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UCD Parity Studios is delighted to announce the 2020 Open Call for artists in residence. Professional artists are invited to apply for a one year residency at UCD Parity Studios. The residency offers studio space, a stipend of €10,000 and access to libraries lectures, research seminars and other resources of the university.

The artist will have the opportunity to engage with staff across the University towards the creation of work on multifaceted challenges in contemporary society, across the myriad social, political, economic environmental and material contexts of individual and collective life. We are particularly interested in applications relating to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The principal aims of the scheme are to support mutual exchange between the artist and university researchers and to explore areas of research, current and prospective, through the lens of artistic practice.



For more information on UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, our Research Centres and Schools

Please note the residency does not include accommodation.


What we offer


  • Studio space with 24hr access

  • Artist’s fee of €10,000.

  • Access to lectures and courses.

  • 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.


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.

  • 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  two UCD Open Studio Days 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 students.


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

AND a pdf of samples of work as listed below:


Page 1

  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone no.

  • E-mail

  • Link to Website


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

(max 600 characters/approx. 100 words)


Summary of your proposal

Please summarise in no more than 3 short points what you want to do and why (max 300 characters/approx. 50 words)


Please specify if you need space to physically make work in or whether your primary activity can be done at a desk.

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

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


Pages 2&3

  • Artist Statement

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

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

- an estmated  me 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.