ACNI Collections Open Submissions Programme 2021

11 February 2021


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is inviting applications to its Collections Open Submission Programme.

This scheme invites artists to put forward a piece of their artwork which the Arts Council will consider buying for its Collection. Priority will be given to work which is high quality, challenging and innovative, as well as work from emerging artists and from those whose work is not currently represented in the collection.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland recognises the importance of purchasing contemporary work as a vital support mechanism for artists and does so annually through its Collections Acquisition Scheme. Art works included within the Collection can then be shared with audiences across Northern Ireland and beyond in public galleries as well as in schools through the Arts Council’s Loan Scheme.

Artists can submit work in all visual media for consideration, including painting, sculpture, craft, print, photography, as well as digital and video work. Only works up to a maximum purchase price of £5,000 will be considered.

The Collections Acquisition Programme is open from now until 16:00, Friday 26th February 2021.


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