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Galleries Without Walls Open Call

DEADLINE: Aug. 31, 2021

DEADLINE: Aug. 31, 2021

Gallery of Photography Ireland is delighted to announce new opportunities for practising photographers. Galleries Without Walls is an exciting collaborative programme that brings together photographers and composers to create audio-visual digital artworks. Three photographers will be selected from an Open Call by an international expert panel, and a further three will be invited. The artists will then undertake an experimental collaboration with specially selected composers.

The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate connections between different creative fields, allowing artists to experiment with innovative new formats for presenting their work. We are calling the programme Galleries Without Walls because we want to break down the barriers that divide creative disciplines and artists from their audiences. We believe the gallery space can be an open, inclusive one, just as the creative process can make space for unexpected connections. The Galleries Without Walls programme is about facilitating that journey of discovery, thinking about how art and its making can be shared in new ways.

The finished work will be exhibited online and also in a physical gallery installation. Artists and composers will be paid a fee and supported in the creation and promotion of their work. The costs of minting and marketing an NFT are also covered.

Open Call

We are inviting photographers to submit 10 – 25 images from a project, and a brief statement that describes the work they would like to be considered. The submitted images should represent a coherent body of work that is either a previously completed project, or a work-in-progress close to completion. From the submissions, we will select three artists to take part in the Galleries Without Walls programme.


  • The opportunity to collaborate with a specially selected composer in the creation of a new audiovisual digital artwork
  • An exhibition of the audiovisual artwork in a physical installation at RCC Letterkenny; as an outdoor projection event at Gallery of Photography Ireland, and online on the Museum of Crypto Art’s curated Somnium Space.
  • An artist’s fee of €1000. 
  • Guidance from experts in crypto art.
  • Support in video and sound editing of the collaborative artwork
  • The audiovisual digital artwork will be minted and made available for sale as an NFT at no cost to the artists.  All proceeds go to the collaborating artists.

Submissions close: 31 August, 2021

The selection panel for the Galleries Without Walls Open Call includes:

Colborn Bell, Co-founder Museum of Crypto Art

Charles Damga, Director of Creator Relations Foundation

Sven Eisenhut, Director Photo Basel

Ben Fuglister, Director CAP Prize  and Curator

Jeremy Howard, Curator, RCC, Donegal, Ireland

Niall Kerr, Project Manager, Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry

Tanya Kiang, Co-director and curator at the Gallery of Photography Ireland

Trish Lambe, Co-director and curator at the Gallery of Photography Ireland

Shivani Mitra, Curator Museum of Crypto Art

Michael Weir, Director Belfast Photo Festival and Curator


Selected artists will be contacted mid-September.  The artists will take part in a structured design sprint to work with the gallery team to map out a first cut of the audiovisual digital artwork. NFT and digital art experts will be available during the sprint to answer questions and review the first cut artwork.

The artists will have five weeks to produce the final audiovisual digital art work. Video editing support will be provided. Given this timescale, the Open Call is for photographic artists to propose existing, completed bodies of work, or projects very near to completion. Proposing new, as yet unrealised photographic projects is not appropriate in this instance.

The final works will be exhibited in a physical gallery installation in the main space of the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Ireland. They will also be presented in an outdoor projection event at Gallery of Photography Ireland, and in the Museum of Crypto Art’s Somnium Space.

The exhibitions will open in October. NFT will be made available for sale from December. We will document the process using video, photographs, and blog posts. These resources will be used to promote the artist and their work; and for education purposes on our partners’ websites.

The Organizers of The Galleries Without Walls Awards are:

Gallery of Photography Ireland

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry

The programme is also supported by: 

The Arts Council

Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media (Cooperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme

The Museum of Crypto Art


Read the full Terms and Conditions for the Galleries Without Walls Open Call here.