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The UCD College of Engineering and Architecture, is very pleased to announce the call for an artist in residence.


This one year residency is offered to a professional artist. The residency facilities includes studio space at UCD Parity Studios, a fee of €7,000* and access to lectures, research seminars and other resources of the College.

*This fee is currently under review. A fee of €7,000 was awarded last year. The fee for the 2018/19 residencies will not be less than this.


The UCD College of Engineering and Architecture comprises six schools. The five schools of Engineering and the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. A knowledge-based, sustainable future is reliant on the interaction of aspects of engineering science, technology, design, planning and environment. The UCD College of Engineering and Architecture is a key player in this future. We welcome applications from artists whose work relates to the multifaceted aspects of Engineering and Architecture in society, including but not limited to soft robotics, wearable robotics, the internet of things, medical device design, sustainable development, urban and rural planning and the built environment.


The six Schools in the College, cover the Engineering disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Biosystems, Food, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, together with Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.  


The principal aims of this scheme are to support mutual exchange between artists and College staff, students and researchers and to explore areas of research, current and prospective, through the lens of artistic practices.


For more information on what we do see; UCD College of Engineering and Architecture, Research Institutes and Schools

Start date of residency: September 2018


What we offer


  • Studio space with 24hr access

  • Artist’s fee of €7,000.

  • Access to lectures and courses in the College of Social Sciences and Law.

  • Access to UCD library

  • An opportunity for mutual exchange with academics and other researchers at UCD.

  • Opportunity to participate in the UCD Parity Studios programme of talks, exhibitions and performances.

  • Additional funding of up to €1,000 may be applied for towards public dissemination/exhibition of residency related work.


What is Expected of the Artist


The artists will be expected to;

  • make connections and engage with other researchers through a mutual exchange of ideas throughout the year. While formal introductions to relevant researchers are made, many fruitful conversations have occurred between the artists and researchers through chance meetings on the corridor or during coffee breaks, so being on campus is an important factor in the process.

  • prepare a 30min talk for the purposes of introduction to your work and proposal to interested staff and researchers.

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

  • make parts of the process of your research visible/known to others. (The way each artist chooses to do this will differ depending on what suits their practice for example these might include, experimental performances on campus, photographic/video documentation of lab work/meetings, talks/symposia, social media posts etc. )

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

  • participate in monthly group meetings/crits for the artists in residence.

  • give a practical workshop related to your work to UCD DrawSoc members.


How to apply




Please send your application by e-mail to parity.studios@ucd.ie

Your application should include 3 A4 pages with the information listed below

with samples of work as listed below:


Page 1

  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone no.

  • E-mail

  • Link to Website

  • Brief summary of your practice (100 words max)

  • Short Biography

  • Please specify if you intend to use the studio space provided by the residency as your primary studio.

  • Please specify any commitments you have to other work, residencies, exhibitions/performances,

          conferences, research/education during the period of the residency.


Pages 2&3 Please use the following headings;

  • Artist Statement

  • Proposal - Description of your proposed project as well as;

- the key area of research/practice you’re interested in

- an estimated timeplan for your proposal

- how you would make elements of your process visible/known to others




  • 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



Please send your application to parity.studios@ucd.ie

Please ensure your application does not exceed the standard Gmail allowance of 25MB.


Closing date for applications is Sunday April 15th 2018


We will confirm receipt of your application by e-mail. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide feedback on applications.


The final shortlisted artists will be invited to elaborate on their practice and proposals in the week beginning May 14th 2018.


Note: This residency does not include accommodation as part of the award. International applicants or applicants living far from Dublin  will need to organise their own accommodation if their application is successful.

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