Call for artistic submissions: What Crisis? An artistic exploration of refugees, Direct Provision and misinformation

When: Closing date April 1
Where: Earth

Calling for submissions!


The Irish Refugee Council is inviting artists to submit work in response to one of the three following questions:

What does ‘refugees welcome’ mean given the political and public responses in Europe to the most recent refugee crisis?


Institutionalised living marks a shameful part of Irish history. What does the continuation of Direct Provision say about contemporary Ireland?


Xenophobic rhetoric and sentiment beget rumour and mistrust. Can you debunk a myth or some common misinformation concerning refugees, asylum seekers or migrants that you have encountered?

We are inviting submissions from painters, graphic designers, illustrators, writers, poets, photographers and printers. The work can take any form: cartoons, sketches, writing, graphics, street art, poetry, photography etc.

This is a unique opportunity to engage with a significant political issue and to get your work out to a broad national audience.

The winning submission for each theme will get a large print run on tote bags to be used for the IRC’s extensive awareness raising campaigns.

The competition will be judged by a panel of Irish artists.

Dimensions of standard tote bag w41xh50cm

Closing dates for entries is April 1.

Artists are free to enter as many times as they please, using whatever theme they wish.

By submitting your work you consent to its use for the IRC awareness raising campaigns.

Entries should be sent electronically to the address below. Otherwise, they can be delivered to: Irish Refugee Council, 37 Dame St, Dublin 2.

For any more information contact the Irish Refugee Council at


Useful links:

Tumblr documenting 15 years of DP

Human Rights Watch

UNHCR Data Site

Italian blog documenting deaths in the Mediterranean


Irish Times piece on people in DP

Doras Luimní Anti-Rumours Campaign