An Post Saorstát Éireann Stamp Commission

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An Post commissions artworks for 2022 stamp

The An Post Saorstát Éireann Stamp Commission supported by Business to Arts is a new open call to artists and an associated stamp commission. Artists are invited to submit details of an original artwork, which commemorates the centenary of Saorstát Éireann in 2022. The selected artwork will be purchased for the An Post Art Collection and (subject to approval by Government) will feature on a new stamp commemorating the centenary of Saorstát Éireann in December 2022. The selected artist will work with a designer appointed by An Post to present the selected artwork on the design for the Saorstát Éireann postage stamp before it is submitted for approval.

An Post and Business to Arts would like to receive details of artworks that are available for purchase, commemorate the centenary of the Irish Free State / Saorstát Éireann in 2022 and can be presented clearly on a stamp.

Fee Applicable

A total fee of €10,000 will be paid to the selected artist for the purchase of the original artwork and for the use of an image of the artwork on the Saorstát Éireann stamp. In order for the selected artwork to feature on the Saorstát Éireann stamp, An Post require appropriate image usage rights of the selected artwork.

The selected artist will be required to read and sign the full An Post Commissioning Document, which states all the terms and conditions connected to the copyright of the artwork design for the stamp, which An Post will own.

How will the Selected Artist be chosen?

An assessment panel, Chaired by Mick O’Dea PPRHA and Chair of An Post’s Stamp Design Advisory Committee, will be convened to review eligible entries

The assessment panel will consist of six members – two representatives of An Post (e.g. executive or ambassadors), a representative of Business to Arts, and two external panellists including an artist and a curator / graphic designer

Key Dates

Call for Entries Opens: Thursday April 15th 2021 (enter online here)

Information Webinar for Artists: Wednesday April 28th 2021, 12:30pm (watch back here)

Applications Close: Wednesday June 16th 2021, 5pm

Please note the entry deadline; this date is final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entries after the deadline

Successful/Unsuccessful Entrants Notified: before Friday July 30th 2021

Key Documents

Terms and Conditions
Entry Questions (for reference only)

An FAQ Document will be made available after the information webinar, and updated regularly


There was an information webinar for artists / gallerists on Wednesday April 28th, which was recorded. You can watch the recording here.

If you have any queries about the An Post Saorstát Éireann Stamp Commission, please contact the Business to Arts team by email on

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