The Courthouse Gallery & Studios 2019

The Courthouse Gallery & Studios 2019

The Courthouse Gallery & Studios is pleased to invite applications to its inaugural International Artist in Residence Programme for 2019. One emerging or mid-career artist will have the opportunity to live and work in the West Clare town of Ennistymon in Ireland for a period of 8 weeks over the summer (6th July – 31st August). This Artist in Residence (AiR) programme is fully funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Courthouse Gallery & Studios is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery and artist studios located in the market town of Ennistymon in Co Clare (pop. 2,000). The area is famed for its natural beauty and includes the geological topography of the nearby Burren (a UNESCO Geopark), the Cliffs of Moher and its many beaches. It was founded in 2006 by a local community organisation, and has a remit to provide access to art for all. This is its first artist residency, an initiative aimed at providing greater mobility for artists wishing to work in Ireland, in turn introducing the audience to artistic practice from outside of the country.

Artists may apply citing projects in all phases - from initial research to finished works. The residency is intended as a space for research, working and networking. There will be no requirement towards an outcome, but the artist is expected to deliver a public talk / lecture about their work and practice. The organisation’s curator will facilitate meetings with curators and artists along the West Coast of Ireland and further afield. Applications are encouraged from artists from a wide range of visual art disciplines and from those of all cultural and geographic backgrounds.

The selected artist will be offered:

  • 24/7 access to a studio space (8.5sqm) with WiFi and media equipment if required
  • Local private accommodation within walking distance of the studio
  • A stipend of €150 per week
  • €600 towards flight / travel expenses
  • Introductions to curators and artists based in the West of Ireland

Please note that The Courthouse Gallery & Studios is unable to assist with visa applications for applicants outside the EU. However, Irish 'Short Stay' visas for visits of up to 90 days are available to those studying in Ireland.

Applying artists must provide the following by the deadline of 31st May 2019:

  • A letter of interest explaining how this residency will contribute to your practice
  • Your CV and biography
  • Up to 10 images of your work
  • Links to video works / documentation (maximum of 5)

Please email applications to submissions@thecourthousegallery.com and include ‘Residency Application 2019’ in the subject line.