First Solo Award 2025 /2026

  • 28th Jun
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

          First Solo Award 2025 /2026

Announcing our First Solo Award 2025/2026

Would you like to have your first solo exhibition in our gallery? Our First Solo Award offers support at a key point in the careers of local visual artists, and is open to all professional artists living in the North East Region (Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan) who have yet to present a solo show. Previous recipients include Jenny Slater, Iollann Ó Murchú, Rodney Thornton, Olga Duka, Eimear Murphyand Sean McGuill.  

First Solo 2025/2026: Submissions Open from Monday 29 April, deadline for submissions 28 June. Please email all submissions one PDF document to with FIRST SOLO 25/26 in subject line. 

If you require any access support for this application process, please email and someone in our team will go through what the application involves and answer questions from any potential candidates directly.

How to Apply. Please see below, we are looking for all details in one PDF document including links to images or website.  

1.     Artist Statement (150 words/please include what area of the North East (as defined          above) you reside in) 

2.     A brief overview of your proposal. (150 words)

3.     A detailed proposal, including images for the proposed exhibition  (500 words)

4.     Please also provide 6-8 images of current work or links to sound/video work. 

5.     Links to your website/your online material/ to a drop box file. 

Droichead's Visual Arts Curator in Residence, Dorothy Smith will support the recipients of this award to realise the exhibition. Droichead will pay an artist's fee, look after installation, provide marketing and PR support, and opening launch/talk.  

An external panel which will include our curator in residence will assess all submissions received.  

Deadline for submission is Friday 28 June. We will inform successful artists by end of July.

Droichead Arts Centre supporting the work and development of artists in the North East Region.