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Residency ProgrammeOverview

IMMA's residency provides opportunities for national and international artists, curators, critical writers and art professionals to research and develop their practices onsite at the Museum.


The residency programme is housed and mentored onsite at IMMA, presenting a symbiotic relationship with the museum and its activities. The residency supports the development of contemporary visual art practices, research and dialogue. It supports both emerging and established practitioners, working in a variety of formats, and is programmed through open and invited strands of programming.

IMMA’s Collection, Exhibitions and Engagement & Learning Programmes, fellow residents, the historical location at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and IMMA’s proximity to the vibrant cultural city of Dublin, all provide a dynamic starting point for participants to explore studio practices and new avenues of visual arts research.

The Residency

Bringing Irish and International practices together, the IMMA residency programme aims to generate a fresh creative space for participants at a crucial point in their career – whether emerging or established art professionals. The Residency provides access to the museum’s audience and resources, and allows for participants to leave IMMA with expanded possibilities, new networks and work.

Residents are welcomed to propose the dissemination of their art practice through various contexts that come to light during time spent at IMMA.


“The studio and grounds at IMMA provide the perfect location for the processes within my practice to unfold; the more formal aspects of the existing architecture acting as a backdrop and juxtaposition to the more experimental spaces of my practice.”

Resident Accommodation

The residency operates in the converted coach houses adjacent to the main museum building. There are several studios dedicated to the programme.

The communal house, called The Flanker, provides a private room for each resident with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, the house can support live-in wheel chair access on the ground floor. In addition to the communal house there are three apartments also onsite. All facilities are self-catering and are fully equipped with necessary appliances and living basics including bed-linens, towels and laundry facilities. All accommodation comes with internet access, heating and electricity. Each studio space comes with heating, electricity, furnishings, a basic tool kit, desk lamp and wireless internet.

Not all artists on the residency programme opt to live onsite, some local artists may take a studio only and others guests may only avail of accommodation, depending on the focus and output of the residency.

How long is an IMMA residency?

The IMMA residency has multiple programming strands , which means participants often encounter many different practices and projects over the course of a residency at IMMA. We believe these overlaps are core to the expansive nature of the IMMA residency experience, and help to broaden networking possibilities available to residents.

  • Awarded, invited and open call residencies have an average duration of 3-6 months.
  • IMMA 1000 Invited offers a bi-annual, year-long residency to a selected artistic practice of exceptional merit.
  • The International Visitors Programme for curators offers short stays from three days to one week.
  • Production Residencies have variable timelines.

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