Burren College of Art

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The purpose of the Artist Residency at the Burren College of Art is to provide time, space and the environment for an uninterrupted period of creative work. It has proven to be particularly suited to emerging and established artists and faculty wishing to investigate new areas of inquiry, explore new techniques or develop a body of work for exhibition, entrance or application for grants and positions. More especially, residents at the Burren College of Art benefit from the strong sense of connection to land that underpins this special place.

BCA Artist Residency

These residencies are offered in 1-3 month intervals throughout the year and we accept applications on a rolling basis. While our regular classes are in session during the Spring and Winter academic semesters, during the Summer months (May-August), we host a variety of programmes, and the level of activity on campus will vary from high to low as visiting groups .

NOTE: Unlike the Residency + and Burren Immersion:12-week residencies, this program does not offer any tutorials or access to academic courses.

The fee in 2019/2020 is 890 euros per month for BCA Artist Residencies. While accommodation is not included with the Residency, we can provide applicants will a list of local housing upon request. Residents can avail of student housing for the period of their stay at the College, subject to availability.

All of our residents are welcome to attend public discussions, visiting artist lectures, seminars and events throughout the year.

Residency +

Residency + is a scheme designed for recent graduates, current students, emerging and self-taught artists who are at a time of transition in their lives and careers. You will benefit from having the time, space and support to develop your creative practice with the addition of receiving professional guidance on where to go next with your work and/or education. This enhanced residency combines focused studio time with weekly advisory meetings with our expert faculty.

Residency + is offered in 4-week-long sessions, taking place during the months of February, March, April, September, October, and November during the academic semesters and the most dramatic seasonal changes in the vibrant Burren landscape.

The monthly fee for the Residency + programme is 1140 euros.

Burren Immersion:12-Week Residency

This 12-week residency programme overlaps with our academic semesters and is aimed at artists who are looking for an extended period in the Burren to develop their practice, along with the benefit of engaging in alternative forms of learning.

Our BCA staff will work with you to create a fully bespoke residency program which best suits your needs by providing the options of weekly studio visits with our resident or visiting faculty, and the ability to audit one or more classes (non-credit) from our range of undergraduate courses (subject to availability and approval).

In addition to having your own dedicated studio space, which you will have 24/7 access to for the duration of the Residency, you will have the opportunity to truly become part of the college community, beginning with group events during orientation week through engaging with students and faculty in courses attending lectures and exhibitions and culminating with your Open Studio session at the end of the 12 week period.

The base cost for this programme is 5500 euros, which includes studio fees and accommodation in our campus housing at a discounted rate for the 3 months. Additional courses may be added at 720 euros per course.

All resident artists in each programme can avail of campus facilities, which include:
*Bright, modern, individual 4m X 4m studio space
*Four floors of installation/exhibition spaces in
Newtown Castle
*Well-equipped black and white photo darkroom
*Photographic Lighting Studio

*Digital Lab with large format ink-jet printer

*Sculpture Workshop with metal and woodwork hand
and machine tools, as well as welding.
*Intaglio printing press
*Accessible library comprising current
periodicals and core reference books
*Relaxing cafe
*On-campus art shop with good selection of art
*Dedicated computer room with Wifi available
throughout campus

While we make every effort to accommodate persons with various abilities, if you have physical limitations which would prevent you from walking along narrow country roads between the College and Ballyvaughan, we highly recommend you consider renting a car for at least part of your stay. This is also recommended for anyone wishing to explore the Burren, nearby cities or other parts of Ireland on their own schedule.

For further information on the Residency programmes, please email Lisa Newman at lisa@burrencollege.ie.

If other, please specify?:

Writing, Photography
Residency Programme since: 1994
Description of Organisation: Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not-for-profit independent college specialising in undergraduate and graduate fine art education. We offer artists and art students from around the world time, space and inspiration within the unique environment of the Burren in the West of Ireland. Our graduate programmes are accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway and operated in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and our undergraduate Study Abroad programmes, Summer School and Artist Residency Scheme also recruit internationally.
Organisation founded in: 1994
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
  • Office
  • Welding tools
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Other
If other, please specify:

Library, Darkroom, Digital Print Lab
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
If yes, please specify: In addition to our campus housing, we can also refer residents to a variety of local accommodation options in the nearby village of Ballyvaughan.
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: We can accommodate collaborative residencies, subject to approval. While our accommodation does not support families, partners or children, we can reference suitable accommodation.
    Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Residents are welcome to attend visiting artist lectures and interact with the College community.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 890 – 5500, depending on the type and duration of the programme
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): While Burren College of Art does not have a specific grant or scholarship programme for residencies, we are happy to assist artists with letters of support to fund their stay through grants from bodies such as Fulbright etc.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Shannon Airport, www.shannonairport.com
    Nearest Train Station: Ennis, Galway, or Oranmore
    How to reach by plane: Shannon airport is 1 hour drive away, with daily connections to Dublin, London and the US. Dublin airport is 3 hours drive away with more extensive air links internationally.
    How to reach by train: www.burrencollege.ie/facilities/how-to-find-us/
    How to reach by car: www.burrencollege.ie/facilities/how-to-find-us/
    Street & Number: Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan
    Postal Code: H91 H299
    City: Clare
    Country long: Ireland
    Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan
    Clare H91 H299 Ireland
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