Applications are now open for Sculpture in Context. This is a great opportunity to get your work seen by a large audience. Deadline for applications is 9th of May.

If you have questions around how to apply, come to one of our Sunday sessions with your questions. Somebody there will have participated before and should be able to help or know where to get more information.

(FI likes to keep you updated on upcoming opportunities. If you know of other upcoming events, please send them to us and we will share with the members.)

Some work by members from last year’s Sculpture in Context (2022):

From left top: Fiona Leech, Carmen Garcia, Annika Berglund

From bottom left: Ramona Farrelly, Juliane Gorman

Sculpture in Context 2023

We are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the annual Sculpture in Context exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens.

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.


All Submissions must be made online through our website

You will be required to include –

2 high res images or drawings for each proposed work in JPG format. (If you are photographing work with your mobile please ensure that you have selected a hi-res setting)

Description of each piece to include materials used, dimensions in CM, proposed method of installation and edition nos if applicable. (Max 100 words)

Statement about your piece and/or your artistic practice. (Max 75 words)

2 images of previous work in JPG format

Submission fee of €16 per entry payable online (maximum of 3 entries)

There is a 1€ increase per entry to cover online payment costs

Important Dates- Sculpture in Context 2023

Exhibition Dates – Thursday 6th Sept to Friday 13th Oct

Submission Deadline – Sunday 9th April

Artists Notified – MAY


Outdoor, Glasshouse Installation and Gallery Drop off– Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st from 5-8pm

EXHIBITION OPENING – Wednesday 5th September


Gallery collection & Outdoor and Glasshouse work that does NOT need machinery or vehicular access Saturday 14th 10.30am- 4pm

Outdoor and Glasshouse work that requires machinery and or vehicular access

Monday 16th October 7am -10am.