Alumni Residency Award

Alumni Residency Award

The BCA Alumni Artist in Residence Award was created in 2014 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Burren College of Art. The aim of the award is to recognise the valuable contribution our alumni have made to the continued growth of the College and we invite former Individual Study Abroad undergraduates, postgraduates and Global Ecologies Studio Summer School students to apply for these awards annually. Artists-in-residence, workshop attendees and students from Faculty-Led Study Abroad groups are not eligible to apply for this award.

Many former students speak of the impact their time in the Burren has had in shaping their art practice and careers, and of their desire to revisit and reconnect with this source of creative inspiration. We are happy to be able to offer this award to support four of our alumni each year, and to welcome their return to the Burren.

Each award provides the resident with four weeks of: individual studio space on campus, access to all college facilities and single room, self-catering accommodation in Ballyvaughan at the reduced-rate of €300 for the month. Artists will be welcome to participate in campus activities such as Visiting Artist talks, gallery openings and orientation week events.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 award, but will announce the call for the next cycle in early 2019.

The 2018 Alumni Residency will take place from September 10 – October 5, 2018.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

Conor Dowdle, Undergraduate Study Abroad alumnus, 2013

Illesha Khandelwal, Undergraduate Study Abroad alumnus, 2016

Ella MacVeagh, Undergraduate Study Abroad alumnus, 2017

Louis Watts, Undergraduate Study Abroad alumnus, 2005

Please contact Dr. Lisa Newman with any questions at or +353 657077200.

Alumni Residency Award Application Form


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