126 Artist-Run Gallery and Sheila Flannagan are pleased to offer residency opportunities to two emerging artists to take place from 15th-30th June 2015 in the rural setting of ARTFarm. The two week concurrent residency is open to two individuals or collectives and includes a contribution to materials and costs of €200per residency. The successful applicants will be selected by the board of 126. Preference will be given to early to mid-stage artists with experimental contemporary art practice. Set in the townland of Cloonkeen ARTFarm provides emerging artists with a chance for often elusive solitude. Nestled between the ‘Mass Rock Pathway’ and a ‘Lisheen’, surrounded by a rural community facing challenges of state-resource reduction, and diversity; ARTFarm presents artists with diverse areas for creative investigation. We’re seeking artists who will engage innovatively and sensitively with the local community or investigate the environment surrounding ARTFarm via their practice. Artists are asked submit the below application form and up to 10 images of work (max size: 24MB) to: firstname.lastname@example.org by May 19th 2015, with the subject line: ARTFarm Residency 15. Applications will be assessed under the following criteria: innovative emerging art practice, quality of the application and engagement with the social context or site specificity of ARTFarm. Successful applicants will be notified by 26th May 2015.
The ARTFarm is an Artist retreat space situated in a remote rural setting in the townland of Cloonkeen, 5km from Newbridge Village in North East County Galway. It is a place of quiet and solitude. It consists of an old style country cottage, separate large studio space and hay-barn. Artfarm aspires to bring artists to this rural area with an aim to increase arts awareness and participation in the region. The long term goal is to navigate towards explorations of Art in a Rural Context, Socially Engaged Art Practice in remote communities, Contemplative Art Practice and Ecologically Sustainable Art Practices.
Art Residencies were first established here in collaboration with 126 Artist-Run Gallery in Galway City in 2013 to give artists the space to completely escape the everyday chaos and totally immerse themselves in their art without distraction.
The 2013 residencies were awarded to Siobhan McGibbon (Ire) in July and Ciara Healy and Karl Musson (Wales) in August. in February 2014 the artists had an exhibition of the work developed while on the ARTFarm Residency in 126 Gallery, Flood St. The 2014 ARTFarm Residency 2014 was awarded to Galway based artist Ramona Burke.