The Museum’s Artists’ Residency Program is a studio / residency program which operates in converted coach houses adjacent to the main Museum building. The program is intended to provide opportunities for artists to research and develop their work practice, and is open to artists of all nationalities working in any medium, by application or invitation.
The program emphasizes the working process rather than the finished product and enables artists to explore new ideas and ways of working in the context of the developing identity of the Museum and its various programs. The Museum’s 17th-century architecture and grounds, its Collection, Exhibition, Education and Community and National Program provide a challenging and dynamic environment within which the definition of art and artists can be tested.
Artists participating in the Artists’ Residency Program make themselves as available as possible to meet with visitors to the Museum, providing access to the process of making art and giving the public an additional layer of experience to that available in the Museum’s galleries.
The Artists' Residency Program studios are programmed approximately a year in advance. There are eight studio spaces, four upstairs studios and four larger downstairs spaces. Each studio has the possibility of accompanying accommodation space, either in self-contained apartments over the studios or in the accommodation block, the Flanker Building, which can house five artists at a time. The artist’s presence on the Program is funded in terms of studio/accommodation, relevant administrative back-up and a bursary of €400 per month for the duration of the residency. Specific proposals may necessitate extra fund-raising with which the Museum may assist.
There are two submission dates every year - the 31 of March and the 30 of September. The submission should be accompanied by an official application form and should include CV, visuals & documentation of work and a full proposal for a program of work. The proposal forms the basis of one to one negotiation with artists. The Artists’ Residency Program is also open to practitioners in other disciplines and occasionally curators and writers where a relevant program of work is proposed.
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