Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Irish Arts Review Subscription offer

Dear Member
To mark the publication of the Winter 2013 edition of the Irish Arts Review we would like to extend an invitation to you to subscribe to or give a Christmas gift of the Irish Arts Review at the special discounted rate of €35.00/£30.00 (one-year subscription inc. p&p within Ireland/Northern Ireland).
Subscribers will receive:
- Four editions of the Irish Arts Reviews (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn)
- Unlimited Access to the Irish Arts Review online Archive of Irish Art and Heritage  a unique searchable online archive of more than 1,600 beautifully illustrated and scholarly articles on Irish art, heritage, and architecture that have been published in the Irish Arts Review over the past 29 years. Included in this Archive are the complete early quarterly Irish Arts Reviews from 1984-87.
- The IAR Annual Price Guide to Irish Art
- The IAR Priviledge Card - click link for full benefits
- Personalised Gift Card posted on your behalf
- Gift CD

The Irish Arts Review is a not-for-profit publication dedicated to the promotion of the work of Irish artists. In these challenging times, it is vital for us – and for the artists that we cover – to continue to expand our audience. 

This issue will feature John Behan, T.P Flanagan, Jennifer Trouton, Cristina Bunello, Patrick Michael Fitzgerald, Mary Swanzy, 100 graphic artists at the Botanic Gardens and more.

To subscribe at this €35.00 discounted rate, simply contact the Irish Arts Review and quote Watercolour Society Offer. A subscription to the Irish Arts Review is the perfect Christmas Gift. 
You may subscribe:
T: +353 1 676 6711     
Post: Irish Arts Review, 15 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

WCSI Exhibition 2013

Well, members........that time of year is fast approaching.........our Annual Exhibition
Everyone has been sent the submission form and information sheets, BY EMAIL, so please look out for them.
Also PLEASE take note of all the dates.
More up-dates as we get closer to the time......HAPPY PAINTING!

Friday, 26 April 2013

SKy Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition

Entry details and requirements can be found at
Sky Arts are searching across the UK and Ireland for an inspiring and talented artist who can be crowned Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.

The winner will join a select group of distinguished artists who may be considered for a future project by the Gallery, and will be awarded a £10,000 commission to paint double-Booker and Costa Award-winning author Hilary Mantel for The British Library.  The painting of Mantel will be displayed at The British Library and become part of its permanent art collection. They will also receive a years’ supply of art materials courtesy of leading fine art supplier Cass Art.   
Four heats will take place at free art festivals in London, Dublin, Glasgow and Cardiff over the summer 2013. At these festivals, participants will be challenged to produce a portrait of one of three sitters, and will receive help and advice from a panel of expert judges. At the end of each heat the judges will choose the artist they believe to be the most talented to go through to the final. The Judges will be Kathleen Soriano, Director of Exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts, renowned portrait artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan, Head of Contemporary at The Fine Art Society. There will be a number of leading artists acting as mentors throughout the series including Jonathan Yeo.
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year is a competition open to professional and amateur artists. Participants will be able to seek advice from some of the top names in the art world and the series finalists will see their work displayed in the National Portrait Gallery.
Entry to the competition is free, and we are hoping to spread the word to as many potential competitors as possible. We would be delighted if you would pass the information about the competition on to your members or any artists who might be interested.
For details in how to participate in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year please visit

The closing date for submissions is midday on Thursday 2nd May.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

AGM Reminder for Members

The Water Colour Society of Ireland AGM
Date: Wednesday 10th April 2013
Time: 7.30 pm
Place: The United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.
 Stay and have a chat over refreshments afterwards

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Submission Call-Out to Older Artists

Submission Call-Out to Older Artists

“Grow Happy”

Group Exhibition Exhibition by Older Artists in conjunction with Bealtaine

Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16

The Mill Theatre Gallery will hold a group exhibition by artists aged 55+ living in the South County Dublin Area during May-June 2013.

Run in conjunction with this year’s Bealtaine Festival.
Bealtaine is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity, the Irish national organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society. May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity as we age! Over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. The theme for the 2013 festival is ‘Grow Happy’ - a call to celebrate growth, spring and positivity for ourselves and our communities.

Please contact Aoife for submission information - / 012969340
Or download a form from the website.
See more

Thursday, 28 February 2013


Members of the WCSI are invited to enter the 2013 Patchings Open Art Competition.

Details can be found on their website at:

All entries have to be in by 28th March 2013.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

WCSI Exhibition 2012

Our President, Pauline Doyle, and committee member Rosita Manahan at the Annual Exhibition in Dun Laoghaire in October.
The Exhibition was a great success and received many compliments, especiallly in regard to the wonderfully high quality of the work on show.
A big thank you to all those who worked so hard to bring it to fruition.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.

Dear  Watercolour Society of Ireland,

One of the great opportunities of the year begins on February, 12th 2013.
Sponsored by Chelsea’s Agora Gallery, the 28th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a perfect way for artists to gain increased physical and virtual exposure for their works. A complete press release is pasted below.

For more information, please visit the competition website: or email: Carolina Carilo, Competition Coordinator   

Best regards,

Olga Kubli
Gallery Assistant / Agora Gallery 

Press Release:

The 28th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition – Begins on February 12, 2013!

Here’s what several of the 2012 selected competition artists raved about:

As a New Yorker I was impressed by the truly international nature of the show, and by the quality of the art.” ~ Meredith Rose

"To see my work displayed on the walls of your gallery was validating on so many levels. I have been doing art for more than 40 years and I couldn't help but feel a strong sense of satisfaction, joy, accomplishment, and personal honor. Thank you for that opportunity… Winning the competition has fueled my passion and inspired me to work harder. It has also provided me with distinction as a professional fine artist." ~ Doug DePice

THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES to you all. The kindness and warm hellos, the great care in handling my delicate boxes and setting up all the artworks for the show was truly done with love and lots of professional care. I'm looking forward to entering again in a competition and highly recommend other artists to do the same.” ~ Giovanni Gelardi

The juror of the 2013 competition is well-known writer, reporter and art critic Anthony Haden-Guest

The awards are carefully designed to aid the selected artists in promoting themselves and their work, increasing their exposure and presence in the art world. The prizes include: inclusion in an exhibition in the heart of Chelsea, New York’s famous art district; internet promotion on, cash prizes, a review to be published in the contemporary fine art magazine ARTisSpectrum.

The competition details for 2013 are as follows:
February 12, 2013 - Competition opens
March 19, 2013 - Submission deadline
April 10, 2013 - Results announced
August 16th through September 5th - Exhibition for the selected artists 

All visual artists worldwide who are 18 and older are invited to enter the competition. The competition is open to all media except video art, film, performance art, jewelry and crafts.

Entries are processed using an online entry system; please use high quality images to give the juror the best and most accurate impression of your work. There is a $35 entry fee for up to 5 images; $5 for each additional image.

Agora Gallery is proud to support the Children’s Heart Foundation, which contributes to research into diagnosing, treating and preventing congential heart defects, the number one birth defect in the United States, as well as providing information to families with children affected. As part of our commitment to helping art make the world a better place, Agora Gallery will donate 15% of its proceeds from the sale of artwork from the art competition exhibition to the CHF.

For further information, please visit the competition website: or email: