Sirius Arts Centre

General information

Brief description of organisation

Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation in County Cork in the South West of Ireland. It is housed in a beautiful Italiante building right on the water that was designed by Anthony Salvin in 1854 to house the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world. Salvin was best known for his restoration work on Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. This is the only example of Salvin’s work in Ireland.

For twenty-six years the building has housed the Sirius Arts Centre; an organisation that is dedicated to the facilitation and development of artistic expression on a local, national and international stage. Sirius is an arts centre that serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art. It offers developing opportunities for both emerging and more established artists from Ireland and abroad.

Brief description of residency program

Sirius Arts Centre has been developing its Artist-in-Residence programme since 1994. The programme receives some funding from the Arts Council and Cork County Council and is well recognised internationally. The programme is designed to offer artists the opportunity to research and develop their practices and to engage in dialogue with Sirius, other organisations in Cork and the surrounding community.

Residents stay in a beautiful, three-bedroomed basement apartment in the Sirius Arts Centre’s building, located in the centre of Cobh, twenty minutes by train from Cork City. The apartment has its own kitchen and work area, within walking distance of transportation and Cobh town centre. The Artist-in-Residence programme at Sirius provides residential and some work space to visual artists, either individuals or groups. Sirius’s curatorial panel meets once a year to book residencies and exhibitions for the following year.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Music
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Some outreach / talks / presentations / studio visits if appropriate

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Description of residency


OtherRegional - small town on the sea, twenty minutes from a city

  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Exhibitions
  • exhibtions and music events taking place in the arts centre

How to reach

Nearest airport


Contact information

Sirius Arts Centre
The Old Yacht Club
0 Cobh Co. Cork

Phone: 353214813790

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