By Ciaran Tierney The opportunity to spend a month on a small island where Irish is very much a living...
Artist in residence programme
Áras Éanna supports artists through its Artist in Residence programme. We offer artists the time and space to develop their practice and show new work in the unique environment of this Gaeltacht island.
We welcome applications from artists to come and live and work on Inis Oírr and provide up to ten residencies each year. Each residency includes an on-site private apartment, a self-contained studio, and access to our galleries and theatre. For information on our Open Call for 2024 click here: Open call for artists to apply for residencies for 2024 – Áras Éanna (aras-eanna.ie)
Aongus draws inspiration from a different world
by Ciaran Tierney For a man who has spent all of his life living and working in cities, spending...
A “selfish month” for Sian on Inis Oirr
By Ciaran Tierney Visual artist Sian Costello admits that she had “a bit of a breakdown” the first day she...
Maureen is like a child in a candy store on Inis Oirr
By Ciaran Tierney Surrendering to the power of nature and making the most of an opportunity to connect with her...
Prodigal Son Mick returns to Inis Oirr
By Ciaran Tierney Not many 70-year old Irish people wear purple suits. Then again, not many 70-year old Irish artists...
Enjoying Inis Oirr at the quietest time of year
By Ciaran Tierney Exploring the striking landscape of Inis Oirr during the quiet and dark winter months provided huge...
A joyous re-awakening on Inis Oirr
For Patrick O’Laoighre, writer and musician, a month on Inis Oirr has been a joyous re-awakening. His month long residency...
Acrobatics for music in the pub
It was the kind of magic which seems to just happen on Inis Oirr. On a cold Tuesday night in...
Happy days during a residency on Inis Oirr
A month-long residency at Áras Éanna at the start of the summer provided the catalyst for director Sara Jane Scaife...
Trying to keep Inis Oirr secret
A chance encounter with an Irish artist with Finnish roots at the opening of an art exhibition in Co Mayo...
A perfect escape for Daniel
Coming from Co Armagh, visual artist Daniel Coleman readily admits that he knew very little about Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr,...
December 2019 – Mick O’Dea PPRHA
Mick O’ Dea was born in Ennis Co Clare in 1958. He studied at the National College of Art and Design Dublin, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester where he was awarded a Masters in European Fine Art. He lectured at NCAD for sixteen years up to 1999 and has acted as an external assessor and lecturer in Art Colleges and Universities in the USA, UK an Ireland.
O’Dea has had numerous exhibitions and has participated in a wide range of artists residencies in Ireland, the USA and Europe.
The recipient of many awards, his most recent include The Ireland US Council / Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award in Dublin and The Royal Ulster Academy Portrait Prize in Belfast.
October 2019 – Toine Horvers
Toine Horvers' work as an artist consists of performances and descriptive writings. His performative work deals with time and space and is strongly related to the disciplines of dance, music and sound poetry. The performances, often involving other people, are strictly designed movement-sequences, in which the physical and the vocal are inextricably linked.
Toine presents his works internationally in performances, exhibitions and workshops.
September 2019: Sorcha Fox
Sorcha Fox is a spoken word writer, an actor and a storyliner for Ros na Rún. For her residency at Áras Éanna, she will be working on new pieces in Irish and English connected to identity and place.
August 2019: Anna Macleod
Anna Macleod is a visual Artist and Independent researcher based in County Leitrim. Her practice mediates complex ideas associated with contemporary, historical and cultural readings of land use through a variety of visual art media and sculptural processes.
July 2019: Selma Makela
Selma Makela is based in County Galway. Her practice references meteorological and geological phenomena as a means to explore the complexity of memory, migration and our changing environment.
June 2019: Sarah Searson
June resident Sarah Searson is director of The Dock, in Carrick-on-Shannon. She was inaugural Head of the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT.
May 2019: Kate Boschetti & Liam Wilson, “Place & Identity”
Contemporary jugglers Kate Boschetti and Liam Wilson met through the project Dodai, a juggling, dance and theatre experiment directed by the German juggler Stefan Sing (Critical Mess).