NCAD Gallery 2020 OPEN CALL student projects, PURGATORY and PANALOBBY

The NCAD Gallery is delighted to present two selected OPEN CALL student projects, PURGATORY and PANALOBBY, the opening reception is on Thursday 5

Thursday, 5th March - Wednesday, 11th March 2020

The NCAD Gallery is delighted to present two selected OPEN CALL student projects, PURGATORY and PANALOBBY, the opening reception is on Thursday 5 March, 2020, 6-8pm, and all are welcome to attend. 

We are especially pleased to highlight these two group projects as Erasmus+ student collaborations between the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and partner institutions Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig and Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany.  Both of these projects continue to be on view for our public audiences from Friday 6 - Wednesday 11 March, 2020, 10am - 5pm.

PURGATORY Andrew Kernan, NCAD Dublin | Lucas Kaiser, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig | Paul Wilting, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig | Bairre Mac Ráighne, NCAD Dublin.
PANALOBBY Alejandra Montoya, Erasmus student at the NCAD, (Kunsthochschule Kassel) | Richard Cochran, Kunsthochschule Kassel | Sophie Hilbert, Kunsthochschule Kassel | Paula Godínez, Kunsthochschule Kassel.

EVENT: PANALOBBY meet & greet Wednesday 11 March, 2020, 10am, NCAD Gallery. Panalobby is a self-organized student initiative in the Kunsthochschule Kassel that aims to help international students with the integration process while studying abroad. For this iteration of their project, Panalobby will host a breakfast meet and greet for international students of the NCAD. No booking required.

Image credit: Dear System, 2019, Alejandra Montoya, Digital Print, 238 x 169cm - Installed at the NCAD Gallery, 2020.
As part of the NCAD mission of Futures, Bold and Curious the NCAD student body were asked to submit proposals to the NCAD In Public Open Call 2020 opportunity responding to the themes of, In The Age Of Conscious Makers and We Are Not Afraid Of The Future. It is on this occasion, the projects PURGATORY and PANALOBBY  have been selected from the submissions received.
Image credit: Park, 2019, Lucas Kaiser, Pencil and watercolour on paper, 58 x 42cm. Installed at the NCAD Gallery, 2020.
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The NCAD Gallery is now inviting NCAD Students from all disciplines to submit proposals for the NCAD STUDENT OPEN CALL 2020 opportunity.

Open to all current students of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, this is an opportunity to present your work to a public audience 2 — 18 March 2020

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 27 January 2020

We will only accept one .PDF document per proposal submitted electronically via email to, with the subject line: NCAD Student OPEN CALL 2020.

*** Please read the application guidelines below on how to make a submission:

In what context is the Open Call situated? We are looking for projects that match the NCAD’s core mission of Futures, Bold and Curious and ask students to respond to either, or both, of the following themes, In The Age Of Conscious Makers (exhibition reference) and We Are Not Afraid Of The Future (film reference) that may denote the following suggested: potential directions and topics
  • Integrative action, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary practice: intersections in art, design, humanities and sciences.
  • Objects of desire: the circular economy and new ways of appraising the man-made world.
  • Future infrastructures: critical takes on processes, logistics, interaction and mean-making in exhibition-making.
  • Practice-led research: unearthing – research methods in art and design practice.
  • Plastics politics: bio-processing, design (product) and manufacturing strategies for future makers.
  • Change makers: the impact of art and design disciplines on social consciousness in sustainable development goals (SDG’s).
  • Social and art activism: tactics of disruption e.g Extinction Rebellion (XR).
  • Beyond geology, future resourcing of raw materials: interplanetary mining and space colonisation.
  • Digital connectivity: adaptation of communications technology for contemplation of the self.
  • Human centered design.
  • Material use in passive and active modes.
  • Wearable and imperceptible technologies.
  • Dominant influences on art and design practice today.

Proposal .PDF outline guide
  • Format: Proposals may describe but are not limited to the presentation of a talk(s) or lecture(s) series, performance, workshop, written work, exhibition or event.
  • Location(s): Proposals may be made for the NCAD Gallery, Harry Clarke Foyer or Harry Clarke House Lecture Theatre (HCHLT), on campus or in agreed external locations. In your proposal, please stipulate whether these spaces may be required on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
  • Budget: Up to four proposals will be selected, and on that basis a budget of up to 200 euro is allocated per successful proposal. A proposal submission may be made by an individual or a collective. Selection is made through consensus by the NCAD Heads of Faculty, NCAD Director, and NCAD Gallery/ In Public Programme Curator.
  • Access: Accepted proposals will be promoted by the College and open to view by collegiate and public audiences during College opening times only. Students are required to invigilate their projects while doors are open at specified times outlined in their proposals.
Application: The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 27 January 2020. To: Anne Kelly NCAD Gallery / In Public Programme Curator
We will only accept one .PDF document per proposal submitted electronically via email to, with the subject line: NCAD Student OPEN CALL 2020.

In your proposal please include
  • Your name(s), Department, Year, Student Email Address(es)
  • A project title
  • A project proposal text (300 words approximately)
  • A practitioner(s) description of why the proposal would work in this particular context (300 words approx.)
  • Supporting material, examples of previous work, linked references, images, scans, links ..
Click on the links below to view past NCAD Gallery Student Open Call examples:

Link 'gender.RIP', 2019
A trans-led multi-disciplinary art collective occupied the NCAD Gallery organising a programme inclusive of exhibition, workshops, talks and zine making that focused on local and international trans and queer creative communities. Organised by student: Lu Saborío (NCAD SU Equality officer (2018/ 19).
Link 'Local Art and Park', 2018
An exhibition and programme of events to mark the progress of an NCAD student art project based on Bridgefoot St. Park, Dublin 8. Organised by Sculpture student: Andrew Wielens.
Link 'BARE Issue 2', 2017
Graphic Design Magasine Launch & Exhibition. Organised by students: Deirdre Rawle, Conor Foran, Lucas Garvey.
Link Nu. Ethical & Fashion Revolution, 2017
NU. SWAP SHOP and panel Discussion, 'What would Carry Somers do?', with panellists Carry Somers (Fashion Revolution), Rosie O'Reilly, Kate Nolan. Organised by Fashion student: Lucy Bowen.
Link ‘Jorōgumo’, 2016
A solo exhibition by ceramist, Etaoin O’Reilly (student award recipient of the NCAD Ceramics Dept. Residency).
Link 'Growing Closer', (NCAD Garden), 2016
Interdisciplinary exhibition. Organised by students: Fabian Strunden (Product Design) & Rian Coulter (FA Print).
Link 'Cé leis é?', 2015
Interdisciplinary curated exhibition. Organised by students: Alanna Blake (FA Painting), Lucy Bowen (Fashion Design), Jenny Drea (Fashion Design), Julia Dubsky (FA Painting), Octavian Fitzherbert, Grainne O’Carroll, Sean O’Riordan.
Link Basic Space, 2012
The student-led collective presented the 'Basic Space Shop' as part of the 'New Ecologies of Practice' exhibition, NCAD Gallery. Organised by student founders: Hannah Fitz, Kari Cahill, Greg Howie.
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