entry form:

Good Luck Feltmakers!

Annika Berglund
Annika Berglund