House of Encounters


We have opportunities now for a CREATIVE EXCHANGE GATHERING at the begining of November, where we will invite different individuals from different creative amd holistic disciplines and backgrounds for a week of collaboration and exchange to reflect on your work, inspire each other and form opportunities for collaborations and connection. In this way, we think, creativity and ideas can manifest themselves and inspiration thrive. This will be done in workshop form as well as through conversations and by sharing time and spaces.

Please contact us by 10th October if you&rsquod like to take part.

We also have opportunities for self-directed residencies.

This would suit artists looking for a deep experience in the magical irish countryside.

The time at the Octopus’s Garden will give you an opportunity to focus on completely immersing yourself in the natural environment and the encounter with oneself. Many people have described their time here as a “Retreat time”, an intense time to find / hear their inner voice and a time that brought a lot of new ways of looking at things new questions, perspectives and ideas.

We can offer you your own hut with fireplace, access to two bright studio spaces (one smaller – heated , one big – unheated) and access to cooking facilities and composting toilet.

We are interested in artists from different art forms, filmmakers are particularly welcome, as well as writers and philosophers.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

The Octopus’s Garden – House of Encounters was started by Jimmy (Irish) and Franzi (German), who met in 2008 and decided they wanted to create an alternative way of life that was based on authenticity, creativity and connection.

The intention was to create a space where people can encounter their deeper selves by asking meaningful questions, being confronted with the isolation and wild nature in the wild west of Ireland and to get inspired to create and move forward.

You can find more info about the Octopus’s Garden on our blog

Organisation founded in: please-choose
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1 – 3
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Digital application
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Supplies
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
Nearest Airport: Shannon, Dublin, Cork, Knock
Nearest Train Station: Galway
How to reach by car: Will provide you with directions on request
Street & Number: Gort Road
Postal Code: 0
City: Burren, Co. Clare
Country long: Ireland
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