Kintsugi - McGing's Open Art Exhibition


Westival invites you to submit work for this years McGings open exhibition, ‘Kintsugi’.  We hope that with your creativity, ‘Kintsugi’ will be the panacea to the 2019 Festival theme, “Brittle /Fragile”.

Now in its 12th year, the much loved McGings Open Exhibition returns. This year exploring the theme Kintsugi; the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery and adorning its scars with precious metals. It is the art of embracing damage and not discarding broken things, of cherishing the imperfect and loving the mended. The concept is a beautiful take on the festivals Brittle / Fragile arts theme.

 The launch will take place on, Thursday, 24th of October at 6.30pm, in McGings Pub, Westport.  

Please note submission procedure below...

‘Kintsugi’ welcomes work of all mediums.  The only stipulations are that the work must be ready to hang and should be no larger than 22cm (8”) in any dimension (including frame if applicable). We will accept a maximum of 3 entries per artist.  

Queries:  For all administration and special arrangements we ask you this year to please contact Christine Prescott via email at

To Submit in Person: Deliver to Christine at the Westport Town Hall on The Octagon, Westport, Co Mayo. Between 12pm and 6:30pm, Friday 18thof October only.

To Submit by Post:  McGings Open Call, c/o Westport Town Hall, The Octagon, Westport, County Mayo

*Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can return your work.                                       

*Any work received after the 18th October will not be accepted.

Please fill in the following form before posting your work:


Collection: Unsold Work to be collected from McGings Pub between 4pm and 6:30pmMonday 4th of November.


When considering your submission, please be aware that the venue is a busy public house where Westival and the team will have no control of the security of the works hung. 

‘Kintsugi’ is curated by Gráinne O’Reilly, Caroline Masterson, Breda Burns and Christine Prescott.  

~ Artists submitting digital media presentations (audio, video) are responsible for provision and installation of appropriate playing/screening equipment.

~ We aim to hang as much work as possible but reserve the right to select from submitted work for curatorial purpose. 

~ Westival and event coordinators do not accept liability for loss or damage of works.  

~ Insurance of works against loss or damage is the responsibility of the artist.