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Chaos/Order - dlr Open Exhibition 2023

Friday 23 June to Sunday 3 September
Municipal Gallery dlr LexIcon
Admission Free

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to present the upcoming dlr Open Exhibition of visual art by artists who have studied in, are originally from, or are living or working in the County. The work will be selected by Ann Mulrooney of Cartoon Saloon after an open-submission process. Artists are invited to submit work on the theme of Chaos/Order.

“The world is often a chaotic place. As humans we are built to be sensory receivers, retrospectively filtering the chaos to create pattern and meaning. But artists do it a little differently - maybe they spend longer in the hinterland between order and chaos, or maybe their filters are broader and more open to the quote Nietzsche, "one must face chaos to give birth to a star".
That's what I'm interested in exploring in this open submission - order, chaos, how we create pattern and meaning from it all and what we learn about ourselves in doing so.”
Ann Mulrooney

Submissions are invited from artists who have studied in, are living in, working in or originally from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.

A launch will take place on Thursday 22 June for selected artists and invited guests. dlr County Council will present an award of €1,000 to the overall winner of the Open Exhibition and two runner up prizes of €250 each. The decision of the Selector shall be final.

The application form is on and then work is delivered to the Gallery for selection Wednesday 31 May between 10am - 7pm or Thursday 1 June between 12pm - 8pm. For more information or to register to submit an artwork please CLICK HERE  




Submission of entries:

  • All work must be submitted with an Eventbrite ticket/application form (printed or digital).  Artworks must be clearly labelled with artist's name, title of work and contact details for the artist on back of the artwork.
  • Original artworks must be delivered to dlr LexIcon (Municipal Gallery, level 3) on  Wednesday 31 May between 10am - 7pm or Thursday 1 June between 12pm - 8pm. Entries will not be accepted outside of these days and times. If you do not deliver your artwork during these times your Eventbrite application fee will be returned and your registration cancelled.
  • All artworks must be original and have been created in the last 3 years.
  • There is a limit of three artworks per artist (one application form and one fee per artist).
  • If the €10 entry fee is problematic for you please contact the Arts Office by email: or phone: 01 236 2759.
  • All applicants must be 18 years old or over.
  • All artworks must be submitted ready to display, otherwise they will not be accepted.
  • 2D works can be no larger than 230cm high, including any frame (no width restriction).  2D works must be strung.
  • 3D works can be no larger than 100cm wide and 200cm high.
  • Video pieces must be viewable on a standard TV; sound will be via headphones. For application purposes the files must be PC and Mac compatible and on a USB stick. CD/DVDs will not be accepted. All USBs will be returned.
  • dlr County Council is not in a position to handle sales of work from the exhibition; however, contact details for artists can be passed on to interested parties with permission.
  • Unselected artworks must be collected on Thursday 15 June 10am - 7pm or Friday 16 June 12pm - 8pm.
  • Artworks included in the exhibition must be collected on Tuesday 5 September between 10am - 7pm. Please note that dlr County Council is not in a position to hold work in storage beyond this time.
  • Artists will be responsible for transportation of artworks to and from dlr LexIcon and for insurance of their work for the duration of the exhibition.
  • dlr County Council will not be responsible for the insurance of any exhibited works. Please note that the Gallery is monitored by CCTV and is an un-invigilated space. The submission of fragile or delicate artworks is not recommended.
  • The Gallery in dlr LexIcon is the Municipal Gallery for the County and we welcome a huge range of visitors and audiences to the exhibitions and events. It is important that exhibited work should be suitable for viewing by all visitors, from children to adults.
  • Artworks should not be political in nature and should not require any mediation or a disclaimer for visitors.
  • The Arts Office reserves the right to photograph the exhibition and all works on display for publicity and PR purposes.
  • The dlr Open Exhibition is being administered by Artscope on behalf of dlr Arts Office. Completing this registration form indicates consent for dlr Arts Office and Artscope to access the details you provide in order to process your application. 

Please note that if you wish to change the titles of the artwork or if you did not submit 3 artworks and would like to now, you can edit your application in Eventbrite.
If you are unable to make changes in Eventbrite please print out the PDF you received with this confirmation and write the new artwork titles, medium and prices (NFS if not for sale) on it and bring it on the day of submission with the artworks (3 total).
The Arts Office can also edit your application in Eventbrite up to Monday 29 May. Please email with any changes you would like us to make.