Áras Éanna Artist Residency Call Out

Deadline 28 June 2023

Photo by Cormac Coyne
Find call out as Gaeilge here.

Calling artists to apply for a two week residency on the smallest of the Aran Islands, the stunning Inis Oírr.

Áras Éanna Arts Centre, in partnership with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, are offering their studio space to one performing artist from the 3rd to 17th of December 2023.During the residency, you will receive:

  • Accommodation and travel to the island, inclusive
  • A small stipend for the full two-week duration (amount to be confirmed)
  • The entire studio space, all to yourself.

Artists interested in working as Gaeilge will be prioritised as part of Baboró's drive to encourage artists to make work for children in the Irish language.

Please note: ***Unfortunately the studio is not accessible. There are 15 steps leading up to the studio and apartment space. We recognise this limits who can apply and apologise we can not better accommodate everyone at this time.***

Áras Éanna Studio Space
Photo by Cormac Coyne

The Space

The studio is spacious, with two large windows that look out upon a gorgeous view of the island. The sleeping area is tucked into a cosy alcove and the kitchen and bathroom are attached to the main space. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is also a washing machine for your laundry. Other artists-in-residence will be dwelling in the main house during your stay, cultivating a community of creatives.

Is this opportunity for you?

Baboró strives to ensure that all children in Ireland see themselves and their stories reflected in the creative arts. We strongly encourage artists from currently underrepresented backgrounds to apply for this opportunity and particularly welcome creatives working as Gaeilge and/or bilingually.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a minimum of three years experience as a professional performing artist and/or theatre maker. This can include directing and choreographing as well as performing;
  • Demonstrate a passion and/or strong interest in creating work for children and young people;
  • Be based on the island of Ireland;
  • Be available for the full two weeks from 3-17 December;
  • Be over 18 years of age and not a full-time student;
  • (Desired but not mandatory) work as Gaeilge.


Unfortunately the studio is not accessible. There are 15 steps leading up to the studio and apartment space. While this remains a significant barrier we cannot currently eliminate, we want to minimise any other barriers you may face in applying for or participating in this opportunity. We offer some access supports, pending limited resources, and want to work with you to ensure this opportunity is attainable. Access supports can include, but are not limited to, additional funds for child care or a companion or accessibility costs such as taxis. We are happy to chat about any additional support you may require and will try our best to accommodate these needs. Please contact Rachel at rachel@baboro.ie or call our office at 091 562 667 should you have a particular query.

How to apply?

We’d love to hear from you. To apply, please submit, in English or as Gaeilge (or a mixture of the two):

  • An artistic CV (max 3 pages);
  • A portfolio of artistic work (3 examples) Note: please keep video clips to 5 minutes or less;
  • A response to the following prompts in either written (2 pages maximum), audio or video recording (3 minutes maximum) format:
    • How would you describe your artistic practice? What is your style of working?
    • How would you like to use your time over the two weeks of the residency? You will not be held to this plan, and we recognise the residency is many months away yet, but we’d like to get a sense of what you hope to gain from the residency and what value you see in the opportunity.
    • Optional: What excites you about working as Gaeilge?

Please send your document or recording to rachel@baboro.ie including ‘Áras Éanna Residency Application’ in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is 28 June at midnight.

Should you need any assistance in creating your application or have any question about this opportunity, feel free to contact Rachel at rachel@baboro.ie.

We will respond to all applicants by 28 July, end of day.If, at any point before the deadline, you would like to withdraw your application, simply send us an email.

Statement of Care

We recognise that life comes with challenges and needs are different for everyone. We can offer support for submitting your application and are happy to discuss any additional supports you might require. Please contact Rachel at rachel@baboro.ie for more support.

Information Session

If you would like to know more about this opportunity or the application process, please join us at our online info session on Thursday, 8 June at 4pm on Zoom.

The Information Session is now over. Please find a recording of the session below.

Key Dates

Applications Open - 18 May
Information Session - 8 June, 4pm
Applications Close - 28 June, midnight

All participants will be notified by 28 July, end of day

Baboró is committed to making sure that all children in Ireland will be able to see themselves reflected in the arts. We want to support you to help build this community.