Deadline: 15/06/2019

Call for Applications: Hybrid Residency/Studio Intensive in Ireland

Painting and drawing intensive led by internationally renowned guest artists.

Hybrid Residency/Studio Intensive in Painting (Ireland)
Lodestar | Ireland 2019 is a 10-day hybrid residency/studio intensive in painting and drawing led by internationally renowned artists and critics from Europe and the US, held in the historic Glenstal Abbey, in the West of Ireland. Lodestar brings together a small group of painters, art critics, writers, makers and thinkers whose own work and practice are progressions of painting as a relevant and evolving art form.

The focus is on making, discussion and reflection combined with critique and studio visits. Founded by painter Denis Farrell as an alternative to traditional academic pressures, Lodestar is a place where willingness to fail is a triumph.

2019 GUEST ARTISTS: Glenn Goldberg, Judy Glantzman, Denis Farrell, Alice Maher, John Yau, Sharon Horvath, Chuck Webster, plus other invited guests.

Fees and support
There is a programme fee to attend Lodestar.

  • Regular Rate €2,450 (private room)
  • Student Rate €1,775 (shared dorm room)

**Please enquire about special Group and ResArtis rates by emailing**

The fee includes all tuition, guest talks, demonstrations, critiques, accommodation, all meals, additional 24-hour kitchen access, excursions, and opening and closing dinner, with a showcase of works-in-progress at the closing, transfers from Shannon Airport (SNN) or Limerick City Train station. The fee does not include airfare.

Artists must secure their own funding. Lodestar is happy to assist artists seeking grants by providing a letter of invitation.

Description of residency program/Duration of residency
For ten days guest artists and participants alike focus on a chosen body of work to develop individually, in a supportive environment designed to allow reflection, discussion, risk taking, individual or group critique, or even collaboration. It is studio-intensive. There are no themes. There is a daily talk from guest artists on whatever they choose to discuss. It is usually about their own work but could just as easily be a poetry reading or performance. We do not run workshops or classes, however, if a guest artist would like to offer a demonstration or if a participant asks a guest artist to share a technique or method, that will happen. Additionally, we invite poets, critics, filmmakers and academics to join us and they contribute as they choose. The ratio of participants to guest artist is approximately three to one.

Swiss artist Victorine Müller describes Lodestar as “further education for professionals,” noting that this is something seriously lacking for mid-career artists. She came to Lodestar to develop her drawings, where up to then her work had been primarily sculpture/installation centred on her body. Her work from Lodestar (2014) culminated in a solo exhibition in Zurich the following year. Lorna Roberts, a recent graduate of Fine Art from the Sligo Institute of Technology in Ireland, felt “there was a great sense of shared purpose and acceptance."

We strive to attract a diverse group of people and have been fortunate to gather together artists from the US, Ireland, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Mexico, and Israel, so far. 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

  • Painting and drawing
  • Materials demonstrations
  • Individual mentoring/critique
  • Daily guest talks

Expectations towards the artist
Lodestar welcomes artists who have ambition for their work and who are willing to take the creative risks necessary to develop. The programme allows for any kind of painting, however is not for the those whose ambitions stop short of pushing past one’s natural facility. It is for painters who need to drive the work beyond the vanity of self-praise—and what they know. Artists who seek critical input on a body of work to serve as a portfolio for application to graduate courses should apply, as well as those seeking rigorous and intensive exchange concerning both studio work and critical thinking.

The working facilities provide studio space (both shared and individual) suitable for painting and drawing. Both guest artists and participants are allocated studio space, but also have access to 500 acres of woodland around the castle. There is also modest exhibition space for a closing showcase of works-in-progress to which members of the wider community are invited.


  • Private room (with shared bath)
  • 4-6 spacious dorm room (with shared bath)
  • There are a limited number of single ensuite rooms (at a surcharge)

Application information
o apply please provide the following information by the Application Deadline of 15 June 2019:

1. Register Online
Please complete the online registration form with your details at

2. Show Us Your Work
Email us 5-10 images (max) of your work or provide a link to an online portfolio. Kindly send images to

3. Let Us Know Your Expectations
Include a brief statement (a paragraph) indicating what you hope to get from your stay

4. Accept Your Place
Candidates will be notified by email within 5-10 days of their application. To accept your place please submit the €250 deposit (non-refundable) upon notification. The balance is due within 2 weeks of offer, or contact Connie Farrell regarding an alternative payment schedule.

5. Questions?
For more information please contact Connie Farrell, School Coordinator at

Please Note: All artists must be 18 years old or older, for insurance purposes.

Call for Applications: Hybrid Residency/Studio Intensive in Ireland

Call for Applications: Hybrid Residency/Studio Intensive in Ireland


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