Residency Submissions


Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre offers Artist in Residence studio opportunities to practicing artists. Artists are invited to apply for an opportunity to research and develop their practices and to engage in dialogue with Uillinn, other organisations in Cork, the local community and general public.
This is a non-accommodation residency. Uillinn does not offer a stipend for the duration of a residency other than for Partnership Residencies (see end of page for details of upcoming Partnership Residency call outs) which are advertised separately. We recommend that artists apply to their own Arts Councils, Local Authorities etc to source funding for accommodation, travel and expenses. See also the EU Artist Mobility Scheme

Uillinn provides a vibrant creative hub and an extensive programme of exhibitions and events. There is a strong emphasis on making connections and networking, even in these most challenging times we are seeking safe and creative ways to remain connected.

Priority is given to:

  • to artists who show a strong commitment to public and audiences, with a Covid-19 considered approach
  • Proposals that show relevance to our venue location and facilities
  • While Covid-19 restrictions are in place, priority will also be given to artists residing, or with residence in the County.

- The Artists' Studios

The three Artists' Studios are located on Level 2 of Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre's new arts building, and range in size from 18.2 metres square to 21.2 metres square. They are interconnecting work spaces, with north facing roof lights, that can be closed off from each other. Each studio is equipped with heating facilities, desk/work bench and wireless internet. Weekend and evening access can be facilitated.

Please note that we are fully programmed until the end of 2022.
We are inviting applications for 2023. Deadline 5pm, 31 July, 2022 for residencies in 2023.
Please click here to download a PDF with more details on The Artists' Studio Residency Submissions.












- The Dance Studio (UCC and Bollinger Family Space)
Uillinn accepts expressions of interest from dancers, choreographers and dance companies wishing to realise their work from idea to performance at Uillinn Dance Studio in autumn 2022 or 2023.

The dance studio provides space for artists to engage in a programme of work over several weeks or months, to interact with other artists in residence, exhibiting artists, our public and our unique rural location at research, development and production stages. 

The Residency programme at Uillinn offers practical supports including studio space, key holder privileges, wifi, cafe facilities, technical and administrative support. The dance studio is located on Level 3 and is fully accessible throughout. It is equipped with sprung wooden floor, marley, mirrors, barre and sound system. Desk, meeting room and wifi facilities are also available on level 4 and changing room with shower.  Café is on the ground floor. Weekend and evening access can be facilitated.










To access this programme Uillinn supports a Dance Artist in Residency Programme (Luke Murphy 2021 - 2022) commissioning two Dance Development Awards, Dance Company in Residence (Croí Glan 2022) commissioning a Dance Development Award for an artist with a disability and up to ten Studio Residency Awards.

Studio Residency Awards can vary in length, from 5 to 20 days, and take place throughout the year in blocks or spread out across the year. West Cork Arts Centre does not currently offer a stipend or accomodation for the duration as part of the Award. We recommend and on application support artists to apply for their own Arts Councils, Local Authorities etc. to source funding for accommodation, travel and expenses.

Priority will be given to: 
• Proposals that show relevance to our venue location and facilities
• dancers/companies in receipt of agility, bursary or project awards 
• to artists who can show public engagement considerations as part of their programme of work (COVID19 restrictions considered)

To apply please submit the following to: Deadline 5pm, 31 July, 2022  for residencies in 2023

An application should include:-
• The type of residency you wish to apply for Research or Production
• An up-to-date CV.
• Images, video and weblinks of your work or other appropriate samples with relevant information. 
• A written proposal which clearly states the following:
What you hope to achieve during your dance residency.
The length of residency you're interested in
preferred time of year
Any specific ideas that you may have about ways to engage with the public, locality or the Centre as a whole

Please send any queries or an expression of interest seeking further information to 
We aim to make the process as simple and clear as possible so we advise making contact before submitting. Applications are currently being accepted for residencies taking place in the following year.

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre Partnership Residency 
(Irish/Ireland-based artist to France / French/France-based artist to Ireland)

This newly inaugurated 1 to 2-month residency supports artists with a socially-engaged practice (an art practice in which the social interaction, participation, collaboration and/or activism is integral), based in Ireland or of Irish nationality. It enables a short introduction to the work of world-renowned artist Tomi Ungerer through consultation of his archives in France, together with time spent at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris to further develop their practice. This international residency also supports a French or France-based artist with a socially-engaged practice for a 1-month residency in Ireland (Dublin/Cork). 

Applications open on 15 December 2021. See the Centre Culturel Irlandais Website for Guidelines for Applicants and for the Online Application Form

Supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Tomi Ungerer Estate, Irish Embassy of France (Paris), Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe, Musée Tomi Ungerer, Mairie de Strasbourg (Strasbourg), French Embassy of Ireland, Firestation Artists’ Studios, Create – National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts (Dublin), University College Cork, The Guest House Project (Cork City) and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre (Co. Cork).


The 6-week residency available to the French/France-based artist will take place in Cork city, Skibbereen and Dublin city. It is expected that the artist will have a strong vision for this self-directed residency. In Cork city the artist will be accommodated in private accommodation with a base in the artist-run Guest House Project.

The West Cork residency will offer immersion in the landscapes in which Tomi Ungerer made so much of his work, including 2 weeks in studio at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen.

For the Dublin-based residency, the artist will be accommodated in Fire Station Artists’ Studios in a self-contained space, with the opportunity to meet its director and the director of Create: National development agency for collaborative arts.

Download this PDF for full details.




Uillinn Residencies are supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

Image credits: 
William Bock in studio 2020
Mihaela Griveva în studio 2017, image Kevin O'Farrell 
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