Open Call

Solo Show Winner | Hang Tough Contemporary

Paul Hallahan


Solo Show Winner | Hang Tough Studio Gallery

Mirza Cizmic


Hang Tough’s Artist Sustenance Award 2021

Zsolt Basti


Selected Artists for the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ 

Alan Doyle

Alessandra Genualdo

Andrzej Mazur

Aoife Scott


Bertille de Lestrade

Cansu Ceran Ilkan

Carlos Quiralte

Claire Prouvost

Colm Farrell


Cormac Power

David Horgan

Eileen O’Sullivan

Elouise Flannery

Wolffia Inc

Haleen Lee

Hannah Lloyd

Jane Fogarty

Joanne Duggan

Karen Ebbs

Kathryn Graham

Katie Straus

Laura Wade

Lee Welch

Linda McCann

Louise Butler

Maria Murphy

Maureen Nathan

Michal Raz

Mirza Cizmic

Niall Kurb Junki Cullen

Niamh Smith

Paul Hallahan

Ronan Bowes

Salla Sillgren

Sarah Wren Wilson

Shane O’Malley

Shea Dalton

Sophia Vigne Welsh

Stephen Burke

Stephen Nolan

Tetyana Maryshko

Tony Byrne

Tony Wallström

William J. Ye

Zsolt Basti

Fiona Duffy

Hollie Gilson

Matthew Coll


2021 marks a decade of Hang Tough, and to celebrate we are hosting our first annual ‘Hang Tough Open Call’ for artists submissions.

This unprecedented event is an invaluable opportunity for both established and emerging artists who want to exhibit their works in our Dublin-based, city centre galleries. This is an Instagram based competition and the winner of the first place prize will win a fully-funded solo in our City Centre Gallery – Hang Tough Contemporary on Clarendon St. Dublin 2. The second place runner-up will also receive a fully funded show at our Studio Gallery on Lennox St. Dublin 8. Third place will receive ‘Hang Tough’s Artist Sustenance Award 2021’ which is a contribution of €2000 to the selected artist from Hang Tough to go towards continuing and encouraging their practice.

50 additional artists will be invited to publish a limited edition print to be displayed at ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’, an exhibition of print editions, along with the 3 winners. All artists practicing in 2D visual artists may enter from painters, printmakers, photographers, illustrators, digital artists so get creating and submitting!


To Enter

  • Hashtag your artworks using #hangtoughopencall and tag @hangtoughcontemporary in your submission posts! 
  • Entrants must be following our @hangtoughcontemporary instagram account for consideration.
  • This is an Instagram competition only, open to all artists from Ireland, the UK, and Europe



  • Submissions open on Friday 18th of June and close on Friday 30th of July @ 8pm. Any submissions outside this window will not be counted.
  • ‘Hang Tough Contemporary’s Winter Print Show’ Launch – December 2nd 2021
  • Solo Show Winner – Exhibition Q1 2022 (Hang Tough Contemporary Gallery)
  • Solo Show Runner Up – Exhibition Q2 2022 (Studio Gallery)
  • ‘Hang Tough’s Artist Sustenance Award 2021’ awarded in 2021 Q4



  • Each entrant of the ‘Hang Tough Open Call’ may submit an unlimited amount of times.
  • There is no charge for submissions
  • Entrants must do the following for their submission to be eligible:
  • Hashtag their NEW posts using #hangtoughopencall
  • Tag @hangtoughcontemporary in your post
  • Follow @Hangtoughcontemporary (This ensures we can contact you if necessary)
  • Posts must be new posts and not old posts with new tags
  • The open call is open to all forms of 2D art, including printmakers, photography, painting, and sketching, digital artwork
  • We will be sharing our favourite submissions throughout the competition
  • Submissions will be selected by the Hang Tough Panel which includes industry professionals at the forefront of art in Ireland.
  • Our ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ will be a print show only with 53 selected artists publishing exclusive prints through Hang Tough Editions.
  • The winners of the 2 solo exhibitions will be asked to create a body of original, un-shown work created exclusively for their Hang Tough Contemporary exhibition




Who is Hang Tough?

Now in its tenth year, Hang Tough Studio have established themselves as experts in bespoke, archival framing, as well as being exhibitors of unique and innovative artwork. These distinctive exhibitions and print releases were previously under the moniker of ‘Hang Tough’, however 2021 marks the emergence of Hang Tough Contemporary and Hang Tough Editions, which are set to quickly become exciting staples on the Irish arts scene. This organic expansion has come about as a reaction both to the abundance of exciting creativity and talent around us, along with a recognition of the pent-up appetite among the public for cultural engagement.

The ethos behind Hang Tough Contemporary and Hang Tough Editions is to make unique, unparalleled artistic talent readily available to a discerning and engaged audience. We aim to provide a platform for visual artists, while simultaneously accommodating an experience where art can be appreciated and enjoyed in vibrant, accessible settings. With this in mind, we are facilitating this open call competition to offer artists, art and galleries well needed nourishment. We hope this competition will inspire not just the selected artists but all artists to be involved in contributing to contemporary art in Ireland.


What does it cost to enter?

Nothing, tada, nada, rien, niente, nichts


Who can enter?

Visual artists based in Ireland, Northern Ireland, The UK, and Europe practicing 2D media


How many artworks can I submit?

As many as you like! Each time you enter make sure to ‘#’ and ‘@’ us, as per the competition guidelines


Does my submission have to be available to hand?

No, ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ is a print show, so we only need a high resolution image of your work if selected for the final exhibition. A high resolution artwork capture must be a large .JPEG .TIFF .PDF .EPS .RAW file. The winners of the solo exhibitions will be invited to create original works, exclusively for their show with us.


Can you explain the prizes to me in more detail?

One successful artist will receive our first prize. A fully-funded solo exhibition in 2022 at our Dublin-based city centre gallery, Hang Tough Contemporary, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 as well as receiving a print publishing award to produce a print run for the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ in 2021

One other successful artist will receive our second prize. A fully-funded solo exhibition in our Dublin-based gallery, The Hang Tough Studio Gallery, Lennox Street, Dublin 8 as well as receiving a print publishing award to produce a print run for the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ in 2021

One final successful artist will receive a cash award donated directly to the artist to help continue and encourage their practice. This artist will also receive a print publishing award to produce a print run for the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ in 2021

50 additional artists to include the three above winners will receive a print publishing award to produce one print each for the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ in Q4 2021

Fully-funded, what does that mean?

We cover all costs for the 2 selected exhibiting artists. To include exhibition logistics, production, framing, installation, marketing, and advertising. This does not include artist material costs, travel, or accommodation for the artist at any stage.


Ok, what are the commission terms for the solo exhibitions?

The commission split is 50/50% after sales tax on original artworks. If a print release is launched as part of the artist’s solo exhibition, the split on this is also 50/50% after sales tax and production costs (printing, delivery for signing) for the print edition.


Will these prints be for sale?

Yes prints will be produced, published and made available through Hang Tough Editions on our gallery website for sale. Framed and unframed prints will be available for shipping both nationally and internationally.


What is the commission split on the prints for ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’?

50/50% after print costs, sales tax, and other costs like shipping and handling of prints to be signed.


Will the prints be signed?

Absolutely. We do not sell non-editioned or unsigned prints. All prints will be editioned and signed by the artist and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. We will facilitate the shipping and handling of your edition for you to sign and return in time for our ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’. You must be available to receive your crate of prints for signing and facilitate the timely return of this crate.


What is the print edition making process?

If your print is selected for our print show, you will be required to send us a high resolution file of your artwork. If this file is not appropriate for print, we will ask you to provide an alternative file for your selected artwork or an alternative artwork. If we cannot find a suitable file for any artwork then your selection will be offered to someone else. This will ensure the highest quality reproduction of artworks for artist print runs. All prints will be produced with archival pigment inks (Gicleé process) on acid free fine art paper. We will be in constant contact with the selected artists regarding production and reproduction of their works. A contract will be made available for selected artists stating our terms and conditions, commissions, exclusivity, and use.


What is the story with the ‘Hang Tough’s Artist Sustenance Award 2021’?

This is the third prize for one selected artist. This year is the introduction of this cash award to the artist to help continue and encourage their practice. This artist will also receive a print publishing award to produce one print each for the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Winter Print Show’ in 2021


Hmm, sounds amazing, what does it cost again?

Nothing, tada, nada, rien, niente, nichts


Can we submit previously shown works or older works?

Yes, of course, but your Instagram posts need to be brand new posts and you must have access to a high resolution capture of your submissions. Tagging older posts will not be considered


I don’t have or use Instagram, can I still submit?

This competition is only open to non-private Instagram users and account holders only. We will not accept email submissions or any other form of submission entry.


Why Instagram?

This is an Instagram competition and all submissions will be shared on our Instagram page, @hangtoughcontemporary throughout and beyond our submission window. It is our way of sharing all of your work with our followers


When is the deadline for submission?

Submissions open on Friday 18th of June and close on Friday 30th of July @ 8pm. Any submissions outside this submission window will not be counted.


Can you submit from a private Instagram account?

No, because the posts would not be visible to us and we will not be able to share on our social media feed.


Can’t I just send you the images as a private message?

Private message submissions will not be accepted as this is a public competition and posts must be visible to all.


When will I be notified if selected as a solo show winner or selected as part of the ‘Hang Tough Contemporary Group Show’?

Winners will be notified no later than Thursday 5th of August 2021


Anything else I should know?

Yes after your submission, we will send you an Instagram DM with our ‘OPEN CALL ARTIST DETAILS 2021 FORM’ to collect your contact information. This must be filled out in order to be eligible for our prizes.


What type of artist can enter?

All visual artists who are practicing and producing works within 2D format. Sculptures and installations will not be eligible for prizes.


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