LD Dance Shawbrook

Name of Residency: Shawbrook

A residency at Shawbrook is an opportunity to pause, reflect, rejuvenate creative energies in a unique, rural environment. A Shawbrook residency is low-tech, low-key. Artists at any stage of their career can apply. We encourage artists to apply for projects that will be enhanced and enriched by our rural location and natural environment.

Shawbrook awards a number of residencies throughout the year through an OPEN CALL to International dance artists dance companies and artists working on dance-related projects.
The Open Call is announced late Autumn on our website and social media platforms. We also support paying residencies outside of our open call, subject to availability.

Residencies run from a Sunday to a Friday. Applications for the OPEN CALL are made through completing an online form and sending a brief proposal of your project. The directors and board members will make a selection. Artists at any stage of their career can apply.
Shawbrook provides 3 studios, 2 performance spaces indoor and outdoor, an outdoor fire seated area, access to forest, meditation room, Summer House, Sauna, laundry, catering if requested, accommodation in a fully equipped apartment, bedsit, dormitory that sleeps 5 and forest cabins. The Directors invite artists-in-residence to share a fire night and meal on Thursday evenings, and if they wish to share their work before departure on Friday.
Travel, subsistence or living expenses are not included. Some residents received funding from home / partnering organisations and some a self-funded.
These residencies should be seen as a retreat and not depending on being “connected”.

Residency Programme since: 2016
Description of Organisation:

Shawbrook is a haven for dance set on a traditional 18th century farm in a forest of oak, ash and beech trees in Co Longford, Ireland
Recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for dance and performance, Shawbrook has fostered a nurturing environment of dance creativity for over 30 years. From humble beginnings, Shawbrook Dance is now home to dance studios, a theatre, an outdoor studio, forest walks and a range of on-site accommodation, including Forest Cabins in the woods. Our annual programme includes the Shawbrook Residential Summer School running since 1984, BrookDance intensive training course for professional dancers and year round Artists-in-residence programmes, workshops, performances and seasonal festivals.

Organisation founded in: 1999
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • Afrikaans
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Dublin Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Edgeworthstown Train Starion
    How to reach by plane: Coach service from Dublin Airport to Rathowen Village
    How to reach by train: Irish Rail from Dublin Connolly Station to Edgeworthstown
    How to reach by car: 2 hour drive from Dublin.
    How to reach by boat: Dublin Port
    Street & Number: Shawbrook
    Postal Code: N39RD74
    City: Legan, Co Longford
    Country long: Ireland
    Legan, Co Longford N39RD74 IRL
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