Residency Details 














The artist in residence will be provided with a two bedroom old style stone cottage with solid fuel heating. This residency is self-catering. It is the responsibility of the artist to look after their own needs and be as independent and self-reliant as possible.

There is no landline, internet or TV.  Mobile phone cover may vary depending on the provider.

The ethos here is one of creativity and living in harmony with nature so artists are requested to be aware of energy use, conscious of principles of zero waste and living with a light ecological footprint.


Help is at hand to introduce the artist to the area and local amenities, source materials if necessary and to generally assist in making life comfortable. There may also be times when the Residency artist is completely alone in this space which can be a challenge for some. Being comfortable and open to solitude is important.

A bicycle is available to use and trips for supplies will be easily accommodated.


Studio Facilities :       1000 sq. ft. old stone Studio.

                               3 Bay Hay Barn and Turf Shed

                                           A basic Tool kit of hand tools are available.


There is a good supply of art materials available and a wealth of strange and wonderful objects awaiting those who like to work with recycled materials.

Artist must work in a way that is free of Health and Safety issues.

Artfarm is an Eco Art retreat so toxic or hazardous materials are not acceptable.

Residents are requested to leave the house and studio in the same condition as when they arrived.












Fees: Residents must be able to finance their own stay.

This is an artist-run voluntary non profit space, fees are kept to a minimum.

Residents pay for the energy they use.  This energy use involves electricity, fuel, water and waste.

Residents look after their own travel, health insurance, food and art materials that they may need.

Artists are advised to try to source funding and support from their own counties/countries/networks. A letter of invitation will be provided if necessary.



Apologies, we are unable to accept any applications at the present time.

Residencies run March-Nov.     Average duration is 2-4 weeks. This is open for discussion.

One or two artists at a time.   Collaborative projects welcome. 

The philosophy is to support sustainable living, ecology, culture and the arts. Artists are asked to consider what one can bring rather than what one can take from this residency and community therefore selection is based on those who share these ideals.

Please send one A4 page with your philosophy of Life and Art. Keep it simple, speak from the heart, consider it a broader 'Life Statement'- (who you are and why you would like to spend time here.)


This residency has been established towards Socially engaged practice and activism so community and place hold particular importance.

A free 'Drop in' Art Space is facilitated in the nearby village of Ballygar one morning a week. Resident artists would be made very welcome at this gathering and are encouraged to share conversations, skills and knowledge in any way. 



This rural region is one of small farms, forestry, wetlands and bog. The small village of Newbridge is 5 km away consisting of a Church, shop and two pubs. Two larger villages of Mountbellew and Ballygar are within 10 km with banking and post office facilities, part time library, health clinics, cafe's etc. 

Galway City is 60 km west and Roscommon Town is 25 km north.

The 'Living Bog Project' at Carrownagappul near Mountbellew is a significant area of Raised Bog conservation work under the EU life project. This raised bog is one of the biggest in Ireland and worthy of investigation.

The nearby Ballygar Bog is also a special area of conservation.

This area is part of the Suck Valley Way and the Beara/Breiffne Way so there are many signposted walks in the region.

Public Transport is available in Newbridge village with Bus Eireann and Bus4U running daily services linking Galway City, Roscommon etc.


















Cottage studio/reading room
Artist Residency cottage.
Cottage Kitchen
Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 2
Artist Johanna Pohland.
Artist Noelia Marin in the studio.
Artist Cohan Wilson
Artist Breda Burns
 Artist Sarah Jayne Booth

Past Residencies



Richard Layzell          Research residency. Participated in the Galway 2020 Elephant in the Room Project.

Atmos Collective        Community Music residency in collaboration with Ballygar Arts & Media supported by

                                Galway County Council Arts office under Creative Communities funding

Kevin Flanagan          PhD research residency.

Grete Aagard            Galway 2020 and Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Cultures project research residency.


Michelle Cahill            Creative Producer and Arts Performer. Residency in collaboration with Ballygar Town Hall which was

                                 used as a performance rehearsal space for new Theatre work Development.

Nuala Ni Fhlathúin       Annual Visual Art residency, continuation of previous project work in this area.  (Ireland) annual

Annie Cuatro               Sound Artist and instrument maker Contact | Pepilune Cuatro   (France)    

Gudrun Büchler           Writers Residency:   (Austria)
Minne De Lange           Visual Artist   (The Netherlands)

Lelia Ni Chathmhaoil    Visual Artist           (Ireland)

My Fellow Sponges       Music Recording Residency  (Ireland)



Beata Stencel    

Michael Whelan 

Nuala Ni Fhlathúin

Ths Bluebirds    



Gasper Jemec                G126- Slovenian artist Gasper Jemec was selected by international open call for G126 Rare Exports/Imports

                                      Project for a two week residency to create site specific work inspired by the distinct area of County Galway.


Nuala Ni Fhlathúin           'Anam Teanga'.  Kindly supported by An tOireachtas. This socially engaged bi-lingual art project

                                     explored use of the Irish language in this area. This one month residency led to

                                     engagement with many people in the locality with conversations, interviews and clay

                                     workshop culminating with an exhibition in Ballygar and Rosmuc.

Noel Arrigan                   Artist Residency for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture bid Pilot Project 'Sugán'.

Sarah Jayne Booth         G126 Annual Artist residency exploring themes of art and ecology.

Ceara Conway               Artist Residency for Galway European Capital of Culture Bid. Sugán Project: Community Engagement/Choir/

                                     video/performance. Exploration of community, ritual and song.

James Ward                   Film maker, Flying Knee Productions: residency for Sugán Project collaborating with artist Ceara Conway.

Johanna Pohland            Berlin based artist.

Tracey Friel:                   Singer/songwriter. Music Residency.

Breda Burns:                  Invited artist for new work development residency.

Piers Michael Gooding.    Australia. Writer’s Residency: Research residency for book on Human Rights Law and mental health.

The Bluebirds                 Music Residency. The Bluebirds are an all-female close harmony singing ensemble based in Galway. 


Previous years included some of the following artists -


Noelia Marin, Zaragoza, Spain.

Cohan Wilson, Derry.                                                 

Philip Kavanagh, Dublin.

Louis Haugh, Dublin.

Ramona Burke, Galway.

Siobhan McGibbon, Cork.

Ciara Healy, Wales.

Karl Musson, Wales.



Other guests.







Artist Louis Haugh, Culture Night Talk at Artfarm
Artist Sheila Flanagan, Culture Night Talk at Artfarm
The Bluebirds