The Wexford Literary Festival in conjunction with the Enniscorthy Arts Trail & the Presentation Arts Centre are seeking applications from visual artists to participate in a joint exhibition of work entitled; ResponseTo Literature. The festival aims to attract national and international writers and readers and lovers of literature to gather and enjoy its eclectic programme of readings, spoken word and awards events as well as unique live literature fringe events including exhibitions, music and drama performances set around the picturesque historic town of Enniscorthy. Your work of art is your visual response to story / literary work.

This year, artists are invited to submit a response to any form of “story” that has influenced the artist or their practice in any way. 2020 sees the ResponseTo Literature exhibition “responding” to any author in the world that has had a lasting effect on you as an artist in some way and whose theme or overview resonates within your work.


Award Prize: €200 Deadline for submissions to the visual story exhibition, Response to Literature is with your €10 payment for hanging, and the registration of your interest between 13 JANUARY – 13 APRIL 2020. Simply register your interest by emailing with your name and evidence of €10 payment.

Response To Literature will be on display throughout the Wexford Literary Festival with the exhibition running from Friday 3rd July until Saturday 8th August, 2020. The exhibition will open on Friday 3rd July at 7pm along with the Wexford Literary Festival Awards and Judging of the four shortlisted Billy Roche International Short Play Award plays at the Presentation Arts Centre.

Spaces are limited to 30 for submitting artists. Artists are asked to complete the form emailed to you and submit it with your art between Monday 22 June and 2pm Saturday 27th June, 2020 to The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy.

All submitting artists in 2020 will be considered for the Denis Collins Visual Story Award in recognition of the late Denis Collins, who sadly passed away in 2019 and who contributed greatly to the arts community in County Wexford as well as being a poet and a Poetry Judge in Ireland for over 20 years. He continuously supported the development of the Wexford Literary Festival from its inception. Denis’s efforts to support the arts in County Wexford are honoured with this award.

Click here to make the €10 payment and include payment details in the email you send to Lisa to register your interest and place in the competition and limited exhibition.

BELOW IS 2018 RESPONSE TO LITERATURE. This pilot project entitled Response to Literature was established in 2018 by the Wexford Literary Festival in conjunction with the Enniscorthy Arts Trail and saw four artists; Larry Dunne, Oonagh Latchford, Kate Tyrrell and Nadia Corridan respond to literature from established Irish writers; Shane Dunphy, Carmel Harrington, Sheila Forsey and Caroline Busher with work exhibited in conjunction with the Wexford Literary Festival.

Larry Dunne was an artist selected to participate in this event.