Áras Éanna Artist Residency Call Out 2024

Deadline 27 May 2024

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 a private room within their shared Artist House to one performing artist from the 3 - 17 December 2024.
During the residency, you will receive:

  • Open, self-structured time for you own creative practice;
  • A stipend of €2,000 for the full two-week duration plus private accommodation in a shared house, and travel to the island, inclusive;
  • Access to the Arts Centre’s studio and theatre spaces.

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.

The Space

The house is a gorgeous, two-story home with four bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, and two shared bathrooms. It is a 20-minute walk from Áras Éanna Arts Centre and a 10-minute walk to the grocery store. There will be between two and four other artists sharing the house during the two-weeks. The residency is self-catered.

Please note
: Unfortunately the house is not accessible. All bedrooms are located up a flight of stairs. However, if you have mobility requirements and are interested in this opportunity, please apply and we can work with you to accommodate any needs to the best of our abilities.

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.


We want to minimise 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 end of day 27 May 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 June, 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

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

Key Dates

Applications Open - 1 May
Information Session - 14 May, 16:00
Applications Close - end of day 27 May, midnight

All participants will be notified by 28 June, 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.