The Ballinglen Arts Foundation and Museum of Art First Biennial Exhibition: International Open Call Exhibition in the West of Ireland

7 October 2023 - 10 January 2024
Opening October 7th, 6-8 pm

Works for the group exhibition were selected through an open call to visual artists worldwide working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, and photography. It was selected by three established artists: Mick O’Dea PPRHA, artist and Ballinglen Arts Foundation board member, Carol Robertson and Rachelle Puryear. 

For 30 years The Ballinglen Arts Foundation has provided residency awards to artists from Ireland and abroad to spend time working in rural west of Ireland which has benefited both the artists and the community. 


Rachel Battersby, Ailbhe Barrett, Julie Baugnet, Frances Bermingham Berrow, Melanie Berman, Erin Bird, Helen G Blake, Carol Bouyoucos, Peter Bradley, Lynda Bremner, Maeve Brennan, Mark Brown, Claire Buckley, Deirdre Burke, Mike Byrne, Comhghall Casey ARUA, Nuala Clarke, Daniel Coleman, Sheilagh Cooper, Elizabeth Cope, Jane Cummins, Anne Curran, Helen Dannelly, Stephanie Deady, Roisin De Buitlear, Diarmuid Delargy, Grainne Dowling, Bairbre Duggan, Caitriona Dunnett, Neva Elliott, Michelle Fahy, Angela Fewer, Aidan Flanagan, Ann Flynn, Alice Forward, Sara Foust, Ita Freeney, Brian Gallagher, Conor Gallagher, Pauline Garavan, Michael Geddis, Kathrine Geoghegan, Arina Gordienko, Helena Gorey, Randall Graham, Darragh Granahan, Judi Green, Catherine E Greene, Pat Harris, Niamh Harte, Helle Helsner, Eric Hesse, Jennifer Hickey, Carol Holtz, Sally Houston, Conor Horgan, Ronnie Hughes, Heidi Jensen, Mark Joyce, Ann Kavanagh, Bonnie Kavanagh, Paula Kearney, Theresa Kelly, Eddie Kennedy, Joanna Kidney, Gavin Lavelle, Mary Lee Murphy, Maria Levinge, Kaye Maahs, Kate MacDonagh, Bryan Mac Donald, Philip Mackey, Jenny Mahony, Kelvin Mann, Bernie Masterson, Andrzej Mazur, Shaun McCracken, Anita McCullough, David McGinn, Michael McLaughlin, Margo McNulty, Mojo (Melinda and Joseph Ostraff), Elva Mulchrone, Marisa Myrah, Mary Nagle, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh, Dr. Abigail O'Brien, Cora O'Brien, Mary O'Connor, Hugh O'Conor, Mick O'Dea, Hughie O'Donoghue, Sarah O’Flaherty, Will O’Kane, Helen O'Leary, Fidelma O'Neill, Amy O'Riordan, Paula O' Riordan, Jenny Olsson, Catherine Patrickson, Mary Patterson, Koa Pham, Paula Pohli, Rachelle Puryear, Maurice Quillinan, Ann Quinn, Brian Palm, Liz Rackard, Michael Rainsford, JoAnn Ralph, Ben Reilly, Kim Richardson, Claudia Rilling, Carol Robertson, Linda Ruttelynck, Áine Ryan, Fergus A. Ryan, Thomas Sarrantonio, Sarah Smelser, Joan Sugrue, Vicki Sutherland, David Stephenson, Amelia Stein RHA, Benita Stoney, Donald Teskey RHA, Sinead Wall, Hazel Walker, Samuel Walsh, Michael Wann, Manon West, Janet Wolahan, Avis Wu.


Prizes were generously given by local and national supporters of our mission and the arts. Prizewinners will be selected by the Jurors and awarded to exhibiting artists recognised for works of achievement. 

Prizes include. 

The Claremorris Gallery Award: A solo exhibition and €2000 @claremorris_gallery. Gallery director, Rosemarie Noone has offered this remarkable award of an exhibition in the prestigious gallery in South Mayo  Opened in 2007  the Claremorris Gallery has shown some of the most important Irish artists of our times, with solo shows by Barrie Cooke, Alice Maher, Brian Bourke and Donald Teskey. This award also includes a generous cash prize of €2000.


The Peter Maxwell Residency Award: A two week residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Peter Maxwell was the co-founder with Margo Dolan of The Ballinglen arts Foundation and Dolan/Maxwell Inc, a major Philadelphia art gallery. Peter trained as an artist and worked as an editor, art director, promotional and architectural designer. He died in Philadelphia in 2016. This award is being offered in his name. The award includes accommodation in a house/cottage and a studio. Other expenses, like travel, food and materials are not included.


The K&M Evans Art Supplies Award - A €500 cash award and a €250 store voucher. K&M Evans Art Supplies is a family run business which has been in the same family for 4 generations, established in 1910 by Hugh Evans. They are regularly described as an "Aladdin’s cave" for Artists, Students and craft & hobby makers alike, with an unrivalled catalogue of products & brands from budget to high end. Artists in Mayo have found that orders placed before 11am are delivered the next working day.



The Céide Ladle Award - A €500 cash award. Run by Kellie and Emma and located at the visitor Centre at Céide Fields, Céide Ladle has been preparing exceptional and delicious food since 2019. They cater for the Ballinglen Workshops.



The Irish Art Services Award- A €500 cash award. Since 2000, Irish Art Services, provides logistics & installation services to  a range of institutions including museums, galleries, auction houses and private collectors. Joe Murphy, Managing Director is proud to say that his employees are recognised all over the country for their high level of training, their friendly and accommodating attitude, their diligent work ethic, which makes Irish Art Services the business it is today.  @irishartservices.


The Phyllis Caffrey Memorial Award- A €500 cash award. Caffreys Gallery is located in the heart of Ballina, on Garden St. The gallery was founded by Ernie and his late wife Phyllis, whose love for art and design meant that her passion for the arts would live on through the business. Miriam Caffrey provides a first class bespoke picture framing and design service and has framed work for Ballinglen for many years. 


The Ice House Award- A €500 cash award. On the banks of the Moy, with stunning views across the river, The Ice House, an award-winning hotel and spa, whisks all stress away. Run by art collector and supporter Pearse Farrell the hotel has a notable Collection of art which can be enjoyed while dining or staying. @icehousemayo


The Maurice Ward Art Handling Award- A €500 cash award. Maurice Ward Art Handling is an internationally accredited fine art logistics company. They have a multi-skilled team of professionals highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of contemporary, classical and decorative art installation and art handling who work alongside import and export teams and fine art shipping co-ordinators. @mauricewardarthandling

The Collins Plastic Award - A €100 cash award. Established in 1982 and owned by Liam Collins, Collins Plastics design and fabricate a wide range of plastic sheet products including display stands, brochure, window displays and signs. They have built custom cases for Ballinglen Exhibitions. They offer nationwide services for unique items from concept to the finished project. Located in Bunree Industrial Estate, Ballina.