Application Fee: $35
Duration: Minimum of 6 weeks
The Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Programme is internationally unique in that it is not a retreat residency for the lone artist. Ballinglen Fellowship Artists are invited to bring family and companions with them. They are given, free of any charges, cottages for living, and purpose-built studios for working, within a rural community. They are considered to be adults and are free to meet or not as they see fit—the Foundation has no formal programme to entertain them.
They are encouraged to experience the local community—its churches, shops, pubs—its people—in the belief that this interaction will invigorate their spirit, remind them what it is ‘to be a human being’ (as several artists have put it).
The landscape and weather are uniquely inspiring—the community equally so, as the artists continually tell us.
For each artist, the making of work is of the utmost importance.
Visual artists throughout the world with professional standing in their fields (painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture) and emerging artists of recognized ability are eligible for residence (except anyone already residing in County Mayo). No particular style is sought. (Please note the Archive Responsibility section.)
A Fellowship Residency invitation is based on knowledge of the artist’s work and references.
Period of Residency:
The Foundation is fairly flexible about the length of each residency. We suggest that Irish, British, and mainland European artists plan to spend a minimum of four weeks. Those traveling from a greater distance should plan to spend aminimum of six weeks.
Since a major component of the Fellowship Programme is each artist’s reaction to, and, therefore, exploration of, North Mayo, it is assumed that the residency will be spent in that area. Touring throughout the rest of Ireland is encouraged—but before and after the Fellowship period, not during.
As you may imagine, we have many more requests for Fellowship space each year than we can accommodate. When we block out a time for one Fellow we are regrettably turning down other requests for that same period. When someone cancels a residency at short notice it not only incurs extra expense for the Foundation but also denies other artists that time.
Please plan ahead carefully and do keep us informed early of any possible changes. That includes a desire to stay longer than planned. We are sometimes able to accommodate an extension and are delighted to do so.
If you wish to apply to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship program, download the following appropriate application.
THE BALLINGLEN ARTS FOUNDATION
Ballycastle, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland
Tel: 096.43.184 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Supervisor: Una Forde