Artist in Residence Programme at Brigit’s Garden

Artist in Residence Programme at Brigit’s Garden

We are delighted to invite artists to apply for our fourth annual Artist in Residence programme. The residency provides an opportunity for a creative practitioner to research and develop their practice in the beautiful natural surroundings of Brigit’s Garden: Celtic Gardens, wildflower meadows, natural woodlands, ponds, grasslands and nature trails. The programme supports both emerging and established practitioners, working across a variety of disciplines.

Our intention is to offer artists the space and time to research, plan and make new work.

We are open to all work, and this year we are particularly interested in artists addressing themes relating to nature connection in a post-Covid world.

The details are as follows:

  • The two-week residency will run from 4th-17th October 2021 (there can be some flexibility on dates to suit).
  • The artist will be based in the thatched Roundhouse in the centre of the Celtic Gardens or in the Visitor Centre, depending on the nature of the work.
  • The residency is open to artists in the creative practices of visual media including illustration, photography and film; poetry, literature, theatre and scriptwriting; designers and makers; music and other suitable media, taking into account the available space and resources.
  • The artist will have full access to the gardens and facilities. Brigit’s Garden will provide lunch every day and full travel expenses.
  • At the end of the residency, the artist will lead a presentation on their creative project or work in progress which can be in the form of a report, talk, exhibition, workshop or another suitable format (depending on Covid-19 restrictions).
  • Proposals should include requirements for space and materials.


Application process and selection criteria

Applications are invited from creative practitioners wishing to avail of a unique residency programme. To be eligible, applicants must:


  • Be a practicing artist: you must identify yourself and be recognized by your peers as a practicing artist.
  • Be able to demonstrate recent artistic achievements in the primary creative practice you are applying for.
  • Be over 18.


Selection will be by a committee with representatives from Brigit’s Garden and Galway County Council Arts Office.  The successful candidate will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date and the result will also be announced through Brigit’s Garden website and social media.