On: 26 Jul 2024 To: 26 Jul 2024

Portráidí An Sciobairín Portraiture Competition 
Friday 26 July 10am - 4:30pm

Open Call for Artists Portraiture Competition 

Deadline 10th July 12pm

Submissions accepted from artists of any level, using any visual arts medium.

"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself." – Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Grey)

Skibbereen Arts Festival and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre are excited to invite submissions to compete in Skibbereen’s first Portrait Artist Competition. Four artists selected through open call will create a live portrait of West Cork’s favourite singer-songwriter, Lisa Hannigan.

The event will take place over one full day on the launch day of Skibbereen Arts Festival, Friday 26th July 2024. In addition to a day fee paid to all selected artists, the competition winner will receive a cash prize of €500 plus a four-week residency at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in 2025.


Please submit an application using this This Google Form. To make a submission, you will be asked to provide two examples of work produced in the last two years. At least one of these pieces must be an example of a portrait.

In addition you will be asked to provide;

Links to your artist social media page or website.
A short bio (max. 250 words).
Contact details.
Your chosen media for the day and approximate scale of your work (for logistical considerations). 
Confirmation of  your availability for the competition date.
Consent for your work from the day to be included in promotional material through Skibbereen Arts Festival’s social media channels.

The closing date for submissions is 12pm on Wednesday 10th July 2024. Four artists will be selected by the judging panel. Successful and unsuccessful artists will be notified no later than Monday 15th July 2024.

If you have any queries, please contact Alice at 



Date: Friday 26th July 

Time: 10am - 4.30pm (active painting/ making times approximately 11am - 1pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm)

Location: Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen

All artists selected to participate in the event will receive a day fee of €600. This fee is inclusive of a budget for materials used on the day. Artists will be responsible for their own travel to and from the event.

The completed portraits will be hung in a prominent location in Skibbereen Town Centre for the duration of Skibbereen Arts Festival (26th July - 5th August). The competition winner will be decided by a combination of public vote and a panel of judges. Voting will take place throughout the festival, with the winner announced at the close of the festival. Following the winner’s announcement and end of the festival, ownership of the paintings will be retained by the artists.


Ann Davoren (Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre)

Alice Clifford (Skibbereen Arts Festival)

Aileen Finucane (Cnoc Buí Arts Centre)

Maeve Mulrennan (Cork County Arts Office)

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