Mary Conlon, curator of this year’s ‘Surveyor’.

Submissions sought for ‘Surveyor’ exhibition

Solstice Arts Centre invited artists living in or from County Meath to submit works for inclusion in their twelfth 'Surveyor' open exhibition, which will take place at Solstice from 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024.

Surveyor serves to support, value and encourage Meath artists in the development of their practices and creative careers. The exhibition will present an overview of contemporary visual arts practice throughout the county. This year's artworks will be selected by Mary Conlon and will see the continuation of the Solstice Visual Arts Award, to the value of €2,000. This will be awarded to a work of distinction in any medium. Works of all disciplines were welcomed for submission.

Mary Conlon is the newly appointed director of The Dock in Limerick. She is the founder and artistic director of Ormston House, a meeting place for the arts in the heart of Limerick city. In that role, she has overseen exhibitions and projects with over 400 artists – aged eight to 82 – from 35 countries. She was artistic director of the Creative Europe project, Memory of Water, developing artist-led, community-centred projects in six international cities, and recently worked with four local authorities on an invitation to collaboration project along the River Shannon. She served three terms on the board of directors of EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, and is currently an elected member of the executive committee of Trans Europe Halles, a network of 140 grassroots cultural centres in 40 countries.

Following over 100 entries in 2022, Drumree-native, London-based Hazel O’Sullivan, a mixed media visual artist was named winner of the Solstice Visual Arts Award. She returned to Solstice in 2023 with her exhibition ‘Harvest Gold’.