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UCD EARTH INSTITUTE in partnership with

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council



Creating a Sustainable Global Society is one of the four strategic themes underpinning UCD's 2020-2024 Strategy. Responding to the unprecedented loss of Ireland’s biodiversity, is critical to this challenge.


We are delighted to announce a new residency at UCD Parity Studios which aims to contribute to this challenge, supported in partnership with UCD Earth Institute and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.


The Earth Institute is UCD’s institute for environmental research. The Institute comprises a community of over 100 senior academics and 200 early career researchers drawn from across the University’s six constituent Colleges, and seeks to promote interdisciplinary activity across the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, engineering and architecture. Areas of multidisciplinary expertise include biodiversity, ecosystems, the built environment and sustainable communities.


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County is a partly-urban and partly rural environment framed by two of the greatest assets of natural heritage on the island – extending from the shoreline of Dublin Bay to the uplands that form the borders with County Wicklow and South Dublin. It is also an increasingly urbanised county where the sustainable management of biodiversity presents its own challenges to the Council, local groups, businesses and educational institutions as well as those who live in the county.


We welcome proposals from visual artists, working in any medium who wish to contribute to the awareness of biodiversity and its importance in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council through the lens of artistic practice.





What we offer


  • a stipend of €10,000 (paid through UCD payroll in installments agreed with the artist).


  • 24 hour access to studio space at UCD Parity Studios.


  • cross-disciplinary peer support through monthly artists in residence process meetings.


  • access to UCD library, lectures and other university resources.


  • Research support through the extensive network of UCD Earth Institute academics and researchers and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.



What is Expected of the Artist


  • make connections with UCD researchers and Dún Laoghaire-     Rathdown County Council personnel.   While formal introductions to relevant researchers are made, many fruitful conversations have occur through chance meetings on the corridor or during coffee breaks, so being on campus is an important factor in the process.  


  • prepare a 20min talk for the purposes of introduction to your work and proposal.


  • use the studio space to develop your work on average two days a week, over the course of the year.  


  • make the process of your research visible to others online  


  • be available for a UCD Open Studio Day when the public and wider UCD community will be invited to visit the studios and talk with you about your work.


  • participate in the monthly artists in residence process meetings.


  • give a practical workshop related to your work to UCD students


  • credit UCD and DLR partners as described in the terms of agreement between artist and UCD Parity Studios

How to apply


Please submit your expression of interest as a single pdf  labeled;

[Your Name] UCD Earth Institute with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Email to parity.studios@ucd.ie

Closing date: March 30, 2020


Please include the following information in this order;





5.Website (if you have one)


6. Tell us about yourself

Briefly describe who you are and outline your most recent artistic achievements.

(*Max 100 words)


7. Your process

Briefly describe the approaches you take in developing your work, what materials you use and how you disseminate your work.

(*Max 200 words)


8. How you intend to use the studio

•Your primary use of the studio space, for example - a space to physically make work, a research desk, a meeting place etc.

•Why you want to undertake a residency with UCD Earth Institute in partnership with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

•Description of your proposed project including the key area of research/practice you’re interested in.

How you would make your process visible/known to others.

(*Max 250 words)


9. Existing Commitments

Please specify commitments you have to other work, residencies, exhibitions/performances, conferences, research/education in 2020/2021.


* Applications exceeding the character limit will not be submitted for review.


10. Examples of previous work

•Examples of work - Up to 10 examples of your work with one image per page. Please label each image clearly with title, dimensions, materials, gallery/site of installation /performance, date.

•List of images/work

•Links to video/sound pieces (max 3 minute clips or indicate which 3 minutes you recommend)


We will confirm receipt of your application by e-mail. The residency will commence in late Spring 2020 in consultation with the artist.




Aerial view of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

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