Open Call | Artist Residency Autumn 2020

Working Artist Studios (WAS) has an opportunity available for a talented artist to join us in a 6 week long residency in the beautiful West Cork village of Ballydehob!

Artists, creatives or art professionals from any background or path of life are welcome to apply to take up one of our studio spaces. Working Artist Studios is managed by a small team of passionate artists and creatives and it aims to provide a space for art to thrive, encouraging creativity and art as a viable way of life in the community. The village of Ballydehob has a supportive, friendly atmosphere and a strong spirit, which we would like to foster by encouraging collaborating artists to take part in the life of the community. Are you looking for the perfect space to reflect, explore your ideas and develop a project? Would you like to explore a new area and discover the natural beauty and vibrant communities living in the area? We would love to hear from you!

About Working Artist Studios

WAS is an independent venue operating since 2000 as a space accommodating artist studios for local artists and creatives in West Cork. Over time, it has grown to develop a vibrant programme of exhibitions and artist’s talks from artists both emerging and established, as well as poetry nights hosting a number of top profile Irish and international poets. A key player in local festivals such as Skibbereen Arts Festival and in the wider arts scene in West Cork, WAS is currently working in partnership with Cork Craft and Design to host Cork Craft Month’s showcase exhibition due to open in August 2020.

Working Artist Studios is located right in the centre of Ballydehob, surrounded by rolling countryside and only a short drive from several picturesque seaside towns boasting a selection of galleries, shops, restaurants and hosting weekly farmers’ markets. There is a strong focus on ecology in the village and the wider West Cork area, with many organically certified growers and artisans food producers. Ballydehob has an organic shop and several great restaurants and cafés. Ballydehob’s music scene is also well known thanks to Ballydehob Jazz Festival and Levis’ bar, recently awarded Best Small Music Venue in the country. You will be able to enjoy live music and traditional sessions during your stay and if you’re looking for more cultural opportunities, West Cork is home to several artist-run galleries, the Ballydehob Art Museum (BAM) and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre. The area is rich in natural ecosystems and wildlife, abundant in archaeological and historic sites, with beautiful walks, cycles and drives right on your doorstep!

Key dates and duration of the residency

6 weeks (14 September – 25 October 2020)
Public event: Friday 30 October 2020
Family workshop: Saturday 31 October 2020

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to all Irish and international artists, art professionals/educators or creatives working in any art form and at any stage of their career.

Public Engagement
The end of the residency will be celebrated with a public event presenting the work created over the 6 weeks residency. This can be a small exhibition and/or an artist talk.
We will also deliver a family workshop based on the artwork produced and/or unpicking main themes in the artist’s practice. The workshop can be delivered by our experienced staff or by the artist themselves if they wish to, and could provide an additional opportunity for the artist to hone their facilitation skills whilst receiving full support from our staff.

Facilities, equipment and in-house support

Working Artist Studios is located in a 3 storey terraced town house with 5 studios on the upper floors. There is a large well lit on-street gallery and a smaller inner gallery as well as exhibiting spaces in the hallway and stairs. There are printing press facilities that you will be able to access within the building and a network of local artists you would have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with. Our core team can offer assistance as necessary during the residency and in preparation for the public engagement work, including with:

  • Artist support
  • Project management
  • Community engagement, planning and facilitation
  • Marketing
  • Exhibition installation and basic technical work.

Several members of the team also work as walking guides, therefore this would be a brilliant opportunity for the successful artist to join us on occasional excursions to explore the area and learn more about the local history, flora and fauna.

Studio, fees and accommodation

We would like to offer our largest residency studio (10′ X 14′) for this opportunity, featuring a high ceiling and a large window for natural light. The residency studio, the use of our facilities and all utility bills are offered free of charge. We are also pleased to be able to offer the successful artist a small stipend of €300 thanks to support from Cork County Council. Accommodation, materials and living expenses are the artist’s responsibility. Working Artist Studios is not currently able to provide housing for its residency programme, however we are happy to help finding a suitable accommodation within the village.

Our Covid-19 Protocol

We expect artists and members of the public to follow government and HSE guidelines, practising good personal hygiene and maintaining the 2m social distancing at all times. The successful candidate will be our only artist in residence for the duration of the residency, with sole use of the second floor including access to a private bathroom. Two other members of staff will operate in the building as permanent residents on the first floor.We fully adhere to government guidelines and staff have recently obtained a special COVID-19 Specific Protocol for Responders Certificate. WAS will provide hand sanitisers and disinfectant sprays and we ask artists and members of the public to use them regularly to keep hands and surfaces clean. Staff will clean public spaces and surfaces twice daily paying particular attention to door knobs, light switches, handrails. Other measures are ready to be put in place depending on the guidelines at the time and HSE guidelines.

Please note: as with all future plans, this opportunity may change subject to government advice in response to Covid-19. This may lead to the possible cancellation of the residency or for it to be adapted and delivered in a different way via remote or digital means if and where possible.

How to apply?

Please send the following documents via email to

  • A current CV and artist statement in .pdf format
  • A short project plan explaining what you are planning to achieve during your residency, how it will help you develop your ideas, what would be your final outcome and how are you planning to present it (500 words approx).
    We understand that writing can be a barrier to some therefore we are also happy to accept project plans answering to the questions in a creative way, i.e. with an audio or video clip.
  • If applicable, up to 10 images of your current/recent work in a .png or .jpeg format. Please name each image with your full name and title of the work and include a list of images outlining titles, dimensions and technique.
    Performance and Video: please send us up to 5 video or audio clips. You can transfer your documents to us via WeTransfer. Poetry and Writing: please send us an extract of your recent work of up to 10 pages.


The deadline for submissions is Friday 7th August.
If you require this information in another format, please get in touch with us at and let us know how we can support you and your needs.

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will be chosen by a committee based on the artist’s practice and on the quality and suitability of the proposal. The final selection will be made and all applicants notified by Friday 21st August.

To find out more, please contact us!

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