Summer workshops at Burren college of art

Summer Workshops

2023 Programme overview


“I’ve been coming here, at Burren College of Art for 18 years. The fact that I’m still coming speaks for itself” – a simple and powerful comment by Annette Stack, one of our most dedicated summer workshop participants. For her and for many others like her, the workshops are a chance to disconnect from daily routine, learn or perfect new techniques, meet like-minded peers, and all in all – be an artist in the wonderful Burren landscape.

Each year, our programme offers something for everyone’s taste and 2023 will be no different. This time, at our audience’s demand, we have added more dates, to allow more participants to join and more courses to take place. Over four weeks  – two consecutive weeks in May and two more in August – artists  can choose to paint with Conor McGrady, Trevor Geoghegan, Hazel Walker & Celia Reisman; draw with prof Timothy Emlyn Jones or Ida Mitrani; take stunning photographs with Ruby Wallis, discover the magic of black & white photography with Tom Flanagan; make beautiful prints with Jennifer Cunningham or design  their own splendid books with Eilis Murphy.

Bright, spacious professional studios await! Experienced tutors look forward to sharing their experience and knowledge with you. Our deliciously simple or simply delicious food from the café will nourish you. The team at BCA will be delighted to welcome you here for the first time or welcome you back, so don’t delay – choose your favourite course and sign up now. The places are limited and do fill up quickly. If you’re unsure of which one to pick, reach out to with your questions.

Gift vouchers are also available all throughout the year, not just now before Christmas! ?


“Best gift I ever bought for myself. I can’t think of a better way to spend a week in a place that makes it easy to leave the world behind. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough”.

Ursula Meany, 2022 summer workshop participant




May workshops                                                      August workshops


NOTE: Our self-catering college housing is now fully booked.

Please email if you wish to be added to a waiting list. Alternatively, please visit  for information about hotels or guesthouses available in the area.


Our self-catering college accommodation offers 11 rooms in the Lodge, four bedrooms in the adjacent Daisy Cottage and six bedrooms in the newly refurbished Newtown House. Single occupancy is charged at €48 per night. Please inquire separately for twin or double occupancy.

The Lodge is set on extensive grounds with inspiring views of the Burren and is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the College and 35 minutes from Ballyvaughan village. The bedrooms are bright and well appointed. Communal areas include a large living room with an open fire, dining room, TV area, well-equipped kitchen, laundry and public washrooms. A patio area with chimney is an ideal outdoor summer gathering space. The Lodge has WiFi throughout and has wheelchair accessible rooms available.
Daisy Cottage is adjacent to the Lodge and has 2 en suite double bedrooms and 2 single rooms with a shared full bathroom. The house also has a spacious communal area and cozy sitting room, along with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.

The newly refurbished Newtown House is located right on campus for those who prefer to work longer in their studios. The house is cozy and comfortable, with six bedrooms – some ensuite and some sharing a bathroom – a modern kitchen and unique dining / seating area.

**Please note that college accommodation is not available during the week of Sun, May 14th – Fri, May 19th. To make alternative arrangements with providers in the local area, please check or email for our accommodation list.



Cancellation Policy

All tuition and fees are due at least 4 weeks before the start of the programme. The Burren College of Art accepts no obligation to refund any fee or part of after this date.