Carraig-na-gCat residency, West Cork, Ireland - Royal Society of Sculptors member only opportunity

Deadline: 27/05/2024

City: West Cork, Ireland  |  Country: Ireland  |  Lorraine Pajak

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Carraig-na-gCat is the Albers Foundation's newest artist-in-residence program. Located in a traditional farmhouse about two miles from the picturesque fishing village of Glandore, it offers wide views of untouched countryside, the ocean, and distant islands beyond. Carraig-na-gCat is an Irish phrase, which translates to “Rock of the Cats,” referring to an age-old folktale about fairy cats who would steal the harvest.

The Alberses both believed that living in a simple, functional manner was the best base for making art. We would like to offer visiting artists a similar kind of serenity, by providing a simple, beautiful environment in which artists can work without the usual distractions of their own home and everyday environment. We invite the artists to enjoy the landscape, read in the library, cook in the large kitchen, and perhaps even have the experience of boredom.

We believe that the change of scenery, and the vacation from habitual activities, will translate into the thinking and into the work, so that new perspectives naturally arise— thoughts and connections that could never have been imagined, or prepared conceptually, in advance.

We have space for one artist working on a small or large scale project, while enjoying the serenity of a separate, private bedroom and a private bathroom.

There is a large shared kitchen, a library, and a nice garden. The residency is located in an old farm house, and the residents are free to create their own work spaces in the rooms, or in the separate stone house in the garden.

This opportunity is open to members of the Royal Society of Sculptors, one member will be selected for a residency. The residency will run through October 2024 ie four weeks.  

£500 is available for travel, subsistence and materials.

Selection Panel 

- Matthias Vico Persson, Artist Residencies Director 

- Willem Boel, Artist 

- Almuth Tebbenhoff, Artist


By submitting an application, the entrant promises that all of the information comprised in the application is correct. The entrant also promises to comply with these rules and any other requirements specified by the Society (whether on its website or otherwise) and the Society reserves its right to exclude any entry which in its opinion does not comply.

All applications must be made using the online form. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications must be received by the closing date specified.

Any submissions must be lawful, it must not be offensive, obscene, racist, discriminating or otherwise objectionable and it must not contain any form of advertising.

Entrants grant the Royal Society of Sculptors and Albers Foundations the unrestricted right (without royalty) to reproduce images of any work in connection with the opportunity be it online, printed or otherwise disseminated.

The Judge’s decision is final. If the Royal Society of Sculptors is unable to contact any short-listed artist or winners via the email address supplied by the entrant, the shortlist position lapses and the Society reserves the right to select alternative winners.


Applications are welcomed from all Royal Society of Sculptors members. Please note that for your application to be accepted, your annual membership fee must be paid in full by the submission deadline or an existing quarterly direct debit be in place.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Members of the Royal Society of Sculptors only
When is the deadline?
Monday, 27th May 2024, 5pm
How many images of works can I submit?
5 images of recent work
How much does it cost?
This opportunity is free to apply to
Are there payments to artists?
£500 towards travel, subsistence and materials.

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