In 2024 Roscommon Arts Centre will offer two residency opportunities under the “AIR Programme” through an Open Call.

Residency 1. Our first residency seeks to connect with a ‘new voice’, an artist/collective with the seeds of an idea or project, in the early stages of their practice, who would benefit from receiving support to further develop the project. This residency is specific to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, including those based on age, civil or family status, disability, gender, membership of the Traveller Community, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
This residency aligns with The Arts Council’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan, recognising the challenges faced by such artists who are striving to advance their careers and enhance their artistic practice. By providing an element of financial relief, the bursary will allow the successful applicant the freedom to focus on the development of their practice and if relevant a specific project.

Residency 2. The second residency will offer an opportunity to an established artist/collective to develop/progress an already existing idea/project/body of work and who would benefit from time and space in a studio/workshop setting with access to mentored support and resources with a possible view to applying for a Project or similar Arts Council award or which may be considered for support in 2025 directly by Roscommon Arts Centre.

Both residencies will take place over a two-month period, commencing in Summer 2024 and include an artist fee and an allowance towards travel/accommodation. A minimum of four weeks of the residency must be spent on site at Roscommon Arts Centre.

*Please Note – The residencies do not provide living accommodation and successful applicants are responsible for finding their own accommodation. There is a stipend available to assist with this.

The AIR Programme is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland

Residency Details:
Number of residencies: 2
Duration: 2 months
Period: June 2024 – December 2024
Artist Fee: €6,000 paid in 3 instalments
Mentor Budget: €750
Stipend up to €135 pw to cover subsistence, travel and accommodation for artists from outside Roscommon
A dedicated studio space for the duration of the residency at Roscommon Arts Centre
Access to human and physical resources at the Arts Centre.

Application Details

Artists applying will:

-have a proven track record of work in their chosen field
-provide a detailed residency plan for the two-month period
-provide an outline of the work/project to be developed
-Provide a statement of benefit (max 1 page) as to how you as an artist would benefit at this time from this opportunity
– Provide an up-to-date CV (max 2 pages)
– Provide 5 images (max) in jpeg format (max file size 3MB) and/or 3 links to previous projects
– Provide a shortlist of up to 3 potential Mentors you may wish to work with and biogs on same. Note: Mentors can be based anywhere and mentoring sessions can be conducted face-to-face or via online platforms regularly over the two-month period. The mentor should be experienced as a mentor and also have a high level of experience in your artform/art practice area.
-be available to engage fully in the residency for a two-month period between June & December 2024.

The residencies are open to professional artists, professional freelance artists and professional arts practitioners who are resident in the island of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the assessing panel may deem eligible, applications made by those based outside the island of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, Roscommon Arts Centre would need to be satisfied that the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the island of Ireland and/or the arts practitioner mainly works in the island of Ireland.

Application Checklist:
-CV (max 2 pages)
-Outline of residency & project plan (max 2 pages)
-A Statement of benefit (max 1 page)
-5 images jpeg format max file size 3MB and/or 3 links to projects.
– Shortlist of Proposed Mentors & Biogs

If you wish to receive information on the AIR programme, please register your interest via Subject Line: AIR

Closing date for applications: 3pm, Thursday 30th May 2024