recognising outstanding EMERGING visual art.

The Screaming Pope Prize VI (SPP) is one of Ireland’s most unique arts awards, exclusively organised by artists for artists as part of K-FEST. Given for a single outstanding work of visual art each year, the award is a self-funded, not-for-profit initiative, with the ultimate vision of establishing itself as Ireland’s foremost celebration for emerging visual artists. The SPP recognises exceptional achievement, encourages the pursuit of excellence, and promotes the highest standards of quality in the visual arts. 

The Screaming Pope Prize VI is K-FEST’s very own unique visual arts award, including a cash prize of €1,000. A panel of judges comprising of acclaimed artists and critics selects the Screaming Pope Prize VI winner for 2019. Four finalists are also selected, each also receiving a cash prize.

entering your artwork and the selection process.

If you are selected to exhibit at K-FEST, you are automatically entered into the SPP. Submissions typically open in December and close by the end of February. K-FEST (SPP) offers a free online submission, open to all visual artists — regardless of situation, wealth, training, or status.

The SPP receives an average of 400 entries per year — covering paint, print, sculpture, performance, textiles, fashion, graphic design, photography, film, and audio-visual — the best of which are invited to publicly exhibit along the curated bespoke pop-up gallery trail at K-FEST. Around 100 visual artists make the cut annually based on a rigorous selection process by the K-FEST Arts subcommittee.

During K-FEST, an elite panel of SPP judges visits every art exhibition and selects (after much heated debate) four finalists and an overall winner. During a ceremony and celebration Sunday night of the June Bank Holiday weekend, the finalists and winner are announced. The The Screaming Pope Prize VI includes an award, cash prize, and other perks courtesy of K-FEST.

Congratulations, Sáerlaith Molloy, winner of spp v!


About Sáerlaith's Work

GURGLE is a conversation. A conversation between the performer and her body. Between the performer and the viewer. Between the performer and the space in which she inhabits. Language as a term can be easily manipulated, there are many forms of communication, but how one person chooses to deliver that in terms of language is what interests her. She aims to distort, manipulate, and break down language, creating her own unique form of communication. Combining both physical and verbal forms in her performance art. Creating unusually visceral objects of the body from life casts. Which she performs with creating a personal connection which the viewer can relate with. Notions of the transient nature of language is explored through the use of indelible materials, such as inks and colourants. Alluding to the momentary use of language which she subverts by creating a nonhabitual permanent form. This permanent form is left, once the performance is finished. acknowledging a present, an event, and a conversation which has occurred.

Below: A look at K-FEST'S HISTORY OF Screaming Pope Prize winners.

Sáerlaith MolloY


Niamh Porter


Tracy Sexton


Lorraine McDonnell


Girts Balodis