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Traditional Artist in Residence

The Arts Council and the Department of Music in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences at University College Cork invite applications for Traditional Artist in Residence for the calendar year 2021.


The Arts Council Traditional Artist in Residence was established to provide a stimulating environment for the resident artist and afford a degree of financial support to concentrate on their own practice. Additionally, the residency brings energy and dynamism to the university, and allows students and faculty to engage with a practicing traditional musician, singer or dancer for a concentrated period.


About the residency

The Traditional Artist in Residence will be engaged for the calendar year 2021 and will be situated in the Department of Music in University College Cork, with the opportunity to engage with the wider campus.


The residency will be divided into two parts:

  1. From January to June 2021, the Traditional Artist in Residence will be supported to engage with students and staff. This programme of engagement will be designed by the resident artist, in consultation with the faculty of the university, and could include focused teaching, workshops, mentoring, public events or other activities which bring new energy to the traditional music programme. Contact time with staff and students during this time will be capped at 4 hours per week, and the resident artist will not be expected to deliver core curriculum.


  1. From July onwards, the Traditional Artist in Residence will be supported to concentrate his or her own practice.


The fee to the Traditional Artist in Residence is €20,000, to be paid to the artist directly by the Arts Council. It will be paid in two instalments, with a final report by the artist at the conclusion of the residency. The Traditional Artist in Residence will be provided with a dedicated space, where they can conduct their own creative practice, within the university.  


Making an Application

To make an application, artists should provide:


  • A detailed proposal, which sets out how they would propose to engage with students, staff and the wider campus, and relevant experience to support this approach
  • A one page artist’s statement, which describes how the residency could impact on the artist’s practice
  • A detailed CV, setting out artistic achievements and accomplishments


Applications should be sent to triona.nishiochain@ucc.ie with cc to music@ucc.ie  by 5.30 pm on Thursday, 29 October 2020. Applications will be accepted by email only. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.


Assessment Process

Upon receipt of applications, the Arts Council and University College Cork will establish a selection committee, which will be made up of two representatives from University College Cork, one from the Arts Council and an external panellist with traditional arts expertise. The selection committee will shortlist applicants based on the following criteria:


  • artistic track record of applicant
  • quality of idea/approach (referred to above), as outlined in the application
  • potential impact of residency on the artists own creative practice


A shortlist will be established (of no more than 6 artists). Shortlisted artists will be called to interview in mid-November. The interview is likely to be held via video conference call, in line with public health guidelines. The interview will allow the shortlisted artists to discuss their plans and experience in more detail. The panel will make the final decision based on the above criteria and decisions will be communicated by the end of November.