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With it's roots in UCD College of Science, UCD Parity Studios was established in 2013 to extend  opportunities for mutual exhange between artists and researchers across all disciplines at UCD. The  programme  offers one year residencies, to professional artists who want to develop their practice through interactions with academics, researchers and students in a university environment.


The purpose of the residencies is to support sustained engagement and exchange between artists, academics, researchers and students and to engage with a wider public through exhibition, performance and talks.


What we offer

We offer studio space on campus at Parity Studios, an artist’s fee, access to lectures, library resources and other campus facilities. Most importantly we provide an environment for artists and other researchers to develop collaborative /inspiration partnerships  across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The studios are located in UCD School of Physics and provide bright spacious working environments for the artists. Throughout the year we announce Open Calls for applications from interested artists and researchers. In 2015 we offered residencies in UCD College of Science, UCD College of Arts and Humanities and UCD College of Social Sciences and Law.


What's expected of the artists?


The success of the programme is largely dependent on the quality of interactions between the artists and UCD community.


With this in mind the artists are expected to talk with relevant researchers, to share ideas and questions about their respective practices, use the studio space provided and to develop their work , supported by interactions with staff and other resident artists on average two days a week over the course of the year.

The artists also participate in monthly group meetings with the other artists and scientists engaged in the programme and are asked to give one workshop to the UCD DrawSoc student society.


Twice a year we have an Artists in Residence Open Studio Day, where the wider community will be invited to meet the artists in their studios and find out more about their work.


Throughout the year we host exhibitions, performances and talks both on and off campus that relate to work produced during the residency. For regular updates please see our Events and Blog pages, and join us on Facebook.


If you are interested in applying for a residency, please subscribe to our mailing list and we'll keep you informed of  upcoming opportunities.




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Artist Emma Finucane and cognitive scientist Dr. Fred Cummins (UDC School of Computer Science and Informatics) at Black Church Print Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.

Artist Siobhan McDonald on a research expedition to Iceland with the UCD School of Geological Sciences.

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David Stalling, Meadhbh O'Connor, Sofie Loscher, Emer O Boyle with Siobhan McDonald in Parity Studios, UCD School of Physics.