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Conditions of Entry 2019

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Cars are permitted on the grounds on Thursday only. No vehicles will be allowed on the grounds on Saturday.

Installation of work at the National Botanic Gardens will take place on the following dates only-

Thursday 29th August 11am -12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm, (Installation of large pieces requiring lifting equipment or assistance can be installed only on this day, vehicles will be allowed on the grounds after 11am) Saturday 31st August 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm.


Cars are permitted on the grounds on Monday only. No vehicles will be allowed on the grounds on Saturday.

Removal of work at the National Botanic Gardens will take place on the following dates only-

Saturday 19th October 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm,

Monday 21st October 11am -12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm. (Removal of large pieces requiring lifting equipment or assistance can be removed only on this day, vehicles will be allowed on the grounds after 11am)

3. Transport of works to and from the Botanic Gardens is the artist's responsibility and work not removed on time may be disposed of. Please bring whatever tools and equipment you will need for installation ie. ladders, drills, spades, fixings etc.

4. Siting will be under the control of a site coordinator who will liaise with the Botanic Gardens Management. Their decisions in these matters will be final. No installation may take place until the site has been approved by the Sculpture in Context Committee and the method of fixing has been discussed and agreed.


Submissions must be In Context, original, site specific and of a high standard, both in presentation and in content. The work must not have been previously exhibited in Dublin. Submissions must be made on the official downloadable sheets only. Information submitted using any other forms will NOT be accepted. Proposals should be typed, and in A4 format. Proposals may be durable or time-based artworks, including performance, or video.

6. Proposals will NOT be returned unless artists enclose an appropriately stamped, self-addressed A4 envelope.


Thursday 4th April is the final date for receipt of entries. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Sculpture in Context, PO Box 10054, Dublin 16. Submissions should be posted in an A4 envelope.. Proposals cannot be made on-line and maquettes will not be accepted. Results will be sent by email and Artists will always be notified whether the work has been selected or not. Selected Artists will be listed on our website


Due to a large increase in Insurance charges we have had to raise our entrance fee. Proposals must be accompanied by a fee of €15 if only one work is to be submitted or a fee of €25 for more than one work. Up to 3 works may be submitted. The fee is non-refundable. Each entry must be a separate entity.

10. The submissions must convey the appearance of the proposed works. Photographs, and/or drawings of various aspects, for example, together with short (Typed A4) descriptions may be included. Please do not submit images on CD. Please also include 2 Photographs of previous work with your submission to help the selection process.

11. The proposal must show that the works will be stable and secure and present no danger to people in their vicinity. If a work is unstable or dangerous after installation, the Committee will remove it.

12. The work may be free-standing or may be fixed to existing structures in such a way as to avoid any permanent intrusion. Drilling into walls or any other surfaces will not be allowed under any circumstances. No work should be nailed to any of the trees in the gardens. Where the work requires a plinth (indoor works only) it will be provided.

13. All work must be removed after the exhibition and proposals must clearly show how this can be done without causing damage. Sculpture MAY NOT be collected before the end of the exhibition.


All work sold during and as a result of the event is subject to commission-
All Work to the value of
€1 - €5,000 20%
€5,000-€10,000 15%
€10,000 - €15,000 10%
Work over €15,000 5%

Please ensure that the price you indicate in the entry form is correct as this is the figure that will appear in the catalogue, prices will not be changed once the catalogue goes to print. When calculating the selling price of a piece, artists should take into account the delivery costs if a work sells, this can be calculated separately or included in the sale price on the entry form. Artists will be asked to assist in the delivery of large pieces.

15. Proposals may indicate preferred locations (see Venue Site Map), however the selection committee/site coordinator may allocate alternative locations. Smaller indoor pieces will be located in the gallery space in the Visitors Centre on the 1st floor.

16. It is a condition of exhibiting that each artist maintains their sculpture in a presentable condition throughout the exhibition. This includes the repair of any minor damage to the sculpture.

17. The Artist licences the Committee to photograph works for publicity purposes in relation to the exhibition.

18. By signing the entry form artists authorise Sculpture in Context Committee members to move their sculpture or remove it from the site for any reason, including but not limited to public safety, damage or potential damage to the sculpture or for the cohesive curation of the exhibition.

19. Any enquiries regarding the exhibition and/or siting must be directed to Sculpture in Context Committee members, and NOT to the National Botanic Gardens staff - see Contact Details on the website for a list of Committee contact numbers.

20. The utmost care will be taken of all works submitted for exhibition, but neither the Botanic Gardens Management, nor the Organising Committee will be responsible for any damage, loss of, or destruction to any works for any reason whatsoever. Any insurance should therefore be effected by the artist against all risks.

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